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DEALING WITH THE SIN OF RAVI

I am shocked and grieved at the revelation of the sin of Ravi Zacharias. Ravi was a hero of mine. His demeanor and his teaching had a great influence on my life. I am aware that all of us are broken. We all sin. I am also convinced that what Ravi taught and demonstrated was from God despite the sexual sin that overtook him. But I need to say that so far believing these things has not relieved my grief at all.…

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Added by David Young on March 5, 2021 at 3:28pm — No Comments

THE SIGN OF HIS IDENTITY

Antony moved secretly through the city. He was not exactly dressed like the Jews in the city, but he was fairly certain no one would recognize him as a Roman Centurion. Still, he was looking in every direction to avoid anyone he might know as he made his way to the home of a man named John. John already knew he was a Centurion. Antony would have to be wary of him. He was a leader in the group sometimes calling itself The Way. The rapid growth of the followers of Jesus…

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Added by David Young on February 25, 2021 at 5:25pm — No Comments

THE SIGN OF HIS HOLINESS

We came away from our study with Miriam stunned. For months several of us had been gathering at her home for study. Each week she would talk about something Jesus said. One of us might be puzzling over something Peter or one of the other apostles said about Jesus at the temple where the church was meeting. She explained and helped us see Him like we never had before. We always came away loving Jesus more than we could ever have…

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Added by David Young on February 10, 2021 at 6:20pm — 1 Comment

THE FREEWILL OF MAN

THE FREEWILL OF MAN

Some years ago I was fellowshipping with a group of pastors. One of them spoke of a common belief that I did not think could be found in the Bible. As a joke I said, “Do you have a favorite Scripture on that?” He had a great answer. “I think that is in the same place that teaches the freewill of man.” And you can look throughout the Bible and not find a direct statement of the freewill of man.…

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Added by David Young on February 5, 2021 at 2:56pm — No Comments

HIS MIRACULOUS TEACHING

The Feast of Booths had begun before Jesus arrived in Jerusalem. He hid in the crowds listening to the people, discerning what His Father was doing in their hearts. Right in the middle of the celebration He went up into the temple and began to teach. His authority was so obvious that no one challenged him. They marveled at His teaching. 

They said, “How has this man come to know so much without studying in…

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Added by David Young on January 29, 2021 at 3:56pm — No Comments

IF YOU DO THESE THINGS

After the large group of disciples deserted him Jesus ministered only in Galilee for some time. He did not go at all into Judea because the Jewish hierarchy were threatening to kill him. With the Feast of Booths at hand Jesus went back to his childhood home in Nazareth. There he found his brothers and sisters and their families gathered. His oldest brother, Joseph, welcomed him. 

“Jesus! We are glad to see you. We…

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Added by David Young on January 21, 2021 at 1:32pm — No Comments

JESUS KNOWS

(It has been 4 weeks since I posted one of these stories based upon the signs of Jesus recorded in the Gospel of John. This story is actually a continuation of a supposed gathering of the disciples who were at table when Jesus first instituted the Lord’s Supper, now a full year later.)

We sat together for a while after we had eaten, all of us reluctant to leave the fellowship.…

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Added by David Young on January 13, 2021 at 1:04pm — 1 Comment

SPIRITUAL DISCERNMENT

 

In John 7:25 Jesus said,

“Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgement.”

I am not addressing these remarks to everyone. But some of you will allow God to lead you deeper into His holiness.

  • Holy thinking begins by discerning your own heart.

We all need to…

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Added by David Young on January 7, 2021 at 1:45pm — 1 Comment

RIGHT JUDGMENT

RIGHT JUDGMENT

Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgement.”

John 7:25

I am struck by the rendition of Philippians 4:5 in the e.s.v.…

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Added by David Young on January 2, 2021 at 9:47pm — No Comments

WE ARE ALL GULLIBLE AT DIFFERENT POINTS

WE ARE ALL GULLIBLE AT DIFFERENT POINTS





















I have recently been enthralled by some of the writing of Rachel Held Evans. She has written some powerful…
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Added by David Young on June 16, 2020 at 12:04pm — No Comments

THE SECRET OF COURAGE







One of the most courageous actions recorded in Scripture is found as Joseph of Arimathea going to ask for the body of Jesus. It does not take much imagination to understand what Joseph must have been thinking when he considered going to Pilate. He must have known he would lose his place on the Sanhedrin and in society by doing that. He had to have considered the fact that connecting himself to a condemned criminal might cost him his life as…

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Added by David Young on June 5, 2020 at 5:38pm — No Comments

DO YOU SAY SO





Some years ago I heard a Muslim man in a question and answer time with Ravi Zacharias say Jesus never claimed to be the Son of God.



That is not true. A case in point is found in Matthew 16. When Simon Peter said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God,” Jesus did not just say Peter was right, He said flesh and blood had not shown Peter this. Our Lord’s Father in Heaven revealed it to Peter. Jesus had first asked His disciples who…

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Added by David Young on June 4, 2020 at 10:33pm — No Comments

WHY DO YOU ASK MY NAME?

WHY DO YOU ASK MY NAME?





One of my favorite events in scripture is the night Jacob wrestled with God. I don't believe you find anything like this in any religious teaching other than the Bible. The God who created the universe humbles Himself to wrestle with a man. The story is in Genesis 32.



Jacob feared that he and his family would be attacked by his brother, Esau, and…

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Added by David Young on May 26, 2020 at 11:59am — No Comments

THE SIN OF THE CHURCH

What sin is enveloping the church in these days?





Any sin is serious. And God's people are not immune to the enemy’s temptations, although we are given armor against them. To some extent, it is not unusual for God’s people to be sucked into whatever sin dominates our culture. But those who desire to be godly will seek deliverance from the sin of the world around us.



The sin that is shaking our country is slander. It is prevalent on…

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Added by David Young on May 17, 2020 at 11:41am — No Comments

KEYS TO SCRIPTURE MEMORY





God has helped me a great deal with these four keys to memorizing Scripture. You too will find them helpful, especially if you are trying to commit large portions of Scripture to memory. They are to Slow DownCalm DownFocus, and Pray. God gave me these things in the struggle to…

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Added by David Young on May 10, 2020 at 6:39pm — No Comments

HOW TO YOU WORK FOR SUCCESS?















I am writing especially to you who are pastors, but much of what I have to say will apply to any believer in Jesus Christ. I suspect that much of what is pressed upon us by the church growth movement and its widely accepted continuations are little more than superstition. Some of these things remind me of the labors of Jacob in the 30th chapter of…

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Added by David Young on May 3, 2020 at 4:36pm — No Comments

DEVELOPING THE SOUL OF A WRITER

DEVELOPING THE SOUL OF A WRITER





While this quarantine is difficult for people all over the world, it is not quite as hard on writers. I do not simply mean that people need our reading material to fill the time. Writers need solitude to write. While many of us have had to learn to write in the midst of the hubbub, it always helps to be alone. This doesn't mean…

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Added by David Young on April 19, 2020 at 2:14pm — No Comments

PRAYING DEEP IN THE WORD OF GOD

PRAYING DEEP IN GOD’S WORD

Prayerfully Memorizing Scripture

There is a sense in which the most important part of a tree is its root system. The stability and nourishment of a tree come from its roots. And, of course, the roots grow more slowly than the branches. So it is with our spiritual lives.

For this reason and others, I recommend Scripture memory as a discipline of…

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Added by David Young on April 6, 2020 at 7:41pm — No Comments

WAITING IN PRAYER





What do you do when you have to wait a long time for something to happen? With the quarantine over Covid19 many of us are finding more time on our hands than ever before. Waiting can be difficult, almost painful. Many years ago, I served as a student summer missionary in Uganda. Possibly the most striking difference between the East African culture and the one I grew up in, was that people had little concept of hurry. I used to joke that I sometimes needed to get…

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Added by David Young on March 31, 2020 at 8:02pm — No Comments

SELAH







Selah is not translated in our English Bibles. We just have the transliteration of the Hebrew word. But if you follow its usage, you can get a good grip on its meaning. It is used at the end of each stanza of Psalm 46. I have italicized it for you.



“God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.…
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Added by David Young on March 18, 2020 at 5:43pm — 1 Comment

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