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Light of the World

3rd Sunday of Advent “Light of the World” “I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness.” John 12:46 When you are in total darkness, it is impossible to find your way to where you should be without some kind of light. We were…

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A Light in the Darkness

“The people who walk in darkness will see a great light; those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them.” Isaiah 9:2 The trouble with darkness is that you are robbed of your ability to see. The Bible uses the term “darkness” to identify the condition of man: it is a…

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The Light of God’s Glory

Hebrews 1:3 tells us that Jesus is “the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His nature.” We first see God’s glory mentioned in Exodus, when the people of Israel were complaining. Moses called the whole congregation to come before the Lord. And as Aaron spoke to them, the glory of the Lord…

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Observation: Compare

Observation: Comparison Always start your study by spending time in observation. This is a step that students of the Word tend to rush through, because we are so interesting in finding a meaningful interpretation (and then application.) In order to keep from moving into interpretation before you are ready, stick to the exact words that…

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Observation: Repeated words and phrases

Always start your study by spending time in observation. This is a step that students of the Word tend to rush through, because we are so interesting in finding a meaningful interpretation (and then application.) The Bible is written so that we can apply its words to our lives, right? The problem is, when we…

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Tuesday Tips for Bible Study

Hello, Reader, and welcome to Tuesday Tips for Bible Study! Have you ever felt you weren’t getting as much out of your Bible reading as you wished? Do you wonder how popular Bible teachers find their inspiring insights? Are you hungry for a deeper understanding of God? Each of the following posts will enable you…

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A God We Can Trust

This morning I struggled. A very good friend was under the knife for a cancerous tumor in his sinus canal. They were told he would probably lose his eye. Or worse. Steve and I were sick for what they were facing. We prayed. We begged. The month has felt oppressive in many ways in regards…

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One in a Million

Yesterday, the earth lost one of its best possessions: a lovely woman named Eileen Pomerleau Gordon. She was one in a million. Funny, kind, and slightly eccentric, she won the hearts of all who knew her. She’s had my heart since fifth grade. You don’t run into a kindred spirit too often in life. God brought…

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When Biblical Interpretation Goes Wrong: Context Matters

Location, location, location. It was our number one consideration when house shopping. Location largely determines the value and desirability of a home. A beautiful home too far from work or in a bad school district has little attraction to the buyer. It makes a huge difference where a home is planted. The same can be…

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You Never Know

I didn’t know it, but I was at a crossroads. I’d written a book proposal including three chapters, and an agent had taken on my project. He wanted me to include a sidebar in each chapter of famous people with experience in the subject matter. I asked if he could get me an interview with…

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