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Can’t Help But Be A Target

One of the more ominous scriptures in the Bible can be found in John 15:18-25, which reads: ““If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.  If you were of the world, the world would love … Continue reading

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On Sovereignty In The New Covenant Church

One of the more remarkable aspects of David’s life when he was on the run from the homicidal king Saul was the regard and respect he had for Saul as the Lord’s anointed. Repeatedly we find him feeling guilty even … Continue reading

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Authority And Consent In Sovereignty

Previously, we looked at some scriptures that dealt with the subject of sovereignty in the Bible and where it springs from. Many more could be chosen, and others will be discussed in later parts of this larger discussion, but perhaps … Continue reading

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On The Source Of Sovereignty

We live in a world where questions of authority are immensely challenging because their implications are so serious. Yesterday at services there were two split sermons that were both dealing with questions of authority, and they addressed subjects that I … Continue reading

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No One Wants To Help You That Much

In general, I have a fond opinion of those who are considered to be try-hards, in the sense of people who are so conscientious about their labors that they make it obvious that they are hard workers. At least since … Continue reading

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The First To Plead His Case Seems Right

Proverbs 18:17 gives us the following piece of advice: “The first one to plead his cause seems right,Until his neighbor comes and examines him.” We live in a world–and have always lived in a world–where people sought to justify themselves and get out ahead … Continue reading

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What Is Ignorance A Defense Of?

“Know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.” “Ignorance is no defense of the law.” If we look at the weight of teachings, regardless of their sources, we will find that the strong weight of what we read … Continue reading

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On The Territoriality Of Heathen Gods: Part Three

Having examined now how it is that heathen gods have sought territory and have rebelled against restraint and denied common authority, and that contrary to what many people think, such heathen ideas and practices are very common in our contemporary … Continue reading

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The Household Codes

[Note: This is a prepared text to the Bible study given to the Portland, Oregon congregation of the United Church of God on October, 20, 2021.] Today I would like to talk to you about a subject that I have … Continue reading

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I Acknowledge Your Suffering, Now Go Back And Suffer

I have been taking, in such limited free time as I have this month, a course from Hillsdale college on the book of Genesis that is about halfway done. Earlier today (as I write this) the third lesson of the … Continue reading

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