What is the Old Testament?

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It is natural to assume the Old Testament is the first half of the Bible from Genesis to Malachi, but that’s not quite right. The Old Testament is a conditional contractual promise between God and the Jews. It is also known as: The Old Covenant, The First Covenant, The Ten Commandment Law (although that’s really just a part of the covenant), and for clarity it probably should be called The Mosaic Covenant. Covenant: Literally, a contract. In the Bible, an agreement Continue reading

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Christian versus the treadmill

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All the man-made religions of the world teach you how to improve your zeal and your work to make yourself right before God. This turns into an endless treadmill of working harder with more zeal to overcome your sins. Jesus Christ defeated the treadmill, and he wants to give you the victory. Don’t fall victim to these fails.

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You shall know the truth

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One of the most popularly quoted passages gets right to the heart of the Christian walk: truth and freedom. You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free. (John 8:32) Unfortunately, I think most people miss the point of this passage. Let’s look at the context of this verse and consider what Jesus was teaching.

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For God so loved the world

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This is probably the most well known Bible verse in the entire world. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16) Have you considered the kind of love it required for Jesus Christ to lower himself below the angels — to suffer and die a shameful cursed death — for sinful mankind?

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Abound in love for one another

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For God so loved the world This is the most well known Bible verse in the entire world. “For God so loved the world…” (John 3:16) Have you considered the kind of love it required? Have you considered the kind of love it required for Jesus Christ to lower himself below the angels — to suffer and die a shameful cursed death — for sinful mankind? With that perspective on the love of God, consider the kind of love we Continue reading

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Knit together in love

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Scientists have discovered that a grove of Live Oak trees is much stronger than a single tree because the deep roots are intertwined with neighboring trees. The Bible says Christians are stronger when they have deep roots of love that are intertwined with brothers and sisters. Watch this video on The Scene. That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, Continue reading

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What is “Sectarian”?

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We realize this is a natural tendency of human nature to distinguish between “us” and “them.” From the first man, Adam—who wanted God to know that he wasn’t as bad as his wife (Genesis 3:12)—all the way to you and me, pride wants us to exalt ourselves by humbling other people. As usual God wants it to be the other way around.

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What about Halloween?

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There are 3 different perspectives among Christianity. Part of each perspective is absolutely true. But, as always, the truth is more nuanced and more complicated than any one of these individual perspectives. We will try to present the perspectives and leave it between you and the Holy Spirit to lead your conscience to make choices for your situation.

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God has promised to deliver you

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No matter the pain and suffering you are going through right now, God has promised to deliver you from your struggle. He may not deliver you out of the trial, but he will definitely deliver you through the trial. The LORD is my light and my salvation–so why should I be afraid? The LORD is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble? (Psalm 27:1) God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Continue reading

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