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Hebrews – God’s Revelation and Man’s Restoration (Heb 1:1-2:18) – Part 1

By an all-creative word, God conferred on man a place of supremacy in the world that he had made through his eternal Son, commanding him to rule over it for his glory.  Man sinned, lost that dignity and jeopardized that destiny. But by a redemptive word in the same Son, now an individual and representative human, God is restoring man …

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S’ential Relationships in the Christian Life Part 1, Sojourners (1 Pe 2:11-12)

1 Peter 2:11-12 11 Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. 12 Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.  

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Hebrews – Introduction

1.  ‘WHAT MORE SHALL I SAY?’ (11:32) – AUTHORSHIP Although the author refers to himself several times in the letter (see also 13:19, 22-23) and was well known to those whom he addressed, he does not once record his name.  There was no agreement in the churches of the first three centuries about his identity.  In the churches of Egypt …

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Living Stones, a Cornerstone, and a Modern Stone-aged Family (1 Pe 2:4-10)

1 Peter 2:4-10 4 As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, 5 you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For it stands in Scripture: “Behold, …

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Tools & Translations

BIBLE TRANSLATIONS There are some basic and notable differences between translations that ought to be recognized.  There are three basic approaches: 1. Formal equivalence. The first method seeks to follow the Greek (or Hebrew) text as closely as possible in a word-by-word pattern.  The strength is found in verbal accuracy. The weakness is its cumbersome and awkward literary style.  (Examples:  …

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Organic Milk (1 Pe 1:22-2:3)

1 Peter 1:22-2:3 22 Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, 23 since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; 24 for “All flesh is like grass and all its glory …

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Culture and the Bible – Part II

PRINCIPLE AND CUSTOM Unless we conclude that all of Scripture is principle and thus binding on all people of all ages, or that all Scripture is local custom with no relevance beyond its immediate historical context, we have to wrestle with some guidelines to determine the difference. Assume the extreme that everything is principle in Scripture. Jesus says, “Carry no …

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The Cause and Effect of Your Hope (1 Pe 1:13-21)

1 Peter 1:13-21  — 13 Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, 15 but as he who called you is holy, you also be …

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