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IS IT EVER OKAY TO LIE?

To be entirely and blatantly truthful in everything we say could unnecessarily hurt a lot of feelings and create a lot of worries. Thus, in everyday conversation we say “white lies” about someone’s appearance or even about our own state of health.

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PURITY, IMPURITY, AND THE TABERNACLE

The issue of purity was very important for the Israelites. The Tabernacle was at the center of all of Israel’s life. God’s presence in the midst of the camp determined the life of the people. An important function of the Mosaic Law was to instruct people on how to live in the presence of a holy God. The holy and the impure cannot coexist. Thus, God provided a means to cleanse what had become impure. God chose purification rites and sacrifices to prevent the destruction of the people when they became impure. The following table shows the main causes for ritual and moral impurity and the prescription for achieving purity anew.

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LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT (HEROD AGRIPPA II)

Herod Agrippa II was only seventeen when his father, King Herod Agrippa I died, Emperor Claudius, a close friend of Herod’s father, wanted this young man educated in Rome to assume his father’s throne. But advisers convinced Claudius that the boy was too young. Six years later, in AD 50, Claudius give Herod some territory to rule in what is now Lebanon. Herod later traded that for regions in northern Israel and Syria.

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WHAT CAN GO WRONG WITH THE LORD’S SUPPER?

The early church often met for a fellowship meal, followed by observance of the Lord’s Supper. At Corinth, the initial meal had become a drunken, disorderly feast characterized by arguments and selfishness.

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HOW IS MARRIAGE LIKE THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CHRIST AND THE CHURCH?

The bible confronts a husband and wife with the lifelong challenge of patterning their relationship after the relationship between Jesus and the church. Certain assumptions follow.

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NAMES OF GOD (GOD OF ALL COMFORT)

(2 Corinthians 1:3) Blessed be God, even the Father of our LORD Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort. 

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WILL GOD ELIMNATE ALL TROUBLE FROM OUR LIVES?

Some Christians actually preach this idea, and many people become disillusioned when their experience turns painful. The only people who can claim to live trouble-free are those who redefine “trouble” into a word that describes absolutely nothing.

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EVER READ THE BIBLE ALL OF THE WAY THROUGH?

That’s a great question! One that many Christians haven’t much thought about! In fact, the vast majority of Christians have never even considered it, let alone done it.

That’s about to change for many of them!

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IS JESUS THE ONLY WAY TO GOD?

In our eclectic, pluralistic era, it may sound arrogant to claim that God forgives sins by one way only, and that one person only-Jesus-speaks the truth about God. How can Christians be so exclusive?

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SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY (1 PETER 4:12-19)

12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:

13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

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