For Reading and Meditation: John 8:31-41
You have probably sensed that the issue we have been dealing with is extremely important. In fact, I know of nothing of greater consequence for the Christian Church than the need to resolve the issue of why it is, when facing the tough questions of life, we settle for answers that are not answers. Let me illustrate what...
Bible Verses: John 8:31-41Psalms 51:1-6Jeremiah 17:9Matthew 15:16-20
For Reading and Meditation: Psalm 51:1-9
Even the most casual reader of Psalm 73 cannot help but be struck by the openness and honesty of the psalmist. He says: "My feet had almost slipped for I envied the arrogant" (vv. 2-3). This again is one of the great values of the book of Psalms - it brings home to us the...
Bible Verses: Psalms 51:1-9Psalms 73Proverbs 12:15-22Leviticus 19:11Malachi 2:6
For Reading and Meditation: Psalm 51:1-15
As we continue discussing what it means to be pure in heart, we ask: How do we ensure that our hearts are made pure? Great controversy has raged over this issue in every century of the Church. Those who see sin as having made deep inroads into human nature say that the only thing God can do with sin is to forgive it....
Bible Verses: Psalms 51:1-151 Peter 1:1-22Psalms 24:3-41 Timothy 1:51 Timothy 5:22
For Reading and Meditation: Matthew 15:1-20
Today we come to the Beatitude which is considered by many to be the most sublime of them all: "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God" (Matthew 5:8). First we ask: What is meant by the term "heart"? According to the general use of the word in Scripture, it...
Bible Verses: Matthew 15:1-20Matthew 5:8Luke 6:45Ezekiel 36:26Psalms 51:1-10Psalms 19:12-13Psalms 79:9
For Reading and Meditation: Psalm 139:1-24
We continue meditating on the right way to handle our negative feelings. We said yesterday that the two wrong ways to handle hurting emotions are to deny them or express them. Denial pushes them down inside us, while expression dumps them on to other people or things. Neither of these, in my view, is a Biblical way of...
Bible Verses: Psalms 139:1-24Psalms 51:1-19Psalms 69:1-36Psalms 46:1-11
For Reading and Meditation: Psalm 51:1-12
We are looking at the Beatitudes as containing the principles which enable us to experience good mental and spiritual health. I cannot think of anything more psychologically in harmony with the best thinking of today's social scientists than the words of Jesus: "Happy are those who mourn, for they will be comforted." We...
Bible Verses: Psalms 51:1-12Matthew 5:4Psalms 139:14-241 Chronicles 28:9Jeremiah 17:10
I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against You, You only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Your sight.And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. § I have blotted out, like a thick cloud, your transgressions, and like a cloud, your sins. Return to Me, for I have redeemed you. § Your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake. § God in...
Bible Verses: 1 John 1:9Psalms 51:3Psalms 51:4Luke 15:20Isaiah 44:22Isaiah 44:1John 2:12Ephesians 4:32Romans 3:26Ezekiel 36:25Revelation 3:41 John 5:6
There is none righteous, no, not one… There is none who does good, no, not one. § There is not a just man on earth who does good and does not sin. § How can he be pure who is born of a woman?Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it.I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is always before me… Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.The Lord… has put away...
Bible Verses: Romans 3:23Romans 3:10Romans 3:12Ecclesiastes 7:20Job 25:4Hebrews 4:1Psalms 51:3Psalms 51:52 Samuel 12:13Romans 8:302 Corinthians 3:18Colossians 1:231 Thessalonians 2:12
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