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Posts by David Sproule (Page 315)

Jesus’ First Words

Sometimes we like to give special emphasis to a person’s last words before their passing.  As such, we frequently give particular attention to Jesus’ last words on this earth — i.e., the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16). Equally important and even more exciting for parents is to wait to hear their child’s first words.  What will be the first thing their…

How do WE KNOW that we are in Christ?

There is no place more important for one to be than “in Christ”! Only “in Christ” does one have access to “all spiritual blessings” (Eph. 1:3), “the forgiveness of sins” (Eph. 1:7), “an inheritance” (Eph. 1:11), a life with “no condemnation” (Rom. 8:1), “all the promises of God” (2 Cor. 1:20), and “eternal life” (1 John 5:11).  The “salvation” that each person…

How do WE KNOW that all things work together for good?

Some Christians have a hard time believing and hard time explaining the statement in Romans 8:28 that says “all things work together for good to those who love God.”  Why do they find it hard to believe or explain?  Perhaps because the negative things in our lives are easier to focus on than the positive things.  Perhaps because we become so accustomed…

How do WE KNOW that God hears us when we pray?

We speak words, but where do they go?  We make unspoken requests in our hearts, but what happens to them?  We collectively make petitions in our assemblies, but do they reach beyond the ceiling?  Christians have sometimes been charged with silliness, because they believe that when they sincerely and with devotion of heart say, “Lord, please help me,” that the Almighty God…

The Visual Dictionary (Entries E-H)

A “Pictorial Dictionary” or “Visual Dictionary” gives visual representations for each of the entries on its pages.  If you were in charge of selecting a Bible character to depict each of the following words, who would you choose to put in your “Visual Dictionary”? ENCOURAGEMENT. If the apostles had written a visual dictionary, there is only one picture that could have found…

Rich in Spirit

God looks favorably upon those who are “poor in spirit” (Matt. 5:3; Isa. 66:2), which begs the question — is it possible to be “rich in spirit” and how would God look upon such a person? Let’s consider some Bible synonyms.  To be “poor in spirit” is synonymous in Scripture to “a broken spirit” (Psa. 51:17), “the lowly” (Psa. 138:6), “a contrite…

A Lesson Our VBS Workers Have Experienced and Taught to Us

I have been so very impressed with the amount of work, the quality of work and the willing spirit behind the work that has gone into our Vacation Bible School.  To every person who helped to cut, paint, tape, glue, draw, copy, color, trace, design, move, lift, cover, bring, buy, give, pour, serve, teach, act, sing, build, hang, decorate, photograph,  pray, etc.,…