Breaking Silence

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Bible 12 EditedGod had been quiet for a long time. Unlike the rest of the world, the Jewish nation was accustomed to hearing God speak. They heard Him literally at Mount Sinai. It scared them to death ... well, almost; they were so shook up they asked Moses to speak to God for them because they were afraid to hear His voice again. Their forefathers had heard God speak, too. God spoke to Adam, Cain, Noah, Abraham, just to name a few. And God spoke to this nation by various means for a period of about 1,000 years. But at the time we call 1st century B.C. God had not spoken for about 500 years. The world at large was probably not even aware. They had never really been interested in what God had to say. There were times and places when God spoke to non-Jewish people and sometimes they listened. There was that time, for example, when God spoke to the people of Nineveh through Jonah, and they listened. And what about the time that God spoke to Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon through the prophet Daniel. Nebuchadnezzar's response was incredible. But, for the most part the Gentile world had little interest in God.

 

Shhh! God is Talking!

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bible 5 editedWhen we speak of worship, of what do we think? Singing, praying, sacrificing to God as He has sacrificed to us, communion with the Lord via the Lord's Supper - it is through these means that we prostrate ourselves in humility before our holy God. We usually include "preaching" in our list of "five acts of worship," but do we really see preaching as worship?

Yes! You Can!

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1 Peter 1:1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To the pilgrims [aliens along side; to make oneself at home along side] of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 2 elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace be multiplied.


The letter of 1 Peter is intended to be a letter of encouragement to struggling Christians. Imagine yourself going through a painful ordeal (emotionally, physically, spiritually).

Clean Up Your Act

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bible 7 editedAfter discussing with the Corinthians the notion that one who is a Christian cannot be in communion with sin or sinners anymore than righteousness can have fellowship with lawlessness, or light with darkness, or Christ with Satan, or the temple of God with the temple of idols, Paul strongly encourages the Christians there to Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you (2 Corinthians 6:17). Not only does Paul use the filthiness or the defilement that comes from sin as a motivation, he shows them the promises of God that accompany such a detachment from sin: "As God has said: 'I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people'" (2 Corinthians 6:16). And then, "I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and daughters, Says the LORD Almighty" (2 Corinthians 6:18). What wonderful promises and what amazing motivation to separate ourselves from the defilement of sin! In context, the "unbelievers" from which he commands the Corinthians to be separate are the false teachers who had come in among them. He calls false teachers "unbelievers", even though they believed in Jesus.