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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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12/07/2018 — Romans Chapters 1-3

Anthropologists write that throughout all of human history they have never found a society that did not worship a god of some kind — animals, nature, man-made objects, etc.    An 2011 Oxford University Study involving 20 countries found that in the opinion of the researchers  “human thought processes were “rooted” to religious concepts.  And

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12/06/2018 — 2 Corinthians Chapters 10 – 13

2 Corinthians 12: 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. How powerful are these words & the promise we have in these verses.  A commentator writes: When we have

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12/05/2018 — 2 Corinthians Chapters 5-9

2 Corinthians 5: For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. 2 Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, 3 because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. 4 For while we are in this tent,

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12/04/2018 — 2 Corinthians Chapters 1-4

Ecclesiastes 1:9  What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. I can think of few greater dangers to the Body than the false/exaggerated claims and/or lifestyles of some highly visible “preachers.”  (Jim Baker & others come to mind…)   They distort the Word of

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12/03/2018 — 1 Corinthians Chapters 15-16

When I hear of the death of a Christian believer I feel sadness for the family that may be left in this world.  But when those moments exist all I need do is then read    1 Corinthians 15:35-58.  In particular verses 40-44 — what a glorious vision of what awaits us and what a

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12/02/2018 — 1 Corinthians Chapters 12-14

I can think of no better description of teamwork than when Paul makes the comparison to the working of the body in 1 Corinthians 12:14-23 (it is another concept I use often in business training.) And as a practical example have you ever been walking and developed a blister on a little toe?  Suddenly, this

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