Recent Posts by Sarah Kenyon

Announcing New Covenant Theology

We are excited to announce our newest class, New Covenant Theology, which we will be live streaming for free, starting January 26th. Class Description Like looking at the picture of a jigsaw puzzle before putting it together, this class will present a comprehensive biblical framework for understanding God’s plan of redemption from creation to final…
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New Beginnings: Coming Back

https://youtu.be/Duu1q0FP0XI By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Sean Finnegan"] Throughout Scripture we find examples of those who fell away from their obedience to God and then came back.  Doing so requires honesty, repentance, and accepting God’s forgiveness. 2 Chronicles 33:1-6   Manasseh was not only the longest reigning king of Judah, but also the worst of all time.  He built…
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New Beginnings: Strong in Faith

https://youtu.be/EPdMomlHtAI By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Vince Finnegan"] John 1:35-42 Faith begins when we “come and see.” Luke 5:1-10 Faith grows as we do what our Lord tells us to do. Faith grows with practice. Mark 1:29-34 Peter brought Jesus to his home. Faith grows as we incorporate it into our home life, school, job, and social life.…
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My Times Are in Your Hand

https://youtu.be/DeyqwLXuyOo By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="John Cortright"] Throughout our days, our years, our lives, no matter what the circumstance, God is in control.  All things were designed for His purpose. Revelation 4:8-11 For You created all things, and because of Your will they existed and were created Job 14:1-2; Psalm 90:1-12; 39:4-5; 144:3-4 A man’s life is…
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Resilience

https://youtu.be/xdmP25l_MQ4 By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Sean Finnegan"]
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Jesus’ Birth, A Story of Miracles

https://youtu.be/dm6Im3fi8Jg By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Vince Finnegan"] Matthew 1:1-17 - Genealogy of miracles Abraham and Sara were past the age of having children. Romans 4:16-21 Isaac and Rebekah - She was barren; Isaac prayed. Genesis 25:21 Rebekah prayed, saw a vision. Genesis 25: 22-23 Jacob prayed, wrestled with an angel. Genesis 32:9-30 Judah with Tamar his daughter-in-law…
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The Manifestations of the Spirit Have Ceased

https://youtu.be/DTTAD1kHUs0 By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Sean Finnegan"] Christians hold to two main views on spiritual gifts (healing, prophecy, tongues, etc.).  Cessationists believe such miracles have ceased with the death of Jesus’ original apostles while continuationists hold that these activities continued beyond the first century and will remain available until Christ returns. Five Reasons for Cessationism The gifts…
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Christians Must Keep the Law

https://youtu.be/VPwieuNA-fA By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Jerry Wierwille"] God’s Law Exodus 12:14, 17—God gave His Law to His people and commanded that they observe and obey it. Christ kept the Law Jesus never sinned. Peter—1 Peter 2:22 John—1 John 3:5 Paul—2 Corinthians 5:21 Paul kept the Law Acts 21:23; 25:8; 28:17 Christians must keep the Law Matt 5:17-18—Christ…
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If You Believe, You Will Receive

https://youtu.be/hB7KVSRXAz4 By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Sean Finnegan"] Mark 11:24; Matthew 7:8; 18:19; 21:21-22; John 14:13-14; 16:23 Jesus spoke about having faith and expecting God to answer our prayers.  He told his followers to have faith without doubting.  Our Lord performed dozens of healings and miracles throughout his powerful ministry.  Does this mean that faith is sufficient to…
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In Everything Give Thanks

https://youtu.be/dUFT-haj8og by John Cortright 1 Thessalonians 5:18 In everything give thanks! This is God’s will for us – give thanks in everything. We have so much to be thankful for. Even, in what might seem to be terrible circumstances, we are told to give thanks in everything. What are you looking at? Where is your…
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Conclusion

https://youtu.be/vEE8f3bkf7g by Sean Finnegan For more information visit lhim.org
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Doctrine Doesn’t Matter

https://youtu.be/IUDFsQ7fZ6A by Vince Finnegan For more information visit lhim.org Matthew 22:36-40   Love is the most important; doctrine is not as important. 2 John 1-4   Truth and love must have an inseparable connection. Our love must be in truth, in right doctrine. Truth is the foundation and thrust of love. Love is the aim of truth.…
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The Devil Is Not Real

https://youtu.be/lw63Sf_nZJM by Vince Finnegan For more information visit lhim.org Genesis 3:1; Revelation 12:9; 20:2   The serpent is called the devil and Satan. Ezekiel 28:12   Did God create the devil?  Why was he in Eden? 14   Cherubim - Genesis 3:24; Ezekiel 10; and Revelation 4:6-9 - four living creatures They were above the ark of covenant…
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Be Subject to Governing Authorities Romans 13:1-6

https://youtu.be/-vBq41CcIXY by John Cortright Romans 13:1-6 Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. God is sovereign over the nations of the world.  He can cause governments to rise or fall. This can be seen throughout Scripture. Genesis 14:13-24 – God delivered Abraham defeating King Chedorlaomer and the kings of the east.…
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Jesus Must Be God to Pay for Sins

https://youtu.be/oNJtc66SgQc by Jerry Wierwille For more information visit lhim.org In 1098, Anselm of Canterbury wrote Cur Deus Homo (“Why God Became Man”) to demonstrate the rational basis explaining why Jesus had to be God incarnated as a human being. The basis of his argument can be summarized as follows: 1)    God is an infinite being.…
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God is a Trinity of Persons

https://youtu.be/HmsY89URDHo by Sean Finnegan For more information visit lhim.org Definition:1. God is three persons2. Each person is fully God3. There is one God History: 1. Theophilus (184) 2. Tertullian (208) 3. Alexander (313) 4. Nicaea (325) 5. Constantinople (381) 6. Ephesus (431) 7. Chalcedon (451) 8. Athanasian Creed (500s?) Bible: God is one person (Deuteronomy…
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Obedience is Not Required for Salvation

https://youtu.be/a2serMqBAo8 by John Cortright For more information visit lhim.org Last week, we looked at the myth of “Once Saved, Always Saved” or that “Salvation is Permanent”. Continuing on in this same thought, this week we’ll look at the myth that “Obedience is NOT Required for Salvation” -- the idea that once you make a one…
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Serve the Lord

https://youtu.be/Nw8taqH2h9Q by John Cortright Romans 12:11 not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 1. not lagging behind in diligence 2. fervent in spirit 3. serve the Lord Not lagging behind in diligence “Not lagging behind” = “Do not be slothful” (ESV), “not procrastinating” (NEV). This word is translated as “lazy” in…
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Function in the Body of Christ

https://youtu.be/tIDuTZjyu80 by John Cortright We are one body with many members. We do not all have the same function. Romans 12:4-6 I Corinthians 12:12-27 We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us. Romans 12:7-8 Hebrews 2:4 I Peter 4:10-11 DO IT! Colossians 1:24 – Do your share! Matthew 8:5-10 Luke 17:5-10
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Salvation Cannot Be Lost

https://youtu.be/35whnushw1E by Vince Finnegan For more information visit lhim.org The myth we bust this morning is eternal security--the doctrine that people who believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior cannot lose their salvation. This is also known as "once saved, always saved.” This belief has many supporters in Christianity, and the biblical evidence for…
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The Saved Go to Heaven at Death

https://youtu.be/6SDroiBZYP8 by John Cortright For more information visit lhim.org Definition of a myth: a traditional story, especially one concerning the early history of a people or explaining some natural or social phenomenon, and typically involving supernatural beings or events; a widely held but false belief or idea. 1 Tim 1:4; 2 Timothy 4:4 In the…
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Farewell

https://youtu.be/6fyyOJCdD9I by Jay Kline and Bill Yaconis For more information visit lhim.org
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Receive, Retain, Release

https://youtu.be/P_bLpSBUcBg by Vince Finnegan For more information visit lhim.org Receive with Meekness; Retain with Conviction; Release with Boldness 1 Thessalonians 2:13   Receive and accept it as the Word of God. When you understand the Word of God, you are having an encounter with God. Psalm 19:7-10 Making wise the simple – do you feel like…
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Recommended Bible Translations (Which Bible Is Best?)

https://youtu.be/pXElg3YZ7ME by Sean Finnegan Today after a quick review and an appeal to learn the biblical languages, I’ll recommend a number of Bible translations.  Although I’m hesitant to do this, so many have written in asking for it that I would be negligent to avoid making some recommendations in this last episode.  Additionally, we’ll cover…
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Spirit Who or Which? (Translating the Holy Spirit)

https://youtu.be/m4FSF-50_Xw by Sean Finnegan This is our fifth and final example of bias in translation. After this episode, we'll have one more to conclude our class on How We Got the Bible.  Today our focus is God's spirit.  Should it have an uppercase 'S' or a lowercase 's?'  Should pronouns referring back to spirit be…
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Did Jesus Claim to Be “The Great I AM” in John 8:58?

https://youtu.be/jzheOdj0cFg by Sean Finnegan Did Jesus claim to be "The Great I AM" in John 8.58?  If not, what was he saying?  In this episode we examine the alleged parallel passage in Exodus where God reveals his name to Moses at the burning bush.  Next, we'll explore texts with the same Greek construction that Jesus…
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Fortified by Joy

https://youtu.be/V5lYHdsaB0g by John Cortright For more information visit lhim.org Nehemiah 8:1-3; 5-6; 8-12 There was weeping, yet the admonition was that the joy of the Lord was their strength! Ezra 3:10-13 – A similar experience of weeping and joy occurred when the foundation of the second temple was laid. Nehemiah 8:13-17 – They celebrated the…
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Firstborn Of or Firstborn Over

https://youtu.be/yo77X7P3rMg by Sean Finnegan Colossians 1.15 presents an interesting test case to examine translation bias.  Well meaning Bible students have taken this text in at least three different ways.  However, some translations, motivated by a fear that readers might see Christ as a member of creation, have increasingly pushed for seeing this text as proof…
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Fortified by Resilience

https://youtu.be/zqMdCHgUpD8 by Vince Finnegan For more information visit lhim.org Fortified with Resilience (the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness) Acts 14:1-2 Wherever and whenever Paul spoke, resistance arose. 3 When there was resistance, Paul reacted with more boldness. 5 The attack intensified. 6-7 Therefore, Paul’s determination intensified. 8-12 Zeus was the sky and thunder…
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Bow or Worship?

https://youtu.be/UdflgOON-g4 by Sean Finnegan How should translators render the word προκσυνέω (proskuneo) into English? Since this word has a range of meanings from bowing as a sign of respect to worshiping God, translators sometimes decide what English words to use based more on their theological presuppositions than the grammar or textual context. For example, some…
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God’s Form or God’s Nature

https://youtu.be/r5VvpQaKlas by Sean Finnegan This is our first of five examples of bias in translation. Today we’ll examine Philippians 2.6-7, specifically focusing on how translators render two important words (ἁρπαγμός harpagmon and μορφή morphe). We’ll see how a couple of the most popular evangelical versions break free from the underlying Greek syntax in order to…
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Bias in Bible Translations

https://youtu.be/HEJohVFKxWg by Sean Finnegan Last time we evaluated two popular single-translator Bibles: the Message and the Passion Translation.  This time, we're switching gears to consider committee-based versions.  I want to shine a spotlight on the whole subject of bias in translation in an effort to point out what often goes unnoticed.  We'll consider both the…
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Evaluating the Message Bible and the Passion Translation

https://youtu.be/JZ1Gk7or_XY by Sean Finnegan Last time we looked at the King James version which is one of the strictest formal equivalence Bibles every made.  This time we are going to analyze two Bibles on the other end of the spectrum: the Message Bible and the Passion Translation.  These two versions share a number of characteristics…
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Evaluating the King James Version

https://youtu.be/nCaANNXT0Ps by Sean Finnegan What do you know about the King James Version?  Is it an accurate translation?  Does it have flaws?  Should you use it as a measuring stick for other translations?  In today's episode, we'll cover the making of the KJV of the Bible, going back to William Tyndale's courageous work before delving…
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Gender in Bible Translation

https://youtu.be/6bZugfhX0TQ by Sean Finnegan Did you know that controversies surrounding how to translate gender in the Bible had a major impact on Bible translation over the last 30 years?  In this episode we'll briefly overview various feminist movements before examining the NRSV, which proved to be a forerunner for gender inclusive Bible translations.  Next we'll…
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Bible Translation Default Decisions

https://youtu.be/HPKVeNFEvnQ by Sean Finnegan This time, we need to take a look at five major default decisions translation teams make at the outset. 1. Units of Measurement and Currency 2. Hebrew Idioms 3. English Vocabulary 4. Editorial Enhancements 5. God's Name By becoming familiar with these five topics, you'll be able to better assess English…
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Bible Translation Philosophies

https://youtu.be/OTalda3J_eQ by Sean Finnegan As it turns out, English Bible translators divide into two broad styles of translation: formal equivalence and dynamic equivalence.  In this episode we’ll explore these two translation philosophies and the trade offs each makes in order to produce English Bibles. For more information visit lhim.org
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Two Uncorrected Corruptions

https://youtu.be/sdWcvrXtmi4 by Sean Finnegan Last time we covered two corrected corruptions (1 Timothy 3.16 and 1 John 5.7).  This time we'll consider two uncorrected corruptions, including the long ending on Mark (16.9-20) and the passage about the adulterous woman that Jesus saves (John 7.53-8.11).  Although these two texts are not found in the earliest and…
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Two Corrected Corruptions

https://youtu.be/X3AksNPFVCY by Sean Finnegan Today we move from learning about manuscripts and textual criticism to actually doing textual criticism.  I've chosen two well-known corruptions to illustrate the process of textual criticism: 1 Timothy 3.16 and 1 John 5.7.  In each of these cases scribes have altered the text of scripture and we have the manuscript…
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Love in Times Like These

https://youtu.be/TwGk7WI_59Q by Vince Finnegan For more information visit lhim.org Ephesians 1:4-5   God made a deliberate choice, predetermined by His love, for you to be His child. 1:15   The proper response to God’s love for us is to love all the saints. 2:1-9   His great love wherewith He loved us is entirely beyond human merit. 3:17…
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New Testament Textual Criticism

https://youtu.be/N1er5hDQAi0 by Sean Finnegan Last time we surveyed five hundred years of New Testament textual criticism.  Today we address the process by which these scholars have done and continue to do their work.  We'll see how they weigh internal and external evidence.  We'll cover reasoned eclecticism (Bruce Metzger), the refined documentary approach (Philip Comfort), and…
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Reconstructing the New Testament

https://youtu.be/gb0_2GeKTwI by Sean Finnegan Before we can understand how textual scholars do their work today, it's important to understand the history of how they have endeavored to reconstruct the Greek New Testament over the years.  In this episode you'll learn about the rich and important history of how our understanding of the Greek New Testament…
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Peacemakers in Times Like These

https://youtu.be/-MSzrmm3Rfk by John Cortright For more information visit lhim.org Jesus taught us how to live in his day and time, and these principles are still true today, even in times like these in which we find ourselves in 2020. Matthew 5:1-16 The beatitudes or “blessed attitudes” provide us with guidance as to how we as…
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Other New Testament Manuscripts

https://youtu.be/5v-PAT6dwe0 by Sean Finnegan We've been working our way through the various sources for our Greek New Testament.  We've looked at the papyri and the uncials, but there is so much more to consider.  In fact, the New Testament papyri and uncials combined make up less than 2% of our manuscripts.  Today, we'll consider the…
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Greek New Testament Uncials

https://youtu.be/Le2LuNJL8Dk by Sean Finnegan Today we are moving into our second group of New Testament manuscripts--the uncials.  However, before describing them, we'll need to focus on how Christian scribes went about their work.  As it turns out the situation is quite different than the Jewish scribes who preserved the Hebrew Bible.  Then we'll follow the…
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Greek New Testament Papyri

https://youtu.be/dWugeANgmR8 by Sean Finnegan Today we are shifting gears from the Old Testament to the New Testament, from Hebrew manuscripts to Greek ones.  We'll begin with the earliest evidence for the Greek New Testament, the papyri.  Made from the papyrus plant, approximately 130 of these manuscripts survive today in museums around the world.  In this…
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Jewish Bible Translations

https://youtu.be/GsWOaIgcKdQ by Sean Finnegan Today we are going to take a brief break from manuscripts and dip our toes into the pool of Bible translations.  Specifically, we'll take a look at six of the most prominent Jewish translations of the Hebrew Bible, including: Jewish Publication Society (1917) Koren Jerusalem Bible (1961) New Jewish Publication Society…
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Full of the Spirit

https://youtu.be/G4aT9lZ3nwk by Vince Finnegan For more information visit lhim.org Acts 6:1-5 The requirements: 1. Good reputation, 2. Full of spirit, and 3. Wisdom Stephen was a man full of faith and of the holy spirit. 7-8 Stephen was full of grace and power. He walked with the manifestations of the spirit. 10 Could not cope…
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Determining the Best Hebrew Reading

https://youtu.be/7Sg4zmH0cuo by Sean Finnegan For our Hebrew Bibles we have three main groups of manuscripts to compare: the Masoretic Text group, the Samaritan Pentateuch group, and the Septuagint group.  Each of these groups contain many manuscripts with the Masoretic Text group containing the most.  In this episode of How We Got the Bible, we're going…
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Samaritan Pentateuch and Ancient Translations

https://youtu.be/OXN5y30VsdE by Sean Finnegan In this class, "How We Got the Bible," we're continuing on in our quest to understand the sources for the Hebrew Bible.  We've already covered the Masoretic Text and the Dead Sea Scrolls, but we have one last important Hebrew source to look at before surveying several significant ancient translations.  As…
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Earliest Hebrew Manuscripts

https://youtu.be/p6KEcc2Rm5k by Sean Finnegan Last time we looked at the Hebrew manuscripts known as the Masoretic Texts from the middle ages. Today, we’ll focus on the earliest Hebrew manuscripts ever found, including those at the Cairo Genizah, the Ein-Gedi Scroll, the Nash Papyrus, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the Ketef Hinnom Silver Scroll. This is…
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The Masoretic Text

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1E_9mmCXbMM&feature=youtu.be by Sean Finnegan This class covers the transmission of manuscripts as well as the translation process so you understand where Bibles come from. This episode focuses on the manuscripts that underlie the Masoretic Text. You’ll learn about the Aleppo Codex: probably the most accurate Masoretic Text on the planet. We’ll cover the Leningrad Codex…
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Pentecost: God’s Spirit Poured Out

https://youtu.be/9pfrKW8DwjM Acts 2:1-4 Pentecost is a Jewish festival (Feast of Weeks) celebrating the first fruits of the wheat harvest (Exodus 34:22). Jewish men from all over the Middle East would make pilgrimage to Jerusalem to participate. This would be an ideal time to reach a maximally diverse group of Jews in one sermon! The fire…
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How We Got the Bible

https://youtu.be/Xe3sqndBhN0 Are you curious how we get our English Bibles? Have you ever wondered about the manuscripts and the translation process? Join Sean Finnegan as he leads you through a journey of discovery to understand where we get our Bibles from?
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God’s Spirit in Action

https://youtu.be/3iXSJB8mpKg God has always worked with individuals throughout history.  Here is a select list of examples of God working with people through His spirit in Old Testament times. Genesis 41:33-40   Joseph’s prophecy and wisdom to prepare for the famine Exodus 31:1-11   Bezalel endowed with ability and intelligence for master craftsmanship Numbers 11:14-17, 24-30   Moses and…
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Holiday Dinner

We're planning a holiday dinner; please say you'll be here.  Let's celebrate the season with good friends and good cheer! Please bring a dessert to share. Let the warmth of friendship take the chill from the air, and the spirit of the season make winter easier to bear. Living Hope invites you and your family…
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Communion Service

Come to Living Hope this Sunday at 10:30 AM for a special Thanksgiving Communion service. This is such a great time of year to enjoy the family of God and to reflect on the blessings we have received. Let us take some time out this Sunday to remember the ultimate gift God has given us…
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Harvest Meal

Join us on Sunday for our Harvest Meal for a time to get together and enjoy the family of God. Please be sure to bring something to share with everyone, especially crock pots and pies. We look forward to seeing everyone there. Living Hope 458 Old Niskayuna Road Latham, NY 12110 Service begins at 10:30am;…
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Donald MacMillan Family Praise Service

Donald MacMillan of Scotland is visiting this weekend and will be sharing and leading us in a praise service at Living Hope on Saturday night at 7pm as well as helping out Sunday morning. This will be a great time to enjoy Christian music and extol our wonderful God together that you won't want to…
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