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Month: March 2020

Dark days come for the people of God on account of their sin, but in the end He will not forsake His repentant children.

Dark days come for the people of God on account of their sin, but in the end He will not forsake His repentant children.

BibleGateway: 1 Samuel 4 ESV Text: 1 Samuel 4 1 Samuel 4 (Listen) The Philistines Capture the Ark 4:1 And the word of Samuel came to all Israel. Now Israel went out to battle against the Philistines. They encamped at Ebenezer, and the Philistines encamped at Aphek. 2 The Philistines drew up in line against Israel, and when the battle spread, Israel was defeated before the Philistines, who killed about four thousand men on the field of battle. 3 And when the people…

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Having confessed our sins and heard God’s comforting words of forgiveness in Christ, what then? We tell others how He forgave us, don’t we?

Having confessed our sins and heard God’s comforting words of forgiveness in Christ, what then? We tell others how He forgave us, don’t we?

BibleGateway: Psalm 51 ESV Text: Psalm 51 Psalm 51 (Listen) Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. 51:1   Have mercy on me,1 O God,    according to your steadfast love;  according to your abundant mercy    blot out my transgressions.2   Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,    and cleanse me from my sin! 3   For I know my transgressions,    and my sin is ever before me.4   Against you, you only,…

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This King has come! That means your Rescuer has arrived!

This King has come! That means your Rescuer has arrived!

BibleGateway: Luke 19:28-48 ESV Text: Luke 19:28-48 Luke 19:28–48 (Listen) The Triumphal Entry 28 And when he had said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples, 30 saying, “Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat. Untie it and bring it…

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Those who reject or misuse the forgiveness of Jesus will find themselves suffering for their sins (vv. 14, 26-27).

Those who reject or misuse the forgiveness of Jesus will find themselves suffering for their sins (vv. 14, 26-27).

BibleGateway: Luke 19:11-27 ESV Text: Luke 19:11-27 Luke 19:11–27 (Listen) The Parable of the Ten Minas 11 As they heard these things, he proceeded to tell a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem, and because they supposed that the kingdom of God was to appear immediately. 12 He said therefore, “A nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and then return. 13 Calling ten of his servants,1 he gave them ten minas,2 and said to them, ‘Engage…

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Zacchaeus was on the lookout for Jesus, but more importantly Jesus was on the lookout for Him!

Zacchaeus was on the lookout for Jesus, but more importantly Jesus was on the lookout for Him!

BibleGateway: Luke 19:1-9 ESV Text: Luke 19:1-9 Luke 19:1–9 (Listen) Jesus and Zacchaeus 19:1 He entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich. 3 And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small in stature. 4 So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about…

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Jesus, Jesus, only Jesus! Only He can truly bless; only He can truly heal; only He can truly justify us.

Jesus, Jesus, only Jesus! Only He can truly bless; only He can truly heal; only He can truly justify us.

BibleGateway: Luke 18:15-43 ESV Text: Luke 18:15-43 Luke 18:15–43 (Listen) Let the Children Come to Me 15 Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them. And when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. 16 But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 17 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child…

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Samuel pays attention to the Lord’s Word and so does Eli. Even though God’s judgment against him must have been difficult to hear, Eli did not argue with the Word of God.

Samuel pays attention to the Lord’s Word and so does Eli. Even though God’s judgment against him must have been difficult to hear, Eli did not argue with the Word of God.

BibleGateway: 1 Samuel 3 ESV Text: 1 Samuel 3 1 Samuel 3 (Listen) The Lord Calls Samuel 3:1 Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the LORD in the presence of Eli. And the word of the LORD was rare in those days; there was no frequent vision. 2 At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his own place. 3 The lamp of God had not yet gone out,…

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God doesn’t want just token gifts from us. He wants our hearts along with our gifts.

God doesn’t want just token gifts from us. He wants our hearts along with our gifts.

BibleGateway: Psalm 50 ESV Text: Psalm 50 Psalm 50 (Listen) God Himself Is Judge A Psalm of Asaph. 50:1   The Mighty One, God the LORD,    speaks and summons the earth    from the rising of the sun to its setting.2   Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,    God shines forth. 3   Our God comes; he does not keep silence;1    before him is a devouring fire,    around him a mighty tempest.4   He calls to the heavens above    and to the earth, that he may judge his people:5   “Gather to me my faithful ones,    who…

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Eli’s sons were wicked priests, but the Lord promised to raise up a faithful priest (Zadok). Later still He would raise up the greatest Priest, Jesus Christ.

Eli’s sons were wicked priests, but the Lord promised to raise up a faithful priest (Zadok). Later still He would raise up the greatest Priest, Jesus Christ.

BibleGateway: 1 Samuel 2:11-36 ESV Text: 1 Samuel 2:11-36 1 Samuel 2:11–36 (Listen) 11 Then Elkanah went home to Ramah. And the boy1 was ministering to the LORD in the presence of Eli the priest. Eli’s Worthless Sons 12 Now the sons of Eli were worthless men. They did not know the LORD. 13 The custom of the priests with the people was that when any man offered sacrifice, the priest’s servant would come, while the meat was boiling, with a three-pronged fork…

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Using the excuse, “Well, other people get divorces,” didn’t work with Jesus, and it shouldn’t be used as a reason by us either.

Using the excuse, “Well, other people get divorces,” didn’t work with Jesus, and it shouldn’t be used as a reason by us either.

BibleGateway: Matthew 19:1-12 ESV Text: Matthew 19:1-12 Matthew 19:1–12 (Listen) Teaching About Divorce 19:1 Now when Jesus had finished these sayings, he went away from Galilee and entered the region of Judea beyond the Jordan. 2 And large crowds followed him, and he healed them there. 3 And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?” 4 He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made…

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