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Philip Brown
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The Jewelry Proverbs Recommends
Jewels
are both investment and adornment. As portable wealth, they are hard to beat. Set
in beautiful designs, jewels not only increase in value but beautify their
wearer. Yet, there are beauties of value that eclipse silver, gold, rubies, or
diamonds. Imag...

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Six Principles for Pursuing Holiness from Hebrews 12
The holiness we must pursue is
perfectly seen in Jesus, who was separated from all sin, blameless, pure, and
righteous (Heb. 1:9; 4:15; 7:26). Hebrews 12:1–13 outlines at least six means
by which we are to pursue holiness. First, we pursue holiness by
layin...

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How to Pursue Peace and Holiness (Heb. 12:14)
Hebrews 12:14 says, “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.” To know how to follow peace and holiness, we need to understand several things about this verse: (1) what it means to “follow,” (2) what peace is, (3) wh...

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When the KJV and Modern Translations Disagree: What to do
What to do when the KJV and modern translations disagree (notes from my Greek Ib class today) 1. Check to see if the KJV has a marginal note that agrees with the modern translation or vice versa. If so, it means the original text is subject to more than one...

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Baptismal Regeneration vs Sola Fide
I was asked the question, "How can I help someone who believes in baptismal regeneration to see that salvation is by faith alone, while at the same time acknowledging the importance of baptism?" I believe Scripture teaches the importance of baptism. Jesus’ ...

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Hebrews 12:14 - Holiness or Hell?
Hebrews 12:14 says, “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.” Some have concluded that this verse teaches one must be entirely sanctified to make it to heaven (e.g., Creffield , Godbey ). There are several things to...

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Have you met a fool recently?
Have you ever met a fool? How do you know when you’ ve met a fool? In what follows, I ’ ve pulled together the descriptions given in Proverbs to provide a composite picture of what a fool is and does.* A fool rejects his father ’ s discipline (Prov. 15:5), ...

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God: His Glorious Goodness Shines Brightest in Satisfied Saints
The last verse in Proverbs where “God” occurs is Proverbs 30:9. Verses 7-9 form a whole thought in which Agur prays to be kept from deception and lies as well as poverty and riches. Fear of denying Yahweh or dishonoring God’s name motivates his prayer. Agur...

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God: The Silver-Tongued, Sterling-Hearted Shield
Proverbs 30:5-6 Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to
those who take refuge in Him. Do not add to His words Or He will reprove you,
and you will be proved a liar. [1] There’s
so much spiritual marrow for soul nourishment here! We can learn the follow...
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