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Basic Course 2

God’s Word - Issue 2 of Basic Course

Just as you wouldn't think of taking a trip into the unknown without a map, you shouldn't try to make your way through life on your own--and you don't need to. God has given you a sure guide, His Word.

01-02-2009
Communicating with God
Communicating with God

Genuine, lasting friendship is built on communication. You know how it is with a close friend—you share your thoughts, they understand you, you understand them. That’s how Jesus wants to be with us. He wants our close friendship, not merely a distant relationship. And for that friendship to grow, communication is essential. Directing our thoughts and needs to Jesus in prayer is one side of this communication; hearing from Him is the other. He reveals His thoughts to us through His Word—both the recorded Word in the Bible and the living Word that He speaks to our hearts when we...

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01-02-2009
The Big Rocks
The Big Rocks

An expert on the subject of time management was speaking to a group of business students. He stood in front of these high-powered overachievers, pulled out a one-gallon, wide-mouthed Mason jar, and set it on a table in front of him. Then he produced about a dozen fist-sized rocks and carefully placed them, one at a time, into the jar.  When the jar was filled to the top and no more rocks would fit inside, he asked, “Is this jar full?”

Everyone in the class said, “Yes.”

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01-02-2009
Prayer for the Day: Worries

Jesus, sometimes I get all wound up and worried, but when I stop and give my problems to You to work out, You always do—starting with me. You remind me that everything’s under Your control, that You’re right here with me to help, and that nothing is too hard for You. You take everything so calmly and approach every problem so positively that my worries and fears just melt away. You replace them with faith and trust in You, and that makes all the difference in the world!

I need Your help again, Jesus. I give my latest batch of worries...

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01-02-2009
Navigating Life
Navigating Life

The One Sure Guide to Successful Living

If you were going on a long voyage, you would bring along a navigational chart, wouldn’t you? Well, you are on a long voyage—life—and the One who knows the way has instructed some of His men to draw a detailed chart to help you make it safely to your final destination. To say you don’t have time to read God’s chart, the Bible, is like a sailor heading out to sea and saying, “Well, I’m in such a hurry to get where I’m going that I don’t have time to look at the...

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01-02-2009
Priorities
Priorities

If today was your last day and you knew it, how much time would you spend on things that mean nothing in the scope of eternity? Your minutes would be extremely valuable, and you would choose to spend them on the things that were most important to you. The things of the world would seem pointless—almost offensive to your spirit. You would want to love those dearest to you, and to make sure they know how much they mean to you. You would be righting any wrongs and working out anything that had come between you. If you have ever...

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01-02-2009
Daily Word: Your new life of love
Daily Word: Your new life of love

One of the very best habits you can ever form is that of spending a little time each day reading and studying the Bible and Bible-based Christian literature. Start by devoting 15 minutes a day, and then increase it to 30 minutes or more as time goes on. As you read God’s Word and try to follow it, your life will become deeper, you’ll be happier and have more peace of mind, and you’ll have more love for and understanding of others. It doesn’t all happen in one day, but it does happen.

Having an ongoing reading project—reading through all four...

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01-02-2009
You Are What You “Eat”
You Are What You “Eat”

Somebody once said, “You are what you read.” It’s like the saying about health, “You are what you eat,” physically. Well, you are what you read, mentally and spiritually. And the same is true of movies, TV, music, and other forms of input, like the Internet and computer games. Tell me what kind of input someone enjoys most, and I can usually tell what that person’s spiritual condition is like.

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01-02-2009
Let It Flow
Let It Flow

I was in India, a few days before the monsoon season arrived...

Everyone in India looks forward to the monsoon. You can read predictions of its arrival and follow its daily progress around the country in the newspapers. The heavy rains clean the dirt that has accumulated over the months. The rains also help to cool things down. Without them, not much will grow. The monsoon is India’s lifeblood.

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01-02-2009
“Abide in Me, And I in You.”
“Abide in Me, And I in You.”

In the beautiful 15th chapter of John, Jesus says, “I am the Vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.” (John 15:5–6) If ever you, as a branch, don’t abide in the Vine, Christ—if you don’t abide in His love and His Word—then you will become unfruitful and withered, and you will be...

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01-02-2009
Answers from God
Answers from God

For all the negative things we say to ourselves, God has given us His positive responses in the Bible.

 

You say, “It’s impossible.”

God says, “All things are possible with Me” (Matthew 19:26).

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01-02-2009
The Parables of Jesus
The Parables of Jesus

When Jesus spoke to the multitudes, He often explained deep truths by means of parables—stories about common events, circumstances, and things that His listeners could easily relate to. Times have changed, but the timeless truths contained in the parables of Jesus are just as relevant today and just as feeding to our souls as they were to those who first heard them 2,000 years ago! Bon appétit!

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01-02-2009
True Values
True Values

Jesus said, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.” (Luke 12:15). Living, the real thing, doesn’t consist of things at all, because things cannot truly satisfy. They may temporarily satisfy the body, but they can never satisfy the soul or the spirit that cries out to God its Father for the joy and happiness and the eternal fulfillment that only God can give.

—David Brandt Berg

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01-02-2009
The Future Foretold

By Michael Roy and Scott MacGregor

As events unfold in the third millennium, many of us can’t help but wonder what the future holds for us and our planet. Are we on the threshold of a brave New World Order, with “peace and plenty for all”? Or are we tottering on the brink of unprecedented chaos and disaster?

Biblical prophets foretold many specifics about today’s world. Their predictions, now two to three thousand years old, accurately depict conditions and events that have either already taken place or will soon—quite possibly during our lifetime.

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01-02-2009
How to Get the Most from Life
How to Get the Most from Life

It’s sad how so many people are content to just let life pass them by. Sure, they may be busy keeping up or trying to get ahead, and they may fill every spare moment with activities that they hope will be relaxing and enjoyable, but where is all that busy activity taking them? When do they really live?

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