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The Right Foundation, Part III

Building to the Specifications

TI Breast PlateSo how do we avoid the sin of Cain?  We do that by learning what God wants.  And where do we learn that?  Where else but His Word.  That’s why Paul offers this advice:

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.  (II Timothy 2:15 KJV)

But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance,persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra—what persecutions I endured.  And out of them all the Lord delivered me.  Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.  But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.  But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.  All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.  (II Timothy 3:10-17 NKJV) Please click here to continue reading

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The Right Foundation, Part II

The Truth About Heavenly Rewards

TalentsHopefully by now you understand that our eternal reward for trusting Jesus is not sitting around in heavenly comfort, but doing something useful for His Kingdom.  But there’s more.  Do you realize there is a merit system in the Kingdom of Heaven?  That might sound wrong to us Americans who think salvation by grace through faith is the whole story.  You mean God saves us, but doesn’t guarantee where we stand in the Kingdom?  That’s exactly what I mean.  Jesus speaks more than once about those who are greatest and least in the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 5:17, 11:11, 18:1-4, 20:20-28, 23:1-12; Mark 9:33-37; Luke 16:9-12, 22:24-30).  The work you do in this life doesn’t just put food on the table or good education in your head.  It determines where you stand in eternity.  And why is that?  Because God tests every one of us to see whether we are worthy of His trust (Luke 9:46-48).  That’s the whole point of Jesus’ parable about the talents.  I encourage you to read that over again.  It’s in Matthew 25:14-30 and Luke 19:11-27.  Let me summarize it. Please click here to continue reading

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