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May I Have A Word with You?

1 Th. 5:6b “Let us be alert and sober”

The word for “sober” originally meant “not intoxicated”. But it became a figure of speech to indicate a sober minded attitude, a life of moderation and self-control.
The imperative “Let us be sober” is not a plea as the English appears to indicate, but a commandment. It can be translated “Be alert and sober.” Do it or else!

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Night With Ebon Pinion

Ponder: What is an ebon pinion, and why is it brooding o’er the vale?
Scripture: “And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground” (Luke 22:44, NKJV).
Love Humphreys Jameson wrote the words to this great song in 1854. Seventeen years later,
Joseph P. Powell set it to music. Many of us have sung it regularly in church for decades. It pertains to the thrice-repeated prayer of our Savior in the Garden of Gethsemane just before Judas brought the mob to arrest Him.

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Courage

“We gave you strict orders not to continue teaching in this name, and yet, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us’. But Peter and the apostles answered, ‘We must obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:28-29).
We live in a culture that is “politically correct.” Among a lot of things that we are not to profess, our religion is one, especially if it is Christianity. It is okay to be a Christian if we keep our mouths shut.

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