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April 23rd, 2017

Righteous Government? An Oxymoron?

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Righteous Government, an Oxymoron?

Is our Government Righteous?

Recently, a liberal writer criticized the Canadian Liberal government under the leadership of Justin Trudeau of trying to be “righteous.” This accusation was focused on the government’s desire to “regulate” the sale of marijuana to minors. There is a general feeling among many liberals that one cannot legislate morality or justice. They then conclude that any legislative attempts to curtail freedom is unnecessary if not counter-productive. But is this the reality? Are there righteous governments? What would they look like, and what policies would they embrace? More

April 22nd, 2017

Fear Not! Go Forward!

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Fear Not, Go Forward!

Israel at the Red Sea go forwardWhy We Remember

Are you facing a “Red Sea” roadblock in your life? Are you prepared to “go forward?” The last Feast day of Passover/Unleavened Bread teaches us powerful lessons about how to live our lives and face the obstacles we encounter. One of God’s instructions to his people at this time of year was to teach our children about the symbols and events of the Passover season. This was not just to be an ancient history lesson, a dull retelling of millennia-old stories. Rather, these stories were object lesson designed to teach us how to live in the present. In this way all generations were to preserve a knowledge of how God works in our lives. More

April 17th, 2017

Faith in Times of Doubt and Unbelief

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Faith in Times of Doubt

faith in times of doubtA Dramatic Shift

Ancient Roman society lacked faith in God. Paul writing to Timothy decried everyday conditions, painting a murky picture of the attitudes and actions of his time.  Our society is experiencing a similar time of doubt. Over the past century much has changed when it comes to attitudes about religious belief. A recent Angus Reid poll declared that over 50% of those surveyed had a negative perception of religion in general. This is an amazing change! Almost equal groups of people, affirm that they are either “non-believers” or “religiously committed.” But, the remaining 60% are either “uncertain” or “private believers.”  These private believers are unwilling to let their faith be known. And, perhaps for good reason. It is difficult to live your faith in times of doubt. More

April 17th, 2017

Winning the Spiritual Battle

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Winning the Spiritual Battle

win the spiritual battleIs the Law, Sin?

God sent Moses to deliver Israel from slavery in Egypt. God kept his covenant promise, and the lamb’s shed blood was a symbol. The blood on the doorpost protected and delivered every household. Later, the Father sent his son to deliver mankind from spiritual slavery, the slavery of sin. His perfect sinless sacrifice made this possible. Yet, many Christians do not understand this deliverance because they do not understand sin, lawlessness. In fact many believe it was the law that was enslaving people. Is this true? Some Christians look to the writings of Paul to bolster this negative view of the law. They say that Paul taught, “the law is sin.” But is this true? It is a matter of spiritual life or death.
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April 15th, 2017

What Would Jesus Do? Following His Footsteps

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footwashing ceremonyWhat Would Jesus Do? Following His Footsteps

What did the Disciples Do?

If you do not know the biblical worldview, you might be surprised that Jesus’ disciples were preparing for Pesach (Passover) and the 7 days of unleavened bread just before Jesus’ death. And though many today, celebrate Easter at this time of year, this was not the custom of Christ’s followers. How do we know? The bible provides the evidence, and we see the customs of the early believers from the accounts of Peter, Paul, and John. More

April 11th, 2017

Passover — Lamb without Blemish

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“Born Again” Christians?

There is a great irony in the Christian world. The apostle John wrote of a similar irony in the Jewish world of his day. They claimed to know God, and yet they had lost touch with biblical truth. John wrote of Jesus’ discussion with Nicodemus about being “born of the spirit.” And much later he wrote to the brethren to help them understand what it meant to be “begotten/born of God.” John wrote emphatically that, people who have the “seed of begettal” do not practice sin! They practice righteousness.

Christian’s at Odds with Christ?

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March 26th, 2017

The Lord’s Passover

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Lord’s Passover — A New Commandment

Jesus, before being betrayed, established a new commandment — the Lord’s Passover. Raising his glass of wine he said, ” I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.” The big question for all believers is, “Will we be there?”
At the beginning of the spring festival season — the beginning of the 14th of Abib/Nisan according to the biblical calendar — Jesus ate his last meal. Then, he washed their feet. Finally, he celebrated this special time by offering up the wine and bread as symbols of his impending sacrifice.

Quarto-deciman Controversy — Imitating Christ

The disciples, followed in Christ’s footsteps. They continued to celebrate the Lord’s Passover as a memorial of his death, yearly on the 14th of Abib. This eventually led to a great controversy with the Roman Church. More