A Phony Prophet

This was no time for Paul to be tolerant or passive. We live in a culture that virtually deifies tolerance. One lady recently said to me with a broad grin, “I love everybody; I even love the devil.” I call that “tolerance gone to seed.”

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It’s Not About You!

I need to underscore a foundational fact: God’s goal is not to make sure you’re happy. No matter how hard it is for you to believe this, it’s time to do so. Life is not about your being comfortable and happy and successful and pain free.

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Downward Steps of Sin

Tracing the downward steps in David’s eroding family relationships, we now have Absalom murdering Amnon, a brother murdering a brother. “The sword will never depart out of your household, David.”

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The Consequences of Sin

Nathan didn’t come on his own; he was sent by God: “Then the LORD sent Nathan to David.” I think the most important word in that sentence is the first one, “then.” God’s timing is absolutely incredible. When was he sent?

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Walking in Victory

As fear and worry intensified, Saul became paranoid. “What more can he have now but the kingdom?” His self-talk lost control. “Hey, I’ve got a problem on my hands. Here’s a giant-killer who’s about to become a king-killer.”

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Spiritual Ends

Spiritual ends are never achieved by carnal means. Back in Egypt, as you may recall, Moses had “looked this way and that,” then murdered an Egyptian and buried him with sand.

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Let’s Move On

According to Exodus 2:12, Moses hid the body of the slain Egyptian. But by the next day, it was all over the papers. They found the Egyptian. Five inches of loose sand hid nothing.

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God Gets It Done

Moses looked this way, and he looked that way. Isn’t it interesting? He didn’t look up, did he? He looked in both directions horizontally, but he ignored the vertical. And what did he do with the results of his murderous anger?

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The Nature Within

Joseph’s brothers not only had plenty to eat on the way, but had also been given new clothing. They had all that they needed—and they once again had it in abundance!

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Final Exam, Part Two

This was Joseph’s second part of the final exam. First came the vertical test. Had his brothers gotten to the place where they read the hand of God into their daily life? Yes. They had demonstrated this in their attitude.

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