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Bible

  • Biblical Theology – Getting to the Theological Heart of the Bible

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    Biblical Theology is concerned with the big picture of the Bible. This message is a look at why that should matter to every Christian and how they can learn to apply it themselves.

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  • The BIble (Pillars of Faith Series)

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    There is a lot of criticism of the Bible right now. “It’s old, it’s unreliable, it doesn’t reflect modern understandings, it’s just another religious outlook.” Some would even say it is destructive. And yet we as Christians turn to it. In 2 Timothy 3:15-17, Paul says to Timothy, “You have been taught the holy Scriptures from […]

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  • Walking In War (Ephesians 6:10-20)

    “Finally, brothers and sisters, draw your strength and might from God. Put on the full armor of God to protect yourselves from the devil and his evil schemes. We’re not waging war against enemies of flesh and blood. No, this fight is against tyrants, against authorities, against supernatural powers and demon princes that slither in […]

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  • 1 Corinthians 11: Hair, Head Coverings, and Hope

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    Who we are is not determined by history, status, or social class. In Christ, we are all free from judgment and shame.

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  • Game On

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    The Apostle Paul often used figures of speech from arena competition.  In Corinth, the people were most familiar with the Isthmian Games.  Since Paul wrote 1 Corinthians 9 in that context, it’s worth learning a bit more about the games before looking at the passage.       Athletes had to have the right credentials. They […]

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  • Of Food and Freedom

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    The Apostle Paul often used real-life situations to highlight the unchanging truths hidden beneath the surface.  In 1 Corinthians 8, Paul addresses an issue that, while not sinful on the surface, was still causing harm to members of this fledgling church. “Now let’s talk about food that has been sacrificed to idols. You think that […]

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  • The Potter and the Clay (Part 2)

    In the previous post, we looked at how the Potter pulls the clay from the ground and prepares it for His use. He “wedges” it to get rid of air holes, then throws it into the center of the wheel. After that, of course,  the shaping begins. “Opening the form” happens after centering.  The potter […]

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  • The Potter and the Clay

    Several months ago, I preached a sermon about the imagery of the Potter and Clay in the Bible. Lately, I have been talking with Amy Gilmore, a friend who actually makes pottery (I offer that in sharp contrast to my complete inability to do anything artistic).   Amy has been explaining to me how the […]

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  • What Happens in Thessalonica Stays in Thessalonica

    (Part One of a Three Part Series on Sex, Purity, and Justice)       One of the most popular ads right now promises us a world in which we can do some incredibly stupid and maybe even fun things in Vegas, and not have them effect us at all. Unfortunately, it’s just not true. Expense tabs, debt, […]

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  • A Christian’s Achilles Heel

    In February of 2006 I  ruptured my Achilles’ Tendon at a men’s retreat.  In one sudden burst of pain I found that I had a great difficulty walking – and you really don’t want to do that if you have a choice.  I remember vividly sitting in the doctor’s office a day or two before the […]

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