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2020 Day 78 – 1 Timothy 1-3 and Psalms 78

2020 Day 78 – 1 Timothy 1-3 and Psalms 78

Paul knew that he was saved, but he was humble in his attitude.  “Faithful is the saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief:” (1 Timothy 1:15)  He also knew that Christ’s saving blood was shed for everyone, not just him.  “This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; who would have all men to be saved, and come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1…

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2020 Day 77 – 2 Thessalonians 1-3 and Psalms 77

2020 Day 77 – 2 Thessalonians 1-3 and Psalms 77

Our Heavenly Father is a just God and His judgement is righteous.  That means He will keep His word on the things He has commanded us, even if it means eternal punishment for those that he loves.  “This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering— since indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you, and to grant relief to…

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2020 Day 76 – 1 Thessalonians 3-5 and Psalms 76

2020 Day 76 – 1 Thessalonians 3-5 and Psalms 76

Paul told the Thessalonians to rejoice all the time.  “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16)  He told the Philippians something to doubly rejoice in.  “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.” (Philippians 4:4)  Jesus told us a reason to rejoice.  “Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Matthew 5:12)…

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2020 Day 75 – 1 Thessalonians 1-2 and Psalms 75

2020 Day 75 – 1 Thessalonians 1-2 and Psalms 75

In Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians he complimented them for being magnificent Christian examples to others.  “And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia.  For not only has the word of the Lord sounded forth from you in Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith in God has gone forth…

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2020 Day 74 – Philemon and Psalms 74

2020 Day 74 – Philemon and Psalms 74

Paul’s epistle to Philemon is a short one in which he makes a plea for a man who was converted to Christianity.  “I appeal to you for my child, Onesimus, whose father I became in my imprisonment. (Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.)” (Philemon 1:10-11)  The name Onesimus actually means profitable or useful.  If you were named based on your character traits, what would your name be?  Would it be…

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2020 Day 73 – Colossians 3-4 and Psalms 73

2020 Day 73 – Colossians 3-4 and Psalms 73

In Paul’s letter to the people of Colossae, he listed certain traits that Christians should exhibit in their interactions with others.  “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,  bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.” (Colossians 3:12-13)  Paul continues this thought and adds the one thing that completes a Christian’s attitude.  “And above…

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2020 Day 72 – Colossians 1-2 and Psalms 72

2020 Day 72 – Colossians 1-2 and Psalms 72

We know that Jesus died and was raised from the dead to give each of us the opportunity for salvation from our sin.  “For I delivered unto you first of all that which also I received: that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried; and that he hath been raised on the third day according to the scriptures;” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)  In Paul’s letter to the Christians in Colossae he reminds them when they had been…

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2020 Day 71 – Philippians 3-4 and Psalms 71

2020 Day 71 – Philippians 3-4 and Psalms 71

It is easy to let things of this world worry us or cause us to be anxious.  Paul tells us there is no need to let that happen.  “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6)  He also advises us to fill our minds with good things.  “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely,…

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2020 Day 70 – Philippians 1-2 and Psalms 70

2020 Day 70 – Philippians 1-2 and Psalms 70

In his letter to the Christians at Philippi, Paul gave some very tough orders.  “Do all things without grumbling or disputing,” (Philippians 2:14)  He continued on telling them why they were to do this.  “that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud…

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2020 Day 69 – Ephesians 5-6 and Psalms 69

2020 Day 69 – Ephesians 5-6 and Psalms 69

Paul explained to the Ephesians (and to us) to always be prepared to fight off the devil by using the whole armor of God. In Ephesians 6:11 he details that armor. Our weapon of choice to go along with that armor is a sword. The sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God (6:17). That sword will only do us good if we use it. Not only when we are in need, but we must read and study…

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