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Our High Priest

In Hebrews 8:1, the writer there says, “Now this is the main point of the things that we are saying…” This is a strangely convenient sentence when dealing with what the main subject matter of the book of Hebrews is that you do not often get in the books of the New Testament. He then proceeds to tell us what that main point is. He continues, saying, “…we have such a High Priest who is seated at the right hand…
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Present Failure, Future Leader

In his book Sticky Leaders, Osborne argues that any meaningful change is brought about by those who have failed. He writes, “Make no mistake. It cannot be avoided. It’s the dark side of the creative process…failure is an integral part of the change process.” Since we are not born “leadership ready,” then we must learn, grow, and mature into being the leaders that God wants us to be. There is a reason that an elder is not to be a…
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Anarchy, Authority, & Ancient Truth

When the core principles of Christianity were revealed, they were revolutionary and progressive. They called for an overthrow of past ideals and the shedding of man-defined morality. Jesus highlighted this dramatic shift in the “you’ve heard it said” sections of the famed Sermon on the Mount recorded in Matthew 5-7. Even the Old Testament prophets foresaw the coming of a King whose kingdom would “crush” all other kingdoms of the world (Dan. 2:44). Yet, Christians are not called to anarchy. …
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The Summarization of the Law

Perhaps you have heard this number repeated when speaking about things related to the Word of God: 613. A man named Rambam, a medieval Jewish scholar calculated that all of the laws contained in the first five books of the Old Testament were 613 in total. 613 is a large and daunting number to remember, however, there are certain phrases within the entirety of the Old Testament that can be used as a summary of all 613 laws. For instance,…
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Let’s Talk About Race

The greatest appeasement for racial tension and correction for social oppression is found in Jesus and His gospel. Then why, as His church, are we not making a greater difference? I suppose the complete answer is too complicated for one post, but I would offer three suggestions. Why are we failing? How can we do better? Here is some food for thought… We must remember that we are Christians first, but we are not Christians only. Neither our skin color…
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“Why Did God Have to be so Graphic?”

(Eze. 16:1-43; 23:1-35) The book of Ezekiel is personally one of my favorite books of the Bible. God through Ezekiel paints descriptive and often strange pictures through Ezekiel as He condemns the “rebellious house” of Israel (2:5). However, oftentimes this book that spans 48 chapters goes overlooked and unnoticed by the Lord’s Church. So, because that is true, you perhaps might not know that there are sections within the book of Ezekiel that some folks may not be comfortable repeating.…
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What If I Am Wrong?

Have you had a political discussion with anyone lately? Was it a discussion of differing viewpoints and disagreement? If so, you have probably witnessed and even participated in one of the most futile activities in human history. Ok, maybe that is a dramatic assessment. But it is safe to say that most enter such discussions with their viewpoint anchored in concrete and nothing short of dynamite could lose them from their starting point. This personal steadfastness on political issues does…
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Did Jude Endorse a Non-Inspired Book?

If you tuned in to last week’s short mid-week study, you know that we looked at two of the three allusions that Jude references that have particularly caught people’s attention. We looked at Jude 6 and 9 and concluded that these are things that we are not sure about, but that Jude used to compare the false teachers (4) to help equip these brethren to “contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (3).…
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“A Christian Cannot Sin?” (1 Jn. 3:6)

There are some very peculiar passages within the epistles of the apostle John. Many have questions about who the Antichrist is (1 Jn. 2:18; 4:3) or what a “sin that does not lead to death” (1 Jn. 5:16) is. However, there are a few verses particularly in 1 John that seem to suggest that a Christian is unable to sin. 1 John 3:6 says, “Whoever abides in Him [Christ] does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known…
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A Faith That Restrains

It might be hard to imagine one of the greatest heroes of faith in flight mode. Furthermore, it might seem impossible to find evidence of faith when he was on the run. Do the faithful retreat? Do those living by faith ever fear? Can you possess and demonstrate faith when you are not victorious? These unanswered questions and these supposed impossibilities are cleared up in the life of David. Yes, the giant slayer ran away for safety. Despite his exaggerated…

Did Paul Depreciate Baptism? (1 Cor. 1:14-17)

In 1 Corinthians 1, the apostle Paul is in the midst of condemning the pride which resulted from division that he had heard existed among the Corinthian brethren (1:10-11). It appears that this pride is connected to certain preachers of the gospel and which of them baptized them (1:12-16). In the midst of this talk about their pride, Paul says in 1:17, “For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words,…
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Hard Work in the Proverbs

The Bible addresses many topics that are applicable to today’s society. Something that is common in every society is laziness. Therefore, in the pages of Scripture, hard work is elevated, and laziness is condemned. This is seen frequently among the Biblical Proverbs. So, we will briefly and inadequately consider where this is seen in the book of Proverbs. Take, for instance, Proverbs 13:4. Everyone wants something in life. However, not all are willing to put the effort in to attain…
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