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God’s Love Is Everlasting – Forever

Psalm 136:1

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.

Life ChangeIt is often debated – whether something is good or not in our lives. For instance – if you asked me a few years ago what was good – I might have said – lemon meringue pie – or peanut butter moose track ice cream. These days I can’t have either (often if at all) and have had to turn them down (I’m still trying to lose some weight for a variety of reason). Some might say – my marriage is good – or my children are good – or my favorite team is good.

School is entering the home stretch for some seniors in High School – the spring season for sports is upon us. You might think your entire school is good. It might be your school’s band that you think is good. Some of us might even say our community is good. What or who do you think is good?

The ultimate good – according to Scripture and the personal experience from many of us – is the love of God. All things we consider good are temporal – they do not last. But the love of God endures forever – it is everlasting. Continue reading

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Rejoicing At Christmas Time

Romans 5:3-5

3Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

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As Christmas comes – rejoicing is something we should practice. Rejoicing at Christmas Time is very important – because it is a season for rejoicing.

The scriptures are filled with passages about rejoicing. I sense a need to remind us – our congregation and our readers – of the need to rejoice in the Lord. At times life can pile up on us and we need to release and rejoice. We need to rejoice in all seasons of life. God is good – all the time – and all the time – God is good!

Has the unexpected ever happened in your life? I bet the answer is yes. The unexpected – by definition – would be when something happens when we least expect it. Like a baseball pitcher who can throw a curve ball in a fastball count – catching the batter off guard (sorry but I can’t wait for baseball season).

We try to be prepared for every contingency in life – but some times we are caught off guard. I just celebrated the life of a seemingly healthy 47 year-old who suddenly died. It caught his family completely by surprise.

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God Cannot Be Tempted by Evil

James 1:13-15

13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

Today we will continue to look at the above passage zeroing in on for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone.

We typed a little Monday about all of us being tempted.  Yesterday we typed about God not tempting us – while God is all about protecting us from temptation (Ephesians 6:10-18 – the Armor of God).  Today as we move forward we will type a little about God not being tempted by evil and again about God not tempting anyone.

1 Corinthians 10:13 – No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

The first part I want to highlight in this passage is that God is faithful.  God is good – God is trustworthy – God is good to God’s word.  God cannot be good and fall to temptation.  I am using good in the Biblical sense here – perfect.

Luke 18:19 – “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good — except God alone.

Isaiah 64:6 – All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.

God is good and so God cannot be tempted – but we can be tempted.  So God provides not only the armor of God to protect us – but God provides a way out of any temptation – he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

I love this promise from God.  I don’t always avail myself of this promise – but I love it.  A good and faithful God has promised to protect me from temptation and has promised to give me a way out of any tempting situation.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

Tomorrow we will continue the study of James 1:13-15 by looking at but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.

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