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

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“There’s one, well-known, reformed author that I highly respect. He says, ‘Before the fall, Adam needed a commandment to be fruitful and multiply.’ Well, I think Adam, when he saw Eve, he did not need a commandment to be fruitful and multiply. It was a blessing! ‘Be...

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Thursday, 09 April 2020 00:06

Kind (hasid) Featured

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Psalms 145:10 (ESV)All your works shall give thanks to you, O LORD, and all your saints shall bless you!

Saints

The word for “saints” in this verse is the Hebrew word “chaciyd” or “hasid” (depending on the lexicon source referenced). Throughout the Old Testament,...

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Wednesday, 01 April 2020 01:34

Quarantine, Paul, and Philemon Featured

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Philemon 1:4-7I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers, because I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints, and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for...

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Wednesday, 18 March 2020 02:59

Sons of God Featured

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“…sons of God”

Have you ever thought about who they are in the Bible?

Be encouraged…

1 Corinthians 15:40 (ESV)There are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is of one kind, and the glory of the earthly is of another.

Two Different Categories of...

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Saturday, 07 March 2020 22:30

The Power that God has Given Us (Christians) Featured

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I wanted to share some thoughts about a verse that I keep returning to lately…

2 Timothy 1:7…for God gave us a spirit not of fear but ofpower and love and self-control.

The apostle Paul, here, is encouraging Timothy to think about what God has given them both… a spirit of...

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Friday, 28 February 2020 20:57

Some Thoughts on Ecclesiastes Featured

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I love the book of Ecclesiastes. The reason? From my very first reading, it opened my eyes as to how honest and real the Bible is. The raw straightforwardness of this book (in particular) helped to confirm for me that the pages of Holy writ could never originate with man. Take verse 11 from chapter...

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Monday, 17 February 2020 01:36

God’s Home and Our Holiness Featured

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We (Christians) are counted as those who love God. Not only do we love God, but we have a concern to keep His expectations of us. Yes, we sometimes fail at this. But, at the end of the day, it’s something which always remains on our mind… to not disappoint Him. One of the apostles,...

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Have you ever noticed how the Bible links how we interact with our neighbor and what it means to be a sinner?

Check out the first half of this verse…

Proverbs 14:21b (ESV)Whoever despises his neighbor is a sinner…

The Hebrew word for despises in this verse can also be understood as...

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Monday, 20 January 2020 01:57

Buridan’s Ass (Donkey) Featured

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It has been argued by skeptics that if God is in control, then choices are not possible. The reason for this line of thinking is the concept of “determinism.” Determinism says that all human action is governed by something outside of themselves. This means (according to skeptics) that...

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Wednesday, 08 January 2020 05:38

Who And How We (Christians) Are To Love Featured

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Who

Israel was commanded to love those who were of the covenant people of God…

Leviticus 19:17-18 (ESV)You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason frankly with your neighbor, lest you incur sin because of him. You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against...

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Sunday, 22 December 2019 10:58

Advents and Bethlehem Ephrathah Featured

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This week we (Christians) celebrate the “first advent” of Jesus Christ. Think of an advent as a “coming.” Jesus has two comings or two advents…

Advent Two

The second advent or His “second coming” will be at the end of the age. This is when everything as we...

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Thursday, 28 November 2019 23:13

Dealing With “Outsiders” Featured

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Numbers 18:19 (ESV)All the holy contributions that the people of Israel present to the Lord I give to you, and to your sons and daughters with you, as a perpetual due. It is a covenant of salt forever before the Lord for you and for your offspring with you.

2 Chronicles 13:5 (ESV)Ought you not to...

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Saturday, 26 October 2019 02:31

So… I Just Published My First Book Featured

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Back in April of 2018, I started a page on my blog site called “The Daily Dose,” in order to offer a short and encouraging thought or question, accompanied by a Biblical reference everyday. That page (which can be found here) is now in the form of a book which can be obtained on Amazon...

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Tuesday, 22 October 2019 10:23

Free Will (Doesn’t Really Matter) Featured

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Throughout my walk with Christ, I have noticed that the subject of “free will” seems to be at the forefront of most conversations regarding God, Christianity, and the Bible. Whether the topic is evangelism, soteriology, culpability, sin, salvation, responsibility, response ability, (the...

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Saturday, 19 October 2019 11:04

The Preference of God Featured

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Romans 9:13-16 (HCSB)As it is written: I have loved Jacob, but I have hated Esau.

What should we say then? Is there injustice with God? Absolutely not! For He tells Moses:

I will show mercy to whom I will show mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.

So then it does not depend...

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Friday, 27 September 2019 23:18

The Great Reversal Featured

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Paul wrote in his letters that not all of Israel is actually considered to be of Israel…

Romans 9:6b (HCSB)…For not all who are descended from Israel are Israel.

And… that all believers (even Gentile believers) are considered to be the Israel of God…

Galatians 6:15-16 (HCSB)...

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Saturday, 24 August 2019 12:25

Joy and Apologetics: To Anyone Who Asks You Featured

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1 Peter 3:15…but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect

This is the go to verse for apologetics. You will find this verse in just about...

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Saturday, 17 August 2019 04:53

So Now… I Created a YouTube Video Featured

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Back in November of 2018, I posted a blog entitled, “What is Sin?”

(You can check it out by clicking here)

The blog contains only verses from scripture. The idea was to offer what the Bible says that sin is, without with my own thoughts getting in the way. I even used this same concept in...

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Friday, 09 August 2019 22:35

This Past Week’s Daily Doses (Week #1, August 2019) Featured

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Saturday, August 10 – The reason why things go wrong…

Judges 17:6b & 21:25b (ESV)…Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.

Friday, August 9 – The prophet Joel describes God, in order to encourage repentance …

Joel 2:13b (HCSB)…He is gracious and...

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Thursday, 08 August 2019 03:50

Eating Together Featured

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Have you ever noticed that eating in a corporate setting is a big thing with God? It’s all over scripture, and I don’t think it’s merely a coincidence.

Some Examples

When God met with Abraham…

Genesis 18:1-8 (HCSB)Then the Lord appeared to Abraham at the oaks of Mamre while he...

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Monday, 05 August 2019 00:28

Last Week’s Daily Doses from July 28-August 3 Featured

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Saturday , August 3 – Our worship must be of a Godly disposition (spirit) and rooted in what is actually real (truth)…

John 4:24 (HCSB)God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.

Friday, August 2 – Straightforward…

John 12:48 (HCSB)The one who...

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Friday, 26 July 2019 21:00

This Past Week’s Daily Doses (Week #4, July 2019) Featured

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Saturday, July 27 – An example of a doxology to start your day…

Jude 1:24-25 (HCSB)Now to Him who is able to protect you from stumbling and to make you stand in the presence of His glory, blameless and with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory,...

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Tuesday, 23 July 2019 08:45

Bearing God’s Image Featured

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During the early 90’s, tennis star, Andre Agassi, was the focus of an ad campaign for Cannon. The camera company successfully promoted their photography products with the flashy, long-haired, celebrity, athlete, touting their catchy slogan in commercials, “Image… is...

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Saturday, July 20 – Job’s response to his wife’s suggestion to “curse God and die,” after he had suffered tremendously, exemplified wisdom in light of what was experienced…

Job 2:10b (HCSB)“Should we accept only good from God and not adversity?”

Friday,...

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Friday, 22 July 2016 18:09

But Now…

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Romans 3:21-22 (HCSB)But now, apart from the law, God’s righteousness has been revealed — attested by the Law and the Prophets — that is, God’s righteousness through faith in Jesus Christ, to all who believe, since there is no distinction.

Romans 6:22 (HCSB)But now, since you have been liberated from sin and have become...

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