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Out of the depths!

“Out of the depths I call you, O Lord!” (Psalm 130:1)

Do you remember when the unfortunate Nebuchadnezzar was struck with madness, becoming like a beast of the field? The king recalls at the end of his ordeal: “At the end of the days I … lifted my eyes to heaven, and my reason returned to me” (Daniel 4:34). It has been said that of all the creatures on earth, only humans can look up. Even in the depths of despair or sin, we can if we choose, look up to heaven. Continue reading Out of the depths!

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Denominationalism is the fleshly plan

God’s plan for mankind is ridiculous to a sinful world (Isaiah 55:8-9; Romans 6:1-6) so we must have an undeniable faith in his truth (Acts 2:47; Ephesians 1:22-23; Hebrews 11:6).

Godliness is our new world and God’s Word teaches us what we need to know (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Doing what is natural to the flesh is guaranteed to violate God’s will (Matthew 5:27-48). Continue reading Denominationalism is the fleshly plan

Flight

Fly like an eagle

“But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31 NKJV).

The dream of flight has inspired humans throughout recorded history. From the mythical winged horse of the Greeks, to da Vinci’s drawings of flying machines, to the early pioneering efforts of the Wright brothers, both imagination and hard work were invested in that dream. Continue reading Fly like an eagle

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Trying to help God

From the time they had entered Canaan, God had promised Abraham and Sarah that their descendants would be given the land they were now in (see Genesis 12:7). The problem was that both Abraham and Sarah were well on in years and weren’t getting any younger. When Abraham first received this promise he was 75 years old (Genesis 12:4), and Sarah was ten years younger. Continue reading Trying to help God

Glory and honor

Zeal and knowledge

Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have zeal for God, but not according to knowledge” (Romans 10:1, 2).

A shepherd once strode into the palace of the most powerful man on earth and made a stunning demand: “Thus says the LORD the God of Israel, ‘Let my people go.'” Do you remember Pharaoh’s dubious response?

“Who is the LORD that I should obey his voice and let Israel go,” he wondered derisively, “I do not know the LORD, and moreover I will not let Israel go.” Continue reading Zeal and knowledge