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Jul 2017

The idea of cleanness is reinforced throughout chapter 15 of Leviticus.  One may begin to wonder at the elongated list of things that makes one clean and unclean and the process that is required in order to establish ritual purity.  However, in the context of the day of atonement, discussed in chapter 16, these issues are very important.  Leviticus 15.31 shows us that God only wanted the people of Israel to come to the temple or tabernacle when they were clean, that is holy and separated from daily occurrences.  In order to......

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30
Jun 2017
Exodus 14 - Then the LORD said to Moses...

Throughout the chapters that we’ve read today, Israel would grumble about the situation that they found themselves in.  They complained about being trapped with the armies of Pharaoh bearing down on them.  They complained about not having water, and they complained about not having food.  These are three of the primary things that we need to survive.  We must have food and water or we will not last longer than a few days.  We must have protection or we will carried off by those who are stronger than we are.  Israel doubted......

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29
Jun 2017
Genesis 33 - Jacob and Esau Meet

Genesis 33 has been interpreted a number of different ways.  In Western culture, to act in the way that Jacob does shows submission and defeat.  In Eastern culture, the same thing is not true.  In the East, a great deal of emphasis is placed on birth order and age.  It would have been a great insult to Esau had Jacob come and acted as though he was not beneath his elder brother.  Even though Jacob had obtained the birthright and the patriarchal blessing, in respect to age, Jacob was still beneath his......

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May 2017
Making Up Your Mind

The first invasion of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar in 605 B.C. served as a vehicle for deporting young Jewish men—in particular, Daniel and his friends Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. These four youth were along way from home, with no parents around and were brought to one of the most beautiful cities in the world at that time. To indoctrinate the best of Jewish life into his political system, the king gave implicit orders that some of the young men with increased intelligence should be given specific instruction and special interests and, therefore, should......

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14
May 2017

For the past two thousand years, the Christmas story has been passed down from generation to generation. Though the news it presents is clear-cut and complete, its nature is complicated and complex—for within the confines of its simplicity, there are certain conditions and circumstance that has created conflict between man and the message; between those retelling the story and those receiving it, and between its simplicity and its sophistication. Let’s consider some of the events and elements evolving around them. If you will recall, the Christmas story actually begins before the beginning......

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14
Mar 2017

The Wise Men, also known as the Magi, were probaby not kings, but a priestly band of scholars and stargazers. Because of their combined knowledge of science, agriculture, mathematics, history, and the occult, they became the most prominent and powerful group of advisors in the Medo-Persian and subsequently the Babylonian empire. Historians tell us that no Persian was ever able to become king without mastering the scientific and religious disciplines of the magi and then being approved and crowned by them. They were from the region to the East of Israel located......

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Feb 2017
How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?

Importantly, both Elisabeth’s and Mary’s pregnancy’s were a part of God’s plan—both babies had a purpose—the one—John the Baptist—was to prepare the way, while the other—Jesus Christ—was to pave the way. Both baby’s were brought into this world miraculously—Elisabeth became pregnant her womb was waxed—Mary was with child when her womb was wholesome Likewise, Zacharias, having a high position as a priest, found himself dumb because of his disbelief. Joseph, on the other hand, seeking to divorce Mary privately, found himself delivering Mary to Bethlehem because of a dream. Each person, Elisabeth......

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Jan 2017
Good Friday Service

When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left (Luke 23:33) Behold a hill with three crosses! Usually we fix our attention to only one, but we ought to remember that there were three crosses. In our recollection, as in the history of the world, the central Cross stands out alone. But a passerby on that day would have carried away a different picture of the crucifixion scene. After walking by the Place of the Skull......

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