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The Angel of the Lord (5)

Turning, finally, to the book of Zechariah we find the angel of the Lord mentioned in several instances. In Zechariah 1, the prophet had a vision in which an angel explained the meaning of what he had seen. An interesting detail is added, however, for the text says, “and they [riders on the horses] reported […]

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The Forgotten Holy Day

In Canada, as well as in the United States, we like to bunch our holidays together. We like to get them as close to Sunday as we can so that we can have a long weekend every month. North of the border we may not even remember what the occasion is for the holiday; we […]

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It’s been said that self-esteem is the single greatest need facing the human race today. One prominent pastor, in defending this thesis, has defined self-esteem as “pride in being a human being.”1 A sincere study of Scripture, however, seems to suggest that self-esteem, rather than being our greatest need, might be part of humanity’s problem. […]

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The God of Materialism

Introduction “Today,” writes C. J. Mahaney, “the greatest challenge facing American evangelicals is . . .” How would you finish that statement? What is the church’s biggest obstacle? There are many good answers to that question. Challenges abound from many corners. Satan is alive and well. The world isn’t our friend. The hostility is real, […]

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The highest concentration of red ink in Mark’s Gospel is found in the thirteenth chapter. This is the last of Jesus’ speeches that Mark records before the Shepherd was struck and the sheep scattered (Mark 14:27). So what topic is important enough to warrant this much attention at this critical point in Jesus’ ministry? Ironically, […]

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Which Books Belong in the Bible?

WALK into your local bookstore chain and ask an associate where you can find the section with the “sacred scriptures.” What do you think would happen? They won’t look at you funny but instead will walk you to a section full of books. On several shelves you will find the Tanach of Judaism (the Old […]

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