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How to be Faithful to God?

  Faithfulness is an attribute of God (1 Thessalonians 5:24; 1 Peter 4:19), and our salvation is contingent on His faithfulness (1 John 1:9). Faithfulness is not only God’s attribute, but it is a characteristic required of a Christian. The word of God identifies faithfulness as one of the fruits that a Christian should bear (Galatians 5:22-23). The word of God also says that a Christian can’t go to heaven without it: “Be faithful unto death, and I will give…
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The Way Not To Fall

Common sense tells us that remaining in the  status quo is not good. If a child doesn’t mature physically, mentally, emotionally, or socially, it can have long term consequences on his life. If a healthy body doesn’t improve through diet and exercise, it can become unhealthy very quickly. My point is that just being good, like a child or a healthy body, isn’t good enough if a person is not striving to get better. Improvement, development, or progress is necessary…
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Why God Uses Humans?

As I was reading Exodus 14, I encountered a question. Why did God use Moses to do what He willed for the Israelites? Couldn’t He have sent the east wind and divided the Red Sea without Moses? Why was it necessary for there to be a human involved, Moses in this case, who would have to listen to God and do what He commanded? Ultimately, why does God, who is the Creator, use creatures to accomplish His will?  It is…
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Are You Always Joyful?

1 Thessalonians 5:16 commands us to “Rejoice always.” When I heard this verse, the first word that attracted my attention was “rejoice.” This verse is saying that we, as Christians, should be filled with joy. However, as I listened to this  commandment repeatedly, I realized that I have to pay due attention to the word “always.” “Always” makes me examine how I am living up to the commandment. Frankly speaking, I have experienced many times when I was not happy,…

Are You Serious?

  When something is going on in our lives, we tend to lose the intensity we had at the beginning. Sometimes we are satisfied with the fact that we had intensity in the past even if we don’t have enough of it now. We may regret, however, when we do not get the result that we think we will because of the insufficiency of the intensity. A loss of intensity can lead to an erroneous attitude that Jesus termed “lukewarmness.”…
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Is Love Impractical?

  Love is an essential character of a Christian, and unconditional love is evidence of a mature Christian. However, unconditional love is not easy, and, therefore, it is rare. It is especially rare  in societies where reciprocity (i.e. getting even) is accepted as the norm. As a result, some people question whether or not Jesus’ commandment of unconditional love is practical. Furthermore, there are even some theologians who contend that Jesus didn’t intend for His disciples have to exhibit unconditional…
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What Makes the Difference?

I have met quite a few sincere people who try their best to “renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives” (Titus 2:12). Despite attempting everything humanly possible to succeed, they ultimately fail. And in their failure, they come to the conclusion that it is IMPOSSIBLE for them to “put off [their] old [selves]” and “put on [their] new [selves]” (Ephesains 4:22-24), and, as a result, they assume that their lifestyle must be an acceptable…

Hope Saves

We need power from God for us to continue toward eternal salvation. We need power that belongs to God that helps us in times of need and difficulties. We need it to walk in the light, to return to God in case we drift away, and to accomplish the will of God. Therefore, we have to understand how we can have God’s power in our lives. Ephesians chapter 3 verses 16 and 17 give us an answer to this question.…
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Small Obedience

Naaman’s story in 2 Kings chapter 5 is intriguing. We can learn many things from it, but I want to focus on what we can learn about obedience in particular. Sometimes, what God requires of us seems irrelevant to what we desire to accomplish. When we think so, it’s easy for us to choose not to obey Him. A principle, however, we need to realize is that God requires us to stay obedient to Him, trusting God in that He…

Why is Salvation a Hope?

  The Apostle Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 1:15-23 is intriguing. According to English Standard Version, these nine verses make two sentences. However, taking verses 22 and 23 as another dependent clause following the “when” of verse 20, the nine verses make only one running sentence. Because this sentence is so long and its structure is very complicated, it is not easy to get what the prayer’s main point is. Nevertheless, it is crucial to understand the passage because it gives…
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What How?

In 2021, we as Lord’s church will be more vigorously reaching out to our community and doing what the Lord commanded us. Making “Go and Do” the theme of this year doesn’t mean that we didn’t do it nor know it. It simply means that we want to “Go and Do” more and better than before. How? Please, allow me to remind us of something that we probably already know, purely in a hope that it helps us “Go and…
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“Something Like Scales”

When the apostle Paul heard the gospel through Ananias, “something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained sight. Then, he rose and was baptized” (Acts 9:17-18). Exactly what the scale-like thing was is unclear. However, one thing that is clear is that this incident served as a symbol of the apostle Paul’s eyes being opened to the truth. If we take Paul’s blindness symbolically, then what do these scales represent?  I think Paul identified some of his scales…
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