Should Christians Follow Old Testament Law?

Old Testament law

Columnists, pundits or journalists often dismiss Christians as inconsistent because “they pick and choose which of the rules in the Bible to obey.” The argument proceeds along these lines: “Christians ignore lots of Old Testament texts — about not eating raw meat or pork or shellfish, not executing people for breaking the Sabbath, not wearing garments woven with two ...

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The Ultimate, Reliable Source of Hope


 
God’s character never changes; Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. External circumstances or conditions do not govern his love, his truth and his goodness — they never vacillate. Therefore, God’s character and the promises he makes are supremely worthy of our trust and commitment. He does what he says, and his covenant love is always ...

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Reflections on the Mystery of “Unanswered” Prayer

Mystery of "unanswered" prayer

If you’re like most people, you are somewhat mystified with the whole topic of answered and unanswered prayer. That describes me too. When my infant daughter died (her name is Rachel), the next time I taught Sunday school I started by listing all the verses that unequivocally promise that God answers prayer. Of course, all my friends in ...

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Jesus and the Sabbath


 
 
Jesus clashed with the religious leaders of his day over many issues: religious traditions, associating with sinners, spiritual authority and more. On one issue in particular — the Sabbath — these leaders monitored Jesus’ actions scrupulously. The Ten Commandments prohibited work on the Sabbath since it was a holy day set apart (Exodus 20:8 – 11). Just as ...

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