Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God.
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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.
Sun, Oct 08, 2017
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Paul, in his letter to the Romans said, “4 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope” (Romans 15:4). It is in the light of the above statement that we can be confident that the Word of God has solution to present-day problems in the life of individuals, families, and nations. We celebrated the 57th anniversary of our nation’s independence last Sunday but in the midst of heightened concern for the security and unity of the nation and increasing economic hardships and environmental degradation. The temptation that we often face is to consider these problems as mere social, economic or political problems and by so doing we attempt to find solutions to them on those plains as well. However, the time has come for us to begin to see these problems as symptoms of a more fundamental problem, namely, evidence of the wrath of God poured out upon individuals, families, and nations, because of their sins. One of the several passages that buttress this position is Judges 6. From it, we see many similarities between the experience of the Israelites and that of believers today
Sun, Oct 01, 2017
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To backslide means to revert to a worse condition, to lapse morally, or to turn away from the Lord and His holy commandments, which demand righteous living. A backsliding believer returns to the selfishness and sins of the world. A backsliding believer ignores or neglects worship, the reading of God’s Word, prayer, witnessing, and reaching out to meet the desperate needs of the world. A backsliding believer sometimes slips into immoral, lawless, or even violent behavior. Backsliding shames Christ by giving the world a chance to ridicule and mock His name.
Sun, Sep 24, 2017
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Daniel was deeply concerned about the future of his dear people and their painful suffering under Babylonian rule. For over seventy years, the Jews had been exiled in Babylon. Throughout those years, Daniel had seen his people broken, discouraged, suffering, and at times overcome by a spirit of hopelessness. Now, as an aged man, he did the only thing he could do to help them: he turned to the Lord. He sought answers from God concerning his people and begged God for their restoration through the Scriptures and prayer. But how did Daniel go about seeking God for the restoration of his people? First, Daniel studied the Scriptures in the first year of the reign of Darius, the new Persian ruler of Babylon (539-538 B.C.). Daniel read Jeremiah 25:1-14 which explains why the Jews had been exiled to Babylon.
Times of Refreshing
Sun, Aug 20, 2017
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