Galatians 3

NB:  A covenant (binding legal agreement) on the Old Testament is “cut” (ratified) by taking sacrificial animals and dividing them in half and placing them into two piles of remains, with enough room to walk between them.  One pile represents the blessings of the agreement that will be received at its completion if it is kept, and the other side represents the cursings that are incurred if there is a default and it is not…

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Galatians 2

As we dig in to Galatians 2, there are a couple of things to remember: Paul writes this after 14 years of actually preaching the Gospel. That Gospel is summarized in Gal. 1:4: [The Lord Jesus Christ, from v.3] gave Himself for us To rescue [exaireō, to remove, or to deliver from, as in removed the brand from the fire] us From this present evil age [i.e., our sins that tie us to that age]…

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Galatians 1

1:  This letter is a very abbreviated letter in many ways, but it does fit the style of the letters Paul wrote other churches, in that it has a greeting, a body in which he communicates his message, and a closing section with various personal greetings.  However, right from the start, it is clear that Paul is not playing around.  Notwithstanding the text in parentheses, it basically says “Paul, an apostle and all the brothers…

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The Galatians Overview has been posted!

Hello Fellow Bereans! The overview of the book of Galatians is now ready. I somehow have lost the notes for Chapter 1, and must recreate them from scratch, and I hand-wrote the notes for chapters 2 and 3, so I must type them in in a readable fashion, and I have to edit chapters 4 through 6. Add to this school assignments (thought I had left those behind), associated readings, my own Bible Study I…

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Working through Past Hurts

It is very painful to work through past hurts stemming from domestic violence and abuse. There are so many obstacles to overcome. From our self-doubt, self-hate, insecurities, to a total violation of our ability to trust. All these emotions leave us questioning our purpose of existence and reeling in emotional agony. It leaves us wondering if we are worthy of love or if God is angry with us. God does not judge you for your…

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