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August 2019

Rejecting the World
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Rejecting the World

Loving the world begins with thinking that God doesn’t know what’s best for you and is trying to cheat you out of something you deserve. That thought soon blossoms into a willingness to disregard God’s warnings altogether and take whatever Satan has to offer. Keep Reading

The Love God Hates
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The Love God Hates

Satan, from the very beginning of his rebellious activities, has been developing an invisible spiritual system of evil designed to oppose God and enslave people to sin. The Apostle John identified that system as “the world” and warned us not to love it. Keep Reading

Seven Things God Hates
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Seven Things God Hates

God hates sin in any form, but Proverbs 6:17-19 lists seven that are especially loathsome to Him. First is “haughty eyes” (v. 17), which pictures a proud and arrogant person with his nose in the air and his eyes uplifted. The pride in his heart is reflected in his mannerisms. Keep Reading

Holy Hatred
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Holy Hatred

After spending this month exploring fifteen characteristics of godly love, it might seem odd to shift suddenly to the topic of hatred. Additionally, “holy hatred” will sound like a contradiction in terms to those who view all hatred as evil. But love and hate are inseparable. You can’t truly love something and be complacent about the things that oppose or threaten it. Keep Reading

The Triumph of Love
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The Triumph of Love

Endurance is the final characteristic of love that Paul mentions in this passage. The Greek word translated “endures” is a military term that speaks of being positioned in the middle of a violent battle. It refers not to withstanding minor annoyances but to incredible opposition—without ceasing to love. Keep Reading

Hoping in God
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Hoping in God

Even when faith falters, hope comes to the rescue. It is that long rope that keeps us linked to the sovereignty and power of God. Keep Reading

Expecting the Best
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Expecting the Best

In Luke 15 Jesus tells a parable about a father who had two sons. The younger son asked for his share of the family inheritance, then left home and squandered it on sinful pursuits. When he realized his folly, he decided to return home and ask his father’s forgiveness. So “he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him, and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him, and kissed him. Keep Reading

Forgiving Others
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Forgiving Others

It is reported that when the Moravian missionaries first went to the Eskimos, they couldn’t find a word in that language for forgiveness. They had to combine a series of shorter words into one compound word: Issumagijoujungnainermik. Although the word appears formidable, its meaning is beautiful: “Not being able to think about it anymore.” Keep Reading

Godly Anger versus Selfish Anger
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Godly Anger versus Selfish Anger

The great eighteenth-century preacher and theologian Jonathan Edwards had a daughter with an uncontrollable temper. When a young man asked Dr. Edwards for his daughter’s hand in marriage, he said no. The young man was crushed. “But I love her, and she loves me,” he pleaded. “That makes no difference,” Edwards replied; “she isn’t worthy of you.” “But she is a Christian, isn’t she?” the young man argued. “Yes,” said Edwards, “but the grace of God can live with some people with whom no one else could ever live.” Keep Reading

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The Generosity of Love

From the time of Adam and Eve, replacing God with self has been at the root of all sin. Our first parents had only one restriction: “From the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you shall surely die” (Gen. 2:17). But Eve believed the serpent’s lie that God was trying to keep her from realizing her full potential (Gen. 3:5). She ate the forbidden fruit and gave some to Adam, and together they plunged the human race into sin and death. Keep Reading

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