S172P3 – Lost opportunities: seeing the real prize

1Sam. 17:23‭-‬25 Then as he talked with them, there was the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, coming up from the armies of the Philistines; and he spoke according to the same words.  So David heard them.  And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him and were…

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S172P2 – Lost opportunities: sharing in God’s compassion

Jon. 4:6‭-‬11 And the Lord God prepared a plant and made it come up over Jonah, that it might be shade for his head to deliver him from his misery. So Jonah was very grateful for the plant. But as morning dawned the next day God prepared a worm, and it so damaged the plant…

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The ark of salvation

Before Jesus Christ came to Earth to fulfill the requirement for our eternal redemption, many pictures of salvation were painted in scripture by the hand of God as He saved his people in one way or another.  One of these pictures occurred very early in our history when the Lord saved Noah, his family, and…

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S172P1 – Lost opportunities: working for God now

Mt. 26:44‭-‬46 So He left them, went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words. Then He came to His disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let…

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S171P10 – The proverbial good friend: filling the gap

Pro. 27:10 Do not forsake your own friend or your father’s friend, nor go to your brother’s house in the day of your calamity; better is a neighbor nearby than a brother far away. Regardless of one’s culture, the instutution of family carries some common characteristics for all.  This might escape us in our modern…

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S171P9 – The proverbial good friend: given to self-control

Pro. 22:24-25 Make no friendship with a man given to anger, nor go with a wrathful man, lest you learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare. This particular translation of these verses gives us a bit more insight into the kind of person we need to avoid in friendship.  Other translations refer to…

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The Lord’s joy

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-hdzy8-1377883 The joy of the Lord is to be our strength, but what is it?  Have we experienced it?  Can we define it?  We certainly need his joy in this world, and if it is a source of our strength, then we must know how to find it.

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S171P8 – The proverbial good friend: a sharpening tool

Pro. 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend. My countenance is my face.  When I come to someone else’s mind, I expect that it is similar to when others come to my mind.  Thinking of the image of a person, we think of the person’s face.  After all,…

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S171P7 – The proverbial good friend: the pleasure of good counsel

Pro. 27:9 Ointment and perfume delight the heart, and the sweetness of a man’s friend gives delight by hearty counsel. I think we all know that scents and smells have the power to change one’s mood.  For example, the aroma of fresh cookies baking in the oven can put a smile on anyone’s face.  Likewise,…

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S171P6 – The proverbial good friend: wary of division

Pro. 16:28A perverse man sows strife, and a whisperer separates the best of friends. People become friends because they have something in common. When I was a child, my friends were the kids who liked to play the games I liked to play. In middle school and high school, my friends and I shared the…

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