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If the first version that you try to read is difficult to understand check for another version of the same study on this site that might be easier to read. If you want more information about the study that has a question in the title read the verses around the Question and Answer in the Bible. The same goes for all the formats of sharing the gospel messages on this site.
Isaiah 55:11 TLB so also is my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It shall accomplish all I want it to and prosper everywhere I send it
2 Timothy 3:16-17 TLB The whole Bible was given to us by inspiration of God and is useful to teach us what is true and make us realize what is wrong in our lives; it strengthens us out and helps us do what is right.
It is God’s way of making us well prepared at every point, fully equipped to do good to everyone.
2 Peter 1:19-21 TLB So we have seen and proved that what the prophets said came true. You will do well to pay close attention to everything they have written, for, like lights shining into dark corners, their words help us to understand many things that otherwise would be dark and difficult. But when you consider the wonderful truth of the prophets’ words, then the light will dawn in your souls and Christ the Morning Star will shine in your hearts.
For no prophesy recorded in Scripture was ever thought up by the prophet himself.
It was the Holy Spirit within these godly men who gave them true messages from God.
How to hear and understand the Gospel
Job 38:1-3 TLB Then the LORD answered Job from the whirlwind;
Why are you using your ignorance to deny my providence?
Now get ready to fight, for I am going to demand some answers from you, and you must reply.
Job 40:6-7 TLB Then the Lord spoke to Job again from the whirlwind;
“Stand up like a man and brace yourself for battle. Let me ask you a question, and give me the answer.
Job 42:4-7 TLB You said, ‘Listen and I will speak! Let me put the question to you! See if you can answer them!’
“But now I say,’ ‘I had heard about you before, but know I have seen you,
and I loathe myself and repent in dust and ashes.'”
Therefore I relent and find comfort on dust and ashes.
After the LORD had finished speaking with Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite: “I am angry with you and with your two friends, for you have not been right in what you have said about me, as my servant Job was.
Romans 10:14-17 TLB But how shall they ask him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?
And how will anyone go and tell them unless someone sends him? That is what the Scriptures are talking about when they say, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the Gospel of peace with God and bring glad tidings of good things.” In other words, how welcome are those who come preaching God’s Good News!
But not everyone who hears the Good News has welcomed it, for Isaiah the prophet said, “Lord, who has believed me when I told them?”
Yet faith comes from listening to this Good News– the Good News about Christ.
Acts 26:17-18 TLB And I will protect you from both your own people and the Gentiles. Yes, I am going to send you to the Gentiles
to open their eyes to there true condition so that they may repent and live in the light of God instead of in Satan’s darkness, so that they may receive forgiveness for their sins and God’s inheritance along with all people everywhere whose sins are cleansed away, who are set apart by faith in me.’
Romans 15:4-7 TLB These things that were written in the Scriptures so long ago are to teach us patience and to encourage us so that we will look forward expectantly to the time when God will conquer sin and death.
May God who gives patience, steadiness, and encouragement help you to live in complete harmony with each other–each with the attitude of Christ toward the other.
And then all of us can praise the Lord together with one voice, giving glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus.
So warmly welcome each other into the church, just as Christ has warmly welcomed you; then God will be glorified.
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Ecclesiastes 5:1-7 As you enter the Temple, keep your ears open and your mouth shut!
Don’t be a fool who doesn’t even realize it is sinful to make rash promises to God, for he is in heaven and you are only here on earth, so let your words be few.
Just as being too busy gives you nightmares, so being a fool makes you a blabbermouth.
So when you talk to God and vow to him that you will do something, don’t delay in doing it, for God has no pleasure in fools. Keep your promise to him.
It is far better not to say you’ll do something than to say you will and then not do it.
In that case, your mouth is making you sin. Don’t try to defend yourself by telling the messenger from God that it was all a mistake to make the vow.
That would make God very angry; and he might destroy your prosperity. Dreaming instead of doing is foolishness, and there is ruin in a flood of empty words; fear God instead.
Exodus 3:1-6 One day as Moses was tending the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, out at the edge of the desert near Horeb, the mountain of God,
suddenly the Angel of Jehovah appeared to him as a flame of fire in a bush. When Moses saw that the bush was on fire and that it didn’t burn up,
he went over to investigate.
Then God called out to him, “Moses! Moses!” “Who is it?” Moses asked.
Don’t come any closer,” God told him. “Take off your shoes, for you are standing on holy ground.
I am the God of your fathers–the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” (Moses covered his face with his hands, for he was afraid to look at God.)
1 Samuel 15:17-23 And Samuel told him, “When you didn’t think much of yourself, God made you king of Israel.
And he sent you on an errand and told you, ‘Go and completely destroy the sinners, the Amalekites, until they are all dead.’
Then why didn’t you obey the Lord? Why did you rush for the loot and do exactly what God said not to?”
“But I have obeyed the Lord,” Saul insisted, “I did what he told me too; and I brought King Agag but killed everyone else.
And it was only when my troops demanded it that I let them keep the best of the sheep and oxen and loot to sacrifice to the Lord.”
Samuel replied, “Has the Lord as much pleasure in your burnt offerings and sacrifices and sacrifices as in your obedience? Obedience is far better than sacrifice. He is much more interested in your listening to him than than in your offering the fat of rams to him.
For rebellion is as bad as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as bad as worshipping idols. And now because you have rejected the word of Jehovah, he has rejected you from being king.”
Proverbs 20:24-25 Since the Lord is directing our steps, why try to understand everything that happened along the way?
It is foolish and rash to make a promise to the Lord before counting the cost.
Proverbs 10:18-22 To hide hatred is to be a liar; to slander is to be a fool.
Don’t talk so much. You keep putting your foot in your mouth. Be sensible and turn off the flow!
When a good man speaks, he is worth listening to, but the words of fools are a dime a dozen.
A godly man gives good advice, but a rebel is destroyed by lack of common sense.
The Lord’s blessing is our greatest wealth. And our work adds nothing to it!”
Acts 5:1-11 But there was a man named Ananias (with his wife Sapphira) who sold some property
and brought only part of the money, claiming it was the full price. (His wife had agreed to this deception.)
But Peter said, “Ananias, Satan has filled your heart. When you claimed this was the full price, you were lying to the Holy Spirit.
The property was your to sell or not, as you wished. And after selling it, it was yours to decide how much to give. How could you do a thing like this? You weren’t lying to us, but to God.”
As soon as Ananias heard these words, he fell to the floor, dead! Everyone was terrified,
and the younger men covered him with a sheet and took him out and buried him.
About three hours later his wife came in, not knowing what had happened.
Peter asked her, “Did you people sell your land for such and such a price?” “Yes,” she replied, “we did.”
And Peter said, “How could you and your husband even think of doing a thing like this–conspiring together to test the Spirit of God’s ability to know what is going on?” Just outside that door are the young men who buried your husband, and they will carry you out too.”
Instantly she fell to the floor, dead, and the young men came in and, seeing that she was dead, carried her out and buried her beside her husband.
Terror gripped the entire church and all others who heard what had happened.
Proverbs 6:1-5 Son, if you endorse a note for someone you hardly know, guaranteeing his debt, you are in serious trouble.
You may have trapped yourself by your agreement.
Quick! get out of it if you possibly can! Swallow your pride; don’t let embarrassment stand in the way. Go and beg to have your name erased.
Don’t put it off. Do it now. Don’t rest until you do.
If you can get out of this trap you have saved yourself like a deer that escapes from a hunter or a bird from the net.
1 Corinthians 11:7-16 But a man should not wear anything on his head when worshipping, for his hat is a sign of subjection to men.” God’s glory is man made in his image, and man’s glory is the woman.
The first man didn’t come from woman, but the first woman came out of man.
And Adam, the first man, was not made for Eve’s benefit, but Eve was made for Adam.
So a woman should wear a covering on her head as a sign that she is under man’s authority, a fact for all the angels to notice and rejoice in.
But remember that in God’s plan men and woman need each other.
For although the first woman came out of man, all men have been born from women ever since, and both men and women come from God their Creator.
What do you yourselves really think about this? Is it right for a woman to pray in public without covering her head?
Doesn’t even instinct itself teach us that women’s heads should be covered?
For women are proud of their long hair, while a man with long hair tends to be ashamed.
But if anyone wants to argue about this, all I can say is that we never teach anything else than this–that a woman should wear a covering when prophesying or praying publicly in the church, and all the churches feel the same way about it.
Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 Here is my final conclusion; fear God and obey his commandments, for this is the entire duty of man.
For God will judge us for everything we do, including every hidden thing, good or bad.
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