Two false ways of thinking …

The first false way of thinking says, "What will be, will be. What's for you won't go past you." People who think like this tend to sit back and let things happen. The Apostle Paul was very different. This is what he said, "I run straight toward the goal in order to win the prize, …

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God forbid that I should glory save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ …

"At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. 26 Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do" (Matthew 11:25-26). "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, …

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A positive faith is much more helpful than a purely negative reaction!

The Pharisees were subtle - just like the ‘ancient serpent who is the devil’ (Genesis 3:1; Revelation 20:2). They tried ‘to entangle Jesus in His talk’ (Matthew 22:15). They wanted to trap Him and bring a charge against Him. They asked Jesus about payment of taxes to Caesar (Matthew 22:17). Jesus moved beyond this question …

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Jesus, working in us; Jesus, working through us …

"I will build my church" (Matthew 16:18). These words of Jesus call us to think about what we're doing. Is there too much of ourselves, and not enough of Jesus? There is work for us to do - but there's something that's more important than our working for Jesus. It's Jesus, working in us, and …

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Matthew 6:19-34 – Living for Christ is very different from worldly living.

On the one side of Christ's disciples, there are the hypocrites. On the other side, there are 'the Gentiles' (32). The hypocrites represent religion without reality. The Gentiles represent the world, living for material things only, refusing to take spiritual realities seriously. We are to be different from both the hypocrites and the Gentiles. Our …

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