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I have been somewhat taken aback by the volume of material posted over the last four or five months regarding the oppression of women in the body of Christ. To my shame, I did not recognize this was as widespread an issue as it seems to be. The pervasiveness of the issue is clearly evidenced…

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For the past two weeks we have been looking at temptation, and focusing primarily on the temptation of Jesus. This week we wrap up that investigation by looking at lessons we can learn from how Jesus handled temptation. Lesson 1 – Satan Has Limitations Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were…

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In 2015, I wrote a blog post addressing the believing community’s practice of wrenching Jeremiah 29:11 from its context, and how we need to give greater care to context and show greater respect to God’s original intent when working with various passages of scripture. I continue to see this passage pulled from its context and…

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Last week we began looking at temptation from about 50,000 feet, culminating in an overview of the temptation of Jesus as he inaugurated his public ministry. Today, we will dive more deeply into that time in Jesus’ life. Hunger The first temptation of Jesus presented in the gospels involves hunger. Jesus had been fasting for…

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The Hook I read once that temptation is a hook baited with a lie. I find that an apt way of phrasing it. Once we swallow that lie/bait and the hook is set, the chances are very good that we are going to get reeled in, because it is difficult and painful to pull out…

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The West’s Love Affair with Fairness The concept of fairness permeates Western society. Westerners like conditions to be impartial and equitable. There is something innate to humanity (in western culture at least) where fairness is concerned, that drives our moral and ethical compass. Young children are quick to cry out “Unfair!” when playing with one…

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Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”– John 20:28, NIV-1978 Thomas is widely known as “doubting Thomas” based on his initial reluctance to believe the reports regarding Jesus’ resurrection. I have long believed that this disparagement of Thomas is unwarranted. Scripture is replete with calls and warnings to “test the prophets,” or to…

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Life is hard; it is difficult. That is just the simple truth of it. Jesus confirmed this in John 16, telling us, “In the world, you have trouble”1 – and indeed, we do. You and I have seen and known those who pretend to float from one victory to the next, and if we did not…

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Having completed my shopping and paid for my purchases, I was exiting the local K-Mart. As I did so, I was harshly scolded by a woman I did not know, and whom I had never met prior to this moment. My assailant was completely incensed by my rudeness because I did not politely hold the…

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In 1960, just one year before I was born, Hollywood produced what was at that time one of the most widely (internationally) distributed motion pictures in the history of film. Inherit the Wind, based on the play by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee, is a black and white film depicting Spencer Tracy as the famed…

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