Bereans: A Dying Breed

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“Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.” – Acts 17:10-11 (NKJV)

The good people of Berea “received the word” and “searched the scriptures daily.” Such people are a rare, dying breed today. Most of us aren’t like the Bereans. Spiritually, we’re too lazy.

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Bible and candleWe don’t study the Bible for ourselves. We expect others to do it for us instead. That’s why books and devotionals about the Bible, both in print and online, are trendy today. Popular Bible teachers for women include Kay Arthur, Anne Graham Lotz, Beth Moore, and Priscilla Shirer. John McArthur, John Piper, R. C. Sproul, and Chuck Swindoll are…

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Valiant for the Truth

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holy spirit word dove God is true.* So are his ways and judgment (Romans 2:2, Revelation 15:3, 16:7). Jesus Christ is the living Word of God (John 1:1-3). His Word and laws are true (17:17, Psalm 119:160, Nehemiah 9:13, Malachi 2:6, 2 Corinthians 6:7, 2 Timothy 2:15). Heaven and earth shall pass away, but the Word of truth is eternal (Matthew 24:35).

God desires truth on the inside (Psalm 51:6). His Word tells us to buy truth (Proverbs 23:23), speak truth in our hearts (Psalm 15:2), keep our minds on what is true (Philippians 4:8), worship him in truth (John 4:24), and be “valiant for the truth” (Jeremiah 9:3). So where is our loyalty? When we see truth “fallen in the streets,” why don’t we stand and speak (Isaiah 59:14)? If we really love Jesus, then we will love, obey, and defend his Word of truth at all costs.

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Wrestling Prayer (Part 20)

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Prayer — “Until you learn that life is war, you don’t know what prayer is for.” ~John Piper

“Wrestling prayer can wonders do,
Bring relief in deepest straits;
Prayer can force a passage through
Iron bars and brazen gates.”
~John Newton

We started this series talking about Paul’s “thorn in the flesh” (2 Corinthians 12:7) and the fact that he prayed about it only three times. Most of us would not have quit praying that soon. But God had answered Paul, saying, “My grace is sufficient for you; My strength is made perfect in weakness” (12:9). So, we assume that Paul, the apostle who told us to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17), accepted God’s answer and gave up. Continue reading

Wrestling Prayer (Part 19)

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Prayer — “Until you learn that life is war, you don’t know what prayer is for.” ~John Piper

“Wrestling prayer can wonders do,
Bring relief in deepest straits;
Prayer can force a passage through
Iron bars and brazen gates.”
~John Newton

We started this series talking about Paul’s “thorn in the flesh” (2 Corinthians 12:7) and the fact that he prayed about it only three times. Most of us would not have quit praying that soon. But God had answered Paul, saying, “My grace is sufficient for you; My strength is made perfect in weakness” (12:9). So, we assume that Paul, the apostle who told us to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17), accepted God’s answer and gave up. Continue reading

Wrestling Prayer (Part 18)

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Prayer — “Until you learn that life is war, you don’t know what prayer is for.” ~John Piper

“Wrestling prayer can wonders do,
Bring relief in deepest straits;
Prayer can force a passage through
Iron bars and brazen gates.”
~John Newton

We started this series talking about Paul’s “thorn in the flesh” (2 Corinthians 12:7) and the fact that he prayed about it only three times. Most of us would not have quit praying that soon. But God had answered Paul, saying, “My grace is sufficient for you; My strength is made perfect in weakness” (12:9). So, we assume that Paul, the apostle who told us to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17), accepted God’s answer and gave up. Continue reading

Wrestling Prayer (Part 17)

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Prayer — “Until you learn that life is war, you don’t know what prayer is for.” ~John Piper

“Wrestling prayer can wonders do,
Bring relief in deepest straits;
Prayer can force a passage through
Iron bars and brazen gates.”
~John Newton

We started this series talking about Paul’s “thorn in the flesh” (2 Corinthians 12:7) and the fact that he prayed about it only three times. Most of us would not have quit praying that soon. But God had answered Paul, saying, “My grace is sufficient for you; My strength is made perfect in weakness” (12:9). So, we assume that Paul, the apostle who told us to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17), accepted God’s answer and gave up. Continue reading

Wrestling Prayer (Part 16)

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Prayer“Until you learn that life is war, you don’t know what prayer is for.” ~John Piper

“Wrestling prayer can wonders do,
Bring relief in deepest straits;
Prayer can force a passage through
Iron bars and brazen gates.”
~John Newton

We started this series talking about Paul’s “thorn in the flesh” (2 Corinthians 12:7) and the fact that he prayed about it only three times. Most of us would not have quit praying that soon. But God had answered Paul, saying, “My grace is sufficient for you; My strength is made perfect in weakness” (12:9). So, we assume that Paul, the apostle who told us to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17), accepted God’s answer and gave up. Continue reading

Wrestling Prayer (Part 15)

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Prayer“Until you learn that life is war, you don’t know what prayer is for.” ~John Piper

“Wrestling prayer can wonders do,
Bring relief in deepest straits;
Prayer can force a passage through
Iron bars and brazen gates.”
~John Newton

We started this series talking about Paul’s “thorn in the flesh” (2 Corinthians 12:7) and the fact that he prayed about it only three times. Most of us would not have quit praying that soon. But God had answered Paul, saying, “My grace is sufficient for you; My strength is made perfect in weakness” (12:9). So, we assume that Paul, the apostle who told us to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17), accepted God’s answer and gave up. Continue reading

Wrestling Prayer (Part 14)

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Prayer“Until you learn that life is war, you don’t know what prayer is for.” ~John Piper

“Wrestling prayer can wonders do,
Bring relief in deepest straits;
Prayer can force a passage through
Iron bars and brazen gates.”
~John Newton

We started this series talking about Paul’s “thorn in the flesh” (2 Corinthians 12:7) and the fact that he prayed about it only three times. Most of us would not have quit praying that soon. But God had answered Paul, saying, “My grace is sufficient for you; My strength is made perfect in weakness” (12:9). So, we assume that Paul, the apostle who told us to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17), accepted God’s answer and gave up. Continue reading

Wrestling Prayer (Part 13)

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Prayer“Until you learn that life is war, you don’t know what prayer is for.” ~John Piper

“Wrestling prayer can wonders do,
Bring relief in deepest straits;
Prayer can force a passage through
Iron bars and brazen gates.”
~John Newton

We started this series talking about Paul’s “thorn in the flesh” (2 Corinthians 12:7) and the fact that he prayed about it only three times. Most of us would not have quit praying that soon. But God had answered Paul, saying, “My grace is sufficient for you; My strength is made perfect in weakness” (12:9). So, we assume that Paul, the apostle who told us to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17), accepted God’s answer and gave up. Continue reading

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