A Time to Be Renewed LOVE YOUR ENEMIES

Nowhere did the Law teach hatred for one’s enemies. For example, Exodus 23:4 indicates just the opposite: “If thou meet thine enemy’s ox or his ass going astray, thou shalt surely bring it back to him again.” Jesus defined our enemies as those who curse us, hate us, and exploit...

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A Time to Be Renewed IS DOCTRINE DULL

The successful Christian learns the vocabulary of the Spirit and makes use of it. He knows the meaning of justification, sanctification, adoption, propitiation, election, inspiration, and so forth. In understanding God’s vocabulary, we come to understand God’s Word and God’s will for our lives. If the engineering student can grasp...

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A Time to Be Renewed DO YOU QUALIFY

Not every believer is equipped to establish other Christians in the faith. Ideally, every Christian should be mature enough to help others grow in the Lord and learn to stand on their own two feet. Unfortunately, some Christians are like those described in Hebrews 5:11-14. They have gone backward in...

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A Time to Be Renewed TURN THE OTHER CHEEK

The original Law kept people from forcing the offender to pay a greater price than the offense deserved. It also prevented people from taking personal revenge. Jesus replaced a law with an attitude: Be willing to suffer loss yourself rather than cause another to suffer. Of course, He applied this...

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A Time to Be Renewed POWER WITHIN

While flying back to Chicago from upper New York via New York City, we had to stay in our holding pattern over Kennedy Airport for more than an hour. When the stewardess announced that we would be landing an hour late, a man across the aisle shouted, “Bring out the...

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