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IF KNOWLEDGE BRINGS GRIEF, WHY SHOULD ANYONE BE EDUCATED?

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Solomon, the Teacher, remarks that the increase of knowledge and wisdom only brings greater grief and sorrow. The state of affairs naturally begs the question: Why be educated? Why not live out your life in happy ignorance? Continue reading IF KNOWLEDGE BRINGS GRIEF, WHY SHOULD ANYONE BE EDUCATED?

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SEPARATION OF PERSIAN WOMEN

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While Ahasuerus was entertaining his royal officials (see notes on Esther 1:8), his queen, Vashti, was serving as hostess at a feast for the wives of these men, Separation of men and women at such royal events must have been the normal practice in the Persian court. Continue reading SEPARATION OF PERSIAN WOMEN

SILLY SUPERSTITIONS

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In this verse Hosea condemned God’s people for worshiping idols and using black magic and superstition in making decisions. The New International Version translates this verse, “they [God’s people] consult a wooden idol and are answered by a stick of wood.” Continue reading SILLY SUPERSTITIONS

WHEN CHRISTIANS AROUND THE WORLD ARE SO OBVIOUSLY DIVIDED, HOW CAN THE BIBLE INSIST ON UNITY AMONG BELIEVERS?

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Sadly, Christians are often divided. When division is over trivial matters, such as personal preferences, outsiders have every right to wonder if the gospel is true (John 13:35). But sometimes divisions help to accentuate different expressions of faith and life. These differences help to paint the large pictures of biblical faith. Continue reading WHEN CHRISTIANS AROUND THE WORLD ARE SO OBVIOUSLY DIVIDED, HOW CAN THE BIBLE INSIST ON UNITY AMONG BELIEVERS?

SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY (EPHESIANS 6:5-9) SLAVES AND MASTERS

 

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5.  Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ;

6. Not with eyeservice, as men pleasers; but as the servant of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; Continue reading SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY (EPHESIANS 6:5-9) SLAVES AND MASTERS

MEN OF THE BIBLE (BARZILLAI: A FAITHFUL FRIEND. . .IN SPITE OF POPULAR OPINION)

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Barzillai is not one of the better-known men of Old Testament times, but the biblical account of his life and his relationship with King David can teach us something about standing strong for a friend-or what God has taught us is right-even when there is risk involved. Continue reading MEN OF THE BIBLE (BARZILLAI: A FAITHFUL FRIEND. . .IN SPITE OF POPULAR OPINION)

SIGNS &SYMBOLS OF THE BIBLE (CANAAN)

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The land of Canaan is the original name for what became the Promise Land of Israel in the Old Testament. It was named after Noah’s grandson Canaan, who was the ancestor of various groups living in that region (Gen 10:15-19). In general, the term Canaanite was applied to any all peoples who lived along the eastern end of the Mediterranean and west of the Dead Sea. Continue reading SIGNS &SYMBOLS OF THE BIBLE (CANAAN)

HOW DOES THE “ARMOR OF GOD” PROTECT A CHRISTIAN?

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The armor of God is Paul’s vivid illustration of the spiritual equipment that Christ provides to those who trust Him. These pieces of armor are essential to survival and victory in the spiritual warfare that is a real (though invisible) part of each life. Continue reading HOW DOES THE “ARMOR OF GOD” PROTECT A CHRISTIAN?

BIBLE CUSTOMS & CURIOSITIES (EGYPTIAN EMBALMING)

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This is the first of only two references to embalming in the Bible. Like his father, Jacob, Joseph was also embalmed after his death (Genesis 50:26). Continue reading BIBLE CUSTOMS & CURIOSITIES (EGYPTIAN EMBALMING)

SIGNS & SYMBOLS OF THE BIBLE (EGYPT)

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The Bible most often portrays the land of Egypt as the crucible in which the nation of Israel was forged. But Egypt played an important role earlier, in the lives of Abraham as well as his great-grandson Joseph. Abraham found shelter there during a famine but left in disgrace after lying to the Pharaoh about Sarai (Gen 12:10-20). Joseph was sold into slavery in Egypt and became not only a great blessing to the nation, but also the means by which the rest of his family was kept safe during another devastating famine (Gen 37-46). Eventually Egypt enslaved the young nation and treated them mercilessly for four hundred years. Continue reading SIGNS & SYMBOLS OF THE BIBLE (EGYPT)