A Time to Hate

Psalm 97:10 says it as succinctly as it can be said: “O you who love the Lord, hate evil!” This terse exhortation may come as a bit of a surprise to many Christians. “Hate” after all is something we modern followers of Jesus never want…

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Real Resurrection

The central importance of the bodily resurrection of Christ is one reason that Jesus often spoke of his resurrection before it happened.  Consider these verses from the gospel of Matthew, which are just a sampling of Jesus’ promises regarding his resurrection. From that time Jesus…

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"You Pharisee!"

When the modern Christian finds himself under conviction in a conversation that has turned into a disagreement, he can usually get quick relief from his Bible-quoting “opponent” and call checkmate on the whole dispute, simply by calling the other “a Pharisee.” While everyone agrees the…

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The Safeguard of Daily Bible Study

We should be reading and studying the Bible, not just on the weekends, but throughout the week as well. For one reason, it is impossible for us to know if a preacher is using the Bible or if the Bible is using the preacher, unless…

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Real Hope

Genuine hope is in short supply these days. Some people talk about it, a lot of people wish for it, but few people have it. Real hope is not something we can manufacture on our own. The Bible says it is granted by God. He’s…

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God's Redemptive Plan

In Christian circles we frequently hear the words redeemed and redemption. But those words fail to communicate the power and promise that they should when we don’t fully appreciate the problem that they remedy. The word redemption is used repeatedly to describe and illustrate the…

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Who Are You Going to Please?

The Bible often reminds us of the Christian calling to please those with whom we interact from day to day. Servants should please their masters (1Timothy 6:1), children their parents (Colossians 3:20), citizens their governing authorities (Romans 13:1), parents should parent without exasperating their children…

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Do Not Take It to Heart

The Bible says, “Do not take to heart all the things that people say [about you]” (Ecclesiastes 7:21). And these days, with everybody saying all kinds of things about everyone else on social media, this timeless principle may be more important than ever before. The…

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Merry Christmas?

There are a growing number these days who, in the name of Christ, seek to dissuade us from celebrating the birth of Jesus each December. They go to great lengths to enlighten us regarding the pagan associations of the winter solstice, the worship of Druid gods,…

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Christmas Shopping

The relationship of Christmas with gift-giving may be bemoaned by many, but the connection is a biblical one. I am not referring to the crazed run through the mall in late December or the White Elephant gift exchange at the office party, but the concept…

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