The Loophole Heresy
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Okay, definition first:

Loophole – “an ambiguity, omission, etc, as in a law, by which one can avoid a penalty or responsibility”1

Probably, most of us don’t think about loopholes very often. If we think of them

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at all, it’s in the context of rich people trying to get out of paying taxes or a criminal avoiding jail time.

I’d like to suggest, though, that when it comes to the Ten Commandments, almost every one of us has [...]

03: Christ and Religious Tradition – Hit the Mark
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So He [Jesus] came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight [...]

03: Christ and Religious Tradition – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Christ and Religious Tradition April 16, 2014]

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1. Intro. We like to think that “other” churches teach the doctrines of men while “our” church believes in doctrines that are 100% from God. Is it possible for “our” church members today to prefer hand-me-down beliefs to the clear Word of God? Is it wrong to have religious traditions in our homes? If not, what sort of religious traditions do you believe would be most helpful [...]

Hollow
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“I hate, I despise your feast days, and I do not savor your sacred assemblies. Though you offer Me burnt offerings and your grain offerings, I will not accept them, Nor will I regard your fattened peace offerings. Take away from Me the noise of your songs, for I will not hear the melody of your stringed instruments.” Amos 5:21-23

Prophets have a hard job. God tells them what to say, and then they have [...]

Revolutionary Love
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What was it that made Jesus so different from any of the other religious leaders of His time? Well, His message was clearly different – keeping the rules can’t save you, be a servant, love your enemies. That was all new stuff to the people of Jesus’ time. I think sometimes we forget how really different the things that Jesus was preaching were. We’ve heard it all our whole lives.

What Jesus was preaching was truly [...]

Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing
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The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness” (Luke 11:34 NKJV).

This text has to do with our perception of truth, how we view things. This is important because Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden” (Mat 5:14 NKJV). Then within [...]