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Concern about the Covenant – Kevin Rhodes

The LORD’s promise to David in 2 Samuel 7, with all its dynastic implications, dominated Israel’s interpretation of their status and their understanding of the future of the kingdom, for there it records the LORD’s commitment to the king,  When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for My name, and I…
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Doing Right in God’s Eyes – Brian R. Kenyon

The darkest days in the history of Israel were the days of the Judges. The period of Judges lasted for 450 years, and the people persisted in sin throughout those four and a half centuries (Acts 13:19-21). The Book of Judges has a cycle within it that is repeated continuously: Israel sinned; they were oppressed by their enemies; they cried out to God for deliverance; and then God sent a deliverer (judge) to the rescue. The key theme in the…
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Psalm 100: Giving Honor to God

How do you view God? Think carefully about how you answer that question because your answer determines your response. There are many people in the world who have a distorted view of God and therefore respond to Him in a completely unacceptable fashion. For example, there are some who live lives of complete, open, and unmistakable rebellion against the Lord, yet when they die their friends and loved ones adamantly declare that they have “gone to a better place.”  The…
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There Is Nothing In A Name . . .

It is quite interesting to listen to the feeble attempts of men to justify those things for which they have no authority. After more than 45 years of preaching, I have learned that once a person has decided to embark upon a certain course of action that is so blatantly opposed to the word of God, reason is thrown out the proverbial window. Some years ago Johnnie Ann and I were making multiple trips to Ukraine to help establish and…
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More About Fasting Would I Know…

Why would I ever voluntarily miss a meal? Food is in abundance. So many great restaurants have neon signs lit and today’s specials clamoring for attention. So why would we ever want to do something so strange as to fast—that is, to willfully abstain from food for a spiritual purpose? As was noted in the article two weeks ago, food is not the limit of the things from which we can fast. Someone might fast from video games or from…
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Heaven Holds All To Me

“Heaven holds all to me, brighter its glory will be; joy without measure will Tbe my treasure, Heaven holds all to me.” The words of the soul-stirring hymn written by the late brother Tillit S. Teddlie have thrilled the hearts of God’s people for decades. We often sing “Heaven holds all to me” but does it really? And, why? Do we want to go to Heaven more than anything else? Do we ever contemplate what that place will be like and…
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The Parable of the Talents

One of the most eye-opening revelations mankind faces when coming to the Bible is exemplified in the parable of the Talents; namely, that we are accountable to God. The Parable of the Talents casts a great light on the varied elements of our faithfulness towards the Lord. Let us be reminded of four practical lessons of our stewardship reinforced in this parable. First, the Parable of the Talents teaches us that we will be held accountable for our lives. The overarching…
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A Steward of our Money

The Bible often speaks about being a good steward. Jesus uses this word at different times when teaching about the duty of those who have been placed in the position of a steward. For example, So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first (Matt. 20:8). The word “steward” means, “a person in charge of supervising workers.”1 Using this word…

A Steward Of The Gospel

In 2 Corinthians 4:1-6 Paul discussed the glorious shining light of the Gospel, and he then declared, But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the exceeding greatness of the power may be of God, and not of ourselves (2 Cor. 4:7). The treasure of the gospel was put into inspired men by revelation; these men did not design or invent that gospel. Consequently, the exceeding greatness of its power was from God, not from mere men. The apostles…

Stewardship of Our Children

Children are a gift, a joy, a blessing, a challenge, and a responsibility all rolled into one. In a word, they are a stewardship. What makes them unique as a stewardship is that they have their own minds, their own personalities, and their own opinions. Money will not generally talk back to you. Time will not question your decisions. The talents you have will not point out consistency issues in your words and your habits. One man observed that children…
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Stewardship

Stewardship is one of the more challenging principles of New Testament Christianity, not because it is difficult to understand but because of the all-encompassing nature of its application to daily living. Everything we have is entrusted to our care and must be utilized responsibly. Our time, our abilities, our opportunities, our money, our children, and our lives are all gifts given graciously by God to be used for His glory. Such a reality should humble us and compel us to…

A Steward of Our Time

From the depths of a Roman prison, Paul wrote to Timothy, his beloved friend and brother in Christ: “Do your best to come before winter” (2 Tim. 4:21). Paul knew that in the winter, the Mediterranean sea trade all but ceased. Ships would anchor in a safe harbor so as to avoid the violent storms that plagued the Mediterranean during the winter months. If Timothy were to make the voyage from Ephesus to Rome, it would have to be before…