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Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. Hebrews 3:12-13 Take heed! Exhort one another daily! As the name suggests, the church to which this epistle was addressed was primarily Jewish in character. Sadly, some had already left the Christian faith to return to Judaism. Others were inclined to do so. They were disillusioned by the facts that Christ had not returned as yet and...

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But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God. Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee. For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity. Acts 8:20-23 Simon the sorcerer was, supposedly, converted. Philip the evangelist went to the city of Samaria to preach...

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Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. I John 3:2-3 In verse 1, John calls our attention to a most astonish­ing fact. “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God.” To be called the sons of God means to receive...

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That the man of God may be perfect, throughly fur­nished unto all good works. II Timothy 3:17 The apostle Paul instructs Timothy to con­tinue in the things that he had learned from his mother and grandmother. These godly women had, from Timothy’s childhood, taught him the Scriptures, which are able to make one wise unto salva­tion. They are able to make one wise unto salvation because they have been given by inspiration of God and thus are profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correc­tion, and for instruction in righteousness. According to the passage we consider for this medi­tation, God’s purpose...

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In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.) John 7:37-39 Just a few days from the date of this publication the Reformed churches that are governed by the Church Order of Dordt will...

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Likewise also the chief priests mocking said among themselves with the scribes, He saved others; himself he cannot save. Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe. Mark 15:31-32 At 9:00 a.m. on the day of the Passover, Jesus was crucified outside the city of Jerusalem with two malefactors. There had been many events that had led up to this. Jesus had been arrested the night before by a band of the temple guard. He had endured a mock trial before the ruling body of the Jews, the Sanhedrin, which condemned...

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In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge. Proverbs 14:26 Our life is a journey through the valley of the shadow of death. Many evils befall us as we make our way through this dark and treacherous valley. We must deal with loss of loved ones, health issues, financial struggles, wayward family members, and the list goes on and on. This makes the valley of the shadow of death also a valley of tears. In the proverb that we consider for this meditation we are instructed that the Lord’s children have...

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And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them. Luke 2:17-20 An angel appeared to several shepherds outside of Bethlehem as they tended their flocks by night. He had glad tidings of great joy. “Unto you is...

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So Jotham became mighty, because he prepared his ways before the Lord his God. II Chronicles 27:6 Jotham was one of the kings of Judah of whom we know very little. His life and reign are recorded in II Chronicles 27 and II Kings 15:32-38. From these passages we learn that Jotham was the 11th king of Judah, the son of the godly king Uzziah. He took over the reins of government from his father when he was 25 years old and reigned for 16 years. Most importantly, he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord...

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For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him. Genesis 18:19 The Lord, accompanied by two angels, appeared to Abraham on the plains of Mamre. His purpose was to reveal two matters of importance to Abraham. First, He revealed that now at long last Sarah would bring forth a son in her old age. Secondly, the Lord revealed that He would destroy Sodom and Gomorrah on account...

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