Principle Finder – Books

OLD TESTAMENT

Genesis; Principle #1; Gen 1:1-25; p. 5
Chosen in Christ: To have an abundant life now and eternally, we must receive the gift of life provided by the all-powerful God who created the universe.
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Genesis; Principle #2; Gen 1:26-2:7; p. 73
Body, Soul, and Spirit: Since we are eternal beings created by God to inhabit physical bodies, we are to offer our total beings to God in order to glorify Him
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Genesis; Principle #3; Gen 2:8-24; p. 7
Marital Union: To grow in openess and unity, we are to follow God's plan regarding a one man-one woman relationship within the bonds of marriage.
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Genesis; Principle #4; Gen 3:1-7; p. 7
Satan's Tactics: Since Satans goal is to deceive us, we should consistently focus on God's truthful message in His Word.
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Genesis; Principle #5; Gen 3:8-13; p. 8
Avoiding Rationalization: We should be on guard against our tendency to rationalize disobedience and shift blame
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Genesis; Principle #6; Gen 3:16; p. 9
Avoiding Marital Conflict: To avoid tensions in our marriages, we are to follow Christs example of love.
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Genesis; Principle #7; Gen 4:1-8; p. 9
Sinful Anger: We must not allow the God-created emotion of anger become sinful
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Genesis; Principle #8; Gen. 4:17-19; p. 10
Moral Purity: To live in God's will, we must maintain the one-flesh relationship in marriage
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Genesis; Principle #9; Gen. 5:21-24; p. 11
Biblical Values: Even though many people around us violate biblical values, we are to walk with God
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Genesis; Principle #10; Gen. 6:1-11; p. 12
Holy Living: As the world becomes more and more decadent, we should continue to trust God to enable us to live righteous and Godly lives
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Genesis; Principle #11; Gen. 6:12-22; p. 13
Reflecting God's Compassion: We must be on guard against becoming uncompassionate when God allows people to live sinful lives and even prosper
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Genesis; Principle #12; Gen. 7:1-8:22; p. 14
Common Grace: We must understand that God's material blessings represent His common grace and mercy to all mankind
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Genesis; Principle #13; Gen. 9:1-28; p. 15
Renewing Our Minds: To walk with God daily, we are to renew our minds and be committed to doing His will
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Genesis; Principle #14; Gen. 11:1-9; p. 16
Overcoming Pride: We should avoid the sin of pride, which can lead us to build our own kingdom rather than the kingdom of God
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Genesis; Principle #15; Gen. 11:27-12:3; p. 17
God's Mercy: Since God reached out to us before we reached out to Him, we should always thank Him for saving us by His sovereign grace.
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Genesis; Principle #16; Gen. 12:4-10; p. 18
Seeking God's Wisdom: When we face difficult circumstances, we should always seek God's wisdom so that well continue to walk in His will
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Genesis; Principle #17; Gen. 12:11-15; p. 19
Overcoming Mistakes: We should do all we can to walk in God's will, even though we may have made wrong decisions in the past that have created our present crises.
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Genesis; Principle #18; Gen. 12:16-13:4; p. 19
Material Blessings: We should never conclude that wealth in itself is an indication of God's approval of our attitudes and behavior
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Genesis; Principle #19; Gen. 13:5-11; p. 20
Self-Evaluation: We must continually evaluate our motives and behavior in the light of God's directives in the Word of God.
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Genesis; Principle #20; Gen. 13:12-18; p. 20
Inappropriate Fellowship: To avoid losing our moral bearings, we must not have fellowship with unbelievers who are living immoral and evil lives
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Genesis; Principle #21; Gen. 14:1-15:1; p. 22
Growing in Faith: When we face periods of doubt and fear, we are to look to God to protect us and to meet our needs
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Genesis; Principle #22; Gen. 15:2-6; p. 22
Justified by Faith: No matter what our religious background, we must personalize our faith in God and in His Son, Jesus Christ
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Genesis; Principle #23; Gen. 16:1-2; p. 23
Cultural Influences: We should be cautious not to allow our pre-conversion, non-biblical values to cause us to make decisions that violate God's will
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Genesis; Principle #24; Gen. 16:3-5; p. 24
Blaming Others: We must avoid blaming others for our own mistakes.
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Genesis; Principle #25; Gen. 16:15-17:2; p. 24
Growing Spiritually: We should use the negative results of personal mistakes as an opportunity to grow spiritually.
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Genesis; Principle #26; Gen. 17:15-18; p. 25
False Conclusions: We must be cautious not to interpret circumstances subjectively in order to support what have been personal mistakes.
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Genesis; Principle #27; Gen. 17:19-27; p. 26
Obedience to God's Command: Once we have put our faith in Jesus Christ, we should be obedient to God's command and identify ourselves as believers and members of God's family.
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Genesis; Principle #28; Gen. 18:1-15; p. 27
Trusting God: To help others overcome their skepticism and unbelief, we are first and foremost to trust God to intervene in their lives.
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Genesis; Principle #29; Gen. 20:1-18; p. 29
Spiritual Regression: Even though we are growing spiritually, we must be careful not to regress to old patterns of sinful behavior.
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Genesis; Principle #30; Gen. 21:1-10; p. 30
Sins Consequences: We should expect painful consequences when our sin impacts those closest to us.
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Genesis; Principle #31; Gen. 21:11-34; p. 31
Acting Responsibly: Regardless of the consequences of our sins, we are to confess those sins, accept God's forgiveness and move forward in our Christian lives.
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Genesis; Principle #32; Gen. 22:1-19; p. 32
Spiritual Testing: We should not be surprised when God allows unique tests to come into our lives to enable us to become more mature in our Christian experience.
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Genesis; Principle #33; Gen. 23:1-20; p. 33
Lifestyle Evangelism: We should live Godly lives before unbelievers in order to demonstrate that we are truly God's children.
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Genesis; Principle #34; Gen. 24:1-14; p. 33
Praying in God's Will: We are to pray consistently and specifically but always in harmony with God's revealed will in the Word of God.
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Genesis; Principle #35; Gen. 24:15-27; p. 34
Being Thankful: We are humbly to thank and praise God when He answers our prayers.
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Genesis; Principle #36; Gen. 24:28-25:26; p. 36
Modeling Christ: As husbands, we should be an example to our wives in living the Christian life.
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Genesis; Principle #37; Gen. 25:27-28; p. 37
Parental Favoritism: To be wise and mature parents, we must be on constant guard against Satans tactics.
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Genesis; Principle #38; Gen. 25:29-34; p. 37
Selfish Attitudes and Actions: We are never to take advantage of another persons weaknesses in order to achieve our own selfish goals.
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Genesis; Principle #39; Gen. 26:12-25; p. 38
Spiritual Insensitivity: We should continually develop our intimate relationship with God not allowing our hearts to grow cold and insensitive toward our heavenly Father, our families, and our fellow believers.
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Genesis; Principle #40; Gen. 26:26-35; p. 39
Worldly Desires: We are to pursue holiness, not allowing sinful desires to dominate and control our attitudes and actions.
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Genesis; Principle #41; Gen. 27:1-20; p. 40
Pure Motives: We are to faithfully imitate Christs love for us in order to avoid deceptive behavior in our relationships with one another.
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Genesis; Principle #42; Gen. 27:46-28:9; p. 41
Making Proper Decisions: We should first and foremost make decisions to please God, not to ingratiate ourselves with others for purely selfish reasons.
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Genesis; Principle #43; Gen. 28:10-17; p. 42
A Born-Again Experience: Even if we have been reared in a Christian family, we should make sure our relationship with God is personal.
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Genesis; Principle #44; Gen. 28:18-22; p. 43
Faith and Works: We are to test the reality of our relationship with God by the good works that result.
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Genesis; Principle #45; Gen. 29:1-20; p. 44
Carnal Behaviors: Even when we become true believers, we should be on guard against old patterns of sinful behavior that tend to persist.
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Genesis; Principle #46; Gen. 29:21-30; p. 44
Sin Patterns: When we sin against someone and do not seek forgiveness, we should not be surprised if someone sins against us in a similar fashion.
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Genesis; Principle #47; Gen. 29:31-30:24; p. 45
God's Moral Laws: We must obey God's moral laws if we are to avoid family dysfunction in marriage relationships.
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Genesis; Principle #48; Gen. 31:1-32; p. 47
Faith versus Fear: To experience God's power and protection, we should exercise faith, not fear and manipulation.
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Genesis; Principle #49; Gen. 32:1-20; p. 49
The Human and Divine: In times of difficulty, we should seek to blend proper precautions (human effort) with prayer (dependence on God).
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Genesis; Principle #50; Gen. 32:21-32; p. 49
God's Discipline: When we persistently violate God's will, we should anticipate our heavenly Fathers discipline.
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Genesis; Principle #51; Gen. 33:1-11; p. 50
Godly Fellowship: We are to have close fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ so that we can have intimate fellowship with God.
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Genesis; Principle #52; Gen. 33:12-17; p. 51
Honesty and Openness: After we have experienced restoration with those weve hurt, we must continue to hace open, honest relationships in order to avoid recurring problems.
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Genesis; Principle #53; Gen. 33:18-34:31; p. 52
Parental Protection: We are to do all we can to protect our children from worldly influences and at the same time, avoid overprotecting them.
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Genesis; Principle #54; Gen. 35:1-15; p. 53
Idolatrous Activities: Christian parents should avoid any kind of idolatrous activities.
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Genesis; Principle #55; Gen. 35:16-37:4; p. 55
Generational Mistakes: We should do all we can to avoid repeating the same mistakes our parents made with us.
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Genesis; Principle #56; Gen. 37:5-11; p. 55
Identity Crises: When were feeling rejection, we must be careful not to set ourselves up for more rejection by trying harder to prove ourselves.
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Genesis; Principle #57; Gen. 37:12-14; p. 56
The Subtlety of Denial: When we experience various cries, we should seek to face reality.
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Genesis; Principle #58; Gen. 37:15-23; p. 57
Subtle Pride: When we are highly favored and blessed by God and others, we should beware of subtle pride.
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Genesis; Principle #59; Gen. 37:24-36; p. 57
Jealousy and Anger: When we have feelings of jealousy, we should take steps to keep these emotions from leading to sinful anger.
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Genesis; Principle #60; Gen 38:1-30; p. 59
God's Sovereign Plan: We should keep our eyes on God's will for our lives when some Christians-even spiritual leaders-engage in sinful and scandalous actions.
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Genesis; Principle #61; Gen. 39:1-12; p. 59
Overcoming Temptation: To resist the temptation to sin, we must develop firm moral and ethical convictions based on a deep appreciation for God's love and grace in our lives.
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Genesis; Principle #62; Gen. 39:13-23; p. 60
Persecution for Doing Right: When we are persecuted for refusing to violate God's moral laws, we should remember that the Lord will never forget our stand for righteousness.
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Genesis; Principle #63; Gen. 40:1-23; p. 61
Not Forgetting: When someone does something special for us, we should look for opportunities to return the favor.
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Genesis; Principle #64; Gen. 41:1-16; p. 62
Character Development: When we face difficult experiences, we should ask God to help us view these crises as opportunities to develop our Christian character.
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Genesis; Principle #65; Gen. 41:17-46; p. 63
Preparation for Greater Responsibility: We should view difficult experiences as opportunities to learn to be more effective in carrying out God's purposes in the world.
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Genesis; Principle #66; Gen. 41:50-52; p. 64
Psychological and Spiritual Healing: Because biological families are impacted by sin, we are to help create loving and supportive relationships with the body of Christ to bring emotional and spiritual healing.
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Genesis; Principle #67; Gen. 42:1-45:3; p. 67
God's Gift of Tears: When facing intensely emotional experiences, we should give ourselves permission to cry.
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Genesis; Principle #68; Gen. 45:4-15; p. 68
Forgiveness: When someone has wronged us, we are to forgive unconditionally even though that person may not admit it was wrong or even ask for forgiveness.
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Genesis; Principle #69; Gen. 45:16-47:27; p. 70
Doing Good for All: No matter our circumstances, we should live lives of integrity before all people.
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Genesis; Principle #70; Gen. 49:22-50:21; p. 73
Understanding God's Purpose: When we face difficult situations, we should ask God to help us see some divine meaning in the experiences.
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Exodus; Principle #1; Ex. 1:1-7; p. 78
God's Unconditional Promises: We are to live our lives with the full confidence that God will ultimately fulfill His promises.
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Exodus; Principle #2; Ex. 1:8-14; p. 78
Times of Persecution: When we live among people who are threatened by our presence, we should expect various forms of persecution.
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Exodus; Principle #3; Ex. 1:15-22; p. 79
Wise Resistance: When we are persecuted because of our biblical values, we should respond with wisdom and discretion.
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Exodus; Principle #4; Ex. 2:1-4; p. 80
Proactive Parenting: Parents are to be proactive in protecting children from evil influences.
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Exodus; Principle #5; Ex. 2:5-10; p. 80
A Family Affair: As local churches, we are to provide love and support for families that are experiencing the results of a hostile environment.
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Exodus; Principle #6; Ex. 2:11-15; p. 81
Putting Others First: When we make decisions, we are to consider first and foremost the needs of others rather than our own words.
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Exodus; Principle #7; Ex. 3:1-12; p. 82
Serving in God's Strength: We are to use the abilities and gifts God has given us diligently, but we are always to rely on His divine strength.
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Exodus; Principle #8; Ex. 3:13-4:12; p. 83
Healing Emotional Scars: When we have experienced unusual trauma, we should trust God to help us experience spiritual and emotional healing.
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Exodus; Principle #9; Ex. 5:1-6:9; p. 85
Painful but Helpful Tests: When we experience negative psychological results because of our human failures, we should not be surprised if God tests us in our areas of vulnerability.
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Exodus; Principle #10; Ex. 6:10-30; p. 86
Regressive Behavior: On our journey toward maturity, we must be on guard against our tendency to regress to old patterns of behavior.
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Exodus; Principle #11; Ex. 7:1-11:10; p. 87
Divine Therapy: To serve God and His people courageously, we should trust Him to help us take specific steps to overcome our own psychological and spiritual problems.
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Exodus; Principle #12; Ex. 12:1-28; p. 92
Christ, The Passover Lamb: To inherit eternal life, we must receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Savior and experience the redemption that comes through His shed blood.
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Exodus; Principle #13; Ex. 14:1-22; p. 94
Developing Confidence in God: To develop our faith in God, we must also develop our confidence in the capacities and abilities God has given us.
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Exodus; Principle #14; Ex. 14:23-31; p. 95
Putting God First: All spiritual leaders should make sure God is always exalted above all.
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Exodus; Principle #15; Ex. 15:1-21; p. 96
Glorifying God: There are times we should avoid using first person pronouns in order to focus attention on God.
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Exodus; Principle #16; Ex. 15:22-27; p. 97
Short Memories: When we face difficult circumstances, we should reflect on God's previous and present blessings.
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Exodus; Principle #17; Ex. 16:1-8; p. 97
Respecting Our Leaders: When we complain against Christian leaders who are serving Christ faithfully, we must understand that we are actually complaining against God.
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Exodus; Principle #18; Ex. 16:9-30; p. 98
Complete Obedience: We are to determine in our hearts to obey God fully.
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Exodus; Principle #19; Ex. 17:1-7; p. 99
Our Wilderness School: To continue to mature in Christ, we are to view our weakness as opportunities to grow spiritually.
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Exodus; Principle #20; Ex. 18:1-12; p. 100
Witnessing to Unsaved Family Members: To be an effective Christian witness to unsaved relatives, we are to live consistent Christian lives.
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Exodus; Principle #21; Ex. 18:13-18; p. 101
Leadership Blind Spots: To function effectively, leaders in churches, in families, and in vocational roles should seek wisdom and guidance from others.
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Exodus; Principle #22; Ex. 18:19-20; p. 101
Establishing Priorities: To be effective, spiritual leaders must establish biblical priorities.
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Exodus; Principle #23; Ex. 18:21-23; p. 101
Delegating Effectively: To be effective leaders, we must delegate responsibilities to other qualified people.
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Exodus; Principle #24; Ex. 18:24-27; p. 102
Being Teachable: To be effective, leaders must continue to be learners themselves.
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Exodus; Principle #25; Ex. 19:1-6; p. 102
Reflecting God's Holiness: As members of God's spiritual family, we are to reflect God's holy character to those who are not yet His children.
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Exodus; Principle #26; Ex. 19:7-20:17; p. 104
A New Command: As believers, we are to love one another as He has loved us in order to fulfill the requirements of the law.
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Exodus; Principle #27; Ex. 21:1-23:9; p. 107
The Greatest Commandments: To evaluate the maturity of our relationship with God, we should evaluate the quality of our relationships with one another.
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Exodus; Principle #28; Ex. 23:20-33; p. 108
A Holy Witness: We are to be God's witnesses in this world without becoming a part of the world.
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Exodus; Principle #29; Ex. 25:1-27:21; p. 111
God's Sanctuary: Since believers are God's New Testament temple, we should more and more reflect His holiness as we grow together in Jesus Christ.
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Exodus; Principle #30; Ex. 28:1-43; p. 113
Reflecting Jesus Christ: As local churches, we are to reflect the beauty, glory, and holiness of the Lord Jesus Christ by manifesting the fruit of the Spirit in all of our relationships.
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Exodus; Principle #31; Ex. 29:1-46; p. 114
Set Apart for God: Spiritual leaders are to be models of Christlike maturity but should not be considered separate from other members of the body of Jesus Christ.
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Exodus; Principle #32; Ex. 32:1-6; p. 117
The Sin of Idolatry: We must constantly be on guard against idolatrous attitudes and actions.
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Exodus; Principle #33; Ex. 32:7-14; p. 117
Supernatural Compassion: To demonstrate God's eternal love and compassion, we must be empowered by the Holy Spirit to reflect the fruit of the Spirit.
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Exodus; Principle #34; Ex. 32:15-24; p. 118
Human Rationalization: We should not rationalize our sinful behavior or avoid taking responsibility for our actions.
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Exodus; Principle #35; Ex. 33:1-23; p. 119
Intercessory Prayer: Because of the mediating ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ, we are to approach God anytime and anywhere to share our deepest concerns.
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Exodus; Principle #36; Ex. 34:28-35; p. 121
Reflecting God's Glory: Its God's will that we should more and more reflect His glory and holiness to the watching world.
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Exodus; Principle #37; Ex. 35:4-29; p. 122
Grace and Generosity: As we understand and experience God's grace, we should be motivated to be generous with our material possessions in order to build His eternal kingdom.
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Exodus; Principle #38; Ex. 35:30-35; p. 123
Gifts of the Holy Spirit: As members of God's spiritual family, we are to use our talents and abilities to build up one another and become a living sanctuary.
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Exodus; Principle #39; Ex. 39:32-43; p. 127
The Tribunal of Christ: As members of God's living tabernacle, we should all do our part to prepare ourselves for God's final inspection.
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Exodus; Principle #40; Ex. 40:34-38; p. 129
The Holy Scriptures: In our spiritual journey, we are to follow God's path that He has clearly revealed in the Holy Spirit.
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Leviticus; Principle #1; Lev. 1:1-2; p. 133
Open Communication: Spiritual leaders must make sure they communicate all of God's truth to those they lead in order to avoid any abuse of power.
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Leviticus; Principle #2; Lev. 1:10-13; p. 134
The Lamb of God: To inherit eternal life, we must put our faith in the Lord Christ who sacrificed His life as a perfect, unblemished offering for our sin.
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Leviticus; Principle #3; Lev. 1:14-17; p. 134
Lord of All: As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, we are to feel free to enter God's holy presence, regardless of our gender or our ethnic and economic backgrounds.
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Leviticus; Principle #4; Lev. 2:1-16; p. 135
Salt of the Earth: We should live Godly lives before unbelievers in a way that will cause them to want to know more about what we believe.
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Leviticus; Principle #5; Lev. 3:1-17; p. 163
A Fragrant Offering: We should offer our bodies as living sacrifices to God, which will become a fragrant aroma.
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Leviticus; Principle #6; Lev. 4:1-5:19; p. 138
Unintentional Sins: We should thank and praise God regularly that the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ continues to cleanse us from all sin.
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Leviticus; Principle #7; Lev. 6:8-7:38; p. 140
A Living Sacrifice: As those who have received the Lord Jesus Christ as a once-for-all perfect sacrifice for our sins, we are to offer ourselves to God.
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Leviticus; Principle #8; Lev. 8:1-9:24; p. 142
Focusing on God's Glory: Spiritual leaders are always to help God's people to worship and glorify God.
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Leviticus; Principle #9; Lev. 10:1-7; p. 143
Judgment for Sin: We must not allow exceptional acts of discipline to cause us to view God as impatient and unmerciful.
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Leviticus; Principle #10; Lev. 11:1-47; p. 145
Dietary Laws: Though some of the dietary laws in the Old Testament have practical value, we must not make these requirements absolute in todays world.
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Leviticus; Principle #11; Lev. 16:1-34; p. 150
Our Privilege and Responsibility: We should never neglect the marvelous access we have to enter God's Holy presence and to communicate our deepest thoughts and feelings.
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Leviticus; Principle #12; Lev. 17:10-16; p. 151
The Blood of Christ: We must always uphold the great biblical truth that we can only experience forgiveness through the shed blood of Christ.
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Leviticus; Principle #13; Lev. 18:1-30; p. 152
Sexual Sins: When we fail God morally, we are to confess our sins and accept complete forgiveness through the shed blood of Christ.
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Leviticus; Principle #14; Lev. 19:1-20:27; p. 154
Living Holy Lives: We are to reflect God's holiness in all relationships.
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Leviticus; Principle #15; Lev. 21:1-22:9; p. 156
Qualifications for Leadership: When we select leaders for the church, we are to focus on the internal spiritual qualities.
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Leviticus; Principle #16; Lev. 23:1-3; p. 157
Times of Rest: Though the strict Sabbath restrictions are not repeated in the New Testament, all of us should plan regular times to rest and recuperate.
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Leviticus; Principle #17; Lev. 23:22; p. 158
Helping Needy People: We are to provide material help to those who are truly in need.
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Leviticus; Principle #18; Lev. 24:10-23; p. 159
Sins Consequences: No matter who we are, we must understand that all human beings are affected by sin and need a Savior.
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Leviticus; Principle #19; Lev. 26:3-46; p. 162
Obedience and Blessings: Under the new covenant, we are first and foremost to claim God's promises for spiritual and eternal blessings.
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Leviticus; Principle #20; Lev. 27:30-34; p. 163
Christian Stewardship: Because of God's indescribable gift of salvation, we should be generous with our material possessions.
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Numbers; Principle #1; Num. 1:1-2; p. 168
Hearing God's Word: Since God still speaks today through the authors of Scripture, we should devote ourselves to studying the Word of God in order to discern His will for our lives.
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Numbers; Principle #2; Num. 1:3-19; p. 174
The Book of Life: As believers, when we are tempted to doubt God's love and concern, we should remember that our names are forever written in the book of life.
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Numbers; Principle #3; Num. 1:20-2:2; p. 170
Well-Ordered Lives: Since we are made in God's image, we should live our lives in an orderly fashion.
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Numbers; Principle #4; Num. 3:1-13; p. 171
Spiritual Leadership: To carry out God's work in the world, we should appoint qualified spiritual leaders.
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Numbers; Principle #5; Num. 5:5-6; p. 174
Sinful Actions: When we sin against another person, we should understand immediately that we are actually sinning against God.
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Numbers; Principle #6; Num. 5:7-10; p. 174
Making Restitution: When we have wronged someone, we should do all we can to make restitution.
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Numbers; Principle #7; Num. 5:11-31; p. 175
Handling Jealousy Appropriately: When we experience jealousy in our lives and encounter these feelings in others, we should deal with these emotions in appropriate ways.
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Numbers; Principle #8; Num. 6:22-27; p. 177
Blessing One Another: As followers of Jesus Christ, we are to bless one another in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
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Numbers; Principle #9; Num. 7:1-88; p. 179
Modeling Generosity: Spiritual leaders should take the lead in being generous with their material possessions.
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Numbers; Principle #10; Num. 8:5-26; p. 180
The Blood of Christ: As new covenant believers who are cleansed by the blood of Christ, we are to serve one another.
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Numbers; Principle #11; Num. 10:1-10; p. 182
Our Trumpet Call: When God's trumpet call summons us to meet Jesus Christ, we should be spiritually ready to meet our Savior.
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Numbers; Principle #12; Num. 10:29-32; p. 183
Sharing Our Blessings: We must not forget to bless those who have blessed us on our spiritual journey.
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Numbers; Principle #13; Num. 11:1-3; p. 183
Selfish Complaining: As recipients of God's blessings, we must be on guard against the sin of ungratefulness.
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Numbers; Principle #14; Num. 11:4-9; p. 184
Sinful Influences: We must not allow worldly and sinful people to impact our attitudes and actions in unspiritual ways.
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Numbers; Principle #15; Num. 11:10-15; p. 184
Honesty with God: When we become discouraged and even disgusted because of fickle people, we should share our negative feelings openly and honestly with God.
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Numbers; Principle #16; Num. 12:1-3; p. 186
The Power of Jealousy: We must not allow jealousy to cause us to sin against God and our fellow human beings.
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Numbers; Principle #17; Num. 12:4-16; p. 186
Our Greatest Defender: When we are falsely accused, we should first and foremost allow God to defend us.
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Numbers; Principle #18; Num. 13:1-20; p. 187
Inappropriate Influences: Spiritual leaders should not allow selfish opinions to cause them to make unwise decisions.
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Numbers; Principle #19; Num. 13:21-33; p. 188
Majority Opinions: We must not assume that majority opinions always reflect God's will.
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Numbers; Principle #20; Num. 14:1-10; p. 188
Majority Resentment: If we support a minority opinion that is clearly in God's will, we should expect intense resentment if the majority are living our of God's will.
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Numbers; Principle #21; Num. 14:11-19; p. 189
Depth of Character: We should consider difficult challenges as opportunities to be humble, to be unselfish, and to defend God's character.
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Numbers; Principle #22; Num. 14:20-45; p. 190
Inappropriate Human Effort: When we disobey the Lord, we should never attempt to correct our mistakes in our own strength.
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Numbers; Principle #23; Num. 15:22-36; p. 191
Flagrant Defiance: When we deliberately and consistently disobey God, we should evaluate the authenticity of our salvation experience.
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Numbers; Principle #24; Num. 16:1-35; p. 193
Inexcusable Disloyalty: We must never become a part of a conspiracy against godly spiritual leaders.
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Numbers; Principle #25; Num. 16:41-50; p. 194
Misplacing Blame: We must avoid our human tendency to turn criminals into victims.
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Numbers; Principle #26; Num. 18:8-21; p. 195
Motivation in Ministry: Those who receive material gifts in order to devote their time and effort to ministry should serve God with pure motives.
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Numbers; Principle #27; Num. 18:22-32; p. 196
Ministerial Giving: Those who devote full time to ministry are also to support God's work proportionately, just as the church support them proportionately.
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Numbers; Principle #28; Num. 20:1-13; p. 197
Spiritual Maturity: Regardless of our age and spiritual maturity, we must guard against making foolish decisions that can hurt our witness for Jesus Christ.
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Numbers; Principle #29; Num. 20:22-29; p. 198
God's Faithfulness: Regardless of our failures, we can be assured that God will not forget us.
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Numbers; Principle #30; Num. 21:4-9; p. 198
Looking to Jesus: To receive the gift of eternal life, each of us must put our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who made atonement for our sins on the cross.
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Numbers; Principle #31; Num. 22:1-24:25; p. 202
Our Sovereign God: We are to trust God in all circumstances, believing that He can use anyone and anything to accomplish His purpose in this world.
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Numbers; Principle #32; Num. 25:1-5; p. 203
Idolatry and Immorality: We must be on guard against Satans universal strategy to lead people into sexual immorality and idolatrous activities.
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Numbers; Principle #33; Num. 25:6-18; p. 204
Church Discipline: As members of Christs body, the church, we are to separate ourselves from those who continue to engage in immoral behavior.
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Numbers; Principle #34; Num. 26:1-65; p. 206
New Beginnings: No matter what our failures as a community of believers, we should determine to move forward once weve dealt with our sin issues.
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Numbers; Principle #35; Num. 27:1-11; p. 207
Equality in Christ: In terms of our eternal inheritance, we must never believe or teach that God shows favoritism.
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Numbers; Principle #36; Num. 27:12-23; p. 208
Leadership Succession: At some point in time, every primary leader should initiate a plan for someone to be a successor.
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Numbers; Principle #37; Num. 28:1-29:40; p. 210
Living Sacrifices: To make a new beginning with God, we should present our bodies as living sacrifices that are holy and pleasing to the Lord.
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Numbers; Principle #38; Num. 30:1-16; p. 211
Faith Promises: When we make commitments before God and mankind, we should do so with total honesty.
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Numbers; Principle #39; Num. 32:1-42; p. 213
The Wages of Sin: When we deliberately and consistently sin against the Lord, we will ultimately suffer the consequences.
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Numbers; Principle #40; Num. 33:1-56; p. 215
Obeying God Fully: To be a witness in our world today, we must be transformed into the image of the Lord Jesus Christ.
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Deuteronomy; Principle #1; Deut. 1:1-5; p. 222
Our Future Generation: Pastors and parents should be faithful in teaching each new generation God's will for their lives.
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Deuteronomy; Principle #2; Deut. 1:9-18; p. 223
Qualified Assistants: As a church grows numerically, primary leaders should maintain their pastoral priorities by appointing qualified men and women to assist them.
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Deuteronomy; Principle #3; Deut. 1:19-33; p. 223
Maintaining a Clear Focus: To overcome discouragement and distorted thinking, we must remember God's faithfulness in the past and His promises for the future.
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Deuteronomy; Principle #4; Deut. 1:34-46; p. 224
Authentic Repentance: When we have disobeyed God and suffered the consequences, we are to confess our sins and then rely on God's strength to enable us to live in His will.
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Deuteronomy; Principle #5; Deut. 3:21-29; p. 226
Accepting Lifes Realities: We are to accept the irreversible consequences of sin, but at the samt time, we are to rejoice in God's forgiveness and present blessings.
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Deuteronomy; Principle #6; Deut. 4:1-14; p. 227
God's Revealed Truth: We are to accept, believe, and obey the inspired Word of God.
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Deuteronomy; Principle #7; Deut. 4:25-31; p. 228
Our Compassionate God: When we sin and alienate ourselves from God, we must remember that He is patiently waiting for us to return to fellowship with Him.
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Deuteronomy; Principle #8; Deut. 4:32-40; p. 229
Walking Worthy: In view of God's love and grace, we should walk worthy of our great calling in Christ.
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Deuteronomy; Principle #9; Deut. 5:1-21; p. 230
The Ten Commandments: As New Testament believers, we are to devote ourselves to keeping God's commandments and teaching them to our children.
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Deuteronomy; Principle #10; Deut. 5:22-33; p. 231
Godly Fear: We should always maintain a proper view of God's awesome holiness.
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Deuteronomy; Principle #11; Deut. 6:1-9; p. 231
Teachable Moments: We are to use the natural opportunities in our daily routines and relationships to maximize learning experiences with our children.
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Deuteronomy; Principle #12; Deut. 6:10-25; p. 232
Prideful Behavior: We are always to remember that God is the divine Source of our material blessings.
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Deuteronomy; Principle #13; Deut. 7:1-26; p. 233
Reflecting God's Holiness: As born again believers indwelt by the Holy Spirit, we are to eliminate all forms of idolatry and be transforming influences in the world.
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Deuteronomy; Principle #14; Deut. 8:1-20; p. 234
Wilderness Experiences: We are to view difficult experiences in our lives as opportunities to grow and mature in our faith.
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Deuteronomy; Principle #15; Deut. 9:1-6; p. 234
God's Mercy and Grace: No matter how many good works we do, we must always remember that our salvation is a free gift and not something we have earned.
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Deuteronomy; Principle #16; Deut. 10:12-16; p. 236
The New Birth: To receive eternal salvation, we must have a change of heart.
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Deuteronomy; Principle #17; Deut. 10:17-11:32; p. 237
Love and Obedience: To love God sincerely and fully, we must obey what He commands.
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Deuteronomy; Principle #18; Deut. 12:1-14; p. 238
Personal and Corporate Worship: Though we can enter God's presence at any moment because of our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, we are also to meet together regularly for mutual encouragement and corporate worship.
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Deuteronomy; Principle #19; Deut. 13:1-5; p. 239
Victory in Christ: Even though God may allow Satan to test our love for Him, we can be victorious other evil.
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Deuteronomy; Principle #20; Deut. 13:6-11; p. 240
Negative Family Influences: We must not allow close family members and friends to lead us away from God.
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Deuteronomy; Principle #21; Deut. 15:1-11; p. 242
Grace and Generosity: As followers of Jesus Christ, we are to be generous to people who face economic crises beyond their control.
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Deuteronomy; Principle #22; Deut. 18:1-8; p. 244
Caring for Spiritual Leaders: Every local church should provide ample material support for those spiritual leaders who devote significant amounts of time serving as spiritual shepherds.
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Deuteronomy; Principle #23; Deut. 18:9-14; p. 244
Occult Activity: Even though we may live in a culture that de-emphasizes occult activity, we must take seriously the reality that demonic and evil forces exist.
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Deuteronomy; Principle #24; Deut. 18:15-22; p. 245
Testing Prophetic Messages: When someone claims to have a prophetic message from God, were to use the Scriptures to evaluate the authenticity of this message.
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Deuteronomy; Principle #25; Deut. 19:15-21; p. 246
Maintaining Justice: We must thoroughly investigate any accusation of wrongdoing against a member of the body of Jesus Christ.
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Deuteronomy; Principle #26; Deut. 24:1-4; p. 249
Marriage and Divorce: When determining God's will regarding marriage relationships, we are to follow the teachings in the New Testament.
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Deuteronomy; Principle #27; Deut. 26:16-19; p. 251
God's Expectations Today: As new covenant believers, we should devote ourselves to obeying God's will as revealed in the New Testament.
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Deuteronomy; Principle #28; Deut. 27:1-8; p. 252
God's Inscribed Word: To live in God's will, we are to study and review the Scriptures.
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Deuteronomy; Principle #29; Deut. 28:1-15; p. 253
Blessings and Curses: We must differentiate between what God has promised to Israel as a nation and what He has promised to the church.
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Deuteronomy; Principle #30; Deut. 29:16-30:10; p. 256
God's Focus on Israel: To have a correct view of prophecy, we must understand God's unconditional covenant with the nation Israel.
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Deuteronomy; Principle #31; Deut. 31:1-8; p. 257
Security in Christ: If we have sincerely put our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, we are to be confident that God will never forsake us.
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Deuteronomy; Principle #32; Deut. 31:9-29; p. 258
Being Faithful: Even though more and more people will turn away from God as we approach the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, we are to be faithful knowing we can make a difference in this world.
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Deuteronomy; Principle #33; Deut. 31:30-33:29; p. 262
God's Compassionate Heat: Even though we fall God as believers, if we repent and turn from our sins, He will restore us and have intimate fellowship with us.
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Deuteronomy; Principle #34; Deut. 34:1-12; p. 263
A Great Model: We should study the lives of Old Testament personalities like Moses in order to be more faithful followers of the Lord Jesus Christ.
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Joshua; Principle #1; Josh. 1:1-5; p. 268
God's Personal Presence: No matter our circumstances in life, we are to rely on God's promise that He will never leave us or forsake us.
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Joshua; Principle #2; Josh. 1:6-9; p. 268
Modeling and Teaching: In order to be successful, pastors and parents must both practice and teach the Word of God.
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Joshua; Principle #3; Josh. 1:10-18; p. 269
Mutual Encouragement: We are to encourage spiritual leaders to lead with strength and courage.
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Joshua; Principle #4; Josh. 2:1-7; p. 270
Salvation for All: We are to present the gospel to all people, regardless of the depth of their sin.
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Joshua; Principle #5; Josh. 2:8-24; p. 271
Faith that Works: We are to test the validity of our salvation experience by our desire to do God's will.
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Joshua; Principle #6; Josh. 3:1-11; p. 271
Honoring God: Though we are to honor one another, we are to glorify God above all.
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Joshua; Principle #7; Josh. 3:12-4:24; p. 277
Family Memorials: We should create unique and natural ways to review with our children and grandchildren how God has met our needs and blessed us as an extended family.
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Joshua; Principle #8; Josh. 5:1-9; p. 273
Identification with Christ: If we have put our faith in the Lord Jesus, we should be baptized to show that we have died with Christ and have been raised to a new life.
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Joshua; Principle #9; Josh. 5:10-12; p. 274
The Lords Supper: If we have received the Lord Jesus as Savior, we should remember His sacrificial death by participating regularly in communion.
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Joshua; Principle #10; Josh. 5:13-15; p. 275
Our Holy God: Even though we are able to enter God's awesome presence because of Christs sacrificial death, we are to remember that we are worshiping a holy God.
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Joshua; Principle #11; Josh. 6:1-27; p. 276
God's Patience: We should let people know that Jesus Christ has delayed His second coming and the judgment to follow so that people will have an opportunity to repent and be saved.
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Joshua; Principle #12; Josh. 7:1-5; p. 276
Seeking God's Will: We must avoid reverting to purely humanistic approaches when facing challenges in our lives.
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Joshua; Principle #13; Josh. 7:6-12; p. 277
Acting Responsibly: We are to take full responsibility for our human failures rather that blaming God.
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Joshua; Principle #14; Josh. 7:13-15; p. 278
God's Compassion: Though God must ultimately judge sin, we must understand that He is first and foremost a God of love and compassion.
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Joshua; Principle #15; Josh. 7:16-26; p. 279
Hurting Innocent People: When we are tempted to deliberately and persistently violate God's will, we should consider how our sins will impact those closest to us.
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Joshua; Principle #16; Josh. 8:1-29; p. 280
Forgiveness and Freedom: Even though we fail God miserable, we should confess our sins, repent, and be restored to our heavenly Father.
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Joshua; Principle #17; Josh. 8:30-35; p. 280
Teaching God's Word: Spiritual leaders should take advantage of opportunities to review and communicate God's Word when people are the most teachable.
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Joshua; Principle #18; Josh. 9:1-15; p. 281
Satanic Deception: We must be on guard against Satan, the father of liars.
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Joshua; Principle #19; Josh. 9:16-27; p. 282
Handling Mistakes: There are times we must live with our mistakes, accepting the fact that we cannot correct something we did wrong by making another wrong decision.
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Joshua; Principle #20; Josh. 10:1-15; p. 283
God's Sovereign Ways: Even though we make mistakes, we are to be encouraged that God can still achieve His divine and sovereign purposes in and through our lives.
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Joshua; Principle #21; Josh. 14:6-15; p. 287
Rewards for Faithfulness: We are to serve God diligently, remembering that He will never forget our faithfulness.
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Joshua; Principle #22; Josh. 21:43-45; p. 294
God's Promises: We are always to trust God to fulfill His unconditional promises.
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Joshua; Principle #23; Josh. 22:1-34; p. 295
Avoiding Divisions: As members of Christ body, we are to do everything we can to avoid misunderstandings that lead to divisions and disunity.
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Joshua; Principle #24; Josh. 23:1-16; p. 296
Finishing Well: To follow God fully throughout our time on earth, we must obey the Word of God and keep our eyes focused on the Lord Jesus Christ.
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Joshua; Principle #25; Josh. 24:1-24; p. 297
Making Right Choices: To walk in God's will throughout our time on earth, we must deliberately choose to serve Him rather than the God's of this world.
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Judges; Principle #1; Judg. 1:1-2; p. 301
Consulting God: To make right decisions, we are first and foremost to consult God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ.
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Judges; Principle #2; Judg. 1:17-19; p. 302
Partial Obedience: We should guard against our human tendency to retreat when we face difficult challenges.
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Judges; Principle #3; Judg. 1:20-36; p. 303
Tests of Faith: We should view various difficulties in our walk with God as opportunities to demonstrate our faithfulness.
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Judges; Principle #4; Judg. 2:1-5; p. 303
Forsaking Sin: When we persist in sin, we must understand that we are offending God the Father and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
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Judges; Principle #5; Judg. 2:6-13; p. 304
Modeling and Teaching: Adults are to model and teach God's will to the younger generation.
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Judges; Principle #6; Judg. 2:14-15; p. 305
God's Discipline: When we persistently disobey God, He will discipline us in order to help us live more godly lives.
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Judges; Principle #7; Judg. 2:16-18; p. 305
God's Compassion: Though the Lord will eventually judge all those who ultimately reject His gift of salvation, we should be assured that He is a God of love, mercy, and forgiveness.
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Judges; Principle #8; Judg. 2:19-23; p. 306
Internalizing God's Values: With God's help we are to internalize biblical values.
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Judges; Principle #9; Judg. 3:1-11; p. 306
Spiritual Leadership: We should always select and appoint leaders in the church who are qualified spiritually.
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Judges; Principle #10; Judg. 4:1-24; p. 308
Leadership Qualities: When appointing women to leadership positions in the church, we should take seriously the maturity profile outlined specifically for them.
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Judges; Principle #11; Judg. 6:1-13; p. 310
Blaming God: We should not blame God for our misfortunes when weve caused these problems through our flagrant disobedience.
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Judges; Principle #12; Judg. 6:14-16; p. 311
Overcoming Intimidation: Even if we lack status and position in the Christian community, we are to trust God to use us to carry out His work in this world.
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Judges; Principle #13; Judg. 6:17-40; p. 312
Determining God's Will: We must be very cautious in asking God to verify what He has already made clear in His direct revelation in Scripture.
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Judges; Principle #14; Judg. 7:1-23; p. 313
Quality versus Quantity: In measuring success and doing God's work, we are to focus on quality rather than quantity.
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Judges; Principle #15; Judg. 8:22-35; p. 315
Thinking Consistently: To make decisions that glorify God, we must develop a value system that is consistent with God's character.
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Judges; Principle #16; Judg. 9:1-57; p. 317
Reciprocal Experiences: We are to treat others fairly and justly or God may discipline us by allowing what we have done to others to happen to us.
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Judges; Principle #17; Judg. 10:6-18; p. 318
Light in the Darkness: Followers of Jesus Christ are to view the decadence that surrounds them as an opportunity to be God's light in the darkness.
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Judges; Principle #18; Judg. 13:1-16:31; p. 323
Stories that Teach: When we read biblical stories of peoples lives, we should look for the lessons we can learn from both their successes and their failures.
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Judges; Principle #19; Judg. 17:1-13; p. 324
Religious Syncretism: We must be extremely cautious that we never combine pagan concepts with true biblical values.
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Judges; Principle #20; Judg. 19:1-30; p. 327
Addressing Evil: As followers of Jesus Christ, we are to confront evil but always in biblical ways.
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Judges; Principle #21; Judg. 21:25; p. 329
A Primary Responsibility: We should pray regularly for government leaders so that we might live in a peaceful environment that is conducive to sharing the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
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Ruth; Principle #1; Ruth 1:1-4; p. 333
Pagan Influences: Parents should do all they can to help children make decisions based on biblical values.
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Ruth; Principle #2; Ruth 1:4-9; p. 334
Maintaining Hope: When we face devastating tragedies, we are to focus on our glorious hope for the future.
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Ruth; Principle #3; Ruth 1:10-15; p. 334
Subtle Idolatry: We must be careful not to incorporate false God's into our belief system in order to compensate for serious losses in our lives.
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Ruth; Principle #4; Ruth 1:16-22; p. 335
Strength in Weakness: Even when we are weak spiritually and psychologically, we should remember that God can still use us to impact others.
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Ruth; Principle #5; Ruth 2:1-3; p. 335
Demonstrating God's Character: We are to reflect God's character in our lives in order to encourage others to walk in God's will.
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Ruth; Principle #6; Ruth 2:4-23; p. 337
A Godly Businessman: Regardless of the godless values that permeate the secular community, we are to continue to practice biblical values in all of our relationships.
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Ruth; Principle #7; Ruth 3:1-4; p. 337
Family Care: We are to do whatever we can to help meet the valid needs of others within our family relationships.
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Ruth; Principle #8; Ruth 3:5-11; p. 338
Moral Purity: Regardless of the non-biblical values that permeate many cultures today, we are to be committed to moral purity prior to marriage.
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Ruth; Principle #9; Ruth 3:12-4:10; p. 339
Family Redeemer: To reflect noble character, we are to demonstrate respect and concern for one another.
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Ruth; Principle #10; Ruth 4:11-12; p. 340
Marital Commitments: When entering a marriage relationship, we should plan a public ceremony to demonstrate our lifelong commitment.
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Ruth; Principle #11; Ruth 4:13-22; p. 340
The Family of God: We should use this beautiful love story to remind ourselves that through faith in Jesus Christ, we become spiritual brothers and sisters.
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1 Samuel; Principle #1; 1 Sm. 1:1-8; p. 346
Marital Relationships: To experience marital fulfillment as God intended, we must practice the one man-one woman plan instituted in the Garden of Eden.
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1 Samuel; Principle #2; 1 Sm. 1:9-18; p. 347
Sincere Commitments: We should feel free to make personal commitments to God that are based on God's future provisions.
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1 Samuel; Principle #3; 1 Sm. 1:19-28; p. 347
Child Dedication: Parents are to dedicate their children to the Lord and commit to teaching them to do God's will.
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1 Samuel; Principle #4; 1 Sm. 2:1-11; p. 348
Prayers of Praise: We should always praise and thank God for his blessings, especially when we have experienced specific answers to prayer.
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1 Samuel; Principle #5; 1 Sm. 2:12-26; p. 349
A Biblical Profile: When we select and appoint spiritual leaders, we are to use a biblical profile of maturity.
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1 Samuel; Principle #6; 1 Sm. 2:27-36; p. 350
A Well-Managed Family: Fathers are to lead their children to grow and mature spiritually, morally, and ethically.
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1 Samuel; Principle #7; 1 Sm. 3:1-18; p. 351
Human Responsibility: We are to take full responsibility for our failures, never blaming God or anyone else.
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1 Samuel; Principle #8; 1 Sm. 3:19-4:2; p. 351
Discerning the Truth: We should consult the Holy Scriptures as well as mature Christians to help us discern truth from error.
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1 Samuel; Principle #9; 1 Sm. 4:3-11; p. 352
Misplaced Faith: We must put our faith in the eternal, all-powerful God rather than in external symbols
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1 Samuel; Principle #10; 1 Sm. 4:12-22; p. 353
The Impact of Sin: To avoid causing others to stumble and fall into sin, we should live consistent godly lives.
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1 Samuel; Principle #11; 1 Sm. 5:1-7:1; p. 354
Our Eternal God: Though many of the values in our culture are out of harmony with the biblical values, we are to continue to reflect God's eternal power and glory in all that we do.
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1 Samuel; Principle #12; 1 Sm. 7:2-6; p. 355
Lukewarm Christianity: To experience God's presence and power, we must serve Him wholeheartedly.
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1 Samuel; Principle #13; 1 Sm. 7:7-14; p. 356
The Power of Prayer: To be able to serve God wholeheartedly and be victorious over Satan, we must seek His help through prayer.
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1 Samuel; Principle #14; 1 Sm. 7:15-8:3; p. 356
Parental Dissapointments: Parents must not ignore the power of a worldly environment to lead their children astray.
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1 Samuel; Principle #15; 1 Sm. 8:4-9; p. 357
Handling Rejection: When we experience rejection for doing what is right, we should remember it is God Himself who is ultimately being rejected.
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1 Samuel; Principle #16; 1 Sm. 8:10-22; p. 357
God-Centered Decisions: In using the freedom God has given us, we should always make decisions that are within His will.
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1 Samuel; Principle #17; 1 Sm. 9:1-17; p. 358
God's Faithfulness: In terms of our eternal life in Christ, we must depend on God's faithfulness, not ours.
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1 Samuel; Principle #18; 1 Sm. 9:18-10:10; p. 360
God's Empathy: When we are overwhelmed with our weaknesses, we are to seek God's help, being assured that God empathizes with our humanness and desires to help us.
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1 Samuel; Principle #19; 1 Sm. 10:17-27; p. 361
Hero Worship: In our hearts, we are never to allow spiritual leaders to take precedence over God.
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1 Samuel; Principle #20; 1 Sm. 11:14-12:5; p. 362
Modeling Godly Character: To earn the right to be heard, we must consistently model godly character that refl ects the life of Jesus Christ.
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1 Samuel; Principle #21; 1 Sm. 12:6-22; p. 363
A Second Chance: Even though we walk out of God?s will, we are to take comfort that He always desires to give us another opportunity to follow Him fully.
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1 Samuel; Principle #22; 1 Sm. 12:23-25; p. 363
A Shepherds Heart: We are to develop a heart of love and concern even for those who may reject our ministry.
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1 Samuel; Principle #23; 1 Sm. 13:1-14; p. 364
Self-Justification: We are to take full responsibility for our sinful actions and avoid making excuses to protect ourselves.
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1 Samuel; Principle #24; 1 Sm. 13:15-14:46; p. 366
Being Teachable: All adults should be open to what God may want to teach them through the younger generation.
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1 Samuel; Principle #25; 1 Sm. 15:1-35; p. 368
Prideful Behavior: We must be on guard against prideful behavior, which Satan wants to use to lead us into rebellion against God.
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1 Samuel; Principle #26; 1 Sm. 16:1-13; p. 369
Determining Heart Attitudes: When we select leaders, we are to use biblical criteria that measure internal Christlike qualities.
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1 Samuel; Principle #27; 1 Sm. 16:14-23; p. 370
Security in Christ: Though God will discipline us when we persistently sin, we are to take comfort in the fact that it is for our own good and we are secure in His eternal love.
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1 Samuel; Principle #28; 1 Sm. 17:12-28; p. 371
Jealous Reactions: When we have feelings of anger and jealousy, we must be on guard since these normal emotions can become very sinful.
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1 Samuel; Principle #29; 1 Sm. 17:31-37; p. 372
Youthful Service: We should encourage young people to be bold and courageous in their service for God.
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1 Samuel; Principle #30; 1 Sm. 17:38-47; p. 373
Honoring God: When Satan and his evil forces a ack us, one of our major goals should be to uphold God?s reputation.
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1 Samuel; Principle #31; 1 Sm. 17:48-18:4; p. 373
True Friendship: We are to honor one another, be devoted to one another, and even be willing to lay down our lives for one another.
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1 Samuel; Principle #32; 1 Sm. 18:5-20:42; p. 377
Self-destructive Behavior: We must never allow jealousy and anger to go unchecked since both emotions can lead to very sinful and destructive behavior.
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1 Samuel; Principle #33; 1 Sm. 21:1-15; p. 378
The Power of Fear: When we become fearful, we must be on guard against the temptation to regress to a itudes and actions that are self focused.
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1 Samuel; Principle #34; 1 Sm. 22:1-2; p. 378
Regaining Spiritual Focus: When we feel alone and isolated, we should refocus our thoughts on who God is and what He wants to do for us when we trust Him.
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1 Samuel; Principle #35; 1 Sm. 22:3-4; p. 379
Honoring Parents: Adult children are to honor and care for their parents.
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1 Samuel; Principle #36; 1 Sm. 22:5-23; p. 380
Making No Excuses: When we violate God?s will and in the process hurt others, we are to take full responsibility for our actions.
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1 Samuel; Principle #37; 1 Sm. 23:1-6; p. 380
Seeking God's Wisdom: When we have to make strategic decisions, we are to pray and seek wisdom from God and His Word.
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1 Samuel; Principle #38; 1 Sm. 23:7-24; p. 381
Selfish Motives: We must resist the temptation to convince ourselves that God approves of our actions when, in actuality, we are driven by selfish motives.
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1 Samuel; Principle #39; 1 Sm. 24:1-22; p. 382
False Repentance: Even though we may be overcome with guilt and remorse, we must not automatically conclude that we have experienced true repentance.
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1 Samuel; Principle #40; 1 Sm. 25:1-44; p. 384
Personal Confrontation: When we see a fellow Christian about to walk out of the will of God, we should be willing to confront that person humbly and sensitively.
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1 Samuel; Principle #41; 1 Sm. 26:1-25; p. 385
Respect Plus Accountability: We are to respect those who have spiritual leadership roles in the church, but they must still be held accountable for irresponsible and sinful actions.
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1 Samuel; Principle #42; 1 Sm. 27:1-12; p. 386
Spiritual Regression: We must be on guard against regressing to self-centered patterns of behavior.
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1 Samuel; Principle #43; 1 Sm. 28:1-25; p. 388
Finishing Well: As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, our goal should always be to conclude our lives on earth fulfilling God's will.
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1 Samuel; Principle #44; 1 Sm. 29:1-30:31; p. 389
Sincere Prayer: We should remember that God, as our heavenly Father, is always available when we sincerely seek His help.
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2 Samuel; Principle #1; 2 Sm. 1:1-24; p. 393
Loving Our Enemies: When bad things happen to those who have dealt with us unjustly, we should ask the Lord for grace to express sincere sorrow.
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2 Samuel; Principle #2; 2 Sm. 1:25-27; p. 394
Same-Sex Friendships: When we develop deep relationships within our own gender, we must always keep these relationships morally pure.
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2 Samuel; Principle #3; 2 Sm. 2:1-7:17; p. 398
God's Sovereign Plan: Though our journey through life includes many human factors, we must remember that God's sovereign plan for each one of us continues to unfold.
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2 Samuel; Principle #4; 2 Sm. 7:18-29; p. 399
Praying in God's Will: To experience answered prayer, we are to align our praise and petitions with God's revealed will.
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2 Samuel; Principle #5; 2 Sm. 9:1-13; p. 401
Reciprocal Ministry: We should remember those who have had a special ministry in our lives.
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2 Samuel; Principle #6; 2 Sm. 11:1-3; p. 402
Vulnerability to Temptation: When we are most vulnerable physically, emotionally, and spiritually, we must be on guard against Satan's attacks.
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2 Samuel; Principle #7; 2 Sm. 11:4-5; p. 402
From Temptation to Sin: We should take deliberate steps to keep sexual temptation from becoming sinful thoughts, attitudes, and actions.
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2 Samuel; Principle #8; 2 Sm. 11:6-27; p. 403
Ongoing Moral Failure: To avoid continued moral failures, we must openly acknowledge our sin.
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2 Samuel; Principle #9; 2 Sm. 12:1-12; p. 404
Deceiving Ourselves: We should be especially on guard against self-deception and rationalization when we fail morally.
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2 Samuel; Principle #10; 2 Sm. 12:13-23; p. 405
The Consequences of Sin: Though the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ cleanses us from all our sins, we should not expect all negative consequences to suddenly disappear.
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2 Samuel; Principle #11; 2 Sm. 12:24-25; p. 406
God's Unconditional Love: Once we acknowledge our sins and experience God's forgiveness, we should move forward in our lives, relying on God's unconditional love.
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2 Samuel; Principle #12; 2 Sm. 13:1-19; p. 407
Love or Lust: Men particularly must learn to distinguish between unselfish, unconditional love and selfish, conditional lust.
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2 Samuel; Principle #13; 2 Sm. 13:20-33; p. 408
Sinful Anger: We are not to harbor intense anger and hatred in our hearts since it can lead to terrible acts of sin.
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2 Samuel; Principle #14; 2 Sm. 13:34-39; p. 408
Parental Rationalization: When disciplining children, parents should not allow their judgment to become distorted by their own sins.
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2 Samuel; Principle #15; 2 Sm. 14:1-33; p. 410
Strengths and Weaknesses: No matter who we are or what our circumstances, we must be cautious so that our greatest strengths do not become our greatest weaknesses.
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2 Samuel; Principle #16; 2 Sm. 15:1-13; p. 411
Ultimate Betrayal: When we are betrayed by those we have trusted, we must remember that the Lord Jesus Christ identifies with our disappointment and pain.
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2 Samuel; Principle #17; 2 Sm. 15:14-16:14; p. 412
Accepting God's Discipline: When we reap the consequences of our sinful actions, we must willingly accept this as God's discipline.
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2 Samuel; Principle #18; 2 Sm. 18:1-18; p. 414
The Pervasive Sin of Pride: When we are tempted to be disloyal or to betray someone who trusts us, we should look for indications of pride in our hearts.
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2 Samuel; Principle #19; 2 Sm. 18:19-19:15; p. 416
Acting Responsibly: There are times when leaders must rise above emotional pain and identify with the needs of the larger community.
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2 Samuel; Principle #20; 2 Sm. 21:1-9; p. 418
Making Restitution: Though leaders may not be responsible for the evil done by other leaders within their area of accountability, they should attempt to right the wrong.
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2 Samuel; Principle #21; 2 Sm. 24:1-10; p. 422
A Clear Conscience: We should always seek to have a clear conscience.
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2 Samuel; Principle #22; 2 Sm. 24:11-17; p. 363
Taking Responsibility: When we see people injured and hurt because of our sinful actions, we should take full responsibility.
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2 Samuel; Principle #23; 2 Sm. 24:18-25; p. 423
Giving Sacrificially: We should seek to please God by offering Him sacrificial gifts.
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1 Kings; Principle #1; 1 Kg. 1:5-10; p. 428
Deception and Denial: No matter how much parents love God, they must still guard against being in denial regarding their children's inappropriate behavior.
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1 Kings; Principle #2; 1 Kg. 1:11-40; p. 429
Loving Intervention: Because of our human tendencies to be in denial, we should be accountable to others who love us enough to confront us.
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1 Kings; Principle #3; 1 Kg. 2:1-9; p. 430
Correcting Mistakes: We should do what we can to correct the results of our mistakes before passing our leadership role to our successors.
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1 Kings; Principle #4; 1 Kg. 3:1-3; p. 432
Subtle Idolatry: Even when we have a strong desire to walk in God?s will, we must still be careful not to allow any form of idolatry to creep into our lives.
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1 Kings; Principle #5; 1 Kg. 3:4-15; p. 433
Unselfish Motives: To be assured of eternal rewards, we should demonstrate true humility and concern for others.
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1 Kings; Principle #6; 1 Kg. 3:16-28; p. 434
God's Wisdom: To live in God's will, we should ask God for divine wisdom.
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1 Kings; Principle #7; 1 Kg. 5:1-12; p. 435
Wisdom and Peace: We should draw on God's wisdom to live in peace and oneness with our fellow Christians.
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1 Kings; Principle #8; 1 Kg. 6:1-38; p. 437
God's Living Temple: Christian leaders are to build their churches on one eternal foundation, the Lord Jesus Christ.
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1 Kings; Principle #9; 1 Kg. 8:1-11; p. 439
Spiritual Sacrifices: As God's living temple, we are to reveal God's glory by reflecting our Savior's sacrificial love as we relate to God and one another.
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1 Kings; Principle #10; 1 Kg. 8:22-53; p. 442
God's Forgiveness: Even though our sins are forgiven because of our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, we need to confess our sins in order to experience ongoing and intimate fellowship with God.
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1 Kings; Principle #11; 1 Kg. 8:54-66; p. 443
Standing Firm: Even though we may be sincere followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, we must be on guard against Satan's efforts to lead us into sinful disobedience.
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1 Kings; Principle #12; 1 Kg. 10:1-13; p. 444
God's Bridge to the World: We should love one another as Christ has loved us, demonstrating to unbelievers that Jesus is who He claimed to be--the God-man.
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1 Kings; Principle #13; 1 Kg. 11:1-8; p. 446
Moral Compromise: We should not compromise our love for God by engaging in any form of immorality.
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1 Kings; Principle #14; 1 Kg. 11:9-13; p. 446
Finishing Well: Even though we have had a strong beginning in our walk with God, we must not assume that we'll automatically continue on the path God has designed for us.
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1 Kings; Principle #15; 1 Kg. 11:26-40; p. 447
Jealousy's Terrible Toll: We should never underestimate the insidious power of jealousy.
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1 Kings; Principle #16; 1 Kg. 11:41-12:14; p. 448
Aged Wisdom: When seeking advice, we should value the accumulated wisdom of those who are older than we are.
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1 Kings; Principle #17; 1 Kg. 12:15-24; p. 449
God's Sovereignty and Human Responsibility: Though we make mistakes that lead to serious consequences, we are to remember that God is still sovereign and in control of human events.
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1 Kings; Principle #18; 1 Kg. 12:25-33; p. 450
Deception and Distortions: We must constantly be on guard against those who claim to be teaching the truth but who are distorting the Word of God.
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1 Kings; Principle #19; 1 Kg. 13:1-32; p. 451
False Prophets and Teachers: We must not accept or tolerate the teaching of anyone who claims to be a spokesperson for God but whose message contradicts the clear teachings of Scripture.
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1 Kings; Principle #20; 1 Kg. 13:33-14:20; p. 452
Encouraging One Another: We should encourage one another regularly so that we are not deceived by sin and drawn away from God's will.
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1 Kings; Principle #21; 1 Kg. 15:1-24; p. 454
Courageous Leaders: Spiritual leaders must take a firm and courageous stand against apostasy and the sinful practices that have infiltrated the church.
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1 Kings; Principle #22; 1 Kg. 15:25-16:34; p. 456
Sinful Regression: We should not be surprised when leaders who deliberately violate God's spiritual and moral laws become more and more rebellious and evil.
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1 Kings; Principle #23; 1 Kg. 17:1-6; p. 456
Persecution and Rejection: When we are faithful in following the Lord Jesus Christ in a decadent world, we should anticipate rejection and persecution.
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1 Kings; Principle #24; 1 Kg. 17:7-16; p. 457
A Test of Faith: At times, we should expect the Lord to allow us to experience uncertainty in order to develop our faith in Him.
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1 Kings; Principle #25; 1 Kg. 17:17-24; p. 458
Crisis Prayers: We should consider crises in our lives as opportunities to learn to pray more fervently.
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1 Kings; Principle #26; 1 Kg. 18:1-19; p. 459
Faith-Building Experiences: We should expect God at times to design smaller challenges in order to build our faith so we can face greater challenges victoriously.
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1 Kings; Principle #27; 1 Kg. 18:20-39; p. 460
Double Mindedness: When given a clear opportunity to acknowledge the one true God, we should realize that our silence may indicate the degree of unbelief in our lives.
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1 Kings; Principle #28; 1 Kg. 18:40-19:4; p. 460
Discouragement and Depression: When we experience discouragement and even depression, we should evaluate the degree to which we are physically, psychologically, and spiritually exhausted.
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1 Kings; Principle #29; 1 Kg. 19:5-9a; p. 461
Physical Needs: When we are discouraged and depressed, we should make sure we have had proper nourishment and sufficient physical rest.
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1 Kings; Principle #30; 1 Kg. 19:9b-10; p. 461
Mental Distortions: We must understand that serious depression may distort certain aspects of our reality.
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1 Kings; Principle #31; 1 Kg. 19:11-13; p. 462
Theological Disillusionment: We must guard against building our faith on intense and unusual spiritual and psychological experiences.
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1 Kings; Principle #32; 1 Kg. 19:13-18; p. 462
Mutual Encouragement: To continue to grow spiritually and to do God's work fervently, we should seek encouragement from fellow Christians.
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1 Kings; Principle #33; 1 Kg. 19:19-21; p. 463
Companionship: All of us should have close companions who share our passion and vision for doing the will of God.
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1 Kings; Principle #34; 1 Kg. 20:1-30; p. 464
Grace Beyond Measure: We are never to take advantage of God?s grace and continue to sin.
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1 Kings; Principle #35; 1 Kg. 20:30-43; p. 465
Hardness of Heart: When God is displeased with our actions, we are to listen and repent rather than respond with resentment and anger.
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1 Kings; Principle #36; 1 Kg. 21:1-16; p. 466
Childish Behavior: Even though adults are occupying key leadership roles, we should not assume they are mature psychologically and spiritually.
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1 Kings; Principle #37; 1 Kg. 21:17-26; p. 467
Evil Influences: We are to avoid close fellowship with people who persist in living evil lives.
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1 Kings; Principle #38; 1 Kg. 21:27-29; p. 467
A Humble Spirit: When we sin against God, we are to truly humble ourselves and confess our sins.
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1 Kings; Principle #39; 1 Kg. 22:1-12; p. 468
Selective Listening: We should always be open to hearing the truth rather than only listening to information that supports our selfish agendas.
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1 Kings; Principle #40; 1 Kg. 22:13-40; p. 469
Compromising Truth: Spiritual leaders should not withhold or distort God's Word in order to ingratiate themselves to their listeners.
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2 Kings; Principle #1; 2 Kg. 1:1-18; p. 473
God's Persistent Love: No matter how sinful and rebellious people become, we are to continue to communicate the message of God's grace and forgiveness.
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2 Kings; Principle #2; 2 Kg. 2:1-6; p. 474
Steadfast Devotion: Just as the Lord has promised never to leave or forsake His children, so we are to be loyal to one another.
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2 Kings; Principle #3; 2 Kg. 2:7-12; p. 474
Prayer for Power: When we experience unusual challenges, we should ask God for supernatural help and strength.
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2 Kings; Principle #4; 2 Kg. 2:13-15; p. 475
God's Miraculous Verification: When we feel intimidated and overwhelmed, we are to trust God to empower us with His Spirit.
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2 Kings; Principle #5; 2 Kg. 2:19-22; p. 476
Glorifying God: Whatever success we experience in life, we are to always glorify God, not ourselves.
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2 Kings; Principle #6; 2 Kg. 3:4-20; p. 477
Supernatural Intervention: Even though we may face circumstances that seem impossible to change, we are always to remember that God is able to circumvent natural laws.
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2 Kings; Principle #7; 2 Kg. 4:1-44; p. 478
A Man of God: When reflecting on these miracles performed by Elisha, we must remember that he was a man of God, not the Son of God.
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2 Kings; Principle #8; 2 Kg. 5:1-19; p. 479
The Gift of Life: When sharing the gospel, we should do all we can to help unsaved people understand that salvation is a free gift and cannot be earned.
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2 Kings; Principle #9; 2 Kg. 5:19-27; p. 480
Accountability before God: We must understand that the more we know about God's grace, holiness, and power, the more we are accountable for our sinful attitudes and actions.
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2 Kings; Principle #10; 2 Kg. 6:1-7; p. 481
God's Loving Care: We should feel free to seek God's supernatural help, no matter how simple our needs may be.
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2 Kings; Principle #11; 2 Kg. 6:8-23; p. 482
The Invisible World: Though most of us will never see the unseen world of good and evil, we are to believe that it exists and that we can be victorious in our spiritual battles.
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2 Kings; Principle #12; 2 Kg. 6:24-7:20; p. 483
Strength in Weakness: Even though we may feel weak and unworthy, we should be available for God to use us in miraculous ways to achieve His purposes in this world.
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2 Kings; Principle #13; 2 Kg. 8:16-18; p. 484
Marital Influence: When choosing a life mate, men and women should carefully consider whether that person is committed to walking in the will of God.
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2 Kings; Principle #14; 2 Kg. 8:25-29; p. 485
Family Nurture: Local churches should provide spiritual nurture and support for members of unbelieving families.
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2 Kings; Principle #15; 2 Kg. 9:30-37; p. 487
God's Justice: In view of God's coming judgment on unrepentant people, we should be more committed to sharing the gospel of God's grace and forgiveness through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
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2 Kings; Principle #16; 2 Kg. 10:1-36; p. 488
Eternal Rewards: We are to serve God wholeheartedly, realizing that as believers we will all appear before the judgment seat of Christ.
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2 Kings; Principle #17; 2 Ch 24:17; p. 490
Finishing Well: To finish our spiritual journey well, we should maintain proper relationships with mature Christians who will help us keep our focus on the Lord Jesus Christ.
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2 Kings; Principle #18; 2 Kg. 13:1-25; p. 491
God's Redemptive Plan: When we present the gospel message, we should remember we are participating in a great redemptive plan that was in the mind of God before He created the world.
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2 Kings; Principle #19; 2 Kg. 14:1-17:23; p. 495
Eternal Rewards: Though our salvation is secure in Christ, we must understand that our eternal rewards will be based on our obedience.
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2 Kings; Principle #20; 2 Kg. 18:1-37; p. 497
Walking Worthy: No matter how sinful the environment in which we live, we are to trust God to provide the inner resources to walk worthy of our calling in Jesus Christ.
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2 Kings; Principle #21; 2 Kg. 19:1-20:11; p. 500
Marks of Humility: To walk worthy of our calling in Christ, we are to demonstrate an attitude of humility toward God and one another.
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2 Kings; Principle #22; 2 Kg. 20:12-21; p. 500
A Strength Becomes a Weakness: We must be cautious that our greatest strength does not become our greatest weakness.
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2 Kings; Principle #23; 2 Kg. 21:1-18; p. 501
Godly Parenting: Parents should do all they can to model and teach Christian values to their children, but they must also understand that being godly is no guarantee that their children will always do what is right in God's sight.
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2 Kings; Principle #24; 2 Kg. 21:19-22:13; p. 502
Parental Values: In spite of parents and grandparents who have modeled ungodliness, we are to reject non-biblical values and follow God wholeheartedly.
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2 Kings; Principle #25; 2 Kg. 22:14-23:30; p. 504
Biblical Renewal: God wants to use us to renew the church of Jesus Christ by allowing His Word to transform our lives.
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2 Kings; Principle #26; 2 Kg. 23:31-25:30; p. 507
God's Grace and Mercy: We must never take credit for the gift of salvation we have received through the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.
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1 Chronicles; Principle #1; 1 Ch. 1:1-2:17; p. 512
God's Redemptive Plan: When we get alarmed and discouraged because of world events, we should refocus our thoughts on God's great redemptive plan.
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1 Chronicles; Principle #2; 1 Ch. 4:9-10; p. 515
Encouraging Dedicated Christians: When certain individuals distinguish themselves as dedicated Christians within the church, we should recognize and encourage them to continue to serve God faithfully.
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1 Chronicles; Principle #3; 1 Ch. 5:1-2; p. 516
Sin's Consequences: Though God cleanses us from all sins through the blood of Jesus Christ, we must understand that we may still suffer some consequences from sins we have committed.
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1 Chronicles; Principle #4; 1 Ch. 5:18-22; p. 517
Spiritual Warfare: To be successful in our spiritual battles with Satan, we must put on the full armor of God, which includes prayer.
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1 Chronicles; Principle #5; 1 Ch. 9:1-44; p. 522
The Book of Life: If we have sincerely received the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, we can be assured that our names will never be erased from God's Book of Life.
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1 Chronicles; Principle #6; 1 Ch. 10:1-14; p. 523
Abusing God's Grace: God's grace is immeasurable, but we are not to abuse that grace by engaging in deliberate sin.
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1 Chronicles; Principle #7; 1 Ch. 11:15-19; p. 524
An Unselfish Heart: In our relationships with fellow Christians, we must be cautious never to take advantage of others in order to meet our own needs.
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1 Chronicles; Principle #8; 1 Ch. 13:1-14; p. 527
A God-Fearing Heart: Though God wants us to have a sense of freedom in our worship, we are always to maintain a sense of awe.
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1 Chronicles; Principle #9; 1 Ch. 15:1-15; p. 528
An Obedient Heart: When we fail to walk in God's will, we should learn from our mistakes by consulting His Word and responding in obedience.
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1 Chronicles; Principle #10; 1 Ch. 16:7-36; p. 529
A Thankful Heart: We should always honor God by thanking Him for His blessings and goodness.
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1 Chronicles; Principle #11; 1 Ch. 17:1-27; p. 531
A Humble Heart: God wants us to serve Him humbly and faithfully, regardless of our position in the body of Christ.
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1 Chronicles; Principle #12; 1 Ch. 21:1-8; p. 533
A Repentant Heart: When we are confronted with our sins, we are to respond with repentant and broken hearts.
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1 Chronicles; Principle #13; 1 Ch. 21:9-17; p. 534
A Compassionate Heart: When we have sinned against God and caused others to suffer, we should not only take full responsibility for our actions, but do so with compassion for those we've hurt.
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1 Chronicles; Principle #14; 1 Ch. 21:18-30; p. 534
A Sacrificial Heart: To worship God as He desires, we are to offer our bodies as living sacrifices.
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1 Chronicles; Principle #15; 1 Ch. 22:1-19; p. 535
A Non-Threatened Heart: Godly leaders should put others first, even if it means giving up the desires of their own hearts.
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1 Chronicles; Principle #16; 1 Ch. 23:1-29:2; p. 541
A Supportive Heart: When leaders step aside so others can assume their roles, they should do all they can to help those who replace them succeed.
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1 Chronicles; Principle #17; 1 Ch. 29:3-9; p. 542
A Generous Heart: When planning special financial projects, spiritual leaders should model generosity.
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1 Chronicles; Principle #18; 1 Ch. 29:10-19; p. 543
An Upright Heart: When we give material possessions to further God's work, we are to do so with pure motives and upright hearts.
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1 Chronicles; Principle #19; 1 Ch. 29:26-30; p. 543
Building God's Eternal Kingdom: As we live our lives, we should have as a primary goal to build God's eternal kingdom, not our own.
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2 Chronicles; Principle #1; 2 Ch. 1:7-13; p. 546
Unselfish Motives: When we pray to our heavenly Father, we are to have pure, unselfish motives. 546
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2 Chronicles; Principle #2; 2 Ch. 2:1-16; p. 547
Our Witness in the World: As Christians, we are to communicate who God is by the way we honor and reflect who He is in our lives.
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2 Chronicles; Principle #3; 2 Ch. 5:2-14; p. 550
Oneness in Worship: To experience more fully God's presence and power, we should do all we can to be one in heart and soul.
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2 Chronicles; Principle #4; 2 Ch. 6:1-6; p. 550
Honoring God: When God uses us to build His spiritual kingdom, we should always acknowledge that it is God who is accomplishing His work through us.
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2 Chronicles; Principle #5; 2 Ch. 6:7-11; p. 551
Our Heart's Desire: When we have a sincere desire to do something special to build the church--God?s temple--we should be encouraged that the Lord will value our desire.
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2 Chronicles; Principle #6; 2 Ch. 6:12-7:3; p. 553
Authentic Worship: Though centuries have passed since the Holy Spirit came on the day of Pentecost, we are to continue to worship and praise God as if it happened in our lifetime.
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2 Chronicles; Principle #7; 2 Ch. 7:12-22; p. 554
A Priority through Prayer: We are to pray regularly for all government officials so that we'll have a peaceful environment in which to worship God and to communicate the gospel.
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2 Chronicles; Principle #8; 2 Ch. 11:1-17; p. 557
Faithfulness in Difficult Circumstances: Even if our government leaders are not following God as they should, we are to submit to them, but never to violate God's will.
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2 Chronicles; Principle #9; 2 Ch. 12:1; p. 558
The Success Syndrome: When we become successful, we are to be on guard against the temptation to follow our selfish desires and ignore the teachings of the Word of God.
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2 Chronicles; Principle #10; 2 Ch. 12:2-12; p. 558
The Importance of Humility: No matter our failures, we should first and foremost humble ourselves in order to restore our relationship with God.
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2 Chronicles; Principle #11; 2 Ch. 12:13-16; p. 559
A Heart Decision: If we're going to walk in God's will daily and serve Him faithfully, we must make this determination in our hearts.
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2 Chronicles; Principle #12; 2 Ch. 13:1-22; p. 560
God's Grace: We must never conclude that God's continual blessings give us the freedom to indulge in sinful behavior.
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2 Chronicles; Principle #13; 2 Ch. 14:1-16:14; p. 562
Running the Race Victoriously: At the beginning and during our spiritual race, we must determine in our hearts to finish strong.
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2 Chronicles; Principle #14; 2 Ch. 17:1-11; p. 563
Teaching Biblical Truth: To bring continual renewal among God's people, we must communicate biblical truth.
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2 Chronicles; Principle #15; 2 Ch. 19:4-11; p. 565
Appointing Godly Leaders: To bring continual renewal among God's people, we must select and appoint godly leaders.
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2 Chronicles; Principle #16; 2 Ch. 20:1-12; p. 566
Prayer and Faith: Leaders must pray and trust God for wisdom and spiritual power in order to lead God's people into continual renewal.
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2 Chronicles; Principle #17; 2 Ch. 20:13-19; p. 566
A Family Experience: There are times when parents should involve their total families in worshiping God and trusting Him to meet their needs.
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2 Chronicles; Principle #18; 2 Ch. 20:35-37; p. 567
Improper Alliances: We should avoid entering into partnerships with individuals who do not share our biblical values.
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2 Chronicles; Principle #19; 2 Ch. 21:1-20; p. 568
A Tragic Epitaph: All of us should seek to be remembered as Christians who loved God with all our hearts and our neighbors as ourselves.
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2 Chronicles; Principle #20; 2 Ch. 22:1-23:21; p. 570
A Mother's Influence: Every mother should be aware of her potential to influence her children, either negatively or positively.
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2 Chronicles; Principle #21; 2 Ch. 24:1-14; p. 571
Joyful Giving: To meet special needs within the body of Jesus Christ, we are all to participate financially with a joyful spirit.
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2 Chronicles; Principle #22; 2 Ch. 25:1-28; p. 573
Wholehearted Motivation: To serve God and others faithfully, we must be motivated internally, not just externally.
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2 Chronicles; Principle #23; 2 Ch. 26:1-23; p. 574
The Peril of Fame: When leaders become successful and well known, they should be constantly on guard against engaging in actions motivated by arrogance.
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2 Chronicles; Principle #24; 2 Ch. 27:1-9; p. 575
God's Plan for Success: To be truly successful in God's sight, we are to practice God?s truth unwaveringly
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2 Chronicles; Principle #25; 2 Ch. 28:1-27; p. 576
Spiritual and Mental Deterioration: To avoid spiritual and mental deterioration, we must continue to walk in God's will.
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2 Chronicles; Principle #26; 2 Ch. 29:1-11; p. 577
Diligent Service: Because of our position and calling in Christ, we should diligently worship and serve Him by offering ourselves as living sacrifices.
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2 Chronicles; Principle #27; 2 Ch. 29:25-36; p. 578
Worship and Music: As Christians, we should always have God-honoring music as an integral part of our corporate worship.
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2 Chronicles; Principle #28; 2 Ch. 30:1-5; p. 579
The Lord?s Supper: As believers in the Messiah, we are to remember the death of the Lamb of God regularly by participating in the Lord?s Supper.
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2 Chronicles; Principle #29; 2 Ch. 30:6-12; p. 580
Ridicule and Rejection: As we approach the time when Jesus Christ will return, we should expect more and more ridicule from unbelievers for our commitment to live holy lives.
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2 Chronicles; Principle #30; 2 Ch. 30:13-27; p. 580
The Spirit of the Law: We must remember that God is more concerned about our heart condition than rules and regulations.
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2 Chronicles; Principle #31; 2 Ch. 31:1-21; p. 582
True Repentance: When we experience true repentance, we will turn away from our sinful ways and reflect the fruit of the Holy Spirit.
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2 Chronicles; Principle #32; 2 Ch. 32:24-26; p. 583
God Honors Humility: Though all of us are vulnerable to the sin of pride, God will respond positively when we respond to His discipline with true humility.
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2 Chronicles; Principle #33; 2 Ch. 33:1-20; p. 584
God's Forgiveness: No matter how evil our lives have become, when we sincerely and humbly confess our sins, God will forgive us because of Christ's cleansing blood.
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2 Chronicles; Principle #34; 2 Ch. 33:21-34:7; p. 585
The Potential of Youth: We must always remember that God desires to use us to carry out His purposes in this world regardless of our age.
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2 Chronicles; Principle #35; 2 Ch. 34:8-35:27; p. 587
Response to God's Word: When Scripture confronts sin in our lives, we should allow God's Spirit to convict us, humble us, and redirect our lives into His will.
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2 Chronicles; Principle #36; 2 Ch. 36:1-23; p. 589
God's Compassion: We should praise God that He is compassionate, desiring that all people turn from their sins and be saved.
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Ezra; Principle #1; Ezr. 1:1-4; p. 593
Our Sovereign God: We are to trust God, knowing that He is ultimately in control of all that transpires on planet earth.
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Ezra; Principle #2; Ezr. 1:5-11; p. 594
Living by the Spirit: To carry out God's purposes in the world, we must keep our thoughts and desires in harmony with His revealed will in the Holy Scriptures.
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Ezra; Principle #3; Ezr. 2:68-70; p. 595
Generous Giving: To carry out God's work in the world, all followers of Jesus Christ should be willing to participate materially.
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Ezra; Principle #4; Ezr. 3:1-7; p. 596
Boldness in Worship and Witness: Though we are to be wise in the way we relate to those who are unbelievers, we should also be bold in our worship and witness for Jesus Christ.
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Ezra; Principle #5; Ezr. 4:1-5; p. 597
Specific Temptations: After we have confessed a particular sin and received forgiveness, we must be prepared to be tempted in that area of vulnerability.
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Ezra; Principle #6; Ezr. 4:6-23; p. 598
Opposition and Persecution: When we are doing God's work, we should expect opposition from those who are threatened by our activities.
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Ezra; Principle #7; Ezr. 4:24-5:5; p. 599
God's Protection: Although as Christ-followers we will sometimes suffer serious persecution and even death, we are to trust God never to leave us or forsake us.
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Ezra; Principle #8; Ezr. 5:6-6:15; p. 600
Satan's Strategies: We are to trust God and take proactive steps to defeat Satan's evil strategies.
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Ezra; Principle #9; Ezr. 6:16-22; p. 601
Our Divine Source: To please God on a consistent basis, we must be committed to living in God's will as recorded in the Holy Scriptures.
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Ezra; Principle #10; Ezr. 7:1-10; p. 602
Faithful Leadership: To experience God's blessing on our ministry to others, we must faithfully study the Holy Scriptures, consistently practice God's principles, and diligently teach these truths to others.
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Ezra; Principle #11; Ezr. 7:11-28; p. 603
Honoring God: When God uses us to do His work, we are to glorify Him for His faithfulness to us.
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Ezra; Principle #12; Ezr. 8:21-31; p. 604
Living What We Profess: In our witness to unbelievers, we are to live consistent Christian lives.
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Ezra; Principle #13; Ezr. 9:1-9; p. 605
God's Grace: When we experience God's mercy, we should respond to His grace by accepting His free gift of salvation and then living godly lives.
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Ezra; Principle #14; Ezr. 9:10-10:17; p. 607
True Repentance: If we are violating God's will, we should confess our sins and once again walk in fellowship with God and one another.
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Nehemiah; Principle #1; Neh. 1:1-4; p. 611
Intense Prayer: When we are in the midst of agonizing circumstances that seem hopeless, we should freely share our painful thoughts and feelings with God.
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Nehemiah; Principle #2; Neh. 1:5-11; p. 612
A Model Prayer: We should use Nehemiah's model prayer to seek God's help when we face unusual challenges in doing God's work.
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Nehemiah; Principle #3; Neh. 2:1-8; p. 613
Balancing the Divine and Human: When we are praying and asking God for help, we should also use our own talents and abilities to be a part of the answer to our prayers.
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Nehemiah; Principle #4; Neh. 2:11-20; p. 614
Planning Ahead: In attempting to carry out a difficult task, we should not only ask for God's help, but also carefully and diligently plan ahead.
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Nehemiah; Principle #5; Neh. 3:1-32; p. 615
Strategic Planning: We should remember that people are the most important aspect of any strategic plan.
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Nehemiah; Principle #6; Neh. 4:1-6; p. 616
Overcoming Opposition: When we are successful in doing God's work, we should expect opposition and take steps to defeat Satan.
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Nehemiah; Principle #7; Neh. 4:7-14; p. 617
Courageous Leadership: When facing serious satanic attacks, as spiritual leaders we should assess the situation and challenge God's people to be strong in the Lord.
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Nehemiah; Principle #8; Neh. 4:15-23; p. 617
The Power of Unity: In our battle against Satan, we are to do all we can to create a spirit of unity and oneness among God's people.
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Nehemiah; Principle #9; Neh. 5:1-13; p. 618
Internal Conflicts: Spiritual leaders should always be concerned about internal conflicts and confront the issues appropriately.
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Nehemiah; Principle #10; Neh. 5:14-19; p. 619
Leading by Example: When we confront inappropriate behavior, we are to model what we're asking others to do.
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Nehemiah; Principle #11; Neh. 6:1-14; p. 620
Handling Enemy Attacks: When experiencing personal attacks, we are to trust God, not allowing fear to cloud our perceptions.
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Nehemiah; Principle #12; Neh. 6:15-7:3; p. 621
Effective Delegation: When we delegate responsibilities, we are to select individuals who have both a strong relationship with God and a high level of integrity with people.
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Nehemiah; Principle #13; Neh. 8:1-6; p. 622
Reverence and Response: When we are exposed to the message of the Word of God, we should always respond with a worshipful attitude followed by obedience.
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Nehemiah; Principle #14; Neh. 8:7-12; p. 623
Communicating Clearly: When we bring the message of the Scriptures to others, we are to help them understand what God is saying.
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Nehemiah; Principle #15; Neh. 8:13-18; p. 624
Obeying God's Word: When we clearly understand God's will for our lives, we are to draw on His strength and make every effort to do what He has said.
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Nehemiah; Principle #16; Neh. 9:1-10:29; p. 626
Confession and Repentance: When we discover specific areas in our lives that are out of harmony with God's will, we should confess our sins and respond with repentant hearts.
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Nehemiah; Principle #17; Neh. 12:27-43; p. 630
Consistent Celebrations: We are to regularly praise God and manifest His glory as we continually dedicate our lives to serving God and one another.
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Nehemiah; Principle #18; Neh. 12:44-47; p. 630
A Reciprocal Ministry: As God's people, we are to care for the financial needs of those who minister to us spiritually.
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Nehemiah; Principle #19; Neh. 13:1-31; p. 632
Confronting Carnal Leaders: Spiritual leaders are to courageously confront sinful behavior when fellow leaders are causing God's people to stumble.
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Esther; Principle #1; Est. 1:1-12; p. 635
Male Temptations: Because of the old sin nature, men particularly must always be on guard against the temptation to use women in selfish and egotistical ways.
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Esther; Principle #2; Est. 1:13-22; p. 636
Restoration in Christ: Husbands and wives are to practice mutual love and submission as made possible through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
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Esther; Principle #3; Est. 2:1-14; p. 637
Equality in Christ: As men and women who have put our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation we are to honor and respect one another as spiritual equals.
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Esther; Principle #4; Est. 2:15-18; p. 637
Unconditional Love: We are to follow Christ?s example and practice unconditional love and generosity.
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Esther; Principle #5; Est. 2:21-23; p. 638
God's Redemptive Plan: Regardless of the way sin dominates and controls some people's decisions and actions, we are to trust God in all circumstances ultimately to fulfill His promises.
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Esther; Principle #6; Est. 3:1-6; p. 639
Pagan Persecution: We should expect persecution when we live among people who are hostile toward anyone who worships the one true God.
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Esther; Principle #7; Est. 3:7-4:17; p. 640
Unselfish Acts of Faith: Since we claim Christ as our example, we are to be willing to sacrifice our own needs for the good of others.
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Esther; Principle #8; Est. 5:1-14; p. 641
All Have Sinned: Regardless of our gender, we must be on guard against our human tendency to engage in serious sinful actions against other human beings.
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Esther; Principle #9; Est. 6:1-7:10; p. 642
God's Judgment: We can be certain that evil people who have persecuted God's people will one day be judged.
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Esther; Principle #10; Est. 8:1-9:2; p. 644
God's Unconditional Promises: No matter how evil the world becomes, we are to put our faith in God's sovereign promise that someday Jesus Christ will deliver all true believers from this evil world.
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Esther; Principle #11; Est. 9:23-28; p. 645
Celebrating God's Gift: We should feel free to celebrate those events associated with the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ as the Savior of the world.
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Esther; Principle #12; Est. 10:1-3; p. 646
Serving Faithfully: We should serve God faithfully, knowing that we will be rewarded eternally by the King of kings and Lord of lords.
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Job; Principle #1; Job 1:1-2:10; p. 651
Satan's Evil Nature: We should use God's spiritual resources so we can be victorious over Satan's evil schemes.
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Job; Principle #2; Job 2:11-13; p. 651
The Art of Being Silent: When ministering to those who are suffering, we should initially focus our efforts on simply being present, not on dispensing information.
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Job; Principle #3; Job 3:1-26; p. 652
Asking ?Why?: We should allow people who are in deep pain to ask ?why? questions without being too quick to offer answers.
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Job; Principle #4; Job 4:1-5:27; p. 654
Subjective Reasoning: When attempting to help people who are experiencing pain and suffering, we should rely primarily on biblical truth rather than on our own subjective experiences.
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Job; Principle #5; Job 6:1-7:21; p. 656
Insensitive Communication: When ministering to those who are suffering, we must avoid adding to any person's pain by communicating false information.
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Job; Principle #6; Job 8:1-22; p. 657
Incorrect Perspectives: We must not assume that sincere Christians are always correct in their perspectives simply because they are older and more experienced.
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Job; Principle #7; Job 9:1-10:7; p. 658
Honesty with God: When we are distressed, confused, and frustrated with life's circumstances, we should feel free to share our true feelings with God.
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Job; Principle #8; Job 10:8-22; p. 659
When Life Begins: We must never allow ourselves to accept the evil notion that life begins at birth rather than at conception.
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Job; Principle #9; Job 11:1-20; p. 660
Confronting with Humility: When we are ministering to someone who is suffering, we should avoid any form of condescension and arrogance.
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Job; Principle #10; Job 12:1-13:6; p. 661
Appropriate Self-Defense: When we are falsely accused, we should not hesitate to defend ourselves, but we should avoid being defensive.
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Job; Principle #11; Job 13:7-14:22; p. 663
Discerning Depression: When we are ministering to someone who is demonstrating hopeless feelings, we should attempt to discern if this is a manifestation of serious depression.
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Job; Principle #12; Job 15:1-19:29; p. 667
An Eternal Perspective: Though we may never know on earth why bad things happen to good people, we should pray for grace and strength to believe that in eternity everything will be clear.
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Job; Principle #13; Job 20:1-29; p. 668
Showing Compassion: When helping others, we are to be empathetic and compassionate.
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Job; Principle #14; Job 21:1-34; p. 669
The Mystery of Suffering: When ministering to those who have experienced tragedies, we must be very cautious in offering explanations--particularly during the normal period of grief.
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Job; Principle #15; Job 22:1-24:25; p. 671
Faith that Endures: When experiencing unexplainable trials and sufferings, we should draw inner strength from Job's extraordinary faith.
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Job; Principle #16; Job 25:1-6; p. 672
The Dignity of Man: When pointing out that all human beings are sinners, we must also explain that we are all made in God's image.
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Job; Principle #17; Job 26:1-27:6; p. 673
A Godly Conscience: We should make sure we have developed a conscience that is in harmony with God's will for our lives.
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Job; Principle #18; Job 28:1-28; p. 674
Meaning in Suffering: When we are suffering for no explainable reason, we should seek meaning in our painful experience.
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Job; Principle #19; Job 29:1-30:31; p. 676
Identifying with Christ's Suffering: When we are experiencing unjust pain and suffering, we should attempt to understand more fully Christ?s suffering on the cross.
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Job; Principle #20; Job 31:1-32:22; p. 678
Sensitive Communication: Though we may become frustrated in our attempts to communicate the truth we are always to do so with grace and love.
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Job; Principle #21; Job 33:1-33; p. 679
God's Protection: When we face what appears to be unjust and undeserved afflictions, we should consider the possibility that God is preventing us from going down a wrong path that could lead to even more pain and suffering.
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Job; Principle #22; Job 34:1-37:24; p. 682
Listening to Ourselves: As we seek for answers to life's most difficult questions, we are to keep an open mind and heart, allowing God Himself to reveal inaccurate perspectives that can lead us to false conclusions.
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Job; Principle #23; Job 38:1-42:6; p. 686
God's Provision for Forgiveness: Although we are never justified in accusing God of being unjust and unfair, we should thank Him that He loves us unconditionally.
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Job; Principle #24; Job 42:7-9; p. 686
God's Amazing Grace: Though we will at times experience false accusations from believers and unbelievers, we are to take the initiative in praying for them and offering forgiveness.
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Job; Principle #25; Job 42:10-17; p. 687
Riches in Christ: When we face various trials, we are to remember that our true and enduring inheritance is eternal and in heaven.
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Psalm; Principle #1; Ps 1; p. 697
The Right Choice: To inherit the gift of eternal life, we must receive the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Savior from sin.
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Psalm; Principle #2; Ps 2; p. 698
A Message of Warning: Since the Lord Jesus Christ will someday bring judgment on all who reject His love and forgiveness, we are to balance God's message of hope with His message of retribution.
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Psalm; Principle #3; Ps 3; p. 698
Confident Living: We should begin each new day with the utmost confidence in God, believing He will never abandon us.
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Psalm; Principle #4; Ps 4; p. 699
Praying for Inner Peace: When we are experiencing anxiety, particularly at the end of a difficult day, we should ask God for inner peace so that we can experience a restful night's sleep.
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Psalm; Principle #5; Ps 5; p. 700
Our Privilege in Prayer: Because the Lord Jesus Christ is our great high priest, we are to enter God's presence at any moment in order to share our deepest thoughts and needs.
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Psalm; Principle #6; Ps 6; p. 701
Deliverance from Depression: When we face depression of any kind, we should share our deep feelings with God and ask for healing.
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Psalm; Principle #7; Ps 7; p. 702
Concern for Justice: When we are falsely accused or abused, we should pray for justice, but our goal should always be to uphold God's righteousness.
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Psalm; Principle #8; Ps 8; p. 702
The Dignity of Man: When we're tempted to think more or less of ourselves than we should, we are to think of how great God is and that we are made in His image.
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Psalm; Principle #9; Ps 9; p. 703
Praising God: We are to sincerely praise God no matter what the circumstances.
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Psalm; Principle #10; Ps 10; p. 704
Standing Firm: Even though unrighteous people arrogantly turn their backs on God and yet seem to prosper, we should not yield to the temptation to follow in their footsteps.
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Psalm; Principle #11; Ps 11; p. 705
A Strong Foundation: Even though moral and ethical foundations may be eroding, we should ask God to help us stay true to biblical values.
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Psalm; Principle #12; Ps 12; p. 706
Avoiding Deception: In a world of lies and deception, we should consistently evaluate what we read, hear, and see in light of the message in the Holy Scriptures.
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Psalm; Principle #13; Ps 13; p. 706
Openness and Vulnerability: When we feel abandoned by God, we should share our feelings, both with God and with other trustworthy Christians.
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Psalm; Principle #14; Ps 14; p. 707
An Unbelieving Heart: We must be on guard against claiming to believe in God while acting as if He does not exist.
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Psalm; Principle #15; Ps 15; p. 707
Imitating Jesus Christ: To have intimate fellowship with God, we must become more and more like Jesus Christ in the way we live.
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Psalm; Principle #16; Ps 16; p. 708
Eternal Hope: We are to be absolutely confident that because of Christ's resurrection from the dead, we too will live eternally.
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Psalm; Principle #17; Ps 17; p. 709
A Clean Heart: When we are seeking God's help, we are to examine our hearts to see if we are violating God's will.
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Psalm; Principle #18; Ps 18; p. 711
Our Unshakeable Foundation: We must always build our spiritual lives on Jesus Christ, who is a solid foundation that will never fail.
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Psalm; Principle #19; Ps 19; p. 712
God's Written Revelation: To help people understand clearly the message of salvation and spiritual growth, we must focus on communicating God's revelation in Scripture.
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Psalm; Principle #20; Ps 20; p. 713
Praying for Government Leaders: We should make it a priority to pray very specifically and consistently for our government leaders.
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Psalm; Principle #21; Ps 21; p. 714
A Prayer of Thanksgiving: We should always thank God for His blessings, including specific answers to our prayers.
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Psalm; Principle #22; Ps 22; p. 715
A Call to Worship: When we are reminded of Christ's suffering on the cross, we should never cease to worship Him from the depths of our hearts.
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Psalm; Principle #23; Ps 23; p. 716
Our Eternal Shepherd: When we consider that the Lord Jesus Christ is our shepherd, we should also remember that He is the eternal God who is without beginning and without end.
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Psalm; Principle #24; Ps 24; p. 717
The God-Man: When sharing the message of Christianity, we must make it clear that Jesus Christ is much more than a wonderful example and great teacher.
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Psalm; Principle #25; Ps 25; p. 718
Spiritual Growth: If we are to grow and mature in our Christian experience, we must have a teachable spirit.
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Psalm; Principle #26; Ps 26; p. 718
Unwavering Faith: To stand firm in our faith without wavering, we are to trust in the Lord wholeheartedly and demonstrate integrity in all that we do.
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Psalm; Principle #27; Ps 27; p. 719
Normal Ambivalence: When we have a sense of confidence in God mixed with feelings of fear and anxiety, we should accept these conflicting experiences as part of being followers of Jesus Christ.
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Psalm; Principle #28; Ps 29; p. 720
Godly Praise: During the most difficult times in our lives, we should focus on praising God.
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Psalm; Principle #29; Ps 30; p. 721
Prayer for Physical Healing: When we are physically sick, we should not hesitate to ask spiritual leaders to pray for our healing.
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Psalm; Principle #30; Ps 31; p. 722
Psychosomatic Illness: When we are experiencing physical difficulties caused by emotional stress, we must address the problem at its root cause.
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Psalm; Principle #31; Ps 32; p. 723
Instructing Others: When we have sinned against God, we must experience true brokenness and repentance before we are qualified to admonish others.
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Psalm; Principle #32; Ps 33; p. 724
God's Faithful Love: We should consistently thank our creator and redeemer for His faithful mercy and love.
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Psalm; Principle #33; Ps 34; p. 725
God's Unconditional Love: No matter how foolish we've acted, we must trust God to restore us and never to forsake us.
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Psalm; Principle #34; Ps 35; p. 726
Responding to Injustice: When we observe terrible injustices done to innocent people, including ourselves, we are to pray for God's intervention.
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Psalm; Principle #35; Ps 36; p. 727
Extending God's Grace: As those who have been saved by God's grace, we are to demonstrate concern for those who are lost and held captive by the power of sin.
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Psalm; Principle #36; Ps 37; p. 729
An Eternal Perspective: When we see wicked people flourishing, we are not to become frustrated and angry, realizing that God will ultimately reward us for our faithfulness, if not on this present earth, then in eternity.
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Psalm; Principle #37; Ps 38; p. 730
Body, Soul, and Spirit: When we fail to acknowledge our sins, we must be prepared to experience psychological repercussions as well as physical ailments that are caused by intense guilt.
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Psalm; Principle #38; Ps 39; p. 730
God's Kingdom First: In the light of eternity, we are to use our time, talent, and treasures wisely to achieve God's eternal purposes.
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Psalm; Principle #39; Ps 40; p. 731
Victory through Christ: When we are discouraged and even persecuted, we should patiently trust our Lord to deliver us from difficult circumstances.
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Psalm; Principle #40; Ps 41; p. 732
Caring for Others: In view of Jesus Christ's sacrifice for us, we are to demonstrate sensitivity and a caring spirit toward those who are poor and needy.
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Psalm; Principle #41; Pss 42-43; p. 733
Spiritual Depression: If we are depressed primarily due to spiritual reasons, we should share our concerns with God and seek comfort from other brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ.
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Psalm; Principle #42; Ps 44; p. 734
When God Seems Silent: We must remember that God is always concerned about us, even when He appears to be silent.
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Psalm; Principle #43; Ps 45; p. 735
The Bride of Christ: As those who are identified as the bride of Jesus Christ, we should be preparing ourselves spiritually for the glorious wedding supper of the Lamb.
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Psalm; Principle #44; Ps 46; p. 736
A Mighty Fortress: When we are engaged in difficult circumstances and struggles, we are to be assured that someday we will dwell safely in a heavenly city that will never be destroyed.
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Psalm; Principle #45; Ps 47; p. 737
King of Kings: As followers of Jesus Christ, we are to look forward to the day when He will reign over all nations.
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Psalm; Principle #46; Ps 48; p. 738
The New Jerusalem: We are consistently to rejoice and praise God that we have an everlasting inheritance in God's eternal city.
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Psalm; Principle #47; Ps 49; p. 739
Treasures in Heaven: We must never allow our sense of security in material possessions to keep us from pursuing our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ in order to inherit eternal salvation.
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Psalm; Principle #48; Ps 50; p. 740
Authentic Worship: As believers, we are to offer ourselves to God in a way that reflects sacrificial worship and living.
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Psalm; Principle #49; Ps 51; p. 741
Authentic Repentance: When we sin and walk out of God's will, we are to respond to His loving discipline with a repentant and broken heart.
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Psalm; Principle #50; Ps 52; p. 742
A Wicked Tongue: We should always use words to help people, not to hurt them.
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Psalm; Principle #51; Ps 54; p. 743
Praying for Protection and Vindication: We are to seek God's protection and vindication when we are persecuted and betrayed by godless people.
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Psalm; Principle #52; Ps 55; p. 744
Betrayal: When we are betrayed by someone we have trusted implicitly, we are to follow the example of the Lord Jesus Christ, who prayed for His fickle friends and His worst enemies.
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Psalm; Principle #53; Ps 56; p. 745
Our Eternal Hope: When we face persecution, we should trust God, being assured that evil people may be able to destroy our bodies but never our souls.
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Psalm; Principle #54; Ps 57; p. 745
The Power of Encouragement: We should provide encouragement for one another--especially for those who are lonely and disheartened.
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Psalm; Principle #55; Ps 58; p. 746
Being Salt and Light: We are to take a proactive approach in praying for our political leaders so that we might continue to be salt and light in this world.
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Psalm; Principle #56; Ps 59; p. 747
Praising God in Difficult Circumstances: When we are despised by those who resent our biblical values, we should not only pray for protection but also for grace to praise God in the midst of these difficult circumstances.
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Psalm; Principle #57; Ps 60; p. 748
The Armor of God: When we are experiencing unusual success, we are to be on guard against satanic attacks.
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Psalm; Principle #58; Ps 61; p. 748
Our Great High Priest: Since the Lord Jesus Christ is our great high priest, we can approach God at any time for supernatural strength.
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Psalm; Principle #59; Ps 63; p. 750
God's Faithful Love: More than any other blessing in our lives, we should constantly seek to know God and His faithful love.
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Psalm; Principle #60; Ps 64; p. 750
A Two-Dimensional Prayer: Though we are to pray for protection from evil people, we should also pray that they'll repent of their sins.
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Psalm; Principle #61; Ps 65; p. 751
Generous Giving: We are to give material gifts thankfully, joyfully, and consistently to help carry out the Great Commission.
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Psalm; Principle #62; Ps 66; p. 752
Witnessing through Praise: We are to be ready to share with others what God has done for us through our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
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Psalm; Principle #63; Ps 67; p. 752
Lord of All: We are to share the gospel with all people regardless of their gender, ethnic backgrounds, color, creed, and economic status.
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Psalm; Principle #64; Ps 68:1-19; p. 754
God's Grace: As ordinary people, we should rejoice that God has chosen to display His grace in our lives.
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Psalm; Principle #65; Ps 68:20-35; p. 755
The Day of the Lord: Knowing that at any moment the day of grace could end and usher in the Day of the Lord, we are to do our part in communicating the message of salvation to those who are unsaved.
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Psalm; Principle #66; Ps 69; p. 756
Our Great High Priest: When we face difficulties, we should approach God with confidence, knowing that the Lord Jesus Christ is our mediator and is continually representing us before God.
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Psalm; Principle #67; Ps 71; p. 757
Caring for the Elderly: As adult children as well as local church leaders, we are to make sure that elderly people are cared for properly.
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Psalm; Principle #68; Ps 72; p. 758
Making Christ King: As members of Christ's church, we are to worship and serve Jesus Christ as our sovereign Lord and King.
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Psalm; Principle #69; Ps 73; p. 759
Eternal Perspective: We are to have an eternal perspective on material possessions rather than focusing on the temporary prosperity of the wicked.
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Psalm; Principle #70; Ps 74; p. 760
God's Eternal Covenant: No matter what happens in this life, we are to rest in God's promise to bring us safely home to heaven.
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Psalm; Principle #71; Ps 75; p. 761
A Call to Humility: When we are tempted to be prideful, we should reflect on God?s sovereign grace and mercy in choosing us to be His children.
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Psalm; Principle #72; Ps 76; p. 762
The Only Way: We are to believe and teach the gospel message that only those who put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ will inherit eternal life.
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Psalm; Principle #73; Ps 77; p. 763
Remembering God: When we are discouraged and even feel forsaken by God, we should reflect on the Lord's holiness, His power, and His past blessings and provisions.
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Psalm; Principle #74; Ps 78:1-8; p. 763
Parental Nurture: As parents, we are to teach our children God's eternal Word, and as pastors, we should make sure our churches support this teaching-learning process.
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Psalm; Principle #75; Ps 79:13; p. 765
Forgiveness of Sins: To experience continual forgiveness of sin and intimate fellowship with God, we must acknowledge our sins and then walk in God's will.
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Psalm; Principle #76; Ps 80; p. 766
Abiding in Christ: We must live in close fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ, drawing our strength from Him.
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Psalm; Principle #77; Ps 81; p. 767
Avoiding Idolatry: We are to be on guard against engaging in any form of idolatry.
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Psalm; Principle #78; Ps 82; p. 768
Qualified Leadership: We are to appoint leaders in the church who are spiritually qualified so that they will be good shepherds who care deeply for the needs of God's people.
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Psalm; Principle #79; Ps 83; p. 769
Praying for Judgment: When we pray for God's judgment on the enemies of righteousness, our primary motive should be that these evil people seek the one true God.
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Psalm; Principle #80; Ps 84; p. 769
God's Sanctuary Today: We are to be a living and unified sanctuary that reflects the divine unity that exists in the eternal community--Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
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Psalm; Principle #81; Ps 85; p. 770
Spiritual Renewal: As members of our local churches, we should help one another experience continual transformation into the image of Jesus Christ.
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Psalm; Principle #82; Ps 86; p. 771
Discovering God's Ways: To discover God's will for our lives, we should read and study God's Word regularly.
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Psalm; Principle #83; Ps 87; p. 771
The City of God: We should discover principles from Israel's history that definitely apply to the functioning body of Christ.
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Psalm; Principle #84; Ps 88; p. 772
Depression and Distortions: When we become depressed, we should be aware that we may distort reality as we reflect on the past, describe the present, and anticipate the future.
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Psalm; Principle #85; Ps 89; p. 774
God's Faithfulness: We should rely on God to keep His promises even though it may appear He is not faithful.
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Psalm; Principle #86; Ps 90; p. 775
Using Our Time Wisely: Regardless of our age, we should use each new day God gives us to live in His will.
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Psalm; Principle #87; Ps 91; p. 776
God's Protection: When we face life-threatening circumstances, we can be sure that God will deliver us, whether in life or in death.
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Psalm; Principle #88; Ps 92; p. 777
Praising God Regularly: To be productive spiritually, we should praise God all the days of our lives for His constant love and faithfulness.
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Psalm; Principle #89; Ps 93; p. 777
Authentic Worship: To be able to worship God authentically, we must come to know our Creator personally as our majestic, all powerful, eternal, and holy King.
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Psalm; Principle #90; Ps 94; p. 778
Walking in the Will of God: Since God knows our every thought, word, and deed, we should seek to live in God's will every moment of every day.
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Psalm; Principle #91; Ps 95; p. 779
True Repentance: Even though we profess to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, we should make sure we have experienced the new birth through saving faith.
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Psalm; Principle #92; Ps 96; p. 780
Our Corporate Witness: Those who have accepted the Messiah as Lord and Savior should continually praise Him before the watching world.
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Psalm; Principle #93; Ps 97; p. 781
Our Sovereign God: We are to trust God implicitly, even though we cannot comprehend fully how His absolute authority and control blend with our free will.
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Psalm; Principle #94; Ps 99; p. 781
Reflecting God's Holiness: Because God is holy, we are to reflect His holiness in all relationships.
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Psalm; Principle #95; Ps 100; p. 782
Being Thankful: We are to thank God consistently for His goodness, His eternal love, and His faithfulness.
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Psalm; Principle #96; Ps 101; p. 783
Our Adversary the Devil: When we commit to practicing God's values, we must be on guard against Satanic attacks.
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Psalm; Principle #97; Ps 102; p. 784
Our Great High Priest: When we are experiencing human weaknesses of any kind, we should approach God with confidence, knowing that Jesus Christ is our intercessor and He can identify with all of our humanness.
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Psalm; Principle #98; Ps 103; p. 785
Soul Worship: To experience quality worship, we must respond to God's blessings in our innermost being.
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Psalm; Principle #99; Ps 104; p. 786
God of Creation: When we observe God's powerful and creative hand in nature, we are to praise and glorify Him from our heart and soul.
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Psalm; Principle #100; Ps 105:1-6; p. 787
Remembering God?s Blessings: To deeply appreciate God's promises and provisions, we should regularly remember all that He has done for us in Christ Jesus.
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Psalm; Principle #101; Ps 106; p. 789
Living Under Grace: Though God is faithful, merciful, and forgiving, we should never continue to sin in order to experience more of His grace.
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Psalm; Principle #102; Ps 107; p. 791
God's Faithful Love: No matter what our predicaments, we are to remember the Lord's faithful love and cry out to Him for help and encouragement.
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Psalm; Principle #103; Ps 108; p. 791
Confidence in God: When we falter in our walk with God, we should draw strength from God's faithfulness to us.
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Psalm; Principle #104; Ps 110; p. 793
Our Messianic King: As members of Christ's church, we should continually acknowledge the Lord Jesus Christ as King of kings.
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Psalm; Principle #105; Ps 112; p. 794
Developing Righteous Character: To develop godly character, we must first experience the righteousness received by faith, and then sincerely love and worship God and live in His will.
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Psalm; Principle #106; Pss 117-118; p. 796
Responding to God's Love: Because of God's faithful love in sending the Lord Jesus Christ to be our Savior, we should love Him with all our hearts.
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Psalm; Principle #107; Ps 119:1-8; p. 797
True Fulfillment: To experience true fulfillment, we must continually learn and apply the principles in the inspired Word of God.
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Psalm; Principle #108; Ps 119:9-16; p. 798
Childhood Nurture: To fulfill God's ideal plan, we should begin to learn His Word as children so that we will seek to do His will throughout our lives.
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Psalm; Principle #109; Ps 119:17-24; p. 798
Illumination and Discernment: To clearly understand the Word of God, we are to rely on the divine Author, the Holy Spirit, to illumine our minds and hearts.
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Psalm; Principle #110; Ps 119:25-32; p. 799
Human Responsibility: To live in God's will, we must choose to follow and obey His Word
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Psalm; Principle #111; Ps 119:41-48; p. 799
Sharing the Gospel: To speak the Word of God boldly and yet sensitively to those who are unsaved, we must develop a deep appreciation for God?s love for us personally.
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Psalm; Principle #112; Ps 119:49-56; p. 800
Hope and Comfort: To experience hope and comfort in the midst of difficult circumstances, we are to focus on God's promises.
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Psalm; Principle #113; Ps 119:57-64; p. 800
God's Standard: To have intimate fellowship with God and one another, we must use the teachings of Scripture to evaluate our attitudes and actions.
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Psalm; Principle #114; Ps 119:65-88; p. 801
God's Faithful Love: When we walk out of God's will, we should welcome God's discipline that He has designed to restore our relationship with Him.
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Psalm; Principle #115; Ps 119:89-96; p. 802
God's Eternal Word: Though everything around us may be changing, we are to put our faith in the Word of God, which will endure forever.
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Psalm; Principle #116; Ps 119:97-104; p. 802
Loving God's Word: To grow in wisdom and godliness, we should meditate on Scripture regularly
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Psalm; Principle #117; Ps 119:105-112; p. 803
Wisdom from Above: We should consult the Word of God for perspective and guidance in all aspects of our lives.
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Psalm; Principle #118; Ps 119:113-120; p. 803
Our Awesome God: When we study the Scriptures, we should be both comforted by God's promises of protection and concerned when we disobey His commands.
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Psalm; Principle #119; Ps 119:121-128; p. 804
A Biblical Priority: We are to love God's Word and His will more than any of our earthly possessions.
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Psalm; Principle #120; Ps 119:129-136; p. 804
Demonstrating Compassion: We are to show compassion to those who ignore the teachings of the Word of God.
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Psalm; Principle #121; Ps 119:137-144; p. 805
The Inspired Word: Because God's Word is true and trustworthy, we should always evaluate all ideas and propositions in the light of Scripture.
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Psalm; Principle #122; Ps 119:145-152; p. 805
Scripturally Oriented Prayers: When we face crises in our lives, we should pray earnestly and confidently, using the Word of God as a basis for our prayers.
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Psalm; Principle #123; Ps 119:153-168; p. 806
Standing Firm: When we are persecuted by those who reject the values of Scripture, we should use this experience as an opportunity to demonstrate our faith and confidence in the Word of God.
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Psalm; Principle #124; Ps 119:169-176; p. 806
Spiritual Food: When we seem to have lost our way--even as believers--we should follow shepherds who will feed our souls with the eternal Word of God.
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Psalm; Principle #125; Ps 120; p. 807
Living Transformed Lives: As we travel on our spiritual journey, we should ask God regularly to deliver us from dishonest and deceitful people and to help us to live honest and upright lives.
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Psalm; Principle #126; Ps 121; p. 808
Focusing Our Faith: As we travel on our spiritual journey, we are to keep our eyes on our personal protector, the Lord Jesus Christ.
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Psalm; Principle #127; Ps 122; p. 808
Praying for Oneness: As members of Christ's church, we should do all we can to maintain unity among ourselves as we continue our spiritual journey.
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Psalm; Principle #128; Ps 124; p. 809
God's Strength: As we continue our spiritual journey, we must look to God to sustain us and to protect us from Satan and his evil cohorts.
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Psalm; Principle #129; Ps 125; p. 810
Our Eternal Hope: When we face those who oppose us on our spiritual journey, we should be encouraged because of our eternal position in the Lord Jesus Christ.
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Psalm; Principle #130; Ps 126; p. 810
Christian Reality: We must avoid giving the impression that following Jesus Christ is an experience that is free from problems and difficulties.
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Psalm; Principle #131; Ps 127; p. 811
The Blessing of Children: Though children are a blessing from the Lord, we must avoid expecting the curses and blessings that God promised Israel under the old covenant.
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Psalm; Principle #132; Ps 128; p. 811
An Eternal Inheritance: We should walk in God's ways, being assured that regardless of our circumstances we are secure in Christ, now and eternally.
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Psalm; Principle #132; Ps 128; p. 811
An Eternal Inheritance: We should walk in God's ways, being assured that regardless of our circumstances we are secure in Christ, now and eternally.
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Psalm; Principle #133; Ps 129; p. 812
Our Eternal Salvation: We must remember that those who hate us and our biblical values may destroy our mortal flesh but never our eternal hope in Christ.
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Psalm; Principle #134; Ps 130; p. 813
Experiencing Forgiveness: To experience forgiveness, we must receive God's gift of salvation, which is available to all who sincerely ask.
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Psalm; Principle #135; Ps 131; p. 813
Sincere Humility: When we consider who God is and what He has done for us, we should worship and serve Him with the utmost humility.
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Psalm; Principle #136; Ps 132:1-9; p. 814
A Living Temple: As God's living temple, we are to have an intense desire to be transformed into the image of the Lord Jesus Christ.
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Psalm; Principle #137; Pss 133-134; p. 814
The Beauty of Unity: We should do all we can to dwell together in love and unity so that those who do not know the Savior personally will believe.
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Psalm; Principle #138; Ps 135; p. 815
Reasons for Worship: We are to worship God--and God alone--because of who He is and what He has done for us in Jesus Christ.
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Psalm; Principle #139; Ps 136; p. 816
God's Immeasurable Love: When we worship God, we are consistently to thank Him for His eternal, faithful love.
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Psalm; Principle #140; Ps 137; p. 817
God's Amazing Grace: When we worship God, we should express our deep appreciation to God for setting us free from past sins.
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Psalm; Principle #141; Ps 138; p. 817
Always Giving Thanks: When we worship God we should thank Him for His faithful promises.
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Psalm; Principle #142; Ps 139; p. 818
God's Omniscience: When we worship God, we should acknowledge that He knows everything about us--past, present, and future.
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Psalm; Principle #143; Pss 140-141; p. 820
Praying for Protection: When we worship God, we should sincerely ask Him to protect us from all evil influences.
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Psalm; Principle #144; Ps 142; p. 820
Praise and Petition: When we worship God, we should share our deepest feelings--our weaknesses, our fears, and our loneliness.
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Psalm; Principle #145; Ps 143; p. 821
A Prayer for Insight: When we worship God, we should ask the Holy Spirit to open our hearts to the Word of God so we'll clearly understand His will for our lives.
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Psalm; Principle #146; Ps 144; p. 822
The Incarnation: When we worship God, we should thank Him for sending the Lord Jesus Christ to be our Savior from sin.
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Psalm; Principle #147; Ps 145; p. 823
Specific Blessings: We should worship God every day because of who He is and what He has done for us.
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Psalm; Principle #148; Ps 146; p. 824
Proper Focus: When we lead others in worship, we are to help them focus on God rather than on ourselves.
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Psalm; Principle #149; Ps 147; p. 825
Proclaiming God's Praises: When we worship, we should fulfil a major purpose for which God has called us--to proclaim His praises.
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Psalm; Principle #150; Ps 148; p. 825
God Our Creator: Though we may delight in what God has created, we are to worship only Him.
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Psalm; Principle #151; Ps 149; p. 826
New Songs: To worship God in our current culture, we should encourage gi ed Christians to compose new songs that first and foremost focus on the Word of God and at the same time, reflect current forms of musical expression.
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Psalm; Principle #152; Ps 150; p. 827
Freedom in Form: When we worship God, we should use the freedom God has given us to make our praise meaningful.
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Proverbs; Principle #1; Prov. 1:1-6; p. 832
Teachability: No matter how much w e know and understand, we are to be open to learn more about God's will and ways.
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Proverbs; Principle #2; Prov. 1:8-9; p. 832
Parental Authority: To grow in godly wisdom, we are to respect and respond to parental guidance
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Proverbs; Principle #3; Prov. 1:10-19; p. 833
The Right Path: To grow in godly wisdom, we must choose the path of honesty and integrity.
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Proverbs; Principle #4; Prov. 1:20-33; p. 834
Being Responsive: We must understand that godly wisdom is available to all who will listen andlearn.
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Proverbs; Principle #5; Prov. 2:1-5; p. 834
Personal Diligence: To gain godly wisdom, we must sincerely and earnestly search for it
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Proverbs; Principle #6; Prov. 2:6-10; p. 834
Wisdom from Above: Though we are to be diligent in studying the Scriptures, we are to earnestly ask God to enlighten our hearts and minds so we'll be able to comprehend and apply His wisdom.
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Proverbs; Principle #7; Prov. 2:11-22; p. 835
Moral Purity: To live in harmony with God's wisdom, we must avoid any form of immorality.
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Proverbs; Principle #8; Prov. 3:1-6; p. 836
Heart Knowledge: To walk in God's will, we must allow His Word to penetrate our innermost being.
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Proverbs; Principle #9; Prov. 3:7-12; p. 836
Godly Fear: To experience the positive benefits that come with divine wisdom, we must live our lives motivated by godly fear.
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Proverbs; Principle #10; Prov. 3:13-26; p. 837
God's Provisions and Protection: To experience a sense of peace and security in this life as well as eternal blessings and rewards in the life to come, we must focus on living in God's will.
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Proverbs; Principle #11; Prov. 3:27-30; p. 837
The Greatest Commands: To live in harmony with God's wisdom, we are to treat both fellow Christians and non-Christians fairly, justly, and compassionately.
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Proverbs; Principle #12; Prov. 4:1-27; p. 839
Parental Nurture: When parents nurture their children, they should model with their lives and teach with their words that godly wisdom is more important than any other thing that their children can acquire.
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Proverbs; Principle #13; Prov. 5:1-14; p. 839
Overcoming Sexual Temptation: To avoid the trap of immorality, we must flee from anything that might cause us to yield to sexual temptation.
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Proverbs; Principle #14; Prov. 5:15-17; p. 840
One Man-One Woman: To live according to godly wisdom, we must be committed to monogamy in marriage, which was God's perfect plan when He created Eve for Adam.
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Proverbs; Principle #15; Prov. 6:1-5; p. 841
Economic Wisdom: We should avoid becoming involved in economic agreements that will interfere with biblical priorities.
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Proverbs; Principle #16; Prov. 6:6-11; p. 841
A Biblical Work Ethic: Though sin has impacted all creation, we are to be diligent and industrious, meeting our personal needs, providing for our families, and supporting God's work.
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Proverbs; Principle #17; Prov. 6:16-19; p. 842
Keeping God?s Commandments: With God's help, we are to demonstrate humility, honesty, and integrity in all relationships.
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Proverbs; Principle #18; Prov. 6:20-7:27; p. 843
Sexual Sins: We are to avoid all immorality, especially adultery.
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Proverbs; Principle #19; Prov. 8:1-21; p. 844
Godly versus Ungodly Wisdom: We must follow the leadership of the Holy Spirit rather than our worldly desires.
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Proverbs; Principle #20; Prov. 8:22-31; p. 845
Knowing God: To understand and apply godly wisdom, we must enter into a personal relationship with the Father through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
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Proverbs; Principle #21; Prov. 8:32-9:18; p. 846
The Way to God: If we are to discover true meaning and fulfillment in life--now and eternally--we must come to God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
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Proverbs; Principle #22; Prov. 10:1-32; p. 847
Righteous Living: With God's guidance and strength, we are to choose the path of righteousness in order to experience God?s sustaining grace.
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Proverbs; Principle #23; Prov. 11:24-26; p. 849
Generous Giving: We are to model generosity, knowing that God will reward us with grace in this life and riches in the life to come.
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Proverbs; Principle #24; Prov. 12:16-25; p. 850
The Power of Words: We should look for opportunities to use words that will encourage fellow believers.
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Proverbs; Principle #25; Prov. 13:20-21; p. 851
An Important Balance: We are to be witnesses for Christ in the world without becoming conformed to the world.
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Proverbs; Principle #26; Prov. 14:1-11; p. 852
A Godly Woman: Women who profess to be Christians are to imitate Jesus Christ's attitudes and actions in all of their relationships.
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Proverbs; Principle #27; Prov. 14:29; p. 854
Mature Perceptions: To keep anger from being sinful, we must more and more develop our knowledge and understanding of ourselves and others.
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Proverbs; Principle #28; Prov. 15:1-18; p. 855
Controlling the Tongue: We are to control what we say so that we can be peacemakers rather than those who create chaos and confusion.
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Proverbs; Principle #29; Prov. 15:33; p. 856
The Path to Honor: If we are to be truly honored by God and others, we must first of all demonstrate a true spirit of humility.
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Proverbs; Principle #30; Prov. 16:1-19; p. 857
Pride versus Humility: As Christians, we should be characterized by humility, not pride and arrogance.
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Proverbs; Principle #31; Prov. 17:14; p. 858
Able to Teach: We should do what we can to avoid arguments and quarrels.
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Proverbs; Principle #32; Prov. 18:1; p. 859
Mutual Edification: As believers, we are to be in fellowship with one another.
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Proverbs; Principle #33; Prov. 19:17; p. 861
Helping the Poor: We are to do what we can to help the poor, realizing that when we do we are serving God.
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Proverbs; Principle #34; Prov. 20:22; p. 862
The Rule of Law: We are never to take the law into our own hands and take vengeance on those who have engaged in evil against us.
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Proverbs; Principle #35; Prov. 21:6; p. 863
Honesty and Integrity: We're always to be honest and fair in our business practices.
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Proverbs; Principle #36; Prov. 22:6; p. 864
The Growth Process: Parents are to understand the unique way God has created their children and nurture them accordingly.
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Proverbs; Principle #37; Prov. 23:13-14; p. 866
Criminal Behavior: To deal effectively with criminal behavior, we are to support our judicial system and various forms of punishment.
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Proverbs; Principle #38; Prov. 23:15-25; p. 867
A Gift to Parents: We should live in the will of God so that we will bring happiness into our parent's lives rather than sadness.
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Proverbs; Principle #39; Prov. 23:29-35; p. 867
Addictive Behaviors: To reflect Christian maturity, we must not be addicted to anything that interferes with clear thinking and godly living.
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Proverbs; Principle #40; Prov. 24:21-22; p. 868
Civic Responsibility: We are to honor and respect those who have government authority--regardless of their religious point of view--but we are always to honor God first.
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Proverbs; Principle #41; Prov. 25:21-22; p. 870
Demonstrating Christ's Love: We are to love and pray for our enemies.
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Proverbs; Principle #42; Prov. 27:1-2; p. 871
Humble Planning: We should always plan ahead with a sense of humility.
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Proverbs; Principle #43; Prov. 28:13; p. 873
Confessing Sins: We are to acknowledge and confess our sins in order to experience fellowship with God.
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Proverbs; Principle #44; Prov. 29:18; p. 874
God's Inspired Revelation: To discover God's will, we should meditate on God's inspired Word.
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Proverbs; Principle #45; Prov. 30:5-6; p. 875
God's Inspired Word: We must never add to or take away from God's eternal Word as revealed in the Holy Scriptures.
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Proverbs; Principle #46; Prov. 31:1-3; p. 876
Consistent Parenting: To be successful, parents must not only teach God's truth to their children but be on guard against failing to practice what they teach.
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Proverbs; Principle #47; Prov. 31:10-31; p. 878
A Godly Wife: When contemplating marriage, every man should consider inner qualities in a woman as more important than external beauty.
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Ecclesiastes; Principle #1; Ecc. 1:1-11; p. 881
Life Without God: Even though we are capable of accomplishing many wonderful things in this life, our primary focus should be on eternity.
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Ecclesiastes; Principle #2; Ecc. 1:12-2:11; p. 882
Pleasure Without God: God has given us many things to enjoy on this earth, but our priority should be to live in God's will and focus on eternal values.
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Ecclesiastes; Principle #3; Ecc. 2:12-26; p. 883
Wisdom Without God: We are not to seek wisdom that is only focused on life on earth but wisdom that prepares us for eternal life and heavenly rewards.
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Ecclesiastes; Principle #4; Ecc. 3:1-15; p. 884
God's Sovereign Will: Though God has created each of us with a free will, we are to acknowledge that He is sovereign over all aspects of His creation, including our personal lives.
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Ecclesiastes; Principle #5; Ecc. 3:16-22; p. 884
An Earthly and Eternal Perspective: If we are to enjoy life on this earth and eternity with God, we must come to know Him personally through the Lord Jesus Christ.
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Ecclesiastes; Principle #6; Ecc. 4:1-12; p. 885
The Family of God: To experience fellowship and encouragement in an oppressive and unfair world, we must become members of Christ's spiritual family.
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Ecclesiastes; Principle #7; Ecc. 5:1-20; p. 886
Godliness with Contentment: Even though injustices, selfishness, and materialism are a reality in this world, we are to be content with what God provides for us to enjoy and continue to worship Him.
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Ecclesiastes; Principle #8; Ecc. 6:1-12; p. 887
False Security: Though we may be wealthy, be honored, and have many children, we must live in the will of God in order to experience lasting satisfaction and fulfillment.
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Ecclesiastes; Principle #9; Ecc. 7:15-8:15; p. 888
Inequities in Life: We are to accept the fact that life on this earth is often unfair and unjust, even for godly believers.
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Ecclesiastes; Principle #10; Ecc. 11:9-12:7; p. 891
Youthful Service: As spiritual leaders, we should encourage young people to serve God from their youth.
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Ecclesiastes; Principle #11; Ecc. 12:8-14; p. 891
A Christ-Centered Life: To discover fulfillment in this life and the life to come, we must receive the Lord Jesus Christ and live in God's will.
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Song of Songs; Principle #1; Song. 1:1-4; p. 895
Intimate Love: Men and women who are joined in a marital union are to enjoy to the full the sexual dimension of their relationship.
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Song of Songs; Principle #2; Song. 1:4-17; p. 896
Intimate Conversations: Husbands and wives are certainly free to have sensual conversations regarding their intimate relationship.
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Song of Songs; Principle #3; Song. 2:7-3:5; p. 897
Sexual Purity: Unmarried men and women are to avoid engaging in activities that create intense sexual arousal prior to marriage.
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Song of Songs; Principle #4; Song. 4:1-15; p. 899
Beautiful Words: Husbands should develop sincere verbal skills in sharing their thoughts and feelings regarding their wives' physical beauty.
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Song of Songs; Principle #5; Song. 4:16-5:9; p. 899
Idealism and Reality: In terms of intimacy, husbands and wives are to learn to be realistic in their expectations.
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Song of Songs; Principle #6; Song. 5:10-16; p. 900
Learning to Love: Wives are to learn to express admiration and enjoyment regarding all aspects of their husbands' physical features.
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Song of Songs; Principle #7; Song. 6:1-7:9; p. 901
Keeping Love Alive: Husbands are to continue to reassure their wives that they are physically attractive.
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Song of Songs; Principle #8; Song. 7:9-13; p. 902
Being Creative: Husbands and wives have freedom to be creative in terms of sexual intimacy, including their lovemaking environment.
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Song of Songs; Principle #9; Song. 8:5-14; p. 903
A Unique Freedom: Wives are free and encouraged to use their feminine qualities and gifts to initiate sexual intimacy.
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Isaiah; Principle #1; Isa. 1:1-2; p. 909
God's Inspired Revelation: Since God has spoken through the written Scriptures, we should study the inspired Word of God carefully in order to understand and live in God's will.
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Isaiah; Principle #2; Isa. 1:2-20; p. 910
Corporate Repentance: As local churches, we should repent when we have taken advantage of God's grace.
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Isaiah; Principle #3; Isa. 1:21-2:4; p. 911
The Messiah's Reign: We are to look forward to the time when the Lord Jesus Christ will rule on earth and there will be world peace.
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Isaiah; Principle #4; Isa. 2:5-4:6; p. 913
Producing Much Fruit: As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, we are God's spiritual vineyard and we should bear fruit that reveals that we are Christ's true disciples.
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Isaiah; Principle #5; Isa. 5:1-7; p. 914
Pride and Unbelief: As the church of Jesus Christ, we must be on guard against the sin of pride and arrogance, which can lead us into a state of unbelief and hardness of heart.
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Isaiah; Principle #6; Isa. 5:8-30; p. 915
The Failure of the Church: As those who profess to be members of Christ's family today, we must be on guard against the same sins that God condemned in Israel.
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Isaiah; Principle #7; Isa. 6:1-13; p. 916
Living Holy Lives: We are to respond to God's mercy and grace by continually renewing our hearts and minds and living in His will.
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Isaiah; Principle #8; Isa. 7:1-14; p. 917
The Incarnation: We must stand firm in our belief that the Lord Jesus Christ is both God and man.
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Isaiah; Principle #9; Isa. 8:11-1; p. 919
Faithful Service: Even though the majority of Christians may not be living dedicated lives, spiritual leaders must continue to take a firm stand for God's truth.
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Isaiah; Principle #10; Isa. 8:16-9:7; p. 920
Serving Christ Faithfully: As members of Christ's church, we are to devote ourselves to carrying out the Great Commission until He comes again.
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Isaiah; Principle #11; Isa. 9:8-10:4; p. 921
Ultimate Judgment: When presenting the gospel, we must not only teach that God's love extends to all people, but that His judgment will ultimately come when His offer of salvation is rejected.
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Isaiah; Principle #12; Isa. 10:5-34; p. 922
Sovereignty and Free Will: We are to rejoice and relax in the wonderful truth that God is sovereign and good.
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Isaiah; Principle #13; Isa. 11:1-16; p. 923
God's Future Plans: To understand the biblical story in all its richness and fullness, we must understand God's future plans for Israel as well as for the nations of the world.
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Isaiah; Principle #14; Isa. 12:1-6; p. 924
Godly Praise: As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, we should praise God continually for choosing us to be a part of His eternal plan.
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Isaiah; Principle #15; Isa. 13:1-22; p. 925
Signs of the Times: Though no one knows when Jesus Christ will return, we should carefully consider what appear to be signs that this awesome event may be near.
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Isaiah; Principle #16; Isa. 14:3-15; p. 926
Defeating Satan: We are continually to put on the whole armor of God so we can defeat Satan and his evil associates.
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Isaiah; Principle #17; Isa. 14:24-23:18; p. 933
Prophetic Fulfillment: As believers, we should be motivated to share the gospel of Jesus Christ because of fulfilled prophecy.
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Isaiah; Principle #18; Isa. 24:1-23; p. 934
God's Wrath: Though God will eventually pour out wrath on the entire earth, believers in the Lord Jesus Christ should be encouraged since we will be delivered from this judgment.
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Isaiah; Principle #19; Isa. 26:1-4; p. 935
God's Peace: To experience God's divine power and presence in our lives, we must place our trust in Christ our Savior.
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Isaiah; Principle #20; Isa. 25:1-26:21; p. 936
Divine Mysteries Revealed: As members of Christ's church, we are to thank and praise God and encourage one another with revelatory truth that Isaiah and other Old Testament prophets did not have.
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Isaiah; Principle #21; Isa. 28:14-16; p. 938
God's Household: To become living stones built on the foundation of Jesus Christ, we must receive the gift of eternal life, which makes us members of Christ?s spiritual house, the church.
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Isaiah; Principle #22; Isa. 29:1-30:17; p. 940
Willing Obedience: Spiritual leaders should be willing and eager to lead God's people with total integrity.
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Isaiah; Principle #23; Isa. 32:1-33:24; p. 943
King of Kings: As believers, we are to allow the Lord Jesus Christ to rule and reign in our hearts.
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Isaiah; Principle #24; Isa. 34:1-17; p. 945
God's Love and Holiness: We must never compromise the biblical message that involves both God's eternal love for sinful humanity and His righteous anger against sin.
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Isaiah; Principle #25; Isa. 35:1-10; p. 945
Supernatural Restoration: Though there is some marvelous restoration in the land of Israel today, we must be cautious in equating this human effort with God's miraculous restoration when Jesus Christ returns to earth.
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Isaiah; Principle #26; Isa. 40:1-5; p. 949
Spiritual Preparation: As the church of Jesus Christ, we are to prepare ourselves and all people for the glorious second coming of Jesus Christ.
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Isaiah; Principle #27; Isa. 40:6-8; p. 950
The Eternal Word: Though there are many and varied messages that are being presented today, we must devote ourselves to accurately proclaiming the word of God.
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Isaiah; Principle #28; Isa. 40:9-31; p. 951
Supernatural Enablement: We are to draw continually on God's supernatural strength and power to enable us to walk worthy of our great calling in Christ.
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Isaiah; Principle #29; Isa. 41:1-29; p. 953
The One, True God: When we are tempted to engage in idolatrous activities, we should carefully review who God is and what He has done for sinful humanity that false God's cannot do.
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Isaiah; Principle #30; Isa. 42:1-9; p. 954
God's Witnesses: As believers, our focus should be to shine as God's lights in this world
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Isaiah; Principle #31; Isa. 43:8-13; p. 955
The Only Way: To be true to the total biblical story, we must believe and teach that pursuing faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the only way for people to inherit eternal life.
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Isaiah; Principle #32; Isa. 43:14-28; p. 956
Forge ing the Past: As those who have been forgiven and cleansed by the blood of Christ, we are to forget the past and move forward.
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Isaiah; Principle #33; Isa. 44:1-45:1; p. 958
God's Sovereignty: We are to understand and believe that God can use anyone or anything to achieve His divine purposes.
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Isaiah; Principle #34; Isa. 45:14-25; p. 959
God's Redemptive Plan: We must understand that God chose Abraham from paganism in order to provide salvation for all nations of the world.
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Isaiah; Principle #35; Isa. 46:1-48:22; p. 962
Godly Living: We should study and teach biblical prophecy in order to help all believers live in the will of God.
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Isaiah; Principle #36; Isa. 49:1-50:11; p. 964
Trusting God: To inherit salvation, we must depend on God, not on ourselves.
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Isaiah; Principle #37; Isa. 52:13-53:12; p. 967
God's Redemptive Story: When we present the redemptive message, we should use Old Testament passages to support and clarify New Testament truth.
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Isaiah; Principle #38; Isa. 54:1-55:7; p. 969
Seeking God: To experience true satisfaction in this life and the glories of the life to come, we are to hunger and thirst after spiritual food just as we hunger and thirst after natural food.
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Isaiah; Principle #39; Isa. 55:8-13; p. 969
God's Omniscience and Omnipotence: When we encounter what appear to be impossible tasks and insurmountable obstacles, we are to remember that God is not limited by our human perspectives.
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Isaiah; Principle #40; Isa. 56:1-8; p. 970
Reflecting Christ's Character: As God's living temple today, we are to reflect the character of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
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Isaiah; Principle #41; Isa. 57:14-21; p. 971
Christ Our Peace: All people, regardless of their ethnic backgrounds, social status, gender, or race, should seek to be at peace with God through the reconciling ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ.
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Isaiah; Principle #42; Isa. 58:1-14; p. 972
Proper Prayers: To have an effective prayer life, we are to live consistent Christian lives.
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Isaiah; Principle #43; Isa. 60:1-24; p. 975
God's Prophetic Plan: In interpreting prophecy, we must remember that no single author of Scripture had a complete and definitive understanding of all aspects of God's overall plan from eternity to eternity.
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Isaiah; Principle #44; Isa. 61:1-11; p. 976
The Day of Grace: Our primary message today should focus on God's grace and truth in Jesus Christ.
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Isaiah; Principle #45; Isa. 62:1-12; p. 977
The Wedding Supper: We are to prepare ourselves for that wonderful moment when all true believers will be presented to Jesus Christ as His spotless bride.
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Isaiah; Principle #46; Isa. 64:1-12; p. 979
Grace Alone: When presenting the gospel of Jesus Christ, we must always make it clear that no one can receive eternal life by doing good works.
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Isaiah; Principle #47; Isa. 65:1-10; p. 980
Wild Olive Branches: As Gentile believers, we are humbly to thank God for including us in His great plan of salvation.
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Isaiah; Principle #48; Isa. 66:1-2; p. 981
God's Dwelling Place: As those who are God's sanctuary (the church), we must do all we can never to damage His sacred dwelling.
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Jeremiah; Principle #1; Jer. 1:1-10; p. 986
Ready to Serve: Though age and experience are normally priorities in God's requirements for spiritual leadership, we are all to be available for God's use to achieve His divine purposes in this world.
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Jeremiah; Principle #2; Jer. 1:11-19; p. 987
God's Presence: When called to a difficult task, we are to rely on God's strength and the promises He has given us in His Word.
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Jeremiah; Principle #3; Jer. 2:1-8; p. 988
Spiritual Apostasy: We must guard against taking God's love and grace for granted and bowing down to modern-day idols in our own cultural environment.
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Jeremiah; Principle #4; Jer. 2:9-19; p. 989
Sin's Consequences: When we are tempted to deliberately and consistently walk out of God's will, we should consider the ultimate consequences of our sins.
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Jeremiah; Principle #5; Jer. 2:20-37; p. 990
Living in Denial: When we suffer the consequences of walking out of God's will, we must avoid rationalizing our sinful behavior and even blaming God.
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Jeremiah; Principle #6; Jer. 3:1-8; p. 991
Ignoring Sin's Consequences: When others sin by walking out of God's will, we should not ignore the way they suffer the consequences.
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Jeremiah; Principle #7; Jer. 3:9-18; p. 991
The Great Commission: While waiting for the day the Messiah restores the nation of Israel, we are to carry Christ's message of redemption to all nations.
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Jeremiah; Principle #8; Jer. 3:19-4:4; p. 992
True Repentance: When we become aware of our sins, we should engage in repentance that comes from the heart.
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Jeremiah; Principle #9; Jer. 5:1-31; p. 995
Total Depravity: As history continues to unfold, we should expect that human beings generally will increasingly choose sinful behavior rather than righteousness.
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Jeremiah; Principle #10; Jer. 6:9-30; p. 997
A Seared Conscience: True repentance must include a sense of shame combined with a humble and teachable spirit.
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Jeremiah; Principle #11; Jer. 7:1-15; p. 998
A Form of Godliness: We must not defile the church by having close fellowship with people who claim to be Christians but who persistently live out of harmony with God's will.
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Jeremiah; Principle #12; Jer. 7:16-8:17; p. 1000
God's Corporate Discipline: If a local church continues to violate the clear teachings of Scriptures, we should expect the Lord to eventually discipline that group of professing Christians.
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Jeremiah; Principle #13; Jer. 8:18-9:24; p. 1002
Practicing Humility: We must never allow arrogance to take control of our lives.
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Jeremiah; Principle #14; Jer. 10:17-25; p. 1003
Christlike Love: Even when people do not respond positively to God's message, spiritual leaders must maintain sincere love and compassion.
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Jeremiah; Principle #15; Jer. 11:1-23; p. 1005
Life's Challenges: Even dedicated Christians should expect difficulties and persecution in this life.
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Jeremiah; Principle #16; Jer. 12:1-4; p. 1005
Honesty with God: We should feel free to share our frustrations and unanswered questions sincerely and respectfully with God.
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Jeremiah; Principle #17; Jer. 13:1-20; p. 1007
The Power of Pride: We are to be aware of the signs of pride that will lead to God's discipline in our lives.
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Jeremiah; Principle #18; Jer. 14:11-16; p. 1008
False Prophets: Regardless of how much we know concerning God's will, we are always to be on guard against false prophets who want to lead us astray.
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Jeremiah; Principle #19; Jer. 15:10-21; p. 1010
Negative Feelings: When engaging in spiritual warfare, we should expect negative feelings and reactions.
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Jeremiah; Principle #20; Jer. 16:1-9; p. 1011
Serious Sacrifices: When we face crises and times of persecution, we are to be willing to forego some of the God-ordained blessings of life in order to focus on immediate spiritual priorities.
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Jeremiah; Principle #21; Jer. 16:10-17:10; p. 1012
Spiritual Blindness: If we engage in persistent sin, it should not surprise us that we'll experience a desensitized conscience leading to spiritual blindness.
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Jeremiah; Principle #22; Jer. 18:1-12; p. 1013
God's Sovereign Control: Though God has given all human beings freedom to make decisions, we must remember that God is still a sovereign God who carries out His divine purposes in this world.
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Jeremiah; Principle #23; Jer. 18:13-20:18; p. 1016
Depression and Distortions: When we are rejected and persecuted, we should not be surprised if we experience depression leading to serious distortions in our thinking.
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Jeremiah; Principle #24; Jer. 21:1-23:2; p. 1018
Shepherding God's Flock: Spiritual leaders in local churches are to shepherd the Lord?s flock faithfully, exemplifying the great Shepherd, the Lord Jesus Christ.
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Jeremiah; Principle #25; Jer. 23:3-25:38; p. 1021
Living Godly Lives: We should be motivated to live holy lives while we wait for God's coming judgment on an unbelieving world.
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Jeremiah; Principle #26; Jer. 26:1-6; p. 1022
Communicating God's Word: All those who are entrusted with a pastoral ministry are to communicate clearly and comprehensively God's message in Scripture.
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Jeremiah; Principle #27; Jer. 26:7-24; p. 1023
Intense Persecution: We should accept the reality that there will be times when believers face intense persecution.
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Jeremiah; Principle #28; Jer. 27:1-22; p. 1024
Government Leaders: Though we are to do all we can to thwart evil in the world, we are to view pagan leaders as God's servants.
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Jeremiah; Principle #29; Jer. 28:1-17; p. 1025
False Teachers: Spiritual leaders in the church are to confront false teachers.
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Jeremiah; Principle #30; Jer. 29:1-14; p. 1026
Sincerely Seeking God: When we seek to know God, we should search for Him with all our hearts, knowing that He will ultimately respond.
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Jeremiah; Principle #31; Jer. 29:15-32; p. 1027
False Teaching: Any teacher who deliberately perverts the Scriptures should be aware that God will eventually respond with intense judgment.
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Jeremiah; Principle #32; Jer. 30:1-31:3; p. 1029
God's Faithful Love: As true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, we should live our lives from day to day with the full assurance of our salvation.
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Jeremiah; Principle #33; Jer. 31:15; p. 1030
The Impact of Sin: When facing what appears to be horrible unfairness, we must understand that when sin entered the world, it impacted all humanity--including innocent children.
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Jeremiah; Principle #34; Jer. 31:16-34; p. 1031
The New Covenant: As born-again believers, we are to live under the blessings of the new covenant.
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Jeremiah; Principle #35; Jer. 31:35-33:18; p. 1034
Reflecting Christ's Righteousness: As God's holy nation, we are to reflect more and more the righteous life of the Lord Jesus Christ.
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Jeremiah; Principle #36; Jer. 34:8-22; p. 1035
Consistent Commitment: We are to consistently love God and one another regardless of our circumstances.
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Jeremiah; Principle #37; Jer. 36:1-32; p. 1037
Consistent Disobedience: Professing Christians who consistently ignore the teachings of the Word of God should ask themselves whether or not they have an authentic relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.
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Jeremiah; Principle #38; Jer. 37:1-38:28; p. 1039
Living without Compromise: We should never compromise God's truth in order to avoid rejection and persecution.
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Jeremiah; Principle #39; Jer. 39:1-40:6; p. 1040
God Honors Faith: We are to trust God no matter what our circumstances.
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Jeremiah; Principle #40; Jer. 42:1-44:30; p. 1044
The Power of Pride: No matter what their role in the Christian community, leaders must be on guard against the human and often subtle tendency to be prideful and even arrogant.
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Jeremiah; Principle #41; Jer. 45:1-5; p. 1045
Judgment and Compassion: We must trust the Lord's decision to judge evildoers without losing our compassion for these people.
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Jeremiah; Principle #42; Jer. 46:1-49:39; p. 1050
Prophetic Fulfillment: We should use fulfilled prophecy as a powerful means to demonstrate that the message of the Bible is true and trustworthy.
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Jeremiah; Principle #43; Jer. 50:1-51:64; p. 1055
Signs of the Times: Even though the specific date regarding the second coming of Jesus Christ is unknown, we are to be aware that certain events predict His future return.
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Jeremiah; Principle #44; Jer. 52:1-34; p. 1057
God's Mercy and Grace: As believers, we must never forget to thank and worship God for His mercy and grace in delivering us from eternal death.
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Lamentations; Principle #1; Lam. 1:1-22; p. 1062
Sinful Humanity: To be saved, we must acknowledge our separation from God and that we are hopeless without His help.
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Lamentations; Principle #2; Lam. 2:1-22; p. 1064
God's Wrath: We are to be encouraged and comforted by God's promise that as believers we'll be protected from His wrath on earth and in eternity.
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Lamentations; Principle #3; Lam. 3:1-33; p. 1066
God's Faithfulness: Because of our relationship with God through the Lord Jesus Christ, we are to be confident that we have an eternal inheritance guaranteed by the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
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Lamentations; Principle #4; Lam. 5:1-22; p. 1069
Praying for God's Help: When praying for help, we should acknowledge that God is eternal, sovereign, and awesome.
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Ezekiel; Principle #1; Ezk. 1:1-3; p. 1074
Age and Experience: When we are selecting those who are to lead and shepherd the church at the highest levels of leadership, we should consider chronological age.
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Ezekiel; Principle #2; Ezk. 1:4-28; p. 1075
God's Holiness: To be effective witnesses, we must grow consistently in our experiential knowledge of God's awesome majesty and holiness.
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Ezekiel; Principle #3; Ezk. 2:1-7; p. 1075
Persistent Preaching: Pastors and teachers are to be faithful in telling all people know that Jesus Christ died to deliver us from God's judgment on sin.
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Ezekiel; Principle #4; Ezk. 2:8-3:11; p. 1076
Internalizing God's Word: Before we can proclaim and teach God's Word with conviction and passion, we must internalize God's truth in our own lives.
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Ezekiel; Principle #5; Ezk. 3:12-21; p. 1077
Sharing Christ Faithfully: As Christians, we have the awesome responsibility to be witnesses in this world.
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Ezekiel; Principle #6; Ezk. 3:22-27; p. 1078
Cautious Communication: In terms of communicating God's truth, we should watch our words carefully when people want to engage in unprofitable communication.
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Ezekiel; Principle #7; Ezk. 4:1-5:6; p. 1079
God?s Discipline: As Christians, we must not conform to this world or we will eventually be disciplined by the Lord Jesus Christ.
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Ezekiel; Principle #8; Ezk. 5:7-7:27; p. 1081
The One, True God: We are to avoid any form of idolatry, acknowledging that there is only one God.
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Ezekiel; Principle #9; Ezk. 8:1-13; p. 1082
Qualified Spiritual Leaders: All spiritual leaders in the church are to be faithful in teaching the Word of God and in modeling godliness to the total congregation.
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Ezekiel; Principle #10; Ezk. 11:22-25; p. 1084
Idolatrous Activities: We are to keep idolatry from becoming a part of our lives, so that God does not remove His presence and power from our churches.
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Ezekiel; Principle #11; Ezk. 12:21-28; p. 1086
The Second Coming: We must never interpret the delay regarding Christ?s return to bring judgment on earth as an indication that this doctrine is untrue.
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Ezekiel; Principle #12; Ezk. 13:1-23; p. 1087
False Prophets: We must be on guard against false prophets who will proclaim that all is well even though God's judgment may be near.
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Ezekiel; Principle #13; Ezk. 14:1-11; p. 1087
A Form of Godliness: To avoid any form of idolatry, we must have pure hearts that reflect Christ's love and righteousness.
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Ezekiel; Principle #14; Ezk. 14:12-23; p. 1088
Remaining Faithful: Even though the world will continue to deteriorate and become hostile to God's message of truth and holiness, we are to continue to live righteous and godly lives.
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Ezekiel; Principle #15; Ezk. 16:1-63; p. 1091
Christ's Bride: As a church, we are to be transformed into the image of the Lord Jesus Christ, reflecting more and more the fruit of the Holy Spirit in all of our relationships.
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Ezekiel; Principle #16; Ezk. 17:1-24; p. 1092
Trusting Christ Daily: To love God and one another, we must draw strength from our Savior, Jesus Christ.
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Ezekiel; Principle #17; Ezk. 18:1-32; p. 1093
Personal Accountability: Though we may be affected by our parent's sins, each one of us is responsible and accountable to God for our own attitudes and actions.
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Ezekiel; Principle #18; Ezk. 19:1-14; p. 1094
Bearing Much Fruit: As branches connected to the true vine, Jesus Christ, we should allow the vineyard keeper, God, to transform our lives and make us productive.
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Ezekiel; Principle #19; Ezk. 20:1-44; p. 1096
Honoring God's Name: As those who call ourselves Christians or Christ followers, we should live upright and godly lives in order to honor and glorify God's name.
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Ezekiel; Principle #20; Ezk. 20:45-22:12; p. 1098
Always Remembering God: When studying the specific sins the Holy Spirit has enumerated in Scripture, we must remember that they emerge because of a foundational sin--forgetting God and who He is.
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Ezekiel; Principle #21; Ezk. 22:13-31; p. 1100
God's Patience: We are to live virtuous lives in our culture, trusting God to delay His judgment because of the church's righteous presence.
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Ezekiel; Principle #22; Ezk. 23:1-49; p. 1101
Overcoming Temptation: When tempted to do evil, we must be committed to choosing God's way of escape so that we will not walk the same sinful paths of those who've gone before us.
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Ezekiel; Principle #23; Ezk. 24:1-14; p. 1102
Do Not Murder: We should use every legitimate channel to speak out against taking innocent lives.
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Ezekiel; Principle #24; Ezk. 24:15-27; p. 1103
God's Ultimate Purposes: In times of personal tragedy, we must draw on God's supernatural strength to understand His purpose in our lives and to experience His love and grace more deeply.
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Ezekiel; Principle #25; Ezk. 25:1-11; p. 1104
Making Right Choices: We are to make right decisions, understanding that wrong choices can lead to serious if not lethal consequences.
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Ezekiel; Principle #26; Ezk. 25:12-17; p. 1105
Avoiding Vengeance: We are never to allow jealousy and bitterness to take root in our hearts.
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Ezekiel; Principle #27; Ezk. 26:1-28:19; p. 1108
Satanic Influence: We are to pray regularly for those who rule the countries of the world, asking God specifically that they?ll not be deceived by Satan.
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Ezekiel; Principle #28; Ezk. 28:20-32:32; p. 1113
Lord of Lords: We are to demonstrate with our attitudes and actions that God and God alone is the one true God.
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Ezekiel; Principle #29; Ezk. 33:1-29; p. 1114
Misinterpreting Scripture: We must not allow our personal and subjective agendas to cause us to misinterpret God's Word.
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Ezekiel; Principle #30; Ezk. 33:30-33; p. 1115
Hearing and Doing: We should not only listen to God's message in Scripture but practice His truth in our daily lives.
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Ezekiel; Principle #31; Ezk. 34:1-31; p. 1116
Being Faithful Shepherds: All spiritual leaders should imitate the humble, servant spirit demonstrated by the Lord Jesus Christ.
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Ezekiel; Principle #32; Ezk. 37:1-28; p. 1119
New Life in Christ: When we experience the new birth, we are to live in the reality that in God's sight we have died with Christ and are resurrected to live a new life that is everlasting.
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Ezekiel; Principle #33; Ezk. 38:1-39:29; p. 1121
Being Prepared: In view of all we know about the coming judgments on earth, we should live holy and godly lives in order to be ready for Christ's return.
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Ezekiel; Principle #34; Ezk. 40:1-4; p. 1122
A Holy Sanctuary: Since believers are God's living temple, we should offer our lives as living sacrifices that please God and His Son Jesus Christ.
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Ezekiel; Principle #35; Ezk. 40:5-37; p. 1124
Measuring God's Temple Today: As members of God's holy and living temple today, we are to participate in building up this temple, measuring spiritual growth by the character of Jesus Christ.
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Ezekiel; Principle #36; Ezk. 43:1-44:5; p. 1127
Reflecting God's Glory: As God's living temple today, we are to reflect His presence and glory to the watching world.
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Ezekiel; Principle #37; Ezk. 45:9-12; p. 1129
Honesty and Integrity: As members of local communities of faith, we are to demonstrate Christ's righteousness by the way we treat both fellow believers and unbelievers.
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Ezekiel; Principle #38; Ezk. 46:1-24; p. 1131
Remembering Christ's Sacrifice: As God's people today, we are to remember the Lord's sacrifice on the cross regularly through participation in Holy Communion.
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Ezekiel; Principle #39; Ezk. 47:1-12; p. 1132
The Water of Life: As Christ-followers, we are to convey the message to the world that God and His Son are the very source of the truth that can meet our spiritual needs.
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Ezekiel; Principle #40; Ezk. 47:13-48:29; p. 1134
God's Promises: We are to trust in God's promises, realizing that He cannot lie.
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Ezekiel; Principle #41; Ezk. 48:35; p. 1135
The Eternal City: Whether Jew or Gentile, if we are true Christ-followers, we are to look forward with eager anticipation to living eternally in the New Jerusalem.
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Daniel; Principle #1; Dan. 1:1-2; p. 1139
God's Sovereignty and Human Freedom: Though God is sovereign and in control of the universe, we are responsible to obey His directives in the Word of God.
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Daniel; Principle #2; Dan. 1:3-8; p. 1140
Total Commitment: To make deliberate and wise decisions to live in God's will day by day, we must make a heart decision to honor God in all we do.
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Daniel; Principle #3; Dan. 1:9-21; p. 1140
Walking in Wisdom: We are to do all we can to win the trust and respect of non-Christians without compromising our biblical convictions.
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Daniel; Principle #4; Dan. 2:1-18; p. 1141
The Power of Prayer: When we encounter challenges that seem insurmountable, we are to pray and ask God for His power to do what is right.
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Daniel; Principle #5; Dan. 2:19-49; p. 1143
Honoring God: Though we are to make full use of our earthly talents and abilities to live in God's will, we?re always to honor and glorify Him for what He has accomplished through us.
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Daniel; Principle #6; Dan. 3:1-4:3; p. 1144
Facing Persecution: We are to trust God to empower us to avoid any form of idolatry, regardless of the persecution we may experience.
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Daniel; Principle #7; Dan. 4:4-37; p. 1146
Prideful Tendencies: Even as believers, we must constantly be on guard against our human tendencies to be prideful and take inappropriate credit for our accomplishments.
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Daniel; Principle #8; Dan. 5:1-31; p. 1148
Learning from the Past: We are to learn from those who have gone before us, avoiding their mistakes and emulating their positive attitudes and actions.
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Daniel; Principle #9; Dan. 6:1-24; p. 1149
Living without Compromise: We are to practice our faith boldly, but with wisdom, discretion, and humility.
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Daniel; Principle #10; Dan. 7:1-28; p. 1151
Fulfilled Prophecy: We should become aware of those prophetic details that have not been fulfilled so we can be alert to how they may correlate with what is happening in the world today.
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Daniel; Principle #11; Dan. 8:26-27; p. 1152
Our Holy God: In view of the way direct encounters with God impacted biblical personalities physically, psychologically, and spiritually, we should be very cautious in claiming to have similar experiences.
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Daniel; Principle #12; Dan. 9:1-19; p. 1154
A Model Prayer: To pray effectively, we should acknowledge God's greatness, remind Him of His glorious promises, confess our sins, and be specific in our requests.
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Daniel; Principle #13; Dan. 9:20-23; p. 1154
Eternal Rewards: We are to walk in God's will so He will be pleased with our attitudes and actions and reward us at the judgment seat of Christ.
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Daniel; Principle #14; Dan. 9:24-27; p. 1155
Being Prepared: Though we don't know when Jesus Christ will return, we should always be prepared spiritually for this event.
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Daniel; Principle #15; Dan. 10:1-11; p. 1156
Strength in Weakness: When we feel the most inadequate we should consider it an opportunity to experience God's supernatural enablement.
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Daniel; Principle #16; Dan. 10:12-21; p. 1157
The Armor of God: We are to clothe ourselves with God's armor consistently so we can defeat Satan and his emissaries when they attack us in various ways.
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Daniel; Principle #17; Dan. 11:1-35; p. 1158
Prophetic History: We must understand that the Holy Spirit at times inspired prophets to record prophetic history that has been fulfilled before our time so that we will take seriously future events that are still to be fulfilled.
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Daniel; Principle #18; Dan. 11:36-12:13; p. 1159
The Great Tribulation: As members of the body of Jesus Christ (the church), we are to encourage one another with the great truth that we will not experience God?s wrath.
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Hosea; Principle #1; Hos. 1:1-3; p. 1163
Christ's Spotless Bride: As believers who have been chosen by God, we are to become more and more like Christ until we are presented to Him at the marriage of the Lamb.
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Hosea; Principle #2; Hos. 4:1-14; p. 1166
Our Knowledge of God: To grow spiritually, we must have an increasing and deepening knowledge of God--who He is and what He has done for us.
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Hosea; Principle #3; Hos. 4:15-5:15; p. 1167
Maintaining a Clear Conscience: We are to maintain a clear conscience that does not become hardened by persistent sinful attitudes and actions.
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Hosea; Principle #4; Hos. 6:1-3; p. 1167
God's Forgiveness: No matter what our human condition, we are to seek God's forgiveness, realizing that the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin.
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Hosea; Principle #5; Hos. 6:4-7:16; p. 1169
Becoming Like Christ: We are to be progressively transformed into the image of the Lord Jesus Christ, not conformed to this world.
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Hosea; Principle #6; Hos. 8:1-4; p. 1169
Choosing Godly Leaders: When we install leaders in our churches, we should first and foremost make the selection based on God's approval.
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Hosea; Principle #7; Hos. 8:5-14; p. 1170
True Worship: When we worship we must remember that what pleases God the most are lives lived in harmony with His will.
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Hosea; Principle #8; Hos. 9:1-9; p. 1171
Verbal Persecution: When we share God's truth with those who have deliberately turned their backs on God, we should not be surprised if we are identified as stupid and crazy.
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Hosea; Principle #9; Hos. 10:1-8; p. 1172
False Assumptions: We must never interpret material prosperity as a sign that God is pleased with actions that are out of harmony with His revealed will.
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Hosea; Principle #10; Hos. 10:9-12; p. 1172
Proper Priorities: We are to determine in our hearts to do what is right according to God's will, trusting Him to meet all of our needs.
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Hosea; Principle #11; Hos. 11:1-11; p. 1173
God's Faithfulness: We are to be assured that God will never disown us if we have truly become His children through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
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Hosea; Principle #12; Hos. 14:1-9; p. 1176
A Call to Repentance: Regardless of who we are, to experience eternal life we must acknowledge our sinfulness and receive God's free gift of salvation.
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Joel; Principle #1; Jl. 1:1-14; p. 1179
Preparation for Eternity: Parents should use natural disasters as opportunities to teach their children to be ready to meet God at any moment.
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Joel; Principle #2; Jl. 1:15-2:11; p. 1181
The Day of the Lord: We should live our lives as if the Day of the Lord could begin at any moment.
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Joel; Principle #3; Jl. 2:12-27; p. 1182
God's Love and Compassion: We should pray for a peaceful environment in which to communicate the good news of salvation.
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Joel; Principle #4; Jl. 2:28-32; p. 1183
The Holy Spirit: When each of us receives the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Savior, we are to claim the promise that we are all baptized by the Holy Spirit into Christ's spiritual body, the church.
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Joel; Principle #5; Jl. 3:1-21; p. 1184
God's Chosen People: Both believers and unbelievers should respect God?s chosen people, regardless of their spiritual status at this moment in history.
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Amos; Principle #1; Am. 1:1-2; p. 1187
Humble Servants: We are to live our lives believing that God desires to use each one of us regardless of our status and position in life.
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Amos; Principle #2; Am. 1:3-2:16; p. 1189
God's Judgment: No matter what our spiritual heritage, we will only escape God's ultimate judgment through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
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Amos; Principle #3; Am. 3:1-8; p. 1189
God's Coming Judgment: We should take very seriously God's warnings that judgment will eventually come on all who continue in sin and ignore His plan of salvation.
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Amos; Principle #4; Am. 3:9-15; p. 1190
Accountability to God: As God's children, we are to respond to God's grace, realizing that God expects much from the one to whom He has given much.
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Amos; Principle #5; Am. 4:1-5; p. 1191
Cultural Deterioration: When women begin to regress spiritually and morally, we should expect cultural deterioration to accelerate.
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Amos; Principle #6; Am. 4:6-13; p. 1192
Preparing to Meet God: Though God's final judgment on sinful humanity will eventually come, we are to let all people know that the gift of salvation is still available.
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Amos; Principle #7; Am. 5:1-17; p. 1193
Our Salvation Experience: To inherit eternal life, each one of us must have a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
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Amos; Principle #8; Am. 5:21-27; p. 1194
Religious Hypocrisy: We are to worship God with sincere and pure hearts, avoiding meaningless rituals.
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Amos; Principle #9; Am. 6:1-14; p. 1195
Material Prosperity: We must never conclude that material prosperity and political power are indications that God approves of our lifestyle.
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Amos; Principle #10; Am. 7:1-17; p. 1196
False Accusations: We who speak God's truth should not be surprised when we are falsely accused and persecuted, even by some who claim to be spiritual leaders.
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Amos; Principle #11; Am. 8:1-14; p. 1197
God's Divine Revelation: Though we may feel God is silent, we must remember that He has spoken and continues to speak through the Holy Scriptures.
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Obadiah; Principle #1; Obad 1-14; p. 1203
Christlike Humility: We are to evaluate our relationship with God by the extent we demonstrate true humility and compassion in all our endeavors and relationships.
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Jonah; Principle #1; Jnh. 1:1-10; p. 1207
Transparency: When we deliberately disobey God and suffer the consequences, we should be open and honest about our sins.
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Jonah; Principle #2; Jnh. 1:11-17; p. 1208
God's Sovereign Actions: We are to understand that God can use disobedience to communicate a message of salvation and hope to those who are woefully lost in sin.
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Jonah; Principle #3; Jnh. 2:1-10; p. 1436
Prayers for Deliverance: When we suffer the consequences of our sins, we should not hesitate to seek God's help.
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Jonah; Principle #4; Jnh. 3:1-9; p. 1209
God's Supernatural Message: We are to teach God's Word faithfully, believing that it can penetrate even the most sinful hearts.
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Jonah; Principle #5; Jnh. 3:10-4:4; p. 1210
The Sin of Vengeance: We are to humbly acknowledge that God and God alone has the final authority to punish evil people or to forgive them when they repent.
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Jonah; Principle #6; Jnh. 4:5-11; p. 1211
Demonstrating Christ's Love: As we carry out the Great Commission, we are to do so with hearts of compassion for those who are desperately confused and in need of the Savior.
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Micah; Principle #1; Mic. 1:1-9; p. 1215
Sincere Concern: To communicate effectively to those who are living out of the will of God, we must be able to demonstrate sincere concern regarding their sinful behavior.
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Micah; Principle #2; Mic. 1:10-16; p. 1216
Parental Sins: Parents should be very concerned as to how sinful attitudes and actions will affect children and grandchildren.
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Micah; Principle #3; Mic. 2:1-3:8; p. 1217
Leadership Integrity: Spiritual leaders must never compromise God's message in order to appease people or to seek material gain.
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Micah; Principle #4; Mic. 3:9-12; p. 1218
Proclaiming God's Message: We are to preach and teach God's Word faithfully, trusting the Holy Spirit to convict people of sin.
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Micah; Principle #5; Mic. 5:1-4; p. 1219
Our Great Shepherd: We are to live securely in God's promise that Jesus Christ will one day rule and reign over the entire world.
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Micah; Principle #6; Mic. 5:5-6:8; p. 1221
True Spiritual Worship: We are to allow the Holy Spirit to develop inner qualities that reflect the character of the Lord Jesus Christ.
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Micah; Principle #7; Mic. 7:1-7; p. 1222
Our Greatest Example: No matter how others are serving sin and self, we are to focus on the Lord Jesus Christ as our perfect example.
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Micah; Principle #8; Mic. 7:18-20; p. 1223
The One True God: We are to get to know God better so we can reflect who He is in all of our relationships.
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Nahum; Principle #1; Nah. 1:1-6; p. 1227
God's Wrath: We must never take God's patience for granted, assuming He will not judge sinful humanity simply because it has not happened.
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Nahum; Principle #2; Nah. 1:7-3:19; p. 1230
God's Patience: When tempted to believe God is cruel and lacking in compassion, we should review His extraordinary patience and continual communication, both with His people Israel and with the Gentile nations.
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Habakkuk; Principle #1; Hab. 1:1-17; p. 1235
Unanswered Questions: We are to accept the reality that there are some questions that will never be answered until we are in God's presence in eternity.
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Habakkuk; Principle #2; Hab. 2:1-20; p. 1237
Saved by Faith: Though we do not know the answers to all of life's questions, we are to make sure we have by faith received God's gift of eternal life.
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Habakkuk; Principle #3; Hab. 3:1-19; p. 1238
Living by Faith: Though we do not understand all that happens in life, and we might even experience deep fear and persistent anxiety, we are to trust and worship God.
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Zephaniah; Principle #1; Zph. 1:1-2; p. 1243
Spiritual Degeneration: We should not expect the world environment to become increasingly God-centered as we approach the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
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Zephaniah; Principle #2; Zph. 1:3-2:3; p. 1244
Judgment with Compassion: When we speak of God's coming judgment, our primary purpose should always be to encourage unrepentant people to come to know the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Savior.
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Zephaniah; Principle #3; Zph. 2:4-3:13; p. 1246
God's Perspective on Pride: We should always demonstrate a deep sense of humility in our walk with God and in our relationships with all people.
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Zephaniah; Principle #4; Zph. 3:14-20; p. 1247
God's Faithfulness: When God has stated that He will do certain things, we can be sure that His words will come true--whether in judgment or in salvation.
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Haggai; Principle #1; Hg. 1:1-4; p. 1251
Leadership Responsibility: Spiritual leaders in the church are to both model and teach the will of God.
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Haggai; Principle #2; Hg. 1:5-11; p. 1252
Eternal Rewards: To store up treasures in heaven, we must make it a priority to build God's eternal kingdom with our material possessions.
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Haggai; Principle #3; Hg. 1:12-2:5; p. 1252
The Human and Divine: To carry out our biblical tasks, we are to draw on God's supernatural strength but at the same time use our God-given abilities.
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Haggai; Principle #4; Hg. 2:6-23; p. 1253
Building God's Church: When spiritual leaders become discouraged, they should envision the day when God's spiritual temple is completed and transformed into the image of the Lord Jesus Christ.
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Zechariah; Principle #1; Zch. 1:1-6; p. 1257
True Spirituality: We are to develop a personal and heart relationship with God, not simply an outward expression of our beliefs.
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Zechariah; Principle #2; Zch. 1:7-17; p. 1258
The Incarnation: We must never compromise the divine truth that, in order to provide for our eternal salvation, God became a man and dwelled among us.
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Zechariah; Principle #3; Zch. 3:1-10; p. 1259
Walking Worthy: Since we have been chosen by God and saved by grace through faith, we are responsible to live in His revealed will.
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Zechariah; Principle #4; Zch. 5:1-6:8; p. 1261
The Impact of Sin: Because sin is a universal disease that separates all people from God, to enter His presence we must confess our sins and receive forgiveness by believing in Christ's death and resurrection.
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Zechariah; Principle #5; Zch. 6:9-15; p. 1261
The Family of God: As members of God's spiritual family, we are to participate in building God's holy temple until Jesus Christ returns.
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Zechariah; Principle #6; Zch. 7:1-14; p. 1262
Reality Not Ritual: We should evaluate both our past and present religious rituals and human relationships to determine our true heart motives.
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Zechariah; Principle #7; Zch. 8:1-23; p. 1263
Vital Relationships: We are to live in proper relationship with our fellow believers so we will have joyful and fulfilling relationships with God.
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Zechariah; Principle #8; Zch. 9:9; p. 1264
A Humble Servant: Though a day is coming when the Lord Jesus Christ will rule and reign as King of kings, we are to imitate His life as a humble servant when He came the first time.
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Zechariah; Principle #9; Zch. 9:16-11:17; p. 1266
Good Shepherds: Though Jesus Christ will someday be the Shepherd-King over Israel, as spiritual leaders in the church we are to follow His example as shepherd-servants.
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Zechariah; Principle #10; Zch. 12:10-13:1; p. 1267
The Blood of Christ: Whether we are Jews or Gentiles, in order to be saved we must personally and sincerely believe that Jesus Christ died and shed His blood to wash away our sins.
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Zechariah; Principle #11; Zch. 13:2-9; p. 1461
The Great Commission: As the church of Jesus Christ, we must diligently fulfill our responsibilities to carry out the Great Commission until Christ comes again.
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Malachi; Principle #1; Mal. 1:1-14; p. 1273
Living Transformed Lives: Because of God's love and mercy in choosing us to become part of His eternal family, we are to live righteous and holy lives.
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Malachi; Principle #2; Mal. 2:1-9; p. 1274
Leadership Accountability: Spiritual leaders in the church should be accountable both to God and to fellow Christians.
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Malachi; Principle #3; Mal. 2:10-16; p. 1275
Marital Faithfulness: We are to marry only fellow believers and commit to a permanent one man-one woman relationship.
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Malachi; Principle #4; Mal. 2:17-3:6; p. 1276
The Second Coming: We are always to be prepared for the Lord's second coming.
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Malachi; Principle #5; Mal. 3:7-12; p. 1276
Grace Giving: To experience the riches of God's grace, we must become generous Christians.
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Malachi; Principle #6; Mal. 3:13-18; p. 1277
Pure Motives: We are to serve God and one another out of hearts of love and with pure motives, not in order to receive material benefits.
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Matthew; Principle #1; Mt. 1:1-17; p. 1283
The Gift of Salvation: No matter what our sinful condition, we should accept total forgiveness by believing in the Lord Jesus Christ who lived, died, and rose again to redeem us from all sin.
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Matthew; Principle #2; Mt. 1:18-25; p. 1284
Demonstrating Grace: As believers, we are to extend mercy and grace toward those who are living out of the will of God.
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Matthew; Principle #3; Mt. 2:1-12; p. 1285
Worshipful Generosity: We are always to use our material gifts s to worship and praise God and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
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Matthew; Principle #4; Mt. 3:1-12; p. 1286
The Message of Repentance: To have forgiveness of sins and to live in fellowship with God, we must experience true repentance.
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Matthew; Principle #5; Mt. 4:1-11; p. 1287
The Power of Scripture: When we're tempted to violate God's will, we are to follow Jesus' example and use Scripture to thwart Satan's efforts.
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Matthew; Principle #6; Mt. 4:18-22; p. 1288
Dedicated Discipleship: To follow the Lord Jesus Christ, we must faithfully apply His teachings.
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Matthew; Principle #7; Mt. 4:23-5:1; p. 1288
Producing Mature Disciples: To develop mature Christ-followers, all spiritual leaders should give special attention to those who have a sincere desire to learn deep spiritual truths.
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Matthew; Principle #8; Mt. 5:2-12; p. 1289
Reflecting God's Fullness: To discover enduring spiritual fulfillment, we must be saved by grace through faith and then demonstrate those qualities of life that reflect God's perfection.
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Matthew; Principle #9; Mt. 5:13-19; p. 1290
Fulfilling the Law: As Christ-followers, we are to reflect the law's requirements by loving one another.
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Matthew; Principle #10; Mt. 5:20-30; p. 1290
Internalizing God's Word: To overcome temptations that lead to serious sins, we must internalize God's truth in our hearts on a consistent basis.
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Matthew; Principle #11; Mt. 5:31-37; p. 1291
Practicing Integrity: We are to build all relationships on trust and honesty.
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Matthew; Principle #12; Mt. 5:38-48; p. 1292
Loving as Christ Loved: We are to imitate Jesus in the way He related to people who were selfish, prejudiced, judgmental, hateful, and vengeful.
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Matthew; Principle #13; Mt. 6:1-15; p. 1293
Experiencing God's Forgiveness: To maintain intimate fellowship with God and one another, we must forgive those who sin against us.
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Matthew; Principle #14; Mt. 6:16-18; p. 1293
Honoring God: When we give, pray, and fast, we should do so with pure motives that glorify God and not ourselves.
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Matthew; Principle #15; Mt. 6:19-24; p. 1294
Eternal Treasures: We are to measure our spiritual health by the way we use our material possessions to help make disciples of all nations.
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Matthew; Principle #16; Mt. 6:25-34; p. 1295
Establishing Priorities: To avoid anxiety, we should consistently put God first in all that we do--including the way we view and use our material possessions.
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Matthew; Principle #17; Mt. 7:1-6; p. 1295
Judgmental Hypocrisy: When we confront fellow believers because of sin in their lives, we are to make sure we have dealt properly with our own sin.
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Matthew; Principle #18; Mt. 7:7-12; p. 1296
Persistent Prayer: To apply Christ's teachings, we must have supernatural strength that is released in our lives through prayer.
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Matthew; Principle #19; Mt. 7:13-23; p. 1296
The Way of Salvation: To be true to the Scriptures, we must believe and teach that faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the one and only way to inherit eternal life.
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Matthew; Principle #20; Mt. 7:24-29; p. 1297
A Solid Foundation: To withstand the vicissitudes of life, we must put our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ--who He is, what He has done for all of us, and what He taught.
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Matthew; Principle #21; Mt. 8:1-17; p. 1298
Physical Healing: Though we are to pray for physical healing, we must differentiate between spiritual healing for salvation and physical healing for the body.
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Matthew; Principle #22; Mt. 8:18-27; p. 1299
The God-Man: The more we get to know Jesus Christ, the more we should be in awe of who He really is!
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Matthew; Principle #23; Mt. 9:9-13; p. 1300
Witnessing for Christ: To present the gospel to those who are lost we are to associate with them, but we must never compromise biblical values.
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Matthew; Principle #24; Mt. 9:14-17; p. 1300
Function and Form: When we worship God, we are to determine both our practices and our patterns by using God's truth in Scripture as our primary criteria, not cultural traditions.
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Matthew; Principle #25; Mt. 9:18-36; p. 1301
Good Shepherds: To be effective, pastors are to imitate Christ's love and compassion.
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Matthew; Principle #26; Mt. 9:37-10:15; p. 1302
Equipping Leaders: To carry out the Great Commission effectively, spiritual leaders must equip others to assist them who in turn will multiply this process in the lives of others.
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Matthew; Principle #27; Mt. 11:1-15; p. 1304
Doubt and Disillusionment: Regardless of our maturity in Christ, we should expect crises that are sometimes disillusioning.
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Matthew; Principle #28; Mt. 11:16-30; p. 1304
Imitating Christ: When we face persecution, we are to imitate the Lord's gentle, humble, and sacrificial example.
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Matthew; Principle #29; Mt. 12:1-14; p. 1305
Inappropriate Traditions: We should periodically evaluate our traditions in order to make sure they do not violate Christ's compassionate example or the clear teachings of Scripture.
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Matthew; Principle #30; Mt. 12:22-32; p. 1306
The Unpardonable Sin: We should assure people that they have not committed the unpardonable sin and encourage them to receive the gift of eternal life.
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Matthew; Principle #31; Mt. 12:46-50; p. 1307
God's Spiritual Family: To be in God's eternal family, we must believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and receive His gift of salvation.
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Matthew; Principle #32; Mt. 13:1-17; p. 1308
The Ministry of the Spirit: Though we are to offer the gift of salvation to all people, we must understand that no one can respond without God's divine help through the Holy Spirit.
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Matthew; Principle #33; Mt. 13:18-53; p. 1310
The Kingdom of Heaven: To clearly understand Jesus' references to the kingdom of heaven, we must carefully follow God's unfolding revelation regarding the church in the rest of the New Testament.
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Matthew; Principle #34; Mt. 13:54-58; p. 1311
Rejection: We should not be surprised when those closest to us reject the gospel and us as well.
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Matthew; Principle #35; Mt. 14:1-12; p. 1311
Sexual Sins: We must not underestimate the power of sexuality to cause demented people to engage in irrational acts of hate and even murder.
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Matthew; Principle #36; Mt. 14:13-21; p. 1312
The Whole Person: In carrying out the Great Commission, we are to minister to the whole person-- body, soul, and spirit.
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Matthew; Principle #37; Mt. 14:22-33; p. 1313
Equipping Leaders: In preparing others for significant ministry roles, attention should be focused on key leaders who have the potential to emulate primary leaders.
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Matthew; Principle #38; Mt. 15:1-20; p. 1313
True Spirituality: To avoid actions that are merely external and hypocritical, we must allow God's Spirit to penetrate our hearts with biblical truth.
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Matthew; Principle #39; Mt. 15:21-39; p. 1314
Reaching Gentiles: We are to proclaim the message that Jesus Christ came to be the Savior for all people, regardless of race, color, or creed.
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Matthew; Principle #40; Mt. 16:1-12; p. 1315
False Teachers: We are to be on guard against being led astray by anyone who teaches false doctrine.
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Matthew; Principle #41; Mt. 16:13-23; p. 1316
Satanic Influences: Even if our belief in Christ's deity is accurate, we are still to be on guard against Satan's efforts to influence our thinking and actions.
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Matthew; Principle #42; Mt. 16:24-17:13; p. 1317
Serving Faithfully: Even though we may have unanswered questions, we should serve Jesus Christ faithfully until He comes again.
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Matthew; Principle #43; Mt. 17:14-18:35; p. 1319
Life Lessons: To be prepared for ministry, all believers should have a time of preparation that involves both specific content and practical experience.
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Matthew; Principle #44; Mt. 19:1-15; p. 1320
Standing Firm: In a secular as well as in a religious world that is more and more departing from biblical values, we are never to compromise the teachings of Scripture.
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Matthew; Principle #45; Mt. 19:16-26; p. 1320
Biblical Priorities: We are never to allow material possessions to keep us from making God and His will a priority in our lives.
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Matthew; Principle #46; Mt. 19:27-20:16; p. 1321
Faith and Works: To understand and present the gospel correctly, we must distinguish between the gift of salvation and rewards for faithful service.
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Matthew; Principle #47; Mt. 20:17-28; p. 1322
Servant-Leadership: Spiritual leaders who follow Christ's example should become servant-leaders
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Matthew; Principle #48; Mt. 20:29-21:11; p. 1323
Personal Interest: Servant-leaders are not to allow accolades from the masses to dull their compassion for the specific needs of individuals.
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Matthew; Principle #49; Mt. 21:23-22:14; p. 1325
Seeking the Truth: We should not allow what we want to believe to cause us to reject what is God's truth.
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Matthew; Principle #50; Mt. 22:15-46; p. 1326
Divine Wisdom: When communicating with people who are attempting to advance Satan's agenda, we should seek to respond with divine wisdom in order to avoid arguments.
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Matthew; Principle #51; Mt. 23:1-36; p. 1327
Exemplary Teaching: Christian leaders are to both teach correct doctrine and practice what they teach.
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Matthew; Principle #52; Mt. 23:37-24:31; p. 1329
Israel and the Church: To adequately interpret prophecies regarding the end of the age, we must carefully distinguish between statements about the nation Israel and statements about the church of Jesus Christ.
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Matthew; Principle #53; Mt. 24:32-25:46; p. 1331
Christ's Second Coming: Even though we do not know when Jesus Christ will remove believers from this world, we are to prepare ourselves by faithfully living in His will.
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Matthew; Principle #54; Mt. 26:6-16; p. 1332
Carnal Influence: We must not allow critical and carnal people to impact our thinking in negative ways.
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Matthew; Principle #55; Mt. 26:31-75; p. 1334
Our Great High Priest: Without justifying our failures, we are to be reassured that we have a great high priest who understands our humanness.
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Matthew; Principle #56; Mt. 27:1-10; p. 1334
Loving Money: We are to be aware of the power of money in causing us to rationalize sinful decisions and to deceive ourselves regarding the ultimate results.
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Matthew; Principle #57; Mt. 27:11-26; p. 1335
The Power of Self-Interests: We should not be surprised when some political leaders purposely make wrong and even evil decisions to protect their own interests.
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Matthew; Principle #58; Mt. 27:45-54; p. 1336
More Miraculous Signs: When we consider the miraculous events surrounding Jesus' final hours on the cross, we should be intensely motivated to proclaim that He is indeed God's eternal Son.
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Matthew; Principle #59; Mt. 28:1-20; p. 1338
The Great Commission: Since the Lord Jesus Christ died and rose again to bring salvation to all who believe, we are to do what we can to deliver this message to the whole world.
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Mark; Principle #1; Mk. 1:12-13; p. 1342
Our Great High Priest: When we're tempted to sin, we should take comfort in the fact that the Lord Jesus Christ is our great high priest who can identify with every temptation we face.
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Mark; Principle #2; Mk. 1:21-39; p. 1343
Renewing Our Strength: To renew our strength physically, psychologically, and spiritually, we must plan times to be alone with God.
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Mark; Principle #3; Mk. 2:1-12; p. 1344
Physical Healing: Though many illnesses are certainly not caused by specific sins in our lives, we should always confess any known sins and restore our fellowship with God.
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Mark; Principle #4; Mk. 3:13-19; p. 1346
Transformation: We should allow the Holy Spirit to transform our negative tendencies into positive qualities that God can use to accomplish His purposes in this world.
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Mark; Principle #5; Mk. 3:20-35; p. 1347
Unfair Accusations: When we devote our lives to following Christ, we must not be surprised and intimidated when unsaved family members and unconverted religious leaders accuse us falsely.
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Mark; Principle #6; Mk. 4:1-20; p. 1347
Being Faithful Witnesses: Although many will not respond positively, we are to communicate the message of the Bible faithfully, both by word and by example.
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Mark; Principle #7; Mk. 4:21-34; p. 1348
God's Power: We must remember that salvation and spiritual growth are always a supernatural process.
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Mark; Principle #8; Mk. 4:35-41; p. 1349
Trusting God: Regardless of the challenges we face as Christians, we are to trust God to deliver us.
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Mark; Principle #9; Mk. 5:1-20; p. 1349
Sharing Christ's Love: When we experience deliverance from the penalty of sin, we are to openly share our experiences with family and friends.
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Mark; Principle #10; Mk. 5:21-6:13; p. 1351
Experiential Learning: To be equipped adequately to serve the Lord Jesus Christ, we need to learn from experience.
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Mark; Principle #11; Mk. 6:14-29; p. 1351
The Power of Pride: When we create embarrassing situations for ourselves, we must avoid protecting our pride by engaging in actions that we know are wrong.
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Mark; Principle #12; Mk. 6:30-52; p. 1352
Putting Others First: Even though we need time to rest, we must be prepared to meet the needs of people who interrupt our schedules.
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Mark; Principle #13; Mk. 7:1-13; p. 1353
Truth and Traditions: When we develop traditions, we must make sure that they are in harmony with God's truth in Scripture.
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Mark; Principle #14; Mk. 8:1-21; p. 1355
Remembering God's Grace: When we face various crises in our lives, we must not forget how God has cared for us in the past.
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Mark; Principle #15; Mk. 8:27-38; p. 1355
Pure Motives: Even though we may be dedicated Christians, we must make sure our motives are to honor God and not ourselves.
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Mark; Principle #16; Mk. 9:1-10; p. 1356
Christ's Authority: In a world that is permeated with many religious and philosophical messages, we must discern truth from error by listening carefully to the words of Jesus Christ.
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Mark; Principle #17; Mk. 9:14-29; p. 1357
The Object of Faith: To experience a growing faith, we must believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is God, and that He is able to do anything He wishes.
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Mark; Principle #18; Mk. 9:38-41; p. 1358
Nonjudgmental Attitudes: Even though there are various opinions among Bible-believing Christians, we are to demonstrate love and acceptance of one another.
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Mark; Principle #19; Mk. 10:13-16; p. 1359
The Younger Generation: Whether in the family or in the church, we are to do all we can to meet the needs of children.
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Mark; Principle #20; Mk. 10:17-31; p. 1360
Material Possessions: If we are blessed with wealth, we must realize that money will never enable us to inherit eternal life.
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Mark; Principle #21; Mk. 10:35-45; p. 1361
Modeling Christ's Likeness: Parents are to model servant-leadership to their children.
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Mark; Principle #22; Mk. 11:12-21; p. 1362
Bearing Fruit: We are to do all we can to develop churches that manifest the fruit of the Spirit.
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Mark; Principle #23; Mk. 11:22-26; p. 1363
Becoming a Healthy Church: To become the church God intends us to be, we must develop our faith, be devoted to prayer, and live in harmony with one another.
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Mark; Principle #24; Mk. 12:38-44; p. 1364
True Generosity: When we engage in various worship functions, we are to keep our motives pure.
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Mark; Principle #25; Mk. 13:1-37; p. 1366
Alertness without Specificity: Though God wants us always to be ready for Christ's coming to remove the church from this earth, we are not to set specific dates.
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Mark; Principle #26; Mk. 14:27-42; p. 1367
Spiritual Tests: There are times in our lives when we should expect to face spiritual tests that may be painful and even embarrassing.
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Mark; Principle #27; Mk. 14:43-52; p. 1368
Embarrassing Moments: When we at times engage in actions that are shameful, we should be on guard against our tendency to try to hide our identity.
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Mark; Principle #28; Mk. 15:40-41; p. 1370
Godly Women: We must never overlook or take for granted the significant ministry contributions God designed for committed Christian women.
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Luke; Principle #1; Lk. 1:1-4; p. 1377
Written Communication: We should look for opportunities to use personal letters to help fellow believers develop a more intimate relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.
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Luke; Principle #2; Lk. 1:5-38; p. 1378
Abiding Faith: Even though we may be living godly lives, we must be on guard against the sin of unbelief.
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Luke; Principle #3; Lk. 1:39-45; p. 1379
Life at Conception: In a day when people are taught that the unborn are not living beings, we must do what we can to expose this terrible deception with biblical truth.
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Luke; Principle #4; Lk. 1:46-80; p. 1380
Worshipful Praise: As those who have experienced redemption, we should continually praise God for sending the Lord Jesus Christ to be our Savior.
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Luke; Principle #5; Lk. 2:8-20; p. 1381
Amazing Grace: We should never cease to be awestruck by the redemptive story revealed throughout Scripture.
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Luke; Principle #6; Lk. 2:25-35; p. 1382
The Power of Prejudice: When we read and hear Scripture, we are to allow the Holy Spirit to penetrate our subjective and prejudicial thinking.
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Luke; Principle #7; Lk. 2:39-52; p. 1383
Both God and Man: Though Jesus came to earth as the divine Son of God, we are to take comfort in the fact that because of His human nature, He can identify with all of our weaknesses.
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Luke; Principle #8; Lk. 3:1-22; p. 1384
Believer's Baptism: As believers in the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, we are to be baptized so as to bear witness to our salvation experience.
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Luke; Principle #9; Lk. 3:23-38; p. 1385
A Gospel for All: We must never compromise the truth that all people--regardless of ethnic backgrounds, social status, race, color, or gender-- become spiritually equal when they receive the gift of life through the Lord Jesus Christ.
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Luke; Principle #10; Lk. 4:1-13; p. 1386
Satan's Strategy: We must always be on guard against Satan's attacks on our lives, but particularly when we are physically and psychologically vulnerable.
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Luke; Principle #11; Lk. 5:1-11; p. 1387
Overcoming Fear: We must not allow fear to keep us from obeying Christ's call on our lives to live in His will.
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Luke; Principle #12; Lk. 5:27-32; p. 1388
Redemptive Grace: We should be thankful that God chooses to use transformed lives to minister to others in special ways.
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Luke; Principle #13; Lk. 6:12-16; p. 1390
Leadership Appointments: When it comes to selecting and appointing key spiritual leaders, significant time should be devoted to prayer.
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Luke; Principle #14; Lk. 6:17-49; p. 1386
Divine and Human Creativity: We must understand that the Holy Spirit both superintended the writing of Scripture and, at the same time, gave biblical authors freedom to be creative.
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Luke; Principle #15; Lk. 7:36-50; p. 1393
Worship from the Heart: We should express deep love and gratitude to God because of His gift of salvation to all those who believe and receive His message.
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Luke; Principle #16; Lk. 9:28-36; p. 1396
Spiritual Disciplines: In our human weaknesses--even as Christians--we must discipline ourselves to think clearly and to respond biblically.
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Luke; Principle #17; Lk. 9:51-56; p. 1397
Ministry of Compassion: In representing the Lord Jesus Christ, we are always to be motivated by love and compassion.
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Luke; Principle #18; Lk. 9:57-62; p. 1398
Our Calling in Christ: To understand and apply Jesus' teachings, we must distinguish between His calling to the original apostles to follow Him and God's calling to salvation and to live in His will.
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Luke; Principle #19; Lk. 10:1-24; p. 1399
A Witness in this World: To walk in the will of God, we must participate in fulfilling Christ's ultimate mission for coming into this world.
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Luke; Principle #20; Lk. 10:25-37; p. 1400
Freedom from Prejudice: We are to demonstrate the reality of our salvation experience by truly loving God and all human beings.
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Luke; Principle #21; Lk. 10:38-42; p. 1400
Worship and Service: We should not become so busy serving God that we fail to take time to listen to His message in the Holy Scriptures.
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Luke; Principle #22; Lk. 11:1-13; p. 1401
A Model Prayer: We are to creatively, boldly, and persistently use Jesus' prayer as a divine outline for our own personal and corporate prayers.
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Luke; Principle #23; Lk. 11:14-23; p. 1402
Thinking Clearly: No matter how educated we may be, we must be on guard against irrational and inconsistent thinking regarding God's revealed truth.
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Luke; Principle #24; Lk. 11:27-28; p. 1402
Obedience: Though hearing God's revealed truth is foundational in our spiritual growth, we should make sure we apply this truth in daily living.
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Luke; Principle #25; Lk. 11:37-54; p. 1403
Hypocritical Behavior: As Christ-followers, we are to avoid engaging in inconsistent behavior.
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Luke; Principle #26; Lk. 12:1-12; p. 1404
Steadfastness: We are not to allow fear of rejection to keep us from sharing our faith and living consistent Christian lives.
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Luke; Principle #27; Lk. 12:13-21; p. 1405
Eternal Investments: When God blesses us with material possessions that exceed our personal needs, we are to use our excess wealth to build God's eternal kingdom.
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Luke; Principle #28; Lk. 12:35-48; p. 1406
Faithful Leadership: All spiritual leaders are to be faithful in carrying out their managing and shepherding responsibilities.
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Luke; Principle #29; Lk. 12:49-53; p. 1406
A Difficult Decision: Though God's will for families and churches is unity and peace, we must also be aware that the gospel of Jesus Christ calls for a choice that may bring separation and division.
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Luke; Principle #30; Lk. 12:54-13:9; p. 1407
True Repentance: To experience eternal life and avoid eternal death, we must all repent of our sins and receive God's gift of salvation.
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Luke; Principle #31; Lk. 13:34-35; p. 1409
God's Compassion: We are to always present a message of hope to all people that God loves them and they can be saved if they respond to His grace.
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Luke; Principle #32; Lk. 14:7-14; p. 1409
Humility and Generosity: To live in God's will, we must demonstrate two basic qualities: humility and generosity.
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Luke; Principle #33; Lk. 14:15-24; p. 1410
Good News for All: To carry out the Great Commission, we are to share the gospel with all people regardless of their economic status, their physical and mental condition, or their ethnic and religious backgrounds.
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Luke; Principle #34; Lk. 14:25-35; p. 1411
Dedicated Discipleship: To be a dedicated believer, we must always make our commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ a priority over all other relationships as well as over our material possessions.
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Luke; Principle #35; Lk. 15:1-32; p. 1412
The Lost is Found: We are to rejoice and celebrate whenever an unsaved person repents and becomes a member of God's eternal family.
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Luke; Principle #36; Lk. 16:1-15; p. 1413
Treasures in Heaven: When making decisions as they relate to our material possessions, we should do so with a perspective on eternity.
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Luke; Principle #37; Lk. 16:19-31; p. 1414
Loving Money: If we are blessed with wealth, we must not allow it to harden our hearts and to cause us to miss God's gift of eternal salvation.
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Luke; Principle #38; Lk. 17:11-19; p. 1415
Redeeming Grace: We should encourage unbelievers to thank God for His common grace that He has bestowed on all humanity.
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Luke; Principle #39; Lk. 18:1-8; p. 1416
Persistent Prayer: When we face difficult circumstances that are beyond our control, we are to keep asking God for His divine help.
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Luke; Principle #40; Lk. 18:9-14; p. 1416
Humility in Prayer: We are always to approach God with a spirit of humility, knowing it is only by His grace we can enter His holy presence.
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Luke; Principle #41; Lk. 18:31-34; p. 1417
Selective Beliefs: We should make sure we do not have spiritual blind spots that cause us to use the Christian faith as a means to honor ourselves.
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Luke; Principle #42; Lk. 19:1-10; p. 1418
Universal Grace: We must never forget Jesus? primary mission: to provide salvation for all people.
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Luke; Principle #43; Lk. 19:11-27; p. 1419
God's Unfolding Revelation: To understand God's redemptive plan as it relates to both the nation of Israel and the church, we must carefully follow the unfolding story throughout Scripture.
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Luke; Principle #44; Lk. 19:41-44; p. 1420
Christ's Compassionate Love: Though Jesus Christ will someday serve as a righteous judge, we must remember that He came to earth the first time because He is a loving and caring Savior.
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Luke; Principle #45; Lk. 22:1-6; p. 1423
Spiritual Qualifications: When selecting key leaders in the church, we must take seriously the qualifications outlined in Scripture.
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Luke; Principle #46; Lk. 22:7-20; p. 1423
The Lord's Supper: As we remember the death of the Lord Jesus Christ, we are to use the freedom God has given us to make this a meaningful memorial experience in our particular cultural situation.
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Luke; Principle #47; Lk. 22:21-27; p. 1424
Reflecting Unity: When we remember and proclaim Jesus' death with a communion meal, we are to be committed to creating unity in the church.
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Luke; Principle #48; Lk. 22:28-34; p. 1425
Satanic Attacks: No matter how significant our position in the church, we are to be on guard against Satan's efforts to destroy us.
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Luke; Principle #49; Lk. 22:66-23:12; p. 1426
God's Sovereignty: Even when evil leaders engage in terrible acts of violence in order to achieve their own selfish goals, we are to acknowledge God's overall sovereign control over events in history.
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Luke; Principle #50; Lk. 23:32-43; p. 1428
Our Eternal Hope: When we face physical death, as believers we are to be assured that we will immediately be with Jesus Christ in heaven.
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Luke; Principle #51; Lk. 24:13-35; p. 1429
The Living Word: When we study the Scriptures and hear them taught and explained, we should respond with deep feelings of gratitude, especially as they reveal the living Christ.
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John; Principle #1; Jn. 1:1-5; p. 1434
The Living Word: When communicating the message of salvation, words, ideas, and concepts should be used that help listeners clearly understand God's eternal and never changing truth.
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John; Principle #2; Jn. 1:6-18; p. 1435
The Deity of Christ: When we truly understand who the Lord Jesus Christ is and what He has done for us, we should respond by believing in Him and receiving Him as personal Savior.
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John; Principle #3; Jn. 1:29-51; p. 1436
Seeking the Truth: Even though we may be in the process of discovering who Jesus really is, we should invite others to join us in this exciting adventure.
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John; Principle #4; Jn. 2:1-11; p. 1437
Profession versus Possession: As those who profess to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, we should make sure it is a belief that has truly resulted in eternal life.
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John; Principle #5; Jn. 2:13-25; p. 1438
Superficial Faith: We should understand that when people profess to believe in Jesus, some will do so insincerely and with improper motives.
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John; Principle #6; Jn. 3:1-21; p. 1439
A New Life in Christ: To inherit eternal life, each one of us must experience the new birth.
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John; Principle #7; Jn. 3:22-30; p. 1440
Christ First: We are never to elevate any spiritual leader to the place where we are honoring another person above the Lord Jesus Christ.
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John; Principle #8; Jn. 3:31-36; p. 1440
Eternal Hope: When we are truly born again by God's Spirit, we are to be certain that our eternal life begins at that moment.
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John; Principle #9; Jn. 4:1-42; p. 1441
The Incarnate Word: No matter what our background, we must sincerely believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Son of God in order to inherit eternal life.
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John; Principle #10; Jn. 4:46-54; p. 1442
A Gentile's Faith: We are to realize that God sometimes allows crises in people's lives to bring them to true faith in His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
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John; Principle #11; Jn. 5:1-23; p. 1443
Christ's Deity: To be true to the Scriptures, we must reject all teachings that deny that Jesus Christ and God are equal.
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John; Principle #12; Jn. 5:24-47; p. 1444
Scriptural Authenticity: When we believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal and resurrected Savior, we should understand that we are making a faith-based decision that is rooted in verifiable historical evidence.
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John; Principle #13; Jn. 6:1-13; p. 1445
God's Personal Concern: When we are seeking to know the truth, we should be confident that Jesus Christ is interested in each one of us and our eternal relationship with the Father.
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John; Principle #14; Jn. 6:14-71; p. 1447
Pure Motives: When we put our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, we must make sure our primary motives are spiritual rather than material.
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John; Principle #15; Jn. 7:1-9; p. 1448
Family Tensions: When we have family members who have not received the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Savior, we must not give up hope regarding their salvation.
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John; Principle #16; Jn. 7:10-24; p. 1449
A Sincere Quest: To know and understand the truth about the Lord Jesus Christ, we must sincerely desire to understand and do God's will.
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John; Principle #17; Jn. 7:25-52; p. 1450
Bold but Wise: Though there are times when it may be wise not to comment publicly about our faith, in general we are to be bold and open in our Christian witness.
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John; Principle #18; Jn. 7:53-8:11; p. 1451
Total Forgiveness: No matter what sins we have committed, we should be confident that Jesus Christ will forgive us if we truly repent.
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John; Principle #19; Jn. 8:12-59; p. 1452
One With God: When we truly believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, we are sincerely to identify Him as One with God.
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John; Principle #20; Jn. 9:1-41; p. 1454
Acceptance or Rejection: We should not be surprised when the message of Christ's deity leads either to saving faith or to total rejection of the salvation story.
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John; Principle #21; Jn. 10:1-21; p. 1455
Oneness in Christ: When we sincerely receive the Lord Jesus Christ and enter God's family, we are to accept one another and function as one united body in Christ.
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John; Principle #22; Jn. 10:22-30; p. 1455
Eternal Salvation: When we are truly born again by God's Spirit, we are to be certain that we are eternally saved.
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John; Principle #23; Jn. 11:1-27; p. 1457
Our Eternal Hope: As those who have personally received the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, we are to face physical death with full assurance that we have eternal life.
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John; Principle #24; Jn. 11:28-44; p. 1457
Physical Death and Eternal Hope: When our loved ones die who have put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, we are to take great comfort that they are with Christ.
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John; Principle #25; Jn. 12:20-36; p. 1459
The Urgency for Belief: When we hear the truth regarding Jesus Christ, we must understand that the opportunity to receive Him as Savior may end at any moment.
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John; Principle #26; Jn. 12:37-43; p. 1460
Pleasing God First: When we receive the Lord Jesus as Savior and become Christ-followers, we are to always seek God's approval above man's approval.
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John; Principle #27; Jn. 13:1-17; p. 1461
A Servant's Heart: No matter our role in the church of Jesus Christ, we are always to serve one another in love.
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John; Principle #28; Jn. 13:18-35; p. 1462
Modeling Love: To carry out the Great Commission effectively, we are first of all to demonstrate to the world the character of true disciples of Jesus Christ.
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John; Principle #29; Jn. 14:15-26; p. 1463
The Spirit of Truth: We are to consult God's written Word regularly, asking the Holy Spirit to illuminate our minds to understand and apply scriptural truth.
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John; Principle #30; Jn. 15:1-17; p. 1465
God's Sustaining Strength: To love one another as Jesus has loved us, we must draw supernatural strength from the indwelling Spirit of Christ.
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John; Principle #31; Jn. 16:5-15; p. 1466
The Holy Spirit's Ministry: When we share the truth of the Word of God with unbelievers, we are to rely on the Holy Spirit to enable them to receive the message of salvation.
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John; Principle #32; Jn. 16:16-24; p. 1466
The Power of Prayer: To experience joy and peace in the midst of life's challenges, we are to approach God through the Lord Jesus Christ.
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John; Principle #33; Jn. 17:1-23; p. 1468
The Results of Love: As believers, we are to do all we can to maintain the spirit of love and unity in our churches in order to demonstrate to the world that Jesus Christ is the incarnate Son of God.
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John; Principle #34; Jn. 17:24-26; p. 1468
Knowing God Personally: To have eternal life, we must not only believe that the Lord Jesus Christ came from God but we must personally receive Him as the One who became the incarnate Son of God.
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John; Principle #35; Jn. 19:25-27; p. 1471
Honoring Parents: As believing children, we are to be committed to caring and providing for our aging parents.
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John; Principle #36; Jn. 19:28-37; p. 1472
Fulfilled Prophecies: When sharing evidence that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, we should be prepared to review some of the many ways in which His life on earth fulfilled a number of Old Testament prophecies.
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John; Principle #37; Jn. 19:38-42; p. 1472
Urgency with Patience: When sharing the message about the Lord Jesus Christ, we should allow unbelievers time to process and respond to what they have heard.
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John; Principle #38; Jn. 20:19-28; p. 1474
Dealing with Doubters: We must remember that some unbelievers who are the most difficult to reach with the truth may become the most effective in convincing others that Jesus is the Son of God.
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John; Principle #39; Jn. 20:29-31; p. 1474
The Power of Scripture: When we present the gospel of Jesus Christ, we are to trust God and the Holy Spirit to use the inspired Scriptures to convince people that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
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John; Principle #40; Jn. 21:15-19; p. 1475
The Greatest Command: We should not be surprised if the Lord at times tests the extent of our love for Him.
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Acts; Principle #1; Acts 1:1-11; p. 1480
Waiting and Working: Though we should always be prepared for Christ's return, we are to focus on being His witnesses in this world.
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Acts; Principle #2; Acts 1:12-26; p. 1481
Selecting Spiritual Leaders: Spiritual qualifications that reflect godly character are to be used when appointing spiritual leaders.
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Acts; Principle #3; Acts 2:1-13; p. 1482
Miraculous Events: To accurately understand God's unfolding revelation throughout biblical history, we are to consider carefully God's miraculous plan for verifying His message.
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Acts; Principle #4; Acts 2:14-40; p. 1483
Normative versus Unique Experiences: When interpreting Scripture, we should distinguish between normative experiences for all Christians and unique experiences for believers in the early church.
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Acts; Principle #5; Acts 2:41-47; p. 1484
Three Vital Experiences: To become mature in Jesus Christ, as a local church we are to engage in three normative functions.
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Acts; Principle #6; Acts 3:1-4:12; p. 1485
Honoring God: When God uses us to minister to others, we are always to give glory and honor to Jesus Christ.
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Acts; Principle #7; Acts 4:13-22; p. 1486
Openness and Honesty: Spiritual leaders must never suppress the truth in order to protect their own religious domain.
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Acts; Principle #8; Acts 4:32-37; p. 1487
Generosity: As followers of Jesus Christ, we are to be godly models of generosity.
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Acts; Principle #9; Acts 5:1-11; p. 1488
Honesty and Integrity: When we give material possessions to support God's work, we are to do so with pure motives.
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Acts; Principle #10; Acts 5:12-32; p. 1489
Our Dual Citizenship: As followers of Jesus Christ, we are to be good citizens, but if we are asked to engage in actions that are out of harmony with God's will, we must not violate biblical principles.
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Acts; Principle #11; Acts 5:33-42; p. 1489
Resentment and Persecution: Regardless of our efforts to respect government authorities, when we practice Christian values in a hostile environment, we should be prepared for persecution.
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Acts; Principle #12; Acts 6:1-7; p. 1490
Leadership Priorities: Spiritual shepherds in the church are to maintain biblical priorities.
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Acts; Principle #13; Acts 6:8-7:60; p. 1493
Loving Our Enemies: When we are persecuted for our faith, we are to love and pray for our enemies.
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Acts; Principle #14; Acts 8:1-8; p. 1493
Purpose in Persecution: Though persecution is always painful, we should ask God to use our experiences to bring others to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
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Acts; Principle #15; Acts 8:9-25; p. 1494
Authentic Conversion: Though people can only respond to the gospel with sincerity when the Holy Spirit opens their hearts, we should do all we can to help them respond with pure motives.
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Acts; Principle #16; Acts 8:26-40; p. 1495
Biblical Evidence: To help people achieve saving faith in Jesus Christ, we should help them understand from Scripture what God says about this experience.
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Acts; Principle #17; Acts 9:1-19; p. 1496
God?s Mercy and Grace: Though our conversion experiences vary greatly, all Christians are to praise and thank God continually for His saving grace.
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Acts; Principle #18; Acts 9:19-31; p. 1497
Love and Compassion: As those who are saved by grace, we should always be ready to demonstrate God?s mercy by extending grace to others.
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Acts; Principle #19; Acts 9:32-10:48; p. 1499
The Sin of Prejudice: We should sincerely ask God to help us evaluate our attitudes and actions in order to make sure we are free from any form of prejudice.
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Acts; Principle #20; Acts 11:1-18; p. 1499
Addressing Prejudice: We should never hesitate to share our concerns regarding prejudice.
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Acts; Principle #21; Acts 11:19-26; p. 1500
Being an Encourager: When people put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, we should respond enthusiastically with words of encouragement.
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Acts; Principle #22; Acts 11:27-30; p. 1501
Reciprocal Generosity: We should look for opportunities to minister to those who have ministered to us, both spiritually and materially.
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Acts; Principle #23; Acts 12:1-25; p. 1502
Our Sovereign God: When events happen that are difficult to accept and understand, we must remember that God is sovereign and ultimately in control of our lives.
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Acts; Principle #24; Acts 13:1-3; p. 1502
Corporate Wisdom: When we want to discover the will of God, we are to be open to receiving wisdom and guidance from other mature believers.
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Acts; Principle #25; Acts 13:4-12; p. 1503
Servant-Leadership: No matter what the role is within the body of Jesus Christ, leaders are to allow others who are more qualified than they are to emerge as the prominent leaders.
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Acts; Principle #26; Acts 14:8-18; p. 1505
Glorifying God: Spiritual leaders must never allow people to honor them above God.
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Acts; Principle #27; Acts 14:19-23; p. 1506
Qualified Spiritual Leaders: To lead people to become mature disciples of Jesus Christ, we must select and appoint qualified spiritual leaders in every local church.
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Acts; Principle #28; Acts 15:1-35; p. 1507
Maintaining Sound Doctrine: When any community of faith encounters false teachings, the spiritual leaders should make every effort to clarify biblical truth.
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Acts; Principle #29; Acts 15:36-41; p. 1508
Balanced Convictions: Though we are to have strong biblical convictions, we should attempt to keep these values in proper balance.
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Acts; Principle #30; Acts 16:1-5; p. 1508
A Good Reputation: When we are selecting spiritual leaders, we should look for individuals whom people trust.
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Acts; Principle #31; Acts 16:6-34; p. 1510
Unity with Diversity: Regardless of our diverse backgrounds, we are to become a unified family of believers.
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Acts; Principle #32; Acts 17:1-12; p. 1511
Cultural Adaptation: To present the gospel adequately, we must use the Scriptures as our final authority while adapting our methodology to various cultural situations.
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Acts; Principle #33; Acts 17:16-34; p. 1512
Concern and Compassion: As Christ-followers who are living in a world contaminated by idolatrous activities, we must never lose our sense of grief and compassion.
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Acts; Principle #34; Acts 18:1-28; p. 1513
Serving Together: Spiritual leaders should encourage husband and wife teams to look for unique ministry opportunities.
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Acts; Principle #35; Acts 19:8-10; p. 1514
In-Depth Evangelism: In developing a church-planting strategy, we should help people understand the redemptive message as it unfolds in the total biblical story.
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Acts; Principle #36; Acts 19:11-41; p. 1515
Pagan Resentment: When the gospel of Jesus Christ penetrates a community dominated by evil, Christians should expect persecution.
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Acts; Principle #37; Acts 20:1-6; p. 1516
A Supportive Team: To serve God effectively, we should develop a supportive team.
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Acts; Principle #38; Acts 20:7-12; p. 1516
The Communion Experience: When we gather together to worship God and to encourage one another, we should plan times to remember Christ's suffering on the cross.
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Acts; Principle #39; Acts 20:17-38; p. 1517
Relationships with One Another: Spiritual leaders are to develop deep, lasting, and loyal relationships with one another.
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Acts; Principle #40; Acts 21:10-14; p. 1518
God's Will: As Christ-followers, we are to be committed to living in God's will regardless of our circumstances.
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Acts; Principle #41; Acts 21:26-22:22; p. 1520
Potential Persecution: When ministering in cultural situations where people may be resistant to the gospel, we should be prepared to identify with Christ's sufferings.
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Acts; Principle #42; Acts 22:23-23:11; p. 1521
God's Strength: No matter what kind of persecution we encounter, we are to draw on Christ's strength in order to be courageous.
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Acts; Principle #43; Acts 23:12-22; p. 1522
Being Courageous: No matter what the circumstances, we are to be available for God to use us to carry out His plans in this world.
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Acts; Principle #44; Acts 24:1-21; p. 1523
Self-Defense: When we are falsely accused, there are times we should not hesitate to defend ourselves.
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Acts; Principle #45; Acts 24:22-27; p. 1523
The Spirit's Conviction: When we hear the truth and experience conviction because of our sins, we should respond in faith and repentance.
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Acts; Principle #46; Acts 25:1-12; p. 1524
Government Authority: Since God has established government authorities to be His servants in administering justice, there may be times as believers when we should appeal to a court of law.
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Acts; Principle #47; Acts 25:13-26:32; p. 1526
Distorted Perspectives: We should not be surprised if some unbelievers accuse us of being foolish and out of touch with reality because of our faith in Jesus Christ.
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Acts; Principle #48; Acts 27:1-12; p. 1527
Security in Christ: In our spiritual journey, we are guaranteed by God Himself that we will arrive some day at our eternal destination regardless of the uncertainties of life on this earth.
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Acts; Principle #49; Acts 27:13-28:31; p. 1529
God's Providential Care: Though we may face difficult and painful circumstances in our spiritual journey, we are to trust God to accomplish His divine purposes in our lives.
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Romans; Principle #1; Rom 1:1-12; p. 1534
Mutual Encouragement: Regardless of their positions, spiritual leaders are to function as members of the body of Christ who all need one another in order to continue to mature in Christ.
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Romans; Principle #2; Rom 1:13-17; p. 1535
Standing Strong: No matter what our circumstances, we should never allow shame and fear to keep us from being identified with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
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Romans; Principle #3; Rom 1:18-32; p. 1535
Sin's Devastating Results: In view of the power of sin, we should not be surprised how human beings progressively violate God's moral laws and suffer the consequences.
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Romans; Principle #4; Rom 2:1-24; p. 1536
Sin's Pervasive Impact: Though we may assent to a high standard of righteousness, we are still not able to measure up to God's perfect requirements that make us free from sin.
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Romans; Principle #5; Rom 2:25-29; p. 1537
A Heart Experience: To have salvation, we must go through a born-again experience that renews our hearts.
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Romans; Principle #6; Rom 3:1-26; p. 1538
Salvation through Faith: Since we all fall short of God's perfect standard of righteousness, in order to be saved we must put our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
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Romans; Principle #7; Rom 3:27-4:25; p. 1539
God's Free Gift: Since salvation is obtained by grace through faith, we are to believe God and receive salvation as a free gift.
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Romans; Principle #8; Rom 5:1-11; p. 1542
Peace with God: When we are made righteous by faith, we are to have the full assurance of our salvation, now and eternally.
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Romans; Principle #9; Rom 5:12-21; p. 1541
God's Saving Grace: To walk in God's will, we must believe that God's grace is far greater than the power of sin.
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Romans; Principle #10; Rom 6:1-14; p. 1542
Our New Life in Christ: To walk in God's will, we should continually remind ourselves that we are dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
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Romans; Principle #11; Rom 6:15-23; p. 1542
The Apostles' Teaching: To walk in God's will, we are to obey the pattern of teaching recorded in the Scriptures.
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Romans; Principle #12; Rom 7:1-12; p. 1543
The Power of Scripture: To help people overcome their sinful attitudes and actions, we should continually expose them to the Word of God.
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Romans; Principle #13; Rom 7:13-25; p. 1544
Inner Conflict: Even though we sincerely desire to walk in God's will, we should expect inner struggles when choosing between doing right and doing wrong.
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Romans; Principle #14; Rom 8:1-17; p. 1545
The Indwelling Spirit: When we face temptations to violate God's will, we are to draw on the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit to enable us to be victorious over sin.
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Romans; Principle #15; Rom 8:18-27; p. 1545
Divine Prayer: When we become discouraged, we should remember the intercessory ministry both of the Holy Spirit and of the Lord Jesus Christ.
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Romans; Principle #16; Rom 8:28-39; p. 1546
Security in Christ: No matter the circumstances of life, we are to take comfort in the fact that we are secure in Christ, now and eternally.
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Romans; Principle #17; Rom 9:1-3; p. 1547
A Compassionate Heart: We should develop a passion for all people who need to hear the good news regarding the gift of salvation.
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Romans; Principle #18; Rom 9:6-29; p. 1548
God's Sovereign Mercy: We must understand that God's elective grace is not only based on who He is, but is also directly related to His love for all lost humanity.
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Romans; Principle #19; Rom 9:30-10:21; p. 1549
Human Responsibility: We are to faithfully share with all people that they are responsible to respond to God's mercy and grace.
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Romans; Principle #20; Rom 11:1-32; p. 1551
The Great Commission: Regardless of God's future plan for Israel as a nation, our primary focus today should be on God's present plan for both Jews and Gentiles.
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Romans; Principle #21; Rom 11:33-12:2; p. 1551
Christ-Centered Worship: In view of God's mercy, we are humbly to acknowledge His sovereign grace and worship Him by offering all parts of our bodies as a living sacrifice.
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Romans; Principle #22; Rom 12:3-8; p. 1552
A Servant's Heart: To live in God's will, we are to humbly serve one another within the body of Jesus Christ.
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Romans; Principle #23; Rom 12:9-16; p. 1553
Sincere Love: To live in God's will, we are continually to demonstrate authentic love for one another.
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Romans; Principle #24; Rom 12:17-21; p. 1553
Avoiding Vengeance: To live in God's will, we are to demonstrate Christlike love to our enemies.
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Romans; Principle #25; Rom 13:1-7; p. 1554
Civic Responsibilities: To live in God's will, we are to be good citizens.
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Romans; Principle #26; Rom 13:8-10; p. 1555
Loving One Another: To live in God's will, we are to obey Christ's new command.
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Romans; Principle #27; Rom 13:11-14; p. 1555
Walking in the Light: To live in God's will, we are to walk according to the Spirit and not according to the flesh.
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Romans; Principle #28; Rom 14:1-12; p. 1556
Accepting One Another: To live in God's will, we are to avoid judging one another where God has given us freedom.
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Romans; Principle #29; Rom 14:13-23; p. 1556
Protecting One Another: To live in God's will, we are to avoid using our freedom in Christ in a way that causes another Christian to fall into sin.
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Romans; Principle #30; Rom 15:1-6; p. 1557
Pursuing Peace: To live in God's will, we are to do all we can to create love and unity in the body of Christ.
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Romans; Principle #31; Rom 15:7-14; p. 1558
Two-Dimensional Love: To live in God's will, not only are we to accept one another, but we are to instruct one another.
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Romans; Principle #32; Rom 15:25-29; p. 1559
Material Obligations: To live in God's will, we are to reciprocate materially when we have been helped spiritually.
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Romans; Principle #33; Rom 15:30-33; p. 1559
The Power of Prayer: To live in God's will, we are to pray for one another, particularly when we face difficult challenges in our lives.
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Romans; Principle #34; Rom 16:1-24; p. 1560
A Model of Encouragement: To live in God's will, we are to remember in a special way those who have encouraged us.
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1 Corinthians; Principle #1; 1 Cor. 1:1-9; p. 1566
God's Grace: To explain and appreciate God's grace, we must understand the various ways this divine source is used in the New Testament.
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1 Corinthians; Principle #2; 1 Cor. 1:10-17; p. 1567
Divisive Behavior: Though it's natural to prefer certain spiritual leaders, we should not allow these preferences to create divisions in the church.
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1 Corinthians; Principle #3; 1 Cor. 1:18-25; p. 1567
Worldly Wisdom: We must continue to present the supernatural message boldly even though there are many educated people who consider salvation by faith in Christ foolishness.
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1 Corinthians; Principle #4; 1 Cor. 1:26-31; p. 1568
God's Wisdom: Though we may be considered unwise and even foolish by the world's standards, we must understand that by God's standards, we are wise and discerning.
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1 Corinthians; Principle #5; 1 Cor. 2:1-5; p. 1568
God's Power: When presenting God's truth, we should not depend upon our eloquence and personal strength but on God's presence and power.
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1 Corinthians; Principle #6; 1 Cor. 2:6-16; p. 1569
Spiritual Wisdom: When we study the Word of God, we are to rely on the Holy Spirit to open our minds to understand God's amazing plan of redemption as well as His will for our lives as followers of Jesus Christ.
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1 Corinthians; Principle #7; 1 Cor. 3:1-4; p. 1570
Becoming Like Christ: As Christ-followers, we should become mature and follow His example in all of our relationships within the church.
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1 Corinthians; Principle #8; 1 Cor. 3:5-15; p. 1570
The True Foundation: We are faithfully to build the church on Christ--who He is and what He taught.
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1 Corinthians; Principle #9; 1 Cor. 3:16-23; p. 1572
God's Direct Discipline: We should warn Christians who are dividing the church for selfish reasons that they may be directly and severely disciplined by God.
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1 Corinthians; Principle #10; 1 Cor. 4:1-5; p. 1572
Prideful Perceptions: To evaluate the maturity of our spiritual leaders, we must make sure we are spiritually mature ourselves.
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1 Corinthians; Principle #11; 1 Cor. 4:6-21; p. 1572
Self-Defense: When we are falsely accused, it is not wrong to defend ourselves, but we should also have someone who knows us well verify our true character.
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1 Corinthians; Principle #12; 1 Cor. 5:1-13; p. 1573
Church Discipline: For local churches to become mature in Christ, church leaders must exercise proper church discipline.
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1 Corinthians; Principle #13; 1 Cor. 6:1-11; p. 1574
Living Transformed Lives: When we become followers of Jesus Christ, we are no longer to function in the world as if we are still a part of the world.
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1 Corinthians; Principle #14; 1 Cor. 6:12-20; p. 1575
Using Freedom Responsibly: Though we live under grace, we are never to use our freedom in Christ to violate His will.
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1 Corinthians; Principle #15; 1 Cor. 7:1-9; p. 1575
The Gift of Sex: We are to view sex as a sacred gift from God to be used within the bonds of marriage.
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1 Corinthians; Principle #16; 1 Cor. 7:10-16; p. 1576
Mixed Marriages: Christians who are married to unbelievers should view their relationships as sacred.
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1 Corinthians; Principle #17; 1 Cor. 7:17-24; p. 1577
Equality in Christ: When we receive the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, we should serve God faithfully in whatever circumstances we find ourselves.
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1 Corinthians; Principle #18; 1 Cor. 7:25-40; p. 1577
Maintaining Priorities: Whatever decisions we make as believers, we should consider how these decisions will enable us to serve the Lord Jesus Christ more effectively.
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1 Corinthians; Principle #19; 1 Cor. 8:1-13; p. 1578
Using Knowledge Responsibly: As we grow in biblical knowledge, we are to use this knowledge in a loving, responsible way.
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1 Corinthians; Principle #20; 1 Cor. 9:1-18; p. 1579
Demonstrating Pure Motives: When engaged in evangelistic efforts, we must be cautious in receiving financial support from unbelievers as well as those who initially respond to the gospel.
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1 Corinthians; Principle #21; 1 Cor. 9:19-23; p. 1580
Freedom in Form: We should use a variety of means and methods to communicate the biblical message, but we are never to compromise biblical values.
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1 Corinthians; Principle #22; 1 Cor. 10:1-13; p. 1581
Lessons from Scripture: As we read the biblical story, we are to learn lessons that relate particularly to God's discipline on His people when they persistently violated His will.
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1 Corinthians; Principle #23; 1 Cor. 11:2-16; p. 1582
Interpreting Scripture Accurately: We must be careful not to superimpose on Scripture particular forms that are never spelled out in a definitive way.
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1 Corinthians; Principle #24; 1 Cor. 11:17-34; p. 1583
Avoiding Favoritism: When we participate in the Lord?s Supper, we should reflect deep care and concern for all members of Christ's body.
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1 Corinthians; Principle #25; 1 Cor. 12:1-26; p. 1584
Unity in Christ: As members of local churches, we should be committed to manifesting the fruit of the Holy Spirit and becoming unified in Christ.
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1 Corinthians; Principle #26; 1 Cor. 12:27-13:3; p. 1585
The Way of Love: To create unity in our local churches, we must be committed to building up one another in love.
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1 Corinthians; Principle #27; 1 Cor. 13:4-7; p. 1585
Reflections of Love: To build up one another, we must demonstrate Christ's love in all of our relationships.
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1 Corinthians; Principle #28; 1 Cor. 13:8-13; p. 1586
Measuring Corporate Maturity: When measuring maturity in our local churches, we should use the Christlike qualities of faith, hope, and love--but especially love--as divine criteria.
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1 Corinthians; Principle #29; 1 Cor. 14:1-25; p. 1587
Articulate Communication: When speaking to one another and to God in services of instruction and worship, we should focus on clear and understandable communication.
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1 Corinthians; Principle #30; 1 Cor. 14:26-40; p. 1588
Proper Body Function: To produce spiritual maturity in our churches, we must create ways for the body of Christ to function in all of its parts--but always in productive and orderly ways.
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1 Corinthians; Principle #31; 1 Cor. 15:1-58; p. 1590
Resurrected Bodies: To have a complete understanding of our eternal hope, we must not only believe in Christ's death for our sins, but in His bodily resurrection.
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1 Corinthians; Principle #32; 1 Cor. 16:1-4; p. 1590
Generous Giving: As true followers of Jesus Christ, we should be generous with our material possessions, giving regularly, systematically, and proportionately.
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1 Corinthians; Principle #33; 1 Cor. 16:13-24; p. 1591
Mutual Loyalty and Support: Spiritual leaders should be supportive of their fellow servants, especially when they become vulnerable to criticism from immature Christians.
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2 Corinthians; Principle #1; 2 Cor. 1:1-7; p. 1594
A Perspective on Suffering: With God's help, we should view our afflictions as opportunities to encourage and comfort others who are suffering.
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2 Corinthians; Principle #2; 2 Cor. 1:8-11; p. 1594
Prayer and Protection: When comforting others who are suffering, we should combine our concern with corporate prayer.
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2 Corinthians; Principle #3; 2 Cor. 1:12-2:4; p. 1595
Transparent Communication: When our motives and actions are misunderstood, we should be open and honest with God, ourselves, and those who are confused or even critical.
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2 Corinthians; Principle #4; 2 Cor. 2:5-11; p. 1596
Spiritual Restoration: When we confront sin in the life of a fellow Christian, our primary goal should always be repentance and restoration.
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2 Corinthians; Principle #5; 2 Cor. 2:12-17; p. 1596
Concern and Anxiety: As brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ, we should expect periods of anxiety that relate to the impact of sin on our relationships.
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2 Corinthians; Principle #6; 2 Cor. 3:1-18; p. 1597
Living Letters: We are to evaluate our ministry effectiveness by the Christlike changes that take place in people's lives.
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2 Corinthians; Principle #7; 2 Cor. 4:1-18; p. 1598
An Eternal Perspective: No matter what our circumstances in this life, we are to focus on God's grace and eternal values.
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2 Corinthians; Principle #8; 2 Cor. 5:1-21; p. 1599
Modeling the Message: To expose false religious leaders, we must first and foremost live authentic lives that demonstrate our faithfulness to Jesus Christ and His message.
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2 Corinthians; Principle #9; 2 Cor. 6:3-13; p. 1600
A True Test: To evaluate the depth of our commitment to Christ, we should consider the degree we are willing to endure discomfort as ambassadors for Christ.
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2 Corinthians; Principle #10; 2 Cor. 6:14-7:1; p. 1601
Proper Relationships: We should maintain spiritual fellowship with authentic spiritual leaders and avoid relationships with false prophets and deceptive teachers.
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2 Corinthians; Principle #11; 2 Cor. 7:2-16; p. 1602
Positive Feedback: We should look for opportunities to give positive feedback to those who serve as our spiritual leaders.
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2 Corinthians; Principle #12; 2 Cor. 8:1-7; p. 1602
Models of Generosity: All local communities of faith are to be models of generosity to other churches.
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2 Corinthians; Principle #13; 2 Cor. 8:8-15; p. 1603
Motivated by Love: Though we have an obligation to be generous, our primary motivation for giving should be our love for God and for one another.
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2 Corinthians; Principle #14; 2 Cor. 8:16-24; p. 1603
Financial Integrity: When receiving and distributing financial gifts, every local church and parachurch ministry should entrust this responsibility to several trustworthy individuals.
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2 Corinthians; Principle #15; 2 Cor. 9:1-5; p. 1604
Financial Accountability: All of us--individually and corporately--should have a system of accountability to help us maintain our financial commitments to God's work.
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2 Corinthians; Principle #16; 2 Cor. 9:6-15; p. 1605
Guidelines for Generosity: To live in God's will, we are to follow biblical guidelines for using and sharing our material resources.
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2 Corinthians; Principle #17; 2 Cor. 10:1-18; p. 1605
Self-Defense: When we are falsely accused, it is not wrong to defend ourselves, but when we do, we should always reflect the fruit of the Holy Spirit.
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2 Corinthians; Principle #18; 2 Cor. 11:1-15; p. 1606
Defeating Satan: We should be alert to Satan's continual evil efforts to destroy local churches and other Christian ministries.
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2 Corinthians; Principle #19; 2 Cor. 11:16-33; p. 1607
Servant-Leaders: Shepherds of God's people must become servant-leaders, following the example of Jesus Christ.
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2 Corinthians; Principle #20; 2 Cor. 12:1-10; p. 1608
Encounters with God: Believers are to be cautious about anyone's claims to have received direct messages in God's holy presence.
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2 Corinthians; Principle #21; 2 Cor. 12:14-13:13; p. 1609
A Pastoral Passion: All spiritual leaders in God's churches should have one major goal--to help all believers become mature in Jesus Christ.
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Galatians; Principle #1; Gal. 1:1-9; p. 1613
God's Free Gift: When presenting the gospel message, we must make sure we clearly explain that salvation is God's free gift.
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Galatians; Principle #2; Gal. 1:10-2:10; p. 1614
Messages from God: If we think God has spoken to us directly, we must always verify our experiences by consulting the Scriptures and other mature Christian leaders.
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Galatians; Principle #3; Gal. 2:11-16; p. 1615
Doctrinal Compromise: Even prominent and sincere Christian leaders must be on guard against compromising the message of salvation because of social pressure.
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Galatians; Principle #4; Gal. 2:17-3:9; p. 1615
The Abrahamic Covenant: To communicate the gospel comprehensively, we must understand God's unconditional promise to Abraham.
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Galatians; Principle #5; Gal. 3:10-26; p. 1616
Justification by Faith: When explaining that salvation is a free gift, we must also clarify that this gift can only be received by faith in Jesus Christ
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Galatians; Principle #6; Gal. 3:27-4:7; p. 1617
Unity in Christ: Regardless of our ethnic background, cultural upbringing, or gender, when we are saved we are to function as one unified family in Christ.
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Galatians; Principle #7; Gal. 4:8-20; p. 1618
A Pastoral Passion: To minister to people effectively, we must develop pastoral hearts.
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Galatians; Principle #8; Gal. 5:21-31; p. 1619
Bible Interpretation: We are free to illustrate biblical truths from scriptural incidents that do not teach these truths directly, but we should do so cautiously and sparingly.
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Galatians; Principle #9; Gal. 5:1-15; p. 1619
Freedom to Serve: To be set free from the bondage of sin, we must become servants of God and one another.
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Galatians; Principle #10; Gal. 5:16-26; p. 1620
Life in the Spirit: To experience true freedom in our relationships with one another, we must reflect the fruit of the Spirit.
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Galatians; Principle #11; Gal. 6:1-10; p. 1621
The Process of Restoration: As we live by the Spirit, we are to help our fellow Christians who are in bondage to works of the flesh to experience true freedom in Christ.
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Galatians; Principle #12; Gal. 6:11-18; p. 1621
Pure Motives in Ministry: To counter false teaching in the church, we must keep our motives pure.
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Ephesians; Principle #1; Eph. 1:1-2; p. 1625
Communities of Faith: To apply most biblical exhortations in the New Testament effectively, we must think in terms of local churches.
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Ephesians; Principle #2; Eph. 1:3-14; p. 1626
Our Position in Christ: Because of our eternal hope and secure relationship with God through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, we should never cease to praise and worship Him.
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Ephesians; Principle #3; Eph. 1:15-19; p. 1626
Measuring Corporate Maturity: When we evaluate the maturity of any local church, we should look for the ways believers are manifesting faith, hope, and love in their relationships with God and one another.
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Ephesians; Principle #4; Eph. 2:1-10; p. 1627
God's Gift: When we present the message of hope in Christ, we must make sure that all people understand that good works do not contribute in any way to their salvation experience.
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Ephesians; Principle #5; Eph. 2:11-22; p. 1628
Oneness in Christ: Regardless of our ethnic backgrounds, social status, gender, or race, when we become believers we are to function as members of one family.
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Ephesians; Principle #6; Eph. 3:1-13; p. 1628
Servants of the Gospel: As unified members of Christ's body, we are to serve God and one another, demonstrating to both the visible and the invisible world the message of God's love and grace through Jesus Christ.
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Ephesians; Principle #7; Eph. 3:14-21; p. 1629
Experiencing God's Power: To live in God's will as individuals and as communities of faith, we must not only understand God's power but we must experience this power.
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Ephesians; Principle #8; Eph. 4:1-6; p. 1629
Walking Worthy: When we truly understand what God has done for all of us in Jesus Christ, we should respond by living godly lives in love and unity.
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Ephesians; Principle #9; Eph. 4:7-16; p. 1630
Building Up One Another: To become mature in Christ as local communities of faith, we must all function as members of one another.
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Ephesians; Principle #10; Eph. 4:17-24; p. 1631
Walking in Newness of Life: Since God chose each one of us to live holy lives, we are to become what He created us to be.
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Ephesians; Principle #11; Eph. 4:25-5:5; p. 1632
Walking in Love: Because of Christ's supreme act of love for us, we are to walk in love in all of our relationships.
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Ephesians; Principle #12; Eph. 5:6-14; p. 1632
Walking in the Light: Because of our new life in Christ, we are to illuminate the darkness created by sin.
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Ephesians; Principle #13; Eph. 5:15-21; p. 1633
Walking Wisely: To walk wisely, we must continually allow the Holy Spirit to enlighten our hearts to discover what God's will is, particularly as revealed through the authors of Scripture.
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Ephesians; Principle #14; Eph. 5:22-6:9; p. 1634
Walking in Love and Submission: To walk in God's will, we must practice mutual love and submission in all of our relationships.
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Ephesians; Principle #15; Eph. 6:10-20; p. 1635
Walking in God's Strength: To walk worthy of our great calling in Christ, we must rely on God's strength and protection.
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Ephesians; Principle #16; Eph. 6:21-24; p. 1635
God-Ordained Communication: To experience God's blessings in our lives, we must communicate with one another.
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Philippians; Principle #1; Php. 1:1-2; p. 1639
Leadership Development: To produce mature and growing churches, we must make it a priority to mentor and develop qualified leaders.
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Philippians; Principle #2; Php. 1:3-8; p. 1639
Expressing Appreciation: Spiritual leaders should express sincere appreciation to those who partner with them in the ministry.
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Philippians; Principle #3; Php. 1:9-18; p. 1640
The Pure Gospel: When evaluating various ministers and ministries, we should first of all consider what is being taught regarding the deity of Jesus Christ and how to be saved.
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Philippians; Principle #4; Php. 1:18-26; p. 1641
Eternal Values: As those who are free to worship God and communicate the gospel, we should maintain an eternal perspective.
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Philippians; Principle #5; Php. 1:27-30; p. 1641
Mutual Support: When we face various challenges in life, we are to draw our strength not only from Christ's love and mercy, but from the love we have for one another.
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Philippians; Principle #6; Php. 2:1-8; p. 1642
Imitating Christ: To live worthy of the gospel, we must live in harmony with one another, demonstrating Christ's attitudes of unselfishness, humility, and self-sacrifice.
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Philippians; Principle #7; Php. 2:9-18; p. 1642
Exemplifying the Incarnation: To demonstrate to the world who Jesus Christ is, we are to work out our salvation.
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Philippians; Principle #8; Php. 2:19-30; p. 1643
Christlike Examples: To help Christians understand and imitate Christ's attitudes of unselfishness, humility, and self-sacrifice, we should expose them to spiritual leaders who model these qualities.
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Philippians; Principle #9; Php. 3:1-9; p. 1644
Made Righteous by Faith: To be faithful to the gospel of Jesus Christ, we must never compromise the biblical teaching that we are made righteous by faith and faith alone.
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Philippians; Principle #10; Php. 3:10-21; p. 1644
Progressive Sanctification: To live in a manner worthy of the gospel, we must become more and more like the Lord Jesus Christ.
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Philippians; Principle #11; Php. 4:1-9; p. 1645
Standing Firm: No matter our circumstances in life, we are to stand firm in the Lord by being unified in our relationships, by seeking God's help though prayer, and by imitating Jesus Christ.
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Philippians; Principle #12; Php. 4:10-17; p. 1646
Eternal Rewards: Spiritual leaders whose material needs are being met by fellow Christians should serve Christ faithfully in order to add to their supporters' spiritual rewards in heaven.
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Colossians; Principle #1; Col. 1:1-2; p. 1649
Team Ministry: All spiritual leaders should endeavor to implement the team ministry model illustrated so often found in Scripture.
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Colossians; Principle #2; Col. 1:3-8; p. 1649
Reflections of Maturity: Spiritual leaders? primary goal should always be to produce local churches that reflect faith, hope, and love.
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Colossians; Principle #3; Col. 1:9-14; p. 1650
Model Prayers: We should consider how to use Paul's inspired pastoral prayers creatively as we pray for one another.
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Colossians; Principle #4; Col. 1:15-20; p. 1651
Pursuing Christ First: To walk in God's will, Jesus Christ must always be the central focus in our personal and corporate lives.
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Colossians; Principle #5; Col. 1:24-2:3; p. 1651
Our Indebtedness: We must never take for granted what others suffered in order to bring the gospel to us.
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Colossians; Principle #6; Col. 2:4-23; p. 1652
Growth in Biblical Truth: We should become more and more grounded in God?s message of salvation and sanctification so that we will not be led astray by false teaching.
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Colossians; Principle #7; Col. 3:5-13; p. 1653
Reflecting Our Position in Christ: When we are saved, we are to demonstrate spiritually, morally, and ethically who we are in Christ.
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Colossians; Principle #8; Col. 3:14-4:1; p. 1654
Mutual Instruction: All Christians are to practice reciprocal instruction without violating the roles God has established within marital and family relationships.
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Colossians; Principle #9; Col. 4:2-6; p. 1654
Prayer and Evangelism: As members of Christ?s body, all of us should take seriously our individual responsibility to communicate the salvation message.
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Colossians; Principle #10; Col. 4:7-18; p. 1655
Public Appreciation: As spiritual leaders, we should take advantage of opportunities to appropriately acknowledge and thank those who are members of our team.
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1 Thessalonians; Principle #1; 1 Th. 1:2-10; p. 1659
Models of Maturity: As local churches, we are to become models of faith, hope, and love to other communities of faith.
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1 Thessalonians; Principle #2; 1 Th. 2:1-6; p. 1660
Mature Leaders: All spiritual leaders should model faith, hope, and love to those they lead.
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1 Thessalonians; Principle #3; 1 Th. 2:7-12; p. 1660
God's Household Model: For local church leaders to function effectively, they must understand God's plan for leadership in the family.
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1 Thessalonians; Principle #4; 1 Th. 2:13-16; p. 1661
God's Message: To help believers become mature, spiritual leaders must continually teach them God's divine message in Scripture in times of peace as well as persecution.
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1 Thessalonians; Principle #5; 1 Th. 2:17-3:10; p. 1612
Follow-up Communication: Spiritual leaders should develop a plan to be in contact with new converts to make sure they are growing spiritually.
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1 Thessalonians; Principle #6; 1 Th. 3:12-13; p. 1662
Faithful Intercession: To help new believers mature in their faith, spiritual leaders must consistently pray for their spiritual growth.
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1 Thessalonians; Principle #7; 1 Th. 4:1-8; p. 1663
Moral Values: Spiritual leaders should openly and forthrightly address and model God's will regarding moral purity.
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1 Thessalonians; Principle #8; 1 Th. 4:9-12; p. 1663
Economic Responsibility: To help believers become dynamic witnesses in this world, we must encourage them to practice a biblical work ethic.
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1 Thessalonians; Principle #9; 1 Th. 4:13-18; p. 1664
Understanding Doctrinal Truths: To help new converts have a clear understanding of the Scriptures, we should develop a plan to teach basic doctrinal truths.
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1 Thessalonians; Principle #10; 1 Th. 5:1-11; p. 1665
Christ's Return: The more we help Christians grow in faith, hope, and love, the more they will be ready for Christ's return.
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1 Thessalonians; Principle #11; 1 Th. 5:12-15; p. 1665
Relationships with One Another: To develop a mature church that exhibits faith, hope, and love, we must encourage all believers to participate in building up one another.
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1 Thessalonians; Principle #12; 1 Th. 5:16-22; p. 1665
Relationships with God: To produce a mature church, we must help believers engage in proper worship.
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1 Thessalonians; Principle #13; 1 Th. 5:23-28; p. 1666
Holistic Christian Living: Spiritual leaders should help all Christians live balanced and integrated lives that please God.
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2 Thessalonians; Principle #1; 2 Th. 1:3-2:4; p. 1668
Clarifying Doctrinal Issues: Local church leaders should discover and address areas of spiritual weakness among their disciples.
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2 Thessalonians; Principle #2; 2 Th. 2:5-17; p. 1669
Preparation or Speculation: No matter what happens in the future, we are to encourage believers to stand firm in their faith, hope, and love, always being ready for Christ's return.
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2 Thessalonians; Principle #3; 2 Th. 3:6-15; p. 1670
Church Discipline: To help believers who are demonstrating economic irresponsibility, we are to exercise some form of church discipline.
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1 Timothy; Principle #1; 1 Tim. 1:3-7; p. 1673
Doctrinal Purity: To maintain doctrinal purity in the church, we must appoint leaders who are spiritually mature.
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1 Timothy; Principle #2; 1 Tim. 1:8-17; p. 1673
The True Gospel: When evaluating false teaching, our most important criteria should be the true gospel message.
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1 Timothy; Principle #3; 1 Tim. 1:18-20; p. 1674
Encouraging Our Leaders: We are to support and encourage our spiritual leaders as they confront those who are persuading people to violate God's will.
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1 Timothy; Principle #4; 1 Tim. 2:1-7; p. 1675
Prayer for Government Leaders: We are to pray regularly for all government officials so that we'll have a peaceful environment in which to worship God and communicate the gospel.
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1 Timothy; Principle #5; 1 Tim. 2:8-15; p. 1675
Gender Roles: To have a unified church that reflects the fruit of the Spirit, both men and women are to function as equals in Christ within the parameters of God's divine plan.
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1 Timothy; Principle #6; 1 Tim. 3:1-7; p. 1676
A Profile for Christian Maturity: Leaders who are appointed to serve in shepherding roles in the church are to be selected based on a comprehensive biblical criteria for measuring Christian maturity.
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1 Timothy; Principle #7; 1 Tim. 3:8-13; p. 1677
Qualified Assistants: Men and women who assist elders/overseers should, in essence, be just as qualified as those who manage and shepherd the church.
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1 Timothy; Principle #8; 1 Tim. 4:1-5; p. 1678
False Doctrine: When confronting false teachers, we should be specific regarding what makes their doctrine untrue.
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1 Timothy; Principle #9; 1 Tim. 4:6-10; p. 1678
Spiritual Disciplines: As servants of Jesus Christ, we should first and foremost train ourselves to be godly.
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1 Timothy; Principle #10; 1 Tim. 4:11-5:2; p. 1679
Modeling Godliness: To be able to communicate the message of godliness to all ages, we are to exemplify Christlike qualities consistently in our own lives.
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1 Timothy; Principle #11; 1 Tim. 5:3-16; p. 1679
Material Needs: When there are legitimate material needs among believers that cannot be met by family members, as a church we are to assist in meeting these needs.
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1 Timothy; Principle #12; 1 Tim. 5:17-20; p. 1680
Elder/Overseer Functions: Local church leaders should govern properly, providing adequate remuneration and protection as well as proper discipline.
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1 Timothy; Principle #13; 1 Tim. 5:21-25; p. 1680
Making Wise Decisions: When appointing spiritual leaders in the church, we are to develop a system that is fair, equitable, and discerning.
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1 Timothy; Principle #14; 1 Tim. 6:3-10; p. 1681
Materialistic Motivation: Christian leaders in particular must be on guard against the temptation to be motivated by materialistic interests.
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1 Timothy; Principle #15; 1 Tim. 6:11-16; p. 1682
Personal Discipline: Even if we are committed to doing God's will, we must still be diligent in training ourselves in godliness.
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1 Timothy; Principle #16; 1 Tim. 6:17-19; p. 1682
Being Generous: As Christ-followers, we should use material possessions to do God's work in this world.
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2 Timothy; Principle #1; 2 Tim. 1:1-5; p. 1684
Deepening Relationships: As we get to know one another as brothers and sisters in Christ, our relationships should grow closer and deeper.
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2 Timothy; Principle #2; 2 Tim. 1:6-12; p. 1685
Identifying with Christ: With God's help, we should determine never to be ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
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2 Timothy; Principle #3; 2 Tim. 1:13-2:2; p. 1685
Mentoring Others: Spiritual leaders should develop a core of faithful men and women who can multiply their efforts.
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2 Timothy; Principle #4; 2 Tim. 2:3-7; p. 1686
Suffering for Christ: When we serve our Lord Jesus Christ faithfully, we should expect difficult challenges that may at times create intense times of persecution.
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2 Timothy; Principle #5; 2 Tim. 2:8-13; p. 1686
Focusing on Christ: To fulfill God's will in our lives, we must keep our minds focused on the Lord Jesus Christ--who He is, His ministry, and His promises.
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2 Timothy; Principle #6; 2 Tim. 2:14-19; p. 1687
Countering False Doctrine: Spiritual leaders must counteract the lingering influence of false teachers.
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2 Timothy; Principle #7; 2 Tim. 2:22-26; p. 1687
Able to Teach: When interacting with false teachers, we should initially respond with sincere patience and gentleness.
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2 Timothy; Principle #8; 2 Tim. 3:1-17; p. 1688
Standing Firm on Scripture: As people become more and more corrupt in their thinking, attitudes, and actions, we must continue to stand firm on God's message in the Holy Scriptures.
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2 Timothy; Principle #9; 2 Tim. 4:1-5; p. 1689
Fulfilling Our Ministry: Since we will all appear some day before God and Jesus Christ, we are to diligently fulfill our ministry.
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2 Timothy; Principle #10; 2 Tim. 4:6-8; p. 1689
Being Faithful: With God's help, our goal should be to live our lives without regrets.
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2 Timothy; Principle #11; 2 Tim. 4:9-18; p. 1690
A Loyal Friend: When even those we've loved and trusted fail to be true and loyal friends, we are to focus on the Lord Jesus Christ who will never forsake us.
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Titus; Principle #1; Ti. 1:1-4; p. 1693
Trustworthy Coworkers: All spiritual leaders should have dedicated coworkers whom they can trust to fulfill difficult ministry assignments.
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Titus; Principle #2; Ti. 1:5-6; p. 1693
Interpreting Scripture Accurately: When using the qualities Paul outlined for selecting leaders, we must be sure to define and interpret each quality accurately.
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Titus; Principle #3; Ti. 1:7-9; p. 1694
Doctrine of Character: When using Paul's criteria for selecting spiritual leaders, we should allow a certain amount of freedom so as to be culturally relevant, but we should never compromise God's standards for maturity.
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Titus; Principle #4; Ti. 1:10-16; p. 1695
Bold Confrontation: Spiritual leaders should confront false teachers with patience and gentleness, but when there is no positive response, they are to take more direct and decisive action.
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Titus; Principle #5; Ti. 2:1-10; p. 1696
Knowing and Living: We must not assume that teaching believers biblical truths about God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, salvation, and the second coming of Christ will cause them to live in God's will.
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Titus; Principle #6; Ti. 2:11-14; p. 1696
Motivated by God's Grace: To help Christians live godly lives, we should motivate them by clearly teaching the wonder of God's saving grace.
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Titus; Principle #7; Ti. 2:15-3:7; p. 1697
Conquering Evil with Good: Without compromising our own faith, we are to do everything we can to demonstrate Christlike qualities to unbelievers.
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Titus; Principle #8; Ti. 3:13-15; p. 1697
Ample Honorarium: As local church communities, we are to care for the economic needs of faithful men and women who have been appointed to serve us.
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Philemon; Principle #1; Phm. 1-3; p. 1701
Confronting Sensitive Issues: To resolve certain problems, spiritual leaders must communicate with everyone in a local church.
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Philemon; Principle #2; Phm. 4-16; p. 1702
Demonstrating Wisdom: To carry out Christ's mission to the world, we must demonstrate wisdom toward all people.
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Philemon; Principle #3; Phm. 17-22; p. 1702
The Judeo-Christian Ethic: Though God has not promised that we can significantly change our culture at large, as believers we are to be faithful in demonstrating biblical values.
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Hebrews; Principle #1; Heb. 1:1-4; p. 1707
The Person of Christ: To be truly Christian, we must believe in Jesus Christ--who He is and what He has done for us through His life, death, resurrection, and ascension.
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Hebrews; Principle #2; Heb. 1:5-14; p. 1708
Christ in Context: To discover who Jesus Christ really is, we should consult both the Old and the New Testaments.
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Hebrews; Principle #3; Heb. 2:1-4; p. 1708
A Great Salvation: To verify the salvation message, we should carefully consider the historical evidence for believing that Jesus Christ is indeed the incarnate Son of God.
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Hebrews; Principle #4; Heb. 2:5-18; p. 1709
The Suffering Savior: To become true Christ-followers, we must believe that He became the incarnate Son of God and the suffering Savior who died for our sins.
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Hebrews; Principle #5; Heb. 3:1-6; p. 1710
The Preeminent Savior: We must never consider any biblical personality equal with or greater than the Lord Jesus Christ.
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Hebrews; Principle #6; Heb. 3:12-19; p. 702
Heart Evaluation: If we profess to be Christ-followers, we should test the reality of our faith by honestly evaluating how we live.
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Hebrews; Principle #7; Heb. 4:1-13; p. 1712
The Word of God: We should always measure our spiritual experiences by the truth of Scripture.
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Hebrews; Principle #8; Heb. 4:14-16; p. 1712
Our Great High Priest: To communicate and fellowship with God, we are to approach Him through His Son, Jesus Christ.
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Hebrews; Principle #9; Heb. 5:1-10; p. 1713
The God-Man: We must approach God understanding and believing that only Jesus Christ can represent us before the Father.
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Hebrews; Principle #10; Heb. 5:11-6:8; p. 1714
Hardened Hearts: Though the door of salvation is still open to all people, we must understand that some will ultimately reject the gospel message.
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Hebrews; Principle #11; Heb. 6:9-20; p. 1714
Modeling Salvation: As believers, we are to faithfully demonstrate our faith, hope, and love to unbelievers.
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Hebrews; Principle #12; Heb. 7:1-28; p. 1716
Our Eternal Priest: Spiritual leaders are always to direct believers to Jesus Christ, the great high priest, not to themselves.
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Hebrews; Principle #13; Heb. 8:1-13; p. 1717
A New Covenant Experience: To become true believers today, we must experience the transforming ministry of the Holy Spirit in our hearts and lives.
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Hebrews; Principle #14; Heb. 9:6-28; p. 1718
The Blood of Christ: To inherit eternal life, we must experience redemption and forgiveness that comes through Christ's shed blood.
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Hebrews; Principle #15; Heb. 10:19-25; p. 1719
Building Up One Another: Once we receive the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, we are to become a functioning part of God's family.
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Hebrews; Principle #16; Heb. 10:26-39; p. 1720
Steadfast Endurance: As believers, we must not allow those who have deliberately and persistently rejected the gospel to instill doubt in our hearts.
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Hebrews; Principle #17; Heb. 11:1-40; p. 1721
Faith that Endures: When we are tempted to doubt, we should reflect on all the evidence God has given us to demonstrate His redemptive plan.
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Hebrews; Principle #18; Heb. 12:1-2; p. 1722
Focusing on Christ: We should always focus our thoughts on the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the source and perfecter of our faith.
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Hebrews; Principle #19; Heb. 12:3-13; p. 1723
God's Discipline: Whenever we walk out of God's will, we should be reassured that we are His children when we experience His discipline in our lives.
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Hebrews; Principle #20; Heb. 12:14-17; p. 1723
Gentleness and Patience: We should never lose our passion and concern for unbelievers.
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Hebrews; Principle #21; Heb. 12:18-29; p. 1724
Eternal Judgment: We must never compromise the message of judgment that awaits all who reject God's redemptive plan.
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Hebrews; Principle #22; Heb. 13:1-6; p. 1725
Guidelines for Christian Living: We are to demonstrate our vertical relationship with Jesus Christ by reflecting God's holiness in all of our horizontal relationships.
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Hebrews; Principle #23; Heb. 13:7-17; p. 1725
Following Godly Leaders: To grow and mature in our Christian lives, we must learn from godly leaders we respect and trust.
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James; Principle #1; Jms. 1:1-4; p. 1729
Persecution and Trials: When we face various trials, we should ask God to help us view these painful experiences as opportunities to become more mature in our spiritual walk with Jesus Christ.
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James; Principle #2; Jms. 1:5-8; p. 1729
Wisdom from Above: To face trials with a proper perspective, we must seek God's wisdom through faith and prayer.
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James; Principle #3; Jms. 1:9-12; p. 1730
A Biblical Priority: Regardless of our earthly possessions, we are to remember that what ultimately matters is our eternal inheritance.
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James; Principle #4; Jms. 1:13-18; p. 1730
Temptation and Rationalization: We must take full responsibility for our sinful attitudes and actions.
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James; Principle #5; Jms. 1:19-27; p. 1731
Applying God's Word: To please God, we must not only listen to His Word but also put it into practice.
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James; Principle #6; Jms. 2:1-13; p. 1732
Avoiding Prejudice: We are to honor one another without showing favoritism.
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James; Principle #7; Jms. 2:14-26; p. 1732
Good Works: If our profession of faith does not eventuate in good works, we should evaluate the validity of our salvation experience.
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James; Principle #8; Jms. 3:1-12; p. 1733
Sinful Anger: To keep our words from becoming destructive, we must be able to control what we say.
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James; Principle #9; Jms. 3:13-18; p. 1733
Heavenly and Earthly Wisdom: To gain God's wisdom, we must walk by the Spirit and not in the flesh.
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James; Principle #10; Jms. 4:1-10; p. 1734
Humility versus Pride: To apply God's wisdom, we are to imitate Christ's example of humility.
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James; Principle #11; Jms. 4:13-17; p. 1735
Money and Humility: When we accumulate and use material possessions, we are to reflect Christlike humility.
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James; Principle #12; Jms. 5:1-6; p. 1735
Materialistic Idolatry: Spiritual leaders should warn people never to allow materialism to deprive them of eternal life.
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James; Principle #13; Jms. 5:7-12; p. 1736
Christ's Return: When we are frustrated and distracted by people who are evil and cruel, we are to focus on our eternal hope in Jesus Christ.
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James; Principle #14; Jms. 5:13-20; p. 1737
Prayers of the Righteous: When we are experiencing various illnesses, we should seek guidance and prayer from the leaders in our churches who are living godly and righteous lives.
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1 Peter; Principle #1; 1 Pet. 1:1-2; p. 1741
Identity in Christ: As Christ-followers, we are to discover our true identity in God's eternal family rather than in our earthly associations and relationships.
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1 Peter; Principle #2; 1 Pet. 1:3-12; p. 1742
An Exclusive Message for All: We must never compromise the message that all human beings need to be saved by believing in the Lord Jesus Christ.
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1 Peter; Principle #3; 1 Pet. 1:13-25; p. 1742
Living Transformed Lives: In view of God's mercy and grace in saving us, we are to obey God's Word and become more and more like Jesus Christ.
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1 Peter; Principle #4; 1 Pet. 2:1-5; p. 1743
Spiritual Growth: To grow together by obeying God, we must deliberately and consistently learn the Scriptures.
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1 Peter; Principle #5; 1 Pet. 2:9-12; p. 1744
A Holy People: To be God's witness in this world, local churches must function as dynamic, transformed communities that reflect God's holiness.
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1 Peter; Principle #6; 1 Pet. 2:13-17; p. 1744
Human Institutions: As Christ-followers, we are to be obedient within all human institutions and structures without violating biblical values.
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1 Peter; Principle #7; 1 Pet. 2:18-25; p. 1745
Subservient Roles: As those who occupy subservient roles, we are to do all we can within the will of God to respect and submit to those we serve.
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1 Peter; Principle #8; 1 Pet. 3:1-7; p. 1746
Marital Relationships: As husbands and wives, we are to fulfill our God-ordained roles by following Jesus Christ's servant-leadership model.
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1 Peter; Principle #9; 1 Pet. 3:8-17; p. 1747
Corporate Witness: As local churches, we should become communities of love and unity that reveal Jesus Christ to the unsaved world.
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1 Peter; Principle #10; 1 Pet. 3:18-4:19; p. 1748
Christian Suffering: When we suffer because of our Christian faith, we should draw strength from Christ's sufferings.
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1 Peter; Principle #11; 1 Pet. 5:1-7; p. 1749
Demonstrating Humility: No matter our roles and responsibilities in the church, we are to serve one another humbly in love.
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1 Peter; Principle #12; 1 Pet. 5:8-9; p. 1749
Resisting Satan: We must be on guard against all of Satan's tactics, but especially the temptation to be prideful.
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2 Peter; Principle #1; 2 Pet. 1:1-7; p. 1752
Life and Godliness: Drawing on God's power, we are to do all we can to become mature followers of Jesus Christ.
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2 Peter; Principle #2; 2 Pet. 1:8-15; p. 1753
God's Standard of Righteousness: To continue to mature in our Christian lives, we are to measure our progress regularly with God's standard of righteousness.
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2 Peter; Principle #3; 2 Pet. 1:16-21; p. 1753
The Word of God: Our basic criteria for discerning God's will must be grounded on God's truth as revealed by the Holy Spirit and recorded in Scripture.
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2 Peter; Principle #4; 2 Pet. 2:1-22; p. 1754
False Teachers: We are to be on guard against false teachers who may infiltrate the church of Jesus Christ.
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2 Peter; Principle #5; 2 Pet. 3:1-9; p. 1755
Looking for Christ's Return: Even though Jesus Christ has not returned for nearly two thousand years, we should not become apathetic in looking for His return.
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2 Peter; Principle #6; 2 Pet. 3:10-18; p. 1755
Motivation to Holiness: Since Christ will definitely return at some moment, all believers should stay ready by leading godly lives.
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1 John; Principle #1; 1 Jn. 1:1-2; p. 1759
Proclaiming the Message of Salvation: Though we are among those who have not seen Jesus Christ, we are to proclaim the message of salvation based on the accounts of reliable eyewitnesses.
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1 John; Principle #2; 1 Jn. 1:3-4; p. 1759
The Deity of Jesus Christ: To have a right relationship with God and one another, we must have a correct view of the Lord Jesus Christ.
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1 John; Principle #3; 1 Jn. 1:5-2:2; p. 1760
Practicing the Truth: To have intimate fellowship with God, we must confess our sins and live in His will.
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1 John; Principle #4; 1 Jn. 2:3-11; p. 1761
Loving God and Others: To have an intimate relationship with God, we must develop loving relationships with one another.
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1 John; Principle #5; 1 Jn. 2:12-14; p. 1761
Evaluating Spiritual Growth: Regardless of our level of maturity, as Christians we should continually evaluate the extent to which we are walking in the light rather than in darkness.
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1 John; Principle #6; 1 Jn. 2:15-17; p. 1762
Overcoming the World: We must be on guard against worldly influences that interfere with our love for God and for one another.
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1 John; Principle #7; 1 Jn. 2:18-27; p. 1762
False Apostles and Prophets: We must reject the teachings of anyone who denies that Jesus Christ is God and that He came in human flesh.
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1 John; Principle #8; 1 Jn. 2:28-3:3; p. 1763
The Second Coming: To sincerely anticipate seeing Jesus Christ face to face, we must live in daily fellowship with God and with one another.
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1 John; Principle #9; 1 Jn. 3:4-15; p. 1764
True Spirituality: If we are born again and understand God's will for our lives, we will not continue to live a sinful lifestyle.
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1 John; Principle #10; 1 Jn. 3:16-23; p. 1765
Loving as Christ Loved: To grow in our love for one another, we must follow Christ's example.
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1 John; Principle #11; 1 Jn. 3:24-4:6; p. 1765
The God-Man: We must never allow ourselves to be influenced by those who fail to teach that Jesus Christ was and is the God-man.
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1 John; Principle #12; 1 Jn. 4:7-14; p. 1766
Our Corporate Witness: We are to love one another as Christ loved us so that we reveal God's message of love and salvation to the world.
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1 John; Principle #13; 1 Jn. 4:15-19; p. 1766
Our Heavenly Father: Though God is holy and absolutely righteous, more and more we are to relate to Him without fear as our loving heavenly Father.
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1 John; Principle #14; 1 Jn. 5:1-5; p. 1767
Reciprocal Love: To obey God's commands as a privilege rather than a burden, we must love God as He loves us.
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1 John; Principle #15; 1 Jn. 5:6-13; p. 1768
Overcoming Doubt: When tempted to doubt our salvation experience, we should review the promises God has given us in His Word.
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1 John; Principle #16; 1 Jn. 5:14-15; p. 1768
Effective Prayer: When we pray, we should always seek to voice requests that are in harmony with God's will.
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2 John; Principle #1; 2 Jn. 1-3; p. 1770
Belief and Behavior: As local churches, we are to become communities of both truth and love.
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2 John; Principle #2; 2 Jn. 7-11; p. 1771
Rejecting False Teaching: As communities of faith, we must not allow anyone to preach and teach if they deny that Jesus Christ is God who became flesh.
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3 John; Principle #1; 3 Jn. 1-4; p. 1773
Wealth and Health: Though we are to pray for one another that our heavenly Father will meet our physical needs, we must not use this text to promote prosperity theology.
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3 John; Principle #2; 3 Jn. 5-12; p. 1774
Hospitality and Generosity: Those qualified believers who devote large amounts of time to ministry and have personal financial needs should be cared for by the church body.
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Jude; Principle #1; Jd. 1-4; p. 1777
Love that Confronts: Though it is easier and more enjoyable to give positive feedback to our fellow Christians, there are times when we must address difficult and painful situations very directly.
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Jude; Principle #2; Jd. 20-23; p. 1778
Love that Acts: To demonstrate tough love we must take action on what we know is true.
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Revelation; Principle #1; Rev. 1:1-8; p. 1782
The Second Coming: Since Jesus Christ will return, we are always to be ready for that great event.
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Revelation; Principle #2; Rev. 1:9-20; p. 1783
Leadership Responsibilities: All spiritual leaders in local churches are responsible to prepare people for Christ's return.
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Revelation; Principle #3; Rev. 2:1-7; p. 1784
The Greatest Commands: Spiritual leaders are to teach all believers to love God and one another.
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Revelation; Principle #4; Rev. 2:8-11; p. 1784
Persecution and Suffering: As followers of Jesus Christ, we are to consider persecution as an opportunity to grow spiritually.
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Revelation; Principle #5; Rev. 2:12-17; p. 1785
False Teaching: We must always be on guard against any teaching that contradicts what we are taught in Scripture.
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Revelation; Principle #6; Rev. 2:18-29; p. 1785
Church Discipline: Spiritual leaders are responsible to confront false prophets who lead people astray.
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Revelation; Principle #7; Rev. 3:1-6; p. 1786
The True Gospel: To inherit salvation, we must receive the gift of eternal life through faith and not rely on our works.
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Revelation; Principle #8; Rev. 3:7-13; p. 1787
Our Eternal Salvation: Because of our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, verified by our good works, we should be confident that we have eternal life now and forever.
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Revelation; Principle #9; Rev. 3:14-22; p. 1788
Receiving Christ: To become authentic communities of faith, we must receive the Lord Jesus Christ and allow Him to take control of our hearts and lives.
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Revelation; Principle #10; Rev. 4:1; p. 1788
Interpreting Revelation: To interpret the book of Revelation, we should consider how God's redemptive plan relates to incidents in the first century, events throughout church history, and future prophetic happenings.
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Revelation; Principle #11; Rev. 4:2-5; p. 1789
Supernatural Revelations: We must be very cautious and guarded in listening to people today who claim to have encountered God directly and received specific revelations.
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Revelation; Principle #12; Rev. 4:9-11; p. 1790
True Worship: In view of God's grace and mercy in providing for our salvation, we should respond in grateful worship.
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Revelation; Principle #13; Rev. 5:1-14; p. 1791
Servant and Sovereign: To worship Jesus Christ as we should, we must understand and believe that He is both a humble servant and the sovereign Lord.
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Revelation; Principle #14; Rev. 6:1-8; p. 1792
Scriptural Correlation: When we interpret the symbols in this book, we should consult other prophetic references and descriptions in the whole Bible, including within Revelation.
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Revelation; Principle #15; Rev. 6:9-17; p. 1793
Security in Christ: As believers, we are not to live in fear of these awesome judgments.
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Revelation; Principle #16; Rev. 7:1-17; p. 1794
The Blood of the Lamb: To inherit eternal life, we must have our sins washed away by the blood of Jesus Christ.
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Revelation; Principle #17; Rev. 8:1-6; p. 1795
God's Mercy: We are to rejoice and be thankful that God will continue to offer His gift of salvation to lost people until the final judgment at the great white throne.
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Revelation; Principle #18; Rev. 8:7-13; p. 1796
Hardened Hearts: We are to warn unbelievers to respond to the message of salvation immediately and not to harden their hearts.
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Revelation; Principle #19; Rev. 9:1-12; p. 1796
Using Evil for Good: Regardless of Satan's activities in the world, we are to be assured that God can even use evil to accomplish His will.
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Revelation; Principle #20; Rev. 9:13-21; p. 1797
The Armor of God: As believers living today, we must use God's armor to defeat Satan and his evil associates when they attack us in various ways.
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Revelation; Principle #21; Rev. 10:1-11; p. 1798
Compassionate Hearts: Though as believers we are to long for Christ's appearing, we are never to lose our compassion for those who will face eternal judgment.
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Revelation; Principle #22; Rev. 11:1-14; p. 1799
Prophetic Warnings: Believers should more and more acknowledge God's divine nature and worship the Almighty.
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Revelation; Principle #23; Rev. 11:15-19; p. 1800
Our Almighty God: Though as believers we will eventually be like Christ and live in God's eternal kingdom, we should more and more reflect our Almighty God's holy nature in the here and now.
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Revelation; Principle #24; Rev. 12:1-18; p. 1801
Satan's Strategy: As the time for Christ's return draws near, we should expect Satan to intensify his efforts to disrupt God?s redemptive plan.
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Revelation; Principle #25; Rev. 13:1-18; p. 1802
The Great Commission: Though we are to be aware of events that may signal Christ's second coming, we are to focus on the task Jesus gave us when He ascended to heaven.
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Revelation; Principle #26; Rev. 14:1-5; p. 1803
Models of Faithfulness: We should consider the 144,000 as models of what it means to be dedicated disciples of Jesus Christ in the midst of an evil world.
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Revelation; Principle #27; Rev. 14:6-13; p. 1804
Eternal Life or Death: In presenting the eternal gospel, we must make it clear that all human beings are given a choice that leads to everlasting life or never-ending separation from God.
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Revelation; Principle #28; Rev. 15:5-16:21; p. 1806
God's Patience: We must understand that the seals, trumpets, and bowls are a series of intense warnings giving people an opportunity to repent before they face God's final judgment.
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Revelation; Principle #29; Rev. 17:1-18:24; p. 1808
Signs of the Times: Though we are to be cautious in making specific predictions about the second coming of Jesus Christ, we are to be alert to certain signs that may signal His imminent return.
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Revelation; Principle #30; Rev. 19:1-10; p. 1809
The Marriage of the Lamb: As the bride of Christ--the Church--we are more and more to live godly lives so as to be ready to be united to our heavenly bridegroom.
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Revelation; Principle #31; Rev. 19:11-21; p. 1810
Imminent or Distant: Whatever our view of Christ's return to rule and reign, we are to expect that He could remove believers from the earth at any moment.
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Revelation; Principle #32; Rev. 20:1-6; p. 1811
Christ Our King: Regardless of our view of the 1,000-year reign of Christ, as believers today we are to allow Jesus Christ to reign in our hearts as we carry out the Great Commission.
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Revelation; Principle #33; Rev. 20:7-10; p. 1812
The Wages of Sin: We must never minimize the impact of original sin when Adam and Eve disobeyed God.
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Revelation; Principle #34; Rev. 20:11-15; p. 1813
Eternal Judgment: As those who believe the Bible is the Word of God, we must never teach a doctrine of universalism--that all people will eventually go to heaven.
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Revelation; Principle #35; Rev. 21:1-8; p. 1813
The Process of Renewal: Though a time will come when God will make everything new, as believers we are already new creations in Christ and we are to become more and more like Him as we prepare to live in our eternal home.
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Revelation; Principle #36; Rev. 21:9-22:5; p. 1815
Eternal Fellowship: Though the new Jerusalem will be a magnificent place to spend eternity, we must remember that our focus will be on God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
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Revelation; Principle #37; Rev. 22:8-9; p. 1816
Godly Worship: Since worshiping God and the Son is one of the most prominent features of the book of Revelation, we should evaluate the quality of our personal and corporate worship.
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Revelation; Principle #38; Rev. 22:16-21; p. 1816
God's Message Today: As we read the book of Revelation, we must carefully consider what Jesus Christ is still saying to churches today--and especially to those who are primary shepherds of Godís people.
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