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An Important Principle in Reading the Old Testament as it Relates to the New – Fulfillment

January 10th, 2017 · 1 Comment · Bible, Jesus, New Testament, Old Testament

We teach a lot more Old Testament to our children than to our adults. At least that is my experience. The Old Testament is so full of great stories that work well with the imagination of our kids. We don’t ever need to graduate out of the Old Testament. Instead we need to understand just […]

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Ironing Out Our Conflicting Message on the Usefulness of the Old Testament

December 28th, 2016 · 15 Comments · Christianity, Church of Christ, Jesus, New Testament, Old Testament

I cannot tell you how many times I have heard in my life that the Old Testament is irrelevant to us because it was nailed to the cross and is therefore no longer useful to Christians today. People have based this view on a number of things. First there is Colossians 2:14 that says something […]

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The Three People They Were Looking For in Jesus’ Day

December 22nd, 2016 · No Comments · Christianity, Gospels, Jesus, Messiah

We talk a lot about messianic prophesies in the Old Testament, as we should. What often gets missed is that they weren’t just looking for the Messiah. They were looking for two other people mentioned in the Old Testament and you see this reflected in the Gospels. Matthew 27:46-49, “About three in the afternoon Jesus […]

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What Do We Know About Joseph?

December 6th, 2016 · No Comments · Bible, Christianity, Gospel of Luke, Gospel of Matthew, Jesus, New Testament, Religion

The New Testament doesn’t give us an awful lot of information about Joseph but we do know a few things from what we have in Matthew, Luke and John. First, we know that Joseph was Jewish and a descendant of David and originally from Bethlehem. Matthew tells us that in his genealogy in Matthew 1. […]

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Re-envisioning the Manger: 7 Common Misconceptions about the Nativity of Jesus

November 28th, 2016 · 4 Comments · Christ, Christianity, Gospel of Luke, Gospel of Matthew, Jesus, New Testament

A few fun facts about the ancient world and the birth of Jesus. 1.  Mary wasn’t necessarily about to give birth any moment on her way to Bethlehem. The classic image of Mary riding on a donkey about 11 months pregnant probably wasn’t the case. Luke 2:4-6 – “4 So Joseph also went up from the […]

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Getting to Know Jesus

November 1st, 2016 · No Comments · Bible, Christianity, Jesus

More and more I feel the desire to get to know Jesus better. I have known about Him my whole life. I committed my life to being a disciple of Jesus years ago. I remember him every week around the Lord’s table. My desire to get to know Jesus only grows. I want his thoughts […]

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Is This The Most Faith-Full Moment in Jesus’ Ministry?

April 14th, 2016 · No Comments · Bible, Christianity, Gospel of John, Jesus, Miracles, New Testament

When you say John 4 your first thought probably goes the woman at the well. There is another story in that chapter that I find one of the most moving and faith-full moments in the Gospels. I don’t know that I need to get into the business of comparing people’s faith. That just doesn’t seem […]

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The Holy Spirit’s Role in Jesus’ Miracles

March 30th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Bible, Christianity, Gospel of Luke, Gospel of Mark, Holy Spirit, Jesus, New Testament, Uncategorized

Throughout scripture the Holy Spirit has enabled people to do amazing things. The Spirit empowered several of the judges to do the mighty things God called them to do (Samson and Gideon to name a few). The Holy Spirit came on Saul and enabled him to prophesy (1 Sam 10:6-10). The Holy Spirit enabled the […]

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Sermon on the Mount: Fulfilling the Law and the Prophets

February 17th, 2016 · No Comments · Bible, Christianity, Gospel of Matthew, Jesus, New Testament

In Jesus’ day the phrase Law and Prophets was shorthand for their Bible which we call the Old Testament. The Law included Genesis-Deuteronomy. The prophets included the historical books (Joshua-Esther) and the prophets as we know them (Isaiah-Malachi). What is not included specifically in that phrase are the wisdom and poetry books. There are a […]

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Sermon on the Mount – Salt and Light

February 16th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Christianity, Gospel of Matthew, Jesus, New Testament, Religion

Jesus starts the sermon on the mount with some lessons on being instead of lessons on doing. Blessed are the…You are the salt of the earth…You are the light of the world.   The apostle Paul picked up this same approach in several of his letters, reminding people of who they are before telling them […]

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