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Four Hundred Fifty To One
November 10, 2018
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“…I, even I only, remain a prophet of the LORD; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men” (I Kings 18:22) Odds and chances are concepts common to our current culture of gambling. Polling data and probability statistics are equally common to our present politics. Words such as likelihood…
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Hannah: Commendable & Unusual
October 8, 2018
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“…the name of the one was Hannah…” (I Samuel 1:2) Hannah stands spiritually above her contemporaries and counterparts even as Saul stood physically head and shoulders above the people of his day. Her quality of spirituality is both commendable and unusual. She demonstrated in her everyday life better Christian character…
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Say What? A Terrible “Bible” Argument
October 5, 2018
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I recently came across an argument by a professing Christian who was attempting to refute a fundamentalist (i.e. someone who believes the Bible) with what amounts to a full frontal assault on sola scriptura.  It is a weak assault, but an assault nonetheless.  It goes like this: “Christ Himself is…
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3 Reasons to Think Biblically About Everything
October 2, 2018
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We Christians are often guilty of “compartmentalizing”; that is, placing God in his little box while we--living in the “real world”--take care of our own problems and live according to our own devices. But the Bible advances a different view of reality. On this view, there is no ultimate significance…
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The Grace of His Lips
September 24, 2018
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Grace is the means by which I become a Christian, and faith is the mechanism that makes those means effectual. Put another way, faith is the hand that reaches up to God to access the grace I must have in order to get saved. By whom also we have access by faith…
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How To Deal With Pride (Part 2)
September 10, 2018
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Proverbs 16:17-25, The highway of the upright is to depart from evil:  he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.  Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.  Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud. …
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The #1 Way to Mishandle the Word of God
August 27, 2018
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Perhaps one of the saddest trends in the church writ large is the misuse of Scripture to justify means apart from the intended truth of the text. Prosperity preachers often misuse the Scriptures to gain the financial support of their followers. “Emergent” preachers misconstrue the teachings of Jesus by boiling…
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Giving Grace
August 19, 2018
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Peter tells us that grace is a many-splendored thing. (I Peter 4:10)Thus far we have examined two aspects of grace, saving grace – the unmerited favor that results in my salvation, and helping grace – the unmerited favor that helps me to do what God tells me to do. In this post I…
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How To Deal With Pride (Part 1)
August 16, 2018
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Proverbs 16:17-25, The highway of the upright is to depart from evil:  he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.  Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.  Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud. …
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Implications of Sola Scriptura
July 22, 2018
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Sola scriptura is a term first applied during the Reformation period that refers to the acceptance of Scripture alone as the only infallible source of truth, and therefore the highest and final authority in all matters of faith and practice. But as alluded to in a previous post, the term…
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