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Our Hope is Reflected in How We Live

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When those who do not believe watch us who do, what they should see is our hope in God. And our hope in God is reflected in how we live. Paul made the case to the Thessalonian believers that they were to please God. Paul could have chosen any number of illustrations to explain what pleasing God...

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The Hope of New Life in Christ

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Everything that is really good is tied to Jesus. The hope of the OT believers was in the coming of Messiah, the Christ. He was and is the good news to every sinner who is separated from God; He came to bring us near through His sacrificial, substitutionary death on the cross. His current counsel...

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Growing in Knowledge of God

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Everything God says in His Word is designed to change how we live in relation to Him and in relation to one another. We need to know God’s Word, but that is not the end game. The objective is to know God. I’ve had the privilege of sitting under exceptional teachers who taught me the...

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What Might Be Lacking in Our Faith?

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Faith is the content of what we believe and it is also the response to what we believe. It’s objective truth and subjective action. Writing to believers, concerned about pretenders, Jude instructed them to be “building yourselves up in your most holy faith.” Paul told the...

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A Mark of an Authentic Christian

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Perseverance is a mark of authenticity. When a person makes a profession of faith in Christ, we can’t see the transaction. Emotions and expressions of faith may be present, but the transformation from spiritually dead to alive in Christ can only be assumed. As time passes and afflictions...

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Anxieties Morphing into Peace

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The same Apostle who spoke of his anxious fear for the Thessalonians’ wellbeing also wrote, “Be anxious for nothing.” Among other things, that tells me Paul experienced a range of emotions that sometimes included fear and anxiety – just like the rest of us. But he also...

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Afflictions Are Real, But So Is God

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Afflictions are real and almost always present. And just because we are believers we do not get a pass. Afflictions can be just life-stuff in the form of physical, emotional, and circumstantial challenges. Afflictions can also be targeted attempts by the enemy to derail our hope in Christ. Often...

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Holding Fast Through Anxieties

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The guy who wrote, “be anxious for nothing” was anxious! He was fearful that a group of new believers would succumb to the pressures of living for Jesus in a hostile world. His anxiety was like our anxiety. He, like us, knew what might be, but not what was. He also knew the power of...

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Called to the Church

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In the book, Why We Love the Church, Kevin DeYoung writes, “The church is not an incidental part of God’s plan. Jesus didn’t invite people to join an antireligious, antidoctrine, anti-institutional bandwagon of love, harmony, and reintegration. To be sure, He showed people how...

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In His Safekeeping

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Regardless of the challenges we face, if we belong to Jesus, we have hope. Studying Jude, I was comparing translations. I checked five versions. And this is what I found. We are “beloved in God the Father”, and “sanctified by God the Father” (KJV). And as a testimony to...

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