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As He Is Holy (Part Two) (18-Aug-17)
by Ronny H. Graham
In Part One, we briefly examined what holiness is—“morally and spiritually excellent or perfect, to be revered; belonging to, devoted to, or empowered by God” (The Reader’s Digest Oxford Complete Wordfinder)—and found that ...
As He Is Holy (Part One) (11-Aug-17)
by Ronny H. Graham
What comes to mind when we hear the word “holy”? What does it mean for something to be holy? What is our attitude toward holy things? How do we react to hearing that something is holy? Years ago, ...
The Role of the Outcasts (Part Three) (04-Aug-17)
by David F. Maas
In the first two essays of this series, we have seen that God has a special role for the outcasts of society—rejects, castaways, and exiles. We have learned that such people ...
The Role of the Outcasts (Part Two) (28-Jul-17)
by David F. Maas
In the previous essay, we learned that God, in His supreme wisdom and sovereignty, carves out a singular role for rejects, off-scourings, and castaways. ...
The Role of the Outcasts (Part One) (21-Jul-17)
by David F. Maas
Have we ever wondered why God seems to delight in choosing the weak and base things of the world to demonstrate His work? In our reflective moments, do we ponder the significance ...
Is the Symbol of the Cross Idolatry? (Part Two) (14-Jul-17)
by Mike Ford
In Part One, we saw that the New Testament authors say Jesus was crucified on a stauros, which is a pole or stake. However, the “traditional” cross is a stake with a cross-member ...
Is the Symbol of the Cross Idolatry? (Part One) (07-Jul-17)
by Mike Ford
Most of us have watched a baseball game. Chances are we have all seen a batter about to enter the batter's box make the sign of the cross. Or perhaps we are basketball fans. We have seen it there too ...
Our Declaration of Independence (Part Two) (30-Jun-17)
by John Reiss
In Part One, we learned about America’s early struggle for independence and how the founders of the United States pledged their wealth, lives, and honor to bring it to pass. ...
Our Declaration of Independence (Part One) (23-Jun-17)
by John Reiss
Here in the United States, we are rapidly approaching our nation’s Independence Day. It was two hundred and forty-one years ago, on July 2, 1776—not July 4 as many people believe ...
Lessons From Roots (Part Three) (16-Jun-17)
by David C. Grabbe
In Part Two, we began to consider the Parable of the Barren Fig Tree: "He also spoke this parable: “A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none...."
Lessons From Roots (Part Two) (09-Jun-17)
by David C. Grabbe
In Part One, we began to dig into the biblical metaphor of producing fruit and the importance of the root to that process. ...
Lessons From Roots (Part One) (02-Jun-17)
by David C. Grabbe
Jesus Christ declares that among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist (Matthew 11:11; Luke 7:28). John was the forerunner of the Messiah ...
Patterns of Resistance (Part Two) (26-May-17)
by Joseph B. Baity
In Part One, we learned that among the patterns woven through God’s Word is a typical pattern of resistance against God, one that resides at the heart of every human sin: ...
Patterns of Resistance (Part One) (19-May-17)
by Joseph B. Baity
English novelist and essayist, George Orwell wrote, “Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious.” The claim of intelligence notwithstanding, sometimes it helps ...
Eulogizing God (12-May-17)
by Dan Elmore
While considering the Passover season, it occurred to me that God and His Son, Jesus Christ, deserve a eulogy! What is a eulogy? The Oxford English Dictionary defines it as “a speech or ...”
The Law Continues (05-May-17)
by Charles Whitaker
Deuteronomy 29:29 contains one of the final thoughts of Moses before he went up Mount Nebo to die and before Israel crossed the River Jordan into the Promised Land: “The secret things belong to the LORD ..."
Hur (Part Two) (28-Apr-17)
by John Reiss
In Part One, we learned about Hur, the son of Caleb, a Jew whom Exodus 17:8-13 records as helping Aaron hold up Moses’ hands to secure a victory against the attacking Amalekites. ...
Hur (Part One) (21-Apr-17)
by John Reiss
Romans 15:4 reads in the New International Version, “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures ...
Why Do We Observe Unleavened Bread? (Part Three) (14-Apr-17)
by David C. Grabbe
The spiritual strength required to overcome is a result of eating the Bread of Life continually, and that Bread is available only to those whom He has delivered from spiritual Egypt. But to approach overcoming without that is to imply that we can overcome on our own—thus that we have no need of a Savior after our forgiveness. ...
Why Do We Observe Unleavened Bread? (Part Two) (07-Apr-17)
by David C. Grabbe
Exodus 12:19-20 gives a third, vital aspect of this Feast: We must eat nothing leavened nor have leavening in our houses. ...




 

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