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Empty…useless…pointless…futile…hopeless…this is how Solomon describes life on this earth in the book of Ecclesiastes. He speaks with the experience of an old man who had lived a full life “under the sun” (1:3). These are not the words of a monk who separated himself from earthly experiences and luxuries. They are the words of one […]

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Biblical womanhood is under attack. Recent cultural events have shown that the world would like to erase true, biblical womanhood. Anyone can be a woman, yet no one knows what a woman is. This paradox came about because the world has rejected objective truth. Without an objective standard, truth is always changing and evolving. This […]

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The group of churches that John writes to in this trio of epistles had recently experienced a split because of doctrinal controversy. We do not know the exact content of the error that these false teachers were spreading, but it is apparent from John’s writing that their teaching somehow denied the truth of the incarnation—that […]

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Every believer is fighting a battle—a battle within themselves. God has created a new, holy nature in each of his children. But even though elect believers are regenerated and sanctified, their old, totally depraved nature remains in them while they are still on this earth. Their old nature and new nature are constantly in conflict […]

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As we ended our study of the book of Luke last month, Jesus had just ascended into heaven and left his disciples behind (empowered by his Spirit) to continue the work of establishing the early church. Now we fast-forward about thirty years to consider the two epistles that Paul wrote to Timothy. Churches had been […]

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Although it is likely early in November when you are reading this, signs that Christmas is on its way are already all around you. Retail stores that you enter are probably decked out in Christmas decor and holiday sale signs. Advertisements everywhere encourage you to hurry up and start your Christmas shopping before it is […]

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At the time he wrote this epistle, Peter knew that his death was imminent. He was imprisoned in Rome awaiting execution for his faith. Knowing that this would likely be his last letter to these beloved believers, Peter does not try to teach them anything new, but rather earnestly endeavors to remind the Christians in […]

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Both Peter and the recipients of his first epistle were no strangers to suffering. The believers in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia (now modern-day Turkey) in AD 62–63 were living under the tyrannical authority of the Roman government. Their lives could change dramatically at any moment based on the whim of the current emperor. […]

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The reign of Jeroboam II in the kingdom of Israel was characterized by great prosperity and peace. Although it sounds like a good thing, this time of prosperity had the negative effect of giving the nation of Israel a false sense of security. They assumed that their economic and political success was evidence of God’s […]

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The term “Passion Week” is used to refer to the last week of Jesus’ three-and-a-half-year earthly ministry. It was not only the culmination of his work on this earth, but the very purpose for which he was born. The week begins with Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and ends with the resurrection and […]

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