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12/27/2018 — the books of 2nd and 3rd John

In our readings we have seen Jesus, Peter, Paul, and others warn of the severe danger of false teachers that will appear.  In today’s reading we see John do the same 2 John: 7 I say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person

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12/26/2018 — The Book of 1 John

There are so many thoughts expressed in this chapter that it is hard to focus on just one.  I think my notes on this chapter (probably from Artie) summarize the message very well: God is Light:                      1 John 1: 5 This is the message we have heard from him

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12/25/2018 — the books of 2 Peter and Jude

As I read these chapters I noted one common element: 2 Peter 1: 12 So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. 2 Peter 3:1  Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate

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12/24/2018 — the book of 2 Timothy

Most commentators agree that 2 Timothy was written during a second imprisonment Paul incurred this time at the hands of Nero.  He had been under “house arrest” in Rome before, but this time is different. From the “Bible Study Tools Website”: In the first imprisonment he had liberty to lodge in his own hired house,

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12/23/2018 — Hebrews Chapters 11-13

Of all of the inspired passages we read today regarding the “heroes of faith” standing as our example one verse drew my thoughts.  And it draws from the very first scripture in the Bible. Genesis 1:1  In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And the related Hebrews verse:  Hebrews 11: 3 By faith we understand that the universe

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12/22/2018 — Hebrews Chapters 7-10

As we read these 4 chapters it becomes apparent that, as many commentators state, at lease a portion of the audience of Hebrews is former Jews, now Christians.  Thus, the need to discuss the eternal nature of the “priesthood” of Jesus vs. the line of Levi.  I reflect on how blessed we are vs. the

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12/21/2018 — Hebrews Chapters 1-6

Have you ever been asked — “if God loved His Son so greatly why did he allow Him to experience the life of humans?”  Couldn’t God have “snapped his fingers” and said to his creations “You are forgiven? Two verses in Hebrews that we read today help me understand. Hebrews 2:   17 For this reason he had

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12/20/2018 — the book of 1st Peter

We often refer to Psalms when we are looking for encouragement.  My hope is that we have been reading together you have noticed that encouragement is present throughout all of scripture. So, if you have ever wondered about the nature of the church (us) to the Lord just read: 1 Peter 2: 9 But you are a

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12/19/2018 — the book of Titus

As I read this book I was, again, looking at some notes in the margins.  The notes (most likely from Artie) said that Paul give Titus 3 tasks: (1)  Develop Leadership                                                 

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12/18/2018 — the book of 1 Timothy

1 Timothy is another inspired writing providing instruction for the conduct & leadership of the first century church.  And there are two phrases that speak to me regarding one of our our responsibilities as believers.  We are not to be selective or exclusive.  We are commanded to “reach out” to all people! 1 Timothy 2:

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12/17/2018 — the book of Philippians

OK, so I am one of “those people” who have their clothes laid-out the night before for the next day and who cannot begin work until each item on my desk is in it’s right place.  Now, I do believe that planning and organizing is generally a good thing.  That is of course unless conditions

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12/16/2018 — the book of Ephesians

As I read these passages I was taken by the instructions for daily living given to believers in Ephesians 4:17 – 6:20.  For these inspired writings are not just for the Ephesian church at that time but extend for the church until the time of Jesus’s return. And with these instructions Paul includes a warning

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12/15/2018 — the books of Colossians & Philemon

When I listen to a sermon or a teaching I will take notes in the margins of my Bible.  And in most of Paul’s writing, like Colossians, the margins are filled!  Paul’s inspired instructions to the first -century church and leaders form the very basis of the church of Christ. But when I looked at

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12/14/2018 — Acts Chapters 27-28

Isn’t it marvelous to read the level of detail Luke was inspired to give us regarding the voyage to Rome (even the figureheads of the final ship)  and the beginning of Paul’s time there?  I hope you will take a map and follow each segment. Now, I would have enjoyed reading even more of Luke’s

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12/13/2018 — Acts Chapters 24-26

What were you doing on December 13, 2016?    Now, imagine that you were under house arrest for that period of time — what would have missed in your life? I present this scenario because sometimes I think we overlook time frames.  In doing so may, innocently, not realize the full hardships incurred by Paul. 

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12/12/2018 — Acts Chapters 20-23

As I read through these chapters I was taken by the unjust treatment Paul received from the Leaders of the Jews (just as Jesus received.)  And if this were a “western” movie the Romans would arrive on the “white horse,” take Paul safely away after learning he was a roman citizen, and punish the Jews.

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12/11/2018 — Romans Chapters 14-16

As Paul concludes his inspired letter to the Romans he includes a very clear warning to this young church: Romans 16: 17 I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned.Keep away from them. 18 For such people are

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12/10/2018 – Romans Chapters 11-13

Romans 13: 13 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. I admit that these verses have perplexed

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12/09/2018 — Romans Chapters 8- 10

You probably remember from a science class that if you push two magnets toward each other with the “north” ends facing one another the “north” ends will push the magnets apart. Well, in quantum physics the atom is compose of hundred of positively charged protons.  Due to this same charge the protons should push each

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12/08/2018 — Romans Chapters 4-7

I have read Romans 4 and the discussion of “Law vs. Faith” many times.  And, yet, this time I found that Paul may such a simplistic explanation that I am sorry I have missed it in the past. Romans 4:9 Is this blessedness only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? We have been saying that

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