Deeper into Truth – Smyrna

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The Letter to Smyrna 8 “Write to the angel of the church in Smyrna: “The First and the Last, the One who was dead and came to life, says: 9 I know your affliction and poverty, yet you are rich. I know the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of […]

Deeper Into Truth – Ephesus

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Revelation 2:1-7 (HCSB) The Letters to the Seven Churches The Letter to Ephesus 2 “Write to the angel[a] of the church in Ephesus: “The One who holds the seven stars in His right hand and who walks among the seven gold lampstands says: 2 I know your works, your labor, and your endurance, and that you cannot tolerate evil. You […]

Strategies for Victory

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Ephesians 6:10-18 (NASB) The Armor of God 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against [a]flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against […]

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

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Genesis 19:1-30 (HCSB) The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah 19 The two angels entered Sodom in the evening as Lot was sitting at Sodom’s gate. When Lot saw them, he got up to meet them. He bowed with his face to the ground 2 and said, “My lords, turn aside to your servant’s house, wash your feet, and spend the […]

What NOT to love

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1 John 2:15-17 (HCSB) A Warning about the World 15 Do not love the world or the things that belong to[a] the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. 16 For everything that belongs to[b] the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride in one’s lifestyle—is not from the Father, but is […]

The Disciple’s Race

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Philippians 3:10-14 (HCSB) 10 My goal is to know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 11 assuming that I will somehow reach the resurrection from among the dead. Reaching Forward to God’s Goal 12 Not that I have already reached the goal or am already fully mature, but I […]

Did God Really Say This?

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Genesis 3:1-7 (HCSB) The Temptation and the Fall 3 Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the wild animals that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You can’t eat from any tree in the garden’?” 2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit from the trees […]

Why doesn’t God do something about…?

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Habakkuk 2:4 4 Look, his ego is inflated;[a] he is without integrity. But the righteous one will live by his faith.[b] Footnotes: Habakkuk 2:4 Hb obscure Habakkuk 2:4 Or faithfulness Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2009 by Holman Bible Publishers, Nashville Tennessee. All rights reserved.