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The Promises of God

October 26, 2014

The Promises of God Promises don’t seem worth much in our culture. Marriage vows are broken. Politicians renege on campaign pledges. Coworkers fail to follow through on their word. How can we trust a promise to provide us with any comfort? Today’s reading describes another source of comfort for us in difficult days: the promises of God. Unlike...

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  • Devotions October 26, 2014

The Power of God

October 27, 2014

The Power of God Every January, millions of people around the world make New Year’s resolutions. They decide to become more fit or to lose weight or to read through the Bible or to stop smoking. And by February of each year, millions of people have abandoned their resolutions. According to Professor Nick Chater at Warwick Business School...

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  • Devotions October 27, 2014

Made Children of God

December 20, 2016

Made Children of God Choosing a baby name is an important moment for all parents. Sometimes the name has family significance; other times, the sound is pleasing; many times, though, parents choose a name because of its meaning. The importance of a name’s meaning. is especially true in today’s reading. The children of Hosea and Gomer were...

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  • Minor Prophets December 20, 2016

The Mystery of God

May 10, 2019

The Mystery of God On June 25, 1967, the European Broadcasting Union produced the first television program to be broadcast globally live via satellite. Some 400–700 million people viewed the historic program titled Our World, with the Beatles performing their song “All You Need is Love.” The title of the song repeated in the chorus, “All...

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  • Devotions May 10, 2019

The Family of God

May 1, 2019

The Family of God A little girl was doing her best to carry her baby brother. Watching her struggle, someone asked if she wasn’t tired. The girl gave her now famous reply, “No, he’s not heavy; he’s my brother.” Like that little girl, we are often willing to go the extra mile to care for our family. While in prison, the apostle Paul penned...

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  • Devotions May 1, 2019

The Altar of God

October 29, 2019

The Altar of God The “stolen goods” lawsuit threatened in yesterday’s illustration was not the first time this has happened. The Talmud tells a story about a similar claim lodged in the court of Alexander the Great. A man named Geviha ben Pesisa, representing the Jews, asked about the source of the claim. “The Torah,” the Egyptians answered.

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  • Devotions October 29, 2019

God of Justice

June 1, 2009

Theology_Matters God of Justice Justice is one of the key theological themes of the Minor Prophets. While an attribute of God, justice is also an obligation on the part of those who have been created by God. This obligation is summarized in the command of Micah 6:8: “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require...

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  • Practical Theology June 1, 2009

The Fatherhood of God

August 1, 2009

Theology_Matters The Fatherhood of God The church was not the first to address God as Father. Although it appears considerably less frequently than in the New Testament, some Old Testament writers used the term Father to refer to the God of Israel (Deut. 32:6; Isa. 63:16; 64:8). Israel was criticized for calling God “my Father” and “my friend...

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  • Practical Theology August 1, 2009

The Justice of God

July 1, 2010

Theology_Matters The Justice of God As a human practice, justice should be a feature of government and the legal system. In the Mosaic law Israel’s leaders were warned of their obligation to handle matters justly. They must make decisions based on God’s standard of righteousness rather than popular opinion (Ex. 23:2). It also meant that...

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  • Practical Theology July 1, 2010

God of the Nations

November 1, 2010

Theology_Matters God of the Nations The Old Testament books of 1 and 2 Kings complement 1 and 2 Samuel, which recount the rise of Israel’s first two kings, Saul and David. The books of Kings describe how David’s realm split into two and then eventually fell. They are theological commentaries as much as they are history. They trace the failure...

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  • Practical Theology November 1, 2010


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