HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND SEASON’S GREETINGS?

Gal 4:9  But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? Gal 4:10  Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. Gal 4:11  I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain. Throughout the year, we find people all over the world observing and celebrating various holidays and “holy days;” and while each culture has their own specific “days, and months, and times, and years” to “observe” these days, there is a great importance placed upon these days by mankind based upon how ‘near and dear’ the day has become concerning the individuals lives, or how widely popular the days have become. And while this study may ‘rub some the wrong...

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CAN SOMEONE HAVE AN “OUT OF BODY” EXPERIENCE TODAY?

2Co 12:1  It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord. 2Co 12:2  I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth; such an one caught up to the third heaven. 2Co 12:3  And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) 2Co 12:4  How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.   We have all heard someone at one point in our lives say that they have had an ‘out of body’ experience, and most commonly they will say that they were led to a ‘bright light,’ or hovered over their lifeless bodies, or they will say they...

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JUDGING THE AFFAIRS OF THIS LIFE RIGHTEOUSLY AS A SON

1Co 6:2  Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? 1Co 6:3  Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? 1Co 6:4  If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church. 1Co 6:5  I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?   Most of our adult lives consist of our using, or not using our ‘better judgment’ concerning the affairs of this life, and facing the consequences that may come, and whether good or bad; we become responsible for our decisions based upon this world’s...

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DID PAUL WRITE THE BOOK OF HEBREWS?

  Col 1:1  Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother, Col 1:2  To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.   In some, if not most bibles declare that the Apostle Paul wrote the book of Hebrews, and we see the title “The epistle of Paul to the Hebrews,” and most will assume that the Apostle Paul penned this epistle just as he did the 13 prior books. This has been a great mystery among the church world because the writer does not identify himself, so most commonly people make assumptions based upon the fact that the writer addressed some of the saints that Paul mentioned in his epistles, and that the grammar of the writer is also...

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REVELATIONS 12: SEVEN HEADS, TEN HORNS, AND SEVEN CROWNS

Rev 12:1  And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: Rev 12:2  And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. Rev 12:3  And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. Rev 12:4  And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. Rev 12:5  And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. Rev...

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YOUR FAITH SHOULD NOT STAND IN THE WISDOM OF MEN

  1Co 2:1  And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. 1Co 2:2  For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 1Co 2:3  And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. 1Co 2:4  And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 1Co 2:5  That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.   One of the first doctrines of reproof given by the Apostle Paul to the Corinthians deals with their desire to be ‘enticed’ by men that preached unto them the “good words and fair speeches” that catered to their wants and...

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PRAYER: “FOR WE KNOW NOT WHAT TO PRAY FOR AS WE OUGHT”

Rom 8:24  For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? Rom 8:25  But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. Rom 8:26  Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Rom 8:27  And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.   One of the common errors that comes from man’s failure to understand how God would have His church to pray deals with man not “rightly dividing the word of truth,” the other is the fact that man would rather...

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KNOWING GOD AS “THE GOD OF ALL COMFORT”

2Co 1:3  Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; 2Co 1:4  Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.   The doctrine found within 2Corinthians may seem puzzling at the outset of the first  chapter of 2Corinthians to some who are experiencing “trouble,” and “tribulation” in their lives, and need the “comfort,” and “salvation” from this type of sufferings, but as God our Father has designed; once we progress from the beginning of 2Corinthians chapter 1 through the end of chapter 13, we will be well equipped to fully understand and appreciate, and find the salvation and comfort in...

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THE REPROVING DOCTRINE TO GODLY SORROW

2Co 7:8  For though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent, though I did repent: for I perceive that the same epistle hath made you sorry, though it were but for a season. 2Co 7:9  Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. 2Co 7:10  For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.   One of the most important aspect of the son being “transformed by the renewing” of his mind is the son coming to the realization that his conduct as a son “in Christ” is not becoming of who God has made him to be “in Christ.” And it is the reproving doctrine found at the outset of...

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“TAKE HEED THEREFORE UNTO YOURSELVES”

Act 20:27  For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. Act 20:28  Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. Act 20:29  For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Act 20:30  Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Act 20:31  Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears. Act 20:32  And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an...

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