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VerseD: 2 Timothy 2:15

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
2 Timothy 2:15, ESV

Do you know your Bible well enough to explain the Gospel, salvation, or why you believe what you believe?
Ignoring the Bible (or barely reading/studying it) is ignoring God.
Works apart from God’s Word is working in an unapproved manner. We love God through His Word and in deeds.

VerseD: Mark 11:24

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Mark 11:24, ESV

Whatever we ask for as we seek the Father’s will, God will give us without hesitation.

VerseD: 1 John 4:18

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.
1 John 4:18, ESV

First, we fear the wrath of God against our sin. Then, we stand in awe of the God who showed His love by sending His Son to die for the forgiveness of our sin.
Grow in the love that saved us!

VerseD: Galatians 1:10

For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.
Galatians 1:10, ESV

It is not enough to be a people-pleaser or to want to be liked by everyone (both are impossible to achieve with everyone).
We serve and aim to please only One: our Lord Jesus Christ to the glory of the Father with the help of the Holy Spirit.

The Church during the days of Corona Virus: Pray for small businesses

I help a friend manage an independent coffee shop. Thankfully, his shop is doing well! We actually saw sales more than double after the initial shutdown!
However, just this past few weeks saw three stores around us close permanently. A few dozen other businesses I know of have closed permanently in the past six months, and I have known some of those owners and several of their employees.
Let us lift all of these people up in prayer.

Daniel

The Domain for Truth

Our “This Sunday” series will be another a Corona Virus edition.  For this Sunday here’s what you can do: Pray for small businesses.

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VerseD: Matthew 4:4

But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
Matthew 4:4 ESV

Our bread is more than something to eat. We are sustained by God’s written Word and The Word, Jesus Christ.
Daily reading of Scripture encourages our souls. Seeking Jesus by the help of the Holy Spirit gives us assurance and strength.

VerseD: Romans 12:21

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Romans 12:21, ESV

We do not retaliate against wrongs done to us or around us. We know that our Lord will deal with evil in its due time, especially upon His return!

VerseD: Psalm 51:1-2

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!
Psalm 51:1‭-‬2, ESV

It is not any inherent goodness or hard work  on our part that God shows us His mercy and grace. It is entirely God’s love and works (through Jesus Christ) that we are made clean and found worthy of eternal life.

VerseD: 1 Corinthians 13:1

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
1 Corinthians 13:1, ESV

If God’s love is not moving through us, even our most eloquent speeches, beautiful lyrics, and well-crafted writings are meaningless drivel that lead people astray.
God’s love saves us and leads us to bring others along.

Just Be Thankful You’re Alive!

Amen.

The Recovering Legalist

Sunrise over Chattanooga

As I Was Reading…

As I was reading the book of Lamentations (not the happiest of reads), I read a verse I’d like to share with you.

Why should any living person complain, any man, because of the punishment for his sins? (Lamentations 3:39, CSB)

What does this verse mean?

Simply put, if you have been punished for your sins by a Holy God … and you’re still alive … you have nothing to complain about!

Seriously, so often we gripe about the circumstances we endure, yet those circumstances are often the result of our own sinful decisions.

But isn’t it a wonderful thing that we are so loved by our heavenly Father? Because he is rich in mercy, He does not pour out on us the punishment we deserve.

We are alive! We should be grateful!

Let us search and try our ways, and turn…

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