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Healing Is an Aspect of Salvation

Isaiah 53 is the great chapter in the OT that foretells God’s plan of salvation through Jesus Christ. Former prophecies of the Messiah and the message of salvation were presented in veiled form. But here, for the first time, it is set forth with magnificent clarity. The prophecy was written in the past tense as…
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Jesus’ Example of Endurance

Many of the events that preceded Jesus’ suffering and crucifixion focused on his hope thereby preparing him to endure. An example of this is when Jesus said to his disciples, “Some of those who are standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God after it has come with power”…
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Honesty

2 Peter 1:2. Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. “Grace” and “peace” are part of the greetings in every church Epistle. Grace is God’s divine favor, His kindness, His blessings as a free gift; and peace is tranquility, freedom from disturbance. These blessings can…
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God is Our Refuge

God desires to show us the path of life, especially in times of trouble. He can make all things work together for good as Romans 8:28 states: “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Some…
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Love and Truth

In the Scriptures, we see an undeniable connection between love and truth, while in the world, truth (right doctrine) is often dismissed as irrelevant. The Epistles of second and third John illustrate the interdependent relationship that love has with truth. 2 John 1:1-3. The elder to the chosen lady and her children, whom I love…
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Prayer and The Spiritual Warfare

Whenever someone hears the word of the Kingdom, the evil one (Matthew 13:19), also called Satan (Mark 4:16) and the devil (Luke 8:12), attacks endeavoring to steal the word from the person. Without exception, everyone who hears is targeted. The parable of the sower that is recorded in the above verses also reveals that the…
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Hellenism and Christianity, Part 6: Trinity

God’s proper name, Yahweh, occurs almost seven thousand times in the Old Testament, and hundreds of times, we are told that Yahweh is God. In the New Testament, we learn that Jesus is the Son of God and our Lord and Savior. A few times, Jesus told someone he was the Christ, but most often,…
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Immanuel

Have you ever wondered why we sing songs about Emmanuel at Christmas, or why it was said that the Messiah would be called by this name and yet he never was? I have. Isaiah 7 foretells of what the angel told Joseph in Matthew 1:18-25. Before we read Isaiah, the following is important to know.…
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Hellenism and Christianity, Part 5: Unconditional Immortality

Joel W Hemphill in his book Glory to God in the Highest provides a description of Socrates that is eye popping. While reading Joel’s description, remember that Socrates is the forerunner and teacher of Plato and then Plato of Aristotle. “Not only were Socrates’ fellow Athenians disturbed by his personal appearance, lack of hygiene, and…
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Hellenism and Christianity, Part 4: Purgatory and Preexistence

Purgatory The idea of purgatory as a physical place that people could enter after death became a Roman Catholic doctrine in the late 11th century. Medieval theologians concluded that the purgatorial punishments consisted of literal fire. The Roman Catholic Church purports that the living can help those whose purification from their sins is not yet…
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Isaiah

Isaiah is quoted in the New Testament some eighty-five times primarily because of the many prophecies about our Lord Jesus Christ contained in the book. Much more is written about our Lord that is not included in the NT. Isaiah 50, the text for this article, has extraordinary prophecies part of which is included in…
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Hellenism and Christianity, Part Three

Like many of the matters reviewed in previous articles on this same subject, the commonly accepted understanding of hell is not biblical and based primarily on the influence of Greek philosophers and mythology. In the Bible, a number of Hebrew and Greek words are translated "hell" and need proper examination. The Hebrew word “sheol” (59…
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The Scriptures Contain God’s Word And Will

The Bible comprises God’s Word and will. Everything we need to know pertaining to life and godliness come through God’s true knowledge found in the Scriptures. 2 Peter 1:2-3   Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; seeing that His divine power has granted to us…
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Hellenism And Christianity, Part 2

The September/October Glad tidings has the first article on this subject wherein was stated the toxic effects of Hellenism upon Christianity. After the death of the original apostles in the latter part of the first century and the centuries following, the “church fathers,” considered eminent theologians, started to change the doctrine set forth in the…
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Hellenism and Christianity

Hellenism refers to the achievements and influence of the Greeks in social and political institutions including the arts, science, philosophy, morals, and religion. In ancient Greek mythology, the term comes from Hellen (a man, not a woman), whose parents were saved from a devastating flood that destroyed all of creation. His parents, Deucalion and Pyrrha,…
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REST

The Lord Jesus Christ promised that, no matter the stormy circumstance of life, we can enter into a safe and protected haven with him. Living in an age that has Satan as its god plus the constant struggle with our own sin nature and our concern for loved ones and other matters sometimes invokes weariness…
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Part 5, CHURCH IN SARDIS, 3:1-6

The second and third chapters of Revelation record Jesus’ communication to seven of the churches in Asia. This article is the fifth in a series of seven reviewing these chapters. Although Jesus spoke specifically to each church, his message is of great significance to all who want to enter the Kingdom of God. "To the…
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CHURCH IN THYATIRA 2:18-29

The second and third chapters of Revelation record Jesus’ communication to seven of the churches in Asia. This article is the fourth in a series of seven reviewing these chapters. Although Jesus spoke specifically to each church, his message is of great significance to all who want to enter the Kingdom of God. And to…
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CHURCH IN PERGAMUM – 2:12-17

The second and third chapters of Revelation record Jesus’ communication to seven of the churches in Asia. This article is the third in a series of seven reviewing these chapters. Although Jesus spoke specifically to each church, his message is of great significance to all who want to enter the Kingdom of God.   And…
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Overcomers (Study of 7 churches in Revelation) Part 2 – SMYRNA

The second and third chapters of Revelation record Jesus’ communication to seven of the churches in Asia. This article is the second in a series of seven reviewing these chapters. Although Jesus spoke specifically to each church, his message is of great significance to all who want to enter the Kingdom of God. CHURCH IN…
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Overcomers (Study of 7 Churches in Revelation)

Revelation, as the last book, projects into the future by using hundreds of quotations or allusions from the rest of the Bible. In addition to comprehensive eschatological (regarding end times) information, a remarkable, succinct compilation of descriptive information about Yahweh is set forth similar to the Torah when God first revealed Himself. In addition, a…
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Christ-Minded Service

Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to Jesus with her sons, bowing down and making a request of Him. (Matthew 20:20) The sons of Zebedee are James and John, who along with Peter were the three apostles Jesus trained the most. Their mother was among the women who ministered to Jesus according…
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What is Your Scent?

Jerusalem and all of Judah turn from Yahweh to worship false gods so the prophet Jeremiah confronted them.   How can you say, 'I am not defiled, I have not gone after the Baals '? Look at your way in the valley! Know what you have done! You are a swift young camel entangling her…
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JESUS ROCKS

Jesus rocked the status quo showing that spiritual truth is often the opposite of the normal way people think and act. Dealing with evil is such a case.   Matthew 5:38 and 39    You have heard that it was said, 'AN EYE FOR AN EYE, AND A TOOTH FOR A TOOTH.' But I say to…
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Sober and Alert

Our God’s lovingkindness abounds toward us. As high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His lovingkindness toward those who love and worship Him. His compassionate fatherly concerns make Him sensitive to our needs. He longs to help us. We live in a hostile world influenced by the devil, so indeed we…
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The Evil One

The devil endeavors to disgrace and defame Yahweh by misinforming humanity about Him. He also strives to humiliate, destroy, and kill all people while blaming God for his evil. The devil’s titles reveal his large-scale systematic scheme against Yahweh and humanity. He is called the liar in John 8:44, the tempter in Matthew 4:3-4, the…
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Something to Consider: Loving or Judging

Blessings, Beloved, We all want to be loved and hate be harshly judged. Those who have faith in Christ are a part of the family of God which is an interdependent family relationship. The world is too evil, and we are too weak to walk alone. We need each other in order to stay faithful…
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Simple Prayer

The great battlefield for Christians is in the mind. As Christians connected to Christ, we are blessed with a new life called in Ephesians the “new self” and in Galatians “the spirit.” However, as humans we are still connected to Adam from whom we inherited the sin nature which again in Ephesians was called the…
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The Great Paradigm Shift (James 4:1-4)

James 4:1 - What is the source of quarrels and conflicts among you? Is not the source your pleasures that wage war in your members?   The reason for all the fighting and quarreling that is so common to humanity lives within us and that is our self-centered desire for pleasures. Just as a child…
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Something to Consider – The Simple Basics

The beginning of a new year is a good time to review the basics. Daily read the Scriptures   Psalm one illustrates the importance of keeping God’s words in our mind. It says those who delight in the law of Yahweh and meditate therein day and night will be like a tree firmly planted by streams…
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7 Paradoxes

Ephesians 5:31-32   Marriage is an example of how the church is to function. A paradox is a seemingly self-contradictory declaration but is in fact true.   1. STRENGTH THROUGH WEAKNESS: 2 Cor. 12:10; Ephesians 2:1-3 Most of us come into a marriage relationship knowing only what we do not want it to be rather than…
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Godly Dependence

Uriah was a member of Israel’s elite Special Forces. He was a man of impeccable character, someone David went to battle with many times. Yet, David impregnated Bathsheba, Uriah’s wife, while he was on the battle field. Eliam, her father, was also a member of this elite, 30-man Special Forces. Eliam’s father, Ahithophel, was one…
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Praiseworthy

Our God and Father, Yahweh, is praiseworthy! Many of the prayers written in Scriptures illustrate how to offer praise as part of our prayers. King David in the sight of all Israel offered the following prayer to Yahweh. 1 Chronicles 29:10-13 - David said, “Blessed are You, O Yahweh God of Israel our father, forever…
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Something to Consider – Thanksgiving

Dear Ones, God bless you in the wonderful name of Jesus Christ. Thanksgiving is essential to thanks living, and thanks living is essential to joyful living. Philippians 4:6 - Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God   Thanksgiving is a voluntary…
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Humility Compared to Pride

Matthew 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.   The humble acknowledges that Yahweh is the Almighty God and has sovereignty. He believes that God is the source and maintainer of all life. His heart is fixed on Yahweh, and his mouth utters constant praise and exultation for…
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Jesus’ Guidelines for Prayer

Jesus provided very specific instruction about prayer in His first teaching, The Sermon on the Mount, and in Luke 11 when his disciples asked “Lord, teach us to pray.”   “When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street…
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Path of Life

I prefer MapQuest over my GPS because I like getting all the directions upfront before starting the journey. The lady on my GPS tells me only my next move; howbeit, most often she is kind enough to repeat herself. The Scriptures provide the general information we need to live for God and assure us that…
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The Reason for Man

The reason for man is a personal, continuous, and intimate love relationship with Yahweh.  Far more important than wealth, prestige, human relationships, accomplishment, or success of any kind is our love association with our Father God. When this is first, then everything else in life seems to work out properly. When it is not as…
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God is at Work in the World

Philip had tremendous success reaching people for the Lord in the city of Samaria. After Peter and John visited the city and helped with the work, the angel of the Lord told Philip to “Get up and go south to the road that descends from Jerusalem to Gaza.” He obeyed and found an Ethiopian sitting…
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Who is on the Throne?

The problem for mankind since Adam and Eve’s fall is “self” replacing the centrality of God in their minds and therefore actions. When we consider the self-centeredness common to all of us, it is hard to imagine what it was like to always have God rather than self enthroned in the heart. We are all…
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The Law of Reciprocal Honor

Dear Saint, God has blessed you. Your relationship with God is the single most important aspect of your life, and He is the initiator of this relationship. He loved and called you plus placed the desire within you to love and respond to Him. In our culture, success is measured by how busy we are…
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Holy is He

Yahweh our God is THE God! Deuteronomy 10:17 says it well: For Yahweh, your God is the God of gods and the Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the      awesome God who does not show  partiality nor take a bribe.   The Bible makes clear there are other lesser gods and other lesser…
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Love Lifted Me

God bless, beloved,   The other day, I was on a conference call with three healthcare providers regarding the future plans for someone in their care. The person who initiated and steered the conversation was curt and somewhat disrespectful. When I talked, she discarded what I said and interrupted. Such interaction offers an invitation to…
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Balaam and the Birth of Jesus

The birth of Jesus Christ was extraordinary, or should I say supernatural, in so many ways with perhaps the most surprising being the fulfillment of the prophecy spoken by Balaam. When Israel was at the end of their 40 years in the wilderness, they came to Moab just east of where they would eventually cross…
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The Excellent Way

Dear Believer, God’s abounding blessings to you during this holiday season. Profound and riveting is the clear and emphatic emphasis Jesus placed on love. When the skeptical lawyer asked Jesus what was the great commandment in the Law, his response was to love God with your all and all and to love your neighbor as…
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Election Over; We Won!

The constant bombardment from the election seems to never end! The candidates passionately crow their qualifications, promises, and ad nauseam slander their opponent. Thousands of years ago, Yahweh God elected David to sit on His throne and promised that a descendant of his would reign as king in the world-wide Kingdom that is to come.…
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ADVERSITY AND BLESSINGS

Are a life of adversity and a life of blessings diametrical opposites or complementary realities for a believer? David, one of our great patriarchs and role models, lived a life filled with adversity and extraordinary blessing. He authored many of the Psalms that revealed his thoughts and actions in the midst of his struggles. David’s…
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Magnified Word

How do we avoid the devastation of sin? In Psalm 119:11, the psalmist gives valuable input. “Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You.” When God’s Word is our treasure (that which we value most), sin has much less of an appeal to us. In the King James…
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Forgive

Dear Ones, David’s beloved son Absalom premeditated a coup that caused a revolution in Israel that in the end cost the lives of over 22,000 Israelites. Absalom enticed many of the influential men in David’s kingdom to join him in the revolt such as the man Amasa. He was the first cousin of Absalom because…
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KINGDOM JUSTICE

“Lord, teach us to pray,” Jesus’ disciples said, and for the second time, he taught what is today commonly called the Lord’s Prayer. With the prayer he gave instruction to avoid hypocritical attention seeking and meaningless rote repetition; yet, he said to offer the prayer at least daily. Noteworthy is the substantial emphasis placed on…
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FEAR RUINS FAITH

Fear is devastating to faith! Fear has torment and often is the gateway for many other ungodly emotions such as hate, envy, covetousness, anger, and aggressive hostility. The most distressing and demoralizing consequence of fear is how it ruins our relationship with God. Yet, God has not given us the spirit of fear but rather…
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WAIT ON YAHWEH

At the age of 17, Joseph (his father’s favorite) had 11 brothers and one sister.  The resentful brothers would have killed him unless Judah suggested they sell him to Ishmaelites. “Why not make a few dollars and still get rid of the brat!” At such a young age, he was ripped from father’s house and…
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Busy doing what?

“How are you doing?” he asked. The response, “I am very busy, so I’m doing good.” Conversations like this one are not uncommon in our very busy world today. We have connected busyness with doing well as if it were some kind of virtue. With all the advanced information and communication technology available, it seems…
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Kingdom of God from Isaiah

The phrase “kingdom of God” is not found in the Old Testament although the concept regarding God’s Kingdom is written in every Old Testament book. Jesus, however, used the phrase often and the metaphorical equivalent “kingdom of Heaven,” in which “heaven” represents God. Jesus either coined the phrase or more likely, it was commonly used…
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Something To Consider

Dear One, The United States is very blessed to have the national holiday of Thanksgiving! With our eyes upon God’s goodness and grace, we can overflow with gratitude every day and thereby live a rich life. The Scriptures repeatedly encourage us to be thankful. Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk…
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EMPATHETIC CONSCIOUSNESS

The degree to which we are able to know God is restricted for obvious reasons. Although we are too limited to comprehend the vastness of God, we can gain some understanding about Him from His creation and the Scriptures. Due to His grace and lovingkindness, we can marginally acknowledge His creativeness, omnipotence, omniscience, and omnipresence.…
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Righteousness

Heroin, cocaine, crack, methamphetamine, marijuana ‒ which is the most dangerous drug of all? In my experience after decades of counseling hundreds of drug users and addicts, without doubt marijuana is the most dangerous. The detrimental effects with all the others are far more immediate and devastating with the addicts experiencing jail, institutions, or death.…
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Something to consider

God bless you in the name of Jesus Christ. Thinking about our God and Father is always good to do, and every so often, when times are hard, dwelling on Him, His promises, and hope is my only solace. What follows is something consider. I Love Thee, O LORD [Yahweh], my strength. The LORD [Yahweh]…
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Mourning

Paul the apostle spent much time in the city of Corinth helping the young believers to develop. Sometime after his departure, word came back to him that they were struggling in many areas. God inspired Paul to write the epistle that is now referred to as First Corinthians wherein numerous confrontations are. The city of…
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Affectionate Compassion

Our theme for Family Camp this summer was Affectionate Compassion with the epistle of Philippians as our primary text. Since loving God and others is the Christian’s primary focus and it is impossible to love God without loving people, according to 1 John 4:20, learning how to relate properly to our fellowman is essential. Camp…
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Eye for an eye

Dr. Yaconis’ article “Tooth for a Tooth” pointed out that phrase of "an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth" is quoted from three places in the Old Testament. A careful examination of these verses in their context reveals that this phrase is dealing with the principle of proportionate retribution and compensation…
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Fellowship

The ancient city of Corinth was noted for its wealth and the luxurious, immoral conduct of its people. As Las Vegas is today, Corinth was in its day-“Sin City.” It was the place in the Roman Empire where people went to indulge in carnal pleasures. The believers in Corinth had difficulty separating themselves from the…
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JESUS’ GLORIFICATION

Hours before his incarceration, Jesus’ prayer revealed he had not yet been glorified but was earnestly anticipating it. “Jesus spoke these things; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You.” John 17:1   Early in his ministry, at the feast…
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Sadness, Anxiety, and Depression

For many reasons as we are living in the world, we are assaulted with sadness, depression, and anxiety. Therefore the direct scriptural imperative to rejoice is needed but also challenging. Philippians 4:4-9 provides insight into the subject. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!” (4:4) Focus on the world around us or…
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Synchronized Life

Jesus always had his heart aligned with the will of God and his actions with his heart. He lived a perfectly synchronized life and thereby provided an excellent example for his disciples. Confronting the hypocritical Pharisees and Scribes, Jesus quoted from Isaiah – “This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far…
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Something to Consider: Stay Blessed

Dear Saints, As we move into the holiday season and the winter, developing a plan to stay blessed and godly instead of succumbing to the seasonal doldrums (a time of listlessness or despondency) is wise. A few suggestions to consider are to stay physically fit, push yourself to get out of the house and attend…
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The Better Life

When we accept God’s redemption through the lordship of Christ, we receive a new and much better life. 2 Corinthians 5:14-17 succinctly states this new life. For the love of Christ controls [constrains or compels] us, having concluded this, that one [Jesus] died for all, therefore all died [the old you]; and He died for…
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Grace

The definition of “grace” is unmerited (undeserved and unearned) but freely given love and favor of God toward man. To appreciate the full significance of grace requires diligent study of the Scriptures, prayer, thoughtful meditation, and life experience. The Epistle of Ephesians provides a good starting point. Ephesians 1:1 and 2 - Paul, an apostle…
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God’s Family, a Symbiotic Loving Relationship

Dear Saints, “God’s Family, a Symbiotic Loving Relationship” was the title of my teaching during the Royal Family Reunion and the subject of this writing. “Symbiosis” is a word used in biology referring to the intimate living together of two dissimilar organisms in a mutually beneficial relationship. Yahweh’s family relationship designed by Him as a…
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Lead Us Not Into Temptation

  Our intention with this issue of Glad Tidings, as with all, is enrichment in your understanding of our Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus that inspires sharing the good news with others. Prayer is a vital part of our walk, so here is something to consider regarding the Lord’s Prayer. The foundational prayer Jesus…
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Yahweh’s Eternal Desire

The understanding for life, human history, and the future of humanity is centered in discerning Yahweh’s eternal desire for His creation. His purpose for the ages starts to unfold with Israel as is succinctly expressed in a few verses: Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall…
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Meditation upon Yahweh Our God (Psalm 1:1-3; 119:15, 97-99)

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1   You alone are the LORD [Yahweh]. You have made the heavens, the heaven of heavens with all their host, The earth and all that is on it, The seas and all that is in them. You give life to all of them…
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I Bow My Knees

Ephesians 3 Prayer For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man; so that Christ may dwell in…
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The Just Judge

Dear Saints,   Yahweh is the righteous Judge, and we can trust Him to do what is right, even if for now we must endure many injustices in the present evil world.   When Abraham bargained with Yahweh to save Sodom, according to Genesis 18:25, he understood that the Judge of the whole earth always…
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Glory Of Yahweh

The tabernacle in the wilderness was a specific location for Yahweh to dwell among His people. He said of this place, Exodus 29:45-46 “I will dwell among the sons of Israel and will be their God. They shall know that I am the LORD [Yahweh] their God who brought them out of the land of…
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Love Prayer (Philippians 1:9-11)

9 - This I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, 10 - so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; 11- having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes…
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Delight

Yahweh’s great dream expressed often in the Scriptures is: “I will be your God, and you shall be My people.” God has always yearned for this loving relationship with man and has ensured that in the end it will be so. David is one who understood God’s desire and shared the same devotion in return.…
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