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Jesus’ Ministry During Holy Week

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Jesus’ ministry during the final week of his life was directed at one group of people in particular. Can you think which group it was? Here’s a hint: He didn’t come to condemn, He came to save the world. (John 3:17) Jesus’ ministry to those who hated him. A close examination of that final week […]

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Am I a Pharisee?

Am I a Pharisee like those Jewish scholars in the Gospels? Sometimes I can see where they’re coming from when they challenge Jesus again and again in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John’s books of the New Testament. Not all the time; but they’re such splendid targets to disdain. Except when their misunderstandings and words echo in […]

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Who was Barnabas?

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Barnabas was an important member of the early Church and I’ve been running into him lately as I study the book of Acts. His name is generally understood to mean “son of encouragement,” and he certainly played that role for the Apostle Paul and others. But who was he and where did he come from? […]

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Shock and Faith: Saul and Ananias

Who was more shocked, Saul or Ananias after that fateful trip to Damascus? Both of them displayed shock, faith and courage in following what God had just dumped into their lives. For his part, Saul/Paul of Tarsus was on a zealous mission to defend the God whom he believed members of The Way–Christians–were blaspheming. He had received […]

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WWI: a YMCA Worker’s Camel Tale

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Think it was easy to be a YMCA secretary during WWI? The spiritual rewards may have been profound, but the physical cost was high. According to Sir James Barrett of the British YMCA: “The business of the YMCA is to provide comfort by personal service over and above military necessaries for the men who are well. The […]

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