Tag Archives: holiness

Revelation 22:7-21 — Because Jesus is coming soon

If there is one theme throughout these final verses of Revelation, and indeed of the Bible itself, it’s that Jesus is coming soon. He says it in verses 7, 12 and 22. What should our response be to this? We … Continue reading

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James 1:13-18 — For our good

“Why is God doing this to me? Does he want me to fall?” Sometimes, as we go through trials, that’s how we feel. That God actually wants us to fail so that he can punish us. But nothing could be … Continue reading

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Hebrews 12:14-17 — Holiness

“Sure, I’m a Christian. I believe the Bible. I believe in Jesus.” Many people in the church say this, and yet their lives don’t show it. They’re still living the way they always have, and there is no change or … Continue reading

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Hebrews 12:1-13 — When we face trials

No one likes to face trials in life. But God does allow them. Why? The writer of Hebrews tells us in verse 10. God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. We are broken people … Continue reading

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I Thessalonians 5:16-28 — Because the Lord is coming (part 2)

As Paul concludes this letter, he gives the Thessalonians some final instructions on how to live in light of the Lord’s coming. He told them, Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for … Continue reading

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I Thessalonians 4:1-8 — To be sexually pure

We live in a world much like the times of the New Testament, a world in which sexual impurity is rampant. We see it in TV shows, movies, commercials, the internet; wherever you look, it’s there. But in buying into … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 6:14-7:1 — Unequally yoked (part 2)

We talked yesterday about the importance of not being unequally yoked with people.  And the main point I made was that if a person is influencing you in ways that cause you to compromise your purity or compromise your life as a person set … Continue reading

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Romans 6 — Going back to misery

I wonder when Paul wrote this if he thought back to the story of Israel’s deliverance from Egypt.  He certainly makes the parallel in I Corinthians 10, when he compares the Israelites going through the Red Sea to baptism in Christ. But … Continue reading

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John 17:16-19 — Sanctified, being sanctified

Sanctification. It’s one of those words that could best be described as “Christianese.”  A word that has meaning in the church, and very little outside of it.  It’s a word you often see in scripture, and one that you might … Continue reading

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Matthew 6:9; Luke 11:2 — The one who is worthy of our honor

Well, I have a praise report before I start this blog.  After 2 months of fighting my computer, I finally figured out the problem.  A corrupted hard drive.  So with my new hard drive in, hopefully all my problems are … Continue reading

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Matthew 6:9; Luke 11:1-2 — Our Father

I suppose I could breeze through the Lord’s prayer, but I just felt it might be good to take it a line at a time. In these passages, Jesus teaches us how to address God.  In Matthew, he says, “Our … Continue reading

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Matthew 5:17-20 — Fulfilling the law

I think it’s significant that Jesus probably said these things after the controversies with the Pharisees over the Sabbath had begun (although you wouldn’t guess this by looking at the book of Matthew alone).  Jesus had probably already done multiple … Continue reading

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Matthew 5:8 — To see God

There are so many songs that express a desire to see God.  Back when I was a kid, we had a song, Open our eyes Lord, We want to see Jesus. To reach out and touch him. To say that … Continue reading

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Proverbs 6:20-35 — Captivated by sin

It’s amazing how often we see adulterous relationships portrayed on TV nowadays.  Nobody even blinks at it.  And yet, one wonders why people never learn from it.  Even on TV, most times there are negative consequences that come from these … Continue reading

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Psalm 119:1-15 — A desire for holiness

We now hit the longest chapter in the Bible.  Needless to say, it’s also the longest psalm.  I toyed with the idea with just getting it all over with in one shot, but I figured I wouldn’t be able to … Continue reading

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Psalm 112 — The blessing of fearing and delighting in God

Fear and delight.  Those are two words that you don’t often seen thrown together.  But the psalmist here does use them together, talking about the blessing that comes from fearing God and delighting in him and his word. He writes, … Continue reading

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Psalm 99 — The God who is holy

So often, when we think of God and his character, the first word that comes to mind is “love.” And it is true.  God is love.  But here we see another aspect of his character.  His holiness.  And so while … Continue reading

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Psalm 93 — The God who reigns

This is a very short psalm, and it reminds me of the old song by Jack Hayford, “Majesty.” For it reminds us of the majesty of God and how it is he that reigns over this whole earth.  The psalmist … Continue reading

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Psalm 15 — A life of holiness

I once heard someone describe the word holiness as “wholeness.”  That when we live a holy life, that’s when we’re whole, because we’re living the way that God intended us to live. I mentioned yesterday how when people reject God, … Continue reading

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Haggai 2:10-19 — The difference between impurity and holiness

After Zechariah gave his message, it was Haggai’s turn.  And here he shows us one of the differences between impurity and holiness. To give a bit of background, in Mosaic law, after the altar was anointed, it became holy, and … Continue reading

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