Patience

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Patience is often seen as a godly virtue and indeed it is one. God, Himself, is the greatest example we have of patience that we should be ready to emulate and incorporate into our lives. God shows great patience in many ways as found in His word Continue reading

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2017 Florida College Lectures

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Well, the 2017 edition of the Florida College Lectureship is in the books. We attended last week and found the subject of the divine pattern for marriage to be a very interesting one. I have never personally had the honor of marriage, but still find it a very important and relevant topic as it is an institution designed by God for the preservation of the family. There is no other design that man could come up with that can take the place of marriage and it is quite a sinful and godless state that we find ourselves living in modern society. The pattern of marriage is not being followed as divorce rates climb and many young couples would prefer to live together instead of making the commitment to one another that a long term marriage requires. Continue reading

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If you love me…

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Jesus said in John 14:15: “If you love Me, keep My commandments.” The New Testament its original Greek used two different words that are translated love in our English bibles. The first is agapaho  which is a higher love in a moral sense, such as we feel for God. The second is phileo, which is to have an affection for in the more personal sense or the love that we might have for the fellow human beings in our life (brotherly love). In this passage the higher form of the word is used, denoting that Jesus wants us to love Him in the higher sense that we love God in that we will revere and worship Him as well as keep His commandments. Continue reading

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Spiritual Growth

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I say again: “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.” (Ephesians 4:11-16). Continue reading

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Every Wind of Doctrine

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Ephesians 4:11-16 says: “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.” Continue reading

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