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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

BEHOLD!





We seldom use the word behold in common speech. But it is a crucial word in Scripture and an essential concept for our spiritual lives. I could have posted this on my thinking in the Spirit blog, but particularly because of the passage I have chosen, I…

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Added by David Young on March 9, 2020 at 1:32pm — No Comments

THE ANCHOR OF THE SOUL

(Adapted from HOPE, The Anchor of The Soul)

The Anchor of Perspective

Understanding that Jesus really rose from the dead has transformed the lives of people who have followed Him down through the ages. They could minister in the midst of plagues at the risk of their lives. They gladly died to help their neighbors, and loved ones, and people they didn’t even know. They were willing to stand for the Bible and the truth of the gospel even…

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Added by David Young on February 21, 2020 at 9:03pm — No Comments

SPIRITUAL CHILDISHNESS

I believe this is the most important truth that God has pressed upon me in the past few years. I wrote a book that was never published, titled, SPIRITUAL INTELLIGENCE. I abandoned that book because God convicted me that part of my purpose in writing it was to say, “I am smart.” I am still plumbing the depth of that wickedness. In addition to and because of my pride, the focus of about half of that book was wrong. I would rather write something on Spiritual…

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Added by David Young on February 12, 2020 at 7:09pm — No Comments

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