But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Monday, 21 October 2019 07:00

A Little Leaven Leavens the Whole Lump Featured

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1 The Pharisees and Sadducees came up, and testing Jesus, they asked Him to show them a sign from heaven. 2 But He replied to them, “ When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ 3 And in the morning, ‘There will be a storm...

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Sunday, 20 October 2019 07:00

False Religion Featured

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16 Then Samuel said to Saul, “Wait, and let me tell you what the Lord said to me last night.” And he said to him, “Speak!”17 Samuel said, “Is it not true, though you were little in your own eyes, you were made the head of the tribes of Israel? And the...

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Saturday, 19 October 2019 05:00

The Word of God makes us clean Featured

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3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. John 15:3 (NASB) 

All people are born dead in their trespasses and sins. (Ephesians 2:1; Colossians 2:13) This condition of spiritual death also means that each person, though desperate for fulfillment that...

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Thursday, 17 October 2019 07:00

Death in Adam Life in Christ Featured

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12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned— 13 for until the Law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until...

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Wednesday, 16 October 2019 09:05

What divides what should be unified in the Body of Christ? Featured

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9 Διὰ τοῦτο καὶ ἡμεῖς, ἀφʼ ἧς ἡμέρας ἠκούσαμεν, οὐ...

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Tuesday, 15 October 2019 07:00

Boldness not Insolence Featured

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7 οὗ ἐγενήθην διάκονος κατὰ τὴν δωρεὰν τῆς χάριτος...

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Monday, 14 October 2019 05:00

The Authority of the Son Featured

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25 ἀμὴν ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν ὅτι ἔρχεται ὥρα καὶ νῦν ἐστιν ὅτε...

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Sunday, 13 October 2019 05:00

Preaching the Word Out of Season Featured

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1 I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: 2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. 2 Timothy 4:1-2...

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Saturday, 12 October 2019 07:00

Liberalism or Christianity? Featured

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There are really only two groups of people. There are those who are in Christ and those who are in their sins. These are Jesus’ own words, “I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins.” (John 8:24 ESV) Any form of...

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Thursday, 10 October 2019 06:00

Fiery Darts Featured

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11 Let the one who does wrong, still do wrong; and the one who is filthy, still be filthy; and let the one who is righteous, still practice righteousness; and the one who is holy, still keep himself holy.” Revelation 22:11 (NASB) 

The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan...

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Wednesday, 09 October 2019 06:00

Being A Good Servant of Jesus Christ in the Midst of Apostasy Featured

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1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; 3 and every...

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Tuesday, 08 October 2019 07:00

Known by Jesus vs simply religious Featured

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21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out...

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Sunday, 06 October 2019 07:00

Hold Fast to the Word of Life Featured

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19 But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the gates of the prison, and taking them out he said, 20 “Go, stand and speak to the people in the temple the whole message of this Life.” Acts 5:19-20 (NASB) 

We are in a period of the Church in which we must keep...

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Saturday, 05 October 2019 07:00

Another Jesus Featured

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3 But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ. 4 For if one comes and preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or you receive a different spirit which you have not...

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Thursday, 03 October 2019 06:00

The Falling Away Featured

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1 Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, 2 that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord...

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Wednesday, 02 October 2019 05:00

Fruitless Fig Trees Featured

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17 And He left them and went out of the city to Bethany, and spent the night there.18 Now in the morning, when He was returning to the city, He became hungry. 19 Seeing a lone fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it except leaves only; and He *said to it,...

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Monday, 30 September 2019 05:00

What Is That to You? Featured

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20 Peter, turning around, *saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them; the one who also had leaned back on His bosom at the supper and said, “Lord, who is the one who betrays You?” 21 So Peter seeing him *said to Jesus, “Lord, and what about this man?”...

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Sunday, 29 September 2019 07:00

Why Saints Persevere Featured

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4 I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus, 5 that in everything you were enriched in Him, in all speech and all knowledge, 6 even as the testimony concerning Christ was confirmed in you, 7 so that you are not lacking in any gift,...

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Friday, 27 September 2019 07:00

What is Joy? Featured

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21 When my heart was embitteredAnd I was pierced within,22 Then I was senseless and ignorant;I was like a beast before You.23 Nevertheless I am continually with You;You have taken hold of my right hand.24 With Your counsel You will guide me,And afterward receive me to glory.25 Whom...

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Thursday, 26 September 2019 05:00

Supply Featured

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19 For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, 20 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified...

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Wednesday, 25 September 2019 05:00

Following Jesus is costly Featured

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37 For yet in a very little while,He who is coming will come, and will not delay.38 But My righteous one shall live by faith;And if he shrinks back, My soul has no pleasure in him.39 But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving...

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Tuesday, 24 September 2019 07:00

The Spirit of the Antichrist Featured

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15 Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. 17 The...

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Monday, 23 September 2019 07:00

Redemption Featured

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15 For this reason He is the mediator of a new covenant, so that, since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed under the first covenant, those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. Hebrews 9:15...

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Sunday, 22 September 2019 07:00

The Best Place to be is Right Where God has You Featured

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7 Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me—to keep me from exalting myself! 8 Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it...

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Saturday, 21 September 2019 07:00

The Relationship of Believers to Christ Featured

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25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, 26 so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or...

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