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December 26, 2014

When things don't go as planned

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A new year is about to begin, according to human time reckoning. Some look forward to the new year by making plans and resolutions. New year's resolutions, we call them. In order words, we have a wish: to purchase something, to change jobs or to improve ourselves. Read more…»»

December 19, 2014

God's guiding hand

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The Germans have a proverb: "Der Mensch denkt und Gott lenkt", meaning "We think and God guides". Read more…»»

December 12, 2014

A practical application of forgiveness

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We all are familiar with Jesus' admonition concerning the willingness to forgive, which we find at the end of the "Lord's prayer": "If you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses" (Matthew 6:14-15). Read more…»»

December 5, 2014

He who comes to God

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A song often song in some protestant churches says "Just as I am". Some interpret the refrain "Just as I am" to mean that God accepts us without any preconditions or without us having to meet certain requirements for a relationship with Him. The Bible contradicts this notion. Read more…»»

November 28, 2014

Modern Israelites?

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"And the people complained against Moses": This was not a one-time occurrence in the history of the Israelites in the wilderness after the exodus. In reality, though, the people were not complaining against Moses, but against God. Read more…»»

November 21, 2014

Acting on our own (Part 2)

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When Rebekah, Isaac's wife, was pregnant with her twins Esau and Jacob, God told her: "Two nations are in your womb, two peoples shall be separated from your body; one people shall be stronger than the other, and the older shall serve the younger" (Genesis 25:23). Read more…»»

November 14, 2014

Judge not

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In the sermon on the mount Jesus Christ warns us about being judgmental: "Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you" (Matthew 7:1-2). Jesus doesn't mean that we cannot discern whether an action is righteous or not. Read more…»»

November 7, 2014

Acting on our own (Part 1)

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We all know how Abraham, acting on a suggestion made by his wife, tried to fulfill God's promise of a son with the maid Hagar. We find a similar example in the actions of Rebekah and Jacob, when the time came that Isaac wanted to bestow the birthright blessing on an heir. Read more…»»

October 31, 2014

Worthy in God's eyes

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When Saul was called on his way to Damascus, Jesus let him know that he would suffer in his service for the gospel: "I [Jesus] will show him [Saul] how many things he must suffer for My name's sake" (Acts 9:16). Read more…»»

October 24, 2014

"When it comes to pass"

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Today there are those who think they know the exact dates for certain biblical prophecies that are yet to be fulfilled. But does God intend prophecy for setting dates? Not really, at least if we take Jesus seriously. Read more…»»

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