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Restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness. Galatians 6:1 Correcting a child (either a physical child or a spiritual child) can be sticky business. You build up—or you tear down. You either curb the will or crush the spirit. That’s why Paul would write, “Fathers, do not exasperate your children, that they may…

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I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14 As a father to the Corinthians, Paul said, “I exhort you therefore, be imitators of me” (1 Corinthians 4:16). He added, “Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ” (11:1). How different…

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Wisdom from the Word for You

Some have become arrogant, as though I were not coming to you. 1 Corinthians 4:18 The Corinthians had become arrogant—inflated. They thought they could do whatever they pleased—for who would hold them accountable? Lack of accountability is the seed of arrogance. Paul told them, “But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills,…

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Go, gather all the Jews to be found in Susa, and hold a fast for my behalf, and do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my young women will also fast as you do. Then I will go to the king, though it is against the law, and if I…

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Wisdom from the Word for You

I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth. 3 John 1:4 We speak of “making babies,” but we don’t really make them—we’re vessels God uses to create a child. So, it is in spiritual parenting: We don’t make Christians, but we can be vessels used by God…

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For our proud confidence is this, the testimony of our conscience… 2 Corinthians 1:12 Paul said his conscience could testify that he had conducted himself “in holiness and godly sincerity.” What is this “conscience”? Conscience has been explained as the ability to detach yourself from yourself, to view your character honestly. The danger comes when…

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Wisdom from the Word for You

If you falter in times of trouble, how small is your strength! Proverbs 24:10 In times of adversity we tend to get a good look at ourselves—what we’re really like.  Then again, Solomon says in Proverbs 27:21, “Man is tested by the praise accorded him.” It’s not only the bad times, but also the good…

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I’ve been thinking about finishing strong… So even to old age and gray hairs, O God. do not forsake me, until I proclaim Your might to another generation, Your power to all those to come. Psalm 71:18 Anti-aging seems to be the hot topic of the day. Sales of life extending products have skyrocketed in…

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That which I purpose, do I purpose according to the flesh, that with me there should be yes, yes and no, no at the same time? 2 Corinthians 1:17 The pursuit of holiness before God has a lot to do with the pursuit of godliness before man. As people of God we are called to…

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Wisdom from the Word for You

…that you may not sin… 1 John 2:1 Don’t sin. Can you think of any simpler directive for how to enjoy the relationship you have with God? But how do I not sin? What would motivate me not to? As we confess our sins, we grow to hate sin as God hates it—because we understand…

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