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July 26, 2019

Do you have a "doctrinal drawer?"

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You probably have never heard of a "doctrinal drawer." But all Christians need one in their walk with God – and one another. (more…)

July 12, 2019

"Self-praise stinks"

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"Eigenlob stinkt" — that's what a German proverb says. It may not only stink, it also does not promote harmony within our Christian fellowship. (more…)

July 5, 2019

Between the festival seasons

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Last month Pentecost marked the end of the spring festival season. The autumn festivals are now three months away. As we know, Feast of Trumpets symbolizes the return of Jesus Christ. Pentecost commemorates the day when the New Testament Church began. How do we "bridge" the time — symbolically speaking — between the festival seasons? (more…)

June 28, 2019

Dying for someone else

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In early June the news media in the state of Iowa hailed a 33 year old father a hero after he saved his daughter from an attack dog that had mauled her. The police were called to the house, and when they arrived, they found the father lying on his back in the front yard as the dog attacked him after he had gotten the dog off his daughter. The attack dog had locked his bite on the father and would not let go, so the police had to use their pistols to free the man from the dog's grip. (more…)

June 14, 2019

Preaching the gospel: sowing the seed

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Just a few days ago on Pentecost we were reminded of the birth of the New Testament church. With the outpouring of the holy spirit God fulfilled Jesus’ promise to His disciples. Jesus had told them that they would receive "power from on high" (Luke 24:49). Shortly before His ascension to heaven, just ten days before Pentecost, Jesus associated this power with the preaching of the gospel (Acts 1:6-8). (more…)

May 24, 2019

What is our standard?

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How far have we come in our relationship with God? How should we measure our progress? (more…)

May 17, 2019

Before it's too late

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Have you ever had this experience? Someone dies — a loved one, a friend — and after the person's death we think about the good things the person has done. (more…)

May 10, 2019

Our conversation with God: prayer

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As Christians we all know that prayer is an important part of our relationship with God. In the parable of the unrighteous judge, Jesus describes the righteous in this manner: "And will God not grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night?" (Luke 18:7). (more…)

May 3, 2019

We aren't a "chance product"

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For atheists and deniers of the Holy Scriptures, the first sentence of the Bible has no great meaning: "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. For us, on the other hand, this statement is a great reassurance: God works according to His plan. We see this in the account of re-creation in Genesis 1. (more…)

April 12, 2019

More than any man

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On April 29, 1992 truck driver Reginald Denny took a short cut through Los Angeles on his way to deliver 27 tons of sand to its destination. Without a radio in his truck, he was unaware that rioting had broken out along his intended route, the result of the acquittal of police officers accused of police brutality from an incident a year earlier. (more…)

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