Repentance: The First Fruit

A Famine of Hearing (2)

VPThen I turned my face to the Lord God, seeking him by prayer and pleas for mercy with fasting and sackcloth and ashes. Daniel 9:3

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The most important mark
Historically, Protestants have identified as first among the marks of a true church the faithful preaching of the Word of God. By this standard, it would seem, we in the contemporary evangelical Church may rejoice and give thanks for the opportunities for the hearing of the Word of God that we presently enjoy.

A Coming Day Arrived?

A Famine of Hearing (1)

VP“Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord GOD, “when I will send a famine on the land – not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but hearing the words of the LORD.” Amos 8:11

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A vision of desolation
The prophet Amos foresaw a day in which the absence of any hearing of the Word of God would wreak tragic effects on the people of God. In the grim scenario painted in Amos 8:11-14, people weary and spent stagger in every direction, looking for some sure word to which they might cling, yet without success.

The Truth about Where We're Headed

Let God Be True (7) the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:10, 11

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Hot or cold?
Physicists, astronomers, and cosmologists still sometimes debate the question of how the cosmos as we know it will come to an end. Some insist that the mass in the cosmos is too great to allow it to keep expanding indefinitely. Ultimately, it will all just collapse back in on itself in another “Big Bang” – a kind of cosmic bonfire, if you will.

The Truth about What's Up

Let God Be True (6)

VP“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matthew 4:17

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Here’s an idea
“What’s happenin’?” “What’s goin’ on?” “‘T’sup?”

Have you heard any of those expressions yet this week? How did you respond? “Not much”? “Same old same old”?

If you want to live under the Scriptures, I have a better suggestion. The next time someone greets you with one of those phrases, respond by saying, “The Kingdom of God is at hand!”

The Truth about Our Greatest Need

Let God Be True (5)

VP“‘You must be born again.’” John 3:7

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Only one way out
The greatest problem facing the human race, and all the people with whom we have to do each day, is the problem of sin. This is the clear teaching of Scripture from cover to cover, and though people may scoff at the idea and suggest a wide range of other ills needing more urgent attention, unless we deal with the problem of human sin, it will continue to drain every semblance of goodness and life out of our culture, society, and our very lives.

The Truth about the Mess We’re In

Let God Be True (4)

VPTherefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned... Romans 5:12

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A matter of opinion?
Ask a dozen people what they consider the greatest problem facing our world, and you’re likely to get almost as many different answers: “More justice!” cries one. “Economic opportunity,” insists another. “Less government”; “More government”; “Better education”; “Free health care”; “Environmental reform!” – the list goes on.

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