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Purpose of Our Unity

Again and again, Scripture speaks of us, the church, by using the illustration of a body made up of many members. Why? And what can we learn from that figure about the proper mindset and behavior we are to have toward each other? As we ponder these questions, we consider God’s purpose in uniting us […]

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Overview of the Minor Prophets: Joel

Hosea had prophesied that God would judge the kingdom of Israel, the northern ten tribes, by destroying them. Joel’s prophecy is also about God’s judgment. His attention is on the southern kingdom of Judah, out of which Christ would come. The judgment that God would visit on Judah would not destroy Judah, but would save […]

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Church Unity and Friends

Most of us have friends. Many of us have close friends. Some of these friends are true and sincere friends. Most likely, however, many of those whom we consider to be “friends” are actually just loose connections from Snapchat or Instagram, rather than someone we would consider to be a close friend.  So, what do […]

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Unity in the Church

Among the first casualties to occur during times of controversy is church unity. Active efforts to “seek peace, and ensue it” often fall by the wayside when other matters in the church seem more pressing. But the admonition to pursue unity found in 1 Peter 3:8–11 is not presented as optional. Unity is something we […]

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Dear Young People…

This morning was a mind-wandering morning for me. The type where you have work that could be done but nothing urgent for the next few hours. I was enjoying the quiet stillness of my classroom, sipping my coffee, and deciding what to tackle first. Nothing was screaming “pick me,” so I picked nothing in particular. […]

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Hezekiah: Promoter of Unity

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”  Psalm 133:1    Hezekiah was the thirteenth king of Judah, born of wicked king Ahaz. The kingdom of Judah at this time had fallen into great wickedness under Ahaz’s reign. The people served idols of every sort, rejected the proper […]

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