How Nations Fall and What We Can Do About It
Anthropology , Hamartiology , Soteriology / August 22, 2013

Hosea 10:1-4 (NASB) 1 Israel is a luxuriant vine; He produces fruit for himself.  The more his fruit, The more altars he made; The richer his land, The better he made the sacred pillars. 2 Their heart is faithless; Now they must bear their guilt.   The Lord will break down their altars And destroy their sacred pillars. 3 Surely now they will say, “We have no king, For we do not revere the Lord.  As…

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“Rats, I messed up again…”

Have you ever found yourself saying some version of that statement? I know I have. What does the Scripture say about our screw-ups, intentional or unintentional? The first thing we have to deal with is how it affects our standing with God. Remember, we’ve dealt before with the concept that we are created as a tripartite being, in the image of God. We are body, soul, and spirit, and sin has a different effect on…

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We can’t go to church…
Ecclesiology , Soteriology / August 11, 2013

What?  You can’t go to church?  Why not? Well, because we ARE the church.  Church, or the Greek word “ekklesia,” refers to a group of people, not a building.  In the New American Standard Bible translation (my preferred one because that is the way I speak and is easiest to read for me, among other reasons), there are 79 uses of the word “church.”  Every single one of those refer to the gathering of people…

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The Radiance of His Glory
Christology , Soteriology / August 9, 2013

Hebrews 1:1-4 “1 God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, 2 in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. 3 And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When…

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The meaning of Sacrifice
Christology , Soteriology / August 7, 2013

The concept of sacrifice begins at the fall of mankind from innocence in the Garden of Eden. Genesis 3:21 tells us that before banishing Adam and Eve from the garden, he clothed them in animal skins. God sacrificed the life of an innocent animal to cover the nakedness of the guilty. (As a side note, I don’t imagine it was easy. God loves His creation, every bit of it, even the parts that have turned…

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