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The Jesus Expansion Pack?

When I was a kid, there was an awesome game for the computer called Age of Empires.  As awesome as it was though, something wasn’t quite enough, something was missing.  2,124 more words


Short Skirts on Stairs

I’ve heard quite a few times the story of a young woman coming to Christ and then trying to join a church.  Immediately she is bombarded by older women who seem to be judging every aspect of how she lives and almost seem to be rejecting her just out of how she looks rather than where her heart is.  2,382 more words


No Matter What

Things were pretty bad in the kingdom of Israel in Judah.  To catch us up, we can read about the situation in Jeremiah 32:1-2,

This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord in the tenth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, which was the eighteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar. 

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Between the Law, prophecies, and parables in the Bible; not to mention stories like Esther or Nehemiah where God isn’t really the main character; or kings like Manasseh, who is labeled evil in one book, but repents in another; or Song of Songs- it makes sense when people say the Bible is confusing.  1,897 more words


A Gentile Prophecy

As noted on here before, I once heard a Messianic Jewish pastor say that when it comes to the books of prophecy in the Old Testament that Gentile (non-Jewish) believers are welcomed to borrow them, but “make sure you put them back when you’re done.”  What he meant by this was that as Christians, we need to understand that the prophecies of the Old Testament were initially written to the Jews- however, their lessons can be applied more broadly within the church.  1,998 more words


God’s Insane Plan for Sanctification

Last time, we looked at the Lord’s plan of salvation for the world.  God knew all the evil we would do, but rather than wipe out humanity for being rebellious, ungrateful, and extremely wicked; he developed a plan that only he could perform through his love.  1,913 more words


God's Insane Plan

Isaiah 55:8-9 is a pretty popular verse, and it speaks volumes to our understanding of the Lord; it reads,

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,

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