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James 3:2-12 — How true faith expresses itself (Part 5)

I suppose I could have just titled this blog, “The tongue,” or some other such title. But I wanted to remind myself that this is really part of a longer argument that James is making. That faith expresses itself in … Continue reading

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Romans 2:25-29 — A true circumcision

One of the main problems the Jews had in Paul’s time was that they forgot that God wasn’t so interested in outward appearances as he was in their hearts.  In particular, they thought it was circumcision that made them right … Continue reading

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Acts 5:1-11 — The seriousness of sin

This is perhaps the most shocking story in the book of Acts. It also shows us the seriousness of sin. Two people in the church, Ananias and Sapphira, had seen Barnabas generously sell some of his land to help the … Continue reading

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Mark 12:41-44; Luke 21:1-4 — What God is looking for

After the blistering criticism Jesus gave the Pharisees, he settled back, and quietly started to watch the people walking past the place where offerings were put. A number of rich people walked past, and with great ceremony dumped in large … Continue reading

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Luke 11:37-44 — What’s in the heart

In this passage, Jesus give a blistering criticism of the Pharisees.  And basically what it came down to was what was in their hearts. The Pharisees looked so good on the outside.  They were so careful to keep the law. … Continue reading

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Matthew 15:10-20; Mark 7:14-23 — What is truly unclean

I think a lot of times, when people look at the laws of Moses, they wonder about why the Jews had all these laws about what is clean and unclean.  For the most part, from a practical standpoint, they seemed to be … Continue reading

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Matthew 5:17-20 — Fulfilling the law

I think it’s significant that Jesus probably said these things after the controversies with the Pharisees over the Sabbath had begun (although you wouldn’t guess this by looking at the book of Matthew alone).  Jesus had probably already done multiple … Continue reading

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