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The parable of the rich fool

The Parable of the Rich Fool – Luke 12:13-21

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There is nothing wrong with having wealth. But, unlike the rich fool, we should recognize it is temporary, and work toward eternal riches.

lost and found parables

The Lost and Found Parables – Luke 15:3-32

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Jesus told three parables about something that was lost, but had been found. And the rejoicing in heaven over what was found.

If there were no God

What If There Were No God?

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What would life be like if there was no concept of God? How different would human morality be from chimpanzees without eternal consequences?

The Parables of the Precious – Matthew 13:44-46

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The parable of the pearl and the parable of the hidden treasure express the value of the kingdom of God. Will we give up everything for it?

example of the early church

The Example of the Early Church – Acts 2:42-47

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The example of the early church provides us with a successful template for being the church today. Be devoted to God and the body of Christ.

The exaltation of Jesus

The Exaltation of Jesus – Philippians 2:5-11

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This early hymn is one of exaltation for Jesus, one who was fully God, who became fully man, and who died as a sacrifice for our sin.

why I believe in God

Why Do I Believe in God?

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Why do I believe in God rather than the opposite option? Mostly because of my own personal experience. And because it makes more sense to me.

into the mountains to pray

Going into the Mountains to Pray – Matthew 14:23

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I love Jesus example of going out into the mountains to pray. I enjoy the time when I can get out like that and spend time alone with God.

Two went up to pray: a deacon and a prostitute

A Deacon and a Prostitute: A Parable Retold – Luke 18:9-14

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What would Jesus' parable of two men going to pray look like in today's world. Might it be a Baptist deacon and a common prostitute?

Gehenna

Gehenna: Where and What Is It?

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Gehenna was a valley of defilement near Jerusalem. A garbage dump. Where the worms and fire were unending. And everything thrown into it was consumed.

The Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments & Christianity

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As a Christian, what role do the Ten Commandments have? While they may guide you. We are no longer under the law and its requirements.

textual criticism

Textual Criticism: Copying the New Testament Texts

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How close to the original New Testament documents is our current Bible? Copying the New Testament texts has introduced some error. But textual criticism has, by comparing the existing manuscripts, been able to very closely reproduce the original.