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NT Fire Starters – Day 283: Colossians 4:2-18

READ: Colossians 4:2-18 THINK: Have you ever prayed for God’s direction, then waited…and waited–seemingly with no…

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NT Fire Starters – Day 282: Colossians 3:1-4:1

READ: Colossians 3:1–4:1 THINK: What’s the focus of your life? What are you known for? What are your highest priorities? What…

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NT Fire Starters – Day 281: Colossians 2:6-23

READ: Colossians 2:6-23 THINK: Educated people are often convinced that knowledge brings freedom and enlightenment. But this is the case…

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NT Fire Starters – Day 280: Colossians 1:24-2:5

READ: Colossians 1:24–2:5 THINK: Bank tellers and others who frequently handle money are typically taught to recognize counterfeit…

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NT Fire Starters – Day 279: Colossians 1:1-23

READ: Colossians 1:1-23 THINK: Imagine you went to the mall and did a survey asking “Who is Jesus, and what is He all about?”…

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NT Fire Starters – Day 278: Philippians 4:4-23

READ: Philippians 4:4-23 THINK: There’s an ailment that’s reaching pandemic proportions in America: chronic discontentment.…

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NT Fire Starters – Day 277: Philippians 3:12-4:3

READ: Philippians 3:12–4:3 THINK: Chances are, there are some things in your life you’d like to forget, and a few other things…

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NT Fire Starters – Day 276: Philippians 2:19-3:11

READ: Philippians 2:19–3:11 THINK: What are the most important things in your life–the people, the passions, the priorities, the…

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NT Fire Starters – Day 275: Philippians 2:1-18

READ: Philippians 2:1-18 THINK: The term “Christian” literally implies being like Christ. As His follower, that should be your…

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NT Fire Starters – Day 274: Philippians 1:1-30

READ: Philippians 1:1-30 THINK: What makes you happy? The thing about happiness is that it usually depends on something else. But joy is…

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NT Fire Starters – Day 273: Ephesians 6:10-24

READ: Ephesians 6:10-24 THINK: Many teens are into gaming, and among the most popular games are those with combat or war themes. Most people…

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NT Fire Starters – Day 272: Ephesians 5:21-6:9

READ: Ephesians 5:21–6:9 THINK: Submission isn’t easy. Most people like to feel in charge–especially of their own lives.…

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NT Fire Starters – Day 271: Ephesians 5:3-20

READ: Ephesians 5:3-20 THINK: Have you ever kept something secret until someone convinced you to give them a hint? It doesn’t take…

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NT Fire Starters – Day 270: Ephesians 4:17-5:2

READ: Ephesians 4:17-5:2 THINK: Do you tend to think before your speak? Or are you more likely to say what’s on your mind? The fact is…

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NT Fire Starters – Day 269: Ephesians 4:1-16

READ: Ephesians 4:1-16 THINK: Are you a leader or a follower? In God’s kingdom, both of these roles are vital in each of our lives. As…

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God’s Purposes, Our Grief – Genesis 35

God’s call and our commitment do not exempt us from hardships. Having recently escaped Esau’s wrath after wrestling with the angel of…

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God’s Goodness Messed Up

Genesis lavishly depicts God’s goodness, but also warns of the consequences of choosing to reject that goodness. Genesis 1 emphasizes that…

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Faith No Matter What The Cost – Genesis 22

Abraham offers a great model of faith. He followed God’s promise when he left behind his homeland (Genesis 12; see Genesis 12:1; Genesis…

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Thoughts About The First Five Commandments – Exodus 20:1-12

The first few commandments of the Ten Commandments teach us a great deal about our relationship with God in general. Understanding Obedience…

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The Unexpected Deliverer – Exodus 2

Often we wonder why God does not seem to be answering our prayers. But I learned an important insight from older members in some…

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Contemporary Christian Worship? – Exodus 25

What matters about worship is whom it addresses: the true God. As far as music styles or other features, they often fit the culture…

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The Christ of the Gospels Lives in Us

Paul wrote about Christ living and working in us as believers (e.g., Romans 8:9-10; 2 Corinthians 13:5; Galatians 4:19; Colossians 1:27; cf.…

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Why it is Important to Study the Bible in Context

Context is the way God gave us the Bible, one book at a time. The first readers of Mark could not flip over to Revelation to help them…

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Is God Still the Same?

I am the Lord, I change not – Malachi 3:6 It has been suggested that the Old Testament describes God as being very austere. Biblical…

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Once-Saved, Always-Saved? Maybe Not

There are different definitions of once-saved-always-saved, and in this post I am challenging only one version. The point is not to make…

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How Can There Be Three Persons in One Trinity?

How can we speak of more than one “person” within the Trinity? And what implications does this idea have for our lives? Here I’m not…

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When Prophecies Don’t Happen

For various reasons, prophecies sometimes don’t happen. Sometimes (perhaps often, especially from untested prophets) they’re false,…

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Jesus’s Mission

Jesus declares that one of several aspects of his mission is to preach good news to the poor. In so doing, he echoes Isaiah’s theme of good…

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Discrimination and Intolerance

When I first converted from atheism to Christianity, some people did not mind, but some others ridiculed my newfound faith. In my early…

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A Common Objection to Studying in Context

I will deal here with one objection to studying the Bible in its context that arises in some circles. Special Revelation or Out of Context?…