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A God of Many Dimensions (29-Dec-17)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
God has 'soft' virtues, which most churches proclaim loudly and often, and 'hard' ones, which get little attention. God has having a range of character traits.
Time to Repent (Part Three) (22-Dec-17)
by David C. Grabbe
God is always working for salvation. He creates situations and events--from smitten consciences to large-scale calamities--to lead us to the right path.
Time to Repent (Part Two) (15-Dec-17)
by David C. Grabbe
Part One explained that God’s general pattern is to allow people time to repent rather than instantly executing the death penalty. ...
Time to Repent (Part One) (08-Dec-17)
by David C. Grabbe
More time to change does not always lead to more repentance. It may actually increase the danger that we will adjust to the sin and think it acceptable.
Be Happy (Part Two) (01-Dec-17)
by Gary Montgomery
God has made it possible through His Spirit for us to be optimistic and happy even in a world that seems to be crumbling around us.
Be Happy (Part One) (24-Nov-17)
by Gary Montgomery
As we age, the pressures of life, work, and experience all contribute to wearing us down. Only a few seem to have learned to remain happy despite hardship.
What Makes a True Disciple? (Part Two) (17-Nov-17)
by Clyde Finklea
We saw in Part One that the defining, identifying trait of Christ’s disciples is that they show love for each other just as Christ loved His disciples (John 13:34-35). ...
What Makes a True Disciple? (Part One) (10-Nov-17)
by Clyde Finklea
How does God identify Himself with His disciples today? No miracle manifests itself when He sends His Spirit, but the Spirit begins producing miraculous changes.
Consider Before You Speak (03-Nov-17)
by John O. Reid (1930-2016)
In Hebrews 6:1, the author tells us to put the discussion of basic Christian tenets behind us and move forward to perfection. As he had just written in Hebrews 5:14, ...
The Golden Rule (Part Two) (27-Oct-17)
by John Reiss
Converted members of God’s church have a blessing that absolutely no one else in the world has: Christians have a true understanding of living as God Himself lives. ...
The Golden Rule (Part One) (20-Oct-17)
by John Reiss
Paul admonishes us in Ephesians 4:32 to “be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. As Christians, we have a responsibility to be kind ...
Hope and Refuge (Part Three) (29-Sep-17)
by Mike Ford
The author of Hebrews writes in Hebrews 6:17-18: "Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath, that by two immutable things ..."
Hope and Refuge (Part Two) (22-Sep-17)
by Mike Ford
If we make it to the city of refuge safely, we have the hope of eventual freedom and forgiveness of our sin in the death of the high priest--Jesus Christ.
Hope and Refuge (Part One) (15-Sep-17)
by Mike Ford
In common usage, we use 'hope' in place of 'wish'. But originally, it had a different meaning, that a person had confidence in a future result coming to pass.
Fearing God at the Feast (Part Three) (08-Sep-17)
by David C. Grabbe
The Feast is not a celebration just for the sake of having a good time. Our festivities should focus on God's faithfulness, rejoicing in all He did during the year.
Fearing God at the Feast (Part Two) (01-Sep-17)
by David C. Grabbe
Though no verse directly states it, a unifying factor in the instructions for the Feast is God's faithfulness, which will lead us to the proper fear of Him.
Fearing God at the Feast (Part One) (25-Aug-17)
by David C. Grabbe
What we learn and experience at the Feast of Tabernacles should keep us in the proper fear of God for the rest of the year. Here's how to approach the Feast.
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
Why does God carve out a special role for rejects, off-scourings, and castaways? Are there characteristics of outcasts and 'undesirables' that we should copy?
Is the Symbol of the Cross Idolatry? (Part Two) (14-Jul-17)
by Mike Ford
Nowhere in the Bible are we told to venerate the symbol of the cross. The early church certainly did not. It was introduced into Catholic churches in AD 431.
Is the Symbol of the Cross Idolatry? (Part One) (07-Jul-17)
by Mike Ford
Will wearing a silver cross around the neck keep a person from harm? Will it stay the hand of Satan? Superstitions about the cross arose long before Christ.
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
Imagine a man studying the Bible for two hours a day. But if he then spends his other waking hours watching cartoons, he will derive little benefit from study.
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
Fruit is not produced immediately; it is produced only when a plant is both mature and stable enough that mere survival is no longer its top priority.
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
We should want to share our stories of God's intervention and providence and the joys of our calling. We should want to pay tribute to our great, sovereign God.
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
Little is known about Hur, but this leader must have been important to be standing with Moses and Aaron. Here is the story of this faithful, unsung hero.
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
If we overlook God's deliverance or neglect the eating of unleavened bread, we will be unable to perform the putting away of sin that God requires.
Why Do We Observe Unleavened Bread? (Part One) (31-Mar-17)
by David C. Grabbe
The fundamental reason that God gives for the Feast of Unleavened Bread is to remember His deliverance. He delivered Israel physically, but us spiritually.
The Covenant of Blood (Part Two) (24-Mar-17)
by Ronny H. Graham
God takes special care to teach Israel about the sacrifices, which involved shedding the blood of countless animals to remind the people of their sins.
The Covenant of Blood (Part One) (17-Mar-17)
by Ronny H. Graham
With the Bible's first mention of blood, it is metaphorically crying out to God. Later, God says 'But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.'
Pruning and Cleansing (10-Mar-17)
by Charles Whitaker
Jesus takes away unproductive branches and prunes productive ones. Both actions involve cutting, but the reasons for and the results of God's cutting are different.
The Word of the Lord Is Good (Part Two) (03-Mar-17)
by Mike Fuhrer
In Part One, we saw that, in some ways, King Hezekiah of Judah was a mixed bag spiritually. Although Scripture lists him as one of the best kings of Judah, he made significant mistakes ...
The Word of the Lord Is Good (Part One) (24-Feb-17)
by Mike Fuhrer
The life of Judah’s King Hezekiah, including his prayer life, offers a mighty challenge and example for us today. Note what II Kings 18:3-7 has to say about him: ...
Overcoming Troubled Hearts (Part Two) (17-Feb-17)
by Clyde Finklea
In Part One, we considered how fear, when combined with unbelief, can turn us aside from following our Savior Jesus Christ and endanger our chance to be included among God's firstfruits. ...
Overcoming Troubled Hearts (Part One) (10-Feb-17)
by Clyde Finklea
Without question, we live in a strife-ridden world, one torn by wars, by famine, by disease and sickness, by destructive natural disasters, by injustices and corrupt governments run by self-seeking politicians ...
Life Doesn't Work on a Balance Sheet (Part Three) (03-Feb-17)
by David C. Grabbe
The fact that God Himself grieves over human sinfulness and the separation it causes—which we learned in Part Two—begs the question of why God created an order where even He and the Word are not immune to suffering. ...
Life Doesn't Work on a Balance Sheet (Part Two) (27-Jan-17)
by David C. Grabbe
As we saw in Part One, Hebrews 5:7-10 describes a facet of Christ’s suffering: "... who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications ..."
Life Doesn't Work on a Balance Sheet (Part One) (20-Jan-17)
by David C. Grabbe
We hear the phrase so often that it has become a cliché: “Why do bad things happen to good people?” It is typically asked in times of catastrophe, such as when natural disasters strike or the apparently undeserving suffer violence. ...
Compassion (Part Two) (13-Jan-17)
by John Reiss
Having learned in Part One about biblical compassion, we can see no better example of it than the sacrifice our Savior made for us. ...
Compassion (Part One) (06-Jan-17)
by John Reiss
The apostle Paul instructs us in Colossians 3:12 (New International Version), “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion." We all like to think that we are tender-hearted ...




 

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