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  • “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 (NKJV)

    I came to Jesus as I was, weary, and worn and sad;
    I found in Him a resting place, and He has made me glad.
    Horatius Bonar

  • The Haughty vs. the Humble

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    There is a dangerous trap that Christians can susceptible to, that can destroy both our relationship to Christ and our witness to others. When we hold on to pride, we do not have a teachable and loving attitude. In one of his parables, Jesus described that it was not outside things that defiled a person, but what came out of one’s heart. He said:

    “There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man.

    “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:

    “All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.”

    —Mark 7:15, 21-23 (emphasis added)

    So Jesus identifies pride as evil or at least leading to evil, and in the same category that we…

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    The Liar

    “The serpent said to the woman, ‘You surely will not die!'” Genesis 3:4 (NASB)
    The serpent accused God of lying. Why didn’t the woman stop listening at that point? God’s Word is true; He cannot lie (Titus 1:2). Satan, on the other hand, “is a liar, and the father of it” (John 8:44). He seeks to contradict whatever God has said. But Eve kept on listening; and to this very day liars are denying the Word of God, and uncounted thousands of unwary people are listening to and liking what the liars have to say. All the attacks directed toward the Bible come down to the issue of truth: can we trust what God has said? Is He telling the truth, or is He lying? Satan will cast any amount of doubt he can on this matter, just as he did with Eve.
    The Word of God is under relentless assault by unbelievers. Shortsighted scholars claim to find inaccuracies within its pages. Entertainers mock its teachings. Many religious leaders substitute human philosophies for its eternal truths. Under such circumstances, believers cannot afford to be halfhearted in their defense of God’s Word. If we believe the Bible is divine truth, unchanging and unchangeable, we must say so. If we are convinced that human beings have no right to deny what God has affirmed, we must say so. If we realize that anti-Scriptural doctrines endanger the immortal souls of men, women, and children, we must label such doctrines as lies. Let us imitate the apostle Paul, who declared, “Let God be true, but every man a liar” (Romans 3:4).

    The Gospel According To Jesus – Part 76

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    “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone. He gave five bags of silver to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last–dividing it in proportion to their abilities. He then left on his trip.
    The servant who received the five bags of silver began to invest the money and earned five more. The servant with two bags of silver also went to work and earned two more. But the servant who received the one bag of silver dug a hole in the ground and hid the master’s money.
    After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money. The servant to whom he entrusted the five bags of silver came forward with five more bags and said, ‘Master, you gave me five bags of silver to invest, and I earned five more.’
    The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’
    The servant who had received the two bags of silver came forward and said, ‘Master, you gave me two bags of silver to invest, and I have earned two more.’
    The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’
    Then the servant with the one bag of silver came and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn’t plant and gathering crops you didn’t cultivate. I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.’
    But the master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! If you knew I harvested crops I didn’t plant and gathered crops I didn’t cultivate, why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.’
    Then he ordered, ‘Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver. To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away. Now throw this useless servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'”
    Matthew 25:14-30 (NLT)

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