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Hate the Sin, Love the Sinner?

Jun 1, 2020

Thoughts on ‘love the sinner, hate the sin’:

There are plenty of maxims, sayings, and clichés that routinely flow from the lips of believers. Some are more or less faithful to biblical truth while some are much less so. The

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The Messianic Feast

May 29, 2020

Some thoughts on the Messianic banquet:

We all like to eat. And most of us enjoy dining in community. The Bible actually speaks quite often about food, about eating, about feasts, and about dining with others. Both Testaments speak to

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Praying Against Enemies

May 28, 2020

How should we understand biblical prayers against one’s enemies?

Some might think I got my title wrong, and that I meant to say ‘Pray For Your Enemies’. Yes, there certainly is a place for that, as Jesus stated (Matthew 5:44,

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Bible Study Helps: Ezra

May 26, 2020

Here is some help for your study of the book of Ezra:

Ezra and Nehemiah were originally one book, broken up sometime during the early church. Along with Esther, these make up the final three historical books which appear just

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Bible Study Helps: Nehemiah

May 26, 2020

Here are some aids to assist you as you study Nehemiah:

Nehemiah continues the story we find recorded in the book of Ezra. Just as with Samuel, Kings and Chronicles, Ezra and Nehemiah were originally one book in the Hebrew

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Bible Study Helps: Esther

May 25, 2020

Here are some helps as you read through the Old Testament book of Esther:

Having just reread the Old Testament book of Esther, I am again struck by its many unique features. It is the only book, along with Daniel,

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25 Key Quotes from Ravi Zacharias

May 20, 2020

Here are 25 gems from the great Christian apologist:

Having just passed away at age 74 after nearly a half century of ministry, Ravi Zacharias has left us such a rich legacy, and a wealth of important Christian thinking and

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On the Wrath of God

May 19, 2020

Is the wrath of God a divine attribute?

How should we understand the wrath of God? That the entire Bible teaches that God’s perfect holiness and hatred of sin entails wrath and judgment on unrepentant sinners is perfectly clear. This

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On Teaching

May 18, 2020

Some thoughts on Christian teachers and teaching:

God has appointed teachers for the body of Christ, and teaching is a spiritual gift and office (see for example Ephesians 4:11-12 and Romans 12:6-8). Of course we all know of misguided Christians

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The Throne of God

May 16, 2020

We must not lose sight of the throne of God:

Throughout Scripture we read about God’s throne. It of course speaks to the rule and reign of God. It tells us about God’s sovereignty, his majesty, his dignity, his holiness,

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Difficult Bible Passages: Proverbs 18:21

May 14, 2020

This is another passage so often massacred by Christians:

I really must retitle this series. Most of the passages I have looked at are not all that difficult to be honest. But most of them have been massacred by various

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Celebrating V-E Day (and Christian Hope)

May 9, 2020

The V-E Day celebrations of 75 years ago have nothing on the celebrations Christians will have when Christ returns:

Exactly 75 years ago much of the world was celebrating the defeat of the Nazis and victory in Europe. After six

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Scripture, Reason, and the Holy Spirit

Apr 25, 2020

The Christian needs both brains and the Spirit to rightly understand Scripture:

All Christians believe that God speaks to us through the Bible – not just in the sense that Scripture contains God’s propositional truth for us, but that God

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Corona, Christ, Judgment and Lament

Apr 25, 2020

What is God trying to say to us amid COVID-19?

This is my 44th piece on the coronavirus. The world certainly has changed from just a few months ago. Some of my earlier articles focused on spiritual, biblical and

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God, Man and Corona

Apr 15, 2020

The New York Governor needs to reconsider his anti-God rhetoric:

A recent arrogant outburst by an American political leader reminds me of the words of Jesus to another political leader. In John 19:10-11 we find this exchange between Pontius Pilate

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Closing Churches During the Corona Crisis

Apr 1, 2020

What are we to make of forced church closures during this time?

Plenty of changes are happening with COVID-19. One of them is the forced closure of so many churches in the West. Some pastors are defying government orders and

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Which Gospel?

Mar 31, 2020

The contrast between the real gospel and a false gospel could not be greater:

The Apostle Paul told us what he thought about those who preach another gospel, and not the real gospel. In Galatians 1:8 he gives us a

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