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"Demas Hath Forsaken Me"

by Jarrod Jacobs Paul's words, "Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world... " are familiar to most students of the Bible. Demas was one of Paul's friends and companions (Colossians 4:14; Phile. 23-24). He associated himself with Paul, and other Christians. Have you ever wondered why Demas "loved this present world"? What was he doing? Paul did not reveal the specifics. However, there are lessons for us to learn from this short verse. Demas is the example of all who have (or will) become unfaithful to God in this life. When Paul said, "Demas hathforsaken me, having loved this present world" we learn: He Had Misplaced Love. Demas loved "this present world" rather than God. Though this is not an uncommon thing (even today, Il Tim. 3:1-5, esp.v.4), it is still tragic!! Those who are Christians, must understand that our first priority in this life is to love...
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ZECHARIAH

God brought sword, pestilence, famine, and wild beast to Judah due to her rebellious ways yet she refused to lay these things to heart (Isaiah 42:25). Jeremiah told the rebellious house of Judah that she would go into Babylonian captivity for seventy years so that she may be corrected and punished for her persistent sin (Jeremiah 25:11; 30:12 and 31:17-20). During these seventy years they were to experience the chastening of the Lord (Jeremiah 30:23-24). They would come to be "ashamed" of their rebellious ways (Jeremiah 31:19). Their shame would lead them to "repent" and call upon the Lord in prayer and praise (Jeremiah 31:19). The Lord promised the captives that after seventy years were accomplished in Babylon he would bring them back to Jerusalem (see Jeremiah 29:10). Though the days of captivity were very unpleasant there were greater days to look forward to (Isaiah 44:1-8). God would bring his...
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Distinctive Gospel Preaching

Beautiful sermons are recorded in God's word. Studying the content of sermons preached is extremely valuable to our Christian walk. We learn how to perfect the heart in holiness by studying the Sermon on the Mount at Matthew 5-7. We learn the connection between God's grace, forgiveness of sins, and man's obedience by studying Paul's sermon at Acts 13. We learn about the value of Old Testament commandments to our modern day Christian lives by studying Stephen's sermon at Acts 7. The gospel of Jesus Christ has the power to save men's souls from an eternity of hell (Romans 1:16). Those who present the gospel carry with them God's power to transform and save men's lives (see Colossians 1:13-14). Aside from the great doctrinal lessons of salvation learned by studying these sermons we also learn something about man's character. As these sermons were preached there were reactions and responses. At...
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Babylon Part 2

Babylon sinned against Jehovah (Jeremiah 50:14) Babylon goes down in history as a nation that personifies evil (see Revelation 17:5). The vile nation considered herself to be deity (Isaiah 47:7), she was proud (Jeremiah 50:29), covetous (Jeremiah 51:13), and she was given to pleasure (Isaiah 47:8). Babylon stove against the Lord (Jeremiah 50:24) and destroyed his holy temple (Jeremiah 50:28; 51:11). The people of Babylon were idolaters (Jeremiah 50:2-3; 51:40). They worshiped Bel, Nebo, and Marduk. The influences of these gods are easily detected in the names of many Babylonian kings such as Nabopolassar, Nebuchadnezzar and Nabonidus; Merodach-baladan and Evil-merodach. Babylon believed that they were innocent seeing that Judah had sinned against God's righteousness and were deserving of their demise (Jeremiah 50:7). Babylon rejoiced over the fall of Judah because they believed the victory to be deserving (Jeremiah 50:11). The Lord would punish Babylon (Jeremiah 50:18) and render to her...
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Babylon

Babylon was a fortified city within the region of southern Mesopotamia (modern south Iraq) known as Babylonia and later identified as Chaldea. Throughout the OT and NT Babylon stands as a city and nation opposed to God and his people. The development of Babylonia involves the demise of Judah at the providential hands of Jehovah God. Babylon would be God's battle axe against the rebellious people of Judah (Jeremiah 51:20). Jeremiah tells us that Babylon was God's servant providentially brought to power to bring down Jerusalem (Jeremiah 25:8-9; 51:20). Like fishermen with nets and hunters with bows they would come after those of Judah and none would escape (Jeremiah 16:16-17). Though Babylon was God's servant they were not above his divine laws. Eventually, their reign of terror would end at the hands of the Almighty (Jeremiah 25:12; 50•.14). Babylon Becomes a World Power The Assyrian Empire had reached a level of...
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