LETTERS

  Paul’s lost letter: Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the church of God in Corinth, together with all the saints throughout Achaia – 2 Corinthians 1:1 Paul visited Corinth on his second missionary journey and founded a church there (Acts 18:1ff). He later wrote […]

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Relationships

Why we are afraid of one with God: Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. But the LORD God called to the man, […]

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Community

Importance of community effort: All the skilled men among the workmen made the tabernacle with ten curtains of finely twisted linen and blue, purpose and scarlet yarn, with cherubim worked into them by a skilled craftsman. All the curtains were the same size – twenty-eight cubits long and four cubits wide.  – NIV Exodus 36:8-9 […]

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PAGANS

Why God wanted Israel to stay away from: Destroy completely all the places on the high mountains and on the hills and under every spreading tree where the nations you are dispossessing worship their gods. Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones and burn their Asherah poles in the fire; cut down the idols […]

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Nehemiah’s Profile

God is in the business of working through his people to accomplish seemingly impossible tasks. God often shapes people with personality traits, experiences, and training that prepare them for his purpose, and usually the people have no idea what God has in store for them.  God prepared and positioned Nehemiah to accomplish one of the […]

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COLOSSIANS

REMOVE the head coach, and the team flounders; break the fuel pipe, and the car won’t run; unplugged, the electrical appliance has no power; without the head, the body dies. Whether for leadership, power, or life, connections are vital! Colossians is a book of connections. Writing from prison in Rome, Paul combated false teachings, which […]

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THE COLOSSIAN HERESY (in Colossians)

Paul answered the various tenets of the Colossian heresy that threatened the church. This heresy was a “mixed bag”, containing elements from several different heresies, some of which contradicted each other (as the chart shows). The Heresy Reference Paul’s Answer Spirit is good; matter is evil. 1:15-20 God created heaven and earth for his glory. […]

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1 CORINTHIANS

ON A BED of grass, a chameleon’s skin turns green. On the earth, it becomes brown.  The animal changes to match the environment.  Many creatures blend into nature with God-given camouflage suits to aid their survival.  It’s natural to fit in and adapt to the environment.  But followers of Christ are new creations, born from […]

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