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How to Survive the End of the World

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The Almighty God who sees everything, knows everything, and is infinitely wise, has a plan. That plan involves ending the sin, death, evil, and rebellion in this world. That plan has been written down and is ours today. As we start our study of this next section it reminds us that ONLY God knows the […]

The Gospel by John’s Most Amazing Description of Salvation

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Each of us as followers of Christ, have been commissioned by Him to spend our lives going and sharing the Gospel. Some of us preach, some of us pray, some of us go to other lands, others of us serve in the nursery, adult, youth, or children’s ministry; but each of us are seeking to […]

The Rapture is Christ’s Intentional Rescue of His Church: From What?

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When Peter addressed the most heavily persecuted saints of the 1st Century, living all around the area of the seven churches we are studying in Revelation: he told them a foundational truth. He told them that salvation opens to us life-long lives of hope. The common denominator we find across the pages of the New […]

Seven Bad Habits of Believers that Sicken Christ and Make Him Vomit

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Perhaps the most unlikely words to be uttered by the Lord Jesus Christ are in our Bibles this morning. Jesus says in modern terms of the church in Laodicea, “You make me sick!” As we open to Revelation 3:14-22, Jesus writes a letter that all scholars conclude is the most piercing, stinging, and scathing letter […]

Beware of Self-Induced Spiritual Blindness

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We were each born sitting in the darkness, heading towards the precipice of sin; but we didn’t even know it because we were blind. That’s how we each were found by Jesus Christ, when He saved us. So at the moment of salvation, we are given spiritual sight as a gift from God. The Christmas […]

Getting Clothed for Christ’s Sake Daily

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There’s only one portion of God’s Word, specifically written to the Church, by Jesus Christ: Rev. 2&3. Join me as we continue to systematically examine Christ’s challenges to this, the seventh and final of the churches. If you had traveled to Laodicea, three things would have stood out to you in the First Century. These […]

Jesus Warns of The Danger of Having Too Much Stuff

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Jesus is addressing the condition that the believers at Laodicea had gotten themselves into. They were simply described by Christ as: loaded down with stuff. They could afford all that stuff, they bought all those items with their hard-earned money. They stored their possessions carefully, and used them regularly. But, what the Laodiceans are confronted […]

Laodicea: Listening to Jesus The Amen of God

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Jesus came on an unannounced visit to a church in central Asia Minor, two thousand years ago, and then wrote back a startling letter to them about their deteriorating spiritual health. They really should have listened to Him. In that letter Jesus Christ starts with His credentials. The opening words introducing Christ in Revelation 3:14 […]

Laodicea: The Seven Habits of Sanctified Believers

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Today, and every day of our lives, the Cross of Christ is the source of our power to live in this world of sin. Living a life that glorifies God is called sanctified living. Sanctification means that God is leading and controlling our lives. Perhaps the two best descriptions of what we have in Christ […]

Philadelphia: How to Build a Quake-Proof Life

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The Philadelphian’s example as faithful, obedient, serving, and worshipping saints is so powerful. They were not perfect, just forgiven. They were not superior in any way, just responsive to God’s desires for them individually and as a church. Each of these seven letters is a model, example, and symbol of the types of churches and […]

SARDIS & CHRIST’S CALL TO EVERY BELIEVER: STAY AWAKE

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As we open to Revelation 3:1-6 we are opening to the only time that Jesus declares that a local church is dead, non-responsive to His plans, and non-functional for His purposes. Look back over the text of the letter Christ wrote to them, which we read last time. In those words we find in an […]

Life of David: Making My Seeking of God Personal Like David Did

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David was a man who loved the Lord, and the Lord loved him. God named His own Son, “the Son of David” (Mat. 1:1), that in itself, is amazing. The Son of God called the “son of” an angry man, the son of a murderer, the son of a liar, the son of an adulterer, […]

A compromising believer chastened

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All of us in Christ’s Church are called from darkness to light at salvation; and we are saved from the power of Satan; and we are being transformed into saints of God. That process in called consecration. Last week as we looked at the Church at Thyatira (Revelation 2:18-29), we saw that their consecrated lives […]

Life of David: Embracing God By Declaring Our Love for the Lord

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As we open to Psalm 18, we are entering the last days of David. No one else in Scripture has more space devoted to their life other than the Lord Himself. David is God’s object lesson to each of us on: how hard life can be, how much we can struggle, how greatly we can […]

Christ’s Last Words to His Church Series: Why Jesus Chastens His Church

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Most of us here today hold the most powerful device in the world; it is more jam packed with unbelievable features than the one-day-coming iPhone 5. It has the most ultimate guidance, communication, and efficiency apps ever possible to obtain, and it is called God’s Word. God speaks through His Word, and we have His […]

Life of David: Trusting God For All of Life’s Challenges

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Lessons learned in the furnace of affliction often get etched deeply into our hearts and lives. David learned a lesson in his hard times. That lesson was that life must be lived on purpose for God. Coasting, going along with the flow and living carelessly always leads to wasted life. David wanted to place and […]

His Powerful, Penetrating & Purifying Gaze

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As we open to Revelation 1:14 this is the second set of twin descriptions of Christ: His head and hair are white, like wool and snow; and His eyes are like burning flames of fire. When John turned to see who it was that spoke to him, he turned and saw the Ancient of Days […]

Life of David: How to Live Life Deliberately for God

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When God describes a person’s life, He usually does so very succinctly and measures whether or not they served Him well. As we open to Acts 13, we are opening to God’s assessment that David lived life deliberately for what pleased God. David sought and followed what God wanted done in life, not what David […]

David: When Bad Things Happen to Good People, They Look for God

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For us the lesson is that when bad things happen to good people, they are to look to God for understanding. We start at the last word of the superscript that appears just before the first verse. That one word sets the tone for this period of David’s life we are examining. That one word […]

CHRIST’S LAST WORDS TO HIS CHURCH: THE BOOK OF THE REVELATION

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Open with me to the only book exclusively devoted to introducing us to what our Master and Savior Jesus is doing RIGHT NOW: the last book of the Bible, the Revelation of Jesus Christ. Have you paused yet today to check in with Jesus Christ? The best way to do that is through your Bible, […]

David: How to Sleep When Fear Surrounds You

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As we open to Psalm 3 we can note some details that set this Psalm apart as a very special Psalm to learn from: First, this is the first of the Psalms, called a Psalm, note the superscript says: A Psalm, and no other Psalm before this one says that. Secondly, this is the first […]

God’s Pathway to Eternal, Life-long Usefulness

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God has clearly communicated in easy to understand terms His desires. God wants 21st Century Women of Grace who follow His pathway to life-long usefulness. This desire of God was embraced by generation after generation of believers: which led to personal spiritual disciplines, focused priorities and deeply impacting lives. But in modern times, it seems […]

David: Abused, Slandered, Threatened & Peaceful

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Every event from II Samuel 11 onward reflects in some way the results of those moments, when David was blinded by his sinful desires, acted rebelliously against God’s clear standards. After David sinned in so many ways surrounding his adultery, he tried to hide his sin, and did quite well, for quite a while. Then, […]

God’s Pathway to Eternal, Life-long Usefulness

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God has clearly communicated in easy to understand terms His desires. God wants 21st Century Women of Grace who follow His pathway to life-long usefulness. This desire of God was embraced by generation after generation of believers: which led to personal spiritual disciplines, focused priorities and deeply impacting lives. But in modern times, it seems […]

David’s Sin, God’s Grace & The Inescapable Consequences of Sin

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We have entered the final lap of David’s Life: we have watched him as the shepherd boy and giant killer, then as the humble and patient warrior and King, now we join him perhaps 20 years into his career as King. This portion of his life I have called: David’s Sin, God’s Grace & the […]

Healthy Communications in an Unhealthy World

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As we open to Titus 2:8 we are turning to the final quality God has expressed that He desires to see in every young man in Christ’s Church. Amazingly, the final quality is about the type of communication that a young man cultivates for life. Paul said, encouragingly exhort those young men to have healthy […]

The Life of David: David’s Roadmap: The Pathway Back to God

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David fell so far, so fast, and he didn’t even realize it until the dullness of his soul spread to every inch of his spiritual life. Soon his cold and lonely heart was combined with his tormented soul and trapped in a painfully chastened body. And he stayed at the bottom like that for almost […]

Reverence: Staying Focused on God in a World of Distractions

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This morning as we open to Titus 2:7, we return to the 21st Century Men of Grace Series we have been studying this past year. As you turn back to that little New Testament epistle of Titus, here is a quick overview and back ground to this passage: Titus was a companion in ministry of […]

The Life of David: How Does God Remove Our Sin

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The first observation a student studying God’s Word would make in Psalm 32 is that: David is so thankful for his sin being forgiven, that he uses four different Hebrew words to describe the depths God had to go to accomplish his forgiveness in just the first two verses. But that same careful student of […]

The Life of David: The Deadening Effects of Intentional Sin

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All that really matters in life may be reduced to one simple reality–what does God think of what I am doing or have done. Our lives can be focused by one simple truth: am I pleasing or displeasing God? All that mattered at that moment and for eternity—Is what God thought of what David had […]

Believing Right so that you Behave Right

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As we return to Titus 2:7 we are looking at Paul explaining to Titus, how vitally Biblical Doctrine shapes the integrity of a believer’s life. Paul admonishes Titus to live a life of integrity that has the moral purity which lines up in secret, with the pure doctrine that he proclaimed in public. This is […]

The Life of David: The Deadly Results of Rationalizing Sin

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Jesus said that when we are faithful in little things it shows that we will be worthy of great things. Look at Luke 16:10: He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. David was amazing at […]

Following Christ in a Christless world

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Salvation is so personal: we are His sheep; we can hear His voice; and—the way we know we are His comes from following His voice. Think of a shepherd who speaks, and of sheep that turn their heads, listen, and then start walking towards him. That is true Christianity! Following Christ’s voice in His Word […]

The Life of David: The Lust of Sin & David’s Worst Moment

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As we open to II Samuel 11, David has finally made it to the top. Giants are killed, enemies are dead, life on the run is over, and normal life has finally started for David. As we will see, it is precisely when things are going “great” that we face some of the most lethal […]

Choosing Restrained Living in an Un-Restrained Culture

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Today, God asks for every man in Christ’s Church to make daily choices to regain and maintain a sober-minded restrained life, surrendered to God’s gracious sanctifying power. Open in your Bibles with me to Titus 2:6: Likewise, exhort the young men to be sober-minded (NKJV) The Greek word God inspires Paul to write is a […]

Feeling the Loneliness of Temptation and Failure

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David from the Bible was just a man. He had a job, a house, a family, and all the other little details of life. Though he was a King, an inspired Psalm writer, and a man after God’s own heart: he was also 100% normal human. So as we look at the longest stretch of […]

God’s 12 Step Program for Every Man in Christ’s Church

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If we gathered every young man in the church to give them the most important Biblical lessons they would ever get—what would those lessons be to prepare them for a life of blessing, spiritual influence, and show them the pathway to spiritual maturity? These are the types of questions that Sunday School teachers, youth workers, […]

Reaping the Results of Holy Habits

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As we open to Psalm 101, may I remind you of a transformational truth? Your habits are shaping your destiny, one little action at a time. Habits are the default settings of our soul. When we do not consciously plan our behavior we are taken over by habit. It is easier to operate by habit, […]

Pursuing Submission In a World Filled with Rebelliousness

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Submission in Biblical terms is when we submit to wanting God’s way. Since the Garden of Eden, and mankind’s Fall into sin—we humans have wanted our own way. In Matthew 6, Jesus reduced life to one simple goal—seeking God’s rule over each day of our life. dtbm.org 100919AM Titus 2:5

The Life of David: Making Holy Resolves To Follow the Lord

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As we open to the 132nd Psalm we are opening to God’s record of the life of David. We are not sure if David wrote this Psalm or if it was written about him, but we do see the powerful message it contains. This Psalm is one of a set of 15 called the Psalms […]

Focusing on a Life of Goodness In a World Focused on Badness

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Life is full of many cares, struggles, and responsibilities, so God has kept the most important things very simple. There was only one word the Spirit of God inspired Paul to write, to describe all that will last from our entire life on earth. One word at Christ’s Throne is all that sums up anything […]

Pursuing God Even When Crowned King

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As we open to 2 Samuel, David is no longer on the run, Saul is dead, and the kingdom is being given to David. The real test of David’s life is not what he does when he is afraid, insecure, and depressed, the real test comes as he is exalted, rewarded, and given the highest […]

Pursuing Homemaking In a World Filled with Homelessness

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The most amazing extinction event in American history has been the extinction of the nurturing home life of families. From both parents working, to sports becoming top priority, to the rise of the electronic devices: home has been reduced to a house where detached and often disassociated people now live under the same roof but […]

Pursuing Biblical & Godly Modesty In an Un-Biblical & Un-Godly World

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Salvation is described as being clothed with Christ’s righteousness; and the Christian life is portrayed as putting on Christ each day. So each of us here today are literally, as believers: Clothed with Christ With that in mind, would any of these descriptions portray Christ’s appearance as presented in God’s Word, if He were here […]

When David Suffered TOTAL Loss

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As we open to 1 Samuel 29, David has survived all that, and even one last commando raid by Saul on David’s hideaway in 1 Samuel 27. David survived: like a cancer victim that has finally finished the surgery, chemo, and radiation; and finally is declared cancer free. David was weak, but David had made […]

Choosing a God-Controlled Mind In a Godless World

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In Titus 2, the first word of v.5 calls each of us to pay attention to our own, personal, spiritual mental health, for God’s sake. There are only two mental health providers in the Universe: • the first One says that He came to give Life that is Abundant; and • the other one came […]

Nurturing Love Resists the Bitterness that Hinders Wives and Mothers

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God’s high calling for Titus 2 women of grace, is for them to express love that their husbands and children can feel. To most of us mature 21st century believers that may sound wonderful. To them it must have sounded impossible. As we open to Ephesians 4, think about how hard it has always been to […]

Three Lessons in How To Respond When Wronged By Others

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As we open to 1 Samuel 25 we are opening to David getting the opportunity to apply all the wonderful truths he has been learning. Just like the lessons we hear in Sunday School class are wonderful, but seem so different when we are actually out on the street witnessing, or on a missions trip. […]

Choosing Nurturing Love In a Loveless World

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On Christ’s last night with His disciples, He said in John 13 that believers would be known by their love for each other. This type of love is supernatural, prompted by grace, empowered by the Spirit, and modeled by godly mature saints. Christ’s church was built from the start with this powerful nurturing love. Paul […]

Choosing Self-sacrificing love In a selfish world

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God launched His plan to train the women of Christ’s Church using the godly older women He was already at work inside, and allowing their Spirit-led walk as they grew day-by-day, to flow out into the lives of younger women. But the message that the Lord Himself asked these women to communicate must have sounded […]

Investing My Life in Others in A Detached World

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As we open to Titus 2:4 look at the first three words: “that they admonish”. This is the final quality God desires to see in every older woman of grace, which describes their lifestyle of admonishing, encouraging, or calling others to realize what God has clearly stated they are supposed to do. This quality is […]

Athens: Knowing the True God

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Captured in a world they did not understand, the men and women of Athens lived lives of quiet desperation or hopelessness. In the words of Paul, they existed “separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world” (Eph. 2:12). In […]

 
 
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