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What does it look like to rise from the dead? We’ve all seen the TV dramas in the operating room when the heart monitor suddenly goes flat with the ominous and unceasing tone. Then the shock paddles are brought in and the formerly and technically dead person is brought back to life. Maybe it’s like…

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What’s the most freeing thing you could possible do today? That question could conjure up all sorts of associations in your mind. You might think of freedom fromsomething: oppression, fear, anxiety, challenging relationships, or difficult circumstances. You might think of freedom to something: to do what you want, live as you want to live, go where you want…

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The concept of Original Sin has long been a vital part of Christian Orthodoxy, yet is being challenged and redefined by many in the Church today. Some are beginning to question the validity of the traditional Evangelical understanding of the doctrine asking questions of its legitimacy in its current understanding. Most particularly, the doctrine of imputation is…

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Homosexuality is not the only sin mentioned in 1 Corinthians 6:9–10. Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit…

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Something happened in first-century Israel. That history forever bent around that particular time and place is historically undeniable. A pebble was dropped into a pond, one that is still producing ripples thousands of years and thousands of miles away. But what exactly happened? The question demands a response because how we answer it makes all…

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The place God carved out for women in the Bible’s account of Christ’s death and resurrection is astonishing. To be noticed in the scenes at all in the religious climate of their day was revolutionary. To be recorded by name, an immeasurable gift wrapped in the incarnation. As women of Christ seeking to identify with…

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Do you remember what happened on April 15, 2013? On that day, there was a terrorist attack during the Boston Marathon, killing three individuals and harming hundreds of others. An estimated 5,000 individuals were not able to finish the race, due to the placement of the bombs near the finish and the time that the bombs were…

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Just before Jesus died, according to Matthew and Mark, he cried out in a loud voice, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" It's a question that has rung out ever since, as Jesus' followers continue to wonder exactly why he uttered this "cry of dereliction" among his final words. It could be…

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We Christians sometimes buy into a lie. We assume that if we're not like those hateful, judgmental people who call themselves Christians, then the world will see that we're actually pretty reasonable folks and want to follow Jesus. We believe that if Christians just cleaned up our act, then Jesus could finally captivate the hearts…

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This week, as Jews celebrate the Passover holiday, they are commemorating the Bible's Exodus story describing a series of plagues inflicted on ancient Egypt that freed the Israelites, allowing them to make their way to the Holy Land. But over the past century, another exodus, driven by a plague of persecution, has swept across the…

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Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will hold on to you with My righteous right hand.  ISAIAH 41:10  In 1964 my grandfather shared this verse with my father as he was preparing to move away…

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When a young William Carey, the acknowledged founder of the modern missionary movement, first applied to his church board to be sent to india, he received a classic reply. “young man,” said one of the older church leaders, “when God chooses to save the heathen of india, he will do so without your help.” Fortunately,…

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