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The Importance of the Great Flood in the New Testament

The great flood in Noah’s day occurred about 2,500 years prior to the New Testament text in the First Century. The most catastrophic event to have ever occurred on planet earth was then, and still is today, as an everlasting current event, for the debris of the great flood is readily seen in the present world in the layers of hardened rock that quickly buried billions of men and creatures. We are now another 2,000 years removed from the First-Century world, and the earth is still settling down from the violence of the earth and seafloor bursting open, shaking the […]

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The Gospel in Noah’s Time

The New Testament has some striking things to say concerning those who died in the great flood. Within its pages, the Holy Spirit breathes new insight concerning the days leading up to the global flood and especially the steps taken to save the world. If we read only the Genesis account of the flood, we may mistakenly conclude that God’s wrath toward mankind was absolute, and no attempt was made to give them a message of hope. But this was not the case. In 2nd Peter, we learn more concerning Noah, that he wasn’t tasked with just building the box […]

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Questions on Wresting with God, Laban’s Idols, and Samson’s First Wife

I have found a few questions dropped into the box recently, so I have taken this week to give a response to these inquiries. What does Jacob wrestling with the Lord symbolize and why doesn’t God win? The account of Jacob wrestling with God is found in Genesis 32, where Jacob is soon to meet up with Esau, his brother whom he had taken the birthright from. Esau had once intended to kill Jacob and Jacob had fled his home to save himself. As the two brothers are about to reunite, Jacob is expecting Esau to still be angry. He […]

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Sabbath: The Shadow of True Rest

The Sabbath was instituted by God from Mount Sinai to teach Israel specific spiritual truths about the work of Christ. Thus, according to the scriptures, the Sabbath was a temporary shadow of a greater reality in Jesus. In Nehemiah 9:13-14, notice what the Levites say concerning the Sabbath: “You came down also on Mount Sinai, And spoke with them from heaven, And gave them just ordinances and true laws, Good statutes and commandments. You made known to them Your holy Sabbath, And commanded them precepts, statutes and laws, By the hand of Moses Your servant.” The Sabbath was made known […]

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The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil

The name of this tree is quite a mouthful, but this tree’s name is largely all the details we have concerning it. Many artful depictions of this tree have been made through the centuries, and it is usually portrayed as some mutant apple tree, but it was not an apple tree, it was its own type of tree, one that was uniquely recognizable. In fact, Eve did not call it by the name we know it by, she only identified it as “the tree which is in the midst of the garden” (Genesis 3:3). The purpose of God in planting […]

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The Elephant and the Blind Men

The tale of the blind men and the elephant is quite old, though we do not know exactly when or where it came to be told. The tale is usually told like this: “A group of blind men heard that a strange animal, called an elephant, had been brought to the town, but none of them were aware of its shape and form. Out of curiosity, they said: “We must inspect and know it by touch, of which we are capable”. So, they sought it out, and when they found it they groped about it. The first man, whose hand […]

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On what day was the Church Established?

Saying that the church began on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2 is easy to say, but a little challenging to prove. Likewise, saying that the church began before Pentecost, whether at the resurrection of Christ or the ascension of Christ, is also very difficult to prove. Of course, there are other opinions out there, such as the church beginning with John the Baptist in the wilderness, or that the church had been around since the old testament times, but these views can be dispelled using straightforward scriptures that say otherwise (such as Matthew 16:18 and Jesus’ use of […]

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Bible Study #4: How to Study a Single Verse

In this article, we will consider simple methods for digging deeper into a verse of the bible. This concept of bible study allows us to spend a study period meditating solely on a single verse that we’ve selected. The selection of the verse may stem from many things: from a scripture read during a recent sermon or class; from a bible class that we’re preparing for; from our own personal bible reading or study of a book or chapter; or maybe a verse that we’ve always loved and want to spend more time with. However the verse is selected, we […]

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Bible Study #3: How to Study a Chapter

In the last article, we considered a simple and effective method for studying a whole book of the bible. The goal was to gain an understanding of the overall message and purpose of the book, the big picture. But if we want a deeper understanding of the book, we should turn to chapter studies and single-verse studies on verses of significance, or verses we are having a difficult time understanding. We will deal with verse studies next time, but first, we should know at least one effective method for studying a chapter and its paragraphs. Below is one such method. […]

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Bible Study #2: Studying a Book of the Bible

When it comes to bible study, there are topical studies and expository/textual studies such as a book, chapter, or verse studies. Today we will consider a method of studying a book of the bible. There is no one right method of study, but the method I’ve chosen to detail is very simple, effective, and requires no other resource but a bible. It is a study method that can be done by believers from middle-school age through adulthood. I started practicing this method as a freshman in high school, and I can attest to its effectiveness. While this is not an […]

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