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Joy in Christ: Maintain a Clean Conscience

Joy in Christ: Maintain a Clean Conscience

It is a certainty that a guilty conscience will cause a person to be unhappy. There are a couple of instances of guilty consciences in the Bible that are worth considering in this short space. The brothers of Joseph had a guilty conscience over the years as a result...
“Do Not Be Children”

“Do Not Be Children”

Paul wrote, “Brethren, do not be children in understanding; however, in malice be babes, but in understanding be mature” (1 Corinthians 14:20). In the section of vv. 20-25, Paul calls on the Corinthians to think maturely, as “adults” in Christ, rather than be...
A God of the Hills but Not of the Valleys?

A God of the Hills but Not of the Valleys?

The Syrians, the enemy of Israel, arrogantly thought they would defeat Israel. They believed God to be a God of the hills but not of the valleys (1 Kings 20:23-30). This referred to an expression of the pagan idea that a deity’s power extended only over the limited...
Does Your Preacher Lie to You?

Does Your Preacher Lie to You?

The Old Testament tells us about a preacher (prophet) who lied to a younger man (1 Kgs. 13). The lie was told in all good conscience. It was told with the intent of helping the young man (1 Kgs. 13:11-19). The young man believed the lie, benefited in an earthly way,...
Friendship Discernment

Friendship Discernment

The relationship between David and Jonathan might be the most special one recorded in the Bible. They mutually supported one another in the most difficult of times. David said of his great friend, “I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan; You have been very...

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