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April 13th, 2019

On the Road to Passover: Repentance and Forgiveness

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Christian Passover, Repentance, and Forgiveness

road to Passover finding forgivenessAs we take the symbols of the bread and wine at Passover we are acknowledging our need for repentance and forgiveness. But it is not the radical mercy or unconditional forgiveness that some preachers promote. It is important to know what the scriptures say and thus avoid sloppy theology. We must be careful to avoid diminishing the importance of the blood of the covenant and our response of loving obedience to God. There is more to repentance and forgiveness than an emotional altar call. So what do the scriptures reveal? More

April 7th, 2019

The Road to Passover – Passover People

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on the road to PassoverPassover People our Narrative of Hope

Over the centuries the scourge of anti-semitism has done an effective job of robbing Christians of their heritage as Passover People. How many Christians today understand what Paul wrote? That whether Jew or Gentile, if you belong to Christ you are Abraham’s children? How many understand their role in the biblical narrative, their common scriptural roots and shared biblical standards? But most importantly, how many grasp their new covenant relationship with the Father as Passover People with a glorious destiny? More

March 31st, 2019

Nature of God – What God Hates

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The Parable of the Harvest

what God hatesMost Christians know that ‘God is love.” God’s character is one of loving loyalty.

But do we know what God hates?

Jesus in explaining the coming Kingdom of God spoke of a future time when the wheat was to be gathered into the barn. But he also made it clear that the tares, the weeds, would be burned. This analogy of harvest season represented the coming reality. The saints, the sons of the Kingdom would receive a reward for their faithful service to God. But there was also a “reward” for the lawless, those who used deceit and entrapment to lure others away from the perfect law of liberty. Jesus confirmed that there was coming a day of judgment. And the standard of judgment was based on what God loves, and what God hates. More

March 30th, 2019

On the Road to Passover – Prepare for the Christian Passover

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road to PassoverA Christian Passover

Many professing Christians do not realize that the early church did not keep Easter. Rather they kept the Christian Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. But there was a new element to their observance of this Holy Day season. There was a memorial that was in addition to the instructions given to Israel. Once a year, at the beginning of the 14th day of the first month, Abib, believers were to follow Christ’s example. They would remember his death with a memorial service of bread and wine. This was because Christ was to be sacrificed as the “Passover lamb.” And only  those who had a new covenant relationship with the Father, through the blood of Jesus Christ, would take part in this service. They would have this yearly remembrance of Christ’s sacrifice until the day that he would return as King of Kings.  More

March 13th, 2019

God’s Nature: God Loves Justice

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God loves justiceThe Rule of Law

The rule of law has become a politically hot issue. But is the rule of law an issue that is important to God? Is it true that God loves justice? When it comes to our judicial proceedings there are accusations and counter-accusations of bribery and fraud, of political interference, and corrupt judges. It would seem at times that Isaiah understood the nature of our times when he wrote. “Justice is turned back, And righteousness stands afar off; for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.” Yet, we have hope in a Messiah who will bring equity and righteousness. His government will bring peace. How? With justice based on the rule of law. More

March 9th, 2019

God’s Nature: Who and What God Loves

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God loves righteousnessWhat God Loves

The truth often comes in simple words. Our love grows as we walk with God. Why? Because that is his nature. “God is love” was John’s emphatic statement after having experienced a close personal relationship with the Creator. But can we discern what God loves?
As the Father of the family of believer, God loves his children. He has a plan for his family and they belong to Him. His fondest hope is that all those drawn by him into his family will choose to abide, or live with him. Why? More

January 26th, 2019

What Should We Remember?

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Have we forgotten important things that we should have remembered? God gives us some advice about remembering and not forgetting.