Hector Ruiz @AirborneGrunt67
17 June, 06:37
VERSE OF THE DAY
Psalm 68:4-5 (New King James Version)

Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Extol Him who rides on the clouds, By His name Yah, And rejoice before Him. A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, Is God in His holy habitation.

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Hector Ruiz @AirborneGrunt67
17 June, 06:35
The Impartiality of God - Drawing Near - John MacArthur

"My brethren, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of personal favoritism" (James 2:1).
Because God is impartial, we as Christians must be impartial too.

People are prone to treat others differently based upon external criteria such as looks, possessions, or social status, but God is utterly impartial. He never shows favoritism and always judges righteously.

Favoritism can be defined as a preferential attitude and treatment of a person or group over another having equal claims and rights. It is unjustified partiality. James 2:1-13 confronts it as sin and admonishes us to avoid it at all costs.

God's impartiality is seen throughout Scripture. For example, Moses said to the people of Israel, "The Lord your God is the God of gods and the Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God who does not show partiality, nor take a bribe. He executes justice for the orphan and the

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Hector Ruiz @AirborneGrunt67
17 June, 06:33
Discovering God’s Path - In Touch Ministries - Charles Stanley

The Lord wants to show you His will—do you want to know what it is?

Psalms 25:4-5

Perhaps you have wondered, Does God have a specific plan for my life? And if He does, is it possible to know what the plan is? These are questions many Christians have grappled with at some point. And there’s good news—the answer to both is a resounding yes! God has a plan for each believer’s life. Moreover, He wants us to know and walk the path He has for us.

Sometimes we make the idea of finding the Lord’s will more complicated than it needs to be. He’s not playing hide and seek with His will. There are three simple things we can do to discover His best path for our life:

We must have a sincere desire for God’s guidance, trusting that He will direct us in His perfect timing (John 16:13).

We should seek the Lord through His Word. After all, the Bible is one of the primary tools He uses to make His will and His ways apparen

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Hector Ruiz @AirborneGrunt67
16 June, 09:29
VERSE OF THE DAY
Psalm 103:13 (New King James Version)

As a father pities his children, So the Lord pities those who fear Him.

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Hector Ruiz @AirborneGrunt67
16 June, 09:25
Taking Spiritual Inventory - Drawing Near - John MacArthur

"This is pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father . . . to keep oneself unstained by the world" (James 1:27).
God doesn’t tolerate compromise with the world.

Keeping yourself unstained by the world is an important test of your spiritual condition. The apostle John said, "Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him" (1 John 2:15). At first glance that might sound contradictory since God Himself so loved the world that He gave His Son to die for it (John 3:16). But John 3:16 refers to the inhabited earth—the people for whom Christ died. First John 2:15 refers to the evil world system in which we live, which includes the life-styles, philosophies, morality, and ethics of our sinful culture. That world and everything it produces is passing away (1 John 2:16-17).

James 4:4 says, "You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship w

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Hector Ruiz @AirborneGrunt67
16 June, 09:14
The Father’s Protection - In Touch Ministries - Charles Stanley

Though life isn't always easy, we ultimately have nothing to fear, because God is always by our side.

Psalms 18:1-3

All good fathers and mothers want to protect their children. You can no doubt recall inspiring reports of a parent running into a burning house to rescue a child, donating an organ to a son or daughter, or sacrificing mightily to give young ones a better, safer life. Stories like these are not only heartwarming but also encouraging—they point us toward the greater reality of God as the One ultimately responsible for our safety. Earthly parents go to great lengths to shelter their little ones, but our heavenly Father is able to do so much more than we could ever ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20).

Look at the qualities David attributes to God in today’s verses. He calls God his strength, his rock, his fortress, and his shield, just to list a few. When we think about the Lord’s presence in our life, t

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Hector Ruiz @AirborneGrunt67
15 June, 08:13
VERSE OF THE DAY
Proverbs 23:24 (New King James Version)

The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice, And he who begets a wise child will delight in him.

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Hector Ruiz @AirborneGrunt67
15 June, 08:11
Demonstrating Sacrificial Love - Drawing Near - John MacArthur

"This is pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father, to visit orphans and widows in their distress" (James 1:27).
Sacrificial love is the hallmark of true Christianity.

Recently a local newspaper reported the story of a young woman who had been brutally beaten, sexually assaulted, repeatedly stabbed, then dumped down a hillside and left for dead. Miraculously she survived the attack and crawled up the hill to a spot along the road where several people were parked enjoying the panoramic view of the city.

Covered with blood from head to foot, she went from car to car pleading for help, only to have one person after another roll up their windows and drive away. No one wanted to get involved. Finally someone came to her rescue and took her to a hospital where she was treated for her wounds. The article went on to describe the anger of her rescuer toward those who turned their backs on the woman's c

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15 June, 08:04
A Joyful Heart - In Touch Ministries - Charles Stanley

No matter what is happening around us, we can rejoice in our Father's presence.

Psalms 16:7-9

Are you happy? Your answer likely depends on what’s happening in your life right now. If things are going well, your health is good, and you have strong relationships, you may say, “Yes, I’m content.” The problem is that happiness is a fleeting emotion. When conditions change for the worse, it scurries out the door. But joy doesn’t.

Even though happiness and joy are often thought of as synonymous, they are actually quite different. Happiness is temporary because it’s based on our external circumstances, but joy can be a constant state—something that’s present no matter what’s going on in our life. That’s because joy is the result of God’s presence within us. It’s an internal condition that is unaffected by life’s difficulties.

David was able to say his heart was glad (Ps. 16:9) because he had discovered the key to walking i

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Hector Ruiz @AirborneGrunt67
14 June, 06:57
VERSE OF THE DAY
Philippians 3:20 (New King James Version)

For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,

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Hector Ruiz @AirborneGrunt67
14 June, 06:37
Defining True Religion - Drawing Near - John MacAtrhur

"This is pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father, to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world" (James 1:27).
True religion produces holiness and sacrificial love.

In this verse James continues his practical and penetrating assessment of true faith. So far he has said in effect, "Don't just study the Bible—obey it! Don't just dabble in external religion—have pure speech!" Now he adds, "Don't just say you're religious—demonstrate sacrificial love! Don't just claim to love God—live a pure life!" Shallow claims to Christianity meant nothing to him. He wanted to see godly attitudes and righteous deeds.

The apostle John used the same approach when he wrote, "The one who says he abides in [Christ] ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked. . . . The one who loves his brother abides in the light and there is no cause for stumbling in him. But the one

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Hector Ruiz @AirborneGrunt67
14 June, 06:35
Beyond Our Grasp - In Touch Ministries - Charles Stanley

Love motivates us to move toward others—even when there are obstacles.

Philippians 2:5-8

Jesus was the perfect model of servanthood. He “emptied Himself by taking the form of a bond-servant ... He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death” (Philippians 2:7-8). In other words, Jesus laid aside His divine nature to redeem us and save us from our sins.

In verse 5, Paul tells us that we, too, should have this attitude. But we aren’t called to sacrifice ourselves for mankind’s salvation, so is this same kind of humility even possible for us? Yes, by refusing to let our need for certainty and security keep us from approaching and, more importantly, loving and accepting those around us.

As Christians, we know that others have not yet embraced the reality and promise of the gospel. Ask yourself, How would Jesus approach them? Today’s passage tells us: He was God, but He emptied Himself. He humbly reached

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Hector Ruiz @AirborneGrunt67
13 June, 06:27
VERSE OF THE DAY
Luke 11:13 (New King James Version)

If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”

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Hector Ruiz @AirborneGrunt67
13 June, 06:25
Speaking from a Pure Heart - Drawing Near - John MacArthur

"If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man's religion is worthless" (James 1:26).
Your speech reveals the condition of your heart.

In verse 22 James talked about the delusion of hearing the Word without obeying it. Here he talks about the deception of external religious activity without internal purity of heart.

That's a common deception. Many people confuse love of religious activity with love for God. They may go through the mechanics of reading the Bible, attending church, praying, giving money, or singing songs, but in reality their hearts are far from God. That kind of deception can be very subtle. That's why James disregards mere claims to Christianity and confronts our motives and obedience to the Word. Those are the acid tests!

James was selective in the word he used for "religious." Rather than using the common Greek word that speaks o

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13 June, 06:22
In the Interest of Others - In Touch Ministries - Charles Stanley

When we put the welfare of others before our own, we are loving like Jesus.

Philippians 2:3-4

We live in a world where taking care of yourself first is often top priority. But in his letter to the Philippians, Paul suggested that Christians are to operate differently. “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit,” he wrote, “but with humility consider one another as more important than yourselves” (2:3).

Today, it might be easy to miss how radical this statement was in the first century. Let’s look at Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount for a moment (Matthew 5:1-48). In order to get to the gospel’s higher standard for humility, the Lord pushed beyond what His followers might have expected. Treating others as well as you treat yourself is a start, but go further and you will see how radical Jesus’ humility was (Philippians 2:5-8).

Cultivating this kind of humility requires more than simply acting humble. That’s wh

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Hector Ruiz @AirborneGrunt67
12 June, 06:33
VERSE OF THE DAY
Psalm 19:1-2 (New King James Version)

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.
The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge.

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Hector Ruiz @AirborneGrunt67
12 June, 06:32
Persevering in the Word - Drawing Near - John MacArthur

"One who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man shall be blessed in what he does" (James 1:25).
Doers of the Word are persevering learners.

The phrase "and abides by it" in James 1:25 demands our close attention. "Abide" translates a Greek word that means "to stay beside," "remain," or "continue." The idea is that a doer of the Word continually and habitually gazes into God's perfect law. In other words, he is a persevering learner.

When you have that level of commitment to the Word, you will be an effectual doer—one who is in union with God's will and seeks to obey it above all else. As you do, God will bless you. That doesn't necessarily mean you'll be successful in the eyes of the world, but your priorities and perspectives will be right and the Lord will honor what you do.

This verse is a call to carefully examin

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12 June, 06:29
A Heartfelt Love - In Touch Ministries - Charles Stanley

Real unity comes as we seek the good of others—even when we disagree with them.

Philippians 2:1-2

In today’s passage, Paul uses three different Greek words to describe love, which is essential to unity. In verse 1, he tells us that God’s gracious love brings Christians paramuthion (which means “comfort”—see NIV) and enables us to love one another. So, what kind of love do we have for one another?

Paul’s other two words can help us answer that. He first mentions splagchnon, which is translated as “affection.” This is the deep and abiding love that we direct toward God. Strong’s Concordance says that it comes from our “inward parts”—what the Bible calls the “heart.”

The last of Paul’s three words is oiktirmos (compassion); it speaks of the source of mercy and indicates a desire for another person’s good. Our model for this kind of love is God, who is “compassionate and merciful” (Exodus 34:6). In Him, we can love ot

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Hector Ruiz @AirborneGrunt67
11 June, 06:38
VERSE OF THE DAY
Psalm 46:10 (New King James Version)

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!

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Hector Ruiz @AirborneGrunt67
11 June, 06:37
Gazing into the Perfect Law - Drawing Near - John MacArthur

"One who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man shall be blessed in what he does" (James 1:25).
God blesses you when you obey His Word.

James 1:21-24 contrasts hearers of the Word and doers of the Word. Hearers don't respond to Scripture or benefit from its truths—though they may study it in depth. Doers receive it in humility and obey its commands. James 1:25 adds that they are blessed in what they do. That means there is blessing in the very act of obedience.

James calls Scripture "the perfect law, the law of liberty" (v. 25). It is "law" because it's God's obligatory behavioral code. Grace doesn't eliminate God's moral law—it gives us the spiritual resources to obey it, and forgiveness when we fail. That's how Jesus fulfills the law in us (cf. Matt. 5:17).

Scripture is "the perfect law" because it is complete,

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11 June, 06:35
Fellowship in the Spirit - In Touch Ministries - Charles Stanley

Are you experiencing deep connection with other believers and participating in God's work on earth?

1 John 1:1-4

Most churches have a fellowship hall—a space where members gather for all kinds of events other than worship services. Getting out of the pew and interacting with our brothers and sisters in Christ fosters a deep sense of community.

Paul describes this kind of togetherness as “being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose” (Philippians 2:2). Our Bibles usually translate it as “fellowship of the Spirit” (Philippians 2:1).

But today, the word fellowship has lost some of its original impact. To recapture what it was meant to convey, let’s examine the word Paul uses in that verse. The Greek term koinonia means what we use the English word fellowship to express—that is, connection and camaraderie with others.

What’s more, koinonia carries a sense of pa

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Hector Ruiz @AirborneGrunt67
10 June, 06:37
VERSE OF THE DAY
Colossians 3:13 (New King James Version)

bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.

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Hector Ruiz @AirborneGrunt67
10 June, 06:35
Applying the Word Without Delay - Drawing Near - John MacArthur

"If anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was" (James 1:23-24).
Always respond immediately to what you know to be God’s will for you.

Men, have you ever been at work and touched your face, only to realize that you forgot to shave? Perhaps you were distracted by your wife's call to breakfast or by one of the kids. Ladies, have you ever been out in public and suddenly realized that you forgot to apply some of your makeup? Those are common occurrences that illustrate what it means to hear God's Word but fail to respond.

James 1:23 says, "If anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror." "Looks" doesn't refer to a casual glance but to a careful, cautious, observant stare. This person is tak

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10 June, 06:33
Together in Comfort - In Touch Ministries - Charles Stanley

Because of God's unwavering love, we are fully equipped to care for others.

1 John 4:19-21

What advantage is there to living in unity? Paul suggests one benefit is the “comfort from love” that we find in Christ (Phil. 2:1 ESV). Comfort, we understand—the modern world prizes it above most things. But while the world has made this desire the goal of an endless pursuit, Paul teaches that God’s love provides it.

The Lord describes Himself as “merciful and compassionate” (Ps. 145:8 NLT). That’s why, as the Israelites prepared to enter the Promised Land, Moses could tell them, “The Lord your God loves you” (Deuteronomy 23:5). And when those same people went into exile and captivity again, God reminded them through Jeremiah, “I have loved you with an everlasting love” (Jeremiah 31:3). Then in the New Testament, Jesus told Nicodemus that God’s rescue plan is based on His love (John 3:16). In short, we experience comfort b

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Hector Ruiz @AirborneGrunt67
09 June, 09:35
VERSE OF THE DAY
Matthew 7:13-14 (New King James Version)

“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

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Hector Ruiz @AirborneGrunt67
09 June, 09:34
Avoiding Spiritual Delusion - Drawing Near - John MacArthur

"Prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves" (James 1:22).
It’s a delusion to think you can hear God’s Word, then disobey it without cost.

Matthew 7:21-23 records the tragic results of spiritual delusion. Jesus says, "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?' And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.'"

Jesus made a clear distinction between those who merely claim to be Christians and those who truly are. The difference is, true believers do the will of the Father. In the words of James, they are doers of the Word, not merely hearers who delude themselves.

"Hearers" in James 1:22 t

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09 June, 09:32
Encouraged by Christ - In Touch Ministries - Charles Stanley

We can live and love like Jesus because of all He has done for us.

John 17:20-21

“Be strong and courageous,” the Lord told Joshua repeatedly as he prepared to lead the people of Israel into the Promised Land (Joshua 1:6-7; Joshua 1:9; Joshua 1:18). We, too, are trying to live God-honoring lives in a fallen world (though we’ll face different challenges than Joshua encountered), and we need encouragement just as much as he did.

The reassurance we receive from God does more than help us obey Him. It is also foundational for Christian unity (1 Corinthians 1:10), which in turn motivates us to live and love as Jesus commanded. So, if we are to “be one,” as the Lord prayed in John 17, it’s helpful to remember what God has done for all of us who believe in Him.

Start by considering your own life. If you know Christ, then at some point, you heard the gospel and responded in faith. God forgave and redeemed you, giving y

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08 June, 07:37
VERSE OF THE DAY
Habakkuk 3:19 (New King James Version)

The Lord God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet, And He will make me walk on my high hills. To the Chief Musician. With my stringed instruments.

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08 June, 07:36
Being a Doer of the Word - Drawing Near - John MacArthur

"Prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves" (James 1:22).
A doer of the Word obeys what Scripture says.

Effective Bible study is built on three key questions: What does the Bible say? What does it mean? How does it apply to my life? Each of those questions is important, but applying the Word must always be the highest goal. Knowledge without application is useless.

Both the Old and New Testaments emphasize the importance of applying Scripture. For example, just prior to leading the Israelites into the Promised Land, Joshua received this message from God: "This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success" (Josh. 1:8). That's a command to be a doer of the Word—one who receives, studies, an

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08 June, 07:34
The Blessings of Inadequacy - In Touch Ministries - Charles Stanley

Will you choose to be limited by what you can do, or will you trust God and be amazed by what He can do?

2 Corinthians 3:1-6

Paul never said he was capable of doing all that God called him to do. He simply learned to look beyond his own inadequacy to the sufficiency of Christ. And if we adopt the same practice, we’ll be able to discover the blessings hidden in our own experiences of inadequacy. So keep in mind:

Our insufficiency should drive us to God. When we realize a situation is bigger than we can handle, we ought to quickly open the Bible and diligently pray for guidance and power. Inadequacy relieves us of the burden of self-effort and self-reliance, motivating dependency on divine power instead.

We’ll never be adequate until we draw from the Holy Spirit’s inexhaustible strength. He does in and through us what God never intended that we do on our own. By using inadequate people, God demonstrates t

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