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October 2019

Training in Righteousness
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Training in Righteousness

We conclude our study of the character and benefits of God’s Word by focusing on the benefit that ties all the others together—training in righteousness. Everything the Word accomplishes in you through teaching, reproof, and correction is aimed at increasing your righteousness, so you’ll “be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:17, NIV). Keep Reading

Increasing Your Spiritual Strength
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Increasing Your Spiritual Strength

If you’re a gardening buff, you know that skillful pruning promotes the overall growth and productivity of a plant. Jesus assumed His audience knew as much when He said, “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you” (John 15:1-3). Keep Reading

Reproving Sinful Conduct
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Reproving Sinful Conduct

Paul instructed Timothy to “preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction” (2 Tim. 4:2). He knew a time was coming when many people would reject sound doctrine and, “wanting to have their ears tickled, [would] accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires; and . . . turn away their ears from the truth, and will turn aside to myths” (vv. 3-4). Keep Reading

Avoiding Spiritual Deception
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Avoiding Spiritual Deception

In November of 1978, United States Representative Leo Ryan of California visited the People’s Temple (a California-based cult) in Guyana. He went to investigate reports that some of the people were being held there against their will. The world was soon shocked to learn that the congressman and his party had been ambushed and killed. Keep Reading

Learning Truth
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Learning Truth

This month we’ve considered many benefits of Scripture. Second Timothy 3:16 lists four more that will be the focus of our studies as we draw this month to a close: teaching truth, reproving sin and error, correcting behavior, and training in righteousness. We’ve touched on each of those to some extent in our past studies, but they warrant additional discussion from this verse, which is Scripture’s most concise statement on its own power and purpose. Keep Reading

Passing on a Godly Heritage
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Passing on a Godly Heritage

Not long ago I met with a group of Christian leaders to consider several candidates for a significant ministry position. During our meeting it dawned on me that each candidate’s father was a prominent pastor. Each candidate had grown up in a family that daily taught and exemplified Biblical truth. Keep Reading

Heeding God’s Warnings
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Heeding God’s Warnings

Psalm 19:11 concludes David’s hymn on the sufficiency of Scripture. How appropriate that it ends noting the value of God’s warning, because guarding His people against temptation, sin, error, foolishness, false teachers, and every other threat to their spiritual well-being is a major concern to God. Keep Reading

Desiring God’s Word
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Desiring God’s Word

I have a friend who has a beautiful collection of rare Bibles. My favorite is one of the earliest printed copies, dating back to sixteenth-century England. The first time I held it in my hands I noticed that the top third of every page was covered with a dark stain. Tears filled my eyes when I realized it was from the blood of its original owner. Keep Reading

The Source of Righteousness
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The Source of Righteousness

The inability of human wisdom to produce right living was reaffirmed in my thinking as I read a contemporary psychiatrist’s book on how to overcome depression. The doctor’s first suggestion was to shout “Cancel!” every time you have a negative thought. She also recommended playing a tape recording of positive messages while you sleep at night and listening to positive music during the day. Keep Reading

Fearing God
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Fearing God

In the Old Testament, to fear God was to view Him with reverential awe and to bow to His sovereign authority. In Psalm 34 David wrote, “Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Who is the man who desires life, and loves length of days that he may see good? Keep Reading

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