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1 Thessalonians 4:16 ‘But we would not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning them that fall aslee

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This Week's Focus Passage: 1 Thessalonians 4:16 'But we would not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning them that fall asleep.' But we would not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning them that fall asleep; that ye sorrow not, even as the rest, who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also that are fallen asleep in Jesus will...

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1 Thessalonians 1:5 ‘Our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power.’

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This Week's Focus Passage: 1 Thessalonians 1:5 'Our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power.' After the salutation that Paul offered in his first epistle to the church of the Thessalonians, he began immediately to engage in thanksgiving and praise to God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, in verses two through five in the first chapter. Read carefu...

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2 Kings 2:11 ‘Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.’

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This Week's Focus Passage: 2 Kings 2:11 'Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.' What a dramatic exit from the earth was granted to this prophet, Elijah. The first notice given him in the Word of God is almost as dramatic;read at the beginning of the seventeenth chapter, simply that he 'said unto Ahab, As Jehovah, the God of Israel, liveth, before whom I stand, th...

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Colossians 1:12-13 ‘Who made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.’

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This Week's Focus Passage: Colossians 1:12-13 'Who made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.' Considering the phrase utilized by the apostle Paul in this epistle to the church, that is the 'saints at Colosse,' when he speaks to them as those, along with himself, and as he does so in verses twelve and thirteen of the first chapter of Colos...

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Psalm 119:176 ‘I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant.’

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This Week's Focus Passage: Psalm 119:176 'I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant.' While even the 'Prince of Preachers', as Charles Spurgeon was called, of London in the 19thcentury, was forced to concede that he could not with absolute certainty maintain that 'the man after God's own heart' was the inspired author of the 119thpsalm, he nonetheless decla...

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Luke 2:25 ‘Looking for the consolation of Israel.’

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This Week's Focus Passage: Luke 2:25 'Looking for the consolation of Israel.' Are we Christians today not looking for the consolation of Israel? This text before us this week, speaks of the man Simeon, about whom Luke has told us, in Luke 2:25-35, that he was encountered by Mary and Joseph as they were bringing their child into Jerusalem; it was afterthe days of their ...

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1 Kings 2:27 ‘That he might fulfill the word of Jehovah.’

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1 Kings 2:27 'That he might fulfill the word of Jehovah.' And unto Abiathar the priest said the king, Get thee to Anathoth, unto thine own fields; for thou art worthy of death: but I will not at this time put thee to death, because thou barest the ark of the Lord Jehovah before David my father, and because thou wast afflicted in all wherein my father was afflicted. So ...

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Mark 16:18 ‘They shall take up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing.

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Mark 16:18 'They shall take up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing. This portion of the gospel according to Mark, that is, Mark 16:9-20, is one of a few contested passages in our bibles, and also in the annals of textual criticism. It has been under the microscope of this form of criticism for a good number of years. It should be noted that textual criticism ...

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Psalm 110 ‘Jehovah saith unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand.’

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This Week's Focus Passage: Psalm 110 'Jehovah saith unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand.' Most writers seem to be in agreement with one another, that Psalm 110 is the most frequently quoted, or cited, passage from the Older Testament found in the books of the Newer Testament. Moreover, there is also agreement with regard to which is the most frequently cited verse ...

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2 Corinthians 5:20 ‘We are ambassadors therefore on behalf of Christ.’

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This Week's Focus Passage: 2 Corinthians 5:20 'We are ambassadors therefore on behalf of Christ.' What is involved in the office of an ambassador? Indeed, what is an ambassador after all? If we are called to be such, we ought to know what it is. Qatar is an oil-rich emirate on a peninsula jutting into the Persian Gulf: recently, their ambassador to the U.S., Ali Bin F...

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2 Corinthians 1:3 ‘Father of mercies and God of all comfort.’

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2 Corinthians 1:3 'Father of mercies and God of all comfort.' And it came to pass, as he was praying in a certain place, that when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, even as John also taught his disciples. And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Father, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Give us day by day our daily bread. A...

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1 Corinthians 6:11 ‘And such were some of you: but ye were washed.’

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This Week's Focus Passage: 1 Corinthians 6:11 'And such were some of you: but ye were washed.' This is the blessed conclusion at which our apostle, Paul, arrives in his significant litany of the past lives and offences of many in the church; many who were rescued by the grace of God from the bondage they were in to these sins. Let us review the context found in verses ni...

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Psalm 74:9 ‘Neither is there among us any that knoweth how long.’

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Psalm 74:9 'Neither is there among us any that knoweth how long.' We may read in Luke 13:3, 5, the twice repeated asseveration of our Lord Jesus Christ, when He said to His auditory,Except ye repent, ye shall likewise perish. This was spoken firstly after His allusion to the folk whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices, and those who died under the tower ...

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Matthew 27:54 ‘Truly this was the Son of God.’

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Matthew 27:54 'Truly this was the Son of God.' There are at least two great confessions from the lips of individuals to be found in the gospel narratives given us, and this attestation, found in our focus passage and ascribed to the centurion after that he had witnessed the convulsions that rocked the earth as the Lord of Glory 'yielded up his spirit,' (which convulsions...

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Psalm 62:1 - ‘My soul waiteth in silence for God only; from him cometh my salvation.’

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Psalm 62:1 - 'My soul waiteth in silence for God only; from him cometh my salvation.' One of the modern 'translations' of the Scriptures,The Message, the very centuries they have given here, not a translation, but a paraphrase of what they think that the Psalmist, and thus of course the Holy Spirit, intended to communicate. If one is content with a paraphrase, there is...

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Romans 8:28 ‘And we know that to them that love God all things work together for good.’

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Romans 8:28 'And we know that to them that love God all things work together for good.' In the 'Authorized Version,' the 'A. D. 1611,' best known as the King James Version, this passage from Romans 8:28 has been rendered, as follows: And we know that all things work together for good. This is, of course, not a complete sentence in any translation of which we are awar...

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Matthew 21:45 - ‘They perceived that He spake of them.’

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Matthew 21:45 - 'They perceived that He spake of them.' "They perceived that he spake of them;they plainly saw that they were designed by the son that promised to go into the vineyard, but did not; only talked of works, but did not do them: and that they were the husbandmen that acted the ungrateful part to the householder, and the cruel one to his servants, and would to...

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Psalm 46: ‘God is our Refuge and Strength.’

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Psalm 46: 'God is our Refuge and Strength.' One who has written '101 Hymn Stories,' adding at a later date, '101 More Hymn Stories,' is, quite apparently, excited to inform us that this hymn of Martin Luther, 'A Mighty Fortress is our God,' is based on Psalm 46. In fact, our own hymn book has the Scripture reference at the top of the page where this hymn is found,God i...

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Psalm 40:7 ‘In the roll of the book it is written of me.’

This Week's Focus Passage: Psalm 40:7 'In the roll of the book it is written of me.' Then said I, Lo, I am come; In the roll of the book it is written of me: I delight to do thy will, O my God: Yea, thy law is within my heart. These beautiful and astounding words are, in all reality, the substance of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. They are the embodiment (...

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Leviticus 1 ‘Behold, the Lamb of God.’

This Week's Focus Passage: Leviticus 1 'Behold, the Lamb of God.' Our readers may read, in their own copies of the Word of God, in Genesis 22:1-2, of the 'proving' or 'tempting' of Abraham by Jehovah. It is rather startling to consider that God would require anyone to offer a human sacrifice, but this is precisely what we read in that particularly astounding passage: ...

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Matthew 11:12 ‘The Kingdom of Heaven suffereth violence, and men of violence take it by force.’

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Focus Passage, Sunday, Feb. 2: Matthew 11:12 'The Kingdom of Heaven suffereth violence, and men of violence take it by force.' In John Bunyan's famous allegory, The Pilgrim's Progress, the reader discovers early in the travels of Christian, the Pilgrim, that he arrives at the house of the Interpreter. At one point in his travels, he encounters a grave person who name w...

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Matthew 10:16: Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves.

Weeks Focus Passage: Matthew 10:16 'Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves.' We wish to consider the direction that our Lord Jesus has given to His church as He sent out His twelve disciples. He has informed them, in this passage from Matthew, that they are being sent out into a dangerous world. He sent them forthas sheep in the midst of wolves.He fu...

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Psalm 119 ‘O How Love I Thy Law! It Is My Meditation All The Day’

Psalm 119'O How Love I Thy Law! It Is My Meditation All The Day' In our Scripture reading schedule for this week, we find the texts from Psalm 119 to include verses 41-104. While it is frequently noted that apart from only two particular verses in this, the 11 9th Psalm, the word of God is referred to in every other single verse, so that it is to be expected, and no surpr...

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1 Kings 13:18 ‘But he lied unto him.’

1 Kings 13:18'But he lied unto him.' When we read this somewhat disturbing narrative in the book of 1 Kings and the 13th chapter, we come away with many questions upon our minds as well as our hearts; not the least of which is 'who was this man of God'? The narrative begins for us with a simple pronouncement regarding his appearing, when it tells us; And, behold, there c...

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Ephesians 1:4 ‘He chose us in him from before the foundation of the world.’

Ephesians 1:4'He chose us in him from before the foundation of the world.' Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ: even as he chose us in him from before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blemish before him, in love having foreordained us unto ...

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Psalm 116:15 ‘Precious in the sight of Jehovah is the death of his saints.’

Psalm 116:15'Precious in the sight of Jehovah is the death of his saints.' David has, in his songs and prayers that have been recorded and preserved in the book of Psalms, made frequent references to death, both the death of the righteous as well as the death of the unrighteous. Most notable of the latter, perhaps, is found in the 49th psalm, in the provocative language o...

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Galatians 1:6 ‘A different gospel.’

Galatians 1:6'A different gospel.' The devil goes about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. And he is well able, we are informed, to transform himself into an angel of light. His fervent desire and plan is to take down the King of glory, the Son of God, the Savior of the world. In order to bring this about, he exercises the fullness of his duplicity and hatred a...

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This Week’s Focus Passage: Psalm 100 ‘All people that on earth do dwell, sing to the Lord with cheer

This Week's Focus Passage: Psalm 100 'All people that on earth do dwell, sing to the Lord with cheerful voice.' The inspired heading of this popular psalm states that it is, 'A Psalm of Thanksgiving,' 'A Psalm for the Thank-offering.' One of the greatest privileges of the believer is that privilege of offering thanksgiving and praise unto the Lord for all His mercies. ...

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Matthew 4:10 ‘Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God.’

Matthew 4:10'Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God.' This passage is conspicuous as the narration of 'The Temptation' of Jesus by the Devil. It is most worthy of notice that Satan chose to make this attempt [no pun intended] immediately after His baptism by John, of which we may read: Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to the Jordan un...

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Matthew 1:21 ‘For it is he that shall save his people from their sins.’

Matthew 1:21'For it is he that shall save his people from their sins.' The entire pericope actually begins with an angel's appearance unto Joseph, at vs. 20, where we do well to listen to all that was spoken unto Joseph, the betrothed of Mary: Butwhen he thought on these things [being minded to put her away], behold, an angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, say...

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Job 42:5 ‘I had heard of thee by the hearing of the ear, but now mine eye seeth thee.’

Job 42:5'I had heard of thee by the hearing of the ear, but now mine eye seeth thee.' And Job answered Jehovah, and said, I know that thou canst do all things, and that no purpose of thine can be restrained. Who is this that hideth counsel without knowledge? Therefore have I uttered that which I understood not, things too wonderful for me, which I knew not. Hear, I beseec...

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Micah 6:8 ‘….but to do justly, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with thy God.’

Micah 6:8'.but to do justly, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with thy God.' This is, of course, the answer to the question, What is good; and what doth Jehovah require of thee, O man? The Lord says here that He has showed us what is good and that which He requires of us is to do justly, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly before Him. These words are, by far...

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Amos 3:2 ‘You only have I known of all the families of the earth.’

Amos 3:2'You only have I known of all the families of the earth.' What does the prophet Amos have to say unto the people of God today? The words of Amos, who Hearwas among the herdsmen of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the days of Uzziah king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash king of Israel, two years before the earthquake. Keep in mind that...

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John 14:16 ‘And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter.’

John 14:16'And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter.' And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may be with you for ever, even the Spirit of truth: whom the world cannot receive; for it beholdeth him not, neither knoweth him; ye know him; for he abideth with you, and shall be in you. John 16-17. Is this not mo...

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1 John 2:12-15 ‘I write unto you, my little children,…fathers,,,,,,young men.’

1 John 2:12-15'I write unto you, my little children,fathers,,,,,,young men.' I write unto you, my little children, because your sins are forgiven you, for his name's sake. I write unto you, fathers, because ye know him who is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the evil one. I have written unto you, little children, because ye know th...

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3 John ‘Gaius the beloved, Diotrephes, who loveth preeminence, Demetrius hath the witness.’

3 John'Gaius the beloved, Diotrephes, who loveth preeminence, Demetrius hath the witness.' John the apostle who leaned upon the breast of Jesus at the Table, is one who lived to many years. He has borne witness in his third epistle of three individuals that may be found in the church of Jesus Christ. We must infer that the references and warnings certainly are presented f...

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John 8:58 ‘Before Abraham was born, I am.’

John 8:58'Before Abraham was born, I am.' In Exodus, chapter three, we are granted the privilege of witnessing a dialogue between Moses and God; an interview that impregnates the memory of every serious believer in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This interview evolves out of the circumstances of what one writer has described as 'God Commissions Moses to Deliver Israel out o...

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John 6:66 ‘Upon this many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.’

John 6:66'Upon this many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.' In the verses which have preceded this sixty-sixth verse of John, chapter 6, we are told, in the words of the Lord Jesus Christ, Himself: But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who it was that should betray him. A...

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John 6:66 ‘Upon this many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.’

John 6:66'Upon this many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.' In the verses which have preceded this sixty-sixth verse of John, chapter 6, we are told, in the words of the Lord Jesus Christ, Himself: But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who it was that should betray him. An...

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John 5:46 ‘If ye believed Moses, ye would believe me; for he wrote of me.’

John 5:46'If ye believed Moses, ye would believe me; for he wrote of me.' If ye believed Moses, ye would believe me; for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words? This seems to powerfully connect the Old Testament scriptures with those of the New Testament. Is it not fair to consider this to be true from these very words of Jesus ...

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John 2:19 ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.’

John 2:19'Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.' This is a sequel to John's account of the cleansing of the temple in Jerusalem. Well known are the details of that cleansing that Jesus performed with a scourge of cords. He drove out all those merchandizers that were dishonoring His Father's house. And He said to them, Make not my Father's house a hous...

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James 1:18 ‘He brought us forth by the word of truth.’

James 1:18'He brought us forth by the word of truth.' The most blessed and entire sentence that constitutes verse 1:18 of the epistle of James is absolutely full even to overflowing with beautiful and wonderful truths. Read for yourself and ponder each pregnant word or expression: Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first...

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Luke 23:43 ‘Today shalt thou be with me in Paradise.’

Luke 23:43'Today shalt thou be with me in Paradise.' When anyone passes away from this life, we invariably hear someone make the statement that 'they are with God,' or, 'they are in heaven.' And although the Roman Catholic Church teaches the doctrine of purgatory, we virtually never hear it said of one of their communicants, upon passing, that they are in purgatory. What ...

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Luke 23:12 ‘And Herod and Pilate became friends with each other that very day.’

Luke 23:12'And Herod and Pilate became friends with each other that very day.' We are informed by Luke in this passage that during the passing back and forth of Jesus between them, that Herod and Pilate became friends with each other that very day. Luke has not told us how or why this period of the trial of Christ made them to become friends. The only clue Luke has left i...

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Luke 20:46 ‘Beware of the scribes.’

Luke 20:46'Beware of the scribes.' And in the hearing of all the people he said unto his disciples, Beware of the scribes, who desire to walk in long robes, and love salutations in the marketplaces, and chief seats in the synagogues, and chief places at feasts; who devour widows' houses, and for a pretense make long prayers: these shall receive greater condemnation. The ...

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Proverbs 19:5, 9 ‘A false witness shall not be unpunished.’

Proverbs 19:5, 9 'A false witness shall not be unpunished.' Repetition, repetition, repetition; is that not the way of learning? We were taught that from our youth, weren't we? How often in classes did we not go over the same material again and again until we had it stored in our hard drives (a conspicuous anachronism)? There is an old Latin saying making the very same p...

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Titus ‘To Titus, my true child after a common faith.’

Titus 'To Titus, my true child after a common faith.' Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect, and the knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness, in hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised before times eternal; but in his own seasons manifested his word in the message, wherewith I was i...

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Luke 17:3 ‘And if he repent, forgive him.

Luke 17:3 'And if he repent, forgive him. And what if he does not repent? What if he refuses to repent? What if he hardens his heart? How did that work for Pharaoh? Jesus here disciples His disciples. Take heed to yourselves: if thy brother sin, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. And if he sin against thee seven times in the day, and seven times turn again to th...

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Proverbs 8:30 ‘And I was daily his delight.’

Proverbs 8:30 'And I was daily his delight.' This brief statement of fact contains, in the English, only six words, but of what beautifully grand realities those words speak to the understanding of our hearts. They are found in this eighth proverb among. The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; to know wisdom and instruction; to discern the words of und...

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1 Timothy 2:5 ‘For there is one God, one mediator also between God and men.’

1 Timothy 2:5 'For there is one God, one mediator also between God and men.' Mankind is religious by his very nature. This is attested through history. Man throughout the ages has held this in common. In every century; in every generation, men have sought the way of connection with the 'higher being,' whether it be with 'Mother Nature' or 'the Man upstairs.' Mankind inst...

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2 Chronicles 33:13 ‘Then Manasseh knew that Jehovah he was God.’

2 Chronicles 33:13 'Then Manasseh knew that Jehovah he was God.' This is what Paul Harvey would have referred to as 'the rest of the story.' For our purposes, the story begins in 2 Kings 20:21. We may read that simple verse, And Hezekiah slept with his fathers; and Manasseh his son reigned in his stead. Actually, this single verse is quite remarkable; we should therefore...

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Psalm 142 ‘Maschil of David, when he was in the cave; a Prayer.’

Psalm 142 'Maschil of David, when he was in the cave; a Prayer.' This superscription is what is written and underlined in an introductory fashion. These are a part of the inspired Word, and by many writers are counted as the first verse. The seven versesof course the verse divisions are not inspiredshall be set down in a prose, rather than a poetic form for the ease of ...

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Luke 9:30 ‘There talked with him two men, who were Moses and Elijah.’

Luke 9:30 'There talked with him two men, who were Moses and Elijah.' Moses and Elijah were attendants at the transfiguration of our Lord on the mount along with the apostles, Peter, James, and John. Many commentators point out to their readers that the likely purpose of this event was to foreshadow the exaltation of Jesus that would result from His resurrection to His s...

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Psalm 130 ‘If thou, Jehovah, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?’

Psalm 130'If thou, Jehovah, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?' John Owen wrote a treatise which, in a Banner of Truth reprint from 'The Works of John Owen,' and titled by this publisher, 'The Forgiveness of Sin,' the 'little' volume is made up of 448 pages. This independent puritan pastor and theologian has written 448 pages commenting upon a psalm which...

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Ephesians 1:4 ‘In Him before the foundation of the world.’

Ephesians 1:4'In Him before the foundation of the world.' Verses one through fourteen of the first chapter of Paul's epistle to the saints that are at Ephesus are somewhat well known, in the original, to comprise one sentence. This may, perhaps, be disputed among students of the Greek. Yet, the very concept of these many grand and glorious blessings, even possibly, being ...

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Luke 6:10 ‘Stretch forth thy hand.’

Luke 6:10'Stretch forth thy hand.' And it came to pass on another sabbath, that he entered into the synagogue and taught: and there was a man there, and his right hand was withered. And the scribes and the Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal on the Sabbath; that they might find how to accuse him. But he knew their thoughts; and he said to the man that had his han...

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Luke 3:21-22 ‘The Holy Spirit descended….and a voice came out of heaven.’

Luke 3:21-22'The Holy Spirit descended.and a voice came out of heaven.' Now it came to pass, when all the people were baptized, that, Jesus also having been baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended in a bodily form, as a dove, upon him, and a voice came out of heaven, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased. The passage above...

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Psalm 106:30 ‘Then stood up Phinehas.’

Psalm 106:30'Then stood up Phinehas.' There seem to be, on record in the Scriptures, only two men having the name of Phinehas. The first, chronologically, is Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, the first high priest of the nation of Israelthis Aaron was also the brother of the renowned and honored Moses. Almost ironically, the only other individual bearing th...

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Psalm 71:18 ‘Yea, even when I am old and gray-headed, forsake me not.’

Psalm 71:18'Yea, even when I am old and gray-headed, forsake me not.' This is a glorious example of a child of God praying the promises of God; something of which we should each take personal note. The bottom line, to put it that way, of all of our prayingas exemplified by our Lord and Saviorshould always be, 'thy will be done.' And how could that summation possibly be sa...

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The Old Hundredth - ‘Make a joyful noise unto Jehovah, all ye lands.

The Old Hundredth -'Make a joyful noise unto Jehovah, all ye lands.' "All people that on earth do dwell, Sing to the Lord with cheerful voice;Him serve with fear, His praise forth-tell, Come ye before Him and rejoice. The Lord ye know is God indeed, without our aid He did us make;We are His flock, He does us feed, and for His sheep He doth us take. O enter then His gate...

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Ruth 1:16 ‘Thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God.’

Ruth 1:16'Thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God.' We find the name of Ruth the Moabitess repeated thirteen times in the Word of God; twelve times in the Older Testament, and just once in the Newer Testament. There are surely many notable items to be gleaned from that which surrounds the inclusion of this woman of Moab into the Holy Scriptures. The notability a...

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Mark 7:28 ‘Even the dogs under the table eat of the children’s crumbs.’

And from thence he arose, and went away into the borders of Tyre and Sidon. And he entered into a house, and would have no man know it; and he could not be hid. But straightway a woman, whose little daughter had an unclean spirit, having heard of him, came and fell down at his feet. Now the woman was a Greek, a Syro-phoenician by race. And she besought him that he would ca...

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Judges 2:10 ‘And there arose another generation after them, that knew not Jehovah.’

Judges 2:10'And there arose another generation after them, that knew not Jehovah.' Why? Did Joshua and his contemporaries fail in bringing up their children in the fear and admonition of the Lord? What is it that would account for this 'new generation' not knowing Jehovah? Is this a fair picture of our families today? Is it a fair picture of much of the church today? It ...

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1 Corinthians 6:11 ‘Such were some of you.’

Or know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with men, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye were washed, but ye were sanctified, b...

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Psalm 71:18 - ‘Yea, even when I am old and gray-headed, forsake me not.’

My mouth shall tell of thy righteousness, and of thy salvation all the day; for I know not the numbers thereof. I will come with the mighty acts of the Lord Jehovah: I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only. O God, thou hast taught me from my youth; and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works. Yea, even when I am old and gray-headed forsake me not, ...

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Matthew 28:15 - ‘This saying was spread abroad among the Jews, and continueth until this day.’

Now while they were going, behold, some of the guard came into the city, and told unto the chief priests all the things that were come to pass. And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave much money unto the soldiers, saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept. And if this come to the governor’s ears,...

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Matthew 24:36 ‘But of that day and hour knoweth no one.’

A question was put to our Lord Jesus Christ by His disciples as it is recorded for us in Matthew 24. This question has been asked by His disciples over and again ever since. It is the question of the return of our Lord, or His second advent. ...

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Numbers 21:9 ‘When he looked unto the serpent of brass, he lived.’

These words spoken by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, are words that immediately precede perhaps the most well-known verse of the Holy Scriptures, namely John 3:16, which it may well be unnecessary to set before my reader, but I will do so, for convenience, anyway; For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not...

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Romans 1:16 ‘For I am not ashamed of the gospel.’

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Acts 28:31 ‘Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching the things concerning the Lord.’

And he abode two whole years in his own hired dwelling, and received all that went in unto him, preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching the things concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness, none forbidding him. ...

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Matthew 16:17 ‘Flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee.’

This grand declaration from the lips of our Savior were uttered in response to the blessed and renowned statement of Peter; his confession of faith, if you will, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God....

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Psalm 27:4 ‘One thing have I asked of Jehovah, that will I seek after.’

Psalm 27:4 -One thing have I asked of Jehovah, that will I seek after; That I may dwell in the house of Jehovah all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of Jehovah, And to inquire in his temple....

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Matthew 11:28 ‘Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden.’

Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. ...

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Acts 13:41 - ‘A work which ye shall in no wise believe.’

These words of the apostle Paul are cited from the words of the prophet, Habakkuk, found in chapter one, verse five. This prophecy is spoken of by Habakkuk as The burden which Habakkuk the prophet did see. ...

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Psalm 17:15 ‘I shall be satisfied when I awake.’

Arise, O Jehovah, Confront him, cast him down: Deliver my soul from the wicked by thy sword; From men by thy hand, O Jehovah, From men of the world, whose portion is in this life, And whose belly thou fillest with thy treasure: They are satisfied with children, And leave the rest of their substance to their babes....

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Psalm 2:12 ‘Kiss the Son.’

Yet I have set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. I will tell of the decree: Jehovah said unto me, Thou art my son; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I will give thee the nations for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; Thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vesse...

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John 21:25 ‘And there are also many other things which Jesus did.’

Wow! Are we already approaching another year? It hardly seems that an entire year has passed since this thought was set before us. What is there that we ought to do, or be doing, as we look back upon the year 2017?...

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Revelation 21:2 ‘And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.’

One twentieth-century writer, I believe, is quite helpful in his attempts at setting before us this awe-striking portrait which John through God the Holy Spirit has set before us in lovely, simple words; And I saw a new heaven and a new earth....

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John 17:9 ‘I pray for them: I pray not for the world.’

No less than five times in this single chapter from John’s gospel account did our Savior speak of those believing on Him as those given unto Him by the Father Himself. ...

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Amos 3:3 ‘Shall two walk together except they have agreed?’

This third chapter in the prophecy of Amos, who was among the herdsmen of Tekoa, was directed by God toward the hearing of the children of Israel, against the whole family which I brought up out of the land of Egypt. The remarks of Thomas Scott (1747-1821) on this verse are well worth noting....

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Job 26:14 ‘Lo, these are but the outskirts of his ways.’

If I may be excused for doing so, I intend to communicate a rather large extract from the 12 volumes of his Practical Observations on Job by the Puritan Joseph Caryl (1602-1674). A recent purchaser of this reprint (the first after 400 years) offered the following remarks:...

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1 John 5:1 ‘Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is begotten of God.’

This rather simple statement by the apostle John toward the conclusion of his first epistle is full of Gospel reality. It is interesting to note that this particular phrase, ‘whosoever believeth,’ of this verse is found in only four other places of the Word of God....

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John 10:11-13 ‘He that is a hireling and not a shepherd.'

“Alexander Henderson (1583-1646), Scottish minister, described as ‘the Second Reformer’. Born probably in the Fife parish of Creich, he graduated with distinction at St. Andrews (1603) and was appointed regent there. Favored as a supporter of Episcopacy, not later than 1614 he was given the parish of Leuchars, an induction carried out against the wishes of the parish...

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2 Peter 2:20 ‘The last state is become worse with them than the first.’

For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein and overcome, the last state is become worse with them than the first. For it were better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after knowing it, to turn back from the holy commandment delivered unto t...

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Ezekiel 9:2 ‘One in the midst of them clothed in linen, with a writer’s inkhorn by his side.’

And it came to pass in the sixth year, in the sixth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I sat in my house, and the elders of Judah sat before me, that the hand of the Lord Jehovah fell there upon me. Then I beheld, and, lo, a likeness as the appearance of fire; from the appearance of his loins and downward, fire; and from his loins and upward, as the appearance of br...

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John 6:66 ‘Upon this many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.’

‘Upon this,’ or, ‘after this’? We may understand that the rendering, ‘upon,’ is intended to signify ‘built on,’ or, ‘coming on,’ that is, ‘with connection to,’ but the rendering ‘after,’ almost certainly must suggest a time frame....

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John 5:25, 28 ‘The hour cometh and now is……the hour cometh.’

We must needs have before us the entirety of this enigmatic passage if we are to have any opportunity to grasp the enormity of what our Savior has spoken to those Jews that were so completely perplexed over His speech. ...

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James 5:11 ‘Ye have seen the end of the Lord, how that the Lord is full of pity, and merciful.’

Behold, we call them blest that endured: ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord, how that the Lord is full of pity, and merciful....

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James 5:11 ‘Ye have seen the end of the Lord, how that the Lord is full of pity, and merciful.’

Behold, we call them blest that endured: ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord, how that the Lord is full of pity, and merciful....

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James 1:18 ‘Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth.’

Great is the number of men that have, not only imagined but, taught that salvation is a product of the human will. ...

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Isaiah 65:25. ‘The wolf and the lamb shall feed together.’

And the wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned chi...

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Isaiah 53:10 ‘Yet it pleased Jehovah to bruise him.’

It is difficult to pass by an opportunity to offer remarks on one of the most blessed portions of the Word of God, namely the 53rd chapter of Isaiah. Isaiah is the Old Testament volume frequently referred to...

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Luke 22:43 ‘And there appeared unto him an angel from heaven, strengthening him.’

If the Christ, the God-man, Emmanuel, God with us; our Champion; God Himself manifest in the flesh, retaining omniscience, omnipresence, omnipotence, required the sustenance and/or comfort that this angel was able to render, how much more do we weak and frail humans stand in need of such strengthening. How in the world could we even begin to conceive of ‘standing it alon...

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Hebrews 1:2 ‘Hath at the end of these days spoken unto us in his Son.’

How has He spoken in his Son? Is it not through the Word and His Spirit? May we not ‘hear’ the voice of the Son through His Spirit as we read the Scriptures? ...

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Proverbs 18:13 ‘He that giveth answer before he heareth, It is folly and shame unto him.’

This verse powerfully suggests a common scenario among men. We should say mankind for, surely, it has infected both man and woman; both men, women, and yes, the offspring of these men and women; that is, their progeny; their children. We are reminded of the psalmist’s asseveration when he cried, All men are liars! This, happily, is not absolutely true....

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Titus 3:7 ‘Being justified by his grace, we might be made heirs.’

I thought that we were justified by faith! What goes on here? Has not Paul clearly stated, in Romans 5:1, Being therefore justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Did the apostle write to the church at Rome telling them that they were justified by faith, and then later write to his follower, Titus, that we are justified by grace?...

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Proverbs 13:14ff. ‘The law of the wise is a fountain of life.’

I well recall reading a small volume about the translation of Scripture. The author was actually critiquing the most recent translation among the four most used renderings of the Word of God; namely the New International Version, or N.I.V....

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Luke 13:34 ‘O Jerusalem, Jerusalem’

This astounding cry of lament over the city of Jerusalem by our Savior is surely remarkable for its somewhat enigmatic nature. How is it that the Son of God, God Himself, must cry over this great city of His own people according to the flesh? Is it that He could not save them?...

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Luke 13:3, 5 ‘Except ye repent, ye shall all in like manner perish.’

In the days of the so-called Second Great Awakening there arose practices that are continued even into our own day. It may not be unfair to attribute the initiation of these methods to the developed thought of the ‘great revivalist’ Charles Grandison Finney....

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Psalms 146-150 ‘Praise ye Jehovah……Praise ye Jehovah.’

According to theologians and biblical historians, the Hallel...

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2 Chronicles 12:16 ‘And Rehoboam slept with his fathers….and Abijah his son reigned in his stead.’

The kings of Judah were descendants of David, the second king of Israel succeeding Saul of Benjamin. God had made a covenant with David that his seed always be seated on the throne of Israel forever; 2 Samuel 7:16:...

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1 Thessalonians 4:17 ‘Then we that are alive, that are left.’

hat is a conspiracy? I ask the question because this text brings to my mind what I believe to be a conspiracy in the church at large. We find in our dictionary that a conspiracy may be defined as:...

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Mark 16:17-18 ‘These signs shall accompany them that believe.’

He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that disbelieveth shall be condemned. And these signs shall accompany them that believe: in my name shall they cast out demons; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall in no wise hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover....

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Colossians 4:10 ‘And Mark, the cousin of Barnabas.’

Who was John Mark? Who was Barnabas? Both John Mark and Barnabas have excellent scriptural pedigrees. By scriptural pedigrees, I mean the records of the Scriptures by which we have come to know these men. ...

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Colossians 1:27 ‘Which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.’

In what is frequently declared to be His ‘farewell address,’ our Lord Jesus Christ intended to impart confident encouragement to His own. He encouraged their very hearts early in this discourse with the deservedly well-known exhortation:...

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Psalm 119:176 ‘I have gone astray like a lost sheep, seek thy servant.’

The 119th psalm, it has been frequently observed by writers, is inundated with references to the Word of God. In all but a very few of the 176 verses there is an express reference to the Word. The Word has been spoken of in the many characters that it bears. The Psalmist...

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Psalm 119:122 ‘Be surety for thy servant for good.’

In his Old Testament Word Studies, William Wilson has given to us the meaning of the noun, surety. He has offered this definition; ‘To become surety for any one, properly to exchange with him, to stand in his place; to become surety for one’s life, to pledge oneself for the life of another; for another’s debt, to give security for the payment.’...

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Luke 4:28 ‘They were all filled with wrath in the synagogue, as they heard these things.’

This demonstration took place after Jesus had read the Scriptures to those before Him in the synagogue. He had been asked to read, we may presume according to their custom. They had delivered unto Him the book of the prophet Isaiah, which He opened to a particular place where, we are told, it was written, and He read;...

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1 Kings 2:27 ‘That he might fulfil the word of Jehovah.’

The pericope under our purview for this week’s commentary is that which is related in context with king Solomon’s following his father David’s instructive warnings and advice which he gave to his son shortly before he died. He warned Solomon about Joab and Shimei, giving suggestive counsel recommending how he should behave toward each of them. This may be applied, by...

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Psalm 102:7 ‘I watch, and am become like a sparrow that is alone upon the housetop.’

The verse cited above for our focus passage this week is found joined together with the previous verse which should probably be taken as a piece. We put them together for consideration in that way; I am like a pelican of the wilderness; I am become as an owl of the waste places. I watch, and am become like a sparrow that is alone upon the housetop....

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1 Samuel 1:14 ‘How long wilt thou be drunken? put away thy wine from thee.’

Is this a classic case of misjudgment on the part of a ‘church leader’? If it is, indeed, not classic, it is at least most pointed. And does it not speak volumes to the issue of pastoral oversight and, particularly, to several other integral matters? Matters such as not judging empirically; in other words, not basing your judgment entirely, or primarily, on appearances...

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1 Corinthians 15:55 ‘O death, where is thy victory?’

‘O death, where is thy victory?’ These words of the apostle Paul in 15:55 of his first letter to the church of God at Corinth are citations from a pair of Old Testament prophets. Isaiah, in his twenty-fifth chapter had written, many years before Paul, these blessed promises from God to His covenant people for their faith and encouragement:...

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Psalm 86:1 ‘Bow down thine ear, O Jehovah, and answer me; for I am poor and needy.’

While the majority, even most, of the Psalms have a superscription at their beginning...

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1 Corinthians 10:4 ‘They drank of a spiritual rock that followed them, and the rock was Christ.’

Paul is here referencing the account found in Exodus 17:1-7 which took place in the course of the march of the children of Israel through the wilderness after that God had delivered them from the bondage in Egypt under Pharaoh. We are told;...

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1 Corinthians 1:18 ‘The word of the cross is to them that perish foolishness’

This word of the cross; just what is it, and why would it be foolishness to any of the sons of men? What does foolishness involve? How may we recognize it? In ourselves? In others? How do people determine if they are being given a pure line of bologna? Is there some clue that will betray for us whether what we are being told and expected to believe is really only an ‘urb...

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Joshua 2:13 ‘Save alive my father, and my mother, and my brethren, and my sisters.’

More often than not when the question of Rahab the harlot is admitted into any conversation, whether it be about the sinfulness of harlotry, or whether or not she lied about having knowledge of the whereabouts of the two spies, the matter of her surprising faith is, sadly only infrequently, brought to bear upon this truly amazing Old Testament narrative. ...

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Matthew 28:15 ‘This saying was spread abroad among the Jews, and continueth until this day.’

Although the 18th verse of this 28th chapter of Matthew’s gospel account is indisputably the best-known portion of this disciple’s closing remarks, the 15th verse may be one of the most intriguing. After the resurrection of our Savior and His giving of this directive, Fear not: Go tell my brethren that they depart into Galilee, and there shall they see me...

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Matthew 25:7 ‘Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.’

These individuals were quite evidently deceived, perhaps even self-deceived, but deceived nonetheless. Like their counterparts in 7:22, they may have spoken of the many things that they had done, claiming, even believing, that they had done them “by His name,” that they had been living lives, doing ‘mighty works’ in the name of religion; in the name of Christianit...

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Romans 5:8 ‘Christ died for us.’

How fearful it is that we may ever have spoken these glorious words tritely, or without due consideration of their incomprehensible depths: the depths of the love of Christ that truly passes our understanding; the depths of the love of the Father in giving His Son for us; the depths of the love of God the Holy Spirit in applying the infinitely costly salvation to any of th...

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Romans 1:16 ‘For I am not ashamed of the gospel.’

A new translation of the Scriptures, the Word of God for Protestant Christians, namely, that is, the Bible, appeared in full in the year of our Lord, 1978, the New Testament had earlier made its appearance in 1773; the publishers evidently not wishing to wait for the entirety of both the Older and the Newer Testaments to be ready....

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Matthew 20:31 ‘Lord, have mercy on us, thou son of David’

And as they went out from Jericho, a great multitude followed him. And behold, two blind men sitting by the wayside, when they heard that Jesus was passing by, cried out, saying, Lord, have mercy on us, thou son of David. And the multitude rebuked them that they should hold their peace: but they cried out the more, saying, Lord, have mercy on us, thou son of David. And Jes...

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Psalm 37:1 ‘Fret not thyself…….’

The inspired words of the focus of our attention this week are found on only four occasions, at least in the American Standard Version (1901) of the Scriptures. Three of these four occasions are to be located in the psalm under consideration, namely the 37th Psalm, ‘a psalm of David’ according to its inspired inscription. The fourth employment of ‘Fret not thyself’...

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Exodus 16:25 - ‘To-day is a Sabbath unto Jehovah: to-day ye shall not find it in the field.’

A very prevalent teaching in the midst of the Christian church finds the institution of the Sabbath, not in or before Exodus 16, but, in Exodus 20 with the giving of the law, or the Ten Commandments. Taking these commands, then, as the ‘law of Moses,’ they insist that they are no longer obligatory for the believer today....

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Psalm 24:3 ‘Who shall ascend into the hill of Jehovah?’

“It is not he who sings so well or so many Psalms, nor he who fasts or watches so many days, nor he who divides his own among the poor, nor he who preaches to others, nor he who lives quietly, kindly and friendly; nor, in fine, nor is it he who knows all sciences and languages, nor he who works all virtuous and all good works that ever any man spoke or read of, but it is...

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Matthew 10:16 - ‘Be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.’

Matthew 10:16 - 'Be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.’...

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Acts 9:5 ‘And he said, who art thou, Lord?’

Who is Saul? Why has he received so much attention from the church? Why has he, in fact, received so much attention in the Scriptures? What is the big deal about Saul of Tarsus; who even knows where Tarsus is, or was?...

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Acts 8:34: ‘Now the passage of the scripture which he was reading was this.’

What was the Ethiopian eunuch reading? The Holy Spirit has informed us through Luke. We are told in unmistakable terms; Now the passage which he was reading was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and as a lamb before his shearer is dumb, so he opened not his mouth; in his humiliation his judgment was taken away: His generation who shall declare? For his life i...

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Acts 2:39: ‘For to you is the promise, and to your children.’

What is the promise of which Peter speaks when he informs his auditory that this promise is both for you and for your children? What is the message that he has given his hearers? And to just what was his message a response? Let us have a good look at the context of these things. Acts 2:32-39 provides the important context: This Jesus did God raise up, whereof we all are w...

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John 21:25 ‘The world itself would not contain the books that should be written.’

Jesus asked His disciples in Matthew 13:51-52, Have ye understood all these things?...

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Malachi 3:16 ‘Then they that feared Jehovah spake one with another.’

This Weeks Focus Passage: Malachi 3:16 ‘Then they that feared Jehovah spake one with another.’ Then they that feared Jehovah spake one with another; and Jehovah hearkened, and heard, and a book of remembrance was written before him, for them that feared Jehovah and thought upon his name. And they shall be mine, saith Jehovah of hosts, even mine own possession in th...

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John 17:9 ‘I pray not for the world.’

This Week’s Focus Passage: John 17:9 ‘I pray not for the world.’ For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life. These words of John 3:16 are among the most well-known words of the Bible. It may also be said, or at least suggested, that the chapter and verse, John 3:16, are ...

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Revelation 2-3 ‘He [or him] that overcometh.’

This Week’s Focus Passage: Revelation 2-3 ‘He [or him] that overcometh.’ ...

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Revelation 2:1 ‘To the angel of the church in Ephesus, write.’

Revelation 2:1 ‘To the angel of the church in Ephesus, write.’...

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John 12:41 ‘These things said Isaiah, because he saw his glory, and he spake of him.’

This Weeks Focus Passage: John 12:41 ‘These things said Isaiah, because he saw his glory, and he spake of him.’...

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John 9:25 ‘One thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.’

This Week’s Focus Passage: John 9:25 ‘One thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.’...

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1 John 1:1 ‘Concerning the Word of life.’

This Week’s Focus Passage: 1 John 1:1 - ‘Concerning the Word of life.’ "That which was from the beginning, that which we have heard, that which we have seen with our eyes, that which we beheld, and our hands handled, concerning the Word of life."...

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John 8:12 ‘I am the light of the world.’

It could hardly be imagined that the parallels seen in the beginning of the written Word of God in Genesis with the beginning of this fourth gospel account ‘according to John,’ are mere coincidence....

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John 7:5 ‘For even his brethren did not believe on him.’

This Week’s Focus Passage: John 7:5 ‘For even his brethren did not believe on him.’...

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1 Peter 2:2 : ‘As newborn babes, long for the spiritual milk which is without guile.’

Our passage for this week is the first three verses of Peter’s first epistle and the second chapter. The former chapter has concluded with the wonderful statement regarding the means that God has chosen to employ in the regeneration of His elect. Peter has begun an exhortation to his readers in 1:22, in these following words: "Seeing ye have purified your souls in yo...

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John 3:14: ‘As Moses Lifted Up the Serpent In the Wilderness.’

This Weeks Focus Passage: John 3:14 ‘as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness.’...

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Jeremiah 6:16: Ask for the old paths, where is the good way.

There is something of a climax to be found to this exhortation that God has given to His people through the prophet Jeremiah. It is found in the 31st chapter of this prophecy. It does not escape our notice that the 31st chapter of Jeremiah is that which contains the well-known and much admired expression of the New Covenant. But prior to the actual expressing of that bless...

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Jeremiah 3:6: ‘Hast thou seen that which backsliding Israel hath done?’

Jeremiah 3:6: ‘Hast thou seen that which backsliding Israel hath done?’...

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Proverbs 19:8: ‘He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul.’

Proverbs 19:8: ‘He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul.’...

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‘Today shalt thou be with me in Paradise.’

This Week’s Focus Passage: Luke 23:43 ‘Today shalt thou be with me in Paradise.’ This event at the end of our Savior’s work on earth is frequently referred to as an instance of an ‘eleventh hour conversion,’ by which is meant of course that it occurred in the remaining hours of the life of the thief on the cross next to the Christ. It reveals many things t...

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'Say not thou, I will recompense evil: Wait for Jehovah, and he will save thee.'

This Week’s Focus Passage: Proverbs 20:22 ‘Say not thou, I will recompense evil: Wait for Jehovah, and he will save thee.’...

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‘He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul.’

Focus Passage: Proverbs 19:8 ‘He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul.’ ...

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Wherefore they called these days Purim.

Focus Passage: Esther 9:26 ‘Wherefore they called these days Purim.’ ...

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‘Rightly dividing the word of truth.’ (KJV)

Focus Passage: 2 Timothy 2:15 ‘Rightly dividing the word of truth.’ (KJV) ...

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‘Ninety and nine righteous persons, who need no repentance.’

Focus Passage: Luke 15:7 ‘Ninety and nine righteous persons, who need no repentance.’ ...

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‘To leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a nail in his holy place.’

Focus Passage: Ezra 9:8 ‘To leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a nail in his holy place.’ ...

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‘Let everything that hath breath praise Jehovah.’

Focus Passage: Psalm 150:6 ‘Let everything that hath breath praise Jehovah.’ ...

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‘That we may be delivered from unreasonable and evil men.’

Focus Passage: 2 Thessalonians 3:2 ‘That we may be delivered from unreasonable and evil men.’ ...

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‘That ye abound more and more.’

Focus Passage: 1 Thessalonians 4:1 ‘That ye abound more and more.’ ...

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‘Admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs.’

Focus Passage: Colossians 3:16 ‘Admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs.’ ...

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‘There was carried out one that was dead.’

Focus Passage: Luke 7:12 ‘There was carried out one that was dead.’ ...

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‘Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the concision.’

Focus Passage: Philippians 3:2 ‘Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the concision.’ Fellowship Bible Church ...

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‘To all the saints in Christ Jesus that are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons.’

Focus Passage: Philippians 1:1 ‘To all the saints in Christ Jesus that are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons.’ ...

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‘And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit.’

Focus Passage: Luke 1:67 ‘And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit.’ ...

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‘And they compel one passing by, one Simon of Cyrene.’

Focus Passage: Mark 15:21 ‘And they compel one passing by, one Simon of Cyrene.’ ...

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‘Holy and reverend is thy name.’

Focus Passage: Psalm 111:9 ‘Holy and reverend is thy name.’ ...

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‘We take thought for things honorable, not only in the sight of the Lord.’

Focus Passage: 2 Corinthians 8:21 ‘We take thought for things honorable, not only in the sight of the Lord.’ ...

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‘Are ye able to drink the cup that I drink?’

Focus Passage: Mark 10:38 ‘Are ye able to drink the cup that I drink?’ ...

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‘Salmon begat Boaz; Boaz begat Obed; Obed begat Jesse; Jesse begat David.’

Focus Passage: Ruth 4:21 ‘Salmon begat Boaz; Boaz begat Obed; Obed begat Jesse; Jesse begat David.’ ...

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‘According to the Scriptures…….according to the Scriptures.’

Focus Passage: 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 ‘According to the Scriptures…….according to the Scriptures.’ ...

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‘The cup of blessing which we bless.’

Focus Passage: 1 Corinthians 10:16 ‘The cup of blessing which we bless.’ ...

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‘If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.’

Focus Passage: Ma 1:40 ‘If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.’ ...

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‘The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.’

Focus Passage: Mark 1:1 ‘The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.’ ...

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‘for my brethren’s sake, my kinsmen according to the flesh.’

Romans 9:3 ‘for my brethren’s sake, my kinsmen according to the flesh.’ ...

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‘But God commendeth his own love toward us.’

Focus Passage: Romans 5:8 ‘But God commendeth his own love toward us.’ ...

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‘None can by any means redeem his brother.’

Focus Passage: Psalm 49:7 ‘None can by any means redeem his brother.’ ...

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‘Thy much learning is turning thee mad.’

Focus Passage: Acts 26:24 ‘Thy much learning is turning thee mad.’ ...

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‘I will build my church; and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.’

Focus Passage: Matthew 16:18 ‘I will build my church; and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.’ ...

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‘Let them alone.’

Matthew 15:14 ‘Let them alone.’ ...

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‘unless I had believed to see the goodness of Jehovah in the land of the living.’

Focus Passage: Psalm 27:13 ‘unless I had believed to see the goodness of Jehovah in the land of the living.’ ...

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‘Until Shiloh come.’

Focus Passage: Genesis 49:10 ‘Until Shiloh come.’ ...

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‘Sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.’

Focus Passage: Matthew 8:11 ...

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‘The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.’

Focus Passage: Jeremiah 8:20 ‘The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.’ ...

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‘Salmon begat Boaz of Rahab, and Boaz begat Obed of Ruth.’

Focus Passage: Matthew 1:5 ‘Salmon begat Boaz of Rahab, and Boaz begat Obed of Ruth.’ ...

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‘Blessed are they that wash their robes.’

Focus Passage: Revelation 22:14 ‘Blessed are they that wash their robes.’ ...

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‘Who is a God like unto thee?

Focus Passage: Micah 7:18 ‘Who is a God like unto thee?’ ...

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‘They that regard lying vanities forsake their own mercy.’

Focus Passage: Jonah 2:8 ‘They that regard lying vanities forsake their own mercy.’ ...

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‘And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as one dead.’

Focus Passage: Revelation 1:17 ‘And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as one dead.’ ...

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‘Jesus answered him, if I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.’

Focus Passage: John 13:8b ‘Jesus answered him, if I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.’ ...

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‘The chief priests took counsel that they might put Lazarus also to death.’

Focus Passage: John 12:10 ‘The chief priests took counsel that they might put Lazarus also to death.’ ...

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‘He that entereth not by the door into the fold of the sheep.’

Focus Passage: John 10:1 ‘He that entereth not by the door into the fold of the sheep.’ ...

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‘And as he passed by, he saw a man blind from his birth.’

Focus Passage: John 9:1 ‘And as he passed by, he saw a man blind from his birth.’ ...

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‘No man can come to me, except the Father that sent me draw him.’

Focus Passage: John 6:44 ‘No man can come to me, except the Father that sent me draw him.’ ...

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‘Be subject to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake.’

Focus Passage: 1 Peter 2:13-14 ‘Be subject to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake.’ ...

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‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son.’

Focus Passage: John 3:16 ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son.’ ...

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’Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth.’

Focus Passage: James 1:18 ’Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth.’ ...

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Neither shall my covenant of peace be removed, saith Jehovah

Focus Passage: Isaiah 54:10 ‘Neither shall my covenant of peace be removed, saith Jehovah.’ ...

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‘Look unto me, and be ye saved.’

Focus Passage: Isaiah 45:22 ‘Look unto me, and be ye saved.’ ...

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‘And the men that held Jesus mocked him, and beat him.’

Focus Passage: Luke 22:63 ‘And the men that held Jesus mocked him, and beat him.’ ...

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Focus Passage: Hebrews 2:12

Focus Passage: Hebrews 2:12 ‘In the midst of the congregation will I sing thy praise.’ ...

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‘They shall be a chaplet of grace unto thy head. [ASV]’

Focus Passage: Proverbs 1:9 ‘They shall be a chaplet of grace unto thy head. [ASV]’ ...

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‘For we are left a remnant that is escaped, as it is this day.’

Focus Passage: Ezra 9:15 ‘For we are left a remnant that is escaped, as it is this day.’ ...

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‘Yea, and all that would live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.’

Focus Passage: 2 Timothy 3:12 ‘Yea, and all that would live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.’ ...

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Walk with wise men and thou shalt be wise

Focus Passage: Proverbs 13:20 Walk with wise men and thou shalt be wise. ...

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‘Because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through thee.’

Focus Passage: Philemon 7 ‘Because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through thee.’ ...

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‘Paul, and Silvanus, and Timothy, unto the church of the Thessalonians.’

Focus Passage: 2 Thessalonians 1:1 ‘Paul, and Silvanus, and Timothy, unto the church of the Thessalonians.’ ...

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‘If thou, Jehovah, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?’

Focus Passage: Psalm 130:3 ‘If thou, Jehovah, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?’ ...

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‘For this cause we also, do not cease to pray and make request for you.’

Focus Passage: Colossians 1:9ff. ‘For this cause we also, do not cease to pray and make request for you.’ ...

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‘Love your enemies, do good to them that hate you.’

Focus Passage: Luke 6:27 ‘Love your enemies, do good to them that hate you.’ ...

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‘I am become a stranger unto my brethren.’

Focus Passage: Psalm 69:8 ‘I am become a stranger unto my brethren.’ ...

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‘For which also I was laid hold on by Christ Jesus.’

Focus Passage: Philippians 3:12 ‘For which also I was laid hold on by Christ Jesus.’ ...

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‘Quicken me, O Jehovah, according unto thy word.’

Focus Passage: Psalm 119:107 ‘Quicken me, O Jehovah, according unto thy word.’...

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‘It seemed good to me also.’

Focus Passage: Luke 1:1-4 ‘It seemed good to me also.’ ...

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‘He moved David against them, saying, Go, number Israel and Judah.’

Focus Passage: 2 Samuel 24 ‘He moved David against them, saying, Go, number Israel and Judah.’ ...

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‘Blessed is the man that feareth Jehovah.’

Focus Passage: Psalm 112 ‘Blessed is the man that feareth Jehovah.’ ...

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‘What we are in word…are we also in deed.’

Focus Passage: 2 Corinthians 10:11 ‘What we are in word…are we also in deed.’ ...

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‘Bless Jehovah, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless his holy name.’

Focus Passage: Psalm 103 ‘Bless Jehovah, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless his holy name.’ ...

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‘Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace one with another.’

Focus Passage: Mark 9:50 ‘Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace one with another.’ ...

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‘Why doth this generation seek a sign?’

Focus Passage: Mark 8:12 ‘Why doth this generation seek a sign?’ ...

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‘Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God.’

Focus Passage: Psalm 87:3 ‘Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God.’ ...

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God Made Him Lord and Christ

Focus Passage: 1 Corinthians 5:1 God Made Him Lord and Christ ...

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‘For I was envious at the arrogant.’

Focus Passage: Psalm 73 ‘For I was envious at the arrogant.’ ...

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‘But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked.’

Focus Passage: Deuteronomy 32:15 'But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked.’ ...

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‘He that spared not his own Son.’

Focus Passage: Romans 8:32 ‘He that spared not his own Son.’ ...

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‘through whom we have received the reconciliation.’

Focus Passage: Romans 5:11 ‘through whom we have received the reconciliation.’...

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‘Friend, I do thee no wrong.’

Focus Passage: Matthew 20:13 ‘Friend, I do thee no wrong.’ ...

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‘Lord, have mercy on my son.‘

Focus Passage: Matthew 17:15 ‘Lord, have mercy on my son.‘ ...

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I acknowledged my sin unto thee

Focus Passage: Psalm 32:5 ‘I acknowledged my sin unto thee.’ ...

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Jehovah will fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.

Focus Passage: Exodus 14:14 ‘Jehovah will fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.’ ...

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'I AM THAT I AM'

Focus Passage: Exodus 3:14 ‘I AM THAT I AM’ ...

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The Lord is my Shepherd

Focus Passage: Psalm 23:1 ‘The Lord is my Shepherd.’ ...

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Judah and Tamar

Focus Passage: Genesis 38 Judah and Tamar ...

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The wicked is snared in the work of his own hands

Focus Passage: Psalm 9:16 ‘The wicked is snared in the work of his own hands.’ ...

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‘And Jehovah God said unto the serpent.’

Focus Passage: Genesis 3:14 ‘And Jehovah God said unto the serpent.’ ...

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Behold, the Lamb of God, that taketh away the sin of the world!

Focus Passage: Revelation 21:23 ‘And the Lamb is the light thereof.’ ...

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Sanctify them in the truth: thy word is truth

Focus Passage: John 17:17 ‘Sanctify them in the truth: thy word is truth.’ ...

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Ephraim is joined to idols, let him alone

Week’s Focus Passage: Hosea 4:17 ‘Ephraim is joined to idols, let him alone.’ ...

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We have sinned

Focus Passage: Daniel 9:5 ‘We have sinned.’ ...

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And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto myself

Focus Passage: John 12:32 ‘And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto myself.’ ...

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‘If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins.’

Focus Passage: 1 John 1:9 ‘If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins.’ ...

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God Gives and Takes Away

Focus Passage: Job 1:21 ‘Jehovah gave, and Jehovah hath taken away, blessed be the name of Jehovah.’ ...

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They Walked With Him No More

Focus Passage: John 6:66 ‘Upon this many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.’ ...

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Remember Thy Creator in the Days of Your Youth

Focus Passage: Ecclesiastes 12:1 ‘Remember also thy Creator in the days of thy youth, before the evil days come.’ ...

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No Redemption apart from Righteousness

Focus Passage: Jeremiah 23:6 ‘This is his name whereby he shall be called: Jehovah our righteousness.’ ...

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Born Again only by the Will of God

Focus Passage: John 1:13 'not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man’ ...

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But ye were washed!

Focus Passage: Hebrews 11:32 ‘And what shall I more say?’ ...

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Herod and Pilate Became Friends With Each Other That Very Day

Focus Passage: Luke 23:12 ‘And Herod and Pilate became friends with each other that very day.’ ...

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A False Witness Shall Perish

Focus Passage: Proverbs 21:28 ‘A false witness shall perish; But the man that heareth shall speak so as to endure’ ...

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The Logos of God

Focus Passage: Hebrews 4:12 ‘The word of God is living, and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword.’ ...

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The Vineyard Parable

Focus Passage: Luke 20:15 ‘What therefore will the lord of the vineyard do unto them?’ ...

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In The Days Of Noah

Focus Passage: Luke 17:26 ‘As it came to pass in the days of Noah.’ ...

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Seek Out the Man of Wisdom

Focus Passage: Proverbs 13:20 ‘Walk with wise men and thou shalt be wise.’ ...

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The Apple of Thine Eye

Focus Passage: Proverbs 7:2 ‘Keep my commandments and live; And my law as the apple of thine eye.’ ...

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The Nature of a Servant

Focus Passage: Luke 12:37 ‘He shall gird himself; make them sit down to meat, and come and serve them.’ ...

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A Psalm of praise; of David

Focus Passage: Psalm 145:18 ‘To all that call upon him in truth.’ ...

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Seek Wise Counsel

Focus Passage: 2 Chronicles 10:8 ‘But he forsook the counsel of the old men.’ ...

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Dwelling in Unity

Focus Passage: Psalm 133 ‘Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!’ ...

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What is the Gospel

Focus Passage: Colossians 2:13-15 ‘You, I say did he make alive together with him.’ ...

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Count you're Blessings

Focus Passage: Philippians 4:8 ‘Think on these things.’ ...

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God's Sovereignty and Man's Responsibility

Focus Passage: Philippians 2:12-13 ‘Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.’ ...

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The Word of God in Psalm 119

Focus Passage: Psalm 119:57-120 ‘Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, And light unto my path.’ ...

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God is Doing His Will

Focus Passage: Ephesians 2:10 ‘For we are his workmanship’ ...

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David: The Permissive Father

Focus Passage: 1 Kings 1:6 ‘His father had not displeased him at any time in saying, Why hast thou done so?’ ...

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Easy Believism

Focus Passage: Galatians 5:18 But if ye are led by the Spirit, ye are not under the law.’ ...

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Jesus Christ: Both Lord and High Priest

Focus Passage: Psalm 110:1, 4 ‘Jehovah saith unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand; Thou art a priest forever.’ ...

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‘I AM THAT I AM'

Focus Passage: Mark 12:26 ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ ...

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The Love of God

This Week’s Focus Passage: Mark 10:21 ‘And Jesus looking upon him loved him.’ ...

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A Prayer of Moses the Man of God

Focus Passage: Psalm 90 ‘A Prayer of Moses the man of God’ ...

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As Many As Touched Him Were Made Whole

Focus Passage: Mark 6:56 ‘As many as touched him were made whole.’ ...

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The Inability to Restore Oneself

Focus Passage: Psalm 80:3 ‘Turn us again, O God, And cause thy face to shine, and we shall be saved.’ ...

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Seven Sayings from the Cross

Focus Passage: Matthew 27:50 ‘And Jesus cried again with a loud voice, and yielded up his spirit.’ ...

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The Prayer of David, but the Psalm of Solomon

Focus Passage: Psalm 72:20 ‘The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended.’ ...

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Strive to do the things that are clearly revealed

Focus Passage: Deuteronomy 29:29 ‘Things that are revealed belong unto us, that we may do all the words of this law’ ...

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Do not argue with God

Focus Passage: Romans 9:20 ‘Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God?’ ...

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Hypocrites

Focus Passage: Matthew 23:13-36 ‘Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!’ ...

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Snake bitten

Focus Passage: Acts 28:5 ‘Howbeit he shook off the creature into the fire, and took no harm.’ ...

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David's Repentence

Focus Passage: Psalm 38”"Inspired Title ‘A Psalm of David, to bring to remembrance’ ...

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The Wisdom of God

Focus Passage: Matthew 11:25 ‘Thou didst hide these things from the wise and understanding’ ...

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Wait on God

Focus Passage: Psalm 25:3 ‘Yea, none that wait for thee shall be put to shame.’ ...

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Judas Iscariot

Focus Passage: Matthew 10:4 ‘And Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him. ...

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The Death of Stephen

Focus Passage: Acts 8:1 ‘And Saul was consenting unto his death.’ ...

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Little White Lies?

Focus Passage: Psalm 5:6 ‘Thou wilt destroy them that speak lies. ’ ...

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