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JESUS PURCHASED THE CHURCH WITH HIS BLOOD – Acts

Acts – The Church of Christ to Maintain Its Traditional Values (Passage: Acts 20) Apostle Paul declared to a body of believers and stated, “Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God. Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. For I know this, that...

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GOD OF ISREAL FORFEITED THE SYRIANS’ STRATEGIES – 1 Kings

God Will Defend His Children At All Times (Passage: 1 Kings 20) A Syrian king and his army underestimated God and believed they could loathe his protective power. After local gods (idols) have failed to earn the Syrians their desired victory they concluded that God of Israelites must have been powerful on the hill sides where the battle took place. Therefore, Syrians decided to change strategy to attack Israelites in the plain land. Meanwhile, they also lost the battle to Israelites. The...

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JOSHUA WITNESSED GOD’S BENEFITS – Joshua

Children of God Will Earn Huge Rewards for Their Good Services (Passage: Joshua 23) Joshua the servant of God recounted his experience with God after he had lived 110 years. He had witnessed God’s goodness from childhood to his old age. Joshua witnessed how God miraculously delivered Israelites from their Egyptian slave masters. God parted the Red Sea and performed many other miracles in the wilderness while they sojourned to their Promised Land. Joshua counseled Israelites to remain grateful...

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CHRISTIANS TO HAVE HONEST BUSINESS WITH GOD – ROMANS

A Christian Must Have Honest Dealings (Passage: Romans 2) God despise hypocritical behaviors, but he will honor people who deal with him in honesty. The scripture says “Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. But we know that the judgment of God is according to truth against those who practice such things. And do you think this, O man, you who judge those practicing such...

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ISRAELITES MUST PAY THEIR VOWS – Deuteronomy

Children of God Must Redeem Their Pledges (Passage: Deuteronomy 23) God required Israelites to honor and redeem their pledges before him. They must not overlook any pledge or consider it irrelevant, but redeem every pledge in timely manner. God stated he would consider any Israelites’ failed promises as an offense, and he would enforce them to redeeming them. God said to his children, “When you make a vow to the Lord your God, you shall not delay to pay it; for the Lord your God will...

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THE PHARISEES CRITICIZED JESUS CHRIST – Luke

Luke – The Pharisees Were Jealous of Jesus For His Capability (Passage: Luke 6) The Pharisees were bitter critics of Jesus Christ; they used their religion as a camouflage to express their jealousy and rage against him. The Pharisees were not hesitant to stalk Jesus all day long, and followed him on every turn to find an excuse to criticize and demean his ministry. Bible recorded, “Now it happened on the second Sabbath after the first that He (Jesus) went through the grainfields. And His...

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JESUS CARES FOR THE LOST – Luke

Luke – Jesus Cares for Those That Are Neglected The Pharisees criticized Jesus Christ for attending a party that was organized by Matthew the chief tax collector. Everyone – including Jesus and Matthew’s colleagues was enjoying the moment, but the Pharisees showed up to express their rage against Jesus. The Pharisees labeled Jesus an immoral teacher who spend time with sinners. However, Jesus corrected the Pharisees and said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician,...

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ISRAEL DEFEATED THEIR REBEL TRIBE – Judges

Judges – Perseverance in Christianity (Passage: Judges 20) The tribe of Benjamin rebelled against the remaining eleven tribes of Israel and insinuated a civil war. The eleven tribes who remained united asked God for strategy to use against their rebel brothers, and he gave them some specific instructions to follow. However, the united Israel lost the battle because they failed to closely follow their God-given strategy. Meanwhile, they were not discouraged. They improved on how to follow...

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ADAM LOST SALVATION – Genesis

Genesis – Adam Lost Salvation Opportunity But Jesus Regained It (Passage: Genesis 1,2,3) God is the father of all creations. All things in existence listen to him, and they obey his instructions. However, God shared the same authority with Adam and Eve (first man and first woman) immediately after creation. Unfortunately, Adam and Eve lost their golden opportunity due to sin. However, Jesus Christ regains the same opportunity and he gives the privilege to his followers. Therefore, anyone...

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DISILLUSION OF GODDESS DIANA WORSHIPERS – Ephesians

Christianity Reigns Beyond Idolatry (Passage: Acts 19) Demetrius who cave materials for the shrine of goddess Diana at Ephesus insinuated uproar against God’s evangelists. The Ephesians supported Demetrius to defend their idols, and the chanted songs of praise to their goddess Diana (an idol) in protest against God’s evangelists and their gospel messages. The scripture reported, “When they found out that he (Alexander – one of the evangelist) was a Jew, all with one voice cried out for...

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MESSIAH WILL COME FROM GOD TO HELP THE WORLD – Isaiah

Isaiah – The Birth of Messiah Prophesied (Passage: Isaiah 7, 8) Prophet Isaiah prophesied God’s plan as stated, “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel” Isaiah 7:14 Believers Have Hope Beyond This World Jesus Christ was the Immanuel to be born as Isaiah prophesied. Truly, Christ was born to save the world from its sins. Through Jesus’ birth, death, and resurrection all people shall obtain eternal...

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CHURCH PEOPLE TO LOVE EACH OTHER – James

True Love Must Reign Among Christians (Passage: James 5) Christianity is all about love; therefore, whoever claims to be a good Christian must practice love. Children of God must love and care for each other. We must pray and minister to each other’s needs. Any physical or spiritual service that a Christian offers in absence of love is considered erratic, and it would not be rewarded by God. The scripture emphasized the importance of love when it stated, “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call...

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JESUS REBUKED STORM – Luke

Luke – Nature listen to Jesus Christ (Passage: Luke 8) Jesus Christ performed many healing miracles, and he raised dead people; however, he performed some unfamiliar miracles as well. The Son of God spoke against storm, and it obeyed! Luke reported, “Now it happened, on a certain day, that He got into a boat with His disciples. And He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side of the lake.” And they launched out. But as they sailed He fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake,...

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ISRAELITES MUST HAVE COURAGE – Deuteronomy

Deuteronomy – Children of God Must Maintain Confidence in God (Passage: Deuteronomy 20,21,22) God asked Israelites to demonstrate courage and not fear their enemies during battles. They must not fear their enemies that may outnumber them. Israelites must always remember God’s past faithfulness and have confidence for future victory. Israelites must remain strong in God. The same God who brought them out of Egypt and made them to successfully pass through the wilderness would win...

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JESUS COMMANDED HIS DISCIPLES TO PREACH GOSPEL – Luke 9

Luke – The Great Commission for Christians (Passage: Luke 9) Jesus Christ charged his disciples to preach gospel to all people. Christ sent out his disciples to preach; he also empowered them with the Holy Spirit to prosper in their spiritual activities. The followers of Jesus Christ will perform signs and wonders to bear witness to their gospel evangelism.   Luke reported,   “Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure...

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THE JUDGMENT OF GOD COMES – Joel

Christians to Proclaim God’s Salvation (Passage: Joel 2) God requires Christians to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ without hesitation. They must inform people about Jesus’ gift of salvation, and also enlighten people of God’s punishment that would come on unrepentant sinners. God stated through his prophet, “Blow the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble; for the day of the Lord is coming, for it is at hand” (Joel 2:1)....

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JESUS CHRIST LIVED BEFORE MANGER – John

Jesus Christ was in Existence before His Manger Birth (Passage: John 1) Jesus Christ the Son of God has been in existence before Mary physically gave birth to him at the manger. He was in existence before the creation of the earth. In fact, Christ witnessed inception of the earth, and he also played a part in its creation. The scripture attested, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him,...

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THE CHURCH TO LIVE IN PURITY OF JESUS – 1 Corinthians

1 Corinthians – Purity Means Everything To God (Passage: 1 Corinthians 7) Paul encouraged Corinthian Christians to maintain purity, and abstain from activities that can trap them into sexual immorality. Those who are ripe for marriage must do so to avoid sexual sins. Also, any adult who chooses to live unmarried should do so, and be sure to abstain from sexuality and maintain body purity. Paul wrote to the Corinthians (as it also applies to today’s Christians), “I suppose therefore that...

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SATAN FAILED IN HEAVEN – Isaiah

Isaiah – Satan Abused His Post and Lost Heavenly Home (Passage: Isaiah 14) The scripture described Satan as a traitor who wanted to usurp the position of God in heaven. He plotted a coup détat against God, but lost. Satan lost his mission attempt to overthrow God in heaven and was declared a looser. The traitor fell from grace, and Jehovah who is the master of all beings judged him immediately. Satan the Lucifer will be permanently hurl to hell fire on the last day. The scripture explained,...

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SYRIANS IDOLS FAILED TO EARN THEM VICTORY – 1 Kings

God Will Defend His Children Against Idol Worshipers (Passage: 1 Kings 20) A Syrian king and his army underestimated God and believed they could loathe his protective power. After local gods (idols) have failed to earn the Syrians their desired victory they concluded that God of Israelites must have been powerful on the hill sides where the battle took place. Therefore, Syrians decided to change strategy to attack Israelites in the plain land. Meanwhile, they also lost the battle to...

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