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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…)

April 5, 2019

Living uncompromisingly

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All human beings are in the slavery of corruption and death caused by sin: "For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:22-23; see also Romans 6:16; 8:21; Hebrews 2:14-15). (more…)

March 29, 2019

The blessing of knowledge

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How often is the kingdom of God preached today in the large denominations and the many smaller churches? How many understand what this is all about? We know that the kingdom of God was the core of Jesus' message. Mark 1:14-15 tells us: "Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel." In the short time on earth after His resurrection Jesus continued to talk with His disciples about the kingdom of God (Acts 1:3). (more…)

March 22, 2019

Materialism and faith

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The world in which we live seems destined to question faith. The educational system, the entertainment industry and the media are predominantly materialistic and undermine divine principles and the Bible. Everything — science, philosophy, history — is reduced to what is physically perceptible. The result is predictable and obvious: few know what God expects of us. Even fewer are willing to let Him influence their lives. (more…)

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