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Blessed or Not: Deuteronomy 28

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Deuteronomy 28 continues the storyline from Deuteronomy 27. Moses commands the people to gather at Shechem and recite both curses and blessings from Mount Ebal and Mount Gerizim. This is done with the Ark of the Covenant in the middle of the people, symbolizing the presence of God Almighty in the process.

These blessings and curses are given as the consequences for covenant-keeping. If the Israelites keep the covenant, then the blessings will apply. If they reject the covenant, then the people will face the curses. There are significant predictive concepts in the curses. Deuteronomy 28:36, for example, speaks of the king which Israel won’t have for another 400 years. Further difficulties are foreseen, including cannibalism and plagues like Egypt faced. The capstone of the curses is a forced return to Egypt (Deuteronomy 28:68) as slaves, but slaves without owners.

While these curses are comprehensive, let us dispense quickly with a few important facts. First, we should most li…

Comparisons

If you missed it, there’s a new movie in first place on the United States box office chart. It’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. As a life-long Star Wars fan, I’m excited by this. Even knowing the similarities between this one and the original Star Wars, I’m still excited by this.
Except, perhaps it’s not the first place movie. If you adjust for inflation or try to figure based on an estimate of ticket sale numbers, then The Force Awakens is closing on the top ten, but lags behind the original Star Wars, Avatar, Titanic, and the first: Gone with the Wind. (The source for all this info is BoxOfficeMojo.com.)
So, maybe Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the number one movie of all time. And maybe it isn’t.
Meanwhile, over at the University of Alabama, Coach Nick Saban has won another football National Championship. The discussions in sports media since then have centered on just how great of a coach he might be. Is he the greatest football coach of all time? Or just the greatest college coach…

Sermon Recap for January 17

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Good morning! Here are the sermons from Sunday, January 17.

Morning Sermon: John 6 "Afraid of God" (audio)



Evening Sermon: Nehemiah 4 (audio)





Thanks!

Book (sort of): The Word of Promise NT Audiobook

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Today’s Book is actually an audiobook. Provided by the publisher for review.First of all, I’m going to focus on the actual audiobook/dramatization of the New Testament rather than delve into the pros and cons of the New King James Version of the New Testament. I’m not a major fan of that translation, but there’s nothing wrong with it. Second, do keep in mind that this is a full CD set. While it would all fit on one thumb drive, the actual product here is physical CD. That’s a great thing for those of us with in-dash CD players, because we don’t have to wonder if it’s okay to be burning the data off the drive. The physical product, including the case is good. Holds it all together, the CDs all worked. I don’t know of a better way to put 20 discs in a case, so the strange stacking is just something to cope with.Now, to the real meat of The Word of Promise New Testament: the content. This is not just the Bible read aloud to you. You have a multitude of actors doing the various character…

Tempted: Matthew 4

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Returning to the Through the Whole Bible project!

Matthew 4 follows immediately after the conclusion of Matthew 3—the other Gospel accounts help verify that immediately after Jesus is baptized, He heads out into the wilderness. Matthew presents that the purpose of the wilderness days is to be tempted, while Mark and Luke record the temptation as the primary event, though not as the sole intent.

Finishing the temptations, Jesus begins His ministry by two clear acts. The first is to preach (4:17) in the Galilee region. The second is to gather a small group of disciples (4:18-22). These setup the large crowds that come for hearing and healing in the last segment in Matthew 4:23-25. We should see here a pattern worth exploring. 

Ministry should pattern like this: 1. Public declaration of faith. Jesus does not declare His faith, since it’s faith in Him we need, but we see the public acclamation through baptism. 2. Private, definite demonstration of commitment. The temptation period…

Sermon Recap for January 10

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Here are the sermons from January 3 and January 10. There’s no video from January 3.January 3 AM: John 5 “Always Working” (click for audio)January 3 PM: Ezra 3 (click for audio)January 10 AM: John 5 “Search and Believe” (click for audio)January 10 PM: Ezra 8 (click for audio)Here is the full service from January 3: (please note that the music is copyrighted by its respective authors/publishers and that we can’t post every service out of respect for that.)

Book: EGGNT John

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Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament: John by Murray J. Harris; series editors Andreas J. Kostenberger and Robert W. Yarbrough; 2015 from B&H Academic, Nashville; 366 pgs, softcover, $34.99. Why did you study Greek in seminary or college? Most of us would claim it was to better understand the Word of God. Yet for too many of us, our Greek usage in everyday Bible study is a few word studies and recognizing what an “aorist” is when we read an English-language commentary. These commentaries are often based on an English translation and then comment on how the translation is either helpful or needs improvement. The Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament (EGGNT) series finds its niche by focusing on the actual Greek New Testament rather than a translation. Yes, for those who would quibble, it’s actually based on the UBS5 version of the Greek text. Therefore, rather than address translation adequacies and inadequacies, the authors are able to focus on the grammar and structu…