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The Patience of God

The first week of November 1994, a young mother named Susan Smith tugged on our nation’s heart when we learned that someone had forced her out of the car and kidnapped her two little boys still strapped in their car seats. Many of us were glued to the newspapers or news broadcasts to see if […]

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Depraved or Deprived?

Only a couple that has been emboldened by their escape from impeachable offenses would try to spin God. But Hillary Rodham Clinton — veteran of cattle future profiteering, a failed attempt to nationalize health care, champion of children raised by the government village and not parents — has done just that and more in an […]

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Pollution – A Deeper Dimension

There is no one, least of all the Christian, who does not share the concern of recent years regarding the environment—the pollution of the air, streams and lakes. When the children of God sit down with the Bible and quietly contemplate creation as it came forth from the hand of the Creator, they see it […]

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One of the most prominent figures in the New Testament is the apostle Paul, a dynamic Christian missionary and the author of thirteen epistles, who had once been a distinguished Jewish rabbi. When he became acquainted with the claim of Jesus to be the long-awaited Messiah, he initially reacted negatively and began persecuting people who […]

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Bavinck the Dogmatician: The Origin of Sin (1)

The third volume of Herman Bavinck’s Reformed Dogmatics treats the broad topics of the introduction of sin into God’s good creation and the subsequent work of redemption that culminates in the person and work of Jesus Christ. After his consideration of the work of the triune God in creation, including the creation of human beings […]

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Bavinck the Dogmatician: The Origin of Sin (2)

The Enigma of Sin’s Origin While the biblical story of the fall into sin provides an answer to the question of the origin of sin in human history, it does not provide an easy solution to the enigma of the origin of sin and evil. Whereas the theory of evolution tends to ascribe the presence […]

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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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Bible Studies on Ezra Lesson 7: The Devil’s Distortions

Scripture Reading: Ezra 4:6–24 Background Reading: 2 Chronicles 36:1–21; 2 Kings 25:22–26; Jeremiah 52:1–11 Discussion Starters 1. What motivated the enemies of Judah and Jerusalem to “frustrate [the] purpose” of the Israelites? Who was there encouraging God’s people? (Read Haggai 1; see Note 4:2.) 2. What specific actions did Israel’s enemies take as soon as […]

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