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Letters To The Churches

That most confusing of all NT books, the Book of Revelation, contains seven letters to seven churches in chapters 2-3, and we are looking at Revelation with the helpfof Craig Koester in Revelation and the End of All Things and Ian Paul, Revelation. Each letter has a similar structure, and I take this from Ian Paul: […]



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Letters To The Churches


Weekly Meanderings, 22 September 2018

Here’s a collection of some blog posts and websites for your Saturday morning, most of the links being sent to me — and again a big thanks to Kris and JS. On Cathay Paciic. The photos surfaced via the Hong Kong Aviation Discussion Board Facebook group, but it’s still not clear just how such an epic mix-up […]



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Weekly Meanderings, 22 September 2018


Daily Prayer for September 20

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Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts. They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty – and I will meditate on your wonderful works. Psalm 145:3–5, NIV

Lord God, our Helper, we thank you for walking among us and for letting many experience your protection. Even when we are dying, you protect and help us so that we need not pass into death but may enter into life. So may our hearts be lifted up to you. Grant that the light in us remains undimmed, and that we may come before you in sincerity. Lord God, create good out of evil. Let light dawn in the darkness. Fulfill your promise, for our hearts are not concerned with human desires but with your promise. You will carry it out, and we will be able to say, “Our faith was not in vain, our hope was not in vain. Lord our God, you have blest us a thousandfold.” Amen.


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There’s More Than One Verse in the Pro-Life Hymn

By Mike Glenn Most evangelicals are pro-life and while we may disagree at the exact moment when we believe life begins, most evangelicals would find themselves on the pro-life side of the spectrum. Most of us do not believe in abortion on demand, and we have a growing discomfort with terminating a pregnancy the longer […]



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There’s More Than One Verse in the Pro-Life Hymn


Wesley Hill, Spiritual Friendships

A good reading in the history of friendship makes manifest that friendship, probably most especially in the 20th Century, has changed dramatically. If one reads, for instance, the great two chapters on friendship by Aristotle in his Nicomachean Ethics, or the essays and letters on friendship by Cicero, one sees that friendship was a much-discussed and […]



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Wesley Hill, Spiritual Friendships


INFAMOUS PEOPLE OF THE BIBLE – AHAB AND JEZEBEL

August 20, 2018

Psalms 91
1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. 3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.



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INFAMOUS PEOPLE OF THE BIBLE – AHAB AND JEZEBEL


The Other Reason Tithing Matters

By Mike Glenn Most of us, ministers and lay people alike, are uncomfortable talking about money in the church. Pastors are always sensitive to sounding like television evangelists and the members think it’s just nobody’s business what they give – or don’t give – to the church. Occasionally, there will be a gift so large […]



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The Other Reason Tithing Matters


The Most Challenging Passage (RJS)

I have long felt that the most challenging passage in Scripture is found at the beginning of Genesis 6. When human beings began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they […]



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The Most Challenging Passage (RJS)


The Final Triumph of Grace

What does it mean to confess the Final Judgment in our creeds and catechisms? The most common approach to final judgment is about “Will I get to heaven?” That is, eternal life beyond the judgment is about personal salvation, and for the same common approach that decision is now so that any actual awe about […]



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The Final Triumph of Grace


So What’s Mutual Submission?

From CBE, by Jeffrey Miller Many Christians, certainly most egalitarians, are familiar with Ephesians 5:21, “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ” (NIV). But as well-known as this passage is, it’s still common to wonder what mutual submission actually looks like in practice. Here’s my take on it: Isaac and Me A friend […]



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So What’s Mutual Submission?