Put False Ways Far from Me | Psalm 119:29

Put false ways far from meand graciously teach me your law! Psalm 119:29 ESV As we now move into the second half of stanza daleth, the fourth eight-verse section of Psalm 119, the psalmist moves away from his cause of lament and toward resolutions of faithfulness. This verse is a twofold petition to God for …

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Biblical Wisdom

Bold as a Lion | Proverbs 28:1

The wicked flee when no one pursues,but the righteous are bold as a lion. Proverbs 28:1 Why do the wicked flee when no one pursues them? Their guilt keeps them from all peace. They are constantly on the run because they know that others have reason to pursue them. Or at least their own conscience …

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Friendship with Sin & Satan | William Gurnall

Thus far, Gurnall's The Christian in Complete Armor has not disappointed, although I have been reading it slightly out order as a I preach through the same passages in Ephesians. The following quotation is the fourth warning Gurnall gives to all who would presume to go unarmed and without armor into the spiritual warfare around …

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I Have Stored Up Your Word | Psalm 119:11

I have stored up your word in my heart,that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11 ESV We come now to one of the verses for which Psalm 119 is best known. As we mentioned previously, the driving theme of this second stanza is the psalmist’s pursuit and quest for purity, which he notes …

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A Word of Encouragement to Wrestlers | William Gurnall

The three volumes of William Gurnall's The Christian in Complete Armor have been sitting on my shelf for several months, waiting to be read alongside the final segment of my study through Ephesians. Thus far, it has certainly not disappointed. The quotation below is a kind of sidebar word of encouragement that Gurnall makes to …

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Not Be Put to Shame | Psalm 119:6

Then I shall not be put to shame,having my eyes fixed on all your commandments! Psalm 119:6 ESV This verse piggybacks directly upon the previous one, which is evident through the word then. Although that verse was a hopeful yearning for the psalmist’s ways to be steadfast in keeping the statutes of the LORD, this …

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Oh That My Ways May Be Steadfast! | Psalm 119:5

Oh that my ways may be steadfastin keeping your statutes! Psalm 119:5 ESV The blessed, those whom God favors, walk in God’s ways, keeping His testimonies and remaining blameless in all things. Because God desires us to keep to this path of blessedness, the psalmist acknowledged to the LORD, “You have commanded your precepts to …

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Heart to Heart

The Miracle | Jonah 3

Many occurrences in the book of Jonah have been described as miracles (the storm, the fish, etc.), yet as we have seen, most are simply God’s display of authority within nature. Miracle must be unnatural (or supernatural), and storms, fish, and plants are all common to the natural world. However, repentance certainly is a miracle. …

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Sermon Series

Must Not Even Be Named Among You | Ephesians 5:3-6

But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral …

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The Darkness Has Not Overcome It | John 1:5

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.  John 1:5 ESV The world is dark. Even the most steadfast optimist must admit that there is something fundamentally wrong. Why else do we weep because of the lives lost to murder? Gun control will not end killings, just as no treaty …

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