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Feast of Weeks or Pentecost  Firstfruits, Part 2

Feast of Weeks or Pentecost Firstfruits, Part 2

Most of the Lord’s appointed feasts go by only one name. Passover is always called Passover. Unleavened Bread, Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement and Feast of Tabernacles consistently use those names. But two of the seven feasts are more obscure; one has no name and...

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Wave Sheaf: Firstfruits, Part 1

Wave Sheaf: Firstfruits, Part 1

Part 1: Wave Sheaf While the sacrificial system in general revealed how people could be brought into fellowship with God, the annual festivals of the Lord celebrated future events. The Lord introduced His festivals with the instructions: Celebrate! Celebrate!...

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The Bride of Christ

The Bride of Christ

The fact that the Church is the Bride of Christ is so well known that I was surprised to discover how little is said in the Bible about Christ’s Bride specifically. The letters of St. Paul, James, Peter and Jude do not use that image at all.   Jesus, the Groom...

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The Week: God’s Unique Unit of Time

The Week: God’s Unique Unit of Time

Time is a function of the solar system in which we live. A year is the length of time the earth takes to orbit our sun. A month is the length of time our moon takes to orbit the earth. A day is the length of time the earth takes to rotate on its axis. Hours, minutes...

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Fellowship with God: David Bypasses the System

Fellowship with God: David Bypasses the System

While the Israelites in general were content to leave intimacy with God to people like Moses, there were exceptions. The most notable exception was David, whom God called “a man after my own heart.” Originally the Israelite lay person brought his sacrifice inside the...

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Not Too Close, Lord!

Not Too Close, Lord!

During this study of sacrifices, I was surprised to realize that the person bringing the offering did all the dirty work and the heavy lifting. The priest only (!) inspected the sacrifice, supervised the killing and butchering, made the fire and put the sacrificial...

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Distorted Faith

Distorted Faith

In countries where the Gospel has been successfully taken to people steeped in paganism and idol worship, we sometimes return years later to discover syncretism, a fusing of conflicting beliefs. No longer do the people worship God in spirit and in truth. Their...

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