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Whose Voice are You Listening To? by Marlene C. Crouch click here
A Comparison of the Catholic Catechism to the Bible
Marlene Crouch’s book is a must read for those seeking the liberating truth of God in Christ. It can be a powerful tool to give to friends and family trapped in religions tradition and superstition. Let Christ’s freedom capture your heart. - Rev. Michael Harris, Calvary Baptist Church, Fort Wayne, Indiana.
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Wisdom of God's Counsels - Romans 11:33 by John Wesley click here

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How Readiest Thou?

(An insightful poem on Bible study) 

It is one thing to read the Bible through,
Another thing to read to learn to do.
Some read it with design to learn to read,
And to the subject pay but little heed.

Some read it as their duty once a week,
But no instruction from the Bible seek;
While others read it with but little care,
With no regard to how they read, nor where.

Some read to bring themselves into repute,
By showing others how they can dispute;
While others read because their neighbors do,
To see how long 'twill take to read it through.

Some read it for the wonders that are there,
How David killed a lion and a bear;
While others read it with uncommon care,
Hoping to find some contradictions there.

Some read as if it did not speak to them,
But to the people at Jerusalem.
One reads with father's specs upon his head,
And sees the thing just as his father said.

Some read to prove a pre-adopted creed,
Hence understand but little that they read;
For every passage in the Book they bend,
To make it suit that all-important end.

Some people read, as I have often thought,
To teach the Book instead of being taught;
And some there are who read it out of spite;
I fear there are but few who read it right.

But read it prayerfully, and you will see,
Although men contradict, God's words agree;
For what the early Bible prophets wrote,
We find that Christ and His apostles quote.

So trust no creed that trembles to recall
What has been penned by one and verified by all.

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Daily Confessions

1.Jesus Christ you are Lord of my life.
2.Lord Jesus, come and sit on the throne of my heart.
3.I confess that You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.
4.Thank You that I am the righteousness of God, because You became sin for me.
5.I cover my spirit, soul and body with Your blood.
6.I take authority over my mind.
7.I cast down strongholds and take every thought captive and bring it to obedience to Jesus Christ.
8.I cast off all works of darkness from me.
9.I put on the armour of light and the armour of righteousness.
10.I put on the armour of strength and the power of His might.
11.The weapons of my warfare are mighty before God.
12.If God is for me, who can be against me?
13.I am a child of God and washed by His blood.
14.By His blood I am justified; just as if I have never sinned.
15.There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ.
16.The same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells in me.
17.In Christ I am a new creation.
18.It is no longer I who live, but Christ Jesus the Messiah who lives in me.
19.I give my body as a living sacrifice to God.
20.I have the mind of Christ, I have His thoughts, feelings and purposes.
21. am more than a conqueror through Christ.
22. I will overcome my enemy, the accuser by the blood of the Lamb and the word of my testimony.
23. I take up the sword of the spirit and fight in the name of the Lord.

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CHURCH

A Good Church
When you look for a church check to see that it has the following four things:

  • 1. Sound biblical preaching that lifts up Jesus Christ as Savior, Lord and God.
  • 2. Humble , godly and wise leadership. ("Red flag" attitudes include: greed, pride, moral looseness, and disrespect.)
  • 3. The people of the church clearly love one another.
  • 4. There is holiness and clear standards of right and wrong.
Loving the Church
Once you have found a good church (there are no perfect churches) stick with it despite the ups and downs. Churches are full of people like you who make mistakes, aren't quite perfect and say things they do not really mean. One day someone may say or do something that really hurts you. Stick with it then - don't get bitter towards all Christians because of a foolish one or two. Remember some people who attend church are not really born again. Some are still searching, some are pretending, but the vast majority are really nice people. Here are three things you should take to church each Sunday.
  • 1. Your heart to be filled with the Spirit. Go with an open and expectant attitude and you will receive.
  • 2. Your eyes and your hands - to watch for the needs of the people of God and meet them in practical ways.
  • 3. Your mind - to hear, understand and think about God's word. Some Christians think that faith and their minds cannot mix. That is wrong. It is true that faith and a puffed up and arrogant mind cannot mix. But faith and an inquiring mind go hand in hand and create wisdom, knowledge grace and truth.

The more time you make for God - the less there will be for sin and self-defeat.
In particular pray for these things :

  • Grace- God to be kind toward you and give you many undeserved favour's and the power to resist sin.
  • Mercy - for God to deliver you from the messes you get yourself into especially when we are ignorant/foolish.
  • Peace - the integration of your life under the blessings of God so that sin has no foothold in you.
  • Understanding - of what God has done for in Christ and the power over sin that is within you.
  • Wisdom & Discernment - so you can apply your understanding to real life situations.
  • To Be Filled With The Love of God - which takes over our hearts and makes thinking spiritual thoughts easy.

To Be Filled With The Spirit - and able to see and perceive the things of God so that we are bold and joyful.

If you are unsure about a church then talk to some wise Christians that you know and ask their opinion of it. Or contact Brian here. I will not favour one particular denomination over another but seek to give you sound principles and advice.

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GRACE OF GOD

The grace of God in the forgiveness of our sins can fix a guilty conscience! Hebrews
8:12: "For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities
will I remember no more." We must repent and ask God for it.

If we want God's blessings in this life, and in the world to come, we can freely receive
them. Jesus said: "He that comes to Me, I will in no wise cast out." John 6:37. Yes, the
worst of sins can be forgiven. Come to Jesus!

If you want to know and be sure that you born again, you can be sure by doing exactly
what Romans 10:9 says: "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and
shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."

Simply say with your mouth, believing in your heart that God has raised Jesus Christ
from the dead; "I confess with my mouth that Jesus Christ IS my Lord: I believe in my
heart that God has raised Him from the dead. Now, Oh, God, since you can't lie, and I
have done what you said in Your Word, I believe that I am saved. Thank you, Heavenly
Father for saving me. Amen."

If you sincerely did that, you ARE saved (born again) right now according to God's
Word! Praise God. God bless you. Now commit yourself to follow Jesus every day, by
doing what His Word teaches about living for Him.

Read your Bible every day, and pray (talk) to the Lord every day. Be thankful to Him, and tell Him so! Ask Him to help you develop a Godly marriage, if you are already married. If you are not yet married, then begin now to ask Him to help you choose the spouse that will be a blessing to you by His grace. Amen.

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How to Get the Most from Reading your Bible!

by Thomas Watson

1. Remove hindrances.
a. Remove the love of every sin.
b. Remove the distracting concerns of this world, especially covetousness Matt. 13:22
c. Don't make jokes with and out of Scripture.

2. Prepare your heart. 1 Sam. 7:3 Do this by:
a. Collecting your thoughts.
b. Purging unclean affections and desires.
c. Not coming to it rashly or carelessly.

3. Read it with reverence, considering that each line is God speaking directly to you.

4. Read the books of the Bible in order.

5. Get a true understanding of Scripture. Ps. 119:73 This is best achieved by comparing relevant parts of Scripture with each other.

6. Read with seriousness. Deut. 32:47 The Christian life is to be taken seriously since it requires striving Luke 13:24 and not falling short Heb. 4:1.

7. Persevere in remembering what you read. Ps. 119:52 Don't let it be stolen from you Matt. 13:4,19. If it doesn't stay in your memory it is unlikely to be much benefit to you.

8. Meditate on what you read. Ps. 119:15 The Hebrew word for meditate' means to be intense in the mind'. Meditation without reading is wrong and bound to err; reading without meditation is barren and fruitless. It means to stir the affections, to be warmed by the fire of meditation Ps.39:3.

9. Read with a humble heart. Acknowledge that you are unworthy that God should reveal himself to you James 4:6

10. Believe it all to be God's Holy Word. 2 Tim 3:16 We know that no sinner could have written it because of the way it describes sin. No saint could blaspheme God by pretending his own Word was God's. No angel could have written it for the same reason. Heb 4:2

11. Prize the Bible highly. Ps. 119:72 It is your lifeline; you were born by it James 1:18 you need to grow by it 1 Pet 2:2 Job 23:12.

12. Love the Bible ardently Ps. 119:159.

13. Come to read it with an honest heart. Luke 8:15 (a) Willing to know the entire and complete will of God (b) reading in order to be changed and made better by it John 17:17.

14. Apply to yourself everything that you read, take every word as spoken to yourself. Its condemnation of sins as the condemnation of your own sin; the duty that it requires as the duty God would require from you 2 Kings 22:11.

15. Pay close attention to the commands of the Word as much as the promises. Think of how you need direction just as much as you need comfort.

16. Don't get carried away with the minor details, rather make sure to pay closest attention to the great things Hosea 8:12.

17. Compare yourself with the Word. How do you compare? Is your heart something of a transcript of it, or not?

18. Pay special attention to those passages that speak to your individual, particular and present situation. e.g.
(a) Affliction -- Heb. 12:7, Isaiah 27:9, John 16:20, 2 Cor 4:17.
(b) Sense of Christ's presence and smile withdrawn -- Ps 119:93 Let it not only inform you but also inflame you Jer 23:29, Luke 24:32.

19. Put into practice what you read Ps 119:66, Ps 119:105, Deut 17:19.

20. Christ is for us Prophet, Priest and King. Make use of His office as a Prophet Rev 5:5, John 8:12, Ps 119:102-103. Get Christ not only to open the Scriptures up to you, but to open up your mind and understanding Luke 24:45

21. Make sure to put yourself under a true ministry of the Word, faithfully and thoroughly expounding the Word Prov 8:34 be earnest and eager in waiting on it.

22. Pray that you will profit from reading Isaiah 48:17, Ps 119:18, Nehemiah 9:20.

23. Natural obstacles You may still be able to profit from reading even though:
(a)You don't seem to profit as much as others do. Remember the different yields Matt 13:8 though the yield isn't as much as others it is still a true and fruitful yield.
(b) You may feel slow of understanding Luke 9:45, Heb 5:11.
(c)Your memory is bad, remember you are still able to have a good heart despite this and you may still remember the most important things even if you cannot remember everything, be encouraged by John 14:26.

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The Bible says, “You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). I have written this web site to help you taste those words as sweet instead of bitter or boring.

You are in one of two groups: Either you are a Christian, or God is now calling you to be one. You would not have picked this web site if God were not at work in your life.

If you are a Christian, you are not your own. Christ has bought you at the price of his own death. You now belong to God: He made you, and he bought you. That means your life is not your own. It is God’s. Therefore, the Bible says, “Glorify God in your body.” God made you for this. He bought you for this. This is the meaning of your life.

If you are not yet a Christian, that is what Jesus Christ offers: belonging to God, and being able to do what you were made for. That may not sound exciting. Glorifying God may mean nothing to you. That’s why I created this web site http://www.biblesnet.com for Non Christians and Christians. For someone that is not a Christian we have many pages for those searching for God's Truth. We recommend these pages Knowing God click here and Searching for More in Life click here.

Now I see that millions of people waste their lives because they think these paths are two and not one. There is a warning. Jesus said, “Whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.” In other words, it is better to lose your life than to waste it.

If you live gladly to make others glad in God, your life will be hard, your risks will be high, and your joy will be full. This is not a web site about how to avoid a wounded life, but how to avoid a wasted life. Please know that I am praying for you, whether you are a student dreaming something radical for your life, or whether you are retired and hoping not to waste the final years.

That is my prayer.
For now, I thank God for you. My joy grows with every soul that seeks the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. Remember, you have one life. That’s all. You were made for God. Don’t waste it. God Bless You Brian

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Tell others about Him, and invite them also to do what you have just done. Read your Bible every day. Pray to God, and thank Him, and trust in Him. Find a good, Bible believing Church, where they teach the Word of God, and will help you to come to know the Lord Jesus Christ better, and how to follow Him according to His Word. God bless you.

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Also, I have a measure of God's grace upon my life, I am redeemed. I know it. God's Presence is with me ALL the time. I know it. God's blessings 'move' things in life for me. I know it, praise God.

Adulterers and fornicators know no such comfort. It is not present with them. Those who
are married but commit adultery do not have such intimacy with their spouses. (There
may be a modicum of closeness, but not the intimacy I am talking about.) It can't be had
with a secret sin in the heart. In addition, there is a deep awareness of being personally
WRONG before God! Such people do not know the restful peace that comes from being
right with God.

The grace of God in the forgiveness of our sins can fix a guilty conscience! Hebrews 8:12: "For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more." We must repent and ask God for it.

If we want God's blessings in this life, and in the world to come, we can freely receive them. Jesus said: "He that comes to Me, I will in no wise cast out." John 6:37. Yes, the worst of sins can be forgiven. Come to Jesus!

If you want to know and be sure that you born again, you can be sure by doing exactly what Romans 10:9 says: "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."

Simply say with your mouth, believing in your heart that God has raised Jesus Christ from the dead; "I confess with my mouth that Jesus Christ IS my Lord: I believe in my heart that God has raised Him from the dead. Now, Oh, God, since you can't lie, and I have done what you said in Your Word, I believe that I am saved. Thank you, Heavenly Father for saving me. Amen."

If you sincerely did that, you ARE saved (born again) right now according to God's Word! Praise God. God bless you. Now commit yourself to follow Jesus every day, by doing what His Word teaches about living for Him. Read your Bible every day, and pray (talk) to the Lord every day. Be thankful to Him, and tell Him so! Ask Him to help you develop a Godly marriage, if you are already married. If you are not yet married, then begin now to ask Him to help you choose the spouse that will be a blessing to you by His grace. Amen.

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I have heard it calculated, that if every believer in the world were to bring one soul to Christ each year, the whole human race would be converted in less than twenty years. I make no comment on such a calculation. Whether such a thing might be or not, one thing is sure: that thing is, that many more souls would be converted to God, if Christians were more zealous to do good.

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And now, dear reader, if you have never received the Lord Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you are outside of the blessed salvation which Jesus purchased for us with His Blood. You are cut off from God because of your sins, and you are lost, on your way to eternity in the Lake Of Fire, as noted in Revelation 20:12-15.

But you can change that fact! The Scripture says: "Whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved." See Romans 10:13. Romans 10:9 tells us exactly HOW to be saved. It states: "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth, the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."

Simply DO what it says! Say with your mouth, "Jesus Christ IS my Lord. In my heart I DO believe that God has raised Him from the dead. Now, Lord Jesus, I open my heart to you, come into my heart, my Lord". And then thank God for saving you. By His grace, through your faith, you ARE NOW saved if you were sincere and believed when you prayed the above prayer. Praise God.

Forsake your sins, and begin to follow the Lord Jesus as your Savior. Tell others about Him, and invite them also to do what you have just done. Read your Bible every day. Pray to God, and thank Him, and trust in Him. Find a good, Bible believing Church, where they teach the Word of God, and will help you to come to know the Lord Jesus Christ better, and how to follow Him according to His Word. God bless you. Brian

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Personal Application


My dear reader, have you ever been convicted by the Holy Spirit of your guiltiness in breaking God’s holy law, and that only in God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, can you be acquitted of your sins and stand holy before God, justified freely by His grace from all sin?

Has God the Holy Spirit worked in your heart to show you that one hundred percent of you has not kept one hundred percent of the law one hundred percent of the time? Have you been made to see that you need this Gospel, this Grace, Christ as the only substitute that God has provided?

I pray that God will so convict and work in your soul that which is needful, that you may come to know the One who has borne your sins upon His own body on the tree, that you might be that perfect image-bearer of God. God Bless you, Brian

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In 1 Corinthians 2:1-5, Paul writes:
And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling. And my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.

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This, at least, we may remember, that God is "not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." He that endeavors to show his neighbor the strait gate, is doing a work which God approves. He is doing a work which angels regard with interest, and with which the building of a pyramid will not compare in importance. For what saith the Scriptures, "He which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins" (James 5:20)

One of the issues I struggled with deeply in the past is Calvinism… election… predestination, pick your term (but two are biblical for sure). I love the way Spurgeon addressed the question once about how he reconciled election and free will, simply stating that he didn’t have to reconcile friends.

The plain truth is, that God’s scheme of salvation is like a ladder let down from heaven to earth, to bring together the holy God, and the sinful creature, man. God is at the top of the ladder and man is at the bottom. The top of the ladder is far above, out of our sight, and we have no eyes to see it.

There, at the top of that ladder, are God’s eternal purposes, – His everlasting covenant, His Election, His predestination of a people to be saved by Christ. From the top of that ladder comes down that full and rich provision of mercy for sinners which is revealed to us in the Gospel.

The bottom of that ladder is close to sinful man on earth, and consists of the simple steps of repentance and faith. By them he must begin to climb upwards. In the humble use of them he shall mount higher and higher every year, and get clearer glimpses of good things yet to come.

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"If ye abide in Me, and My Words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you" (John 15:7).

"Note well that we must hear Jesus speak if we expect Him to hear us speak. If we have no ear for Christ, He will have no ear for us. In proportion as we hear we shall be heard.

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Poor in Spirit

by Thomas Watson


He that is poor in spirit is lowly in heart. Rich men are commonly proud and
scornful, but the poor are submissive. The poor in spirit roll themselves in the
dust in the sense of their unworthiness. 'I abhor myself in dust' (Job 42:6). He
that is poor in spirit looks at another's excellencies and his own infirmities. He
denies not only his sins but his duties. The more grace he has, the more humble
he is, because he now sees himself a greater debtor to God. If he can do any
duty, he acknowledges it is Christ's strength more than his own. As the ship gets
to the haven more by the benefit of the wind than the sail, so when a Christian
makes swift progress, it is more by wind of God's Spirit than the sail of his own
endeavor. The poor in spirit, when he acts most like a saint, confesses himself
to be 'the chief of sinners'. He blushes more at the defect of his graces than
others do at the excess of their sins. He dares not say he has prayed or wept. He
lives, yet not he, but Christ lives in him. He labour's, yet not he, but the grace of
God.

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Moreover, what is heard must remain, must live in us, and must abide in our character as a force and a power. We must receive the truths which Jesus taught, the precepts which He issued, and the movements of His Spirit within us; or we shall have no power at the Mercy Seat.

Your voyage through God's Word will be the best traveling you can ever take.  You will laugh and you will cry, and lots more.  It can teach you the most important things for this life and the one to come.

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How to Do a Bible Study

Read
Slowly read the passage listed. The passages are relatively short, so take time to consider each phrase.

Apply
Ponder the brief interpretation in light of the passage. What is the biblical writer trying to say? What is the main point? Using the thought-provoking questions, seek the Spirit's guidance
regarding your own response to the passage. These are not quick fill-in-the-blank questions; they are intended to cause you to slow down and meditate on the truth God is teaching you. How does the biblical teaching apply to your life? Where do you need to grow or change? How has Christ already changed you?

Pray for a genuinely transformed life enabled to live as Christ lived. You might use this time to pray for other issues as well. Praise Christ for his goodness.

Do Daily suggestions that help drive the message in practical ways deep into your heart and life.

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How to Study the Bible

Bible Study is intended to encourage us, to rebuke us sometimes, and to instruct us.
Explore the wide range of biblical teaching about our heart's attachment to the treasures of this world. Experience why Christian giving is such an adventure. Most of all, renew your heart and change your life, by soaking in the gospel hope which motivates us to live for his glory and to care for others. Expect to spend at least 20 minutes reading, meditating and praying.

Apply and ponder the brief interpretation in light of the passage. What is the biblical writer trying to say? What is the main point? Using the thought-provoking questions, seek the Spirit's guidance regarding your own response to the passage. These are not quick fill-in-the-blank questions; they are intended to cause you to slow down and meditate on the truth God is teaching you. How does the biblical teaching apply to your life? Where do you need to grow or change? How has Christ already changed you?

Pray for a genuinely transformed life enabled to live as Christ lived. You might use this time to pray for other issues as well. Praise Christ for his goodness.

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WHAT SHALL I DO?

Be Available – Abandon yourself to God and to His call on your life. Tell Him you will go
anywhere and do anything that He shows you as His will for you.

Be Informed – Don’t hide behind ignorance. Gather all the information you can so you
can pray and seek the Lord intelligently. Subscribe to missions publications and make
it a priority to know what’s going on in the world. If you know where the needs are,
it will be easier for you to meet some of them.

Be Inspired – Checkout our ebooks and get hold of some inspiring biographies of
Christian missionaries here. You will find out that most “missionary greats” are just common
people who decided to let their love for God and their love for the lost overrule their
own desires in life – allowing God to use them in bold and wonderful ways.

Expect An Open Door
– Expect God to give you an opportunity to fully serve Him
through this new information you are exposing yourself to. Then when He opens the
door – walk through it!

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Such is the world!

And what are the cheap things now? The knowledge of God, the free salvation of the Gospel, the favor of Christ, the grace of the Holy Ghost, the privilege of being God’s son, the title to eternal life, the right to the tree of life, the reversion of a mansion in heaven, the promises of an in-corruptible inheritance, the offer of a crown of glory that fadeth not away. These are the things that no man hardly cares for. They are offered to the sons of men without money and without price: they may be had for nothing,—freely and gratuitously. Whosoever will may take his portion. But, alas, there is no demand for these things! They go a begging. They are scarcely looked at. They are offered in vain. Such is the world!
But a day is coming upon us all when the value of everything shall be altered. A day is coming when bank-notes shall be as useless as rags, and gold shall be as worthless as the dust of the earth. A day is coming when thousands shall care nothing for the things for which they once lived, and shall desire nothing so much as the things which they once despised. The halls and palaces will be forgotten in the desire of a “house not made with hands.” The favor of the rich and great will be no more remembered, in the longing for the favor of the King of kings. The silks, and satins, and velvets, and laces, will be lost sight of in the anxious want of the robe of Christ’s righteousness. All shall be altered, all shall be changed in the great day of the Lord’s return. “Many will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.”

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How to Read the Bible!

To really read the Bible to find out what it means, you need to read with the following questions in mind:

  1. What does the text say? (observation)
  2. What does it mean? (interpretation)
  3. How does it apply to me? (application)

The following guidelines are helpful in proper Bible reading:

  1. Scripture interprets Scripture. If an idea you get from one verse is out of line with the rest of what the Bible says, you need to reevaluate what you thought that verse said. "Let everything be established by 2 or 3 witnesses" before you make a doctrine of something.
  2. Literal where possible -- what it says, it means.
  3. Consider the form of the writing in each section (i. e. historical, narrative, parable, poetry, teaching, prediction of the future, etc.).
  4. Consider grammar and history. This means understanding how natural languages work in general, and at least something of how the original languages of the Bible work. It also means that it is helpful to understand the history, culture, geography, etc., of the original audience.

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Principles of Biblical Interpretation

The Importance and Value of Proper Bible Study.

1. Get absolutely right with God yourself by the absolute surrender of your will to Him.

2. Be determined to find out just what God intended to teach and not what you wish Him to teach.

3. Get the most accurate text.

4. Find the most exact and literal meaning of the text.

5. Note the exact force of each word used.

6. Interpret the words used in any verse according to Bible usage.

7. Interpret the words of each author in the Bible with a regard to the particular usage of that author.

8. Interpret individual verses with a regard to the context.

9. Interpret individual passages in the light of parallel or related passages.

10. Interpret obscure passages in the light of passages that are perfectly plain.

11. Interpret any passage in the Bible as those who were addressed would have understood it.

12. Interpret what belongs to the Christian as belonging to the Christian; what belongs to the Jew, as belonging to the Jew, and what belongs to the Gentiles, as belonging to the Gentiles.

13. Interpret each writer with a view to the opinions the writer opposed.

14. Interpret poetry as poetry and interpret prose as prose.

15. The Holy Spirit is the best interpreter of the Bible.

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God's Promises given to His children, providing them with the ability to walk faithfully and victoriously.

"Having therefore these Promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the
flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God" (2 Corinthians 7:1).

"Behold, the LORD GOD will come with strong hand, and His arm shall rule for Him: behold, His reward is with Him, and His work before Him. He shall feed His flock like a Shepherd: He shall gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young" (Isaiah 40:10-11).

"Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for He is Faithful that promised)"
(Hebrews 10:23).

"If ye abide in Me, and My Words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you"
(John 15:7).

"No good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly"
(Psalm 84:11).

"Many pleasing things the LORD may withhold but 'no good thing.' He is the best judge of what is good for us. Some things are assuredly good, and these we may have for the asking through Jesus Christ our LORD.

Holiness is a good thing, and this He will work in us freely. Victory over evil tendencies, strong tempers, and evil habits He will gladly grant, and we ought not to remain without it.

Full assurance He will bestow, and near communion with Himself, and access into all truth, and boldness with prevalence at the mercy seat. If we have not these, it is from want of faith to receive and not from any unwillingness of God to give. A calm, a heavenly frame, great patience, and fervent love--all these will He give to holy diligence.

But note well that we must 'walk uprightly.' There must be no cross purposes and crooked dealings; no hypocrisy nor deceit. If we walk foully God cannot give us favors, for that would be a premium upon sin. The way of uprightness is the way of heavenly wealth-wealth so large as to include every good thing.

Note well that we must hear Jesus speak if we expect Him to hear us speak. If we have no ear for Christ, He will have no ear for us. In proportion as we hear we shall be heard.

"He will keep the feet of His saints"
(1 Samuel 2:9).

"The way is slippery and our feet are feeble, but the LORD will keep our feet. If we give ourselves up by obedient faith to be His holy ones, He will Himself be our guardian. Not only will He charge His angels to keep us, but He Himself will preserve our goings.

  1. He will keep our feet from falling so that we do not defile our garments, wound our souls, and cause the enemy to blaspheme.
  2. He will keep our feet from wandering so that we do not go into paths of error, or ways of folly, or courses of the world's custom.
  3. He will keep our feet from swelling through weariness, or blistering because of the roughness and length of the way.
  4. He will keep our feet from wounding: our shoes shall be iron and brass so that even though we tread on the edge of the sword, or on deadly serpents, we shall not bleed or be poisoned.
  5. He will also pluck our feet out of the net. We shall not be entangled by the deceit of our malicious and crafty foes.

With such a promise as this, let us run without weariness and walk without fear. He who keeps our feet will do it effectually.

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A Bible Reading Method You Can Use

The following is a bible reading method . It is very simple: Pray, Read, Think, Pray.

Pray:
Ask God to open up His Word to you. "Lord open my eyes that I may see wonders from your Word".

Read:
Read a short passage of Scripture about ten to fifteen verses or a chapter. Start with the New Testament first and read it in order from Matthew to Revelation.

Think:
Think about what you have just read and ask some of the following questions:

  1. What does the passage say about God? What does it say about the Father, about the Son and about the Holy Spirit?
  2. What does the passage say about life? Does it teach some important principles? Is there a command to obey, a warning to heed, some wise advice for living?
  3. What does the passage say about your daily situation? Is there something you should be doing? Does it shed light on your professional life, family life or church participation?
  4. Has Jesus spoken to you in a special way through the Bible today? If so what did He say to you?

Pray:
Write out a prayer to God based on what you have learned from your Bible reading. Something like "Lord help me to love my neighbor as myself." or whatever lesson you have learned that day.


Where To Start

Where should you start when reading the Scriptures? With the material about Jesus. That is the New Testament and especially the gospels. Here is my suggested order for reading the whole Bible. It will take about three years to finish if you read one chapter per day and one year to finish if you read 3 or 4 chapters a day.

  1. Read the New Testament in order, starting with Matthew and going book by book until you reach the last chapter of Revelation. This will give you a good idea bout Jesus, the Church and Christian living.
  2. Then go back to the beginning of the Bible and read Genesis, Exodus and Deuteronomy which tells you how things began and God's order for Creation, mankind and society.
  3. The read the Psalms in order from 1 to 50 then take a break (there are 150 of them).
  4. Read Isaiah 40-66, Daniel, Amos, Hosea, Jonah, Haggai, Zechariah, Lamentations and Malachi which should help you grasp the prophets.
  5. Then read Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Job, and Song of Solomon - known as the Wisdom Literature.
  6. Joshua , Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1& 2 Kings, 1& 2 Chronicles - this will give you a good grasp of the history of Israel.
  7. Then go back and read the New Testament from start to finish all over again.
  8. Then go back and read another 50 Psalms (51-100).
  9. Then tackle the Old Testament laws in Leviticus and Numbers.
  10. More prophets - Ezekiel, Isaiah 1-39, Jeremiah these are the "major prophets."
  11. Finish with some less known books Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Joel, Obadiah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, & Zephaniah.
  12. Then finish the last 50 Psalms (101-150).

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This, at least, we may remember, that God is "not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." He that endeavors to show his neighbor the strait gate, is doing a work which God approves. He is doing a work which angels regard with interest, and with which the building of a pyramid will not compare in importance. For what saith the Scriptures, "He which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins" (James v. 20)

One of the issues I struggled with deeply in the past is election… predestination, pick your term (but two are biblical for sure). I love the way Spurgeon addressed the question once about how he reconciled election and free will, simply stating that he didn’t have to reconcile friends.

The plain truth is, that God’s scheme of salvation is like a ladder let down from heaven to earth, to bring together the holy God, and the sinful creature, man. God is at the top of the ladder and man is at the bottom. The top of the ladder is far above, out of our sight, and we have no eyes to see it.

There, at the top of that ladder, are God’s eternal purposes, – His everlasting covenant, His Election, His predestination of a people to be saved by Christ. From the top of that ladder comes down that full and rich provision of mercy for sinners which is revealed to us in the Gospel.

The bottom of that ladder is close to sinful man on earth, and consists of the simple steps of repentance and faith. By them he must begin to climb upwards. In the humble use of them he shall mount higher and higher every year, and get clearer glimpses of good things yet to come.

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