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The Assembly and Its Functionality – 1 Corinthians 12 and Romans 12

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The assembly is body-like in its character. It is made of many members. It is a single entity. It has one head. And just as a body needs its members to work both in harmony and in their specific places, so we need to understand what our individual callings are and how God has enabled us to fulfill them in […]

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It’s Time to Build the House – Lessons From Haggai 1

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Haggai forms one of three prophetic books that surround post-captivity Israel and the enduring love of God toward His people. The other two are Zechariah and Malachi. Haggai, though, has a central concern which has to do fully with the temple. The people of Israel had grown complacent with their own houses, while the Lord’s house sat in waste; they […]

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The Christian’s Rule of Life – Galatians 5:23-26

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“Meekness, temperance – against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.” Galatians 5:23-26 The subject of the Christian’s rule of life […]

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The Theology of Faith

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The concept of faith is quite extensively dealt with in Scripture with various examples, exhortations, and elaborations centering around a fuller understanding of its place in our lives. A book could easily be written on the subject, and indeed many have been. For our purposes, however, we will have to be limited to a basic, yet comprehensive overview of the […]

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Unholy Anger

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Anger could be defined as “The arousal of strongly negative emotion agitated from an offense that affects one in a personal way.” In Galatians 5, the word “wrath” is thumos. Mr. Vine is very helpful when he notes “that thumos indicates a more agitated condition of the feelings, an outburst of wrath from inward indignation…” If we are honest with […]

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A Lesson in Contentment – Overcoming Jealousy

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The words “emulations” and “envy” are strong words in the Greek. “Emulations” (that is, jealousy) is from the word zelos, denoting passionate desire or zeal toward the possession of something. The word for envy is phthonos, and it is used for instance in Matthew 27:18 – “For [Pilate] knew that for envy they had delivered Him.” Strongs in its definition […]

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A Lifestyle of Purity: Overcoming Uncleanness

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  We have looked in the past at sexual sin and its results, as well as pornography. These could be classified as actions, but we still must address the issue of impurity in lifestyle: uncleanness. One may not be addicted to pornography. One may not have fallen into fornication. But there are many who put on “holy” faces, while compromising […]

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