The Weekly Word

Religion

** Stephen A. Brown, Marketplace Ministries, inc.

We see the outward appearance of a person, but God sees inside; the heart of the matter. Woodrow Kroll wrote, “The heart of the problem is the problem with the heart.” Matthew 15:19, “For out of the heart proceed evil . . .”  Born-again believers have a new heart. Ezekiel 36:26, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you. . .”  2 Corinthians 5:17, “If anyone is a Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

Weekly Word

Religion

** Stephen A. Brown, Marketplace Ministries, inc.

Topic: Best Laid Plans
Connie ten Boom wrote, “God has no problems, only plans.”      Jesus said in this world  we would have trouble (problems).              He completed His statement with words of encouragement; He has overcome this world. If we find ourselves overcome by life, read Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. Plans for good, and not evil; plans for a future and hope.”

The Weekly Word

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John 9:25, ” . . . I was blind, now I see.” John Newton’s song, AMAZING GRACE, incorporates these words. An eye exam revealed   I had cataracts that impaired my vision. Surgery removed them; implant lenses provided sharper images, and brighter colors. There’s one sight medical science cannot restore: Spiritual Insight. Wisdom (James 1:5) comes by way of The Word. I’ll close with these song lyrics, “I can see clearly now.”

The Weekly Word

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2 Timothy 3:12, “All who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.” So much for the feel good preachers. Here’s reality: David Jeremiah wrote, “God is at work in our lives, even when we’re being pressured or persecuted for our faith. Don’t be intimidated by the world; be motivated by the Word.”

The Weekly Word

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In the T.V. episodes of THE GOOD PLACE, people die and arrive in a good place where they believe if they become a better person, they earn the privilege of staying. Nice try Hollywood, but no re-takes. Ephesians 2:8, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.”

The Weekly Word

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Written and Submitted By: Stephen A. Brown, Marketplace Ministries, inc.

1 Thessalonians 5:8 (paraphrase) Let those of us who live in the light wear faith and love, and a helmet of hope. I read about a couple who discovered in an attic trunk, the torn, dirt and blood stained jersey of pro football running back Gayle Sayers of the Chicago Bears. The wife remembered that her dad has season tickets during that time, but didn’t know how he got the jersey. It was valued at $30,000; the appraiser explained the battering this jersey took made it more valuable. Battered believers are valued by God for we have been hit multiple times, but get up to run another play.

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