Category Archives: Church of God

Every New Beginning Comes From Some Other Beginning’s End

Early Friday afternoon I received an e-mail from one of the deacons of our congregation inviting me to The Dalles to give the inaugural sermonette there.  I had spoken in Hood River on numerous occasions [1], and so it was … Continue reading

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The Seed And The Soil

One of the fascinating debates that I have the chance to hear from time to time is the debate over evangelism efforts and how we should judge them.  As someone who pays more than my fair share to questions of … Continue reading

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On Jesus Christ’s Recruitment Methods

As happens from time to time [1], it was my responsibility to teach Sabbath School today, and the lesson for today involved the recruitment and selection of the twelve disciples.  Since there happened to be a wide variety of ways … Continue reading

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The Wages Of Him Who Is Hired

When we look at the biblical laws in the first five books of the Bible, we often see laws that are not obviously relevant to our own lives and to our own experience.  Most of us do not prepare sacrifices … Continue reading

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Against The Usurpation Of The Phariseees: Part Three

In our previous discussions about the usurpation of the priestly roles by the Pharisees during the Second Temple period [1], we discussed both the manifest failures of the Aaronic priesthood during that time period as well as the different solutions … Continue reading

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Against The Usurpation Of The Pharisees: Part Two

Previously [1], we discussed the legitimacy of the Aaronic priesthood and of the Levites in general as teachers of Israel, a legitimacy that was threatened by the corruption of the priesthood during a large span of Israel’s history.  We must … Continue reading

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A Good Drive Spoiled

I should have realized it was trouble when I left my house yesterday morning with the feeling of light snow flurries and a car I had to thaw out, but I didn’t see the signs [1].  When I arrived at … Continue reading

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Your Hitman For Today

As I arrived home too late last night to write, I thought I would try to write a bit this morning before I rush off to another long and busy day today.  Why was I so late getting home last … Continue reading

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Against The Usurpation Of The Pharisees: Part One

I have commented from time to time about my own interest in the goings on of the Levites as well as the Aaronic priesthood and some of my own reasons for that [1].  I do not wish to comment on … Continue reading

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Book Review: 8 Hours Or Less

8 Hours OR Less:  Writing Faithful Sermons Faster, by Ryan Huguley [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Moody Publishers.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] As someone who fairly regularly speaks within my local congregations [1], … Continue reading

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