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The Lord your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul. It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him. —Deuteronomy 13:3-4
- In our passage for today, we see that God tests His people. Are there other passages in the Bible where we see testing?
- In Job 1:7-8 God gave Satan permission to test his servant Job, who was “a blameless and upright man, fearing God and turning away from evil.”
- When God appeared on Mount Sinai in the midst of the thunder and lightning, the people were terrified. Moses said to the people,
“Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning”
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In our Bible reading plan we come to Exodus 13-15, an especially chapter 15, the Song of Moses.
And well may we ask today, “Who is like Thee, O God of the Holy Scriptures, among the ‘gods’ of Christendom?”
How entirely different is the Lord — omnipotent, immutable, sovereign, triumphant — from the feeble, changeable, disappointed and defeated “god” which is the object of “worship” in thousands of the churches!
How few today glory in God’s “holiness”!
How few praise Him for His“fearfulness”!
How few are acquainted with His“wonders”!
Membership in a local church is very much in the minds of Christians these days. Is it biblical? Is it necessary? Is it helpful? These and other questions lead to the following ten things you should know about what church membership means and entails. [In addition to my own research, I’ve drawn heavily on the writings of John Piper, Michael McKinley, Jim Elliff, Mark Dever, and Kevin DeYoung.]
Perhaps the best place to begin is by asking the question: What do you want from your local church? I assume, first of all, that you want a local church where you can be known and loved and cared for by other Christians. There is, after all, no such thing as an “anonymous-lone-ranger-Christian” in the NT. You can certainly remain anonymous if you want to. It’s easier to do in a church of several thousand where you can slip…
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Facts & Trends spoke with Scott Patty, founding pastor of Grace Community Church, about his first book Words of Grace: A 100 Day Devotional.
Much of church life seems directed toward families, causing many unmarried Christians to feel like second-class citizens in God’s Kingdom.