Recommended Reading: WHAT IS MY PURPOSE?

What Is My Purpose?: 8 Simple Steps to Find Your Purpose and Live a Life You Love (Finding Your Purpose Book) by [Foster, Simon]

What Is My Purpose?: 8 Simple Steps to Find Your Purpose and Live a Life You Love

Have you ever wondered if life has any meaning? Are you here just to survive a little? Is this life meaningless for you?

What if we were created for a purpose?

The ambition to discover the purpose of life is nearly as old as mankind. You have the striving desire to demonstrate yourself and others that you actually do have a purpose and that you are very good at it.

Unfortunately, many of us just waste our time wondering but never doing anything to discover life’s purpose or the true meaning of life.

Start taking action now and get the benefits of discovering your life purpose, the true meaning of your life and discover your personal mission.

By doing it you will start finally moving on the right direction to enjoy every second of a new self-designed meaningful life.

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A L I F E S T Y L E O F S E R I O U S N E S S . . . . . PAUL TRIPP

Paul Tripp Ministries, Inc.

A LIFESTYLE OF SERIOUSNESS

This is the fourth and final devotional from Hebrews 10:19-31. If you’ve missed any in the past, you can always catch up at http://www.PaulTripp.com/Wednesday.

“For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins […] It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” (Hebrews 10:26-31)

I don’t have the space to unpack all these verses, but it’s crucial that we see how sin is talked about in this passage. Sin is not described as a breaking of some abstract law; sin is presented as a direct affront to the Triune God.

Look at the words used in these verses: “trampled underfoot the Son of God” […] “profaned the blood of the covenant” […] “outraged the Spirit of grace.” That’s serious language.

We live in a culture that doesn’t take sin seriously anymore. We call it “powerful advertising” – we ignore, minimize, laugh at, and sometimes even praise what God calls sin. We’ve fallen into the trap of thinking that sin isn’t so bad after all.

Brothers and sisters, we need to take sin incredibly seriously. Yes, the penalty for sin has been paid, but you can still be a Christian and ruin your life because you don’t take seriously the consequences of your sin.

Galatians 6:7 says, “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.” There is a direct correlation between the choices of your heart and the quality of your life.

Perhaps even more importantly, you can’t celebrate the beauty of the gospel until you recognize the ugliness of sin. Jesus becomes so much more precious when you realize just what He has rescued you from.

I would encourage you today – take seriously the consequence of your actions, and take seriously the ugly nature of your sin. Your life and your Savior grow in beauty as you do.

God bless

Paul David Tripp
REFLECTION QUESTIONS:

Why might a law feel “easier” to break if its abstract instead of personal?

How does our culture ignore, minimize, laugh at or praise sin?

How did you ignore, minimize, laugh at or praise sin this past week?

How have you seen a direct correlation between the choices of your heart and the quality of your life?

How does Jesus become more precious as you take sin more seriously?

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This extraordinary Bible is the result of 40 years of study by the most widely viewed and respected Bible teacher in the world today. This legacy resource will be the standard for decades to come.

 

A 2,200 page one-of-a-kind study tool — featuring insightful and practical content:

 

  • Unique Introductions    view >
    For every one of the 66 books of the Bible, we have developed a unique and captivating introduction that will open readers’ eyes to the experiences and the background of the Biblical writers through whom the Holy Spirit breathed.
  • 8,000 individual study notes    view >
    Accompanying the Scripture text in this Bible are more than 8,000 study notes. Where there’s a relevant issue or key point to be made in the text, you’ll find a note at the bottom of the page that explains it.
  • Hundreds of enriching sidebars    view >
    word studies, historical insights, & more. There are hundreds of sidebars positioned within the text that offer additional insight and application beyond the notes. To make these segments even more useful for readers, we have created a sidebar index for the entire Bible. A quick glance will direct you to the biblical topic of your choice.
  • 50+ full-page articles    view >
    There are hundreds of sidebars positioned within the text that offer additional insight and application beyond the notes.
  • Words of Jesus in red letter print    view >
  • Colorful maps, charts, and tables    view >
  • Easy-to-read type    view >
  • Thorough cross-reference system to guide you through the Bible    view >
  • Topical index    view >
  • 80+ page general concordance    view >
  • Available in 6 unique styles    view >

 

 

The Keys to a Successful Life

I grew up with the Bible being at the center of everything we did in our family. My father was a pastor, a teacher of the Word; and when he went to heaven, I was given all of his sermon notes and Bibles. They were well-worn and often used. My mother lived out God’s Word in her hospitality, her parenting, and in so many other ways. As a part of my legacy from my parents, I understood that the Bible was the key to a successful life.

I have now been preaching and teaching the Bible for over 40 years. And there’s still so much in it that I haven’t yet had time to even study. I remember when I graduated from seminary, somebody told me, “David, you’re going to fish out of this pond for the rest of your life. And they were right. After all this time, I still can’t get enough of it. And it still is teaching me.

I spend many hours each week preparing to teach the Word, and I am constantly discovering new insights that guide my life. Things I’ve never noticed before. It is the only fully inspired Book ever written. It is authoritative. And because of that, I have great confidence when I teach from it. As long as I am faithful to the text, it remains God’s Word — God speaking to us.

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What It Says. What It Means. What It Means For You.

I want people to understand what the Bible says, what it means, and what it means for them. These three things are central in my thinking when I prepare to preach, and they serve as the framework for the structure of this entire Bible.

First, I want to help people understand what the Bible says—and particularly, what it said in its original context. If the text was originally written as a letter, for instance, what would those original recipients have understood? I want to be true to the text. The first thing anyone should do is read the Bible for what it is and for what it says.

Second, it’s important to talk about what Scripture means. How do I interpret what I’m reading? Obviously, there’s room for some opinion, but overall the Bible is a self-interpreting book; we interpret one passage by another passage. A student of the Word of God should never stray too far from “what it means.”

Third, I ask, “What does it mean for me?” and then I try to help God’s people understand what it means for them. In many of the notes and special features of this Bible, practical application is a key component. Application is at the heart of my approach to ministry and to the Word, and it is what helps seal the Word in people’s lives, by the power of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit uses words of application to bring the Bible’s teaching home to the heart.

If people walk away from the Bible and they know what it says, and they know what it means, but they don’t know how it works in their own life, they will see no change. I try to take Scripture the extra mile so that people will understand how it works in their lives. This philosophy is evident throughout The Jeremiah Study Bible.

 

The Jeremiah Study Bible

 

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I must have Relationship with God to know what he wants me to do in issues not addressed…

Today's Turning Point
Thursday, March 20


Nothing to Fear

And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day.
Jude 1:6

Recommended Reading
2 Peter 2:4-11

It has been said, "Everything in the Bible is true, but not all truth is in the Bible." The Bible is not an encyclopedia containing all known truth. It is the record of the revelation of God — the story of redemption. It provides all we need to know about some subjects, like how to be reconciled to God. But it doesn’t tell all we’d like to know — and someday will know — about other subjects. Jude 1:6 is an example of the tip of a theological iceberg that begs for a fuller revelation.

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We would like to know more about Satan’s rebellion in which many angels participated. We would like to know more about how and where those angels are being kept in "chains under darkness" until the final judgment. And we would like to know the differences between these incarcerated angels and the demons that apparently are free to roam the earth.

When we find hints in Scripture about subjects not fully revealed, we are reminded that God keeps Satan and fallen angels on a short leash, that evil will one day be punished, and those who are secure in Christ have nothing to fear (Romans 8:35-39).

I more fear what is within me than what comes from without.
Martin Luther
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Recommended reading: The Jeremiah Study Bible

This extraordinary Bible is the result of 40 years of study by the most widely viewed and respected Bible teacher in the world today. This legacy resource will be the standard for decades to come.

A 2,200 page one-of-a-kind study tool — featuring insightful and practical content:

  • Unique Introductions    view >
    For every one of the 66 books of the Bible, we have developed a unique and captivating introduction that will open readers’ eyes to the experiences and the background of the Biblical writers through whom the Holy Spirit breathed.

  • 8,000 individual study notes    view >
    Accompanying the Scripture text in this Bible are more than 8,000 study notes. Where there’s a relevant issue or key point to be made in the text, you’ll find a note at the bottom of the page that explains it.

  • Hundreds of enriching sidebars    view >
    word studies, historical insights, & more. There are hundreds of sidebars positioned within the text that offer additional insight and application beyond the notes. To make these segments even more useful for readers, we have created a sidebar index for the entire Bible. A quick glance will direct you to the biblical topic of your choice.

  • 50+ full-page articles    view >
    There are hundreds of sidebars positioned within the text that offer additional insight and application beyond the notes.

  • Words of Jesus in red letter print    view >

  • Colorful maps, charts, and tables    view >

  • Easy-to-read type    view >

  • Thorough cross-reference system to guide you through the Bible    view >

  • Topical index    view >

  • 80+ page general concordance    view >

  • Available in 6 unique styles    view >

  • The Jeremiah Study Bible - Hardcover
    PRICE $50
    QTY
    The Jeremiah Study Bible - Black Soft-Touch LeatherLuxe
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    QTY
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    The Jeremiah Study Bible - Charcoal & Burgundy Soft-Touch LeatherLuxe
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    The Jeremiah Study Bible - Gray & Teal Soft-Touch LeatherLuxe
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  • I am going to order the Teal and Gray! I love this man’s sermons and would love to read his notes on various subjects!
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What Does the Manual Say? Chapter 6

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Marriage is a matter of life time commitment. It was a law put into place by God.  God wanted a place of security for “family”, for mothers and babes and Relationships.  Keep in mind that God came up with Laws, rules, or “just say No”, for reasons that are good for You, me the children and family, not for Himself! He put life into place and gave us instructions how it would work out best, considering He was going to pass out some ‘free-will’ too, I think He did a great loving thing here. However, That damned devil isn’t going to have it! I mean he isn’t going to Hell alone that is! He plans on stealing as many humans that Jesus died for, from Him as he can. Today, it looks like he is taking a lot with him.

Recently I heard a teaching from Adrian Rogers for which I had to go back and rewind the tapes numerous times to write down what was said:    

Adultery is a sin against the “Home”. Innocent children’s lives are torn apart every year by Adultery.  The man who commits adultery tells his child, ” your mother is not worth much.” And he tells his children, “Your father is a liar and a cheat.”  Furthermore, Honor is not nearly as important as pleasure. “In, fact my child, my own satisfaction and pleasure are more important than you are.” (And, of course, vice versa.)

God established monogamous marriage to meet the deepest emotion physical psychological & spiritual needs of a child. Children need a home and sexual faithfulness is the glue of the family which is the basic foundation of society.

Why is Adultery such a hurtful, heinous, damning, terrible hellish sin? Because Adultery is a sin against ‘Self’. (see Corinthians 6:18 Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body )  There is no sin that does as much damage physically and psychologically.  (Consider  STD’s, Aids, cancer, abortions, depression, mistrust, division, separation & divorce) oh, and  Safe sex?….   God’s sex wasn’t made to be dangerous!     (Romans 2:22   You who say that people should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? 23 You who boast in the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law? 24 As it is written: “God’s name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.)    …. end of insert sermon notes….

We who call ourselves Christians, we commit another form of adultery against Jesus (are we not His Bride?) when we put ourselves on the Throne in the middle of our “World”.  Or maybe when we put our Desires first, instead of God’s, our Pleasures,… our Happiness, our must watch TV even, before God… so everyone of us can hurt from adultery, but Jesus, God hurts too…Especially when He heard us commit to Him. What does our relational walk and talk glorify?