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THE INCREDIBLE PROMISE FOR A BIBLE MAN

Bill Elliff Bible

In the very first Psalm, God lays out the path and promises for two contrasting lives: the wicked man who only pays attention to the world, and the godly man who listens intently and continually to God through His Word. Notice the phenomenal promise for the man who, in humility, meditates on God's Word day and night (Psalm 1:3). HE IS STABLE. ""He will be like a tree firmly planted"" HE IS NOURISHED  ""by streams of water""  (Not a single stream, but multiple supplies) HE IS FRUITFUL ""which yields its fruit"" HE IS TIMELY. ""in its season"" He is the...

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21 REASONS WHY I LOVE TO READ MY BIBLE EVERY DAY

Bill Elliff Bible

If you were to ask me what is the single greatest key to an effective Christian life, it would not take me two seconds to answer: meeting with God every day through the Word of God and prayer. Recently, I shared a personal testimony of why I love to read the Bible every day with my church. Here’s the “condensed” version! These are not things I read somewhere, but the real testimony of what reading the Bible has done in my life over the last 50 years. 1. THE BIBLE IS GOD’S WORD 2 Peter 1:20-21: But know this first...

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UNDERSTANDING BITTER PEOPLE

Bill Elliff Forgiveness

Intimacy with the Lord and His Word is the key to understanding everything. Through the Lord's instruction and by His grace, we grow to understand Him, understand ourselves and the ""thoughts and intents of our heart"" (Hebrews 4:10). But there is more. The Bible describes for us all types of people and how we should understand and relate to them. Proverbs is particularly helpful in this regard. Here’s one of the most tragic kinds of men, described in Proverbs. 11 There is a kind of man who curses his father and does not bless his mother. (BITTER) 12 There is...

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BLESSING GOD AND OTHERS

Bill Elliff Worship

The word ""bless"" is used often in the Scriptures. To bless is to praise, to glorify, to give to, to honor. The blessing of God upon us makes things natural, supernatural, infused by the hand of God. It is an essential exercise for us. Not only does it honor God, but it puts us in the proper posture, reminding us of our place before our Creator. COMMANDED TO BLESS In Psalm 134, we are commanded to bless the Lord.  ""Behold, bless the Lord, all servants of the Lord, who serve by night in the house of the Lord! Lift up...

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THE REVERSE EFFECTS OF PRIDE

Bill Elliff Humility

A man's pride will bring him low, but a humble spirit will obtain honor. (Proverbs 29:23) What is the desire of a proud man? He only has one really. He wants to be lifted up. He longs to be known and honored, recognized and revered. His arrogance makes him believe that he deserves such acknowledgments and, like wood to a raging fire, he looks for every opportunity to feed his ego and increase his standing among men. The paradox is that, in God’s economy, exactly the opposite of what he desires takes place. UPSIDE DOWN Pride lowers, humility exalts. A...

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