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Bill Muehlenberg's commentary on issues of the day...

God’s Covenant Love

Jul 29, 2014

One can never say too much about the love of God. I have written many articles dealing with this tremendous attribute of God, but there can always be plenty more. That is because the love of God is always to

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On the Fear of God

Jul 23, 2014

I have of course written often on the subject of the fear of God, but important biblical themes can never be discussed too often, or from too many angles. This is especially the case when so much of the contemporary

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A God Who Cares, and Gets Involved

Mar 14, 2014

No day passes without some tragedy or horrific case of suffering. And when these things happen, inevitably the questions arise: Why? Where was God? How could God allow this to happen? At the moment much of the world is still

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Yahweh and Interfaith Dialogue

Jan 14, 2014

“I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God.” So says Yahweh in Exodus 20:5. The true and living God brooks no rivals, and he will not allow his people to wallow in any false god. We see these themes

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Biblical Intolerance

Jan 7, 2014

Christians should of course have as a primary goal to be more godly, to be more like our Lord. We should seek to emulate, imitate, resemble, and come closer into conformity to who our God is. We do this by

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Worthy is the Lamb

Dec 26, 2013

There are many reasons to get excited about eschatology, the study of the future, and biblical books such as the book of Revelation. But perhaps the one really important reason is to simply see the glorious portrait of the King

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On Biblical Love

Dec 5, 2013

Yes I know, it is silly to even try. Write on the love of God in 1200 words, when entire libraries have barely even broached the subject? Indeed, even before beginning this, I was reminded of the third verse of

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Love, Fear, and God

Nov 19, 2013

It is quite common for believers today to play down concepts such as the fear of God, or at least to ignore it, minimise it, or seek to explain it away. “Oh it does not really mean fear” we are

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God, Nations and Individuals

Sep 9, 2013

With another election concluded in Australia, it is worth reflecting some more on how our Christian faith relates to such things as politics, elections, leaders, and the nations. While zillions of man hours were spent by many on this election,

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On God’s Immanence and Transcendence

Aug 5, 2013

There is no more important, profound and majestic theme than God, and to talk of his attributes is a sublime and never-ending discussion. Oceans of ink can never even begin to exhaust who God is and what he is like.

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The Real Love of God

Jul 30, 2013

Simply put, what most people talk about today when discussing God’s love has little if anything to do with the real love of God. That is, it is often a sentimental, humanistic understanding, which bears little or no likeness to

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The Divine Last Laugh

Jul 28, 2013

When believers think about God’s attitude toward sinners, they will automatically and correctly think along these lines: God loves sinners and wants them to forsake their sin and come back into a love relationship with him. Yes God indeed does

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Itching Ears and Hardened Hearts

Jul 27, 2013

A basic rule of thumb when New Testament Christians approach Old Testament texts is to discover its primary interpretation, while allowing for secondary applications. That is, the OT text must be allowed to speak on its own terms, and be

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Kingship, Disloyalty, and Amazing Grace

Mar 10, 2013

From my regular daily readings, some scriptures have stood out which have gelled together nicely for a devotional reflection. They centre on the nation of Israel but have plenty of application for Christians today. They remind us once again of

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Difficult Bible Passages: Luke 4:18-19

Mar 7, 2013

This passage as such is not so problematic – it only becomes so when one realises what Jesus is quoting from. He seems to cite half an Old Testament passage, omitting a crucial bit. And this crucial bit may appear

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Objects of Wrath

Mar 6, 2013

If you were to ask any hundred people on the street today about their condition, and what God thinks about them, the great majority would say something like, “Well, I’m not such a bad person, and I think God is

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