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And the chief priests and all the council sought for witness against Jesus to put him to death; and found none. For many bare false witness against him, but their witness agreed not together. And there arose certain, and bare false witness against him, saying, We heard him say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands. But neither so did their witness agree together. And the high priest stood up in the midst, and asked Jesus saying, Answerest thou nothing? What is it which these witness...

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“And the angel said unto them, Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.” Luke 2:10 Joseph and Mary had finally reached their destination, but they found the city of Bethlehem full of people who were of the same lineage. There was no room for them in the inn. It is highly possible that their late arrival was because of Mary being long in her pregnancy. Sometime early in their stay in Bethlehem Mary “brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a...

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“And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.” Ephesians 1:22, 23 Our text arises out of Paul’s prayer for the Christians at Ephesus. Paul always assured those to whom he wrote that he was praying for them. This is what it means to be a pastor! And this is a wonderful expression of the communion of saints! Paul told the Ephesian Christians that he was asking God to give them the spirit of wisdom...

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“Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers. And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe. And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews! And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head. And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and...

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And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, everyone into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they...

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“For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.” Psalm 91:11 This psalm describes God’s care of His children. The shadow of the Almighty covers them (1). He is their Refuge and Fortress (2). Surely He shall deliver (3). His truth is their shield and buckler (4). The psalm shows us that God’s care is extended toward us even when we are unaware of it. It is that great and that detailed. Our text teaches us that God’s care of us includes His use of the holy angels. Satan used (misused) this text...

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“Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” Psalm 55:22 Bearing a burden is a part of living in a sin-cursed world. Burden-bearing is especially the lot of God’s people. David knew burdens. The burden he has in mind when he writes this Psalm is that of being betrayed by his son, Absalom, along with his friend, Ahithophel. The natural way in which our sinful natures react to a burden is to fly away from them (6, 7). But God would have us respond to the burden that...

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This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men. But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject; Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself. Titus 3:8-11 This is the last of the five times Scripture speaks of “a faithful saying.” The other...

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Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the...

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But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost; which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; that being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:4-7 The apostle Paul continues to instruct Titus concerning what he must do in the new Christian church in Crete. Generally, Titus must constantly call the new Christians...

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