Category Archives: Church of God

The Pattern Of Passover Observance In 2 Chronicles and Ezra

[This is the prepared text for a message given to the UCG congregation in The Dalles, Oregon, on Sabbath, March 6, 2021.] The books of 1 and 2 Chronicles have long been neglected by readers of the Bible. It is … Continue reading

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Jesus Christ, The Temple, And Passover

[Note: This is the prepared text for a Bible study given to the Portland UCG congregation on Wednesday, February 24, 2021.] It is hard to overestimate the importance of the temple for the ministry of Jesus Christ as well as … Continue reading

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But You Have Made It A Den Of Thieves

[Note: This is the prepared text for a sermonette given to the Portland UCG congregation on February 20, 2021.] I would like to begin today with a thought experiment. Imagine, if you will, that you are part of a mob … Continue reading

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The Ministry Of Rebukes: A Discussion Of Correction In The Bible: Part Two

Before we go too much further into the subject of the ministry of rebukes, it is important to know what is meant in the Bible by rebuke and correction. The classic verse justifying this is 2 Timothy 3:16-17, which reads: … Continue reading

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Booklet Review: Daniel’s 490 Year Prophecy

Daniel’s 490 Year Prophecy Predicts The Very Day Of Christ’s Death, by Ralph Lyman [Note: This book was provided free of charge by the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts about the book are my own.] This … Continue reading

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The Ministry Of Rebukes: A Discussion Of Correction In The Bible: Part One

Recently, a loyal reader of this blog posed a difficult question related to a sermon that the person had heard that made the claim that it was required that people go around rebuking others. This person was, perhaps unsurprisingly, rather … Continue reading

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And We Know That All Things Work Together

[Note: This is the prepared text for a sermonette given to the Portland UCG congregation on Sabbath, January 30, 2021.] Do we believe that the promises of the Bible apply to us? To be sure, there are promises in the … Continue reading

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Solomon, If You Walk In My Ways

[Note: This is the prepared text for a split sermon given to the United Church of Congregation in the Dalles on Sabbath, January 9, 2021.] Our first impression of Solomon is generally a positive one. Perhaps most notably among these … Continue reading

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According To The Bride-Price Of Virgins

Today I would like to do something that is a bit unusual, and that is to provide a detailed examination of obscure biblical law that deals with marriage under less than ideal circumstances, and how it was that biblical law … Continue reading

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On The Dilemma Of Libel Protections

One of the notable aspects of free speech in the United States is that it is nearly impossible for a public figure [1] to win a case for libel or defamation of character because such people are assumed to be … Continue reading

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