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The Eternal One

If I thought that the word “eternal” as referring to God meant only “lasting until the end of the age,” I’d just fold my Bible up and go home and wait for the end. If I had a God that only lasted so long, that didn’t have eternity in His heart, I couldn’t possibly find it worthwhile to preach.…
The Old Testament Hebrew has exhausted itself—wrung its language as you wring a towel, to get the last drop of meaning out of it—to say that God is forever and ever endlessly, unto perpetuity, world without end. The New Testament Greek has done the same. There aren’t any other words in the Greek language that can be used to mean “unto perpetuity, having no end, going on and on and on and on endlessly and forever.”…

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Fifth Sparrow

In Matthew 10:29 Jesus says, “Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will [or apart from your Father].” And in Luke 12:6 Jesus says, “Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God.”
So two sparrows are sold for one copper coin, but five sparrows are sold for two copper coins. In other words, if you buy four sparrows, you get a fifth sparrow free. Yet God is concerned about even that fifth sparrow.
There is nothing God has created, in fact, with which He is not intimately concerned. His Fatherly love extends to every creature in the universe, to everything He has created.

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Temptations

Temptations grow in stages (James 1:13–15). The first stage is seduction (being “dragged away and enticed”). Temptation begins with desires. You believe you need something in addition to Christ in order to be happy. It could be anything—someone’s approval, a possession, a pleasure, a job, a family, etc. A temptation might be obviously sinful, but often it can be a good thing. Your greatest opportunity to triumph over sin is at this beginning stage of temptation. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you see what you are drawn to besides Christ.

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