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  1. Why we need to love one another

    One of the things I don't like about christianity/messianism is that it seems to so individualistic. It is made to seem that it is all just between us and God, and it is practiced like this by many. The bible itself even seems to support this position like for example the Psalmist saying how he is all alone and not one cares and God is his only hope. However, although it is true that the bible places the most weight on ones personal faith-relationship with God, it also does actually place a...
  2. Ephesians 2:10

    “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” ‭‭ This has to be one of my favorite verses, because it tells us that there is a way to know whether one is saved or not. Of course, each one should be concerned about his own relationship with God. After stating that we are saved through grace and not through works, the Apostle Paul states that we are saved to show it to others. That is not to say that we have to brag about...
  3. James 1:12

    “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” ‭‭ Other languages translate this verse using the word “temptation” instead of “trial”. So, the question is, what is the difference between “temptation” and “trial”? Can the two words be used as synonyms? The next verse of James 1 says that “God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone...”(v.13). Therefore,...
  4. Proverbs 27:17

    “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” ‭‭ Other languages give this verse a negative connotation, as if to say that sharpening is painful and there is a lot of pain and anger involved. This is true especially when people meet for the first time and have to get used to one another. However, whenever I think of this verse, a different picture comes to mind. I have been married for fifteen years and have two children. In all this time, I have learned things from my wife...
  5. Hebrews 4:12

    “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” I like very much how sometimes authors use vivid pictures to describe ideas. Here, apostle Paul describes the power of the Word of God. Especially for those living at the time when the apostle Paul wrote this, a double-edged sword represents a powerful weapon. It has the power to destroy...
  6. Isaiah 41:10

    It is important to realize who is talking and to whom. This is God himself talking through the prophet Isaiah to his people. The verses which precede verse 10 make it clear that God is always in control of everything around us, and He is the only one true God, regardless of the human imagination. Whatever his most prized creation can come up with will never take place of the Creator of all things. Knowing this, it is comforting to know that He always helps, protects and rescues those...
  7. Isaiah55:6-7

    “Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.” ‭‭ It happens to me a lot that I lose my keys, for example, or my wallet, knowing where it was initially, but somehow overlooking it. As I start searching, the search soon turns into a desperate quest, and I even turn upside down places in the house...
  8. John 4:19-26

    This passage about worship is split into two parts; the first part is about how we see worship before God, while the second part is about how God would like to see us worshipping him. If we were to ask anybody what the definition of worship is, it would probably sound something like “certain rituals done in a place assigned for such purpose, like churches, synagogues, mosques, etc.”. We tend to think of worship as something between God and us only, and to a certain extent, this is true....
  9. “I stand trial for the hope of the promise made by God”

    I’ve been studying in Acts 25 where Paul appears before Fetus. For me this passage has been so necessary in connection with 2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether you be in faith... Acts 25:19 But had certain questions against him of their own superstition, and of one Jesus, which was dead, ...whom Paul affirmed to be alive. In summary here Paul is being brought up on charges for affirming “He lives” ...on trial for the hope of God who said that the messiah would suffer and be the...
  10. Philippians 3:15-16

    "All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. Only let us live up to what we have already attained." What is the view that all of us should have? In the previous verses, Apostle Paul talks about the importance of knowing Christ: "I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining...
  11. The Light Of The World

    By Victor Remes The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. - John 1:9 Season's Greeting my Fellow Warriors, I know this year has been a lot and some of us would like to forget it this; I know you all agree! From the pandemic caused by the global virus, and just seeing or hearing about people dying. I know some of us have been battling anxiety, depression, financial difficulties and the fear about what tomorrow may even look like. Even Christmas looks...
  12. ISAIAH 12; 2,3 A MIDRASH

    A commentary on Isaiah 12
  13. Staying Healthy From Diseases & Sicknesses Through Faith

    A Christian must pray for both spiritual and physical strength to live according to the will of God.
  14. Hebrews 12:1

    "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us..." Imagine yourself in a running competition against others. Everybody is on the starting line ready to run, and so are you with one exception: you are all tied up, and you can barely hop. This competition would not be fair. Although you might be in perfect shape, there is this...
  15. Isaiah 43:2

    "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze." Have you ever passed through circumstances that seemed to be more than you could carry, and it seemed that there is no way out--and if at least everything ended with "no way out*, it would have been a best case scenario, but things seemed to get even worse? As I was reading...
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