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Hall of Fame: Abraham

Hebrews 11:8-10,17-19 Abraham, the great founder of God’s people, is famous for his courageous and sacrificial faith. Yet in essence, all he did was take God at His word, made a definitive break with his former life, and put himself … Continue reading

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Verse of the month: May 2017

“Abraham was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.” (Hebrews 11:10) Abraham was a pilgrim: he had been called out of one city (Ur) to go to another – a heavenly city that could … Continue reading

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The Narrow Way: Isaac and Ishmael

Galatians 4:21-31 Paul attacks the legalists on their own ground, in order to prove that their position is illogical. For the Law includes Genesis, and the story of Abraham’s family. It isn’t enough to call yourself a son of Abraham, … Continue reading

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The Narrow Way: Law or grace?

Galatians 3:1-25 The blessings of the new age include, first and foremost, the gift of the Holy Spirit (the hallmark of genuine Christianity). And the experience of Gentile believers, beginning with Cornelius (Acts 10:44-47), was that the Holy Spirit was … Continue reading

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Faith and works: Paul v James (round 3)

Round 1 Round 2 Both Paul and James were apostles writing under the inspiration and authority of the Holy Spirit. So we should not assume too quickly that their teachings are incompatible. Is James correcting a misunderstanding? There may well … Continue reading

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The test of obedience

Deuteronomy 8:2 “Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep His … Continue reading

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Who is Yahweh? Our guide

When Moses went to Pharaoh with God’s demand for the release of the Israelites, Pharaoh asked (not unreasonably), “Who is Yahweh?” And Moses might have said, “Well, it’s a long story…” Part 9 (Genesis 24) Time marches on, and Isaac grows … Continue reading

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