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The Christian’s Rule of Life – Galatians 5:23-26

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“Meekness, temperance – against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.” Galatians 5:23-26 The subject of the Christian’s rule of life […]

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Unholy Anger

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Anger could be defined as “The arousal of strongly negative emotion agitated from an offense that affects one in a personal way.” In Galatians 5, the word “wrath” is thumos. Mr. Vine is very helpful when he notes “that thumos indicates a more agitated condition of the feelings, an outburst of wrath from inward indignation…” If we are honest with […]

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A Lesson in Contentment – Overcoming Jealousy

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The words “emulations” and “envy” are strong words in the Greek. “Emulations” (that is, jealousy) is from the word zelos, denoting passionate desire or zeal toward the possession of something. The word for envy is phthonos, and it is used for instance in Matthew 27:18 – “For [Pilate] knew that for envy they had delivered Him.” Strongs in its definition […]

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Biblical Unity – Overcoming Strife

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When one considers a variable in the field of algebra, he is thinking about that part of the equation which can have multiple values, depending on the relationship of those values which are constant. Similarly, when we consider a variation, we understand that it denotes difference and distinction. The word before us is “variance,” which can really be replaced with […]

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Giving Place to the Devil – Witchcraft

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Witchcraft may not be a huge threat in many or most of our lives; nevertheless, we understand from our list that our flesh veers, at least in very minute forms, toward some sort of witchcraft. While true believers cannot be demon possessed and will not immerse themselves in metaphysical cults, there are dangers that come with giving place to the Devil. […]

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No Other Gods! – The Danger of Idolatry

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One of the most exclusive statements in Scripture is this: “I am the Lord thy God… thou shalt have no other God’s before me.” The Law began with a declaration of God’s unquestionable supremacy, for its knowledge is the foundation of all obedience. Then the first commandment given was for Israel to recognize that statement and act upon it. In […]

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A Lifestyle of Purity: Overcoming Uncleanness

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  We have looked in the past at sexual sin and its results, as well as pornography. These could be classified as actions, but we still must address the issue of impurity in lifestyle: uncleanness. One may not be addicted to pornography. One may not have fallen into fornication. But there are many who put on “holy” faces, while compromising […]

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