The Pharisee and the Publican!

Based on the writings of David Berg

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Throughout His life and ministry, Jesus often taught in PARABLES. One of the shortest, yet one of the most profound of all His parables was that of the Pharisee and the Publican. The Bible tells us that Jesus “spake this parable unto those who trusted in THEMSELVES, that THEY were righteous, and who therefore despised and looked down upon others.” (Luke 18:9)

Before we read the actual parable, it might be helpful to know exactly what a “Pharisee”,[...] read more

Debts and Debtors

A compilation

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As the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
—Psalm 103:11–12

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If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you.
—Psalm 130:3,4

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I know what it’s like to be wrongfully hurt. I know abuse. I know suffering. You know the story of My life on earth. You know[...] read more

Thoughts on Humility and Learning from Others

A compilation

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I love Peter 5:5: God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble. That single verse, I call it the law of favor, is at the core of my spiritual operating system.

God can’t bless pride. God won’t bless pride. But if we cultivate a posture of humility, you can’t stop God from blessing, from favoring, from gracing. All I know is this: I don’t want God opposing me! So my only option is to cultivate a spirit of humility.

I’m more and more convinced that [...] read more

Makings by Breakings!

Based on the writings of David Berg

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For those of us who know and love Jesus, our whole experience in this life is like a great SCHOOLING. The LORD is our Teacher Who wants to teach each of us all we need to know about Him and His Love, salvation and service, and to help us to be yielded to Him and obedient to His Word.

God knows that none of us will ever be able to really accomplish anything for Him and His Heavenly Kingdom in our OWN strength. In fact, Jesus said, “Without ME you[...] read more

The Benefits of Backsliding

God’s Way Up Is Down!

David Brandt Berg

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Someone asked me, “If you backslide”—meaning you revert to your old wrongful ways and attitudes after you’ve received Jesus as your Savior—”can you ever get back to the Lord as close as you were before?”

“Yes,” I answered, “and many times even closer!” Another question followed.

“After Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit and knew evil for the first time, they were afraid of God and hid when they heard His voice in the Garden of[...] read more

Who Deserves the Credit?

David Brandt Berg

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There is no worse pride than self-righteous religious pride. It causes some people to have no sympathy or compassion for anyone whom they perceive to be weaker in the faith or more sinful. The hypocritical religious people can be so proud of their own successes and righteousness that they look down on others and thank God that they are not like them—just like the Pharisee did in his prayer, when he wrongly commended himself for being more righteous than the tax collector[...] read more

The Argument Against Arguments!

Based on the writings of David Berg

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A boy once asked his father, “Dad, how do wars begin?”

“Well, take the First World War,” said his father. “That got started when Germany invaded Belgium.”

Immediately his wife interrupted him, “Tell the boy the truth! It began because somebody was assassinated!”

The husband drew himself up with an air of superiority and snapped back, “Are you answering the question or am I?”

Turning her back upon him[...] read more