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Tribulation. The word disturbs us. The King James Version (KJV) of the Bible uses the word ‘tribulation’ quite freely; other translations use the word more sparingly, and some avoid the word altogether. The original Greek noun used in the New Testament means...read more
The Bible says much more about consecrating than about sanctifying or making holy. As a general distinction: God sanctifies, man consecrates. In the matter of holiness, there is God’s part and man’s part. Man cannot make anything holy, but man can act in obedience...read more
Jeroboam did more evil than all who lived before him. He became known as “Jeroboam son of Nebat, who caused Israel to sin.” Yet Jeroboam started well enough that God chose him to be king of the ten tribes God tore away from Solomon. Where did Jeroboam start to...read more
The Bible says, “Jeroboam was a very capable young man, and when Solomon saw how industrious he was, he put him in charge of the labor force from the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh.” When God was looking for a man to tear away the kingdom of Israel from Solomon...read more
Following advice he had to have known was against God’s will, Jeroboam made two golden calves and reinvented Israel’s history, saying, “Here are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.”read more
Angels, spirit messengers from God, feature prominently in Christmas stories and carols. Though angels have names, we know the names of only two, Michael and Gabriel. Most angels remain unnamed so that the focus will be on the message and not on the messenger....read more
After doing a study on Mary, I planned to study the shepherds, but I got high-centered by a verse wedged between the story of Mary and the story of the shepherds. “She wrapped him in strips of cloth and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for him in the...read more
What do we really know about Mary, the mother of Jesus? So much of our image of Mary has been conditioned by the beautiful portraits of medieval artists. But carefully examining the religious, economic, cultural and political circumstances of Mary’s daily life revels quite a different scene.read more
The Morning Star may seem like a strange topic for Advent, but the dictionary defines Advent as two-fold: the first coming of Christ and His second coming.
Bear with me and you will see how the Morning Star ties into Advent.
Simchat Torah is a Jewish holiday which marks the conclusion of the annual cycle of public Torah readings, and the beginning of a new cycle. ‘Simchat’ is derived from the Hebrew word for joy, so Simchat Torah means “rejoicing with the Torah” or “celebration of the...read more
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