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II John – Walking in truth and love

Here we have a very short letter, written to a church that the apostle John lovingly calls, “the chosen lady,” probably in reference to the church being the bride of Christ. And I don’t think you have to look very … Continue reading

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Titus 1:1-2:1 — Standing for truth

This is the last of the pastoral letters, in which Paul instructs a man named Titus on what he needed to do with the churches in Crete. Apparently, there was a lot of false teaching there, similar to what Timothy … Continue reading

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I Timothy 6:3-21 — When we get away from the words of Christ

We live in a world today that wants little or nothing to do with the words of Christ. They take the parts they do like, and reject the parts they don’t. But if we claim to be followers of Christ, … Continue reading

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I Timothy 3:14-15 — Why our conduct matters

From the beginning of chapter 2 until verse 13 of chapter 3, Paul has been talking about the church. About how the men and women should conduct themselves during the service. About the types of people that should be pastors and … Continue reading

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II Thessalonians 2 — Why many will perish

In chapter 1, there is a disturbing passage. Paul tells the Thessalonians, God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you…He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of … Continue reading

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Ephesians 4:25-5:2 — That we may be one

As I’ve been looking at these passages this time around, I’ve been seeing them in a whole new light.  Up until now,  I’ve always thought of these verses as merely touching my personal life.  But as we have seen, Paul … Continue reading

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Romans 16:17-20 — That we may not be naive

Here, towards the end of his letter to the Romans, Paul gives the church a warning. I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching … Continue reading

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Matthew 27:33-37; Mark 15:22-26; Luke 23:38; John 19:18-22 — What has been written

The interaction between Pilate and the chief priests is very interesting.  Pilate put up the “charge” against Jesus, calling him the “King of the Jews.” The priests immediately went up to Pilate, asking him to change it to, “He claimed … Continue reading

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Matthew 27:11-26; Mark 15:1-15; Luke 23:1-25; John 18-19 — When we have nothing to stand on

I will start by saying that it’s a bit hard to harmonize these passages.  Here’s how I see it, but I encourage you to look at it yourself, and come to your own conclusions. The priests and council members bring … Continue reading

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John 18:12-14, 19-24 – Striking those who tell us the truth

We now go to the first hearing Jesus had, this one before Annas.  Annas had been the high priest before Caiaphas but had been deposed from his position by the Roman government.  Nevertheless, he was still held in high regard … Continue reading

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John 14:4-6 — The Way

This is the one passage that provides such a stumbling block to so many people in the world today.  Many people simply refuse to believe it because the implications of what Jesus said are so deep, and they are simply … Continue reading

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Mark 10:21-22 — Loving people enough to tell the truth

It would be easy to think that Jesus was being mean by throwing out such an impossible challenge to the young ruler who wanted so desperately to enter the kingdom of God.  Who at least to some degree was quite zealous … Continue reading

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John 9:39-42 — When you think you know it all

The irony in this passage is very thick. The man who had been blind could see who Christ really was and worshiped him.  The people who could see all their lives, couldn’t recognize who Jesus was though he was standing right in front … Continue reading

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John 8:31-35 — The truth that sets free

Many times, people look at the “rules of Christianity,” and feel that they are so binding.  That they couldn’t enjoy life if they followed them. But when Jesus tells us how we should live, he doesn’t do so to bind us … Continue reading

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John 7:16-18 — Who are we serving?

As I was reading through this passage yesterday, these verses really struck me, particularly as a teacher of God’s Word. My teaching is not my own.  It comes from him who sent me.  If anyone chooses to do God’s will, … Continue reading

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John 7:1-9 — When you tell the truth

As I look at this passage, there is one more thing that strikes me, and so we’ll stay here one more day.  When you tell God’s truth, people will not always take it well.  Often times, they respond with disbelief, … Continue reading

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John 4:19-24 — True worship

In the midst of the dialogue between Jesus and the woman at the well, we see an interesting sidelight into worship. The woman stung by the truth of her own life, tries to divert Jesus, saying,  “I see you’re a … Continue reading

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John 4:1-26 — Brutal honesty? Or truth in love?

Well, after two days in a sickbed, and a day of catching up with my work, I’m back blogging.  If you could throw some prayers my way, I’d appreciate it.  I’m not nearly at a 100% today. Someone once said … Continue reading

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Psalm 117 — When all nations worship

This is the calm before the storm.  Here we have the shortest psalm in the Bible (as well as the shortest chapter), soon to be followed by the longest one.  I’m still not sure how I will tackle Psalm 119, … Continue reading

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Micah 3 — Non-rock-a-boatis

Famous cult expert Walter Martin once noted a serious problem within the Christian church.  He identified it by its Latin name, “non-rock-a-boatis.”  In other words, “Whatever you do, don’t rock the boat.  Don’t say anything that will upset anybody.” Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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