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Five Ways You Can Make God’s Love Real to Others

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” – John 13:34-35 (NKJV) Christians are given the extraordinary privilege—and the extraordinary challenge—of sharing God’s love ...

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Reflecting on Biblical Wisdom: 7 Journaling Prompts

Reading the Bible is a journey to hear from the Lord. It’s a time to pause and reflect on God and the truths of Scripture. Journaling as you read the Bible is a valuable way to process your thoughts, reflect on God, and apply biblical wisdom to your life. What better way to start the ...

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The Genealogy of Christ Revealed

Today genealogies are a thriving hobby for people who are interested in where they come from. In biblical times, genealogies were a vital part of Jewish society. In order to claim the privileges of Jewish citizenship, people had to be able to trace their lineage back generations. For that reason, the Jewish people kept meticulous ...

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New Testament Giving

The most detailed passage on giving in the New Testament is found in 2 Corinthians (chs. 8; 9). The primary reason that Paul addressed this topic here was that false teachers in Corinth were questioning Paul’s motives for ministry. Evidently they were suggesting that Paul was pocketing contributions earmarked for the poor believers in Jerusalem. ...

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We Are Family

In Galatians 3:28, Paul emphasizes that three major social distinctions no longer matter in Christ: Ethnicity: “neither Jew nor Greek.” Socioeconomic status: “neither slave nor free.” Gender: “neither male nor female.” First-century culture was deeply divided along these lines. So was the church. But Paul stressed, “You are all one in Christ Jesus” (emphasis added). ...

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Jesus and the Poor

“Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.” A consummate communicator, Jesus began His sermon with a sentence that certainly must have riveted His audience. Probably most of them were poor. Their lives were far from easy; their rough, worn hands attested to that fact. The difficulties and hardships of their lives ...

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Attitudes of Gratitude: Stories of Thankfulness in the Bible

Thanksgiving was established as a national holiday in the United States by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. The roots of the holiday can be traced back to 1621, when the Pilgrims offered a prayer of thanks before their meal with members of the Wampanoag Tribe. The Pilgrims were grateful for their first harvest in the ...

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Joseph’s Story – A Nation from a Troubled Family

The remarkable story of Joseph’s rise to power in Egypt is not just another rags-to-riches story. Fundamentally, the story is about how the Lord created a nation out of a troubled family.   Jacob’s family was plagued by jealousy. Rachel envied Leah, and Leah envied Rachel (Genesis 30:1). Leah’s sons inherited this pattern of jealousy. ...

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Eliminating the Divisions Between Us and Them

Two pronouns lie at the center of human history: Us and Them. Us is the inclusive part of human nature. Us is the God-given desire for relationships, community and fellowship. Us is the instinct that inspired our ancestors to live together, first as families, and then as clans, villages, cities, nations, kingdoms and empires. Us ...

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Preachers Who Don’t Preach the Word

A friend once told me about a time when his spirit felt empty. He had been attending a church where the sermons, while entertaining, were often filled with pop psychology and personal opinion. One week, my friend decided to visit a small, out-of-the-way church pastored by a simple old man. The pastor wasn’t a dynamic ...