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BayArt - New Perspective on Life
May 29

Wisdom

“For the LORD grants wisdom! From his“For the LORD grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭2:6‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Wisdom comes in two ways: It is both a God-given gift and also the result of an energetic search. Wisdom’s starting point is God and his revealed Word, the source of “knowledge and understanding”…




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“Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways!” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭11:33‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ The implication of these questions is that no one has fully understood the mind of the Lord. No one has been his counselor. And God owes nothing to any…




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In Revelation 2 and Revelation 3, Jesus speaks personally and specifically to seven churches. Listen to His words to the group of believers in Laodiciea: (Revelation 3:15-16
) know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm — neither hot nor…




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“If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.(Romans‬ ‭10:9-10‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬) Have you…




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“Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” ‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:16-18‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Our joy, prayers, and thankfulness should not fluctuate with our circumstances or feelings. Obeying these three commands—be joyful, never stop praying, and be thankful—often goes against our natural…




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BayArt - New Perspective on Life
May 23

Confess

“But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” ‭‭1 John‬ ‭1:9‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Confession is supposed to free us to enjoy fellowship with Christ. It should ease our consciences and lighten our cares. But some Christians do not understand…




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This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. (‭1 John‬ ‭4‬:‭10‬ NLT)‬‬‬‬‬‬ Nothing sinful or evil can exist in God’s presence. He is absolute goodness. He cannot overlook, condone, or excuse sin as though it never happened. He…




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BayArt - New Perspective on Life
May 20

Glory later

Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. (‭Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭18‬ NLT)‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ In short, this describes the trails and tribulations that we go through in this life on earth. Paul puts this clearly when he says: “For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long.…




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But the LORD watches over those who fear him, those who rely on his unfailing love. (‭Psalms‬ ‭33‬:‭18‬ NLT)‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ This is not an ironclad guarantee that all believers will be delivered from death and starvation. Thousands of Christian believers have been beaten to death, whipped, fed to lions, or executed (Romans 8:35-36; Hebrews 11:32-40). God…




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But the LORD watches over those who fear him, those who rely on his unfailing love. (‭Psalms‬ ‭33‬:‭18‬ NLT)‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ This is not an ironclad guarantee that all believers will be delivered from death and starvation. Thousands of Christian believers have been beaten to death, whipped, fed to lions, or executed (Romans 8:35-36; Hebrews 11:32-40). God…