My spirit suffers. My life is short. Soon, I must die. Everybody insults me. And I watch their cruel actions.

Chapter 17 Job continues his reply to Eliphaz v1 My spirit suffers. My life is short. Soon, I must die. v2 Everybody insults me. And I watch their cruel actions. Chapter 17 Verses 1-2 Job thought that he was dying. His friends were with him. But they did not speak kind words to him. Instead, they accused him of many evil deeds. Job prays v3 God, promise to be fair to me! Nobody else will protect me. v4 You have caused the people not to know the truth. So, you…

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Ahijah prophesies the end of Jeroboam’s rule over Israel

Chapter 14 Ahijah prophesies the end of Jeroboam’s rule over Israel v1 At that time, King Jeroboam’s son Abijah became ill. v2 Jeroboam said to his wife, ‘Dress so that people will suppose you to be someone else. Make sure that nobody will recognise you as the wife of Jeroboam. Then go to Shiloh where Ahijah the *prophet is. He *prophesied that I would be king over this people. v3 Take 10 loaves of bread, some cakes and a jar of honey and go to him. He will tell you…

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Heart: Do You Want to Be Saved – Even More – by Jesus? – Romans 5:10

Heart: “For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!” Romans 5:10 God sent his Son, Jesus, to die so that our sins could be forgiven and we could life life in heaven for all eternity. Because of Jesus’ death, we can also have a direct relationship with God, the Father. This reconciliation and relationship is only possible by the blood that Jesus shed on the Cross for you…

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What Husbands Need

Beloved and revered by his players, legendary coach of the UCLA Bruins college basketball team, John Wooden changed the lives of every young man who played for him through the powerful values and life lessons he taught them.But of perhaps more importance, Coach Wooden was married for 53 years to the love of his life, Nell. Coach Wooden was so dedicated to her that after her death in 1985, he continued to write Nell a love letter every month for the next 25 years. He faithfully placed those letters under…

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Who was Jesus Christ?

For almost twenty centuries the name of Jesus Christ has been in the minds of a countless number of people. Some of these have even been tortured or put to death, for their conviction and belief that Jesus Christ was a person of tremendous importance to them. And while these people have been so confident in Jesus, there have been others who have denied that he ever existed, saying that he was merely a myth.An historical look at the person of Jesus Christ. Real Or Myth? Christianity is based on…

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The Devil and His Angels

Have you ever been tempted to do something that you know you shouldn’t do? Have you ever experienced an inner desire — a silent voice within you — suggesting that you do something, and that no one will ever know? What prompts us to have these feelings, or to do things that we somehow know that we shouldn’t do?The devil, or Satan, is usually the one who gets the blame. There are many people that live in constant fear of the devil, and there are many people that are convinced…

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How to Have Life After Death

Off the coast of Maine, there was a Navy ship sailing in a very dense fog. This night, the midshipman saw a fixed light in the distance and immediately contacted his captain. “There’s a light in the distance heading straight for us, what do you want me to do?” The captain told him to flash a signal to the vessel, directing it to change course. The vessel signaled back, “No, you change your course.” Again the captain instructed the midshipman to command the oncoming vessel to change its course immediately.…

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Christ – the Day of Death Better than the Day of Birth

Nearly two billion Christians throughout the international globe called Earth will celebrate the resurrection of Christ in the Easter festival. Untold millions of colored eggs, supposedly laid by rabbits, will be eagerly searched for by brightly dressed children. Hundreds of millions of Christians who seldom attend church will make their yearly pilgrimage dressed in Easter finery. Billions of dollars will be spent and made on Easter related things – from special candies to new bonnets.On December 25th nearly two billion persons in every nation on country on earth will celebrate…

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Christian Beliefs on Hell (Hades, Sheol)

In Christian theology, hell is the place where unrepentant sinners go after this life. The Bible describes hell as eternal (Jude 7, 12-13) and punitive (e.g. Matt. 23:32, 2 Pet. 2:4). Hell is further described as a place of fire (e.g. Matt. 25:41), although there isn’t consensus among Christians as to whether that imagery is intended to be literal or figurative. According to Jesus, hell was originally intended for the devil and fallen angels (cf. Matt. 25:41). According to a Gallup Poll, 70% of Americans believe in hell. Belief in…

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The Death of a Parent May Be Hard

With the death of a parent (and really, of any close family member), a strange “silence”, or “heavy fog”, may irresistibly descend upon, and eerily engulf, one’s thinking and perception. Life is no longer viewed nor experienced in quite the same way—when the dust eventually settles, a “town” may take on a different hue. It can’t be the same—a major life reference point, and grounding, has irretrievably vanished. With the crashing reality of the demise of one’s parent—the person who was organically responsible for one’s own existence (forging fixed blood-ties)—the…

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Why was the death of Jesus illegal?

What happened to Jesus, the Savior of mankind, is without precedent. Christ was condemned to death even AFTER he was declared innocent by the ruling authority (Pontius Pilate)!Few people realize that Jesus actually had TWO trials. The first one, at the High Priest’s palace, was right after his arrest and began around 2 a.m. Although this trial was held only with judges who were his enemies, enough of them were at the trial to officially arrive at a verdict and declare a sentence. Many of the details of this proceeding…

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Five Truths About the Death of Jesus

Grace is at the heart of the Christian faith. Nowhere is this more clearly seen than at the cross of Christ. It is grace that the Son of God took on flesh, and grace that he taught us how to live — but it is especially grace that he died on the cross in our place.Moreover, this climactic grace shown at the cross has a specific shape — it has edges. These edges help us see what exactly happened when Jesus died. And it’s important that we see because seeing…

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A Death of Biblical Preaching

I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus who is to judge the living and the dead, and by appearing and kingdom, preach the word (2 Timothy 4:1-2).Eschewing his privileged religious pedigree – having been circumcised the eighth day, of the nation of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the Law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to the righteousness which is found in the Law, found blameless – Saul of Tarsus was wonderfully arrested…

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The World’s First Death

Death, as we all know, is a part of life. But it wasn’t so for the first humans. At least not for nearly a millennium of human existence.It’s easy to forget this as we read the Genesis stories of the Garden of Eden, the Fall, and the subsequent expulsion of Adam and Eve. It’s easy because right there in the account of the temptation in the garden, Eve herself raises the possibility of death in her colloquy with Satan in Genesis 3. And, to modern readers and ancient alike, it…

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