Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God.
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Sun, Jan 21, 2018
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Man is enslaved by sin and all the consequences of it. He cannot keep from sinning; therefore, he bears the consequences of sin: guilt, shame, hurt, pain, sorrow, suffering, destruction, devastation, brokenness, death, and judgment. For man to be freed, he must fulfill two conditions. The first condition is belief or faith in Christ (John 8:30; cp. John 1:12-14; Rom. 10:9-11). As the gospel was proclaimed, they listened. They did not slumber or sleep, nor allow their minds to wander. They allowed no distraction whatsoever. They heard and "believed on Christ"; therefore, their hearts were stirred and they reached out for Jesus (cp. John 3:3; 1 Peter 2:2-3). The second condition is continuing or abiding in the Lord's Word. The idea is that of dwelling, just as a person dwells at home. Very simply, what Jesus was saying is that a person who really believes will continue both to study and to do the Word (2 Tim. 2:15).
Sun, Dec 31, 2017
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In Acts 3:21, Peter, in his sermon at Solomon’s Colonnade spoke about the time when God would restore everything. The Person through whom this restoration will be accomplished is none other than the Messiah Himself, the Lord Jesus Christ, and it will take place at His Second Coming. In the final chapter of his book, Zechariah describes in detail six key events that will take place in the periods known as the Great Tribulation and the Day of the Lord when Christ returns to earth in visible power and glory to establish God’s kingdom throughout the world. The first event Zechariah described concerns Israel during the Great Tribulation, namely, the attack of Jerusalem (14:1-2).
Sun, Nov 19, 2017
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After Gideon had led a small band of soldiers to defeat the cruel enemy of Israel who had oppressed them for so long, they sought to exalt him as king over Israel and to establish a ruling dynasty (8:22-23). In great humility, Gideon rejected their offer and declared that the Lord Himself was to rule over His people. But, despite his rejection of the kingship, Gideon began to demonstrate a heart that was not pure toward God, a life that was not totally committed to God (8:24-32). The permissive, compromising life he lived up until his death is clearly spelled out by Scripture
Sun, Nov 12, 2017
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The fact that the Israelites had repented of their evil deeds did not translate into automatic deliverance for them; they had to fight for it. The Midianites did not just walk away. Rather, they gathered as they normally did in their huge number to terrorize and oppress the Israelites (v. 33). When this happened again, first, the Lord Himself prepared His people for battle through His chosen servant Gideon (6:34-35). The Spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon, clothing him with His presence and power, and giving him the wisdom and ability to lead the troops of Israel.
Sun, Nov 05, 2017
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Throughout the Bible, we can see the importance of helpers towards the fulfillment of God’s purpose and plans for individuals and nations. All the heroes of the Bible were people who relied on others to succeed in all their endeavours. Abraham did not single-handedly deliver Lot, his nephew, from the people who abducted him. Rather, he had the support of 318 people that belonged to his household to overcome Lot’s abductors and set him free (Gen. 14:11-16). Moses did not single-handedly deliver the Israelites from captivity in Egypt. God provided Aaron, his brother, to help him in his mission (Exodus 4:13-16). When he complained to God about the burden of being solely responsible for leading the Israelites during their wilderness journeys, God raised up seventy of the elders of Israel to help him (Numbers 11:10-17). David also did not single-handedly achieve great success as a military leader and become the king of Israel. God raised up several men of valour who volunteered their services and helped him to take over the throne of Israel (1 Chron. 11-12).
Sun, Oct 29, 2017
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Two weeks ago, we saw how, in response to the cries of the Israelites, God sent a prophet to reveal to them the errors of their ways that were responsible for their predicament. God’s reaction to their repentance was to raise up someone who would deliver the Israelites from the hand of the Midianites. This is God’s way of responding to the cries of people for His intervention in their situation—He normally uses human beings as His agents of blessing or restoration of anything that has been lost because of His judgment upon our sins or sheer malevolence on the part of the devil and his cohorts. This understanding should make us value human beings more because anyone can be God’s instruments for our blessing. Not only that, we should also deliberately live our lives in such a way that we may be God’s instruments for other people’s blessings someday.
Sun, Oct 15, 2017
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Last Sunday we saw how the Israelites continually backslided and turned their backs upon God. We also saw how God reacted to their backsliding. He chastised them. Because of the evil committed by the Israelites, God used the Midianites to oppress them for seven years. The Israelites needed to be broken before God so they would cry out to God and repent, turning away from their false worship and returning to God. The Israelites cried out to God for deliverance from their oppressors. They wanted the oppression and the suffering to stop. However, it is not enough to hate the punishment for our sin and to cry to God for relief or deliverance from it. We must equally hate the sins that gave rise to the punishment in the first place.
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