The Truth of the Gospel, Col 1:1-8

In Col 1:1-8, Paul mentions in v.5, “the word of the truth of the gospel.”  Today, we are going to study what Paul had to say about the truth of the gospel in this passage.   The truth of the gospel: Comes to you – Col 1:6 – “which is...

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Stensaas – Knowing the Time, Rom 13:11

In Rom 13:11, Paul wrote, “And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.”  Jesus’s return is closer now than ever before.  Knowing the time, now is not the time to be so...

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We Cannot Tell, Mk 11:27-33

In Mk 11:27-28, the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders questioned by what authority Jesus went into the temple and cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, Mk 11:15.  Jesus answered them with a question about John the Baptist’s baptism, “was it from heaven, or...

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My Kingdom is Not of This World, Jn 18:36

There is something about the kingdom of God that has become abundantly clear, lately. Jesus’ kingdom is not of this world. Jesus said to Pilate in Jn 18:36, “My kingdom is not of this world.”   The Lord’s kingdom is above; it’s not down here.  John the Baptist said, “He...

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By Little and Little, Ex 23:29-30

When Israel went into the land of Canaan, they conquered the land by little and little.  God could have killed all the inhabitants in a day, but the land would have been overrun by beasts.  After four and a half years, Israel had conquered enough land that they could distribute...

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Stirred Up, Hag 1:14

In Hag 1:14, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel, the spirit of Joshua, and the spirit of the remnant of the people to work in the house of the Lord.  It was time to rebuild the house, so God stirred up the spirit of the people to work. ...

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The Gospel of Peace, Eph 6:15

We have been studying the whole armor of God on Wednesday nights. To date, we have discussed the helmet of salvation, which protects us from carnality, fear and pride.  The breastplate of righteousness protects us from unrighteousness and sin.  The girdle of truth protects us against the lies of the...

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Your Life Affects Others, Rom 14:7

According to Rom 14:7, we don’t live to ourselves.  Your life affects others.  Therefore, we are commended not to put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in our brother’s way [v.13].  We are not to have a bad affect on others.  But we are also to “follow after...

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The Word’s Free Course, 2 Thes 3:1

In 2 Thes 3:1, Paul requested prayer from the Thessalonians “that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you.”  In this sense the word course is a moving or motion forward.  So, the course of a river, for instance, is...

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A True Witness, Prov 14:25

“A true witness delivereth souls,” according to Prov 14:25.  It will help us to understand and apply this verse to our lives if we will consider the various definitions of “true” that are compatible with this verse.   A true witness is: Properly so called – he’s properly so called...

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