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The Weak Christian

Hear the inspiring story of how the powerless became powerful. God used a left-handed judge to change the course of history for a generation. That same power source in available to us today! Learn how to tap in and be a powerful force in God’s kingdom! This message was given at New Hope Chapel on…

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Observation: Job One in the Bible Study Process

There are three basic steps to hermeneutics (interpretation of Scripture) that should be followed in order to find the intended meaning in a passage: observation, interpretation, and application. The first step is always observation. It is our human tendency to give something a good read, then jump right to the second step. But when we…

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Why did Jesus tell his disciples to hate their families?

In Luke 14:26, Jesus said: “If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple.” Did he literally mean hate? Jesus preached the opposite of hating one’s family at other times. In…

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Working through a Pre-Understanding of the Text

We all have our general ideas about Scripture which often can include preconceived ideas on a given passage. As I researched my book, I always began with prayer. I asked God to help me to look at the passage in a fresh way, so that any previous teaching I had heard would not influence how…

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Starting Off Right

Beginning a new year means a chance to start fresh. Here are a few ideas to help you and your children start things off right!  1. Paperwork Set up a small hanging file folder container somewhere in the central area of your home where family activity is most frequent. Designate a hanging folder for each…

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Why Doesn’t the Bible Condemn Slavery?

Freedom is an important concept in Christianity. Jesus told his disciples, “…you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free…if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.” Paul continued this thread when he wrote, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is…

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Wrestling with God (Genesis 32)

Have you ever wondered about the unusual encounter Jacob experienced in wrestling with God? What was that all about?! Why did God let him almost win? Why did Jacob bear a permanent hip injury? Jacob’s encounter with God was probably the most significant in his life, and it has great significance for us as well.…

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August Issue of Refresh Bible Study Magazine

This month’s Refresh Magazine is on parenting. I have two articles in this one: on page 12, “Taming the Monster” about raising teenagers, and then on page 30 “When Your Child Suffers.” This is a lovely, free magazine that will get sent to your email after subscribing. Worth the couple of minutes to check it…

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Jacob’s Ladder (Genesis 28)

Have you ever wondered if God has turned away from you because of something you have done? The story of Jacob’s Ladder is wonderful reassurance for us all…that God’s presence and love are a constant in our lives, no matter what we have done or have failed to do. Even in the Old Testament, God…

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The Word is Truth

When a relative found out I was on the pulpit team at New Hope Chapel, she asked in astonishment: “So you just ignore those verses in Scripture that limit women?” Ummm…no. I wouldn’t be much of a Bible teacher if I cherry-picked what I wanted to believe and what I did not from God’s Word.…

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