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Hope in the Midst of Ruin

In this introduction to the book of Ezra we encounter a story of returning home after a time of ruin. The people of God have been captives in Babylon for seventy years. Now the seventy years has ended, and God is restoring His people. Ezra is one of the many examples in scripture where there is Hope in […]

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Mourning for Sin Without Repentance of Sin

“Many mourn for their sins that do not truly repent of them, weep bitterly for them, and yet continue in love and league with them.”    Matthew Henry The Concise Bible Commentary. N.p.: Thomas Nelson Inc, 2014. Print. 1 Samuel 24:16-22

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Fear of God Devotional: What is the Difference Between Worldly and Godly Sorrow?

What is the difference between worldly and godly sorrow? Dennis Gunderson explains in this video that worldly sorrow involves sadness of being caught in sin or being known as sinful by others. It involves perhaps a regret of the effects of sin. A worldly sorrow dislikes the consequences of sin but not the sin itself. […]

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Fear of God Devotional: What Is the Source of Repentance?

What is the source of repentance? John Snyder explains in this video that we arrive at repentance by the Lord first showing us the distance between Himself, the Creator, and us, the created, which humbles us. God also shows us His purity. We realize the moral distance that separates us from God. We see our […]

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Fear of God Devotional: Our Dependence on the Holy Spirit

Have we lost our ability to depend upon the Holy Spirit? Carlton McLeod explains in this video that problem that we can be guilty of is that sometimes, we can lose our ability to depend upon the Holy Spirit and to realize that He directs His Church and that He is still powerful among us. In […]

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Fear of God Devotional: The Winds of Philosophy and Methodology

Will Scripture dictate how we live our lives or will we rely on the methodologies of men? Paul Thompson explains in this video that we either will be governed by Scripture alone or we will live and rely upon the methodologies of men. Scripture is sufficient no matter your situation. We ought to be hungering […]

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Fear of God Devotional: They Searched the Scriptures

What was one of the primary benefits to come out of the Reformation? Mike Davenport explains in this video that because the people during the time of the Reformation didn’t have the Bible in their own, common language, they couldn’t lean upon Scripture alone. They were dependent on the often-faulty interpretations of others. But, with […]

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Fear of God Devotional: What Is Repentance?

What is repentance? Don Hart explains in this video that one of the classic definitions of repentance is the act of turning from the direction of which you are going and doing an about-face and going in another direction. Yet, what we think of as repentance often focuses too much on the act of “turning” […]

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Fear of God Devotional: Repentance: A Change Of Mind and a Change of Life

What does repentance look like? Paul Carrington explains in this video that repentance brings about a change of mind leading to a change of life. You can’t have a changed mind and not change the way you live. Repentance involves the wholesale exchange of one lord for another. It is an exchange of your earthly […]

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Fear of God Devotional: Comparisons Between the Pre-Reformation Period and Many Modern Churches

What are the comparisons between the pre-Reformation period and many modern churches? Kevin Swanson explains in this video that there are many comparisons between the pre-Reformation period and many modern churches. Just as the Roman Catholic church was plagued by scandals involving homosexuality, child molestation, divorce, and fornication, many churches and their pastors are no […]

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A Song to Help Navigate the Deep Waters of Pain

Here is a song to help the soul navigate deep waters of pain. The lyrics of this song were written by John Newton, “I Asked the Lord that I might Grow” I love the last line, “And break thy schemes of earthly joy that thou mayst' find thy all in me.”

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Fear of God Devotional: Components of Biblical Repentance

What are the components of biblical repentance? How does it differ from mere sorrow? Curt Daniels explains in this video that repentance first involves a change of mind. We see it the seriousness of our sin from God’s view. Second, we mourn over our sin. Our heart is changed. Third, there is a turning around, […]

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Fear of God Devotional: The Impact of Biblical Repentance

What is the impact of biblical repentance? Anthony Mathenia explains in this video that if people and churches in our culture would repent and turn from their sins, there would be a distinct change. If Christians live lives that are marked by repentance and godliness, then our churches would be healthy – they would be […]

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Fear of God Devotional: One of the Most Helpful Aspects of the Protestant Reformation

What was one of the most helpful aspects of the Protestant Reformation? Michel Beasley explains in this video that one of the most helpful aspects of the Protestant Reformation was it led to Scripture being seen as the only true and sufficient authority for all of life. During the time of the Reformation, Roman Catholicism […]

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Fear of God Devotional: When The Word Of God Is Attacked You Get A Generational Loss

What is the effect of only trusting Scripture partially, accepting certain sections as true and ignoring or disregarding other sections? Ken Ham explains in this video that generations of young people have grown up attending public schools where they are taught ideas of evolution. Sadly, many of these children attend churches that avoid confronting the […]

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