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

God, Suffering, Lament, and Mourning

Aug 29, 2016

Oftentimes a diverse and unrelated bunch of events will nicely come together, and inspire a hopefully coherent and unified article. This is one of them. Thinking about brothers and sisters in Christ who are suffering in various ways is one

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Come Quickly Lord Jesus

May 22, 2016

I don’t know about you, but one of the prayers I pray perhaps more than any other nowadays is this: “Come Quickly Lord Jesus”. Sometimes that is all I can pray. My heart is heavy, my spirit groans, and I

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Nehemiah: Doing the Work of God

Jun 17, 2014

The small book of Nehemiah (just 13 chapters) contains some terrific lessons on doing the work of God. Spiritual nuggets abound, so here I simply offer a very brief look at some of the spiritual truths to be found in

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Does it Mean Nothing To You?

May 1, 2012

We are told in Scripture that “the word of God is living and powerful” (Hebrews 4:12), or “living and active” as other versions put it. In our daily reading God can and does speak to us, and his word is

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On the Relevance of Jeremiah, Part One

Mar 30, 2011

I regularly challenge fellow believers not to ignore the Old Testament. After all, it is part of the Christian Bible, and it in fact comprises 77 per cent of it. Without the OT the NT makes very little sense. As

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The Book of Lamentations

Oct 22, 2015

Why do I suspect that most Christians have given this Old Testament book a wide berth, and never bothered to read it? While perhaps most Western Christians may not have even read the entire OT, many would be put off

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On the Crusades

Jan 20, 2015

If there is a constant and major objection raised to Christianity, it is the topic of the Crusades. Critics claim that this was a terrible blight on Christianity, and demonstrates that this is an evil and bloody religion, just as

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Against Annihilationism, Part One

Dec 4, 2014

It is fully to be expected that non-Christians will vehemently reject what is clearly taught in the Word of God. Happens all the time. Sadly however there are a growing number of people who claim to be Christian who also

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Appeasement Kills

Nov 28, 2014

History was meant to be the vehicle by which we learn some hard lessons. But regrettably we mostly ignore the lessons of history, and therefore keep repeating the same old mistakes. And one of the great lessons of history is

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Which Jesus?

Oct 4, 2014

Every year at this time I seem to write a number of articles about Jesus. Why is that? you ask. Good question. It is because each year I have an effective Bible reading plan which takes me through the entire

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Reflecting God’s Broken Heart

Aug 6, 2014

Tragically many Christians never actually read their Bibles. Or if they do, they stick to the New Testament. But that means they are ignoring a full three quarters of God’s word. To ignore most of Scripture is a real loss.

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Evil Will Not Prevail

Apr 11, 2013

During the height of the Cold War, I, like so many others, prayed for all those suffering so cruelly under atheistic communism. I cried out to God, asking why this horrific suffering and the death of millions had to take

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Do We Weep For the Church?

Nov 3, 2011

The church is of course you and me. But anyone who loves Christ and loves his church will agree instantly that the church is a far cry from where it should be. The church is supposed to present itself to

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Turning On Israel

May 24, 2011

US President Obama is clearly no friend of Israel. He can rightly say America is, but he is not. His major speech on the Middle East delivered on May 19 shows that Obama has no regard for Israel’s right to

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Anzac Day

Apr 25, 2011

While most people enjoy the day off which Anzac Day affords, probably very few actually know what the day signifies. Some may know that it is celebrated every year on April 25. Some may know it has something to do

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The Cleansing of the Temple

Apr 23, 2011

One of the more familiar actions of Jesus was the so-called cleansing of the temple. This episode is recorded in all four gospels (Matt 21:12-17; Mark 11:15-19; Luke 19:45-48; John 2:13-22), and has been commented on by believers and non-believers

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