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The Stumbling Block of Offense

Our nephew, Rev. Andrew Burnett, is an intellectually gifted…

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I Can Do What It Says I Can Do- Part II

We have the written Word of God, the Bible, and the Holy…

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I Can Do What It Says I Can Do- Part I

Living life as a Christian can seem overwhelming, and in…

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Peace – Fruit of the Spirit Series

For He is our peace, who has made both groups one and has…

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The Upside-Down God

The Lord never seems to do things the way we think that He…

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Kindness – Fruit of the Spirit Series

“Be kind and compassionate to one another” (Eph. 4:32, MEV)…

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Goodness – Fruit of the Spirit Series

“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings…

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Financial Security; God’s Plan for Your Finances: God’s Plan for Man

God’s Plan for Man Introduction In this search of the…

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Matthew: The Exchange

Matthew didn’t even hear his stylus drop. He had been…

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Christmas vs. The Emperor

In many circles, editorials and sermons on the true meaning…

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You Will Know Them by Their Fruit

The false prophets in Matthew 7:15 claim to have prophesied,…

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Jacob’s Wives Agree with His Plan

In Jacob’s culture, husbands held the final say. Further,…

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Sexual Depravity and a Servant of God

One ancient purpose of this passage is to depict the…

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All These Things Will Be Added to You

What does Matthew 6:33 mean when it says, “all these things…

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The Discouraged Prophet

Have you ever faced discouragement in doing God’s work? John…

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Religion Is Not Enough

Matthew’s Gospel includes five discourse sections. The last…

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Women and Gentiles in Matthew’s Genealogy

Matthew highlights the diverse elements in Jesus’…

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In Down Payment

Did you know that we have already begun to taste the future…

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Living at Peace with Our Neighbors

As a minority in a larger society, how should we as…

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The Christ of the Gospels Lives in Us

Paul wrote about Christ living and working in us as…

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When Prophecies Don’t Happen

For various reasons, prophecies sometimes don’t happen.…

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Which Day Is the Sabbath?

Jesus says that the Sabbath was made for people’s benefit…

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True Purification

Mere religious tradition can blind us to what really matters…

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Enemy Soldiers Torture and Mock Jesus in Matthew 27:27-34

Over six hundred Roman soldiers were staying at the Fortress…

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Confessions of an Overpacker

I was never a Boy Scout (or even a Girl Scout) but “be…

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New Motherhood Lessons from Ancient Mommas

Motherhood, it seems, is one long series of lessons held in…

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Are Spiritual Gifts for Today?

Paul declares that we are the body of Christ with many…

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The Banquets of Two Kingdoms

Matthew’s narratives often concretely illustrate his…

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The Kingdom Prayer in Matthew 6:9-13

Many pagans added up as many names of their deities as…

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Overcoming Prejudice: The Roman Centurion

The Gentile mission was at most peripheral to Jesus’ earthly…

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How to Make Disciples According to Matthew 28:18-20

The immediate context of Matt 28:18-20 provides us examples…

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The Spirit as a Divine Person

Christians honor God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Yet we…

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When People Belittle God

Presumably presented by the elders as representatives of…

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The Point of Speaking in Tongues in Acts 2

Pentecost (Acts 2:1) was a significant festival in the…

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Believe Whatever you Want, but—what if it’s Wrong?

I might sound like a grumpy sourpuss in this post, but…

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Are There Apostles Today? Part 2

Are there apostles today? As noted in part 1, that depends…

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Building on the Rock

When Jesus knows that his disciples understand enough, he…

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Slaughtering the Canaanites, Part III: Not God’s Ideal

Why didn’t more Canaanites join with Israel, as did Rahab…

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Slaughtering the Canaanites, Part II: Switching Sides

Reading through Joshua in Hebrew several years ago I had to…

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As He Thinketh in His Heart, so Is He

People sometimes quote Proverbs 23:7 to say that the real…

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When Would Jesus Permit Divorce?

In the previous post, I emphasized Jesus’s teaching on…

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Does the New Testament Quote the Old Testament Out of Context?

Some claim that the apostles took Scripture out of context…

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God Does Miracles Only When We Need Them

Matthew 14:13-21 The miracle of the “feeding of the five…

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The Purpose of Spiritual Gifts

1 Corinthians 12-14 The Corinthian church was like much of…

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What is Supporting You?

Sandra Miller was at work when her daughter called from…

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Straight Ahead

Have you noticed that there is always something between you…

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Appropriate Order

We live in a technological society in which we are on the…

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A Compelling Call

In some small towns back in the day, the volunteer fire…

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Not Without Honor

Margo hummed as she dusted in the living room. It had taken…

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Jameses in the New Testament

There are three men in the New Testament, closely associated…