Category Archives: Glad Tidings

Hold Fast to the End

In uncertain times, we may think that we know the will of Yahweh but, due to circumstances, may waver in our faith. Our faith might falter because life is generally not linear; life may take many twists and turns. We start out with great commitment, and then as different situations arise, we may wane in…
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Healing Is an Aspect of Salvation

Isaiah 53 is the great chapter in the OT that foretells God’s plan of salvation through Jesus Christ. Former prophecies of the Messiah and the message of salvation were presented in veiled form. But here, for the first time, it is set forth with magnificent clarity. The prophecy was written in the past tense as…
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Is God Greater Than Jesus?

Most Christians believe God and His Son have an equality of essence. However, when we ask what “essence” refers to, proponents of this view typically tell us that such mysteries are beyond our comprehension. If we ask logical questions like, “How can one who died for our sins be equal to one who cannot die?”…
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Who Were the Samaritans?

In the Gospel of John, Jesus, on his way to Galilee from Jerusalem, encountered a Samaritan woman at a well. There she asks him an unusual question, “How can you being a Jew ask me for a drink when the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans?” (John 4:3-7). The Samaritans are mentioned in the…
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Time Periods in the Bible: How Should We Read the Gospels?

As I mentioned in the last article on time periods, there are many things from the Gospels that are directly applicable to the modern-day Christian. Much of Jesus’ teaching ministry focused on how the disciples should act and walk with God after he was gone. However, there were many things that Jesus did because he…
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Love Never Fails

1 Corinthians 13 is beautifully placed between chapters that challenge believers to live in love with one another, especially in the church. Chapter 13 on love sets the heart of how we are able to manage living in this world with all our relational ups and downs. If we heed the words taught in this…
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Jesus’ Example of Endurance

Many of the events that preceded Jesus’ suffering and crucifixion focused on his hope thereby preparing him to endure. An example of this is when Jesus said to his disciples, “Some of those who are standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God after it has come with power”…
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Salt & Light

We live in a challenging and draining time. The stock market is at a record high, while many small businesses have closed permanently, and those that remain are stymied by short staffing. Inflation is on the rise, supply shortages abound, and real-estate prices have skyrocketed. Additionally, societal problems continue to plague us from mass shootings,…
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Time Periods in the Bible: Jesus Preparing His Disciples

In the introductory article on time periods, we considered the idea that much of the Gospels are actually applicable for the church. While some would agree, others (mostly dispensationalists) might find that statement shocking. There are dispensationalists that focus almost entirely on the Epistles, saying that the other parts of the Bible are “for our…
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Anxiety and Worry, Scriptures and Prayer

Luke 21:34-36. Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation [corruptness] and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap; for it will come upon all those who dwell on the face of all the earth. But keep on…
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Honesty

2 Peter 1:2. Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. “Grace” and “peace” are part of the greetings in every church Epistle. Grace is God’s divine favor, His kindness, His blessings as a free gift; and peace is tranquility, freedom from disturbance. These blessings can…
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Elisha, a Type of Jesus as “Father”

The Old Testament is full of typology concerning Christ Jesus of Nazareth. The sacrificial system of the law serves as type for the sacrifice that Jesus made for all of humanity. Passover shows that through the sacrifice of a lamb, death passed over those of obedience. Similarly, the sacrifice of Jesus (the Lamb of God)…
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Time Periods in the Bible: Introduction

One of the most important keys to understanding the Bible is discerning how to apply what is written based on the time period in which it was written and the audience for whom it was intended. When discussing this topic, current theology provides basically two major options: dispensationalism and covenant theology. In this article, we…
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What the World Needs Now…Is Godly Justice and Kindness

If you think back to your childhood, you can certainly think of a time when you were accused of doing something you did not do and received a punishment for it – especially if you had siblings and/or cousins. Many times the unjust judgment did not include any kindness, and the resulting feeling was despair,…
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God is Our Refuge

God desires to show us the path of life, especially in times of trouble. He can make all things work together for good as Romans 8:28 states: “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Some…
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Our Jealous God

At least seven times throughout the Bible, God says that He is a jealous God.1 Sadly, it’s easy to misunderstand and stumble over the idea of God’s jealousy as Oprah Winfrey did when she heard about it in church. She said: “I happened to be sitting in church in my late twenties, and I was…
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Coming Back

As you begin a new year, it’s a good time to take stock of your relationship with God.  Often this means taking a hard look at your life, thought patterns, and habits to honestly evaluate them in light of Scripture.  When you honestly do that, you may discover that you’ve fallen short of God’s standards. …
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A Season of Unexpected Grief and Blessing

It’s been a couple of months since my father-in-law passed away suddenly after a short battle with cancer, which ushered our family into a season of unexpected grief and loss. Surprisingly, it’s also been a season of great blessing for our family as we have experienced the loving-kindness, the comfort, and the faithfulness of God…
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Yahweh’s Characteristics

What words would describe me? If one would ask acquaintances and close friends about who I am, they would have differing ways of explaining me. Professional associates would have divergent opinions. Also, there is my family with even more depictions. The adjectives used may be accurate and some not. It depends on the person’s experiences…
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Love and Truth

In the Scriptures, we see an undeniable connection between love and truth, while in the world, truth (right doctrine) is often dismissed as irrelevant. The Epistles of second and third John illustrate the interdependent relationship that love has with truth. 2 John 1:1-3. The elder to the chosen lady and her children, whom I love…
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The Power of Unity in a Polarized Time

A woman driving on a bridge spots a man standing on the edge, getting ready to jump.  Pulling over, she jumps out of the car and shouts, “Stop!” The man turns and says, “Why should I?” The lady asks, “Are you religious?” “Yes,” the man replies. “Me too.  Are you Christian?” she asks. “Yes.” Walking…
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Blessed Are the Merciful

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. Matthew 5:7 As we continue through the beatitudes, I think this beatitude is core to how we look and interact with the world. This verse is not solely external. Where we are at internally with our relationship with God and how we view all that God…
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Giving Thanks Honors Yahweh

Much has been expounded upon concerning the topic of thankfulness in secular and religious writings and literature. It is a general, cultural norm to be thankful to others. As children, we are frequently reminded to say “thank you” when appropriate. The idea is that someone has done a gesture or said a kind thing that…
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Prayer and The Spiritual Warfare

Whenever someone hears the word of the Kingdom, the evil one (Matthew 13:19), also called Satan (Mark 4:16) and the devil (Luke 8:12), attacks endeavoring to steal the word from the person. Without exception, everyone who hears is targeted. The parable of the sower that is recorded in the above verses also reveals that the…
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Abraham’s Audacious Faith

Freeze the scene.  The knife gleams in the blinding sun.  Lifted high above his head, his hand firmly grips the handle, knuckles bulging.  His eyes, open, are intensely focused on the object of his aim.  Isaac bound, looks up in fear, knowing his father has made up his mind.  A little further out, a ram…
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Hungering

I think that the next beatitude in our path is Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” There are quite a few ways that you can interpret this verse, and I am just going to give you the one that I think is the best. It…
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Yahweh is Leading the Expedition – Are You Following?

In the Old Testament there are three books (Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther) that are historical records between 538 BC and 415 BC. These books record the time at the end of the 70 year period of exile of the Jews from Jerusalem. Around 538 BC, King Cyrus was the ruler of Persia.  One priest, Ezra,…
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Hellenism and Christianity, Part 6: Trinity

God’s proper name, Yahweh, occurs almost seven thousand times in the Old Testament, and hundreds of times, we are told that Yahweh is God. In the New Testament, we learn that Jesus is the Son of God and our Lord and Savior. A few times, Jesus told someone he was the Christ, but most often,…
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A Biblical Response to Racism

Over the last couple of months, our society has focused a great deal on racism, especially with respect to African Americans.  Although our present issue is complex and polarizing, what the Bible teaches on this subject is straightforward and clear.  Let us begin with creation itself. Genesis 1:12, 20, 25. The earth brought forth vegetation,…
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Immanuel

Have you ever wondered why we sing songs about Emmanuel at Christmas, or why it was said that the Messiah would be called by this name and yet he never was? I have. Isaiah 7 foretells of what the angel told Joseph in Matthew 1:18-25. Before we read Isaiah, the following is important to know.…
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The Power of Meekness

For those of you who drive, have you ever been in the left hand lane on the highway and the car in front of you is driving slower than you want? For those of you who don’t drive yet, you can imagine the classic slow walker in school or at a grocery store? It can…
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Wanted and Loved by Yahweh

One of the major themes of today is that of people feeling “different” and “not wanted.” Fears run rampant of abandonment, not being important enough to be welcomed, and feeling like one is “in the way” or a “bother” all the time. In this state of thinking, it is difficult for us to recognize the…
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Hellenism and Christianity, Part 5: Unconditional Immortality

Joel W Hemphill in his book Glory to God in the Highest provides a description of Socrates that is eye popping. While reading Joel’s description, remember that Socrates is the forerunner and teacher of Plato and then Plato of Aristotle. “Not only were Socrates’ fellow Athenians disturbed by his personal appearance, lack of hygiene, and…
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The Text of the New Testament by Sean Finnegan

Last time, we looked at the Hebrew manuscripts from which we derive our Old Testament translations.  This time, we will turn our attention to the Greek manuscripts that ultimately result in our New Testament translations.  Getting an understanding of manuscripts, both their discovery and comparison, will help explain why certain translations of the Bible are…
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Endurance and Perseverance

To persevere. To endure. These two words are similar in meaning. They mean to remain, to bear up under pressure, or to have the ability to withstand hardship or adversity. They especially mean the ability for a person to sustain a prolonged stressful effort, activity, or suffering. As you are reading this, you may be…
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Mourning That’s Worth It

This period’s beatitude is like a living enigma in my mind and without a living God makes absolutely no sense. Matthew 5:4 says, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” The word “mourn” can also mean sadness.  Let’s attempt to read in our definition of “blessed” from my last article. “Happy” are…
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Jesus Christ – Our Peace in Troubled Times

Change can happen quickly! In recent days, daily life has been turned upside down and challenged in ways none of us ever expected. Shortages and closures have forced us to realize that we can’t take things for granted. On top of all this, social distancing and isolation can lead to loneliness and anxiety for many…
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We Need Each Other

The recent situation with the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic and the entire world’s response to this disease has caused me to look more closely at our need for each other.  Mankind was not meant to be alone.  We were designed to be interdependent on one another.  From the very start when Adam, the first man, was…
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Hellenism and Christianity, Part 4: Purgatory and Preexistence

Purgatory The idea of purgatory as a physical place that people could enter after death became a Roman Catholic doctrine in the late 11th century. Medieval theologians concluded that the purgatorial punishments consisted of literal fire. The Roman Catholic Church purports that the living can help those whose purification from their sins is not yet…
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The Scriptures Contain God’s Word And Will

The Bible comprises God’s Word and will. Everything we need to know pertaining to life and godliness come through God’s true knowledge found in the Scriptures. 2 Peter 1:2-3   Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; seeing that His divine power has granted to us…
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Be Holy For I Am Holy

Leviticus is one of the strangest and most intriguing books of the Bible.  More than a few well-intended folks trying to follow a read-the-Bible-in-a-year plan have perished trying to cross the vast terrain of Leviticus with its seemingly endless details about the long lobe of the liver in a sacrifice or the rules about beasts…
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Hellenism And Christianity, Part 2

The September/October Glad tidings has the first article on this subject wherein was stated the toxic effects of Hellenism upon Christianity. After the death of the original apostles in the latter part of the first century and the centuries following, the “church fathers,” considered eminent theologians, started to change the doctrine set forth in the…
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Loving And Respecting Yahweh

It appears that today our culture embraces a “victim” mentality. As Americans, we appear to take freedom to mean we are free from guilt, fault, and responsibility for our own actions. A comedian, Flip Wilson, in the early 1970’s made a career out of the saying, “The devil made me do it.” It became a…
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Facing Anxiety

Anxiety is on the rise in America. Anxiety disorders afflict an astounding 40 million adults in the United States today according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Keeping in mind that these include only those with official diagnoses. The actual number of those vexed by chronic anxiety is likely much higher. Beyond these…
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Hellenism and Christianity

Hellenism refers to the achievements and influence of the Greeks in social and political institutions including the arts, science, philosophy, morals, and religion. In ancient Greek mythology, the term comes from Hellen (a man, not a woman), whose parents were saved from a devastating flood that destroyed all of creation. His parents, Deucalion and Pyrrha,…
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Praising Yahweh

At this holiday time of our calendar year, everyone is thinking about joy and happiness either from a standpoint of having joy from Yahweh in their hearts, or from a bah, humbug, joyless frame of mind that comes from being distant from Yahweh. People also can become anxious about New Year’s resolutions saying, “What does…
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The Bible’s View of the Human Body, 5: Personhood Theory

The Bible’s nuanced and practical view of the body has lost much ground in our culture today.  In its place, a new understanding has grown up that draws a strong distinction between the body and the mind.  Much of this thinking grew out of the work of René Descartes (1596-1650), a French philosopher and mathematician…
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Parenting Children

On a recent Sunday during our church service, I noticed several babies under a year old whose little bright faces were peering over their mother’s shoulders at those who were behind their parents. Such happy faces and sweet smiles!  Before the service began, one young preschooler was on her grandfather’s lap with her head on…
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REST

The Lord Jesus Christ promised that, no matter the stormy circumstance of life, we can enter into a safe and protected haven with him. Living in an age that has Satan as its god plus the constant struggle with our own sin nature and our concern for loved ones and other matters sometimes invokes weariness…
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Part 5, CHURCH IN SARDIS, 3:1-6

The second and third chapters of Revelation record Jesus’ communication to seven of the churches in Asia. This article is the fifth in a series of seven reviewing these chapters. Although Jesus spoke specifically to each church, his message is of great significance to all who want to enter the Kingdom of God. "To the…
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Children are a Gift from the LORD Part 1

Yahweh makes a consistent point that if we have the gift of children, we are to teach and train them according to the Word of God. One of the first commandments that Yahweh gave to Adam and Eve was to be fruitful and multiply. Being fruitful and multiplying means to have children.  Genesis 1:28a   God…
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The Bible’s View of the Human Body, 4: Boundaries

Since we have both God’s original design as well as fallenness in our bones, we cannot simply seek to fulfil our bodily appetites whenever we feel an urge.  Owing to “the flesh,” our desires are not always in tune with God’s original good design.  We can see this easily, using the illustration of eating a…
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CHURCH IN THYATIRA 2:18-29

The second and third chapters of Revelation record Jesus’ communication to seven of the churches in Asia. This article is the fourth in a series of seven reviewing these chapters. Although Jesus spoke specifically to each church, his message is of great significance to all who want to enter the Kingdom of God. And to…
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The Bible’s View of the Human Body 3: Beauty

We can find at least two major opposing views of the human body in our culture today: apathy and vanity.  On the one hand, social scientists, queer theorists, and many in the media tell us that our physical bodies aren’t important.  Someone’s biology may be male, but if his mind disagrees, he may identify as…
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Treasure in My Heart

A wonderful believer was recounting a very serious family difficulty and remarked that in looking back on the tragic time, she saw where she would crumble in her trust that Yahweh would provide relief from the pain.  But, being the steadfast believer she is, this was short-lived.  The reason for the quick turn-around was, she…
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The Bible’s View of the Human Body 2: Holistic Redemption

Last time we looked at how the creation and fall affect how we think about our bodies.  We are at once the result of God’s magnificent design, bearing His image and simultaneously fallen, radically seeking our own selfish interests.  Thankfully, God does not leave us alone in this condition.  He has provided a solution to…
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Building Character

The following quotes (in paragraphs 2, 4, and 7-9) are from N.T. Wright’s book entitled: After You Believe (Why Christian Character Matters). The words in brackets in the following (paragraph 2) are my addition. To begin with, you have to grasp the fact that Christian virtue isn’t about you – your happiness, your fulfillment, your…
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Is That You, God?

John 8:47   He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God.” The NABRE states it this way:  “…because you do not belong to God.” This is a very bold and startling statement, but it answers the question, “God, is what I…
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CHURCH IN PERGAMUM – 2:12-17

The second and third chapters of Revelation record Jesus’ communication to seven of the churches in Asia. This article is the third in a series of seven reviewing these chapters. Although Jesus spoke specifically to each church, his message is of great significance to all who want to enter the Kingdom of God.   And…
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The Bible’s View of the Human Body 1: Creation and Fall

Between the apathy and reductionism of those who think our biological bodies don't matter and the vanity and superficiality of the celebrity culture that places ultimate value on appearance, the Bible offers a surprisingly elevated view of the body that engenders respect but not worship.  In a world of sexual harassment, abortion, and sex reassignment…
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Be Like Ezra

Ezra lived at a hinge time in history.  The Babylonians had demolished Judah and captured the people, bringing them to Babylon.  After seventy years, the Persian Empire overtook the Babylonians and permitted the Israelites to return home.  The reason for this traumatic series of events was the people’s idolatry.  God had prophesied through Jeremiah and…
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Overcomers (Study of 7 churches in Revelation) Part 2 – SMYRNA

The second and third chapters of Revelation record Jesus’ communication to seven of the churches in Asia. This article is the second in a series of seven reviewing these chapters. Although Jesus spoke specifically to each church, his message is of great significance to all who want to enter the Kingdom of God. CHURCH IN…
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Perfect High Priest (Part 5 – The Conclusion)

Upon concluding this study of Jesus’ role as the High Priest as outlined in the book of Hebrews, it is evident that Jesus’ past accomplishments and present exaltation point toward future fulfillment. Though there is a present, complete perfection wrought in his redemptive victory, and even though real authority over all things has been given…
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The LORD is my Banner

Many debate whether Yahweh is involved in our life events or not, and also, if He is involved, to what extent He is involved. Is He really interested in helping me with my problems? Is He really there to support me in times of trouble?  Let us look at a record of Moses leading the…
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Overcomers (Study of 7 Churches in Revelation)

Revelation, as the last book, projects into the future by using hundreds of quotations or allusions from the rest of the Bible. In addition to comprehensive eschatological (regarding end times) information, a remarkable, succinct compilation of descriptive information about Yahweh is set forth similar to the Torah when God first revealed Himself. In addition, a…
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Seeking Signs

While talking to a large group of people that included the Pharisees and Sadducees, Jesus stated boldly that those Pharisees who sought a sign are a wicked generation and will not see another sign other than the sign of Jonah. There were two signs that Jonah represented. One was the sign of being dead in…
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Perfect High Priest (Part Four)

A bold reality involved in the consideration of Jesus being our ultimate High Priest points to real typology as used quite a bit in the Bible. This theme reflects not a mere manmade allegory (after the fact), but a clear biblical display of “types” and “antitypes” according to God’s long-term purposes in the Messiah. “Typology”…
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Christ-Minded Service

Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to Jesus with her sons, bowing down and making a request of Him. (Matthew 20:20) The sons of Zebedee are James and John, who along with Peter were the three apostles Jesus trained the most. Their mother was among the women who ministered to Jesus according…
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The Confession of Sins

At the heart of redemption, Romans 4 declares the following assurance while using a quote from Psalm 32. Look at David, too, for a moment. He describes the blessedness of the man whom God reckons as righteous on a basis other than that of works when he says: Blessed are they whose transgressions have been…
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Habits of a Disciple: 6 Giving

When we lived in Georgia, Ruth and I visited Creflo Dollar’s church, the World Changer Dome, for a Sunday service.  We went to fulfill an assignment for our preaching class to attend a service different from our own tradition and write a report about it.  We parked far away from the large building.  So many…
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ADVERSITY AND BLESSINGS

Are a life of adversity and a life of blessings diametrical opposites or complementary realities for a believer? David, one of our great patriarchs and role models, lived a life filled with adversity and extraordinary blessing. He authored many of the Psalms that revealed his thoughts and actions in the midst of his struggles. David’s…
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Living Water

A few summers ago, some relatives and I decided to climb one of the eleven thousand foot peaks in Utah’s Wasatch Range. They were having a heat wave, with temperatures forecast to be 105 in the desert valley. But we figured that if we could start before dawn we could outclimb the heat, and we…
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Nature, Nurture, and Faith

With advances in the past twenty years, geneticists have greatly increased our understanding of how DNA effects our human development.  Neuroscientists, bolstered by incredible imaging techniques that show activity on the molecular level of the brain, report about phenomenal electromagnetic, neurochemical, and physiological workings of our brain.  Psychologists in the past thirty years have been…
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Magnified Word

How do we avoid the devastation of sin? In Psalm 119:11, the psalmist gives valuable input. “Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You.” When God’s Word is our treasure (that which we value most), sin has much less of an appeal to us. In the King James…
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Forgive

Dear Ones, David’s beloved son Absalom premeditated a coup that caused a revolution in Israel that in the end cost the lives of over 22,000 Israelites. Absalom enticed many of the influential men in David’s kingdom to join him in the revolt such as the man Amasa. He was the first cousin of Absalom because…
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KINGDOM JUSTICE

“Lord, teach us to pray,” Jesus’ disciples said, and for the second time, he taught what is today commonly called the Lord’s Prayer. With the prayer he gave instruction to avoid hypocritical attention seeking and meaningless rote repetition; yet, he said to offer the prayer at least daily. Noteworthy is the substantial emphasis placed on…
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Habits of a Disciple: 5 Evangelism

It was a warm sunny day when Sal, Jaired, and I went to Washington Park in Albany looking for someone to talk to about the gospel.  It was Sal’s turn.  He had watched me talk to some folks, but now he was going to give it a try.  He spotted a middle-aged African American man…
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Conquering Conflict Part 2 Matthew 5 in Practice

Every time I look at an antique music box that is prominently displayed in my home, I have conflict within myself.  I love the music box because it belonged to my paternal grandmother’s family.  It is a very beautiful one and works perfectly.  The problem is it does not have a lid because around 25…
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Congo Connection

Here are a few updates from our brothers and sisters in the two Congo countries.   Special Children’s Day in Kinshasa – December 25 On Christmas Day in Kinshasa, the capital city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a large special fellowship meeting was held. This day-long event was dedicated to the many children…
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By This We Know

Much of the New Testament was written against the backdrop of the lure of false religion. For example, in the early years of Christianity, shortly after Paul and Barnabas first travelled to the southern part of the province of Galatia, where churches were established in the cities of Pisidian Antioch, Iconium, Lystra, and Derbe (Acts…
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The Stability Of Thy Times

Isaiah 33:5,6 The LORD is exalted; for he dwelleth on high: he hath filled Zion with judgment and righteousness. And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the LORD is his treasure.   The people of God in the days of Isaiah had turned away…
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FEAR RUINS FAITH

Fear is devastating to faith! Fear has torment and often is the gateway for many other ungodly emotions such as hate, envy, covetousness, anger, and aggressive hostility. The most distressing and demoralizing consequence of fear is how it ruins our relationship with God. Yet, God has not given us the spirit of fear but rather…
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The Reality of Christ’s Presence

A few years ago, a Memphis TV station aired this story, which later gained national attention, about a courageous woman named Pauline Jacobi.   92-year-old Pauline Jacobi reads her Bible every day. Her strong faith keeps her going in life and may have saved it after she almost became the victim of a parking lot…
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Conquering Conflict Part 1 Godly and Ungodly Conflict

Since Adam and Eve’s fall and the entrance of sin into the world, humankind has engaged in all kinds of conflict. Some of these conflicts are so serious they lead to dire consequences. Serious breaches cause discord in the body of Christ that are the result of unresolved conflict or conflict that was more like…
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Habits of a Disciple: 4 Fellowship

As I stood on the sidewalk, relieved that the heat of the summer day had finally passed, the sounds and sights of the street washed over my senses like a deluge of water over a levee.  Everywhere, people were spilling out onto the sidewalk and the road from the nearby shops, the smell of alcohol…
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WAIT ON YAHWEH

At the age of 17, Joseph (his father’s favorite) had 11 brothers and one sister.  The resentful brothers would have killed him unless Judah suggested they sell him to Ishmaelites. “Why not make a few dollars and still get rid of the brat!” At such a young age, he was ripped from father’s house and…
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Three Superlative Feasts Part Two

In Part One we briefly viewed how the Passover Feast celebrated in Hezekiah's time of extreme reforms in Judah compared favorably to the previous times of dedicating the temple (and a Feast of Booths) during Solomon's reign over a strongly united Israel, an event that had occurred almost three centuries earlier. What made the feast…
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Busy doing what?

“How are you doing?” he asked. The response, “I am very busy, so I’m doing good.” Conversations like this one are not uncommon in our very busy world today. We have connected busyness with doing well as if it were some kind of virtue. With all the advanced information and communication technology available, it seems…
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Kingdom of God from Isaiah

The phrase “kingdom of God” is not found in the Old Testament although the concept regarding God’s Kingdom is written in every Old Testament book. Jesus, however, used the phrase often and the metaphorical equivalent “kingdom of Heaven,” in which “heaven” represents God. Jesus either coined the phrase or more likely, it was commonly used…
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Three Superlative Feasts (Part One)

In arenas of modern excitement about famous achievements, it is commonplace that people attribute majestic titles or descriptions to what is highly valued. For example, one might say, “That was the most awesome football game ever played!" People even produce statistical research and polls of popular opinion to assign lists of perceived greatness: "the top…
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Yahweh Preserves the Faithful

As the year begins, it is good to renew ourselves to living an even greater life that is more faithful to Yahweh and to continue to allow Him to fight our battles and preserve us for the ultimate victory of entrance into the Kingdom. Many wonderful and glorious miracles will likely happen this year as…
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Congo Connection

This past summer has been very eventful in the 2 Congo countries, Here are a few highlights of what our brothers and sisters in Central Africa have been up to:   Annual National Fellowship Meetings In August, The Way Restored fellowships held their annual meeting in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo…
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Grief and Loss – Joy and Victory

This may seem like an “odd” article topic for November and December. Actually, it is very on point. So many struggle with God, family, and others during the holidays because of unresolved grief and loss. This is the year to accept God’s deliverance. If we take the time to search our life, at some point…
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Habits of a Disciple: 3 Serving

I used to wait tables at Long Horn Steakhouse when I was going to the Atlanta Bible College. It was a great job for a lot of reasons. In particular, it taught me about service. You see my title was “server.” We had twelve steps of service, and the managers expected us to hit each…
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Something To Consider

Dear One, The United States is very blessed to have the national holiday of Thanksgiving! With our eyes upon God’s goodness and grace, we can overflow with gratitude every day and thereby live a rich life. The Scriptures repeatedly encourage us to be thankful. Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk…
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Shut Up!

Nowadays, in modern America, one can say, "Shut up!", in a lighthearted way as an equivalent idiom for saying, "No way!" The literal idea might be expressed as, "That is incredible!" Nevertheless, there is no mistaking what is meant when even a faint hint of assertiveness or anger is injected into "Shut up!" If one…
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EMPATHETIC CONSCIOUSNESS

The degree to which we are able to know God is restricted for obvious reasons. Although we are too limited to comprehend the vastness of God, we can gain some understanding about Him from His creation and the Scriptures. Due to His grace and lovingkindness, we can marginally acknowledge His creativeness, omnipotence, omniscience, and omnipresence.…
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Examining Ourselves

Examine yourselves: are you in the faith? Check yourselves out. Or do you not think of yourselves as having Jesus Christ in your midst? Because if not, you have failed. 2 Corinthians 13:5 (Unvarnished NT) But a man must examine himself, and in so doing he is to eat of the bread and drink of…
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Godly Contentment

As is recorded in the earliest chapters of Genesis, we see that mankind became discontented. Adam and Eve lived in paradise and communed with Yahweh, yet wanted something more. Adam’s son, Cain, wanted what his brother Abel had. Joseph’s brothers were jealous of his relationship with their father, so they planned to dispose of Joseph.…
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THE CALL OF GOD TO GO INTO THE HARVEST – Part 2

Matthew 9:35-38 – Jesus was going through all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness. Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said…
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Habits of a Disciple: 1 Scripture Reading

Today, the entire Bible is available in 531 languages. Over forty writers contributed to it over 1,500 years. It is the most accessible book in the world with countless websites, apps, and paper copies available absolutely free. All of this seems even more impressive once we realize that the Bible is not a small book.…
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Righteousness

Heroin, cocaine, crack, methamphetamine, marijuana ‒ which is the most dangerous drug of all? In my experience after decades of counseling hundreds of drug users and addicts, without doubt marijuana is the most dangerous. The detrimental effects with all the others are far more immediate and devastating with the addicts experiencing jail, institutions, or death.…
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Something to consider

God bless you in the name of Jesus Christ. Thinking about our God and Father is always good to do, and every so often, when times are hard, dwelling on Him, His promises, and hope is my only solace. What follows is something consider. I Love Thee, O LORD [Yahweh], my strength. The LORD [Yahweh]…
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THE CALL OF GOD TO GO INTO THE HARVEST – Part 1

A very interesting record occurs when Jesus was visiting a Samaritan village with his disciples.   John 4:31-36 Meanwhile the disciples were urging Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” But He said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” So the disciples were saying to one another, “No one brought Him…
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Mourning

Paul the apostle spent much time in the city of Corinth helping the young believers to develop. Sometime after his departure, word came back to him that they were struggling in many areas. God inspired Paul to write the epistle that is now referred to as First Corinthians wherein numerous confrontations are. The city of…
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Such Meaningful Contexts

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13 (KJV) Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. Romans 8:37 (KJV) These are among the wonderful verses that are popularly quoted in Christian circles, but often without regard to their meaningful contexts. There is certainly…
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Affectionate Compassion

Our theme for Family Camp this summer was Affectionate Compassion with the epistle of Philippians as our primary text. Since loving God and others is the Christian’s primary focus and it is impossible to love God without loving people, according to 1 John 4:20, learning how to relate properly to our fellowman is essential. Camp…
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A Tooth for a Tooth

The radical teachings of Jesus revolutionized Hebrew faith and culture and are the basis for the body of Christ today. One such teaching is found in Matthew 5:39. Matthew 5:39 But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.…
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Eye for an eye

Dr. Yaconis’ article “Tooth for a Tooth” pointed out that phrase of "an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth" is quoted from three places in the Old Testament. A careful examination of these verses in their context reveals that this phrase is dealing with the principle of proportionate retribution and compensation…
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Seek Yahweh: God’s Name was Lost in Translation

In the last book of the Old Testament, the prophet Malachi declares warnings and indictments against the people of God. They had forgotten Yahweh. The priests had despised His name (Malachi 1:6). This book was probably written around 433-430 BC[i]. It is the last of Hebrew Scriptures. In this small book of only four chapters,…
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Freed from Sin; Enslaved to God

In his teachings to the Jews at the temple, Jesus used himself as an example of how we are to live today to be Christians that are full of the holy spirit. Jesus first made it very clear that the Jews that were arguing with him were not free, even though the so-called believing Jews…
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Connections in Matthew

In day-to-day living, any one of us might navigate through complicated traffic patterns, proficiently use advanced technologies, demonstrate mastery of complex work skills, solve challenging puzzles and mysteries, and manage many other chores requiring sophisticated reasoning. It is easy to take for granted that we, as humans, are designed to "make connections" and apply them…
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Habits of a Disciple: Introduction

Imagine an alien from outer space observing a man walking his dog. The dog leaves the house first followed by a rope attached to a man carrying a plastic bag. The dog leads the man down the road until it has found a suitable time and place to excrete its bio waste. The larger following…
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Congo Connection

God has been doing some wonderful things in the two Congo countries through the ministries supported by Living Hope. Here are a few highlights.   Soul Winners Are Planting House Churches In the Republic of the Congo, a group of courageous individuals volunteered last fall to be sent out into various places in this country…
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Fellowship

The ancient city of Corinth was noted for its wealth and the luxurious, immoral conduct of its people. As Las Vegas is today, Corinth was in its day-“Sin City.” It was the place in the Roman Empire where people went to indulge in carnal pleasures. The believers in Corinth had difficulty separating themselves from the…
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JESUS’ GLORIFICATION

Hours before his incarceration, Jesus’ prayer revealed he had not yet been glorified but was earnestly anticipating it. “Jesus spoke these things; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You.” John 17:1   Early in his ministry, at the feast…
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The Big Picture

Going out my front door in winter, I see what looks like an upright bundle of prickly sticks, about fifteen feet tall. If I'd never seen such a growth before, I could wonder why such a scraggly looking monstrosity is planted in my front yard! But I know what will happen in the near future.…
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Sadness, Anxiety, and Depression

For many reasons as we are living in the world, we are assaulted with sadness, depression, and anxiety. Therefore the direct scriptural imperative to rejoice is needed but also challenging. Philippians 4:4-9 provides insight into the subject. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!” (4:4) Focus on the world around us or…
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Synchronized Life

Jesus always had his heart aligned with the will of God and his actions with his heart. He lived a perfectly synchronized life and thereby provided an excellent example for his disciples. Confronting the hypocritical Pharisees and Scribes, Jesus quoted from Isaiah – “This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far…
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In Any and Every Circumstance

If you are reading this article, then you have lived long enough to know that life has many twists and turns. Some we plan for, and some just happen unexpectedly. Even within 24 hours in a day, events can change from great to awful and back again. The Apostle Paul wrote to the Philippians that…
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Building Our Faith

Adam and Eve listened to Satan’s complaint that they actually did not have all that they could really have – they believed the lie that Yahweh’s provision was not enough. Genesis 3:5 For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing…
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Something to Consider: Stay Blessed

Dear Saints, As we move into the holiday season and the winter, developing a plan to stay blessed and godly instead of succumbing to the seasonal doldrums (a time of listlessness or despondency) is wise. A few suggestions to consider are to stay physically fit, push yourself to get out of the house and attend…
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Seek Yahweh: Who Was, Who Is, and Who Is to Come

Revelation is the last book of the New Testament canon. This book, written by the Apostle John, could have been written as late as 90 AD. There are no known Hebrew versions of it from the first 1,500 years of the Christian church; yet, Hebraic understanding of the name of God, Yahweh, can be seen…
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The Better Life

When we accept God’s redemption through the lordship of Christ, we receive a new and much better life. 2 Corinthians 5:14-17 succinctly states this new life. For the love of Christ controls [constrains or compels] us, having concluded this, that one [Jesus] died for all, therefore all died [the old you]; and He died for…
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God’s Design, Your Righteous Body

To become Christ-like, a process of change transforms us from the domain of the old man inner nature to the realm of a whole new inner man of Christ’s character. This becomes what we as Christians so desire to be – like Christ in our heart, soul, mind, and strength – so that it becomes…
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Unconditional Love vs. Always Nice

Recently, a pastor posted an article about how he would treat his kids if they turned out to be gay. His four promises to them were: he won’t keep his kids’ sexuality a secret, he’ll pray for them (but not for God to change them), he’ll love them, and he accepts that if they turn…
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Saints or Sinners

Have you ever heard someone say, “I’m just a sinner saved by grace”? The phrase has two main purposes: either we use it to express humility or to excuse our behavior. But, did you know that Scripture nowhere calls Christ’s followers sinners? Let’s take a look at what the Bible says about sinners in order…
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Unpacking Godliness

For the past six months, we moved in order to downsize so that we can have more time to spend with God and with our family. My first personal agenda was to rid myself of a lot of material items that I have used through the years but are not needed anymore. My second agenda…
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Grace

The definition of “grace” is unmerited (undeserved and unearned) but freely given love and favor of God toward man. To appreciate the full significance of grace requires diligent study of the Scriptures, prayer, thoughtful meditation, and life experience. The Epistle of Ephesians provides a good starting point. Ephesians 1:1 and 2 - Paul, an apostle…
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Is God’s Name “I Am?”

Growing up, one of my all-time favorite movies was (and still is) The Ten Commandments directed by the legendary director, Cecil B DeMille. While this movie is an epic rendition of the story of Moses, the writer’s handling of the name of God is quite unique and offers insight into modern thought regarding this subject.…
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God’s Family, a Symbiotic Loving Relationship

Dear Saints, “God’s Family, a Symbiotic Loving Relationship” was the title of my teaching during the Royal Family Reunion and the subject of this writing. “Symbiosis” is a word used in biology referring to the intimate living together of two dissimilar organisms in a mutually beneficial relationship. Yahweh’s family relationship designed by Him as a…
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Lead Us Not Into Temptation

  Our intention with this issue of Glad Tidings, as with all, is enrichment in your understanding of our Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus that inspires sharing the good news with others. Prayer is a vital part of our walk, so here is something to consider regarding the Lord’s Prayer. The foundational prayer Jesus…
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Follow

Although the latest statistics indicate that 2.2 of earth’s 6.9 billion inhabitants self-identify as Christian, it is hard to say how many actually follow Jesus. I remember a while back asking a friend’s mother if she was a Christian. She replied, “Of course, I am; I’m American, aren’t I?” I guess in her mind being…
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Flee From Idolatry

We know that we have been redeemed to glorify Yahweh, but we can never truly glorify God while having idols in our lives, in our hearts; that is the reason for our theme “Flee from idolatry.” Today, we will not necessarily see the idols, but it is through mystical chains, secret formulas that idolatry hides…
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Josiah

I was asked to share about a young man from the Bible who inspires me. I chose King Josiah. Josiah became king after 57 years of abhorrent evil and unrighteousness that had been brought to pass by his father, the short-reigning Amon, and his grandfather, Manasseh. The moral and spiritual decay of the kingdom was…
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Yahweh’s Eternal Desire

The understanding for life, human history, and the future of humanity is centered in discerning Yahweh’s eternal desire for His creation. His purpose for the ages starts to unfold with Israel as is succinctly expressed in a few verses: Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall…
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Ecclesiastes: Profound Wisdom for Today

A recent experience of having a category three tornado less than eight miles from our home gave me a realistic moment of thinking. “This could be it! God, please protect me.” Next, I thought about what if this was the end? What if life was over for me and I had no more time to…
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The Example of the Church in Thessalonica

In my previous article, we examined some Scriptures which show that when   someone has made a genuine commitment to follow Christ and to make him Lord, then his life will exhibit the qualities of true repentance. Now we will study the example of the believers in Thessalonica because they illustrate well the transformation that comes…
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Meditation upon Yahweh Our God (Psalm 1:1-3; 119:15, 97-99)

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1   You alone are the LORD [Yahweh]. You have made the heavens, the heaven of heavens with all their host, The earth and all that is on it, The seas and all that is in them. You give life to all of them…
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Christus Victor

Why did Jesus die? Although a skeptic might argue Jesus was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time when he angered the wrong people, those of us who believe in Jesus’ resurrection cannot let ourselves off the hook so easily. If the resurrection proves that Jesus was God’s anointed one—the Messiah—then, of course,…
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Overflowing With Joy

A common theme in many people’s lives is trying to figure out how to “let things go.” Those being let go generally are such things as past rejection, dysfunctional relationships, depressive thoughts, anger, fear, and un-forgiveness. It is very well understood that God does not want us holding onto negativity. Instead of negativity we are…
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I Bow My Knees

Ephesians 3 Prayer For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man; so that Christ may dwell in…
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Seek Yahweh: The Hebrew New Testament

There are no original New Testament manuscripts in extant. The oldest copies of the New Testament are Greek, dating from the late second century. By this time in history, in all Greek manuscripts, both Old and New Testament, the Tetragrammaton, the four letter name of God, does not appear. Rather, it had been replaced with…
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The Just Judge

Dear Saints,   Yahweh is the righteous Judge, and we can trust Him to do what is right, even if for now we must endure many injustices in the present evil world.   When Abraham bargained with Yahweh to save Sodom, according to Genesis 18:25, he understood that the Judge of the whole earth always…
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Congo Connection

As the gospel is being preached in the Congo, recent reports bring exciting news of many people being saved and lives changing through Christ.   Enter the Ark Program   The “soul-winners” who were sent out last summer to various cities in the Republic of the Congo are now mid-way through their year. Many people…
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Glory Of Yahweh

The tabernacle in the wilderness was a specific location for Yahweh to dwell among His people. He said of this place, Exodus 29:45-46 “I will dwell among the sons of Israel and will be their God. They shall know that I am the LORD [Yahweh] their God who brought them out of the land of…
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Hearing Yahweh

Moses had quite an experience when he heard Yahweh talk with him. There was a bush that appeared to be burning but was not being consumed with the fire. There was a voice that seemed to come from the bush. Moses bowed down. It was holy ground, and Yahweh, the Creator of all, was communicating…
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Love Prayer (Philippians 1:9-11)

9 - This I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, 10 - so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; 11- having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes…
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Seek Yahweh: Aramaic – Part 2

The earliest extant New Testament texts are in Greek. Manuscript Π 52 is considered the oldest, dated to the first half of the second century. There are several late second century and third century Greek papyri. Two famous Greek codices from the fourth century contain both Old and New Testaments – the Codex Siniaticus and…
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Delight

Yahweh’s great dream expressed often in the Scriptures is: “I will be your God, and you shall be My people.” God has always yearned for this loving relationship with man and has ensured that in the end it will be so. David is one who understood God’s desire and shared the same devotion in return.…
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