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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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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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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What about keeping unity?

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This little verse has caused more fighting, more division, and more heartache than almost any other verse… Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:3) There are Christian groups teaching it is your responsibility, it is your work, and it is your endeavor that makes the unity in this verse. These groups teach unity is the result of correct doctrine, the result of correct walk, and the result of correct practices. Therefore, they teach, you have Continue reading

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The controversy of sin

For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God's glorious standard. (Romans 3:23)

The controversy of sin is not that we are sinners, that’s obvious. The controversy of sin is how badly we are sinners. The controversy of sin is not that God hates sin, that’s obvious. The controversy of sin is what God has done about sin. Remember, God has already revealed himself from heaven to the whole world… For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be Continue reading

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