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Hope in Difficult Times

Teaching Letter

Faith that Pleases God

Sometimes as Christians we forget that we have our own vocabulary, using terminology that can leave our non-Christian friends scratching their heads and wondering what we are talking about. Recently, I have come to realize that they are not the only ones who are sometimes confused by our jargon. There are many words in our

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Righteousness → Peace → Joy

Do you want more joy in your life? Have you been longing for a deeper sense of peace? The Scriptures give us a clue of where to find both. In our Christian tradition we have the concept of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. It comes from Romans 14:17, which says, “For the

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Faith Hope and Love from Genesis to Paul

One of the most beautiful Bible passages is found in 1 Corinthians 13. Commonly called the love chapter, it has been incorporated into countless Christian weddings. The apostle Paul concludes the chapter with these words, “But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love” (1 Cor. 13:13). What did

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The Bible: A Book of Connections

It seems that those whom we have been trusting to bring us the news may not be as trustworthy as we thought. As if local news, world news, hard news, soft news and breaking news weren’t enough, we now have real news and fake news, leaving us to try to figure out what is true

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Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

Jesus (Yeshua) said the second greatest commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself. He was quoting from the second half of Leviticus 19:18, which says, “You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord” (emphasis added).

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The Sermon on the Mount

The Sermon on the Mount is a beautiful, poetic portion of Scripture found in the Gospel of Matthew. As I researched the topic, I was amazed to encounter the varied descriptions given to Jesus’ (Yeshua’s) sermon by Bible teachers and Christian apologists. It has been called Christ’s Idea of Righteousness, the Goal of Life, the

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God Revealed in Ezekiel

Political cartoonist Yaacov Kirschen used to say he was an atheist. He didn’t understand how any Jew could believe in God after the Holocaust. Years later he adjusted his statement and became an agnostic. He just didn’t know. Later, he spoke at one of our events and talked about reading the book of Ezekiel. He

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Why Prophecy?

Have you ever noticed how quickly an outspoken, faith-filled believer can become a mumbling skeptic at the mere mention of certain topics? One such topic almost certain to get that reaction from time to time is Bible prophecy. Many in the Church today feel the topic has little relevance to our modern lives, even though

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Prophets, Consequences, Widows and God

As I read through the Bible this year, I am seeking to better understand God and His character. What does He love? What does He hate? What is important to Him? How does He respond? As you read Isaiah, keep these questions in mind. Jesus (Yeshua) told us to love God with all our heart,

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The Yoke of the Kingdom

Have you ever experienced plowing behind a team of oxen? While living in Africa for many years, I was blessed to get plenty of practice in this ancient farming method. At first it seems like a great deal of hard work. The tendency is to try using your own strength to keep the blade of

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