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John 15 Study: Abiding In Christ, 4of10, Evans Olang

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John 15:7-8, “7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples” 

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God’s will that we see in the Bible is His permissive or perfect will (1Thessalonians 4:3,  1Thessalonians 5:18, Psalm 143:10).  To discern the will of God we must KNOW, THINK, PRAY and ACT biblically. These two vs. will be our foundation, Romans 12:1-2, “1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship. 2 Do not CONFORM any longer to the pattern of this world, but be TRANSFORMED by the RENEWING of your mind. Then you will be able to TEST and APPROVE what God’s will is–his GOOD, PLEASING and PERFECT WILL”(NIV). CONFORMED is to act or be in accord or be in agreement with something, in this case the world (Psalm 1, Romans 8:7, Colossians 1:21). TRANSFORMED on the other hand is to change the nature, function or condition. Other word suitable is to convert. Read the rest of this entry »

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Experiencing God, Benjamen Leahey

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Luke 2:25-35, vs. “28 he took Him up in his arms and blessed God…”

This short verse speaks to us of Simeon, whose brief story is told in verses 25-35. He was a just and devout man, waiting, the scriptures teach, for the consolation of Israel. He was waiting for the promised Messiah, having received the promise in himself that he would not see death until he saw the Lord’s Christ. His story is brief, but important, as he gives us a great example of an individual who sought for Christ, and received Christ. No one told Simeon who this child was; he saw Him and knew immediately, that this child was all he ever sought for, and all he ever desired. He was all his joy, the culmination of his life, all he had ever done paled in comparison to this one moment, when he saw Jesus. Read the rest of this entry »