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"The prayers of many"

"You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many." (2 Corinthians 1:11)

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"Fix your thoughts on Jesus" Part 2

Hebrews 3:1 says, “Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest.”

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"Fix your thoughts on Jesus" Part 1

Hebrews 3:1 says, “Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest.”

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On God's gift of love and passion

Jesus is the only one who can satisfy a man's heart in a way a woman can't. And Jesus is the only one who can satisfy a woman's heart in a way a man can't.

So can a man and a woman live without a romantic love? Yes they can. But should a man and a woman seek to love each other? Should we pursue romantic relationships as Christians? It depends on a gift you have.

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"There is no difference"

"There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus."(Romans 3:22b-24)

"There is no difference", between Jew and Gentile, or between Gentile and Gentile. Simply, "there is no difference", period.

Why is there no difference between a person and a person when it comes to standing before God as our judge? Because we all, every single one of us have sinned. But not only once, we still sin, we still "fall short of the glory of God".

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"When I am afraid"

"When I am afraid, I put my trust in you." (Psalm 56:3)

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Do Christians sin?

"My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One." (1 John 2:1)

The apostle John is writing most likely to the believers in Ephesus. In chapter 1 he introduced Jesus, fellowship with our Father and the Son, and walking in the light. Walking in the light implied being honest with ourselves, God and each other about our sin, from which true fellowship with others would happen, and we would be purified from all our sin.

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Why Christians die and suffer better

"The Greeks [the Greek philosophers] had taught that the very purpose of philosophy was to help us face suffering and death. On this basis writers such as Cyprian, Ambrose, and later Augustine made the case that Christians died and suffered better - and this was empirical, visible evidence that Christianity was "the supreme philosophy."
Timothy Keller, "Walking with God through pain and suffering"

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"We love because he first loved us"

It is Christ's obedience, unto death, which has justified us, through whom alone we have been declared righteous before God. We have died with him to our old self, the old me in my sin under guilt has been already judged, the person I was before I knew Christ. So the guilt for our sin was put on Christ our human representative, and it was judged on Jesus on the cross.

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The Sufficiency of the Law and the Prophets

As Jesus was teaching in parables he exposed the hypocrisy of the Pharisees who loved money, and didn't pay attention to the teaching of the Law and Prophets on loving their neighbors, and the poor in particular.

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