Scripture:“Do idols belong in the temple of God? We are the temple of the living God, as God himself says, ‘I will live with these people and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people.’ The Lord also says, ‘Leave them and stay away! Don’t touch anything that isn’t clean. Then I will welcome you and be your Father. You will be my sons and my daughters, as surely as I am God, the All-Powerful.’” 2 Corinthians 6:16-18
Many say God’s holiness makes him judgmental, demanding a very high moral standard. Others say if God is loving, then he won’t condemn anyone but all will go to Heaven. Are God’s holiness and love opposite extremes?
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Scripture:“All scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16
The Bible is the most read book in history. God has preserved it for thousands of years. Though it was written by many authors over hundreds of years, it tells one continuous story. Many people struggle to read and understand the Bible.
Here are some key things to remember when reading the Bible:
Scripture:“So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.” Galatians 5:16
It’s popular in many places to make New Year’s Resolutions: “This year I will lose weight” or “I will stop smoking” and so on.
However, most of these resolutions are doomed to failure. Research shows that 80% have given up on their resolutions by February, and that 2/3 of dieters gain the lost weight back in a year.
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“When I was with you before, I told you that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and in the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Luke 24:44
What did Jesus mean when He said to the Jewish leaders of His day, “Examine the scriptures, since you think that in them you have eternal life. They also testify about me.” (John 5:39) As Christmas gets closer, let’s think about what His coming meant for us…and how true these words are.
The Bible’s story of Jesus’ coming
“Giving thanks always for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:20
God knows we often grumble and complain so he reminds us throughout scripture to give thanks. When we focus on the things we lack, we can forget to appreciate what we have. God wants us to give thanks for everything! How can we be thankful for our spouse, children and parents when they don’t meet our expectations?
Here are three reasons
Scripture: “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” (1 Chronicles 16:34)
Spend time thanking God today. Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! (Philippians 4:4)
Perhaps life is weighing you down and you feel like you have nothing to thank God for…
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“….We found trouble all around us. We had fighting on the outside and fear on the inside.” 2 Corinthians 7:5
Times like this feel like a gathering storm. News of attacks around the world, claiming innocent lives, plane crashes in the Sinai Peninsula, bombings in Beirut, and attacks on the streets of Paris make us wonder–when will it all end?
Does God seem close? Or far away? Click for more perspective
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” Mark 12:30
This verse describes true worship. Do you worship your Maker? We need to know what worship is, what it isn’t, and why it matters so much to our God and to our souls.
How do you love the Lord your God?
“God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.” Psalm 46:1 (NLT)
The “Islamic State” is wreaking terror over large parts of Iraq and Syria. Boko Haram carries out attacks in Nigeria and neighbouring states. Governments oppress their own people across Africa, while some countries persecute minorities on a massive scale. Those being oppressed are often forced to flee their homelands. Are you one of them?
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“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
Unemployment can disrupt our plans to buy a home, pay for school or help a parent. Few people make plans for job loss. Some might save a percentage of their money with hopes of earning more in the future. We’re tempted to lose hope and give up on future plans when we lose our jobs. Even though their situation looked hopeless, God told the Israelites in Jeremiah 29:11 about His good plans for hope for their lives. Isn’t that great? Jesus loves you so much He has a plan for your life.
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