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Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. Luke 23:34a One of the outstanding features of Jesus’ ministry was His willing and wholehearted determination to do His Father’s will. Determined to do His Father’s will, Jesus “steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem” (Luke 9:51), even though He knew that He would “suffer many things, and be set at nought” (Mark 9:12). Determined to do His Father’s will in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus prayed, “not my will, but thine, be done” (Luke 22:42). When the mob came with Judas to capture Jesus, He...

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Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope. Psalm 119:49 The psalmist prays, “Remember the word unto thy servant” because he sees himself as God’s friend-servant saved by grace. The psalmist is not a servant against his will; God has made him a willing servant. Not surprisingly, he identifies himself as God’s servant thirteen times throughout the psalm, the only title he uses more than once. How good it is for us to see ourselves as God’s friend-servants. Adam was God’s friend-servant and God was his Friend-Sovereign in the garden. Adam fell from that...

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We live in a modern society that disdains God’s gift of life. Of course, it is generally not the case that human beings have such contempt for life that they have no desire whatsoever to live. Most people want to remain alive and healthy, and would extend their lives if they were able (so long as life goes according to certain criteria). Nevertheless, society at large has contempt for life as a gift from God. That is because, as soon as one admits that God has given him life, he would also have to admit that such a God must...

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“Let thy mercies come also unto me, O Lord, even thy salvation, according to thy word.” Psalm 119:41 Every child of God lives in constant need of Jehovah’s mercies. We may all expect difficulties and hardship in our pilgrimage. It is through much tribulation that we enter into the kingdom of God. Whether single or married, young or old, in the work place or in the home, we are bound to experience turmoil. Circumstances make our spiritual walk difficult, so much so that at times we might wonder if we are able to continue. How we need God’s mercies! Mercy...

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“Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” I Thessalonians 5:16-18 This text applies to men and women, old and young, rich and poor, married and single people. Nevertheless, I make special application to those who are married because marriage is under attack these days. God’s Word to married couples (and to every child of God in every circumstance) is “Rejoice evermore.” Someone might say, “It’s easy to rejoice on the day of your wedding as you look forward to spending the future together. It’s easy...

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Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word. Psalm 119:17 The outstanding self-designation of the psalmist throughout Psalm 119 is the title “thy servant.” Thirteen times in this prayer to God he calls himself “thy servant.” That is the way we must ever see ourselves: as friend- servants of our covenant God. As His servants, our great desire is not to escape God’s law. Our great desire, like that of the psalmist, is to live and keep His Word. So, our prayer to God is, “Deal bountifully with thy servant.” We want God to deal...

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Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father. John 10:17-18 We must never in the whole of our Christian lives forget the suffering of our Lord and Savior. For without His suffering there is no salvation. If Jesus had never died on the cross in the way He did, nothing else would matter about...

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But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared. Psalm 130:4 For anyone who has wandered from God and come to see their sins, there are few words sweeter than these: “but there is forgiveness with God.” All we like sheep have gone astray; we all wander from God to one degree or another. But God, by His grace, draws us back to Himself, leading us to sincere sorrow and repentance. When we call upon Him out of the depths, what a joy to know that there is forgiveness with God! Not just forgiveness for others, but there...

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O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Psalm 136:1 Long before Thanksgiving was observed as an annual event in North America, the Israelites of old gave thanks to God after bringing in the harvest. “Thou shalt observe the feast of tabernacles seven days, after that thou hast gathered in thy corn and thy wine” (Deut. 16:13). The feast of tabernacles pointed forward to the day when God will tabernacle with men in the new heavens and the new earth. Evidently, the picture of the harvest pointed the Old Testament saints to...

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I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. Romans 12:1 The inspired apostle Paul spent much of the first chapters in Romans establishing the depravity of mankind and God’s wrath against sin. He made it clear that “by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified” (Rom. 3:20). He taught us that salvation is “of faith, that it might be by grace” (Rom. 4:16). But then he turned and began to give commands to God’s redeemed people: “Be...

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