The Way of Honor

“Honor your father and your mother that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you” (Exodus 20:12). Honor your father and your mother — tucked right into the Ten Commandments are these words that carry a significant God-promise. I believe that the...

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Two Goats

The most holy day of the year for the Jew is Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. It occurs in the midst of a 10-day period of introspection and repentance. We find the description of its religious requirements in Leviticus 16. One aspect of this celebration is the role played...

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Meant for Good

“You meant evil.” It was Joseph who said these words in the book of Genesis. After more than a decade, he finally came face to face with the brothers who had cast him into a pit and turned him into a slave. They thought to kill Joseph, but then decided...

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Mastering Sin

Bill Alderson, Baltimore We are introduced to the concept of sin early in the Scriptures, in Genesis 3 with the fall of Adam and Eve. Their reaction to their sin was to hide (verse 8). Then in chapter 4, Cain has a face to face run-in with sin and his...

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Welcoming the Prodigal

Bill Alderson, Baltimore One of the most recognizable of Jesus’s parables is the Prodigal Son. Most of us have heard messages on the subject of a restored relationship with the Father using this parable as its text, but what if this particular lesson was intended to address the Jews? Since...

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The Blood

“Sin does not overcome the blood; it is the blood that overcomes sin.” Lewis Sperry Chafer Sin comes touting a broad range of particulars, all originating from the ugly self-life of man’s cursed nature. Sin weighs in as big, monstrous, hideous, shocking, diabolical, subtle, sleazy, rebellious, or a thousand other...

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Complainers Welcome!

Are you a complainer?  I am. I actually think I am too good and too experienced at it. I am a well-practiced whiner and critic. I struggle with this part of my makeup. If you are like me in this area, I have some news for you. This, like all...

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