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Month: May 2019

The Lord’s Presence would go with the people, for He had forgiven those who sinned against Him. His faithfulness and mercy is great.

The Lord’s Presence would go with the people, for He had forgiven those who sinned against Him. His faithfulness and mercy is great.

BibleGateway: Exodus 33:12-23 ESV Text: Exodus 33:12-23 Exodus 33:12–23 (Listen) Moses’ Intercession 12 Moses said to the LORD, “See, you say to me, ‘Bring up this people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. Yet you have said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found favor in my sight.’ 13 Now therefore, if I have found favor in your sight, please show me now your ways, that I may know you in order…

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“But Lord, I’ve never bowed down to a gold calf!” Wait. Actually you have. What a blessing that Christ intercedes for us like Moses interceded for Israel!

“But Lord, I’ve never bowed down to a gold calf!” Wait. Actually you have. What a blessing that Christ intercedes for us like Moses interceded for Israel!

BibleGateway: Exodus 32:1-6, 25-35 ESV Text: Exodus 32:1-6, 25-35 Exodus 32:1–6 (Listen) The Golden Calf 32:1 When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered themselves together to Aaron and said to him, “Up, make us gods who shall go before us. As for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.” 2 So Aaron said to them, “Take off…

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Righteous action does not save a person in and of itself, but it gives evidence that there is genuine faith in the heart, faith which does save a person.

Righteous action does not save a person in and of itself, but it gives evidence that there is genuine faith in the heart, faith which does save a person.

BibleGateway: James 2:14-26 ESV Text: James 2:14-26 James 2:14–26 (Listen) Faith Without Works Is Dead 14 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good1 is that? 17 So also faith…

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We often become angry because we fail to listen to what God (or someone else) is saying—and meaning. Listening is hard work, but it’s vital and worth the effort.

We often become angry because we fail to listen to what God (or someone else) is saying—and meaning. Listening is hard work, but it’s vital and worth the effort.

BibleGateway: James 1:19-27 ESV Text: James 1:19-27 James 1:19–27 (Listen) Hearing and Doing the Word 19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For…

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Make no mistake, our sin is our own fault. All that God is responsible for is every good and perfect gift, including our faith itself!

Make no mistake, our sin is our own fault. All that God is responsible for is every good and perfect gift, including our faith itself!

BibleGateway: James 1:12-18 ESV Text: James 1:12-18 James 1:12–18 (Listen) 12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. 14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed…

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None of us knows everything. We need to pay attention also to the wise words of the godly people whom the Lord has put in our lives.

None of us knows everything. We need to pay attention also to the wise words of the godly people whom the Lord has put in our lives.

BibleGateway: Proverbs 13:10-14 ESV Text: Proverbs 13:10-14 Proverbs 13:10–14 (Listen) 10   By insolence comes nothing but strife,    but with those who take advice is wisdom.11   Wealth gained hastily1 will dwindle,    but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.12   Hope deferred makes the heart sick,    but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.13   Whoever despises the word2 brings destruction on himself,    but he who reveres the commandment3 will be rewarded.14   The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life,    that one may turn away from the snares of…

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Paul and Barnabas did not seek the praise of men, and neither do we. Our aim is to share God’s message and give Him the glory.

Paul and Barnabas did not seek the praise of men, and neither do we. Our aim is to share God’s message and give Him the glory.

BibleGateway: Acts 14:8-18 ESV Text: Acts 14:8-18 Acts 14:8–18 (Listen) Paul and Barnabas at Lystra 8 Now at Lystra there was a man sitting who could not use his feet. He was crippled from birth and had never walked. 9 He listened to Paul speaking. And Paul, looking intently at him and seeing that he had faith to be made well,1 10 said in a loud voice, “Stand upright on your feet.” And he sprang up and began walking. 11 And when the crowds…

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The word of God is powerful and active, stirring up opposition, but also turning great numbers to faith in Christ.

The word of God is powerful and active, stirring up opposition, but also turning great numbers to faith in Christ.

BibleGateway: Acts 14:1-7 ESV Text: Acts 14:1-7 Acts 14:1–7 (Listen) Paul and Barnabas at Iconium 14:1 Now at Iconium they entered together into the Jewish synagogue and spoke in such a way that a great number of both Jews and Greeks believed. 2 But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brothers.1 3 So they remained for a long time, speaking boldly for the Lord, who bore witness to the word of his grace, granting signs and…

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We are justified through Jesus in connection with His resurrection from the dead.

We are justified through Jesus in connection with His resurrection from the dead.

BibleGateway: Acts 13:26-39 ESV Text: Acts 13:26-39 Acts 13:26–39 (Listen) 26 “Brothers, sons of the family of Abraham, and those among you who fear God, to us has been sent the message of this salvation. 27 For those who live in Jerusalem and their rulers, because they did not recognize him nor understand the utterances of the prophets, which are read every Sabbath, fulfilled them by condemning him. 28 And though they found in him no guilt worthy of death, they asked Pilate…

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Our God loves truth, so let’s see to it that all our talk and testimony is full of truth.

Our God loves truth, so let’s see to it that all our talk and testimony is full of truth.

BibleGateway: Proverbs 12:13-19 ESV Text: Proverbs 12:13-19 Proverbs 12:13–19 (Listen) 13   An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips,1    but the righteous escapes from trouble.14   From the fruit of his mouth a man is satisfied with good,    and the work of a man’s hand comes back to him.15   The way of a fool is right in his own eyes,    but a wise man listens to advice.16   The vexation of a fool is known at once,    but the prudent ignores an insult.17   Whoever speaks2 the truth gives…

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