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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
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Outline of Romans 2
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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
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Romans 6:15-23
What does your baptism mean?
Romans 6:1-14
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Matthew 24:29-31
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Outline of Romans 1
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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?
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
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Joshua 1:8
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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
Gott zeigt seine Größe im Erhalten und Versorgen der Bedürftigen. Lob und Ruhm sei Gott dem ewigen König für alle Zeit.
Psalms 145
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Romans 1:18-32
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Romans 1:16-17
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Romans 1:8-15
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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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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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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
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Woe to the Scribes and Pharisees
Matthew 23:1-36
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.
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Published January 1st, 2017
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Jesus reveals the truth about the scribes and Pharisees. He shows how their lives and teaching is under condemnation because they are hypocritical, blind, foolish, and evil. Jesus is the greatest among them and showed that in His humble service to God.
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Matthew 23:1-36
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Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to His disciples, saying: * “The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat.
Therefore whatever they tell you to observe,
that observe and do,
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but do not do according to their works;
for * they say, and do not do.
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* For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders;
but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.
But all their works they do
to * be seen by men.
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They make their phylacteries broad and enlarge the borders of their garments.
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* They love the best places at feasts,
the best seats in the synagogues,
greetings in the marketplaces,
and to be called by men, ‘Rabbi, Rabbi.’
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* But you, do not be called ‘Rabbi’;
for One is your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all brethren.
Do not call anyone on earth your father;
* for One is your Father, He who is in heaven.
And do not be called teachers;
for One is your Teacher, the Christ.
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But * he who is greatest among you
shall be your servant.
* And whoever exalts himself
will be humbled,
and he who humbles himself
will be exalted.
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“But * woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!
For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men;
for you neither go in yourselves,
nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.
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Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!
* For you devour widows’ houses,
and for a pretense make long prayers.
Therefore you will receive greater condemnation.
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!
For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte,
and when he is won,
you make him twice as much a son of hell
as yourselves.
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“Woe to you, * blind guides, who say,
* ‘Whoever swears by the temple,
it is nothing;
but whoever swears by the gold of the temple,
he is obliged to perform it. ’
Fools and blind!
For which is greater, the gold * or the temple that sanctifies the gold?
And, ‘Whoever swears by the altar,
it is nothing;
but whoever swears by the gift that is on it,
he is obliged to perform it. ’
Fools and blind!
For which is greater, the gift * or the altar that sanctifies the gift?
Therefore he who swears by the altar,
swears by it and by all things on it.
He who swears by the temple,
swears by it and by * Him who dwells in it.
And he who swears by heaven,
swears by * the throne of God and by Him who sits on it.
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!
* For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin,
and * have neglected the weightier matters of the law:
justice and mercy and faith.
These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.
Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!
* For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish,
but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence.
Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish,
that the outside of them may be clean also.
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!
* For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly,
but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.
Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men,
but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
* “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!
Because you build the tombs of the prophets
and adorn the monuments of the righteous,
and say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers,
we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.’
“Therefore you are witnesses against yourselves
that * you are sons of those who murdered the prophets.
* Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers’ guilt.
Serpents, * brood of vipers!
How can you escape the condemnation of hell?
* Therefore, indeed, I send you prophets, wise men, and scribes:
* some of them you will kill and crucify,
and * some of them you will scourge in your synagogues
and persecute from city to city,
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* that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth,
* from the blood of righteous Abel to * the blood of Zechariah, son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar.
Assuredly, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation.
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Pharisees and scribes: Introduction Say and do not do Bind heavy burdens on men's shoulders and don't touch them themselves The motive of all their doing is to be seen by men They want to be greatest and exalt themselves Descriptions of the scribes and Pharisees Hypocrites Blind guides Fools and blind Serpents, brood of vipers Woes to the scribes and Pharisees They shut up the kingdom of heaven against men. They devour widows' houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. They make men into sons of hell. Twice as much as themselves. They teach error. They neglect important matters of the law They are full of extortion and self-indulgence but display themselves clean on the outside. Same as 6. Their inside is full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. Though they appear outwardly as righteous to men.
Is there a link between theses? How does devour widows' houses link to long prayers?
What leads them to come up with such a twisted teaching? Their teaching shows a lack of understanding. I suppose that they came up with their teaching on the bases of their own value system. They valued gold more than the temple and came up with that strange doctrine. Same with the gift. They valued the gift more than the alter. This is sadly a reality of the evil heart of men. It comes up with doctrines which suit there own desires. What really matters though is the truth of the word of God.
It is the Lord who is the greatest among them. He laid down His life in service for them.
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Pharisees and scribes: Introduction Say and do not do Bind heavy burdens on men's shoulders and don't touch them themselves The motive of all their doing is to be seen by men They want to be greatest and exalt themselves Descriptions of the scribes and Pharisees Hypocrites Blind guides Fools and blind Serpents, brood of vipers Woes to the scribes and Pharisees They shut up the kingdom of heaven against men. They devour widows' houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. They make men into sons of hell. Twice as much as themselves. They teach error. They neglect important matters of the law They are full of extortion and self-indulgence but display themselves clean on the outside. Same as 6. Their inside is full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. Though they appear outwardly as righteous to men. False Doctrine: What leads the scribes and Pharisees to come up with such twisted teaching? Their teaching shows a lack of understanding. I suppose that they came up with their teaching on the bases of their own value system. They valued gold more than the temple and came up with that strange doctrine. Same with the gift. They valued the gift more than the alter. This is sadly a reality of the evil heart of men. It comes up with doctrines which suit there own desires. What really matters though is the truth of the word of God. Who is the greatest? The scribes and Pharisees desired to be great in making difficult laws, and displaying a good person of themselves, wanting to be called Rabbi, Teacher and Father. They wanted to be feared and treated as gods. Contrary to the scribes and Pharisees, Jesus showed in His humble service to God what true greatness is. Jesus stands up for the fallen and bowed down and raises them up. He risked His life by saying theses things against the well respected and powerful scribes and Pharisees. What mattered to Him was His service to God. He laid down His life for helpless sinners. How are you living your life? Is it a life in devotion and service to God? Or do you want the praise of men? God made you to be a like Jesus who served humbly in devotion to God.
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