Take Hold of the Hope – July 31 2015

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There is no greater guarantee of the reliability of the Bible than the promise, the oath, of almighty God himself.  We can stand confidently on the principles and truths go God’s word because He personally guarantees it.  Our hope is secure because God’s trust-worthiness is beyond question.

Take Hold of Eternal Life – July 29 2015

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Faith is not passive.  The Apostle Paul exhorts us to “Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called” (1 Tim. 6:11-12).

Hold To Christ’s Teaching – July 27 2015

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To “hold fast” or “hold on” to something means that we tighten our grip with the intention of not letting go.  To “hold” to Christ’s teaching means that we grasp it, tighten our grip, and allow it to transform our lives. Jesus said, “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32).

Fleeting Pleasure of Sin – July 26 2015

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In the Bible, Moses chose to endure being mistreated with God’s people rather than enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. There is so much in the world that promises fulfillment and satisfaction but is contrary to God’s character and holiness. Eternal perspective equips us to make God honoring choices today, knowing the ultimate joy of tomorrow.

You Can’t Even Imagine – July 25 2015

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God says that we can’t begin to imagine all the things He has in store for those who love Him (1 Cor. 2:9). We can so easily satisfy ourselves with lesser things … even damaging things.  However, to make choices today in light of future realities requires eternal perspective.

Eternal Perspective In Suffering – July 24 2015

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Whatever you may be suffering today is not the end of the story. The Apostle Paul writes, “We do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18). That is eternal perspective!

Not Silver or Gold – July 23 2015

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What is the most valuable thing you possess? What did you have to pay to own it? The Bible tells us that our salvation was purchased “not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ” (1 Peter 1:18-19). The price God paid for you and me moves us to worship and provides eternal perspective.

Spiritual Fitness – July 22 2015

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You can find people working out at fitness centers 24 hours per day.  Our culture is obsessed with fitness and body image. The Apostle Paul exhorts Timothy to “train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come” (1 Tim. 4:7-8). It’s important to honor God with our bodies, but we also need to pursue spiritual fitness with the same discipline and commitment.