The Law and the Gospel are Both God’s Character
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One summer when I was ten years old I spent a week with my grandmother in Western Arkansas. At the end of the week my mother came to pick me up. While we were still visiting, I forget what I said to my mother, but it must have not have been too nice, because I … [Click to read more …]

08: The law of God and the law of Christ – Thought Starters
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Jesus Is the Center of the Law

[Thought questions for The Law of God and the Law of Christ May 21, 2014] 1. The law of God and the law of Christ. Are we guided by two laws? One the law of the God eternal and almighty, the other of Christ the Saviour? If you think so, what is different about these two … [Click to read more …]

The Only Right Worth Dying for
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We live in an age where everybody is worried about protecting their rights. There is the right to defend ourselves, the right to privacy, and so on. This is nothing new. God provided Esther “for such a time as this” when God’s people needed someone to defend them. The NSA of the day was following … [Click to read more …]

A World Without Sacrifice?
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Has modern technology removed the need for sacrifice? Now everyone can have their own way. When I was growing up back in the  20th century, my family had one black and white TV. On Monday nights, at our house we had to make compromises. My dad and me missed the first hour of Monday Night … [Click to read more …]

A New Commandment That Was There All Along
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There is a trick question I love to ask people. What was the tallest mountain in the world before Mount Everest was discovered? I get all kinds of answers, like “Mount McKinley “and so forth, but you know what the answer is? Mount Everest! Mount Everest was the tallest mountain in the world (Now I … [Click to read more …]

Eager to Forgive (Jonah)
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“Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.” Acts 10:34-35, NIV As human beings, we can come to understand our relationship to God in terms of familiar bonds. We can … [Click to read more …]

02: Love and Judgment: God’s Dilemma – Thought Starters
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“But you must return to your God; maintain love and justice, and wait for your God always” (Hosea 12:6, NIV) [Thought questions for Love and Judgment: God’s Dilemma April 10, 2013] 1. The senseless doves. Does it seem fair for God to compare his wayward Old Testament children to ignorant doves? Is God exaggerating when … [Click to read more …]

Prodigal and Prostitute
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“Forgiving the unforgivable is hard. So was the cross: hard words, hard wood, hard nails.” William S. Stoddard “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 You probably remember a man named Ted Kaczynski – the Unabomber. He’s the man who used … [Click to read more …]

Try a Little Love and Tenderness
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This week’s Sabbath School lesson is about Hosea and the relentless love of God. For me, one of the key verses is Hosea 2:14, But then I will win her back once again. I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her there. I am so thankful for parents who understand this. I wish all parents … [Click to read more …]

13: Creation, Again – Thought Starters
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“But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.” 2 Peter 3:13 NIV [Thought questions for Creation, Again March 27, 2013] 1. Creation continues forever. Have you ever longed for the new heaven and earth that Peter talks about in 2 Peter … [Click to read more …]