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    Where have you seen this symbol? What does it mean to you?
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    Liberating the Oppressed

    “Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised him. He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom...
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    God's Relational Presence

    God is relational and desires to dwell among His people. This truth is revealed and supported throughout the biblical record. The locus of His presence in the Garden shifts to the tabernacle, the temple, the incarnation of Christ and the indwelling of the church by His Spirit. Speaking to an...
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    God is Just and Remembers

    In elaborating on “the things that have to do with salvation”, the apostle Paul exhorts: “God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love your have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so...
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    All Will Be Made Alive

    The published global mortality rate due to the pandemic microbe is < 1%. https://www.who.int/news-room/commentaries/detail/estimating-mortality-from-covid-19 The published and apparent mortality rate due to sin is 100%. (Romans 6:23; 1 Corinthians 15:22) What is the recovery rate with Christ...
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    There is Freedom

    "Today we are told that the Bible is an evil book and the God of the Bible an evil, bigoted, petty tyrant. Such tyrants deserve our scorn. That is that attitude aflame in many American hearts today. In sharp contrast, Samuel Adams, one of the leaders of the American Revolution, stated that the...
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    All In

    "The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold...
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    By Their Fruit

    "Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good...
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    Now We Are Children of God

    "See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that...
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    Metavnoia

    "In the New Testament, the key term for repentance is metanoia [metavnoia]. It has two usual senses: a "change of mind" and "regret/remorse." In the Synoptic Gospels metanoia [metavnoia] indicated "turning away from sin" ( Mark 1:4 ), made imperative by the nearness of judgment (see Matt 3:10...
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    Happy Mother's Day

    "The sayings of King Lemuel - an inspired utterance his mother taught him. Listen, my son! Listen, son of my womb! Listen, my son, the answer to my prayers! Do not spend your strength on women, your vigor on those who ruin kings. It is not for kings, Lemuel— it is not for kings to...
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    The Word became flesh ...

    "Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, 'He told me everything I ever did.' So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. And because of his words many more became believers. They said to the...
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    No Other Way

    In the gospel recorded by the apostle John and in the 3rd chapter, the musts are revealed: 1) "You must be born again" (v7) 2) "the Son of Man must be lifted up" (v14) 3) "He must become greater; I must become less." (v30)
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    In other words ...

    "Rapidly changing advancements in technology are helping to spread the Gospel message in new ways, and often in record time. International Bible translators, Wycliffe Associates has developed new technological tools that help translate languages that are only spoken with no written form...
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    Higher Education and Title IX

    “Religion-based bigotry is careless and life-threatening,' said Shane Windmeyer, Executive Director of Campus Pride. 'LGBTQ young people face high rates of harassment and violence, especially our trans youth and LGBTQ youth of color. The schools on this list openly discriminate against LGBTQ...
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    Bibi Promotes Bible Study

    "In America, public school students aren’t likely to hear about the Bible on the first day of classes. But, in Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with 200 students, along with Education Minister Naftali Bennett, and urged them to be serious about Bible study – in the public schools...
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    And God Gave Them Over ...

    The Election and the Judgment of God "Nearly 40 years ago, in a famous speech at Harvard University, the great Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn said: 'There are meaningful warnings which history gives a threatened or perishing society. Such are, for instance, the decadence of art, or a lack of great...
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    For The Time Will Come

    "In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For...
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    The Storm B4 the Calm

    In the three synoptic gospels, we find the doctrine of Christ concerning unbelief: "If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet." (Matthew 10:14 NIV) "And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, leave that place...
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    The Seven Beatitudes of Marriage

    The traditional Jewish wedding ceremony incorporates seven beatitudes: "The sheva berakhot (seven blessings) are the real heart of the Jewish wedding ceremony; it is in this liturgical moment of the ceremony that themes of joy and celebration and the ongoing power of love are expressed. Taken...