Afflicted in Faithfulness

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“It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes” (Psalm 119:71). In this life, the Christian is “afflicted in every way” (2 Cor. 4:8a). This is no surprise because Jesus “was afflicted” (Isaiah 53:7), and He said, “a servant is...

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Berean Lamp Memory Verse - Psalm 119:71 - (July 20-27)

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Our Memory Verse for this week comes from Psalm 119:71, where the Psalmist shares that affliction brought him closer to God.  Have you felt that way in your life?  The Christian life is one of affliction, Scripture tells us.  Our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ was afflicted, and...

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Tags: affliction, anger, closer to god, comfort, difficulties, father, god, iniquity, jesus, pride, resentment, sin, strength, trials

Family Matters

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“Even my close friend in whom I trusted, Who ate my bread, Has lifted up his heel against me” (Psalm 41:9). Family should be a place of safety. But because of sin, it is often a place of persecution for the Believer. Sometimes in obeying God’s will as a Believer, our friends...

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Tags: church, division, family, family of god, god's will, god's word, holy spirit, injury, jesus, persecution, sin, the word, will

Berean Lamp Memory Verse - Psalm 41:9 - (July 13-20)

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Our Memory Verse for this week comes from Psalm 41:9, where David recounts the deep injury he experienced from a "believing" friend.  Injury and persecution can come to us within our families and friendships because of man's fallen sin nature.  Satan loves to attack deep into what...

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Tags: believers, conflict, desire, division, family, god, god's word, holy spirit, injury, interests, jesus, obedience, persecution, scripture, sin, will

No Honor in Your Own Home

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“And they took offense at Him. But Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household’” (Matthew 13:57 NASB). Men have always been born under the power of “blood” relations, the will of the flesh, and the will...

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Tags: blood, community, desires, dishonor, embarrassment, expectations, family, god, harassment, heavenly father, honor, jesus, persecution, power, rejection, relations, shame, society, the father, will, offesne

Berean Lamp Memory Verse - Matthew 13:57 - (July 6-13)

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Our Memory Verse for this week comes from Matthew 13:57.  Obeying the will of God doesn't always go over well in our communities.  God's will clashes with man's will.  We saw last time that Jesus fell foul of His society's will because He put God's will first.  But Jesus also...

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Tags: betrayal, community, dishonor, family, friends, god's timing, god's will, honor, jesus, man's will, obedience, persecution, rejection, respect, shame, society, embarrass

Are You Playing By Their Rules?

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“But Peter and the apostles answered, ‘We must obey God rather than men’” (Acts 5:29 NASB). From the Fall, man seeks his own will rather than God’s will.  He creates societies (countries, communities, families) to benefit his will and he protects it with his...

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Tags: acceptance, communities, control, countries, families, games, glory, hostility, law, manipulation, persecution, power, rejection, rules, society, will


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