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See the EXACT place Jesus was born

Many years ago, I had the opportunity to tour Israel.  Twice, in fact.  It’s a powerful visual aide to have seen many of the places I’ve read about in my Bible.  On both trips, we visited the town of Bethlehem.  I want to share some photos I took on those trips. Of course, the town of Bethlehem is […]

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Build your PLAN for spiritual growth

Perhaps you’ve heard someone say, “Fail to plan. Plan to fail.”  This is a common saying in many professional situations.  But what about our spiritual lives?  Do you have a plan?  This is a question with eternal ramifications. I’ve been working on a plan for lifelong discipleship.  It’s something I’ve been thinking about for decades. I’ve built models, […]

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Revelation – God Wraps Up His Plan

We’ve now come to the end of the Bible.  The book of Revelation serves as the matching bookend to the book of Genesis.  But just because this is the last book, we’re not done with the story of the Bible by a long shot.  This last book packs a big punch! Revelation was written about […]

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Error and Instruction in the Early Church

The book of Acts describes how the Apostle Paul planted churches on his missionary journeys. He wasn’t the only one planting churches.  Before long, there were lots of churches all over the known world.  But since Christianity was so new, they fell pre to false teaching and ignorance about the truth of the Gospel. To […]

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The Spread of the Church

So far in the book of Acts, we’ve watched the church explode onto the scene, beginning the fulfillment of Jesus’ promise in Matthew 16:18.  Propelled by the advent of the Holy Spirit and His dynamite power, Peter preached a great sermon and the harvest began.  Later the gospel spread to other cities and even to […]

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The Birth of the Church

At the end of the gospels, we leave the resurrected Jesus giving the famous Great Commission to His disciples.  “Go and make disciples.”  He’d spent forty days with them, but the promised Comforter (John 14:16-17) had not come and He had not begun to build His church (Matthew 16:18). In the book of the Acts […]

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The Gospels – Good News of Jesus

As we journey through the Bible, we finally come to the Gospels.  These are the books of the Bible that deal directly with the life of Jesus.  Stepping back to look at the entire Bible, the Gospels fall into the generic category of “History.”   In this respect, these four books are similar to Genesis, Judges, […]

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The Prophets – God’s Spokesmen

Following the wisdom books in the middle of our Bibles, we come to one of the largest sections – the Prophets.  This section begins with Isaiah and ends with Malachi.  In all, seventeen books fall into this category.  But these books might not be exactly what you would expect given their title. In modern times […]

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The Wisdom in the Middle

Up until this point, our journey through the Bible has been somewhat of a chronological narrative.  We started in Genesis with the creation and the fall, then worked generally forward through time as God chose His people and led them, ultimately giving them a king.   In the last session, we saw that the king thing […]

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Give Us A King!

The children of Israel, God’s chosen people, couldn’t seem to figure it out.  God had brought them out of Egypt and sustained them in the wilderness then brought them into the Promised Land – a land “flowing with milk and honey.”  But they couldn’t seem to follow God. The book of Judges covers approximately 400 […]

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