All posts tagged New Testament

Beware Bitterness: 4 Tips

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Today always provokes bitterness in people. It doesn’t even matter what day it is, bitterness overcomes and erodes who you are. It’s got a definition:  “negative emotion or attitude, similar to being jaded, cynical or otherwise negatively affected by experience.” That person you’re furious with is imago dei–made in the image of God. S/he may […]

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WHY Study the Bible? 5 Reasons

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“I don’t understand why you keep studying the Bible. I read it once, isn’t that enough?” I laughed out loud when an innocent acquaintance asked a genuine question. Um, no. I’ve studied the Bible since I became a Christian in the dark ages of my teen years. I’ve led, facilitated or taught Bible study for 30 […]

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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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Imagination and the Bible

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I use my imagination all the time when reading the Bible. I put imagination to good use when I teach Bible study. But what does that mean? For me, it started when our youth pastor, Paul Anderson, asked, “imagine how the older brother feels,” when discussing the parable of The Prodigal Son. I was a new-to-Christianity 15 year-old […]

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An Angel and the Apostle Paul

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Did you know the apostle Paul met an angel? Everyone knows angels filled the sky when Jesus was born, and they turned up from time to time in the Bible to encourage believers in the one true God. But Paul? He met Jesus on the road to Damascus. He was given visions and breathless escapes. Why […]

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