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Bible Challenge, Week 12: The People - Failure!

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“All the LORD commands us, we will do.”  I’ve heard people say it’s easy to obey God.  Maybe they don’t realize how easy it is to think they’re obeying God, while they’re really obeying their own insights and personal revelations. True obedience begins with true worship.  “You shall have no other gods before me” is […]

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Bible Challenge, Week 11: The People - Sinai

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Two weeks ago we read how Moses first met Yahweh on Mt. Horeb.  This week, Moses has a famous meeting with God on Mt. Sinai.  Did you know it was the same mountain?  Moses has become the mediator of a covenant, and now the people are called to a covenant ceremony similar to Abraham’s in […]

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Bible Challenge Week 10: The People - Deliverance

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The stage is set for a great contest between the God of Israel and the many gods of Egypt.  Almost all cultures at that time worshipped many gods, and each deity was limited to control of a particular land, city, or natural phenomenon–not one of them was in control of everything.  But the God of […]

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Air-Tasting

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We hear the best things in life are free–how many of us actually believe it?  But it’s true that the most vital things in life are free, such as blood, oxygen, and grace.  The five senses are free, too: how often do you pause to appreciate them?  Especially at the turn of the seasons, when […]

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The Sixth "Sola" that Cripples the Church

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The lively debate Martin Luther was hoping to generate with his 95 Theses quickly got out of hand and changed the world forever.  Obviously the time was right: when events are primed to happen, they happen.  Within decades the Reformation was firmly established on the “Five Solas” developed over the next half-century of Reformation teaching, […]

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Bible Challenge, Week 9: The People - Moses

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The sons of Jacob have become tribes, and the tribes will become a multitude called “Israel.”  God started with one man who trusted him (Abraham), chose one of his sons (Isaac) to carry on the promise, and chose one of that man’s sons to continue.  From the grandson with two names (“Cheater” and “Striver”) God […]

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Bible Challenge, Week 8: The Promise - Joseph

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Joseph is an interesting character.  There are more chapters devoted to him in Genesis than even his great-grandfather Abraham, but he’s not part of the standard patriarchal formula used throughout the Bible to identify “the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”  Does adding another name simply make the tagline too bulky?  Or is Joseph something […]

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When Is Sexism Not Sexism?

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Sexism and misogyny are rampant in our culture, says Hillary.  Her #1 proof is, she’s not president. If you’re not convinced by that, how about this: as she explained to Rachel Maddow, her audience viewed her superficially.  Instead of listening to what she was saying, the chatter was consumed by what she wore and how […]

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Bible Challenge Week 7: The Promise - Jacob

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Babylon has Gilgamesh, Athens has Theseus, Rome has Aeneas–but what nation or city ever had a founder like Jacob, the “supplanter”?  Even his name change is provocative: Israel, or “he wrestles with God.” In spite of his checkered character, he is the last of the three great patriarchs whose name will echo throughout generations of […]

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