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God’s Covenant Promises Fulfilled In Solomon

I have been studying and teaching through the book of 1 Kings. I have noticed some strong connections to the Abrahamic and Davidic covenants in the first eleven chapters and I wanted to share with you some of my conclusions over the next few posts. What we see in the kingdom under Solomon's reign was a picture of the kingdom to come under the reign of Jesus. To begin we need to be reacquainted with the covenantal promises made to…

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The Sabbath (3)

The Sabbath was given to Israel alone, according to the scriptures. Sunday is never called the Sabbath and is not the Christian Sabbath. Further, the New Testament tells us that the Sabbath, along with the rest of the Mosaic Laws, were a shadow of the things to come in Christ (cf. Colossians 2:16-17; Hebrews 10:1). In this final article we will examine what the Sabbath shadow was pointing to in Christ. Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still…

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The Sabbath (2)

Having observed that the Sabbath was commanded exclusively to the people of Israel to remember how they were slaves in Egypt and that God delivered them, many believe that Sunday, the first day of the week, is the Christian Sabbath. But do the scriptures teach the continuance of the Sabbath into the New Testament to all peoples? First, there is no place in the New Testament where we read an example of Christians keeping the Sabbath. Some try to use…

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Review- Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine

Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine by Max Lucado is the author's latest offering as he encourages readers to consider the depths and magnitude of God's grace. The book is written in typical Lucado style: short chapters filled with various life illustrations to help explain the graciousness of God. Offering stories from his own life to stories abroad, Lucado paints pictures of how grace has worked in the lives of many people - from salvation from sins…

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The Sabbath

You may be surprised to learn that the first occurrence of the Sabbath is not in Genesis but in Exodus. It is not until the days of Moses when the people are coming to Mount Sinai that God reveals his Sabbath law. On the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two omers each. And when all the leaders of the congregation came and told Moses, 23 he said to them, “This is what the LORD has commanded: ‘Tomorrow…

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The Gospel According To Isaiah 53

The Gospel According to Isaiah 53, edited by Darrell L. Bock and Mitch Glaser, is a collection of essays from different authors, each exploring a different aspect concerning Isaiah 53. The book’s purpose was a surprise. “This book, The Gospel according to Isaiah 53, was written to help readers to utilize the truths of this magnificent chapter in bringing the Good News to those who do not yet know Jesus. It is designed to enable pastors and lay leaders to deepen…

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True Belief

23 Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many believed in his name when they saw the signs that he was doing. 24 But Jesus on his part did not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people 25 and needed no one to bear witness about man, for he himself knew what was in man. (John 2:23–25 ESV) Verses 23-25 of John 2 are the beginning of the scene with Nicodemus which follows in chapter…

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Epistles of John Commentaries Reviewed

About one year ago I preached through the Epistles of John. As I preach through various books of the Bible I want to post what commentaries I found the most useful for my studies in preparing to preach. When I am about to study and preach through a book, I rely heavily on the opinions and the reviews of others as to which commentaries and reference works to purchase. Given that a commentary costs anywhere between $25-$50, making a careful…

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Kingdom Come (3)

I am examining a difficult text found in Luke 17:20-37. In the first post on this text we noticed that the kingdom of God was in their very midst, as seen in the presence of Jesus. The reign of God had already broken into human history through the ministry of Jesus. In the second post we noticed that there were three directions and descriptions identifying "the days of the Son of Man": (1) Don't return to your home to gather…

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Kingdom Come (2)

I'm examining a difficult text found in Luke 17:20-37. In the first post on this text we noticed that the kingdom of God was in their very midst, as seen in the presence of Jesus. The reign of God had already broken into human history through the ministry of Jesus. In verse 22 Jesus turns to his disciples and teaches them more about the kingdom, as these many chapters in this section of Luke’s gospel has been about. The Son…

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