Berean Lamp Memory Verse - 1 Samuel 15:23 - (Nov 11-18)

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Our Memory Verse for this week comes again from 1 Samuel, where the Prophet Samuel declares to King Saul that God sees all rebellion against His Word as divination.  The word "divination" means "to be inspired by a god."  That sounds pretty bad!  What does God mean by this? ...

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Tags: breath, breathe, death, divination, hell, holy spirit, inspiration, jesus, life, lucifer, pit, rebellion, satan, sin, temple, temptation, understanding, words

Berean Lamp Devotional - Sacrifice vs. Obedience

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“Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams” (1 Samuel 15:22b ESV). We see King Saul here getting a pretty tough message from the Prophet...

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Tags: disobedience, god's word, justification, obedience, personal sacrifice, rebellion, sacrifice, self-justification, sin, the word of god, compensate

Berean Lamp Memory Verse - 1 Samuel 15:22 - (Nov 4-11)

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Our Memory Verse for this week comes from 1 Samuel, where the Prophet Samuel declares to King Saul that God prefers obedience to His Word over sacrifice.  Saul had excused disobeying God's Word to destroy all the enemy's livestock by offering a good deal of it to God as a sacrifice -...

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Tags: compensation, disobedience, energy, justification, money, obedience, rebellion, sacrifice, self-justification, sin, time

Berean Lamp Devotional - Self-righteous Christians?

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“But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why do you regard your brother with contempt? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God” (Romans 14:10). Christians as a whole can often be a very judgmental lot, and harsh towards one another.  Why do we feel...

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Tags: eden, garden, god, heart, holy spirit, jesus, judgment, judgment seat of christ, judgmental, measuring, pride, self-righteous, sin

Berean Lamp Memory Verse - Romans 14:10 - (Oct 21-28)

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Our Memory Verse for this week comes from Romans, where Paul warns us to be careful about passing judgment on our Brothers and Sisters in Christ.  Christians as a whole can sometimes be a very judgmental lot.  Some of the harshest and most critical words we have ever received may have...

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Tags: admonishment, facade, garden, jesus, judge, judgment, pride, self-righteousness, sin

Berean Lamp Devotional - Do You Trust God with Your Sin?

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“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9 NASB). God’s call to the unbelieving world is to “repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of...

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Tags: adoption, change, confess, fear, forgiveness, holy spirit, jesus, judgment, love, new creature, repent, sanctification, sin, trust, practising sin

Berean Lamp Memory Verse - 1 John 1:9 - (Oct 14-21)

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Our Memory Verse for this week comes from 1 John, where the Apostle tries to explain to Believers what their relationship is to sin and how it has changed from when they were unbelievers.  Sin is one of those things that we all really struggle with understanding, particularly where the...

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Tags: born again, confession, confidence, forgiveness, grace, jesus, new creation, redemption, repentance, sin, sinner, sinning

Judgment Newsletter Cover Art - A Study on God's Judgment

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Below is the cover artwork for the Sep/Oct 2015 Newsletter on the topic of JUDGMENT.  There are several scriptural references that are being alluded to with this cover.  In the picture, we see a depiction of Christ standing in the Heavenly Courts.  Behind Him two "windows" are...

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Tags: evil, great white throne, hell, jesus, judgment, lake of fire, punishment, repentance, sin, wickedness

Berean Lamp Devotional - Why Do We Suffer?

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“Therefore let those who suffer according to God's will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good” (1 Peter 4:19). Oftentimes man’s first response to suffering is to cry, “Why is this happening?  I don’t deserve this!  This isn’t...

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Tags: confidence, consequences, crowns, curse, devil, eden, endurance, jesus, rebellion, redemption, reproach, rewards, salvation, satan, savior, sin, suffering, temptation, toil, vain

Berean Lamp Devotional - Are People Generally Good?

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I was in college when God began to show me the truth of the Gospel that even if people seem to be living a good life “both Jews and Greeks are all under sin; as it is written, ‘there is none righteous, not even one’” (Romans 3:9b-10), “for whoever keeps the whole...

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Tags: flesh, good people, goodness, guilt, heart, hell, holiness, judgment, righteousness, self-righteousness, sin, sin nature, the fall, tribulation

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