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Why are there seasons of lack of joy and happiness?
John 2:1-11
What determines who you follow on social media? - Do you know Jesus? Have you decided to follow Him first and foremost?
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Do you remember a time when you were honored with a good testimony? Read here about John's unique testimony of Jesus.
John 1:29-34
Who is John the Baptist? But more importantly: "Who are you?" and "Who is Jesus Christ?"
John 1:19-28
The Lord is supreme over all! Hallelujah!
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Who is Jesus Christ? Find deep treasures about Him in the God-inspired writings of Apostel John.
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Do you note and avoid false teachers? Are you part of a team that works for the furtherance of the Good News of Christ? Yes? - Praise God!
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What did Paul appreciate most in others?
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What to do when desire and calling are not matching? See how Paul did it.
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God fulfilled His promise of the Good News for the Gentiles in Paul's life. Which promises does God fulfill in your life?
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Do you have trouble with a weakness of your brother/sister in the Lord? Accept him/her because Christ accepted you despite your weaknesses.
Romans 15:1-13
Do things from faith. All action in doubt is sin.
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Walk fully convinced in the fear of the Lord. Don't despise or judge a fellow-saint but seek his best.
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Outline of Romans 4: Saving Faith explained
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Time is short - love one another and your neighbor by being led by the Spirit, in reflecting Christ to them.
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What is your gift as a member of the body of Christ?
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What is better than life?
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In God alone I put my trust, who is my Deliverer, strong Protector, Refuge, and save Shelter.
Psalms 62
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Romans 12:1-2
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David walked in integrity, are you too?
Psalms 26
A prayer to know more our Lord Jesus Christ
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Think soberly and walk in the fear of the Lord, because God is blessed for His great saving work in Jesus Christ for you.
1 Peter 1
God offers His righteousness in grace as a gift in Jesus Christ.
Romans 3
In Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. - Col 2:3
Proverbs 2:1-9
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Psalms 148
Believe Jesus and receive eternal life.
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Focus on the Lord in your difficulty.
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Israel in large rejects God's righteousness by faith, how about you? Have you accepted God's gift of a perfect standing in Christ?
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God's Word was, is, and will always be effective
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Paul's grief for Israel's rejection of Christ
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Nothing can separate the elect of God form the love of Christ.
Romans 8:31-39
Jesus, King-everlasting, shamed, mocked and tortured by His creatures, to restore a relationship with them.
Matthew 27:27-31
God works Christ-likeness in those he foreknew.
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Christians groan in longing for their glorification
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Children of God are saved to be glorified together with Christ.
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The law cannot help in the struggle with indwelling sin but the Lord Jesus can.
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Is the law still condemning you or have you found the grace of God in Christ?
Romans 7:7-12
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Romans 7:1-6
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Romans 6:15-23
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Romans 6:1-14
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Matthew 24:29-31
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Rejoice: In Christ's death and resurrection, reconciliation and salvation is freely available for you.
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God's promise, Abrahams faith, and its lesson
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Were the Jews who lived at the old testament time saved in the same manner as the Gentiles today?
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Who do you boast in?
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Have you received the righteousness of God by believing Jesus? Or are you still in your sins? Trust Him today to be made right in Gods sight
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All are guilty before God. There is none righteous. All are under sin.
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God is faithful to save and just in all His judgments. Either submit to His truth, or His wrath will inflict you for your sins.
Romans 3:1-8
No salvation in anything outward which man could boast in, but only in God who causes the inward change of heart.
Romans 2:25-29
The Jew knows the will of God, but fails as the Gentile in doing it. All have failed and are guilty.
Romans 2:17-24
A call for repentance to lost and self-righteous sinners.
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Bear fruit for God because we belong to and love Jesus
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The blessed man meditates on the law of the Lord
Psalms 1:1-6
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Joshua 1:8
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Romans 2:1-16
Praise the Lord. He takes pleasure in His people.
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The Spirit intercedes for us in our weaknesses.
Romans 8:26-27
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Matthew 23:1-36
Gott zeigt seine Größe im Erhalten und Versorgen der Bedürftigen. Lob und Ruhm sei Gott dem ewigen König für alle Zeit.
Psalms 145
The denial of the truth of the existence of God is followed by unrighteous and wicked characteristics.
Romans 1:18-32
Highly honored by the Gospel of Christ
Romans 1:16-17
An example of how Paul made plans according to his call and longing and then trusted God to succeed or hinder these plans.
Romans 1:8-15
The privilege of being in Christ! No condemnation, and a walk in the Spirit!
Romans 8:1-4
Beloved of God; you who are called to be saints: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
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The Lord is long-suffering, who desires that all men come to repentence.
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Reconciled to God through Christ's death and saved by His life to evermore rejoice in that fact.
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In Christ we may receive all things that exist for life and godliness to share in divine nature
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Is there anything better than the Love of God in Christ?
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Paulus bittet das der Vater der Herrlichkeit den Heiligen in Epheser den Geist der Weisheit und der Offenbarung gebe.
Ephesians 1:15-23
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Wealth cannot save you, Christ can. Forsake the dream that riches will fulfill you and follow Christ who is the all-surpassing reward.
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Fruchtbar oder Unfruchtbar?
John 15:1-3
Praise the Lord for of His might and acts of mercy
Psalms 147
Kill sin, because in Christ you have put off the sinful nature. Put on Christ, because in Him you have put Him on already.
Colossians 3:1-17
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Behave Like a Christian
Romans 12:9-21
Paul's instruction on how to relate to fellow believers and unbelievers
#love
#persecution
Published December 31st, 2017; Updated December 31st, 2017
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Love the saints by being affectionate to one another, rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep. Love your neighbor by blessing and doing good even if they act like enemies toward you.
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Romans 12:9-21
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Let love be
Die Liebe soll echt sein,
without hypocrisy.
nicht geheuchelt.
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Abhor what is evil.
Verabscheut das Böse,
Cling to what is good.
haltet euch unbeirrbar an das Gute.
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Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love,
Lasst im Umgang miteinander Herzlichkeit und geschwisterliche Liebe zum Ausdruck kommen.
in honor giving preference to one another;
Übertrefft euch gegenseitig darin, einander Achtung zu erweisen.
not lagging in diligence,
Lasst in eurem Eifer nicht nach,
fervent in spirit,
sondern lasst das Feuer des Heiligen Geistes in euch immer stärker werden.
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serving the Lord;
Dient dem Herrn.
rejoicing in hope,
Freut euch über die Hoffnung, die ihr habt.
patient in tribulation,
Wenn Nöte kommen, haltet durch.
continuing steadfastly in prayer;
Lasst euch durch nichts vom Gebet abbringen.
distributing to the needs of the saints,
Helft Gläubigen, die sich in einer Notlage befinden; lasst sie mit ihrer Not nicht allein.
given to hospitality.
Macht es euch zur Aufgabe, gastfreundlich zu sein.
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Bless those who persecute you;
Segnet die, die euch verfolgen;
bless
segnet sie,
and do not curse.
verflucht sie nicht.
Rejoice with those who rejoice,
Freut euch mit denen, die sich freuen;
and weep with those who weep.
weint mit denen, die weinen.
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Be of the same mind toward one another.
Lasst euch im Umgang miteinander davon bestimmen, dass ihr ein gemeinsames Ziel habt.
Do not set your mind on high things,
Seid nicht überheblich,
but associate with the humble.
sondern sucht die Gemeinschaft mit denen, die unscheinbar und unbedeutend sind.
Do not be wise in your own opinion.
Haltet euch nicht selbst für klug.
Repay no one evil for evil.
Vergeltet niemand Böses mit Bösem.
Have regard for good things in the sight of all men.
Bemüht euch um ein vorbildliches Verhalten gegenüber jedermann.
If it is possible, as much as depends on you,
Wenn es möglich ist und soweit es an euch liegt,
live peaceably with all men.
lebt mit allen Menschen in Frieden.
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Beloved, do not avenge yourselves,
Rächt euch nicht selbst, liebe Freunde,
but rather give place to wrath;
sondern überlasst die Rache dem Zorn ´Gottes`.
for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.
Denn es heißt in der Schrift: »´Das Unrecht` zu rächen ist meine Sache, sagt der Herr; ich werde Vergeltung üben.«
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Therefore “If your enemy is hungry,
Mehr noch: »Wenn dein Feind hungrig ist,
feed him;
gib ihm zu essen,
If he is thirsty,
und wenn er Durst hat,
give him a drink;
gib ihm zu trinken.
For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”
Ein solches Verhalten wird ihn zutiefst beschämen.«
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Do not be overcome by evil,
Lass dich nicht vom Bösen besiegen,
but overcome evil with good.
sondern besiege Böses mit Gutem.
To bless those who persecute is a command in relation to unbelievers. Paul jumps back and forth in regard to our relation to believers and unbelievers. This makes it difficult to divide it in sections.
Persecution is obvious in relation to unbelievers. But is their also a persecution under believers? Some might act like persecutors when they attack the person without any valid ground. In other words they may attack the person to defend their own wrong conviction. It happened to Paul (Phil 1) I have heard it done too.
The following is how love looks like. Paul speaks about the unconditional love of God for the good of another, ἀγάπη. The Lord taught to love God and our neighbor. Paul explained in 12:1-2 who to love God by living as holy sacrifices to God. And from verse 3 he explains how to love our neighbor.
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What follows is still connected to the "therefore" of verse 1, which means that everything that Paul teaches about love in these verses, still rests on what he wrote in chapters 1 to 11, in which he explained how much people are loved by God. The following is impossible to do and does not make sense without knowing the love of God and trusting in Jesus Christ. Verse 9 - How does love without hypocrisy look like? How does Paul instruct the Roman saints to abhor what is evil and cling to what is good? Paul does that in a twofold explanation: How other believers are to be loved is explained in verses 10-13 and verses 15-16. How all people are to be loved is explained in verses 14 and verses 17-21. Verse 10-13 - How does Paul teach to be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love ? 10a brotherly love : φιλόστοργος - usually used for the reciprocal tenderness of parents and children. In 9a he uses ἀγάπη for "love" which is the unconditional love of God, which Jesus showed with His life while He was on earth. So, the brotherly love should accompany the saints unconditional love of God in the following context/manner: 10b In honor giving preference to one another . Considering how God has honored the saints to be declared righteous in Christ, the saints should imitate Christ by giving preference to one another in honor because they are righteous in the sight of God. Verses 11-13 The manner in which the saints should be kindly affectionate to one another is: 11ab by being fervent in spirit. Laziness is hindering to be effective for the Lord. The love of God kindles the fire in times of lack of motivation. 11c by serving the Lord. Seeing the Lord in the saints helps to be kindly affectionate to one another. What is done for the Lord, is done for eternity. If service is done for the Lord, it frees also from the need of receiving the same honor and preference from people in return. Hypocrites like the Pharisees displayed to be in service of God but desired reward from the people. Godly service is done in appreciation for the Lord which He will reward. 12a by rejoicing in hope, that is in who God is and what He has done, Rm 5:1-2 and still is doing through the saints by their imitation of Christ. 12b by being patient in tribulation. At times saints go through difficult tribulation in which they should be patient. They might not rejoice for some time, though they always should and hopefully soon do as they remember what the purpose of tribulation is. Tribulation purifies hope in God which is cause to rejoice because the love of God is shed into their hearts Rm 5:3-5. Even when they are in tribulation they should be kindly affectionate to one another. Sometimes difficult circumstances lead to spitefully making others go through difficulty too. 12c by being constant in prayer. Prayer is the means by which the saints abide in Christ. Anything that will ever be of spiritual value is through abiding in Christ. Kindnesses and affections to one another are nurtured before and carried through in prayer. 13a by distributing to the needs of the saints. Likely, physical needs, such as food and clothing, but perhaps also spiritual needs such as encouragement and godly counsel. 13b by hospitality. Saints get to know each other better as they invite one another into their homes. As the saints get to know one another more, they share their joys and sorrows which leads to more prayer and care for one another with the aim of increasing in the knowledge and appreciation of the unfathomable worth of Christ and the glory of God the Father. The home is also a good place to practice verse 15 , which teaches to rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep. Weeping is often an expression of weakness and the majority of the people of this world look down on the weak and some use weak people for personal gain. It ought not to be so in the Church, rather, the gifted and strong saints carry and support the weaker saints. Some people get jealous if they see others rejoicing. Self-pity is a dangerous trap. Happy are those who rejoice over the blessings of others as if it happened to themselves. Verse 16 should also be practiced when saints meet together. Saints get to know not only the sides which are Christ-like but also the inconsistent sides of one another. A high opinion of oneself is an unfortunate set up for a break in trust of relationships. Saints should be firm but more importantly careful in the matter of mere opinion and primarily set their minds on solid facts on which saints agree on. These are some ways in which the world should see the reality of the Lord by the love of the saints to one another. Verse 14,17-21 - How does Paul teach to bless those who persecute? Paul describes basically the life of the Lord Jesus and shows exactly how the Lord handled persecution and spite. Paul does not teach to overlook evil because that is not what the Lord did. The Gospel records show that the Lord confronted evil often but did not avenge Himself. He did always overcome evil with good. The saints should reflect on the Lord in that they: Bless those who persecute Have regard for good things in the sight of all men Live peaceably with all men Give place to the wrath of God instead of avenging themselves Care for their enemies Overcome evil with good
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