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September 29th, 2018

Dreams of Utopia – Time of Restoration

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dreams of utopiaBad News — Good News

In our society it is easy to create a short-list, a litany, of all the evils of our age. We suffer as a result of wealth inequality, desperate refugees fleeing intolerable conditions, corruption in politics and business, environmental destruction, acute and chronic disease, and the rise of destructive technologies. The bible predicted all of these woes, that would follow those who say evil is good and good is evil. But more importantly, God offers a solution! He does not focus on the futility of man’s ways, but on the future he envisions. He wants us to embrace his dreams of Utopia. More

September 26th, 2018

A Command to Rejoice? Here’s how!

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God Gave a Command to Rejoice to Israel

Whether we have the blessing of fellowshipping on God’s Holy Days in a place he has chosen or whether we are home alone, God gives us all a command. During these special times of year that God sets apart as Holy, we have been given a command to rejoice. But sometimes this is not easy! And as we celebrate we need to consider God’s admonition that “everyone” should rejoice. There is a responsibility to care for the needs not only of our family, but of our servants, the foreigners, the orphans and the widows. God’s festivals are a blessing as we rejoice in God’s goodness. But they are also a duty. More

September 24th, 2018

Biblical Futurist – Feast of Tabernacles 2018

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A Festival for Christ’s Followers

These festival days in the fall harvest season have important meaning for every believer in Jesus Christ our Messiah. And yet in our time few people believe in a literal return of the King of Kings. Few consider the need for observing God’s commanded assemblies. And as a result, even fewer people have a clear vision of the future.

A Glorious Inheritance

Yet, Paul, the apostle to the gentiles, encouraged these converts to keep the annual feast days recorded by Moses. Why? More

August 25th, 2018

Meditate on These Things — David’s Advice

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Think on these things David's AdviceMeditate on These Things

As our society dives down the rabbit holes of incivility, harshness, and futility we see that our entertainment mirrors societal thought.* But it has always been thus. We become what we think! Our thoughts inform our attitudes, direct our actions, and determine the outcomes. So we need to guard our thoughts. We are not the only society that has dealt with conspirators, rebels, and devious people plotting wicked schemes. Are we letting the evil-doers in society determine what we are thinking about? Garbage in — garbage out? Or, are we making conscious choices to “meditate on these things,” the things that are wholesome and ennobling? More

August 22nd, 2018

By Whose Authority? Who Commands Your Attention?

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by whose authority?A Question of “Authorization”

The religious leaders of Judea wanted to know by whose authority Jesus taught the people. They were incensed and demanded, “Who gave you the right to do these things?” As guardians and rulers of the Temple they felt their authority being challenged by this upstart, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus had not gone to their schools, nor studied with their chief teachers. Neither had he received their “key” — a symbolic gesture conferring on him the right to interpret scripture. Therefore the religious leaders of his time viewed Jesus as an imposter. But was he? By whose authority did he teach and preach? More

August 21st, 2018

Uncivil Info-Wars — In the World NOT of the World

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In the World Not of the World

What's a Christian to do?Current news headlines suggest that some of the global media giants are pursuing their own agendas! And as a result, the rule of law is being replaced by arbitrary “community standards?” Is this a problem? Presently, it is apparent that some of our rights to free speech are being eroded. In the name of eliminating “hate speech” voices deemed politically incorrect are being censored…eliminated from the public forum of debate. So what are some issues that we need to consider? More

August 4th, 2018

Be Angry but don’t SIN! – When does Anger become a Sin?

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Be angry but do not sin - Tommy RobinsonThe Story of Edom and the Trouble with Anger

The scriptures advise us to “be angry but don’t sin.” What does this mean? The story of Edom as retold in the prophets and writings gives us God’s answer. The Edomites were descendants of Esau, so they were the kin of the tribes of Israel who were the descendants of Esau’s brother, Jacob. They were family. So, God had given the nation of Israel specific warnings not to despise their Edomite brethren, nor covet their land – Mt. Seir. However, the Edomites on the other hand pursued the Israelites relentlessly. In their angry rivalry and hostility they invaded Israelite territory habitually, trying to claim it as their own. They were and still are implacable foes of Israel. More