God Made Known

“Whom you therefore ignorantly worship, Him declare I unto you” (Acts 17:23). This was the point Paul sought to drive home to a distinguished group of hearers. These ones fancied themselves as the brightest and best at human reasoning. They were thinkers and talkers – mostly talkers really. Every new...

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An Anatomy of Salvation

What are the conditions for eternal salvation according to the Bible? The verses that come immediately to mind are Ephesians 2:8-9: “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that...

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The Kingdom That is Above

Jesus faced Pontius Pilate, a vapid and insecure Roman leader. The Son of God had been turned over to the authorities, brought there by the leaders of His own people. The Jews feared this Man of mystery and miracles. His words were what bothered them most. He clothed His lessons...

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Citizenship

Bill Alderson, Baltimore With the 2020 presidential election right around the corner, it is important that Christians understand citizenship. As one born and raised in America, I was taught that we had a civic responsibility to our various government agencies, including voting in elections, serving on jury duty, and behaving...

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Crumbs from the Table

“… a Canaanite woman from that region came out and was crying, ‘Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David, my daughter is severely oppressed by demon’” (Matthew 15:22). A mother, living in the territory that gave the world Jezebel, pleaded for her daughter. She came to the Son....

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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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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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In This World, But Not Of It

In Matthew 17, tax collectors came to collect from Jesus and His disciples. They cornered Peter and asked him if Jesus complied with the rule. Peter answered, “Of course.” Then, he and the Lord had a discussion about the legality of the levy and their duty to pay up. Long...

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Past the Past, Beyond the Future

The “Twilight Zone” featuring Rod Serling’s “from another world” commentary, peaked TV interest in a forgotten childhood. The Twilight Zone is an American media franchise based on the anthology television series created by Rod Serling. The episodes are in various genres, including fantasy suspense, science fiction, horror, and psychological thriller and fantasy tropes. The original series, shot entirely...

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