Jan 252015
 

You may have read some previous Sunday Posts from Oswald Chambers’ “My Utmost for His Highest” on our blog.

Author and I have spent many, many years reading and re-reading Chambers’ devotionals on a daily basis. He always strikes at our hearts with a godly truth.

Despite living a somewhat short life (he died at age 43 of a ruptured appendix), he became an international influence after his wife published his sermons and teachings posthumously. And we are so grateful she did that!

If you have not gone through a whole year of reading his daily devotionals, this might be the year to do it.

You can read them at: My Utmost for His Highest

Be blessed!

Editor

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Jan 182015
 

Author and I have been involved in local BSF classes which began last September. BSF is one of the most encouraging, instructive, and worshipful Bible studies you will find anywhere. The study this year is called the Books of Moses. We are in Leviticus right now, and just finished the episode regarding Nadab and Abihu (Aaron’s sons who were killed by God’s fire after they made an offering not commanded by God).

Searching out verse by verse, we come to understand that God would not permit it because He knew what was in their hearts: disobedience, rebelliousness.

This matter of our hearts is continuous throughout Scripture. It is of utmost importance what attitude, what state our hearts are in. No sin is too small in the eyes of God, for He is holy.

Below is the response from www.gotquestions.org when asked : WHAT IS THE HEART?

First, we’ll state the obvious: this article is not about the heart as a vital organ, a muscle that pumps blood throughout the body. Neither is this article concerned with romantic, philosophical, or literary definitions.

Instead, we’ll focus on what the Bible has to say about the heart. The Bible mentions the human heart almost 300 times. In essence, this is what it says: the heart is that spiritual part of us where our emotions and desires dwell.

Before we look at the human heart, we’ll mention that, since God has emotions and desires, He, too, can be said to have a “heart.” We have a heart because God does. David was a man “after God’s own heart” (Acts 13:22). And God blesses His people with leaders who know and follow His heart (1 Samuel 2:35; Jeremiah 3:15).

The human heart, in its natural condition, is evil, treacherous and deceitful. Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” In other words, the Fall has affected us at the deepest level; our mind, emotions and desires have been tainted by sin—and we are blind to just how pervasive the problem is.

We may not understand our own hearts, but God does. He “knows the secrets of the heart” (Psalm 44:21; see also 1 Corinthians 14:25). Jesus “knew all men, and had no need that anyone should testify of man, for He knew what was in man” (John 2:24-25). Based on His knowledge of the heart, God can judge righteously: “I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings” (Jeremiah 17:10).

Jesus pointed out the fallen condition of our hearts in Mark 7:21-23: “From within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and make a man unclean.” Our biggest problem is not external but internal; all of us have a heart problem.

In order for a person to be saved, then, the heart must be changed. This only happens by the power of God in response to faith. “With the heart one believes unto righteousness” (Romans 10:10). In His grace, God can create a new heart within us (Psalm 51:10; Ezekiel 36:26). He promises to “revive the heart of the contrite ones” (Isaiah 57:15).

God’s work of creating a new heart within us involves testing our hearts (Psalm 17:3; Deuteronomy 8:2) and filling our hearts with new ideas, new wisdom, and new desires (Nehemiah 7:5; 1 Kings 10:24; 2 Corinthians 8:16).

The heart is the core of our being, and the Bible sets high importance on keeping our hearts pure: “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life” (Proverbs 4:23).

Have a worshipful day!
Editor

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Jan 112015
 

Every January, Jack Kelley updates his post on the 7 signs of the end of the age.  To read his SEVEN MAJOR PROPHETIC SIGNS, click on the blue headline link above.

If you have not signed up for Jack’s email traffic take a moment to do it now at www.gracethrufaith.com. Each morning you will receive 3-4 questions that were sent to Jack with his Biblical answers in a clear and easy-to-read format.

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Jan 042015
 
Sunday Post: A New Year's Spiritual Exam

The beginning of each year is a great time to do a spiritual exam to set the rudder on the ship for the year ahead. Got Questions (.org), a Christian website, does an excellent job of deep theological questions as well as basic, new-believer concerns, and everything else in-between. They are a resource which we use and recommend.

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Dec 212014
 
SUNDAY POST: The Christmas Story, Part One

This Sunday is Part 1 of Jack Kelley’s 2013 post on the Christmas story. Part 2 will follow next week. “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

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Dec 142014
 
SUNDAY POST: Three Witnesses for Creation

Today’s Post is an article written by Henry Morris III, CEO of Institute for Creation Research, regarding our responsibility in studying the Scriptures in order to ascertain the truth of man’s teachings. EVIDENCE for CREATION Three Creation Witnesses by Henry Morris III “Previously… we suggested that the text of Scripture is more to be trusted

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