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Preferring & Serving Others: The Antidote to Selfishness and Pride

Philippians 2:3-4 “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.  Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” In these verses, Paul expresses the antidote to selfishness and pride:  considering others more significant than ourselves. Then in…

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Why – Primarily – Did Jesus Come?

Scripture records several answers to the question, “Why did Jesus come?”  Here are several reasons from Jesus’ own lips: – That His people would have abundant life (John 10:10) – To seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10) – To destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8) – To serve and give His…

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He Opened Not His Mouth

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth.  (Isaiah 53:7) Isaiah uses the phrase “he opened not his mouth” twice in this sentence, and I…

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What is the Gospel?

The most succinct definition of the gospel is found in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4. “Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.  For…

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God’s Forgiveness in Jesus Christ

In the moment of anger, consider the great mercy God extended to you.  Isaiah wrote that God pardons abundantly (Isaiah 55:7). Considering what God did for you in Christ in the moment of anger will help your response to others.  Because God has been merciful to you, you can be a merciful person.  Even if you’ve…

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Are Christ’s Afflictions Lacking?

Are Christ’s Afflictions Lacking? Colossians 1:24: ” Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church” In a previous post, I explained that God grants us suffering, thereby blessing us greatly.…

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Hope in Depression

According to the WHO, 300 million people worldwide are affected by depression.  Depression comes at different levels and forms, and can come from physical illness, abuse, moving, death of a loved one and a variety of other reasons. Psalms 42 reflects the struggles of depression.  In 42:5, the Psalmist as this question:  “Why are you cast…

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Does Jesus have a body, and why is this important?

Jesus had a body (Luke 24:39, John 20:24-26, Matthew 24:30, Acts 1:9) while on earth.  The apostle John wrote that “The Word became flesh”, John 1:14. This fact established, the question still persists:  does Jesus currently have a body? In 1 John 4:2, the apostle John wrote “By this you know the Spirit of God:…

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