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MARCH 25 “I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Jesus Christ.” — Philippians 1:6

Preservation in Faith

Jude is one of the shortest books in the New Testament, but it has much to say. For example, even in the opening, after identifying himself as the author, Jude speaks of those to whom he is addressing his letter: “To those who are sanctified and called by God the Father and preserved in Jesus Christ…” We see that when we are Christians we have been called by God, by His Holy Spirit unto Him. This is that effectual... More
MARCH 24 “Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.” — 1 Corinthians 1:31

A Jolt From Jude

I think if you asked the average person where you would find the letter of Judas in the Bible they would be somewhat taken aback, and yet that is what we find in the second to last book of the Bible. We know it as the Epistle of Jude. His full name was actually Judas.  As many of you probably know, this man was the half-brother of our Christ. You recall that the Pharisees in Nazareth said, “ Is He not the carpenter’s... More
MARCH 23 “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear…” — 1 John 4:18

Perfect Love Casts Out Fear

How many people are prevented from ever succeeding because they allow past failures to short-circuit their faith in the Lord? They forget what God can do with us when we let Him. Questions put to me sometimes are very amusing. One young man recently said to me, “Oh Dr. Kennedy, I so admire your intellect. You graduated from graduate school summa cum laude .” That’s not the way it was always. Before I was a Christian, I... More
MARCH 22 “For to me, to continue living is Christ, and to die is gain.” — Philippians 1:21

Avoiding Cheap Substitutes

This statement from Paul should be engraved like an intaglio upon the heart of every Christian. However, there are many cheap substitutes that clamor for our attention that we must eschew. To live is… ... NOT PLEASURE  “For me to live is pleasure,” cry a whole host of voices today. For surely the Bible says that sin has its pleasure for a season—then come the consequences. ... NOT MONEY There are others... More
MARCH 21 “So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed only a few days to him because of the love he had for her.” — Genesis 29:20

Christ—the Passion of Life

We are all familiar with Mel Gibson’s film, The Passion of the Christ . But turn the words around, now that we are saved, Christ should be the passion of our lives. Someone said that one man with a passion is worth a hundred men with an interest. There are a lot of people here who have an interest in religion, but, alas, I am afraid very few who have a passion for Christ. I have had the joy of knowing a few, and they stand out in my... More
MARCH 20 “To them God would make known what is the glorious riches of this mystery among the nations. It is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” — Colossians 1:27

Christ – the Power of Life

Christ is the power of my life. The Bible says that Christ will come to dwell in our hearts—that we can be strengthened with His might in the inner man and be able to accomplish many wonderful things through His strength. We had a number of folks come over to our house one time for some fellowship. Later in the evening, one of the young men said, “I have a question.” I said, “Yes. Don’t make it too hard or I... More
MARCH 19 “For to this you were called, because Christ suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps.” — 1 Peter 2:21

On Imitating Christ

Christ has left for us an “example.” The Greek term hupogrammos is an interesting one that means, literally, an “underwriting.” This is a reference to that which was done in the Greek schools at the time when the teacher would very carefully write out the letters of the Greek alphabet for the primary students. Then the students would write over them in their own feeble attempts to reproduce and imitate the example... More