Hesed

One of the most important words in the Old Testament Hebrew is hesed, translated “mercy” in the King James, but may be better translated “lovingkindness.” According to Spiros Zodhiates, a noted Greek scholar, hesed goes beyond mercy and encompasses more completely the idea of God’s loyalty to covenant obligations. “Because...

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The Greater Commandments

How does the way of love in Christ begin? Jesus told us of the greatest commandments. He answered a question posed to Him in Mark 12. A scribe asked Him to rank the rules of God in order of importance. The questioner was familiar with the Word for sure. He...

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All, Better Than More

Nimrod, it seems, was able to bring people together for a purpose.  The Bible refers to him as a man who became a mighty hunter. He made a direct challenge to the rule of the Lord. This happened sometime after the days of the great Flood. With the waters that...

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A Galilean Wedding

It is no coincidence that Jesus’s first miracle was performed at a Galilean (Cana) wedding. The wedding was the most important event taking place in the Galilean villages of Jesus’s day since it was to be celebrated by all. The entire church age as defined by the new covenant established...

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A Ministry of Excellence

One of the most important statements Jesus made at the Sermon on the Mount dealt with the people’s concerns about who He was in relationship to the Old Testament, defined by the Law and the Prophets. In Matthew 5:17, He said that He did not come to abolish (do away...

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A New Capacity

We scarcely know all that we have been delivered from, fellow believers. James Masterson lists 10 “capacities” of the self life, in his book,”The Personality Disorders.” Among these we find the capacity for: Spontaneity One for entitlement: to appropriate experiences of mastery and pleasure And the entitlement to environmental support...

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Revolution of Love

Mindy Stein, Berlin In the last few months, I found myself lost in a whirlwind of thoughts and emotions. Like almost everyone around the globe, COVID-19 brought in some strange, uncomfortable circumstances. It was difficult to stay grounded. While being plagued by an onslaught of digital chatter and drowned in...

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Love — Found Them

J.B. operated as a spy of the K.G.B. in America during the cold war. A brilliant intellect, J.B. was especially chosen, trained and then sent. In America his skill developed in his ability to merge unsuspected into society; he worked, attended university, married and parented a child. At a time...

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