He Grew the Tree He Knew Would be Used to Make the Old Rugged Cross
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Around a hundred years ago, when I was a teenager, a country singer by the name of Barbara Mandrell, sang, “He grew the tree that He knew would be used to make the old rugged cross.” The song brought out, that even at creation Jesus was planning our redemption. This song could not be any truer.

In Genesis 2:17 God says, “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not [...]

A Divine Interrruption
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Happy New Year!

I don’t do resolutions. I’ve observed two things—that humans have an indefatigable drive to fix themselves, and that it is utterly futile and fruitless. The only good that comes from our self-fixing is that some of us finally learn it’s impossible.

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Observe every world religion other than the faith of Jesus. Each proposes a method whereby lost souls may ascend to God. Whether the Zen Buddhist with his endless meditations [...]

Who Will Wipe the Tears From God’s Eyes?
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“ ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying; and there shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away’ ” ( Revelation 21:4, NKJV).

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As I read the key verse in this week’s SS lesson, I pause and ask myself, who will wipe the tears from God’s eyes? People say there will be no crying in heaven, but obviously [...]

12: Last Things: Jesus and the Saved – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Last Things: Jesus and the Saved December 19, 2012]

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1. Pivot point: The cross. How were people saved before the cross? Or were they? Is the cross symbolic? If so, what does it symbolize? What does it mean? What is the reality behind the symbol? When in human history did God begin offering the promise of redemption? If Satan was defeated at the cross, why does he keep tempting us?

2. Heavenly sanctuary. [...]

Growing Up From Flower Girl to Bride
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When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.  1 Corinthians 13:11

Many of us became Christians for childish reasons. We just wanted to go to heaven. That is okay. Jesus tells us to come as children, but He does not tell us to stay like children. “Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of [...]

04: Salvation: The Only Solution – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Salvation: The Only Solution October 24, 2012]

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1. Salvation the only solution. Since we can’t have a solution without a problem, what is the problem that salvation addresses? If you said, “sin,” what sin or sins are you including? Did Satan’s sin and rebellion long ago define the need and set the stage for salvation? Or was salvation an outpouring of God’s love after the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden? [...]

Drowning in Sin
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“And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved; for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance, as the Lord has said, even among the survivors whom the Lord calls.” Joel 2:32, NIV

Many public beaches and pools have lifeguards who dedicate their time to making sure that swimmers are protected from the hazard of drowning. Constantly aware of what is happening in the water, they are alert to signs of anyone having trouble. Someone [...]

Easy to be Saved, Hard to be Lost
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And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom [is] as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: [...]

04: Salvation: The Only Solution – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : Eternal destruction awaits all who live on earth, but God has provided the only solution through Jesus’ sacrifice which provides forgiveness, justification, and restoration.

[Teaching plan for "Salvation: The Only Solution" October 22, 2012]

1. Have a volunteer read James 5:1-7.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. Is God against riches, the lifestyle of the rich, the attitude of the rich, or the misuse of the [...]

The War Isn’t Over
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“Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.” Revelation 12:7-9, NIV

From the middle of 1970 to the middle of 1971, along with tens [...]