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How a right view of God, your neighbor, and yourself may lead you to live a God-honoring and intelligent life.
1 Corinthians 3
How envy and humility may change your life
John 3:22-36
Jesus proved His love for God the Father and true worshippers by standing up for them against powerful rulers who increasingly hated Him.
John 2:12-25
The source of joy that surpasses everything else in my life.
Romans 5
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?
John 1:35-51
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!
Psalms 113
Who is Jesus Christ? Find deep treasures about Him in the God-inspired writings of Apostel John.
John 1:1-18
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!
Romans 16:17-27
What did Paul appreciate most in others?
Romans 16:1-16
What to do when desire and calling are not matching? See how Paul did it.
Romans 15:22-31
God fulfilled His promise of the Good News for the Gentiles in Paul's life. Which promises does God fulfill in your life?
Romans 15:14-21
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.
Romans 14:14-23
Walk fully convinced in the fear of the Lord. Don't despise or judge a fellow-saint but seek his best.
Romans 14:1-13
Outline of Romans 4: Saving Faith explained
Romans 4
Time is short - love one another and your neighbor by being led by the Spirit, in reflecting Christ to them.
Romans 13:8-14
Our lives are governed by authorities that God appointed
Romans 13:1-7
All things such as space, energy, and authority were created by God's perfect representative, that is the supreme God-Man Jesus Christ.
Colossians 1:15-16
Paul's instruction on how to relate to fellow believers and unbelievers
Romans 12:9-21
What is your gift as a member of the body of Christ?
Romans 12:3-8
What is better than life?
Psalms 63
In God alone I put my trust, who is my Deliverer, strong Protector, Refuge, and save Shelter.
Psalms 62
How to know the will of God
Romans 12:1-2
What does the goodness of God lead you to think, say, and do?
Romans 11:11-36
David walked in integrity, are you too?
Psalms 26
A prayer to know more our Lord Jesus Christ
Ephesians 1:17-19
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
Amazing grace of God! He is faithful, and will complete what He started.
Romans 11:1-10
Israel disobeyed and rejected God's compassion to save. Please don't do the same mistake. Receive God's gift of eternal life in Christ.
Romans 10:14-21
How does a victorious life look like for you?
Psalms 148
Believe Jesus and receive eternal life.
John 3:1-21
Zealous works cannot save, but faith in Christ does!
Romans 10:1-13
Focus on the Lord in your difficulty.
Psalms 123
Where does your help come from?
Psalms 121
Revive me, O Lord.
Psalms 119:153-160
Israel in large rejects God's righteousness by faith, how about you? Have you accepted God's gift of a perfect standing in Christ?
Romans 9:30-33
Christians exist only because of the mercy and compassion of God.
Romans 9:14-29
God's Word was, is, and will always be effective
Romans 9:6-13
Paul's grief for Israel's rejection of Christ
Romans 9:1-5
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.
Romans 8:28-30
The Lord is Holy. Majestic, mighty, and faithful King who always was is and forever will be. He is the everlasting King!
Psalms 93
What is the Spirit's part of work in the life of God's children?
Romans 8:26-27
Christians groan in longing for their glorification
Romans 8:23-25
Outline of Romans 2
Romans 2
What gets creation to perfection?
Romans 8:19-22
Children of God are saved to be glorified together with Christ.
Romans 8:16-18
Great is God the giver of every spiritual blessing!
Ephesians 1:3-4
What does it mean to live according to the Spirit?
Romans 8:1-17
The law cannot help in the struggle with indwelling sin but the Lord Jesus can.
Romans 7:13-25
Is the law still condemning you or have you found the grace of God in Christ?
Romans 7:7-12
Are you in the flesh under the curse of the law, or are you liberated serving in the newness of the Spirit?
Romans 7:1-6
Do you live as a person who is under grace? Are you devoted to God or yourself? We received all in Christ, should we not also live for Him?
Romans 6:15-23
What does your baptism mean?
Romans 6:1-14
Great disasters will happen before the powerful and glorious appearance of the Son of Man. Tribes will mourn; the elect will be gathered.
Matthew 24:29-31
The Fall of Humanity and God's gracious Gift of Justification
Romans 5:12-21
Outline of Romans 1
Romans 1:1-32
Rejoice: In Christ's death and resurrection, reconciliation and salvation is freely available for you.
Romans 5:6-11
Justification by faith grands peace with God, access to God and an overflowing joy which causes to boast in God even in suffering.
Romans 5:1-5
God's promise, Abrahams faith, and its lesson
Romans 4:13-25
Were the Jews who lived at the old testament time saved in the same manner as the Gentiles today?
Romans 4:1-8
Who do you boast in?
Romans 3:27-31
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
Romans 3:21-26
All are guilty before God. There is none righteous. All are under sin.
Romans 3:9-20
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.
Luke 15:11-32
Bear fruit for God because we belong to and love Jesus
Romans 7:4-6
The blessed man meditates on the law of the Lord
Psalms 1:1-6
Meditate on Scripture
Joshua 1:8
All men are unrighteous and therefore under the wrath of God. They are guilty unless they received the righteousness of God by faith.
Romans 2:1-16
Praise the Lord. He takes pleasure in His people.
Psalms 149
The Spirit intercedes for us in our weaknesses.
Romans 8:26-27
No one served God like Jesus; He is the greatest. Hypocrites work for themselves to be seen and praised by man. Their desire misleads them.
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.
Romans 1:1-7
The Lord is long-suffering, who desires that all men come to repentence.
2 Peter 3:8-9
Reconciled to God through Christ's death and saved by His life to evermore rejoice in that fact.
Romans 5:10-11
A people of God
1 Peter 2:9-10
In Christ we may receive all things that exist for life and godliness to share in divine nature
2 Peter 1:3-4
Is there anything better than the Love of God in Christ?
Romans 8:31-39
Paulus bittet das der Vater der Herrlichkeit den Heiligen in Epheser den Geist der Weisheit und der Offenbarung gebe.
Ephesians 1:15-23
Experience the power of God in your life through prayer together with your brothers and sisters.
James 5:13-18
Blessed is the one who trusts the Lord
Psalms 84
Wealth cannot save you, Christ can. Forsake the dream that riches will fulfill you and follow Christ who is the all-surpassing reward.
Matthew 19:23-30
God is the judge and lawgiver. Submit to His law and do not speak evil against you brother.
James 4:11-12
God's work of Regeneration - A new heart with new desires and His Spirit to live a fulfilled life in the will of God
Ezekiel 36:25-27
Do you labor for the people of God?
Colossians 4:12-13
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
To be blessed and truly honored by God is to live out what Christ has done for His church
Psalms 119:1-8
Trust and be content in the Lord; He is your Helper; He will never leave nor forsake you!
Hebrews 13:5-6
Live out the from God received Wisdom, but be careful not to boast of wisdom if your heart is sidetracked by the flesh.
James 3:13-18
Are you wholeheartedly devoted to good works? Can people learn when they see you work?
Titus 3:12-15
Foolish talk is useless, empty, and self- condemning. Warn those who do that and stay away from them if they do not repent.
Titus 3:9-11
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The Signs of the Times and the End of the Age
Matthew 24:1-28
What are the signs of the Lord's coming and the end of the age?
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Published February 9th, 2017; Updated February 9th, 2017
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The temple will be destroyed. The end of the age will be a time of tribulation. Do not believe false prophets telling you to go and meet Jesus at His return at a certain place because His return will be evident to His people.
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Then * Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and His disciples came up to show Him the buildings of the temple.
And Jesus said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, * not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.”
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Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, * the disciples came to Him privately, saying,
* “Tell us, when will these things be?
And what will be the sign of Your coming,
and of the end of the age?”
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And Jesus answered and said to them: * “Take heed that no one deceives you.
For * many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ * and will deceive many.
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And you will hear of * wars and rumors of wars.
See that you are not troubled;
for all these things must come to pass,
but the end is not yet.
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For * nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.
And there will be * famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.
All these are the beginning of sorrows.
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* “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations
for My name’s sake.
And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.
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Then * many false prophets will rise up and * deceive many.
And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow * cold.
* But he who endures to the end shall be saved.
And this * gospel of the kingdom * will be preached in all the world
as a witness to all the nations,
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and then the end will come.
* “Therefore when you see the * ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” * (whoever reads, let him understand),
“then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.
Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house.
And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes.
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But * woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days!
And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath.
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For * then there will be great tribulation,
such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.
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And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved;
* but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.
* “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’
do not believe it.
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For * false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive,
* if possible, even the elect.
See, I have told you beforehand.
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“Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it.
* For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west,
so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
* For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together.
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Verse 3 : The question What did the disciples refer to when they said "these things" in verse 3? They could have been referring to Jesus comment about the destruction of the temple in verse 2. It is possible that they connected the destruction of the temple with the Lord's coming and the end of the age. Jesus answer is far beyond there question then. Because the destruction of the temple happened 70 AD under the Roman Emperor Nero. Jesus was connecting the end of the age and His coming with Daniel's prophecy that is yet to be fulfilled. The disciples asked about the: Time of the destruction of the temple Sign of the Lord's coming Sign of the end of the age Verses 4-8 : The beginning of sorrows Deception: "I am the Christ" Wars and rumors of wars Natural disasters Verses 9-14 : The end in sight Tribulation: Kill and hate for Jesus name's sake Evil among man: Offendedness, betrayal and hate Deception: Many will be deceived by false prophets Lawlessness: Love of many will grow cold Spread of the gospel through preaching (I learned the other day that the word witness in Greek means martyr. It could connect to verse 9 : killed for Jesus name's sake, but looking at verse 14b's preposition "as", it more likely means witness through preaching the gospel) Verses 15-25 : The great tribulation Here in verse 15 is Jesus reference to time: "when you see...". Interesting, the Lord foretells of the destruction of the temple and then makes reference to the 'abomination of desolation' standing in the holy place, which is the area before the most holy in the temple. So, that means that a new temple needs to be built to put the abomination of desolation in. This would unite the destruction of the temple, the coming of the Lord, and the prophecy in Daniel to one future event. When this happens the Lord tells to: Flee immediately to the mountains. (Some say that the church in Jerusalem fled because of this command, when the Roman army drew near, before the destruction in 70 AD. If this is what the Lord was referring to, then it was fulfilled only partially back then. Since Daniel's prophecy and the Lord's return did not happen at that time.) Because it will be the great tribulation. The Lord tells of the intensity of the tribulation, that if the time would not be shortened, no flesh would be saved. But the elect will be saved and that is why those days will be shortened. Verses 26-28 : The coming of the Lord In regard to His coming, the Lord warned not to listen to deceivers who tell that Christ can be found in some place only. Jesus taught with the illustration of the lightning and the carcass that His return will be unmistakable for His people.
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