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How to Meditate on Scripture

letting the Word of God dwell in our lives
The words of Scripture are living words. (See Hebrews 4:12.) They contain eternal wisdom held in the shell of human words. God wants us to “break open” these human words and begin to discover the rich wealth of personal application and understanding that they hold.

Why Does God Let Bad Things Happen?

how to avoid the trap of bitterness
Have you ever wondered, Why did God let me suffer that injury? lose my job? have a car accident? forget that appointment? have a fight with my spouse? let my parents get divorced? let me be born with a defect?

Rekindling Your “First Love” for the Lord

remember, repent, and do the “first works”
When a person receives Christ as his Savior, he experiences the delight of “first love” for the Lord. God’s Spirit witnesses with his spirit that he is a child of God (see Romans 8:16), and this newfound relationship brings great joy and freedom.

Scripture Meditation

realizing, reflecting on, and responding to God’s truth
The Bible offers numerous insights into Scripture meditation. Learning what God’s Word has to say about it is essential to comprehending the topic.

God’s Gift of Salvation

sin and judgment meet grace and mercy
Have you ever taken something that did not belong to you, told a lie, or envied someone’s possessions? What about hating another person or harboring a lustful heart? When we are honest, each of us will admit to doing wrong things.

Engraft God’s Word Into Your Life

the importance of meditating on the Word of God
Have you experienced the futility of trying to produce spiritual fruit by your own efforts? If you redirect your energies to “engraft” Scripture into your life and meditate on it day and night, God’s Word will successfully bear good fruit in your life.

God’s Sovereignty Over Evil Actions

scriptural examples of finding God at work amid suffering
A key to forgiving your offender is realizing that God can work through your suffering to accomplish His purposes in your life. Ultimately, God is in control.

Freedom From Bondage

deliverance from hidden moral failure
Growing up, I had the typical “Leave It to Beaver” family. Mom stayed at home and made sure dinner was on the table at 5:30 when Dad walked through the door. I had one brother, one sister, and everything I could ask for—loving parents, a warm home, and all my needs met.

What Is Courtship?

understand how courtship differs from dating
Courtship is a relationship between a man and a woman in which they seek to determine if it is God’s will for them to marry each other.

Exhorting: A Spiritual Gift

Exhorting: A Spiritual Gift
A Christian’s motivational spiritual gift represents what God does in him to shape his perspective on life and motivate his words and actions.

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