Key Terms of Salvation in the Bible

The more one understands the key terms the apostle Paul chose to explain the gospel, the deeper one’s experience will be with the gospel. Paul uses these terms throughout the book of Romans to describe the free gift of salvation and eternal transformation that is available to all who will believe and trust in Jesus for the ...

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Strengthen Your Faith Like the Prophet Daniel

We sometimes tend to view spiritual renewal as being dependent upon external circumstances: When conditions are favorable, spiritual growth goes forward. When difficulties arise, spiritual growth stagnates. The prophet Daniel, however, maintained spiritual vitality in the midst of a world that was often hostile to his faith. No doubt a key factor to Daniel’s healthy faith was his regular practice of the spiritual disciplines.

When Daniel was a young man, ...

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The Most Powerful and Humble Man

Jesus Christ, the most powerful man ever to walk on the face of the earth was also the most humble man who ever lived. His agenda was never to promote himself, but to please his Father by loving and serving others.

Jesus summarized his mission statement in these words: “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost” ( Continue Reading →

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Jesus, the Fulfillment of God’s Long-Awaited Promise

When Gabriel announced to Mary that she would have a son, the angel invoked a promise that had echoed throughout the Old Testament. Her son would be called the Son of the Most High and would reign on the throne of his father, David. Those familiar with the Law and the Prophets, including Mary herself, would have quickly begun to connect the prophetic dots.

God had picked David, a young shepherd boy, ...

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Biblical Advice For Year End Giving

Before or after taxes? How many of us have said or heard those words in response to the exhortation to give a portion of our income back to God? Our concern with such legalities illustrates our need to remind ourselves of the true purpose of giving.

The Old Testament standard for giving was the tithe, or ten percent of any property or produce: “A tithe of everything from the land, ...

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6 Spiritual Disciplines Practiced by the Apostle Paul


Paul was an intense man. Whatever he did, he did with all his heart. He accomplished astounding feats for Christ and the Church. Paul was also an apostle and helped lay the foundation for much of our theology and Christian practice today. Such a person could easily intimidate us were it not for the glimpses we have of his spiritual struggles.

Like all of us, Paul was human and vulnerable to ...

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Can I Trust My Bible?

Technology has changed so many things that we used to take for granted. It wasn’t so long ago that people invested hundreds of dollars in sets of encyclopedias; by the time they were paid for, a lot of the information in those books was obsolete. Today the vast majority of us carry in our pockets a tool with immediate access to almost any information we can possibly imagine: our phones

Past generations ...

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3 Common Arguments Against Trusting the Bible

For various reasons, many people argue that the Bible is untrustworthy. As a Christian, when we find ourselves in conversation with these kinds of people, it can feel like we’re in over our head. They’ve had time to establish their position and reinforce their arguments, and we can feel like we’ve been caught off guard—and possibly make us doubt Scripture ourselves.

Here ...

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What are the Dead Sea Scrolls?


More than 70 years ago, a Bedouin boy threw a rock into a cave and heard the shatter of pottery. Inside the cave, he and his cousin found seven scrolls, which would later become part of what has become known as the Dead Sea Scrolls. It was the beginning of one of the 20th century’s greatest archaeological discoveries.

Since then, tens of thousands of scroll fragments have been found in caves ...

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