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How is the Word of God to be read and heard?

    With diligence, preparation, and prayer; so that we may accept it with faith, store it in our hearts, and practice it in our lives.

    2 Timothy 3:16–17

    All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

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    What is the Lord’s Prayer?

      Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

      Matthew 6:9

      Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name…”

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      What should we pray?

        The whole Word of God directs and inspires us in what we should pray, including the prayer Jesus himself taught us.

        Ephesians 3:14–21

        For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

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        With what attitude should we pray?

          With love, perseverance, and gratefulness; in humble submission to God’s will, knowing that, for the sake of Christ, he always hears our prayers.

          Philippians 4:6

          Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

          Another false prophet


          I am taking a moment here from my hiatus to poke my finger into the eye of the rapture watch/doomsday cult.  

          People like this false prophet using everything but scripture to tell you lies.

          These Balaams claiming to know something would have us sitting on our roofs waiting for the end.

          Well here’s a clue it didn’t happen. Nobody knows when Christ will return, nobody.

          Matthew 24:36

          But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. 

          So read your Bible, listen to the elders in church as they teach and throw away every book that sets dates for future events.

          That is all.

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          What is prayer?

            Prayer is pouring out our hearts to Godin praise, petition, confession of sin, and thanksgiving.

            Psalm 62:8

            Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.

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            How does the Holy Spirit help us?

              The Holy Spirit convicts us of our sin, comforts us, guides us, gives us spiritual gifts and the desire to obey God; and he enables us to pray and to understand God’s Word.

              Ephesians 6:17–18

              Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.

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              What do we believe about the Holy Spirit?

                That he is God, coeternal with the Father and the Son, and that God grants him irrevocably to all who believe.

                John 14:16–17

                And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.

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                Since we are redeemed by grace alone, through faith alone, where does this faith come from?

                  All the gifts we receive from Christ we receive through the Holy Spirit, including faith itself.

                  Titus 3:4–6

                  But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior.

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                  Since we are redeemed by grace alone, through Christ alone, must we still do good works and obey God’s Word?

                    Yes, because Christ, having redeemed us by his blood, also renews us by his Spirit; so that our lives may show love and gratitude to God; so that we may be assured of our faith by the fruits; and so that by our godly behavior others may be won to Christ.

                    1 Peter 2:9–12

                    But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.