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Bookends: How the First and Last Books of the Bible Fit Together

November 16, 2015 5 Comments
Bookends: How the First and Last Books of the Bible Fit Together

Today’s post shows some contrasts and fulfillments between the first book of the Bible, Genesis, and the last book, Revelation. There is a kind of “bookend” quality to those books wherein things are announced or initiated in Genesis and then fulfilled or finished in Revelation. Consider the following two lists. I pray that you will […]

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Why Does Jesus Tell Us to Use “Dishonest Wealth”?

November 8, 2015 19 Comments
Why Does Jesus Tell Us to Use “Dishonest Wealth”?

There was a puzzling reference in Saturday morning’s Gospel (Saturday of the 31st week in Ordinary Time) in which Jesus says, I tell you, make friends for yourselves by your use of dishonest wealth, so that, when it fails, they will welcome you to eternal dwellings (Luke 16:9). What does He mean by “dishonest wealth”? […]

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Parables Aren’t Just Stories, Many Are Riddles – Here Are Two

November 5, 2015 8 Comments
Parables Aren’t Just Stories, Many Are Riddles – Here Are Two

To most of us, parables are stories told by Jesus to illustrate and clarify what He teaches. We have read the parables in the context of two thousand years of a tradition that interprets them in a certain way. But in their original context, parables are really more like riddles. The apostles noted that while […]

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Sinner, Please Don’t Let This Harvest Pass – God’s Plan to Save Us, as Seen in the Book of Malachi

November 4, 2015 2 Comments
Sinner, Please Don’t Let This Harvest Pass – God’s Plan to Save Us, as Seen in the Book of Malachi

In the posts of the past two days, we’ve looked at the sins of the priests and those of all the people. Clearly, we all have a lot on which to reflect. The prophets do not write merely to denounce, but rather to draw people back to the Lord, who alone can save them. Malachi […]

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The Sins of God’s People As Stated in the Prophet Malachi

November 3, 2015 11 Comments
The Sins of God’s People As Stated in the Prophet Malachi

In yesterday’s post, we considered the sins of the priests (and they were numerous enough). Today we examine the sins of the people that the Lord sets forth in the Book of Malachi. Here, too, please understand that not everyone is guilty of all of these things. However, they are common human sins and sinful […]

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Sins of the Priests

November 2, 2015 11 Comments
Sins of the Priests

The Book of the Prophet Malachi is set forth as a kind “riv” (a Hebrew word for a lawsuit, indictment, or controversy) by God. The Lord sets forth a legal case of sorts, which convicts ancient Israel of numerous deficiencies and calls for their repentance. The case that God presents shows a body of evidence […]

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A Simple Directive from God in Times Like These

October 26, 2015 40 Comments
A Simple Directive from God in Times Like These

Beginning in 721 B.C., after repeated warnings from the prophets, terrible waves of destruction came on the Jewish people. The Assyrians invaded and conquered the ten northern tribes of Israel. The survivors were exiled and in a certain sense were not heard from again. (They are often called the “Ten lost tribes of Israel.”) Small, […]

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Earth, Air, Fire, and Water: Great and Yet Terrifying Blessings

October 22, 2015 1 Comment
Earth, Air, Fire, and Water: Great and Yet Terrifying Blessings

Some of God’s gifts come in strange and terrifying packages. The book of Job says, The earth, though out of it comes forth bread, is in fiery upheaval underneath (Job 28:2). It is a fact that we live just above a fiery cauldron separated from us by a thin membrane of earthly crust rife with […]

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