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The New Covenant – part 2

Adding to the importance of this announcement is the fact that it appears in similar form in Ezekiel 36:23-28 Adding to the importance of this announcement is the fact that it appears in similar form in Ezekiel 36:23-28 23 I … Continue reading

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The New Covenant – part 1

Jeremiah was left behind in Jerusalem when the Babylonians abducted all those who might be of value in rebuilding Israel. Apparently, a mere prophet was not considered a valuable citizen! Jeremiah continued speaking out but he did not counsel rebellion. … Continue reading

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Jesus the Disciplemaker – Part Three

A way of life.   What are the lessons we might learn from this passage and from the questions we have asked?  For ourselves, the secret of the kingdom is to respond appropriately to the Word of God, even if one … Continue reading

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Jesus the Disciplemaker – Part Two

What does the parable mean? In verses 14-40 Jesus explains the parable.  It is a warning not to be the kind of person who rejects the word in the name of popularity; not to be the kind of person who … Continue reading

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Jesus the Disciplemaker – Part One

This article first appeared in His Magazine and was reprinted in 1976 in the book His Guide to Evangelism, InterVarsity Press. As a teacher, Jesus is commonly admired for the clever parables he told.  It is often remarked that he … Continue reading

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Studies in Colossians – 4:7-18

Paul likes to conclude his letters with what I call a “knitting section.” In 2:2 he spoke of his desire to see people’s hearts encouraged as they are “knit together in love.” Now, as he ends his epistle with lots … Continue reading

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Studies in Colossians – 4:2-6

Notice that there is a fairly significant break in subject at 4:2. The first verse ends the section on household relations and the second verse begins something new. More precisely, 4:2 is a return to the general instructions on what … Continue reading

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