February 17: “The Kind of People that Jesus Enjoys Being With”

3 Minute Read TODAY’S BIBLE READING: Leviticus 4:1–5:19 Mark 2:13–3:6 Psalm 36:1-12 Proverbs 10:1-2 TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S): Mark 2:16-17 (CSB): “When the scribes who were Pharisees saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples, ‘Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?’ When Jesus heard this, he told them, […]

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February 9: “One Way to Defeat Temptation”

8 Minute Read TODAY’S BIBLE READING: Exodus 29:1–30:10 Matthew 26:14-46 Psalm 31:19-24 Proverbs 8:14-26 TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S): Matthew 26:41 (CSB): “Stay awake and pray, so that you won’t enter into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S): Every single one of us battles temptation. Whether it is […]

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February 1: “The Seven Things God Hates”

5 Minute Read TODAY’S BIBLE READING: Exodus 13:17–15:18 Matthew 21:23-46 Psalm 26:1-12 Proverbs 6:16-19 TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S): Proverbs 6:16-19 (CSB) “The LORD hates six things; in fact, seven are detestable to him: arrogant eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that plots wicked schemes, feet eager to run to evil, a […]

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January 26: “The Severed Unity of the Trinity”

8 Minute Read TODAY’S BIBLE READING: Exodus 2:11–3:22 Matthew 17:10-27 Psalm 22:1-18 Proverbs 5:7-14 TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S): Psalm 22:1 (CSB) “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why are you so far from my deliverance and from my words of groaning?” REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S): One of the many fascinating aspects of […]

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January 18: “Restoring the Sinner”

6 Minute Read TODAY’S BIBLE READING: Genesis 37:1–38:30 Matthew 12:22-45 Psalm 16:1-11 Proverbs 3:27-32 TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S): Genesis 38:24 (CSB) “About three months later Judah was told, ‘Your daughter-in-law, Tamar, has been acting like a prostitute, and now she is pregnant.’ ‘Bring her out,’ Judah said, ‘and let her be burned to death!’” REFLECTIONS ON […]

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January 11: “One Easy Way to Feel Better”

TODAY’S BIBLE READING: Genesis 24:52–26:16 Matthew 8:18-34 Psalm 10:1-15 Proverbs 3:7-8 TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S): Proverbs 3:7-8 (CSB) “Don’t be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and turn away from evil. This will be healing for your body and strengthening for your bones.” REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S): Once again, the Scripture tells us […]

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Naming the Guilty Party

In our Christian culture, we generally don’t like to name people who have behaved badly (at least publicly). Don’t believe me? Just make a truthful statement about some of the false teachers of our day and then duck … because there will be many comments coming your way. You will be called judgmental, unloving, and […]

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Does God Forget Our Sins or Does He Choose Not to Remember Them?

Hebrews 8:12 (CSB) “For I will forgive their wrongdoing, and I will never again remember their sins.” This verse provides us with a wonderful truth. When God forgives us for the sins we confess and forsake, He says that He “will never again remember” them. Isn’t that wonderful?! Friend, if you have asked God’s forgiveness […]

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Can God Be Tempted?

Can God be tempted? No, because our text from yesterday morning’s sermon (James 1:13-18) says that He cannot be tempted. Yet, we read in Matthew 4:1 that Jesus was tempted. Was it temptation? Yes, that’s the word that appears in Matthew 4:1. So, how are we to understand this? Simply by acknowledging that God has […]

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When You Sin, It’s Not You Who Sinned

Sin is a present reality in our life as we live in this world. What is sin? It is any lack of conformity to God’s perfect law. This lack of complying with God’s directives happens in either of the two following ways: we do something that God says not to do, or we fail to […]

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