Pride deceives the human heart.

Pride deceives the human heart. It stops the search for God and blinds the eyes to reality. Pride makes a fool think that he is wise, as a grasshopper might think it’s a giant. Pride tells a man that he is good when his heart is desperately wicked, and that he is right when the entire world can see that he is wrong. It is the root of the tree of self-righteousness. Thank God for His Law! It strips a man of the deceit of pride and humbles him by showing him the truth.

“The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God;

God is in none of his thoughts” (Psalm 10:4).

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False shepherds.

Ezekiel 34:2-5. It is hard to read this and not think of the many “shepherds” who fleece their flock with a false gospel of prosperity that makes no reference to sin, righteousness, or judgment.

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“But Jesus dishonored his parents!”

This biblical incident is a favorite of atheists, as they try to find fault with Jesus. The accusation is that Jesus dishonored His parents by staying behind in Jerusalem, when they were traveling back to Nazareth. Therefore, He was in violation of the Fifth Commandment. Of course, the charge is completely unfounded. In Luke 2:42–49 we are told that His mother and Joseph left Jerusalem “supposing Him to have been in the company.” He wasn’t, and an entire day went by before they realized it. It took three days for them to return to Jerusalem and find Him. He was in the temple teaching the elders, as He said, about His “Father’s business.” Any responsible parent would never leave a city “supposing” that their 12-year-old was with them. That was poor parenting, not disobedience.

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Man flatters himself.

“Almost every natural man that hears of hell, flatters himself that he shall escape it; he depends upon himself for his own security; he flatters himself in what he has done, in what he is now doing, or what he intends to do. Every one lays out matters in his own mind how he shall avoid damnation, and flatters himself that he contrives well for himself, and that his schemes will not fail. They hear indeed that there are but few saved, and that the greater part of men that have died heretofore are gone to hell; but each one imagines that he lays out matters better for his own escape than others have done.” Jonathan Edwards

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Be a lively stone.

David took five smooth stones, but four remained in the bag. Only one was used to defeat the enemy. The Church has a fivefold office—those made smooth by the trials of life for ministry: apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers (see Eph. 4:11). But only one stone goes outsideof the Church to face the enemy: the evangelist and those he has equipped to do the work of ministry. Be a lively stone.

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Jesus would have been lying…

“Genesis is quoted from or referred to in the rest of the Bible more than any other book of the Bible. In the New Testament alone, there are at least 200 quotations from—or references to—Genesis. In fact, there are over 100 citations or direct references in the New Testament to the first eleven chapters of Genesis. And every one of those eleven chapters is referred to somewhere in the New Testament.

“If Genesis isn’t true, then Jesus Christ would have been lying. Also, the rest of the Bible collapses, since every biblical doctrine of theology—directly or indirectly—is founded in the book of Genesis. That’s why Genesis is referred to so often throughout the Bible. Believing Genesis is the key to fully understanding God’s Word.” –Answers in Genesis

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Reprieved criminals.

“All men are under the Law by nature, and consequently they are condemned by it because they have broken its commands; and apart from our Lord Jesus men are only reprieved criminals, respited from day to day, but still under sentence and waiting for the appointed hour when the warrant shall be solemnly executed upon them.” Charles Spurgeon

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