In Likeness of His Death, Burial and Resurrection

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When they came to the place called The Skull, there they crucified Him and the criminals, one on the right and the other on the left. (Lk. 23:33)    Wayne Jackson (editor of the Christian Courier), describes the process of a crucifixion in his article "The Crucifixion of Christ." "The prospective crucifixion victim, as a rule, was first subjected to flagellation, i.e., a beating with a three-thong whip (fashioned of plaited leather, and studded with bone and metal). The victim was … [Read more...]

A Birth: A New Creature in Christ

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Baptism is one of the most controversial topics in the Bible. Some think that baptism means pouring or dipping. Others think that it is sprinkling. Even others think that it’s immersion. This lesson is only on one small part of the symbolism of baptism. This lesson is designed to help us understand how baptism is symbolic of a new birth and becoming a new creature and obtaining entrance into Christ. As a general rule, people today have different meanings of "being born again." Where can we go … [Read more...]

Clothed With Christ

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As women we spend a lot of time planning how we are going to clothe ourselves each day. We go through a procedure with each item of clothing we put on. Our image is very important to us. Image was also important to the women in the early church. In Acts 16, Paul and his companions were speaking to women near Philippi. One of the women listening was Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. Lydia and her household chose to put on Christ in baptism. We are no different than Lydia in Acts 16:13-15. We also … [Read more...]

Washing Away Sin

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An important concept throughout the Bible is one of washing and cleansing. References to washing and cleansing can be found in both the old and the new testament. Wash is referred to one hundred and forty five times and cleanse is referred to one hundred and forty eight times in the New King James version of the Bible. What does that mean to us? Naaman was told to wash in the Jordan seven times to rid himself of leprosy in II Kings 5. At first he was hesitant to do as God’s prophet told him … [Read more...]

Word Study: Words and Definitions Relating To Being Saved

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Reconcile/Reconciliation - to restore to harmony; The act of bringing God and people back together after a separation caused by sin Colossians 1:22 "yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach" Justify/Justified/Justification - declared or made righteous in the sight of God; to free from guilt or blame or their consequences Romans 5:9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we … [Read more...]

In The Name

Matthew 28:19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,” Have you ever considered why we are baptized “in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,”? First, there is power in the name.  David understood this when he stood against Goliath. David said, “You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you … [Read more...]

Word Study: Deeds

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Word Study:  Deeds (This study was created using NASV. Other versions use things, wonders, or works instead of deeds) The deeds of the Lord are? 2 Samuel 7:23 Psalm 65:5 Daniel 9:8 1 Chronicles 16:12, 16:24 Psalm 71:16, 17 Psalm 150:2 Psalm 103:6 Psalm 145: 17 Nehemiah 9:17 Psalm 106:2   What shall we do with God’s deeds? 1 Chronicles 16:8 Psalm 9:11 Psalm 77:11,12 Judges 5:11 1 Chronicles 16:12 Psalm 96:3 Psalm 66: 5 Psalm … [Read more...]

Our Deeds of Devotion

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Often we hear this phrase: "She has devoted her whole life to…" Fill in the blank. To her career, to her family, to her garden—the list could go on and on. It is not wrong to be committed to any of these things. In fact, we are commanded to be devoted wives, mothers, and diligent workers in all we do, but to devote our whole being to these things? That is simply not who we are called to be. We are called to love the Lord our God with all our heart, mind, and soul (Matthew 22:37). Instead of … [Read more...]

Our God is Able

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When I was about 9 years old our family went on a weekend camping trip to Lake Texoma. My two sisters and I were playing in the water with my little sister holding onto one of those big hippity hop balls that has a handle. Suddenly a wave came and pushed it out of her little hands. It began to float away from the shore. She let out a shriek that her ball was floating away. Telling her not to worry, I began to swim after the ball. Soon I was close enough I thought I could grab hold of the handle, … [Read more...]

Match Day

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My friend from high school, who is on track to be a doctor, recently shared something with me that I found strange. She was anxiously awaiting the annual "Match Day," when medical students who are about to graduate from medical school receive their residency assignments—where they will live, what they will study—for the next five years. After they complete as many interviews as they can, all the students submit a list of their top picks. At the same time, the hospitals list candidates they would … [Read more...]