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Teaching the Trinity: TRIUNE

Here, Bible scholar Michael F. Bird gives an acronym to help in an understanding of the biblical teaching and theological understanding of the Trinity. From Euangelion……………………..

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When You Are Discouraged You Need Your Soul Restored

David said in Psalm 23 that the LORD restored his soul. But what does that mean? How do we get our souls restored by God? The answer is in this article from biblical counselor Rick Thomas……………………..

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Are You a Restful Soul? How to Enter God’s Rest.

I want to be a restful soul when I grow up! A very helpful and practical article from RickThomas.net……………………..

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Praying the Names of God: Aryeh Lammatteh Yehudah — Lion of the Tribe of Judah

This is one of the more colorful names for God because it is prophetically tied closely to Messiah through prophecy. Read more about it in this article at AnnSpangler.com……………….

Aryeh Lammatteh Yehudah — Lion of the Tribe of Judah

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What Does it Mean to ‘Cast All Your Cares’ in 1 Peter 5:7?

I enjoyed reading this article from Crosswalk.com. We all need to unburden ourselves and let Jesus carry those loads that are too heavy…………….

https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/bible-study/what-does-it-mean-to-cast-all-your-cares-in-1-peter-57.html

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The Infinite Comforts of Union with Christ

One of my goals for 2022 is to spend time studying on the topic of our union with Christ, or as Paul usually put it, “being in Christ.” This article nicely summarizes the infinite blessings to be had for our union with Christ. From reformation21.org…………………

https://www.reformation21.org/blog/the-infinite-comforts-of-union-with-christ

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2 Kinds of Grace; 3 Differences — Genesis 3:15

In this short devotional, we see the first mention in the Bible of the covenant of grace, and then it is contrasted with the Noahic covenant. An interesting little read! From Beautiful Christian Life……………….

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God’s Covenant with Noah (Genesis 9:1-19)

This is a very interesting excerpt from the Theology of Work Bible Commentary. In this section on Genesis 9, I took note of the deeper Hebrew meaning for the word “rainbow.” I think you will find it interesting! From theologyofwork.org…………….

https://www.theologyofwork.org/old-testament/genesis-1-11-and-work/god-works-to-keep-his-promise-genesis-9-11/gods-covenant-with-noah-genesis-91-19

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Of Flowers and Faith: Planting Seeds that Grow into Heavenly Treasures

The author of this article wants to remind us that just like when we plant seeds in our garden, we do so expecting a beautiful result after some time. And our prayers to God are often the same way, we offer them up, knowing that after our prayers leave us, we entrust them to God for a beautiful result. From Harvest House Publishers blog…………………….

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Death Is Not the End

WHAT WE STILL AND WILL CONTINUE TO BELIEVE

These past months and weeks have been hard for so many people. Death has touched so many. But with the family of God, death is not the end, as this article reminds us so beautifully. From Desiring God…………….

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See God’s Sovereignty in the Interruptions to Your Day

In this article, the author reminds us that, because of God’s sovereignty in our lives, even the apparently “meaningless” interruptions and delays in our days may be exactly in line with God’s plans for us. From Eternal Perspective Ministries………………….

https://www.epm.org/blog/2021/Jan/11/sovereignty-interruptions

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PRAYING THE NAMES OF GOD: Yahweh Shammah — The Lord Is There

This particular name for God technically refers to a place — a redeemed Jerusalem in the Book of Ezekiel — rather than an actual title for God. But it is so closely associated with The LORD and His presence and character that it might as well be a name for Him. From AnnSpangler.com………………….

Yahweh Shammah — The Lord Is There

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Thought Exercises for Christians

Maybe this article should have been titled, “Brain Exercises for Christians,” but it is about the fact that our thoughts can be our own worst enemies. So we must build up the strength of our true and biblical thoughts, so we can overcome the many worldly and false lies we have come to believe about ourselves and the world. From Pierce Taylor Hibbs……………

Thought Exercises for Christians

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Has the Salt Lost Its Saltiness? 

In this article, pastor Andrew Davis explains how and why believers should strive to be “saltier.” From Two Journeys…………

What does it mean when Jesus says “you are the salt of the earth”? Learn about what it means to be a citizen of Heaven living in a fallen world.

Source: Has the Salt Lost Its Saltiness? | Articles | Two Journeys

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No Creaky Wallet Love

What is this wonky title all about? Well, it has to do with the love of God, and how He gives His love to us generously and happily, not begrudgingly. From blogger Glenna Marshall…………………..

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4 Ways God Answers Our Prayers for Deliverance

At the end of the Lord’s Prayer, it says, “Deliver us from evil.” This article attempts to explain the various ways that God’s grace comes into play to deliver us humans from the different kinds of evil that we are endangered by in this world. From Unlocking the Bible……

https://unlockingthebible.org/2022/01/4-ways-god-answers-our-prayers-for-deliverance/

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How to Teach Your Teen to Study the Bible

I think any parent of a teen could benefit from this article. It contains some helpful and quite practical tips. From The Gospel Coalition……………….

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God’s Sovereignty and Everyday Life

This article makes the point that, if we believe in God’s sovereignty, then His sovereignty not only applies to the grand movements of history, but also to the everyday occurrences of our lives. From Place for Truth……………….

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God’s Patient Faithfulness

Is there an expiration date on prayers? Not with God! From Two Journeys…………………….

https://twojourneys.org/articles/detail/1931147/gods-patient-faithfulness/

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We Are Blind Without the Spirit

“We believe in the Holy Spirit — as stated in the Apostle’s Creed — because, through His work, we see the glory of our Savior and become conformed to the glorious image we see.” From Desiring God………………………

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Why the Fear of God is the Beginning of Wisdom

God tells us repeatedly in Scripture to “Fear not,” but is the “fear of the Lord” something different. Yes. This article explains. From Christian Crier……..

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How to Speak the Truth in Love

Just in time for Christmas and the New Year, here is advice on “speaking the truth in love.” But how do you speak the truth in love, and why should you do it? This article helps with that! From Association of Certified Biblical Counselors…………………

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Praying the Names of God — Yahweh Tsidqenu — The Lord Our Righteousness

Author and Bible scholar Ann Spangler is back with another article on the Jewish names for God. This time, it is on “The LORD our Righteousness.” From AnnSpangler.com………………..

Yahweh Tsidqenu — The Lord Our Righteousness

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The Fruit of the Spirit Are Ingredients of Happiness

This article from Randy Alcorn serves as a reminder that all of the fruits of the Spirit mentioned by the Apostle Paul in Galatians 5 are aspects of happiness in Jesus. From Eternal Perspectives Ministries……………

https://www.epm.org/blog/2020/Jul/17/fruit-spirit-ingredients-happiness

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The Untamed Spirit of Christmas

This is a very interesting article for Christmas, in that it reminds us that Jesus came as a man full of the Holy Spirit. From Desiring God……………….

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A Prayer for Our Daily Bread

A really nice prayer here that covers all the bases. From Unlocking the Bible…………….

https://unlockingthebible.org/2021/12/a-prayer-for-our-daily-bread/

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Why Elihu is So Mysterious

The character of Elihu in the Book of Job is mysterious. He seemingly comes out of nowhere; he rails at Job for several chapters, and then disappears, and is not mentioned by God at the end. This article looks at this strange person. From Knowable Word…………….

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Looking for Your Role in God’s Kingdom? Start Here

There is some well-grounded advice in this brief article for those who are searching for their place in God’s Kingdom. Taking the steps outlined here will get you on your way! From Stand to Reason……………………..

https://www.str.org/w/looking-for-your-role-in-god-s-kingdom-start-here

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For to Us a Child Is Born: The Meaning of Isaiah 9:6

This wonderful prophecy is mentioned in a number of Christmas hymns and carols, but this article goes into some depth to explain the importance of this messianic prophecy in the Book of Isaiah. From zondervanacademic.com……………………

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EXPERIENCING RECONCILIATION

This article touches on the importance of reconciliation for every believer. Only if we are fully reconciled to God through the grace of Christ, can we have fellowship with Him…..and true fellowship with others! From Richard E. Simmons III……………………

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5 Things to Know about the Parable of the Vineyard

The parable of the vineyard that Jesus tells in Matthew 20 teaches some important lessons about the Kingdom of Heaven (Kingdom of God). Primarily, that the “first shall be last, and the last shall be first.” From Crosswalk.com…………………….

https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/bible-study/things-to-know-about-the-parable-of-the-vineyard.html

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Decisions of Wise Men and Fools — Ecclesiastes

In another article in his ongoing series on the Book of Ecclesiastes, minister and biblical counselor Jared Ingle looks at Chapter 10, contrasting the heart of the fool with that of the wise man. From Patheos.com…………………

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For the Joy before Him, Christ Came

Jesus did not come to us begrudgingly or reluctantly. He came full of joy and great expectation! From Crossway.org…………………..

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Jesus the Nazarene — What a Label!

This article reminds us that Jesus did not live in a palace on earth. He did not even live in a respectable city like Jerusalem. He was from the “wrong side of the tracks” in the low-status area of Galilee. So, He can identify with you and me! From BiblicalPreaching.net………………..

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4 Faithful Lessons We Can Learn from Paul and Silas in Prison

We don’t have to be thrown into prison to be able to praise the Lord! From Crosswalk.com………………

https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/bible-study/faithful-lessons-we-can-learn-from-paul-and-silas-in-prison.html

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What Cleopas Teaches Us About Finding Jesus in the Darkest Moments

This is an interesting and encouraging article! (Hint: Cleopas was one of the two disciples who Jesus met on the road to Emmaus). From Crosswalk.com…………….

https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/bible-study/what-cleopas-teaches-us-about-finding-jesus-in-the-darkest-moments.html

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Great Bible Verses for Your Christmas Greetings

A very nice listing for Bible verses to use for your emails, Instagram posts, Christmas cards and various kinds of Christmas greetings. From Christian Crier………………..

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How God REALLY Sees You

The reason that there are so many self-help books, and that every year we make New Year resolutions is because when we look at ourselves, we know that there are things that are broken and much room for improvement. And while God sees those same things, and sees much more, and with a much different viewpoint! From pastor and author Scott Sauls…………………….

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You Can’t Obey God Unless You Know What He Said

The title of this article pretty much says it all: If we don’t properly know and understand the Bible, then how can we properly know and understand God’s will for us in our daily lives? This article provides a brief overview of the three principles of biblical interpretation — context, history, and genre. From Stand to Reason……………..

https://www.str.org/w/you-can-t-obey-god-unless-you-know-what-he-said

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The Bible’s Super-Short & Always Useful Prayers

I really like this article, and I think you will, too! From Cranach…………………..

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On Community — Ecclesiastes

Another article in an ongoing series on the Old Testament Book of Ecclesiastes. In this sampling, the author focuses on the lessons of the importance of community, taken from Chapter 4 of Ecclesiastes. From Jared Ingle……………….

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Three Good Things About Difficult Bible Passages

This article is pretty interesting, because it shows that the Bible itself teaches that some parts of Scripture are hard, but that is a good thing! From FTC…….

https://ftc.co/resource-library/blog-entries/three-good-things-about-difficult-bible-passages/

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Who Are the 7 Spirits in Revelation?

The Book of Revelation is a notoriously difficult book, and it has about as many schools of interpretations as it has chapters! But this article provides some valid arguments to one possible way to understand the seven spirits that John talks about in Revelation. From The Gospel Coalition………………….

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An Open Letter to Afflicted Saints

This is a beautifully sensitive and scriptural article, that will speak to a number of readers. If not for some pain they are presently experiencing, then for some future affliction. From Things Above Us……………….

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Eschatology: The Creeds Agree on the End Times

People can get so hot and bothered about the end times, but really, there is a lot of agreement in church history over the really important aspects of the end times. And especially of this most important point — Jesus wins! From Logos.com blog…………………….

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Hearing From God (Part Two)

This article gleans the teachings on having a relationship with God from Chapter Two of the book Hearing God by Dallas Willard. That chapter discusses some general guidelines on hearing from God.

Willard says the first guideline in hearing from God is to know that God intends to develop a relationship with us as two persons who freely love each other with genuine agape love. This means we should not just want to hear God speaking to us but becoming someone engaged in a mature and loving relationship with Him. To have any meaningful conversation with God, we must be in communion with Him.

Willard then states that the second general guideline for hearing God is to believe that the people in the Bible were basically like us. If God could choose to communicate with those people, we have to believe that the Lord can speak to us today. 

Finally, the third truth to keep in mind when considering receiving a word from God is that it does not necessarily mean we are righteous or what we believe He said is correct when He speaks to us. So, we must always be humble and curtail the temptation to announce, “God told me.” 

Our next article in this series will focus on the fact that God is always with us and attentive to us.

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Hearing God (Part 1)

This article will be the first in a series in which I discuss the wisdom I have received (and am still receiving) from the book Hearing God by Dallas Willard. This book is all about how to develop a conversational relationship with God.

Willard says that when we look at all of the examples in the Bible of God’s intentions for His relationship with humans, God deals individually with each person. So, there is a tremendous amount of evidence in both Scripture and the history of the church of the existence of God’s personal guiding communication with us. But paradoxically, there is also a pervasive uncertainty about how hearing God’s voice actually works today. This leads to many believers having so little clarity on what they should expect God’s voice to be like and how to deal with it that it only leads to more confusion when His voice does come to them. 

To resolve this paradox that hinders people in their relationship with God, Willard says they need a clear understanding of God’s usual ways of guiding and communicating with us. Three ideas need to be reviewed before actually looking at specifics for communicating with God.

First, it must be recognized that God’s communications to us come in many different ways and forms. But we need to know about the methods that God has generally preferred to use in the Bible and Christian experience. Second, believers may have wrong motives for wanting to hear from God. An extreme preoccupation with our own security and comfort rather than a Christ-like attitude to commune with the Father or seek others’ wellbeing may result in God keeping silent with us. Third, our understanding of God’s communication will be flawed if we have the wrong conception of God’s nature and His intentions toward us. 

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A Restless Spirit | Articles | Two Journeys

Those without Christ will always be basically discontented and restless. But this can also happen with those of us who follow Jesus. This article helps if we feel a lack of the peace that should characterize believers. From Two Journeys…………

Source: A Restless Spirit | Articles | Two Journeys

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The Fruit of the Spirit are the Ingredients of Happiness

Ask the Holy Spirit to cause you to grow more and manifest more of His fruits! From Randy Alcorn…………….

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What Does the Pool of Siloam Teach Us about Healing?

This article discusses the incident in John 9 where Jesus restores sight to a blind man by sending him to dip himself in the Pool of Siloam, which was a well-known pool for ceremonial washing. But unlike the Pool of Bethesda, Siloam was not known for having curative powers. This is why Siloam is like the types of healing the Lord provides for us today. From Crosswalk.com…………………

https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/bible-study/what-does-the-pool-of-siloam-teach-us-about-healing.html