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Who was Cain in the Old Testament?

Abel
(Heb. Hebhel), a breath, or vanity, the second son of Adam and Eve. He was put to death by his brother Cain (Gen 4:1-16Gen 4:1-16
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4 1 And the man knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man with the help of Jehovah. 2 And again she bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. 3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto Jehovah. 4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And Jehovah had respect unto Abel and to his offering: 5 but unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. 6 And Jehovah said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? 7 If thou doest well, shall it not be lifted up? and if thou doest not well, sin coucheth at the door: and unto thee shall be its desire, but do thou rule over it. 8 And Cain told Abel his brother. And it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him. 9 And Jehovah said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: am I my brother's keeper? 10 And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground. 11 And now cursed art thou from the ground, which hath opened its mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand; 12 when thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee its strength; a fugitive and a wanderer shalt thou be in the earth. 13 And Cain said unto Jehovah, My punishment is greater than I can bear. 14 Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the ground; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a wanderer in the earth; and it will come to pass, that whosoever findeth me will slay me. 15 And Jehovah said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And Jehovah appointed a sign for Cain, lest any finding him should smite him. 16 And Cain went out from the presence of Jehovah, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.

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). Guided by the instruction of their father, the two brothers were trained in the duty of worshipping God. “And in process of time” (marg. “at the end of days”, i.e., on the Sabbath) each of them offered up to God of the first-fruits of his labours. Cain, as a husbandman, offered the fruits of the field; Abel, as a shepherd, of the firstlings of his flock. “The Lord had respect unto Abel and his offering; but unto Cain and his offering he had not respect” (Gen 4:3-5Gen 4:3-5
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3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto Jehovah. 4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And Jehovah had respect unto Abel and to his offering: 5 but unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.

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). On this account Cain was angry with his brother, and formed the design of putting him to death; a design which he at length found an opportunity of carrying into effect (Gen 4:8,9Gen 4:8,9
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8 And Cain told Abel his brother. And it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him. 9 And Jehovah said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: am I my brother's keeper?

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. Comp. 1 John 3:121 John 3:12
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12 not as Cain was of the evil one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his works were evil, and his brother's righteous.

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). There are several references to Abel in the New Testament. Our Saviour speaks of him as “righteous” (Matt 23:35Matt 23:35
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35 that upon you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of Abel the righteous unto the blood of Zachariah son of Barachiah, whom ye slew between the sanctuary and the altar.

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). “The blood of sprinkling” is said to speak “better things than that of Abel” (Heb 12:24Heb 12:24
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24 and to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaketh better than that of Abel.

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); i.e., the blood of Jesus is the reality of which the blood of the offering made by Abel was only the type. The comparison here is between the sacrifice offered by Christ and that offered by Abel, and not between the blood of Christ calling for mercy and the blood of the murdered Abel calling for vengeance, as has sometimes been supposed. It is also said (Heb 11:4Heb 11:4
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4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he had witness borne to him that he was righteous, God bearing witness in respect of his gifts: and through it he being dead yet speaketh.

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) that “Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain.” This sacrifice was made “by faith;” this faith rested in God, not only as the Creator and the God of providence, but especially in God as the great Redeemer, whose sacrifice was typified by the sacrifices which, no doubt by the divine institution, were offered from the days of Adam downward. On account of that “faith” which looked forward to the great atoning sacrifice, Abel’s offering was accepted of God. Cain’s offering had no such reference, and therefore was rejected. Abel was the first martyr, as he was the first of our race to die. –Easton’s Bible Dictionary

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What does the word "abba" mean?

This Syriac or Chaldee word is found three times in the New Testament (Mark 14:36Mark 14:36
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36 And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; remove this cup from me: howbeit not what I will, but what thou wilt.

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; Rom 8:15Rom 8:15
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15 For ye received not the spirit of bondage again unto fear; but ye received the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

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; Gal 4:6Gal 4:6
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6 And because ye are sons, God sent forth the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

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), and in each case is followed by its Greek equivalent, which is translated “father.” It is a term expressing warm affection and filial confidence. It has no perfect equivalent in our language. It has passed into European languages as an ecclesiastical term, “abbot.” — Easton’s Bible Dictionary

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How to be happy

If you want to be Happy, here are some things to practice….

¨ Seek to lead a quiet and peaceful life {I Tim. 2:2, I Thes. 4:11hes. 4:11
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11 And thou shalt drink water by measure, the sixth part of a hin: from time to time shalt thou drink.

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, Eph. 4:3Eph. 4:3
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3 giving diligence to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

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¨ Count your blessings, don’t despise His goodness {Rom. 2:4Rom. 2:4
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4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

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¨ Laugh {Pro. 15:13Pro. 15:13
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13 A glad heart maketh a cheerful countenance; But by sorrow of heart the spirit is broken.

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¨ Be thankful {Col. 3:15Col. 3:15
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15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to the which also ye were called in one body; and be ye thankful.

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, I Thes. 5:18hes. 5:18
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¨ Be prayerful {I Thes. 5:17hes. 5:17
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17 and I will send upon you famine and evil beasts, and they shall bereave thee; and pestilence and blood shall pass through thee; and I will bring the sword upon thee: I, Jehovah, have spoken it.

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¨ Be unselfish {Phil. 2:4Phil. 2:4
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4 not looking each of you to his own things, but each of you also to the things of others.

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¨ Be concerned for the happiness of others {Pro. 18:24Pro. 18:24
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24 He that maketh many friends doeth it to his own destruction; But there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

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¨ Be caring, helpful {I John 3:17John 3:17
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17 For God sent not the Son into the world to judge the world; but that the world should be saved through him.

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¨ Be loving {I Cor. 13:13}
¨ Be humble {Micah 6:8Micah 6:8
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8 He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth Jehovah require of thee, but to do justly, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with thy God?

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, Pro. 29:23Pro. 29:23
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23 A man's pride shall bring him low; But he that is of a lowly spirit shall obtain honor.

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¨ Be respectful {I Pet. 2:17}
¨ Be courteous {I Pet. 3:8,9}
¨ Be content {I Tim. 6:6}
¨ Be active {Rom. 2:7Rom. 2:7
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7 to them that by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and incorruption, eternal life:

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¨ Look inward, not outward {2 Cor. 13:52 Cor. 13:5
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5 Try your own selves, whether ye are in the faith; prove your own selves. Or know ye not as to your own selves, that Jesus Christ is in you? unless indeed ye be reprobate.

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¨ Talk to yourself often, be honest {Psa. 119:11Psa. 119:11
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11 Thy word have I laid up in my heart, That I might not sin against thee.

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¨ Don’t blame others take responsibility for your actions,{Ecc. 12:14Ecc. 12:14
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14 For God will bring every work into judgment, with every hidden thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

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, Rom. 2:6Rom. 2:6
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6 who will render to every man according to his works:

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¨ Realize your days are numbered {Psa. 90:12Psa. 90:12
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12 So teach us to number our days, That we may get us a heart of wisdom.

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¨ Listen to others who love you enough to give you wisdom {Pro. 3:13Pro. 3:13
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13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, And the man that getteth understanding.

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¨ Love people, not things.
¨ Look forward with excitement and have a vision for yourself.
¨ Change your future by learning from the past.
¨ Leave the past in the past, don’t drag it around with you {Phil. 3:13Phil. 3:13
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13 Brethren, I could not myself yet to have laid hold: but one thing I do, forgetting the things which are behind, and stretching forward to the things which are before,

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, Eph. 4:26Eph. 4:26
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26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:

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¨ Live modestly {I Tim. 6:9-10}
¨ Make the decision to be happy {Pro. 29:18Pro. 29:18
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18 Where there is no vision, the people cast off restraint; But he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

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¨ Have a plan, don’t leave things to chance {Pro. 4:26Pro. 4:26
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26 Make level the path of thy feet, And let all thy ways be established.

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¨ Make good things happen {Mat. 12:35Mat. 12:35
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35 The good man out of his good treasure bringeth forth good things: and the evil man out of his evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.

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¨ Learn to be adaptable, change is the only thing that stays the same {1 Jn. 2:171 Jn. 2:17
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17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

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¨ Actively manage your life: {Pro. 16:20Pro. 16:20
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20 He that giveth heed unto the word shall find good; And whoso trusteth in Jehovah, happy is he.

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? Relationship to God
? Relationship to people
? Health (as best as you can)
? Finances
? Behaviors
? Decisions

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"How Does God Find Pleasure?"

God could not enjoy winning a competition, He never loses. He could not enjoy an abundance of material things, He owns everything.

Since God is not threatened by a lack of anything; and since He is not threatened with eternal damnation, where does He find pleasure?

The Bible tells us that God takes pleasure in helping those who fear Him (Psalm 147:11Psalm 147:11
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11 Jehovah taketh pleasure in them that fear him, In those that hope in his lovingkindness.

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). He takes pleasure in seeing those who fear Him prosper (Psalm 35:27Psalm 35:27
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27 Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favor my righteous cause: Yea, let them say continually, Jehovah be magnified, Who hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.

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). Adopting men through the blood of Christ is according to His good pleasure (Ephesians 1:5Ephesians 1:5
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5 having foreordained us unto adoption as sons through Jesus Christ unto himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

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). It is also His good pleasure to give His disciples the Kingdom (Luke 12:32Luke 12:32
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32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

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God does not desire any to perish, but that all might come to repentance (2Peter 3:9). Therefore, God finds pleasure when one repents of sin and turns to Him.

Jesus found pleasure in always doing the things that pleased God the Father (John 8:39John 8:39
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39 They answered and said unto him, Our father is Abraham. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham.

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). That’s why God found pleasure in Jesus (Isaiah 42:1Isaiah 42:1
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42 1 Behold, my servant, whom I uphold; my chosen, in whom my soul delighteth: I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the Gentiles.

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). Since Jesus is our Example (1Peter 2:21), God will find pleasure in us if we do only those things that please Him.

God takes pleasure in helping others. In 2Chronicles 16:9es 16:9
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9 Therefore I will weep with the weeping of Jazer for the vine of Sibmah; I will water thee with my tears, O Heshbon, and Elealeh: for upon thy summer fruits and upon thy harvest the battle shout is fallen.

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, we are told that the eyes of the Lord go to and fro throughout the earth looking for those whose heart is perfect toward Him in order to show Himself strong in their behalf.

Why do you and I take pleasure in helping others who have a genuine need? Because we are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27Genesis 1:26-27
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26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the heavens, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27 And God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

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). Think of all the things you have sacrificed to try and set your children on the right path of life. Do you feel bad about that? Of course not! Why? Because you are created in the image of God.

Are you looking for real meaning and purpose in life? It can only be found by doing those things in which God finds pleasure, because we are made in His image. You may have an abundance of “things” but still have a void in your life. To fill it, do the things that Jesus did, that is, always doing the things that please God (John 8:39John 8:39
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39 They answered and said unto him, Our father is Abraham. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham.

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), and helping others (Acts 10:38Acts 10:38
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38  even Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed him with the Holy Spirit and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

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Who was the “Aaron” of the Old Testament?

He was the oldest son of Amram and Jochebed, a daughter of Levi (Ex 6:20Ex 6:20
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20 And Amram took him Jochebed his father's sister to wife; and she bare him Aaron and Moses: and the years of the life of Amram were a hundred and thirty and seven years.

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). He was born in Egypt three years before his brother Moses and a number of years after his sister Miriam (2:1,4; 7:7). He was married to Elisheba, the daughter of Amminadab of the house of Judah (6:23; 1 Chron 2:101 Chron 2:10
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10 And Ram begat Amminadab, and Amminadab begat Nahshon, prince of the children of Judah;

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). He had four sons with her (Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar).

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The salvation of Cornelius (Acts 10-11)

1) One of the most important conversions in the book of Acts is Cornelius and his house.
2) This conversion is described in both Acts 10 and Acts 11.

3) Cornelius was lost . He had to “hear words” to receive salvation.
a) Cornelius may have been one of the finest men that has ever lived.
b) Acts 10:22Acts 10:22
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22 And they said, Cornelius a centurion, a righteous man and one that feareth God, and well reported of by all the nation of the Jews, was warned of God by a holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words from thee.

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says a lot of Jewish people looked at this man and said he was a fine fellow.
4) He was “devout” (religious), Acts 10:2Acts 10:2
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2 a devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, who gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God always.

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a) Today people often say someone is “saved” because they are religious.
b) Our culture seems to equate almost any type of religious faith with heaven.
5) Cornelius proves religion is not an indicator of or proof of salvation.
6) He was religious, but He did not have a right relationship with God.
7) If that had been the case, Peter would not have needed to come and instruct him about spiritual things.
8) Acts 10:2Acts 10:2
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2 a devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, who gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God always.

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also says Cornelius feared God – this also was not enough.
a) The world assumes that thinking kindly about God and not speaking speak badly about him results in salvation.
b) Religion and respect for God do not save.

9) Cornelius was a giver. He helped the poor.
10) We would call him a “generous” man.
11) Cornelius tells us that giving money is not the way to salvation.
a) Cornelius’ life also consisted of prayer (this is stated at the end of verse 2).
b) His prayer life was very regular, but it did not save him.
12) Because Cornelius was in a state of condemnation he had to find a preacher –Acts 10:5Acts 10:5
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5 And now send men to Joppa, and fetch one Simon, who is surnamed Peter:

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– READ.
a) Acts 11 tells us exactly why Peter was needed – verse 14 –READ
b) Cornelius had to hear “words” (a message). We also learn of the purpose behind this message.
13) Cornelius learned that he had to “do” some things so He could “receive” some things.
14) A person may have what we would regard as an excellent moral character.
15) Until someone hears and obeys the words of Christ, he is lost.
16) Cornelius was told by an angel to make contact with Peter (Acts 10:3Acts 10:3
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3 He saw in a vision openly, as it were about the ninth hour of the day, an angel of God coming in unto him, and saying to him, Cornelius.

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), but this did not saved him.

17) Some point out from Acts 10 that Cornelius received the Holy Spirit and this is true.
a) Cornelius and his house did receive the Holy Spirit, but this did not save him or his family.
b) Acts 11:15Acts 11:15
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15 And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them, even as on us at the beginning.

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18) Verse 14 does not say Cornelius was saved by the Holy Spirit. Remember what was learned earlier.
a) “Words” were going to save this man and the other people in his household.
19) Verse 15 says Peter “began to speak.” Peter did not get a chance to speak the needed words.
20) He started to speak and then came the Holy Spirit.
21) If words were supposed to save this man, why did the Holy Spirit interrupt the speaker?
22) The Holy Spirit proved that it was okay to speak the “words of salvation” (verse 14).
23) Back in Mt. 16 Jesus said Peter would have “keys to the kingdom.”

24) Peter not only opened the door for this man and his house, he commanded them to be obedient.
25) Verse 48 of Acts 10.
26) Cornelius became a “saved man” when he obeyed the gospel.
a) Cornelius could have said he did not need Peter; he had all the religion he wanted.
b) He gave, he prayed, God was an important part of his life. He could have said he was satisfied.
c) This is what we hear from many people today.

27) People have a system of religion they like, they believe it works for them, so they will not change.
28) Cornelius was a great man in part because he was willing to listen to the truth.
29) What really made him special was his being willing to obey the truth.
30) His attitude is more fully expressed in verse 33 of Acts 10 – READ
a) This man said “we want to hear it all.”
b) ALL is a key word.
31) Have we found the Father through the Son?
32) Do we use the Son on a regular basis to maintain our relationship with God?

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Honoring mothers – a sermon about mothers

1) Story of Sara Tucholsky.
2) Today is Mother’s Day, a time when we think about words like “honor” and “help.”
3) Today we want to pay special attention to the word “honor.”
4) For our scripture reading we heard Ex. 20:1-17Ex. 20:1-17
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20 1 And God spake all these words, saying, 2 I am Jehovah thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me. 4 Thou shalt not make unto thee a graven image, nor any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them, for I Jehovah thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, upon the third and upon the fourth generation of them that hate me, 6 and showing lovingkindness unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments. 7 Thou shalt not take the name of Jehovah thy God in vain; for Jehovah will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. 8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work; 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath unto Jehovah thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy man-servant, nor thy maid-servant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: 11 for in six days Jehovah made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore Jehovah blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. 12 Honor thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long in the land which Jehovah thy God giveth thee. 13 Thou shalt not kill. 14 Thou shalt not commit adultery. 15 Thou shalt not steal. 16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor. 17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maid-servant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbor's.

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a) This is one of the places where the Ten Commandments are recorded.
b) In the New Testament we are told the Ten Commandments have been taken out of the way.
c) Jesus is the “end of the Old Testament law” Paul said in Rom. 10:4Rom. 10:4
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4 For Christ is the end of the law unto righteousness to every one that believeth.

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d) Paul did say we can “learn” from the Old Testament (Rom. 15:4Rom. 15:4
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4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that through patience and through comfort of the scriptures we might have hope.

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5) One of the things we learn is that women—especially mothers—deserve honor.
6) God was explicit about this point in Ex. 20:12Ex. 20:12
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12 Honor thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long in the land which Jehovah thy God giveth thee.

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– honor mother and father.
7) Ex. 21:15Ex. 21:15
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15 And he that smiteth his father, or his mother, shall be surely put to death.

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– READ
8) We live in a time when parents are often not respected.
9) Ex. 21:15Ex. 21:15
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15 And he that smiteth his father, or his mother, shall be surely put to death.

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describes something worse: hitting a parent.
10) Many evil people have tried to destroy much of what is good.
11) God said a mother is special she should never be struck by a child. Such is also true for dad.
12) Our world has told women for at least 50 years they are second class citizens.
13) When we look at women we find that they are special.
14) Let’s look at verse 17 in Ex. 21 – READ
15) Lev. 19:3Lev. 19:3
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3 Ye shall fear every man his mother, and his father; and ye shall keep my sabbaths: I am Jehovah your God.

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says children were to “respect” his “mother” and “father.”
a) In Ex. 21 we see things negatively—children were told what “not” to do.
b) In Lev. 19:3Lev. 19:3
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3 Ye shall fear every man his mother, and his father; and ye shall keep my sabbaths: I am Jehovah your God.

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, the command is positive. Respect was to be shown to mom and dad.
16) In our culture children are often encouraged to not respect mom and dad.
17) In the movie “Expelled” professors and others talk about religion being “superstition.”
18) Children grow up, go to college, and hear from well educated men that their parents are ignorant.
19) Mom and dad believe in a God who is a fairy tale that is in the same category as Alice in Wonderland.
20) It is right to honor and respect mothers in the younger years.
a) In Lev. 19:3Lev. 19:3
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3 Ye shall fear every man his mother, and his father; and ye shall keep my sabbaths: I am Jehovah your God.

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2 God told His people “rise up before the hoary head.”
21) In 1 Kgs. 1:111 Kgs. 1:11
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11 Then Nathan spake unto Bath-sheba the mother of Solomon, saying, Hast thou not heard that Adonijah the son of Haggith doth reign, and David our lord knoweth it not?

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– Solomon’s mother was Bathsheba.
22) Bathsheba went to her son Solomon about a matter.
a) Notice what Solomon did when mom came to see him – 1 Kgs. 2:191 Kgs. 2:19
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19 Bath-sheba therefore went unto king Solomon, to speak unto him for Adonijah. And the king rose up to meet her, and bowed himself unto her, and sat down on his throne, and caused a throne to be set for the king's mother; and she sat on his right hand.

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b) In the later years it is also right to respect and honor mom.
c) Prov. 1:8Prov. 1:8
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8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, And forsake not the law of thy mother:

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says children are to “listen to the instruction of their father.”
d) Then the author also said “forsake not the law of your mother.”
23) Prov. 30:11Prov. 30:11
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11 There is a generation that curse their father, And bless not their mother.

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says there is a generation that “curses their father” and “does not bless their mother.”
a) This Proverb seems to be pretty much on target for the current day and time.
b) Our world may choose to live in this way, but Christians select a different course.
c) We hope this is the course you will pick – the choice that is now called Christianity.

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Where did the devil come from?

Where did Satan come from one? This is one of the questions that many people want to know, and it is often answered based on a few select passages: Lk. 10:18Lk. 10:18
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18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan fallen as lightning from heaven.

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; Rev. 12; Ezek. 28; Isa. 14. People see things like “Lucifer” in Isa. 12 and immediately conclude Satan is in view.

All the preceding verses have nothing to do with Satan; the writer was describing the “king of Tyre” in Ezek. 28. Luke 10:18Luke 10:18
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18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan fallen as lightning from heaven.

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refers to victory over the devil, not how Satan came to be. John, also, in Rev. 12 refers to Satan’s lack of success, not how he started.

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What is lust? What does the Bible say about lust?

Have you ever wondered what the word “lust” means? In the English language “lust” often has sexual connotation. In the Bible there is a sexual connotation to lust, but this is only a small part of what the Bible means.

As it is used in the scripture, “lust” occurs as both a noun (epithumetes) and a verb (epithumeo). In its noun form it occurs only once in the New Testament (1 Cor. 10:61 Cor. 10:6
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6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.

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). Here Paul said Israel “lusted” after “evil things.” Because of the word “evil” we know Israel’s desires were sinful. Had Paul not included the word “evil,” we would not know whether the “lust” (desire) was good or evil because this word simply means “strong desire.”

We see the basic meaning of this word in its verbal form. Throughout the New Testament the verbal form of “lust” is used to describe a strong desire of what is good and bad. Readers can see this by examining the following passages, all of which have the word “lust” (epithumeo) in the text.

Verses in the New Testament that use the word “lust”:
Mt. 5:28Mt. 5:28
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28 but I say unto you, that every one that looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

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; Mt. 13:17Mt. 13:17
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17 For verily I say unto you, that many prophets and righteous men desired to see the things which ye see, and saw them not; and to hear the things which ye hear, and heard them not.

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; Lk. 15:16Lk. 15:16
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16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.

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; Lk. 16:21Lk. 16:21
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21 and desiring to be fed with the crumbs that fell from the rich man's table; yea, even the dogs come and licked his sores.

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; Lk. 17:22Lk. 17:22
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22 And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it.

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; Lk. 22:15Lk. 22:15
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15 And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer:

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; Acts 20:33Acts 20:33
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33 I coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel.

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; Rom 7:7Rom 7:7
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7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Howbeit, I had not known sin, except through the law: for I had not known coveting, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet:

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; Rom. 13:9Rom. 13:9
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9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not covet, and if there be any other commandment, it is summed up in this word, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.

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; 1 Cor. 10:61 Cor. 10:6
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6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.

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; Gal. 5:17Gal. 5:17
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17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are contrary the one to the other; that ye may not do the things that ye would.

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; 1 Tim. 3:11 Tim. 3:1
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3 1 Faithful is the saying, If a man seeketh the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.

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; Heb. 6:11Heb. 6:11
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11 And we desire that each one of you may show the same diligence unto the fulness of hope even to the end:

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; Jas. 4:2Jas. 4:2
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2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and covet, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war; ye have not, because ye ask not.

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; 1 Pet. 1:121 Pet. 1:12
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12 To whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto you, did they minister these things, which now have been announced unto you through them that preached the gospel unto you by the Holy Spirit sent forth from heaven; which things angel desire to look into.

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; Rev. 9:6Rev. 9:6
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6 And in those days men shall seek death, and shall in no wise find it; and they shall desire to die, and death fleeth from them.

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Mary chose the good part Luke 10:42

J.C. Ryle penned some excellent Bible commentaries on Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. His commentary on Luke 1:388Luke 1:388
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) has some very insightful information on Jesus, Mary and Maratha. Martha asked Jesus to tell Mary to come and help her, but Jesus said Mary had “chosen the good part” and this “would not be taken away from her.”

Ryle offered these comments on this situation:

“The true Christian’s possession shall never be taken from him. He alone, of all mankind, shall never be stripped of his inheritance. Kings must one day leave their palaces. Rich men must one day leave their money and lands. They only hold them till they die.—But the poorest saint on earth has a treasure of which he will never be deprived. The grace of God, and the favour of Christ, are riches which no man can take from him. they will go with him to the grave when he dies. They will rise with him in the resurrection morning, and be his to all eternity.”

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Luke 10:42Luke 10:42
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42 but one thing is needful: for Mary hath chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

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Sprinkling Or Baptism?

It’s interesting to know that Jesus commanded baptism for all who believed, that His apostles did baptize such believers, and that this was done two centuries before sprinkling was introduced by the Catholic Church.

Actually, sprinkling and baptism are different actions. Baptism means: “to immerse, submerge, bury, or to cover up.” In no way can the original word (baptidzo) be translated into the idea of something less than a burial.

Sprinkling, then, is altogether an unscriptural concept. That word is never used relative to the command to be baptized and cannot substitute for it.

One who is sprinkled has not been Biblically baptized. Sprinkling is one act; baptism is another. If a believer is not immersed in water, he is not baptized with the Lord’s baptism. If the Lord’s command to be baptized / immersed (Mark 16:16Mark 16:16
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16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that disbelieveth shall be condemned.

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) is not strictly held to, then we do not have to hold firmly to any of His commands.

Romans 6:3-10Romans 6:3-10
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3 Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him through baptism unto death: that like as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have become united with him in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection; 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with him, that the body of sin might be done away, that so we should no longer be in bondage to sin; 7 for he that hath died is justified from sin. 8 But if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him; 9 knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death no more hath dominion over him. 10 For the death that he died, he died unto sin once: but the life that he liveth, he liveth unto God.

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teaches us that baptism is a burial in water, and that this burial unites a believer with Jesus in His death, burial and resurrection. The word itself means a burial (Colossians 2:12Colossians 2:12
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12 having been buried with him in baptism, wherein ye were also raised with him through faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.

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), and the actions of the apostles show it to be a burial (Acts 8:26-40Acts 8:26-40
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26 But an angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza: the same is desert. 27 And he arose and went: and behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was over all her treasure, who had come to Jerusalem to worship; 28 and he was returning and sitting in his chariot, and was reading the prophet Isaiah. 29 And the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. 30 And Philip ran to him, and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? 31 And he said, How can I, except some one shall guide me? And he besought Philip to come up and sit with him. 32 Now the passage of the Scripture which he was reading was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; And as a lamb before his shearer is dumb, So he openeth not his mouth: 33 In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: His generation who shall declare? For his life is taken from the earth. 34 And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other? 35 And Philip opened his mouth, and beginning from this Scripture, preached unto him Jesus. 36 And as they went on the way, they came unto a certain water; and the eunuch saith, Behold, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? 37 [And Philip said, If thou believest with all thy heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.] 38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they both went down into the water, both Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. 39 And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip; and the eunuch saw him no more, for he went on his way rejoicing. 40 But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached the gospel to all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.

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). That being the case, all the decrees, councils and synods in the world cannot rewrite the Scriptures of God or substitute a practice of their own choosing. All who do so are cursed by God (Galatians 1:8-9Galatians 1:8-9
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8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, should preach unto you any gospel other than that which we preached unto you, let him be anathema. 9 As we have said before, so say I now again, if any man preacheth unto you any gospel other than that which ye received, let him be anathema.

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Baptized unto moses – what does it mean?

1) Today we want to dig into 1 Cor. 10:21 Cor. 10:2
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2 and were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;

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a) A good beginning point is to consider the context.
b) In verse 6 Paul said he was providing “examples” for the Corinthians.
c) Paul spoke about the nation of Israel and how this nation had made many mistakes.
d) Many of the temptations selected by the Hebrews were also available to the Corinthians.
2) Israel engaged in idolatry (verse 7), and that was a temptation for the Corinthians.
3) Israel was sexually immoral (verse 8) and this too was a temptation for those at Corinth.
4) I want to read Rom. 2:17Rom. 2:17
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17 But if thou bearest the name of a Jew, and restest upon the law, and gloriest in God,

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a) In Rom. 1 Paul said the Gentiles were under divine condemnation because of sin.
b) The Jews knew about God and they had a law from deity. Jews are described in Rom. 2.
c) Hebrews regarded the law from God (as well as other things) as an insurance policy.
5) God’s people felt secure – they felt like they could do whatever they wanted because they were the chosen.
a) Rom. 2:17Rom. 2:17
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17 But if thou bearest the name of a Jew, and restest upon the law, and gloriest in God,

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b) What is said here is also part of the point in 1 Cor. 10:21 Cor. 10:2
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2 and were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;

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c) Before the law was given, the Jews had been “baptized into Moses.”
d) We can break the thought down by first considering the word “baptized.”
6) Baptism means to “dip, plunge, submerge, overwhelm, cover.”
a) Dishes in a sink are often “baptized” (covered with water).
b) The word baptism was the perfect word to use.
c) This term tells us the Hebrews were fully associated with Moses.
7) Because of this “baptism” Israel felt pretty confident – cocky.
8) There are also other points worthy of attention.
a) When did Israel really find deliverance from Egyptian bondage? It was not while they were in Egypt.
b) Neither was it when the Egyptian army was chasing them.
c) They found deliverance after the sea experience; then they were finally free from captivity.
9) In this chapter Paul says the history of Israel has some parallels to Christianity.
a) When are people today freed from Egypt (slavery to sin)?
b) It is after we are baptized. Unlike the Jews, we are not baptized into Moses.
c) Now people are baptized into Christ (Gal. 3:27Gal. 3:27
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27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ did put on Christ.

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38 And Peter said unto them, Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

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10) The deliverance of Israel helps show that baptism is necessary for salvation.
MANY HAVE SEEN THE VALUE OF THIS VERSE, BUT THEY HAVE TRIED TO USE THE TEXT TO TEACH THINGS THAT ARE NOT TRUE.
a) For instance, some have tried to establish infant baptism from verse 2.
b) Since Paul said “all were baptized,” it is argued that “infants” were part of the “all.”
c) Paul is describing people who made a commitment to Moses.
d) He has in mind those who were old enough to make a decision to follow Moses.
2) A second error involving 1 Cor. 10:21 Cor. 10:2
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2 and were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;

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is very clever.
a) Some have said this passage proves that God does not require baptism for people today.
b) It is said the Hebrews were joined to Moses BEFORE the experience in the red sea experience.
c) Because Moses was the leader of these people before the baptism, we have a parallel.
d) Jesus is “our leader” (savior) before baptism. Refuted in Ex. 14:10-15Ex. 14:10-15
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10 And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians were marching after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto Jehovah. 11 And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to bring us forth out of Egypt? 12 Is not this the word that we spake unto thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it were better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness. 13 And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of Jehovah, which he will work for you to-day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to-day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. 14 Jehovah will fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace. 15 And Jehovah said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward.

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3) Moses was not held in high esteem at this point. He was not regarded as a true deliverer.
4) If anything, Moses was being looked upon as a failure. He was bringing these people to death.
5) Ex. 14:31Ex. 14:31
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31 And Israel saw the great work which Jehovah did upon the Egyptians, and the people feared Jehovah: and they believed in Jehovah, and in his servant Moses.

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– READ It was after the experience in the sea the Hebrews believed in God and Moses.
6) Then they had faith in God and Moses.
7) The actual “joining” to Moses did not come until the baptism (the sea experience).
8) Such is also true today; a person is not joined to Christ until they are baptized.
a) When Moses and the Israelites were joined together, there was a very close association.
9) When we are baptized into Christ, a similar thing happens – a strong commitment.
10) Mt. 6:33Mt. 6:33
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33 But seek ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

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12 1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service. 2 And be not fashioned according to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, and ye may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

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. Baptism into Christ means a commitment to Christ and His word.

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What does the Bible say about marriage?

What the Bible says about marriage

1) Marriage first began in the Garden of Eden (paradise). It is God’s idea so we use His rules.
2) Marriage is one of the first subjects spoken of in the Bible is marriage (Gen. 2:24Gen. 2:24
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24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

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3) It has many purposes, including this one (Gen. 1:28Gen. 1:28
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28 And God blessed them: and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the heavens, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

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4) What is another purpose of it in 1 Cor. 7:21 Cor. 7:2
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2 But, because of fornications, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband.

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5) Men and women come and work together, with wives being a ___________ (Gen 2:18Gen 2:18
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18 And Jehovah God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a help meet for him.

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6) Husbands are to be loving leaders in the home/marriage (1 Cor. 11:31 Cor. 11:3
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3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.

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7) Wives are to accepting that loving leadership (Col. 3:18Col. 3:18
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18 Wives, be in subjection to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.

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8) Wives should influence their husbands for good (1 Pet. 3:1-21 Pet. 3:1-2
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3 1 In like manner, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, even if any obey not the word, they may without the word be gained by the behavior of their wives; 2 beholding your chaste behavior coupled with fear.

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9) How permanent is marriage designed to be (Mt. 19:5-6Mt. 19:5-6
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5 and said, For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh? 6 So that they are no more two, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

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10) Marriage is called a “covenant” in Mal. 2:14Mal. 2:14
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14 Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because Jehovah hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously, though she is thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant.

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—this is a very serious matter.
11) How does Mt. 19 compare to a marriage based on “feelings”? ___________________
12) Is marriage the best environment in which to raise children (Mal. 2:14Mal. 2:14
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14 Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because Jehovah hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously, though she is thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant.

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13) Is marriage limited to this earth (Lk. 20:35Lk. 20:35
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35 but they that are accounted worthy to attain to that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage:

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14) What completely breaks the marriage bond (Rom. 7:1-3Rom. 7:1-3
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7 1 Or are ye ignorant, brethren , that the law hath dominion over a man for so long time as he liveth? 2 For the woman that hath a husband is bound by law to the husband while he liveth; but if the husband die, she is discharged from the law of the husband. 3 So then if, while the husband liveth, she be joined to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if the husband die, she is free from the law, so that she is no adulteress, though she be joined to another man.

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15) Some forbid marriage but 1 Tim. 4:1-31 Tim. 4:1-3
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4 1 But the Spirit saith expressly, that in later times some shall fall away from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 through the hypocrisy of men that speak lies, branded in their own conscience as with a hot iron; 3 forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by them that believe and know the truth.

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16) List some of the ways people see marriage: ___________________________________________
17) ______________________________________________________________________.
18) Would we say marriage is designed to be an “exclusive” relationship? Mt. 19:9Mt. 19:9
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9 And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and he that marrieth her when she is put away committeth adultery.

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19) We live in a time when marriage is coming under fierce attack. Millions of divorces.
20) California Supreme Court ruling.
21) We must make a choice about what we will believe and stand for – Acts 5:27-29Acts 5:27-29
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27 And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest asked them, 28 saying, We strictly charged you not to teach in this name: and behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us. 29 But Peter and the apostles answered and said, We must obey God rather than men.

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22) This means know who marriage is for, what marriage is for, and why it exists.
23) God has some clear instructions about marriage.
a) 1 Cor. 7:31 Cor. 7:3
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3 Let the husband render unto the wife her due: and likewise also the wife unto the husband.

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b) Some things in a marriage apply to both partners; there are also unique responsibilities.
c) Husbands receive special instructions in 1 Pet. 3:71 Pet. 3:7
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7 Ye husbands, in like manner, dwell with your wives according to knowledge, giving honor unto the woman, as unto the weaker vessel, as being also joint-heirs of the grace of life; to the end that your prayers be not hindered.

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d) More instructions to husbands are in Eph. 5:25-28Eph. 5:25-28
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25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself up for it; 26 that he might sanctify it, having cleansed it by the washing of water with the word, 27 that he might present the church to himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. 28 Even so ought husbands also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his own wife loveth himself:

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e) Harsh treatment is forbidden in Col. 3:19Col. 3:19
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19 Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.

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f) Men should find ______________ with their wives (Prov. 5:18-19Prov. 5:18-19
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18 Let thy fountain be blessed; And rejoice in the wife of thy youth. 19  As a loving hind and a pleasant doe, Let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; And be thou ravished always with her love.

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g) Satan is in the business of destroying marriages; God wants them to be strong and good.
24) Twentieth Century Christian (March 1955) offered these good suggestions:
• Never both be angry at once.
• Never talk at one another.
• Never yell at one another, unless the house is on fire.
• Let each one strive to yield more often to do the wishes of the other.
• Let self-denial be the daily aim and practice of each.
• Never taunt with a past mistake.
• Neglect the whole world rather than one another.
• Never make a remark at the expense of one another.
• Never part for a day without kind words to think of during absence.
• Never meet without a loving welcome.
• Never let the sun go down on your wrath.
• Never forget that marriage is ordained of God, and that His blessings alone can make it what it ought to be.

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Repent or perish – Lk. 13:1-5

Jesus was asked about some “Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices” (Lk. 13:1Lk. 13:1
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13 1 Now there were some present at that very season who told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.

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2 And he answered and said unto them, Think ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they have suffered these things?

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. He answered a question with a question. He wanted people to consider whether or not “these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they have suffered these things?” Jesus then answered this both questions in verse 3 by saying “no.”
Where the Galilaeans “special sinners?” Where they “especially wicked people” who deserved fierce judgment from God? Jesus’ answer was “of course not.” Rather than suffering special punishment from God, these men were essentially “in the wrong place at the wrong time.” They had the unfortunate experience of meeting up with evil men and subsequently lost their lives.

Jesus then used this information to tell His listeners that they should “repent” (change their lives for the better and live according to how God wants) or they too would “perish.”

Jesus then illustrated His point a second time with the “tower in Siloam.” We are not given much information about this tower, but we do know that it fell and “18 people” died in the accident. Jesus again asked if those involved in this accident were “sinners above” others living in the city of “Jerusalem.” His answer was again no.

We have many modern parallels to the things described in Lk. 13, one of which happened on September 11th, 2001. The United States was attacked; planes crashed into both the Pentagon and the World Trade Center towers. Thousands of people died, but their deaths were in no way related to personal sin or criminal wrongdoing. People were in the wrong place at the wrong time and they perished. We often hear of other instances involving tornados were all kinds of people die (the young and the old, the good and the evil). Physical death or various problems are by no means proof God is punishing people.

We cannot know when the end of time will come (Mt. 24:36Mt. 24:36
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36 But of that day and hour knoweth no one, not even the angels of heaven, neither the Son, but the Father only.

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3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all in like manner perish.

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Find out more about repentance and New Testament Christianity. Visit a local “church of Christ” in your community and worship with a group of people who follow the Bible and nothing but the Bible.

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13 1 Now there were some present at that very season who told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.

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Every knee will bow to Jesus

We learn from our study of the book of Esther that for one to come before the Persian king without first being called was putting his life in jeopardy. One only hope was in a show of mercy by the king. If he held out his scepter, the life would be spared (Esther 4:11Esther 4:11
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11 All the king's servants, and the people of the king's provinces, do know, that whosoever, whether man or woman, shall come unto the king into the inner court, who is not called, there is one law for him, that he be put to death, except those to whom the king shall hold out the golden sceptre, that he may live: but I have not been called to come in unto the king these thirty days.

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Jesus is, “King of kings, and Lord of lords;” (1 Timothy 6:151 Timothy 6:15
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15 which in its own times he shall show, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;

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28 Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

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10 1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

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Only those who come to him in obedience receive the blessings of the King. Consider prayer: “Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth” (John 9:31John 9:31
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31 We know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and do his will, him he heareth.

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24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship in spirit and truth.

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If we answer the call and come to him now on bended knee we receive the blessings of the Father both here and in eternity. But what of those who refuse to answer the call. Well, just like in the days of old, you will be brought before the King and forced to your knees. Consider these verses:

“For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God” (Romans 14:11Romans 14:11
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11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, to me every knee shall bow, And every tongue shall confess to God.

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“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-11Philippians 2:9-11
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9 Wherefore also God highly exalted him, and gave unto him the name which is above every name; 10 that in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven and things on earth and things under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

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Now let us ask ourselves, when Jesus returns and calls us to judgment, which group would we rather be in? The group who has already in reverence and obedience come to the King and bowed before Him, or would we want to be among those who will be forced to their knees? The answer seems simple, doesn’t it? Be obedient, and be faithful!

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Sermon illustration for mother's day

Things my Mother taught me:

My mother taught me RELIGION – “You’d better pray that comes out of the carpet”, as well as IRONY – “Keep crying and I’ll give you something to cry about.”

My mother taught me about OSMOSIS – “Shut your mouth and eat that corn”, as well as about STAMINA – “You’ll sit there until all that corn is gone.”

My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION – “Stop acting like your father!” as well as about GENETICS – “You’re just like your father.”

My mother taught me about LOGIC – “Because I said so, that’s why”, as well as MORE LOGIC – “If you fall out of that tree and break your neck, you’re not going to the store with me.”

My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION – “Just wait until we get home” or “you just wait until your father gets home”, as well as about Receiving – “You are going to get it when we get home (or when your father gets home).”

My mother taught me CONTORTIONISM – “Look at that dirt on the back of your neck!” as well as all about the WEATHER – “Your room looks like a tornado went through it!”

My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE – “If you and your sister are going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning the house.”

My mother taught me HUMOR – “When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don’t come running to me”, as well as all about my ROOTS – “Shut that door! Do you think you were born in a barn?”

And last but not least, my mother taught me JUSTICE – “One day, you’ll have kids, and I hope they turn out to be just like you!”

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A sermon for mother's day

Mary, the mother of Jesus (a sermon by Toby Miller)

OPEN: One this day (Mother’s Day), I thought I would utilize the opportunity to talk about the Mother of Jesus, and why God chose this particular young lady to be the Mother of our Lord. Our text will be Lk 1:26-38Lk 1:26-38
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26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. 28 And he came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favored, the Lord is with thee. 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this might be. 30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God. 31 And behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. 32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 33 and he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. 34 And Mary said unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? 35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee: wherefore also the holy thing which is begotten shall be called the Son of God. 36 And behold, Elisabeth thy kinswoman, she also hath conceived a son in her old age; and this is the sixth month with her that was called barren. 37 For no word from God shall be void of power. 38 And Mary said, Behold, the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

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A. I find it interesting that God went to a little town call Nazareth (a town that did not have a very good reputation (Jn 1:46Jn 1:46
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46 And Nathanael said unto him, Can any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.

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1. Two times in our text, the angel Gabriel told Mary that she was highly favored by God. I wonder WHY … what was there about Mary that caused God to choose her to be the mother of His only Son?
2. We are not told specifically, but as I studied and reflected on this, I came to a couple of conclusions.

B. Even at her young age, Mary must have already demonstrated great, faithful commitment toward God.
1. We might think that being the mother of Jesus would be a relative easy task … but that isn’t so.
2. She had to have been someone whom God knew would be “up to the challenge” of being the mother of the single most important individual that would ever be born.

When Gabriel confronted Mary, she was “greatly troubled” (vs 29).

A. She was no doubt a little on edge having an Angel of the Lord verbally speak to her … plus, the message the Angel gave her was also very troubling.
1. After all, she was engaged at the time to Joseph … and engagements in that day were much more serious than they are today. (For example, an engaged woman could not be dismissed without a bill of divorcement. … If she was suspected of unfaithfulness, she could be divorced or even put to death … If her fiancé died, she was considered a “widow.” … And, if a child was born during the engagement, it was considered illegitimate.

B. Therefore, as the Angel delivered this unique message, Mary faced many troubling possibilities:
1. She faced rejection by Joseph … the task of raising a child alone in a culture hostile to women …She would jeopardize her reputation … and she even risked death should she be accused of unfaithfulness against Joseph.
2. NO WONDER SHE WAS TROUBLED.
3. Add to this, she would have undoubtedly felt a little insecure, unworthy, and insufficient with the great task of being the mother of God’s only Son, the Savior of the world!

C. Others have balked at God’s calls in the past. Consider what Moses said when God approached him in the burning bush and told him to go to Egypt and set the Hebrews free.
1. Moses pleaded: “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and lead the Israelites out of Egypt?” “They won’t believe me or listen to me” “O Lord, please send someone else to do it!” (Ex 3:11Ex 3:11
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11 And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?

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2. Moses obviously faced a tough challenge, but not anymore challenging than being told you’ll have a child as a virgin, and that child will be conceived through the Holy Spirit, and will be the Son of God … the Redeemer of Mankind.
3. Marry could of said, “Lord I’m just a young girl, I’m not ready to be a mother … I’m not wealthy, I’m not educated … “I’m not worthy of this.” Maybe it would be better if you chose someone else.”
4. That’s not what she said. She said, “I am the Lord’s servant, may it be as you have said.”
5. That’s the attitude God searches for in people (cf. Lk 18:8Lk 18:8
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8 I say unto you, that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

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## Mary also had the right perspective — She knew who God was … and she knew who she was: His servant.

A. … she knew that nothing was impossible for her God … if God said it, she knew that it would be so … even if she didn’t understand the “hows” she would do it anyway because she was God’s servant.
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B. Mary also had the proper perspective about her role as a mother … she saw it as an honor … a blessing.
1. Christian mothers today need that same understanding … they too are servants of God … they too have the responsibility to raise children for God.
2. They need to view their work as mothers as an honor and a blessing.

C. Note 1:37, It says WITH God, nothing is impossible. You should underscore that word WITH in your Bibles.
1. If we are at the side of God, nothing is impossible that God would have us to do. Do you believe that?
2. And even though at times children are frustrating and make us want to pull our hair out (or better yet, pull their hair out), still, they really are a gift from God (Ps 127:3Ps 127:3
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3 Lo, children are a heritage of Jehovah; And the fruit of the womb is his reward.

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D. Mary found favor with God because she knew who God was, and who she was in relation to God: a servant … something we must all realize. And, she believed nothing was impossible with God … and, she saw motherhood as a blessing.

## Another reason Mary found favor with God is because she had a solid foundation. To be grounded on a solid foundation is to be grounded in the Word of God. Jesus talked about that in Lk 6:46-49Lk 6:46-49
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46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? 47 Every one that cometh unto me, and heareth my words, and doeth them, I will show you to whom he is like: 48 he is like a man building a house, who digged and went deep, and laid a foundation upon the rock: and when a flood arose, the stream brake against that house, and could not shake it: because it had been well builded. 49 But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that built a house upon the earth without a foundation; against which the stream brake, and straightway it fell in; and the ruin of that house was great.

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A. In Lk 1:46-56Lk 1:46-56
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46 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, 47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. 48 For he hath looked upon the low estate of his handmaid: For behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. 49 For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; And holy is his name. 50 And his mercy is unto generations and generations On them that fear him. 51 He hath showed strength with his arm; He hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their heart. 52 He hath put down princes from their thrones, And hath exalted them of low degree. 53 The hungry he hath filled with good things; And the rich he hath sent empty away. 54 He hath given help to Israel his servant, That he might remember mercy 55  Toward Abraham and his seed for ever. 56 And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned unto her house.

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, Luke records for us Mary’s song. In those 11 verses, there are at least 30 phrases or words that echo truths from the OT … so it’s quite evident that Mary was already grounded in God’s word at a young age.

B. Mary’s foundation in the Word of God is an example for Godly mothers today: (Rd Ps 78:1-7Ps 78:1-7
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Maschil of Asaph. 78 1 Give ear, O my people, to my law: Incline your ears to the words of my mouth. 2 I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old, 3 Which we have heard and known, And our fathers have told us. 4 We will not hide them from their children, Telling to the generation to come the praises of Jehovah, And his strength, and his wondrous works that he hath done. 5 For he established a testimony in Jacob, And appointed a law in Israel, Which he commanded our fathers, That they should make them known to their children; 6 That the generation to come might know them, even the children that should be born; Who should arise and tell them to their children, 7 That they might set their hope in God, And not forget the works of God, But keep his commandments,

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1. We see an example of this very thing in 2Tim 1:5, Paul writes to Timothy, “I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois, and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.”
2. Lois gave a solid foundation to her daughter Lois, who in turn, gave it to her son Timothy.

C. We should ask ourselves, “Just how solid is our foundation?” Do we have God’s word hidden in our hearts and minds so that it supports and guides us in our life?
1. Do we know His Word well enough to pass it on to our children? Do we set a scriptural example of one who loves to worship and praise God?
2. If we are NOT building a home like that, then WHO is building our house?
3. Let’s understand that, “Unless the Lord builds the house, it’s builders labor in vain” (Ps 127:1Ps 127:1
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A Song of Ascents; of Solomon. 127 1 Except Jehovah build the house, They labor in vain that build it: Except Jehovah keep the city, The watchman waketh but in vain.

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D. 2,000 years ago God choose a young girl to give birth to the Savior of the World. God chose Mary because she lived on a solid foundation, and she had a proper perspective of life. Because of these, she “found favor with God.”
1. Mothers today who have a solid foundation of faith (which comes by hearing the word), and have a proper perspective of life … that is, know who they are, what they are doing here, and where they are going, and an understanding of who they are in relationship to God — such women today will also find favor with God.

## Another characteristic that caused God to look with favor upon Mary was knowing that she would provide unrelenting protection that would be necessary in her role as the mother of His Son.

A. From the very moment Jesus was born his life was in danger.
1. She protected Him form Herod … She protected His identity … and the many other things she knew about the child. As Luke 2:19Luke 2:19
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19 But Mary kept all these sayings, pondering them in her heart.

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2. God had a plan to reveal His Son to the world, and He knew Mary would not complicate those plans.

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B. Mothers today need to provide protection for their children. This is an instinct that God builds into mothers. In fact, when a mother does not protect her children, it’s considered “against nature.”
1. When they are young, they need protection from germs, stairways, electrical outlets, poisons, stoves, etc.
2. When they get older, they need protection from things that are even more deadly: Low self esteem, drugs, alcohol, peer pressure, sexual immorality, suicide, and especially the worldly value system that’s constantly being marketed by TV, Movies, Videos, IPods, EPods, XPods (what
ever)…

C. Mary’s love and devotion for Jesus began before He was born and lasted even beyond the Cross.
1. The last picture we have of Mary is in Ax 1:14. Jesus had ascended back into Heaven, yet she is with His disciples … He is still the center of her attention.

## You might be thinking that, “Jesus must have been so easy to love.” And you are right. It was easy to love Jesus, but loving Jesus wasn’t an easy road for Mary to travel. In fact, it was difficult from the start.

A. Mary’s soul was pierced many times because of her love for Jesus (Lk 2:34Lk 2:34
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34 and Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the falling and the rising of many in Israel; and for a sign which is spoken against;

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1. At his birth, the king tried to have Him killed…
2. In Mark 3, the respected leaders in Jerusalem said that Jesus was a fanatic, a lunatic, and demon possessed (what mother wouldn’t be hurt if people said those kinds of things about their child)
3. In John 7, Jesus’ own brothers and sisters didn’t want anything to do with Him, and didn’t believe Him. Can you imagine what the conversation was like at Mary’s dinner table?
4. How do you suppose Mary felt every time she read Isaiah 53, and other prophecies about her Son’s death…
5. Not to mention how she felt as she watched her Son being mocked, beaten, stripped, and nailed to the cross.

B. When others mistreated Jesus, Mary was there. When others turned Him away, she stayed by His side. Even at the Cross, she was there.
1. At the Pan Am games, champion diver Greg Louganis was asked how he coped with the stress of international diving competitions. He said that when he climbs to the diving board, he takes a deep breath, and thinks, “even If I blow this dive, my mother will still love me.”
2. George Elliot once said, “We often do the impossible, not because we think we can, but because someone we love and respect thinks we can … and that someone is our mother.”

C. Mothers today need to have the same kind of love toward their children as Mary had toward hers.
1. Loving children may not always be easy — and you may have your soul pierced at times, by things that happen to them, by things they do … when they are hurt, sick, betrayed, or even die…
2. Still, your love must be unconditional and unwavering. You don’t have to condone all they do to love them unconditionally.

D. Mothers, it is a worthy goal to have God look upon you with favor as He looked upon Mary … and He will if you have your life built on the proper foundation of His Word. TRUST and OBEY.

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Baptized into Moses – what does this mean?

“and were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea”

Have you ever wondered what Paul meant when he spoke of the Jewish people being “baptized into Moses” and the experience of the “cloud and the sea” in 1 Cor. 10:21 Cor. 10:2
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2 and were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;

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? Many do wonder about this passage and it is very important text. The KJV renders this passage as: “And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea.”

Notice first the word “baptized” (baptizo) is the Greek term. This word describes an immersion, a dipping, plunging, submerging, etc. The Jews had been “baptized” (immersed) into Moses. That is, they did not have a slight association with Moses – the Hebrew people became disciples of Moses. M and the Jewish people were close to one another; there was a very strong sense of intimacy and togetherness. They were joined together. See Ex. 14 for illustrations of this point.

Today people are no longer baptized into Moses; the New Testament says people are “baptized into Christ.” Since “baptism” means “immersion,” the Bible tells us that proper baptism is by immersion. Just as there is only “one God” (Eph. 4:4-5Eph. 4:4-5
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4  There is one body, and one Spirit, even as also ye were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism,

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), so these same verses say there is only “one baptism.” This one baptism is not to “join the church.” It is a baptism for the “forgiveness of sins” (Acts 2:38Acts 2:38
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38 And Peter said unto them, Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

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). It is a baptism that allows Jesus to add us to the church He built (Mt. 16:18Mt. 16:18
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18 And I also say unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

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38 And Peter said unto them, Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

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-47). People are baptized “in order to become a Christian,” not “because they have become a Christian.” As the “baptism unto Moses” separated the Hebrew people from Egypt, so the baptism into to Jesus Christ separates people from their sins and gives them new life (Rom. 6:1-4Rom. 6:1-4
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6 1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2 God forbid. We who died to sin, how shall we any longer live therein? 3 Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him through baptism unto death: that like as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life.

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Have you been baptized (immersed into Christ) for the forgiveness of your sins (Acts 22:16Acts 22:16
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16 And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on his name.

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Mary the mother of Jesus

One might think that being the mother of Jesus was an easy task. But when considering the heart of a mother, then such a task becomes emotionally over whelming.

What would it be like to talk one-on-one with an angel and be told you were going to become with child by the Holy Spirit of God? When Jesus was born, the shepherds came and told her of the miraculous visit by the Angelic chorus, and she “…kept these things and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:15-19Luke 2:15-19
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15 And it came to pass, when the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing that is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. 16 And they came with haste, and found both Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in the manger. 17 And when they saw it, they made known concerning the saying which was spoken to them about this child. 18 And all that heard it wondered at the things which were spoken unto them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these sayings, pondering them in her heart.

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A few days later, a prophet approached her and said, “this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel…and a sword shall pierce through thine own soul…” (Luke 2:33-35Luke 2:33-35
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33 And his father and his mother were marvelling at the things which were spoken concerning him; 34 and Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the falling and the rising of many in Israel; and for a sign which is spoken against; 35 yea and a sword shall pierce through thine own soul; that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed.

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40 And the child grew, and waxed strong, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him. 41 And his parents went every year to Jerusalem at the feast of the passover. 42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up after the custom of the feast; 43 and when they had fulfilled the days, as they were returning, the boy Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and his parents knew it not; 44 but supposing him to be in the company, they went a day's journey; and they sought for him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance: 45 and when they found him not, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking for him. 46 And it came to pass, after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both hearing them, and asking them questions: 47 and all that heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48 And when they saw him, they were astonished; and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I sought thee sorrowing. 49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? knew ye not that I must be in my Father's house? 50 And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them. 51 And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth; and he was subject unto them: and his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.

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She watched him eat, sleep, interact with other children, and haul timber down from the mountains to the carpentry shop. She watch him grow, and go into the ministry. Whether people were shouting, “Hail Him,” or “Nail Him,” she was always by His side, typical of a Mother.

Finally, she found herself on a hill called Calvary. Jesus had spoken many times about the dangers in following Him (Matthew 10:34-36Matthew 10:34-36
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34 Think not that I came to send peace on the earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. 35 For I came to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law: 36 and a man's foes shall be they of his own household.

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), but Mary never hesitated, after all, she was His Mother! Whether being praised or persecuted, His mother never left His side. Few will stand by you as closely as “Mother.” — Toby Miller

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