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The Faithful Servant

The Faithful Servant “Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord.” —Matthew 25: 21 All of us need to take a personal inventory and ask ourselves, what is it that God has entrusted to me? When we appear before the judgment seat of Christ, every one of us will give an account for what we did with our lives, our talents, and our resources. **What has God put in my keeping that He will some day require an accounting for?…

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The Days of Noah

The Days of Noah But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. —Matthew 24: 37 In the days of Noah, God saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of man’s heart was evil continually. It is not hard to make a comparison to today. Our world is full of violence and corruption. Television and movie industries pollute the minds of people until the thoughts and the imagination of man’s heart is only evil continually. And just as in the…

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Love Grown Cold

Love Grown Cold And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. —Matthew 24: 12 There are some who once burned with holy zeal for the Lord. They had a deep devotional life, full of time spent in the Word and in prayer. But their fire went out. Satan crept in gradually, destroying both their witness and their relationship with the Lord. Though they’d once rejoiced to have been delivered from the mire and muck of the world, they have returned, like pigs, to that same mire and muck. As Jesus foretold in Matthew 24, their love…

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True Forgiveness

True Forgiveness Then Peter came to him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “… up to seventy times seven.” —Matthew 18: 21-22 I have a suspicion that Peter was hoping to impress the Lord with this question. In his own mind, seven times probably seemed like quite a stretch. So when Jesus corrected him, saying “seventy times seven,” Peter probably thought, “Yikes!” Forgiveness is a prerequisite if we want our own sins to be forgiven. Jesus emphasized that truth in His teaching on…

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Not A Word

Not a Word And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.” But He answered her not a word. —Matthew 15: 22-23 The woman’s plea was passionate, but Jesus answered her not a word. When He finally did speak, it was to the disciples. He declared to them that the woman was outside of the covenant God had made with Israel. But the woman wasn’t discouraged. In fact, she agreed with Jesus. “That is true, Lord. I don’t deserve…

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Keep Your eyes on Jesus

Keep Your Eyes on Jesus And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” —Matthew 14: 29-30 After rowing all night, the disciples had only reached the middle of the sea. And now great waves had formed and heavy rains began to beat upon them. Suddenly, in the midst of the storm, they see a figure walking towards them on the water. Terrified, they cry out—but a…

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Unforgivable

Unforgivable Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. —Matthew 12: 31 If you are worried that you may have committed the unforgivable sin, I can assure you that you haven’t. Once a person has committed the unforgivable sin, they are not worried about it at all. **The unforgiveable sin is the continued rejection of the Holy Spirit. When you sin, God’s Spirit strives with you, convicting you of that sin. We often call it the voice of conscience. When we heed Him, confess…

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The Lighter Yoke

The Lighter Yoke Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. —Matthew 11: 28-30 Life is full of burdens. We are burdened with responsibilities, with expectations, with our own desires, with the drive to accumulate possessions or seek pleasure. But Jesus has extended a twofold invitation to those who labor under those heavy loads: “Take My…

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Lose Yourself

Lose Yourself He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it. —Matthew 10: 39 I hear a lot of people talking today about the need to “find themselves.” But according to Jesus, the best thing you can do is to lose yourself. Speaking to His followers one day, Jesus explained the first requirement for discipleship. “If anyone desires to come after Me,” He said, “let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me” (Luke 9: 23). To seek Jesus, you must deny self. You must…

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