Job’s first speech, Job regrets his own birth

Chapter 3 Job’s first speech Job regrets his own birth v1 Afterwards, Job spoke. He regretted his own birth. v2 He said: v3 I regret my own birth. I am sorry that I was ever born. v4 I would prefer if that day never existed. I would prefer if the sun never appeared on that day. I wish that God did not count that day. v5 I would prefer if a dense cloud had covered the sun. I would prefer if the daylight was darkness. v6 (And I regret the…

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Power Faith: The Power Of Faith

Power Faith: faith has awesome power. Faith has the power to shape your words, thoughts, and actions. Power Faith has the power to remove things out of your life and bring things into your life. By faith you receive from God. Before you receive from God you first have to have faith that it is so before you see it so. God requires you to believe before you see. For instance the Bible says “By whose stripes ye were healed.” You have to believe that before you see that. Like the…

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Which Is the True Gospel?

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Jesus commanded, “Repent you, and believe the gospel” (Mark 1:15). But exactly what is it that we—YOU—are supposed to believe? Just what is the true gospel? Do you know? Are you certain? Be careful of assumptions. For instance, did Christ teach the same gospel that Paul preached to the gentiles? And what does the word “gospel” mean anyway?The vast majority of professing Christians do not know the vital—all-important—answers to these most basic questions, and many others related to the true gospel of the Bible! This is because the knowledge of…

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Marriage: As Designed by God

The institution of marriage involves a covenant between a man, a woman, and God. Man and woman, by mutual consent, enter the arrangement. But the procedure, in order to be valid, must be consistent with divine law. The Origin of Marriage:According to anthropologists, there is no society wherein marriage does not exist in some format (Montague, p. 240). The institution is, therefore, a universal phenomenon. Since every effect must have an adequate cause, there must be some reasonable explanation for this feature of global society. Actually, there are but two…

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The Love Myth

“Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?” (Matt 22:36)An “expert in religious law,” backed up by the Pharisees, poses this seemingly innocent question to Jesus in an attempt to trap Him. Will He agree that some laws are greater than others? Jesus’ answer thwarts their expectations and overturns their religiosity:“ ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’ ” (Matt…

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Telling the Gospel Through Story

Steve was a house painter from England vacationing at a beach in the Philippines with his family. I happened to be staying at the same resort. One day during a conversation that began to turn toward spiritual things, Steve said, “I’ve talked to numerous religious leaders but they’ve never been able to answer my questions satisfactorily. So I’ve given up on religion and am trying to live a good life.””What were your questions?” I asked.”The main one is, why is the world so unfair? Why is there pain and suffering…

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What is the Gospel?

Introduction:Some call it the Gospel. Others, the Good News. And some, the Evangel. Regardless of the designation, the “Gospel” is passed around by a variety of churches and sects. One hears it in the preaching of tele-evangelists, or reads it in a wide-range of writings. For many the word “Gospel” has become a simplistic statement unclearly referring to Jesus as a person. What is the “Gospel”? Not everyone gives the same answer. One group will answer that it is the good news that Jesus returned invisibly in 1874 or 1914…

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Why Satan Is Left on Earth

Why Satan Is Left on Earth:Part of the problem of evil is the problem of why Satan is given so much freedom to harm the world, when God has the right and power to throw him in the pit. God will one day do away with Satan altogether (Revelation 20:3, 10). That will be no injustice to Satan. Nor would it be unjust for God to do it today. So why doesn’t He, in view of how much misery Satan causes?Satan roams like a devouring lion to destroy faith (1…

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Satan Bible Knowledge, satan in Bible. satan story,satan life

I believe there is a Satan precisely because I believe in Jesus. If Satan is our mythological holdover from a pre-scientific age, then the life-long struggle of our Lord Jesus was mere shadow-boxing. Take Satan and his forces out of the Gospels, and Jesus is left like a fool punching the air. From the beginning of his ministry (Matthew 4:1-11) to the end (Luke 22:3), Jesus was in conflict with the powers of darkness. And it is the clear teaching of the apostles, Peter (1 Peter 5:8), James (James 4:7),…

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The Real Christian

At Church of the Truth, Spokane, Washington, October 11, 1914When I first commenced to preach the Gospel, at least after I got to the point where I gave up everything else and gave my life exclusively to the Gospel, a number of my friends from the city of Chicago were in the habit of coming out to hear me preach, brokers from the Board of Trade and other business friends who were in my circle. It was sort of a curiosity. One day at the club one inquired from a…

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The Christian and his Speech

The Word of God attaches great significance to the speech of the saints. All one needs to do to become aware of this fact is to look up in a complete concordance, such words as lips, mouth, tongue, talk, cry, words, comfort, edify, prophesy, teach, blasphemy, boasting, cursing, evil speaking, reviling, swearing, oaths, slander, and flattery. Speech is a normal means of communication from one mind to another. When God wished to reveal Himself to man He also employed words, that is, He gave us the Bible. The church of…

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God Does Not Count Our Converts

Tomorrow at 3:00 P.M. is your annual review. Sweat pops out on your forehead. Will you be able to sleep tonight? What’s your boss going to say? Is he pleased or disappointed? There’s reason for concern. Your first year hasn’t been as productive as he expected. You think, I wish I were giving the evaluation, instead of the one being evaluated.What does a boss look for in an employee? Results. Employees have to be worth their salaries. Otherwise, the people on the payroll cost more than they produce. Stated or…

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That God Should Come As One of Us!

It is one of best-known facts of Bible; yet it is shrouded in mystery. Its details are rehearsed every year in preaching, reading and song; yet they defy our comprehension. The virgin birth – or, more accurately, the virginal conception – of the Lord Jesus Christ is the point at which the transcendence and immanence of God converge and they do so in a way that defines the destiny of the universe. The sheer wonder of it all is well captured in the words of a Graham Kendrick hymn: Oh…

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Justification Reconsidered

Stephen Westerholm, professor at McMaster University, has long been known in critical scholarship for upholding the “Lutheran” Paul (his term) against all modern attacks. I have been familiar with his work since 1992, and even though I believe in a “Reformed” Paul, I consider Westerholm a valuable aid in combating the New Perspective on Paul.  His two well-known books, Israel’s Law and the Church’s Faith: Paul and His Recent Interpreters (1988) and Perspectives Old and New on Paul: The “Lutheran” Paul and His Critics (2004), include a detailed and critical analysis…

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What John the Baptist Teaches us About the Gospel

Preaching through John’s gospel, I have paused to meditate upon the person and work of John the Baptist. Here was one who came as a “witness, to bear witness about the Light” (Jn 1:6). Consistently (1:7, 14, 20) we are told that the Baptist was not the Light but a witness to the Light. The biblical record elsewhere tells us that John came to “prepare the way of the LORD” (Is 40:3) and would be the messenger of the Lord for that very purpose (Mal 3:1).  The Baptist’s ministry has…

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Christ Our Sanctuary

“And he will become a sanctuary and a stone of offense and a rock of stumbling to both houses of Israel, a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And many shall stumble on it. They shall fall and be broken; they shall be snared and taken.” (Isa. 8:14-15 ESV)It’s easy to stumble over Jesus. He doesn’t fit the general profile of the nice-guy religious leader.He does not ask you to work for him—to clean up your act, be measurably good, or bring any sense of your own…

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The Resurrection of Jesus Christ and the Reality of the Gospel

The pattern of the Christian year is an exercise of the Church’s discipline. The annual celebrations of Christmas and Resurrection Day force the Church to ponder again the truths of Christ’s incarnation and resurrection. Christians understand that every Lord’s Day is Resurrection Day, but this Sunday is the festival which draws all Christians face to face with the empty tomb and the truth of the resurrected Lord.

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