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Taming Anger

I can feel your anger. I am defenseless. Take your weapon! Strike me down with all of your hatred, and your journey towards the dark side will be complete!”

you choose Q: why does God act differently in the Old Testament as compared to the New Testament?

Q: Why does God seem to act differently in the Old Testament than He does in the New Testament? How would you respond to nonbelievers that call God a murderer and a perpetrator of genocide, based on Old Testament accounts? In the Old Testament we see God primarily as a God of judgment and wrath, but in the New Testament…

the breath of His mouth

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let there be lights . . .

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you choose Q: did Judah marry Tamar?

Q: Did Judah marry Tamar? In the Genesis 38 text it says Judah it says Judah did not sleep with Tamar again after she became pregnant?  —Victoria

A: Genesis 38:1-30 tells us that Judah fathered Perez and Zerah, the twin sons of Tamar. Genesis 46:12 listed them as his sons together with Er and Onan. In the genealogy of Jesus, Matthew 1:3 says…

in the beginning . . .

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you choose Q: are Jews still God's chosen people?

Q: After Christ's resurrection, are Jewish people still God's chosen people?  —Richard

A: Deuteronomy 14:2 says: "For you are a holy people to YHWH your God, and God has chosen you to be his treasured people from all the nations that are on the face of the earth." The Abrahamic Covenant expresses the purpose for which Israel was chosen—to bring blessing to all peoples on earth…

ripe for harvest

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o bless our God . . .

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from death to life

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Jesus' example in prayer

We often connect Lazarus' story in John 11:1-44 to the story found in Luke 10:38-42 that reveals the difference between how Mary and Martha responded to Jesus . . .

Mary is pictured as the one who sits at Jesus feet listening to what He has to say and Martha is pictured as the one who focuses on serving.

Other times…

the days of a tree . . .

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seeing God's glory . . .

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to fully embrace Gods glory in your life? !’ve pondered this for many years as a Christian believer and—to be honest—I don't know if I ever truly had an answer until recently.

Not long ago, in a message titled “For the Glory,” I shared with a congregation how changing little things…

you choose Q: what does it mean to have abundant life?

Q: What does it mean to have "life and more abundantly/abundant life"? Is this referring to eternal life or better life here and now—as we know it? Or both? I'm hoping it's more than just a platitude as it is so often used. Thanks a bunch! —Kimberly

A: The expression, “have life more abundantly” isn’t just a platitude, even though we…