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Doctrinal Insurance (Faith of Our Fathers)

“11And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—16from whom...

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Thinking Christianly (February 14, 2019)

“Egypt will become a waste, and Edom will become a desolate wilderness, because of the violence done to the sons of Judah, in whose land they have shed innocent blood,” (Joel 3:19; NASB). On January 22, 2019, New York state legislators passed and the governor signed a bill into law allowing for the murder of the unborn for any reason or no reason up to the point of birth. Other states, such as Rhode Island, Virginia, and Illinois, have since entered the fray with their own bills pushing for even further deregulation. For many American Christians, this new wave of legislation and attempted legislation has served to be a wake up call on the issue of murder in the womb....

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Unity in Christ (Weekly Refreshment)

“14For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, 15by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, 16and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity,” (Colossians 1:3-4; NASB). Having been raised in Texas, and that largely in the country, by the time I reached middle school age I had imbibed an us vs. them mentality in regard to ethnicity. I had never really stopped to think about it, because it was...

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The End of Faith (To the Text)

“6In this you greatly rejoice even if now, for a little while, you are being distressed by various trials, 7so that the genuineness of your faith—more valuable than gold, which perishes—though being tested by fire, may be found to praise, and honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 8Him you love [though] you do not see, in whom you believe though you have not beheld [Him], but greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory 9to receive the end of faith: the salvation of your souls,” (1 Peter 1:6-9; from the Greek).   The idea of the new birth, which we examined last week, Peter means for us to keep ever before our eyes as we continue...

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Our Heavenly Master (Pilgrimage)

“22Slaves, in all things obey those who are your masters on earth, not with external service, as those who merely please men, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. 23Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, 24knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve. 25For he who does wrong will receive the consequences of the wrong which he has done, and that without partiality,” (Colossians 3:22-25; NASB).   It can be quite difficult to grapple with the term slave in our day, especially as we consider the way that it was used in the Bible to talk about...

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