November 21st, 2022
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Thoughts for Thanksgiving
Petitions, Prayers, Intercession and Thanksgiving
God hears the petitions and prayers of his people. Whether we are in personal distress, or our nations are facing daunting foes, our prayers can make all the difference. Hezekiah, the King of Judah, knew this to be true when the Assyrians attacked Jerusalem. Earlier, Hezekiah had been on his death bed, but God had heard his prayers and seen his tears, and healed him of a fatal illness. So when Sennacharib’s army began to demolish the cities of Judah, Hezekiah knew where to turn for help. Do we?
Thankfulness in Tough Times
Some of the Separatists and Non-conformist Christians found refuge in the new world. Their’s is a story of thankfulness in tough times. One couple, Steven and Ann Mumford, sailed for Rhode Island in the hopes of escaping the religious discrimination in England that had made life increasingly difficult. Rhode Island’s governor had provided a safe haven for these religious refugees with the creation of a Charter in 1663 that guaranteed freedom of worship. Over time the Mumford’s and others established the first Sabbath-keeping congregation in the colonies. Their efforts created the legacy upon which the modern Churches of God have been built. More
October 29th, 2022
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The Law of Moses for Christians
Is the Law of Moses “done away.” The majority report from traditional Christianity would say a resounding, “Yes!” But what do the scriptures say? The issue of grace and law has been debated for centuries, and the majority have been led to believe that grace is all that is needed for believers to be “saved.” But there is the scripturalist view, the minority report. It encourages believers to look carefully at what God says, and to reject tradition that is contrary to biblical teaching. So do you know from God’s perspective, if it is wise to forget the “Law of Moses?” More
October 29th, 2022
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God made a covenant with Abraham, and if we are Christians we are heirs to that covenant and the promises made to Abraham. Do you know the history of the covenant and how we as Christians have become Abraham’s children? Do you understand the nature of the covenant and its implications for you as one who has believed the gospel of Christ? Do you appreciate the importance of following in Abraham’s footsteps and walking with God in faith? The scriptures reveal the answers to all of our questions about this covenant, a covenant that is irrevocable and of vital importance to all who look to God as their Father. More
October 29th, 2022
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Does the bible offer conflicting advice as to whether we should obey civil or state authorities or not? Consider the advice of the Paul who lived in Rome and offered wisdom to the brethren in Rome about living quiet and peaceful lives under the rule of a pagan regime. Consider the wisdom of Peter and the other apostles who challenged the authority of the ruling elite in Judea. How do we reconcile these stories and draw conclusions about our relationship as Christians to the state authorities in our locale at this time in history. The bible provides us with the answers we need to make wise choices as to whether we obey the authorities. More
October 8th, 2022
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Traditionally, the book of Deuteronomy was read orally to the people of Israel during the Feast of Tabernacles. There was a command to read it every seven years so each generation would be versed in the laws of the land. But what is the significance for Christians? You may be surprised to learn that while being tempted by Satan, Jesus countered Satan’s insinuations with the phrase, “It is written.” Then Jesus proceeded to quote from the book of Deuteronomy as his authoritative source for setting priorities and determining what was true. More
October 5th, 2022
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The Lord’s Prayer has interesting parallels to the themes of the day of Atonement. This is especially true when it comes to ‘forgive us our debts.’ Often we think of these debts as ‘sins’ — missing the mark or sins of commission. But it also has the sense of not having fulfilled a duty — sins of omission. We owe God for those times when we failed to do our duty, and yet, he is faithful to forgive these debts. But there is a caveat. He says he will forgive our debts to the degree that we are willing to forgive the debts of others. As his children, God is asking us to let go of the wrongs we have suffered, the debts that have not been paid to us, and the resentments we might be harbouring due to unfulfilled duties that we are owed.
This ties in directly with Atonement and the message of the Jubilee. More