I Will Remember Their Sins No More

[156 words] When the Hebrew writer quoted Jeremiah (Chapter 13) concerning the new covenant that Jesus brought, he writes, “For I will be merciful to their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more” (Heb 8:12). This is in stark contrast to the old covenant where the Hebrew writer states, “But in those (animal) sacrifices, there is a reminder of sins year by year” (Heb 10:3). Why? “For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins” (Heb. 10:4). The Hebrew Christians were reminded of a wonderful blessing. When God forgives us under the...

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God Sent His Servant To Bless You

[164 words] When Peter preached to a crowd in Jerusalem, he ended with this statement. “For you first, God raised up His Servant and sent Him to bless you by turning everyone of you from your wicked ways” (Acts 3:25). Jesus came down to bless. Part of that blessing was to turn sinners away from their wicked ways. We don’t always appreciate it when a friend or brother rebukes us for sin, but it is really a blessing. We can look at it from the other side too. When you help turn someone away from sin, you have blessed them,...

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Take Hold

[196 words] When Jesus answered a trick question regarding the Sabbath, He answered, “What man is there among you who has a sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will he not take hold of it and lift it out?” (Matt 12:11) The word “hold” here comes from “krateo”—to be strong; to keep or retain; also metaphorically of holding a tradition and even of apprehending Christ as the head of the church (Col 2:19). We can see how you might have to take a strong hold of an animal in a pit in order to save...

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He Loved Us

[197 words] I knew a man in Africa who was a farmer during the Bush War in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe. Terrorists often attacked farmers in those days and as he looked out the window one day, he saw a group of armed communist terrorists approaching the farmhouse. He quickly told his pregnant wife to run out the back door and hide while he began defending his home. Their numbers prevailed and he was killed. After the terrorists left, his wife found her husband in the house where he had multiple gunshot wounds. She gave birth very soon after that. Her husband gave...

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Make Straight Paths for Your Feet

[196 words] While driving to the office, I noticed a slightly battered pickup in front of me. What caught my attention was the rear wheels were not aligned with the front. It traveled slightly sideways down the road. The chassis, or rear axle, needed to be straightened or realigned. This problem is more easily seen by an observer who follows behind. The Hebrew writer penned, “And make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed” (Hebrews 12:13). “Straight paths” is literally “wheel tracks.” Let your...

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This Man Receives Sinners

[177 words] “Now the tax collectors and the sinners were coming near Him to listen to Him. Both the Pharisees and the scribes began to grumble, saying, ‘This man receives sinners and eats with them’” (Lk 15:1-2). A.T. Robertson comments that there was a yawning chasm between these two groups. The Pharisees were grumbling, and the expression, “this man,” is a contemptuous sneer, followed by “and eats with them.”You can feel the disdain, disgust and distance in their words. Here’s a few principles to note: • Sinners are drawn to Jesus’ words. Let us use them to do the same....

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Signals

[202 words] While driving to work while the traffic was really slow, I noticed a garden umbrella behind a fence that carried the name of a beer company. One could assume that the owner really liked that brand of beer; or maybe it was a free gift which he took advantage of. The point is, it sent a signal to all who passed that way. After a very short conversation with a Samaritan woman at a well, she said to Jesus, “Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet” (John 4:19). Jesus’ words sent a strong signal to her. We...

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How to Handle a Tricky Situation

[157 words] When Paul wrote to Philemon, he was addressing a difficult situation. Philemon’s slave had run away, found Paul, and was obviously baptized into Christ (Philemon 1:10-16). Paul sent the slave (Onesimus) back to Philemon with the letter. How did Paul handle this tricky situation? 1. He recalls all the good things they have in common in Christ. He mentions comfort and commends Philemon (Phil 1:7). 2. He expresses confidence in Christ that he has the right to command Philemon to do what is proper (Phil 1:8). 3. He instead calls upon Philemon for love’s sake (Phil 1:9). The...

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666

[218 words] The number 666 is ominous. It strikes fear and trepidation into many. People do not want to be associated with it, like the high school cross-country runner in Lexington, Kentucky. Codie Thacker refused to wear the number tag in the regionals and forfeited her chance to qualify for the state meet. She said, “I didn’t want to risk my relationship with God.” While I admire her faith, courage and commitment, she is following and believing a myth which has been falsely taught for a long time. In Revelation 13:11, a beast comes out of the earth showing its...

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Remind Them!

[175 words] Peter wrote, “Therefore, I will always be ready to remind you of these things even though you already know them, and have been established in the truth which is present with you. I consider it right, as long as I am in this earthly dwelling to stir you up by way of reminder” (2 Pet 1:12-13). Preachers and teachers know that their listeners are aware of many spiritual truths, but we need to keep reminding them of those truths. Why? Because: 1. People forget (Heb. 12:5; James 1:24; 2 Pet 1:9). 2. We need to rekindle the flame...

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Ninja Warriors

  [172 words] I’m enjoying watching Ninja Warriors on TV. Both men and women of all ages compete on a very difficult obstacle course that requires strength, agility and determination. The show gets you so involved that you begin to move and squirm in your chair trying to help the contestant succeed. And the TV crowd/audience of supporters cheer for every individual, even though they have a favorite/relative competing! They all love to see each competitor succeed! In the Lord’s Church, everyone is a warrior (Eph. 6:10-17). We cheer for every Christian Warrior. We are not competing with one another,...

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This is My Blood of the Covenant

  [178 words] Israel was in a covenant relationship with God, but as prophesied by Jeremiah 31:31, it was to be replaced (Heb. 8:8). It was replaced by the covenant Jesus initiated at His death and resurrection. He shared the fruit of the vine with the apostles and said, “For this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins” (Matt 26:28). When we believed on Jesus as our Savior, when we confessed Him as the Son of God, when we repented of sin, when we were united with Him in baptismal burial,...

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Why Are You Afraid?

[130 words] When Jesus and the disciples were caught in a storm on Galilee, they woke Him up, and He calmed the storm. He then said to them; “Why are you afraid? How is it that you have no faith?” (Mark 4:40). The word for fear here is “deilos” – dread; timid; fearful, or cowardice (Never used in a good sense). Fear of God is “phobas” – originally “flight.” Sometimes we run into the storms of life and we react with “dread,” which perhaps tells God we are lacking in faith. He understands normal fear, but wants us to hold...

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Did God Create These Little Devils?

I am talking about a small but extremely aggressive marsupial called the “Tasmanian Devil.” They only exist on an island south of Australia. Experts in Sydney believe that these little animals developed/evolved a (cocktaiI) milk formula that helps their young resist infection. Their milk contains cathelicidins in their genetic code, and tests run on 25 Types of bacteria and six types of fungi were very effective – including killing the superbug MRSA! Also Candida, a skin infection. I cannot believe the Tasmanian devil developed and evolved that complex genetic formula on its own, or by some freak resistance, which arrived...

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Be Angry, And Yet Do Not Sin

  [158 words] It was close to the end of the Broncos/Colts game. Denver’s Von Miller and Colt’s Dwayne Allen were in a discussion when Bronco’s Aquib Talib ran over and jabbed his fingers into Allen’s eye. This action cost the Broncos the game, Peyton Manning was cheated out of the NFL career yardage and spoiled the Broncos undefeated season. So Aquib Talib not only performed an ugly assault, but spoiled the dreams and aims of the whole Broncos corporate body. What a selfish, angry act. We Christians are warned – “Be angry, and yet do not sin.” Eph 4:32....

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Biblically Correct

We hear much on the TV about being “Politically Correct.” It has some precepts which are correct. It tries to encourage or insist on citizens using certain words and phrases which are kinder, and less inflammatory, which is good! But without God it is merely man’s opinion. However, we Christians are endeavoring to be “Biblically Correct.” Christians have been using kinder and less offensive words and phrases for centuries. Consider 1 Corinthians 10:32, “Give no offense either to Jews or to Greeks or to the Church of God” (not causing to stumble, a smooth road). “Giving no cause for offense...

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Good News and Bad News

There is a lot of bad news out there, as mirrored on TV and the Internet. The stock market is in trouble, thousands of Americans jobs are on the line, and threats of terrorism are shadows in the background. And then there are our own personal pain and problems to contend with. Financial, physical, medical and relationship problems touch every one of us from time to time. The bad news is, bad news will always be here as long as this earth exists. But the good news is, God’s good news lasts FOREVER! We are told to rejoice in the...

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Frantic? Or Faithful?

When Elijah fled from the threats of Jezebel, he was asking God to take his life (1 Kings 19:4). The Lord then led Elijah to Mount Horeb (Sinai), where Elijah confessed to the Lord that he was the only prophet left. All the others had been killed (1 Kings 19:10). Even though Elijah had just been given an immense victory over Jezebel and her prophets; in a matter of days he thought the battle was lost. His world had seemed to turn upside down, but God was not finished. He had plans to finish this particular battle, and Elijah was...

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Who Is This?

When Herod the tetrarch heard about Jesus, and the apostles preaching throughout the villages of Israel, plus the healing they were carrying out, he was perplexed. Luke 9:1-7. Some said John had risen from the dead (though Herod had killed him). Others thought that Elijah had appeared, or one of the prophets had risen from the dead. Luke 7:7-9. Herod said; “Who is this?” We need to take a closer look at Jesus in the Bible, and not depend on what men say. Most Israelites had the wrong idea and concept of Jesus, and we can do the same. We...

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The Greatest and Foremost

  [168 words] When a lawyer asked Jesus which was the greatest commandment in the law, Jesus answered: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and foremost commandment.” The second is like it; “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22.37-39). In the complexities of life, we can lose sight of these two principles which remain part of the New Covenant. When we are wronged, hurt, maligned, persecuted, treated unfairly or neglected by others, we need to remember these two commandments:...

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Who is This?

[143 words] When Herod the tetrarch heard about Jesus, and the apostles preaching throughout the villages of Israel, plus the healing they were carrying out, he was perplexed (Luke 9:1-7). Some said John had risen from the dead (though Herod had killed him). Others thought that Elijah had appeared, or one of the prophets had risen from the dead (Luke 7:7-9). Herod said, “Who is this?” We need to take a closer look at Jesus in the Bible, and not depend on what men say. Most Israelites had the wrong idea and concept of Jesus, and we can do the...

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They Did Not Understand

[165 words] Henry Winkler, (the Fonz), revealed some time ago that he did not know he had a learning problem until he was 31. It turns out he has dyslexia. Sadly, his dad at one time in childhood called him a “dumb dog.” I saw him on TV, and he still has difficulty. Every day he has to make out a schedule on his computer, but has to have the typed word above the monitor so he can type, or copy it. Understanding was a problem with many in Jesus’ time. Nicodemus lacked understanding. John 3:10. The disciples failed to...

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They Are Blessed

[155 words] When the Israelites defeated the Amorites as they drew closer to the Promised Land, Balak, the King of Maob called on Balaam to come and curse the people of Israel. God said to Balaam: “Do not go with them, you shall not curse the people for they are blessed” (Numbers 22:12). The story goes on to show that even though the idea of placing a curse-on Israel was pursued, God deflected and defeated all that was attempted. We Christians are the blessed people of God. He watches over us and is well aware of the world trying to...

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Are You the Potter or the Clay?

In view of what God’s word states, this seems to be a silly question. Would we say, “Why did you make me like this?” (Rom. 9:20). Would we deny this principle? “Or does not the potter (God) have a right over the clay (us) to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for common use?” (Rom. 9:21). Of course we understand the principle of the potter and the clay. But we often resist the potter (God) who wants to mold us a certain way, and we don’t want to go there. We must submit to...

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Good News and Bad News

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