Religious Studies

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The Church Lectern

On receiving an unintentionally humorous invoice, a priest reminiscences on the image of the lectern and how he might write a sermon on the subject.

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Kindness in the Miracle of Feeding the Five Thousand

Kindness is at the heart of the story about the miraculous feeding of the five thousand. Four characters are mentioned in the gospel of John, and each of them divulges a kindness principle.

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Going through the New Testament in 30 Days

This article talks about how important it is to read God's Word and how the New Testament 30 Day Challenge has helped me in my walk with Christ.

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All Four-Letter Words Aren't Bad

Many four-letter words have come to be known as derogatory. However, all four-letter words aren't bad. This article contains some commonly used good four-letter words.

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Mourning for 30 Days in Biblical Context

Misquoting scripture to the grieving can add to their pain.

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10 Proverbs You Need To Remember

10 Proverbs of Solomon you need to remember

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Thankfulness Project: Hallelujah / Praise

I’m thankful that Hallelujah is a command to praise Yahweh. When I do so, He is blessed, and I can better see how very abundantly I am blessed, and that everything God commands me to do is for my good, especially praising the Maker of all good things.

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A Song - You will Have Heaven on Earth

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of sound mind" - 2 Timothy 1:7

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Thankfulness Project: Insight Gives Patience

A person's insight gives him patience, and his virtue is to overlook an offense.

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A Song: No One Like Keeper of Spiritual Israel

Psa 50:12 “If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof.”

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Lessons From The Daughters of Zelophehad

When society is confronted with a situation that is not properly addressed by tradition or the law what do you do?

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Moral Lessons From the Seven Last Sayings of Jesus

A brief devotional based on the seven last words of Jesus on the cross.

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Is It Biblical to Pray to or Talk to the Dead?

Many people pray to and talk to the dead. However, that doesn't make it right. Let's set the record straight about this subject according to what the Bible says.

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Characteristics of a Good and Faithful Servant

Most people who attend church and study the Bible on a regular basis are familiar with the expression "good and faithful servant." What are the characteristics of a "good and faithful servant"?

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Seven Plus Unusual Saints

During the course of its existence, the Roman Catholic Church has created thousands of saints and some of them are quite strange.

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How Christians Can Handle Criticism

Tips on understanding the differences between constructive and destructive criticism and benefiting from the good

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Heaven: We May Look Younger When We Get There

Jesus may have given us a clue about our eternal bodies.

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Thankfulness Project: God Is My Rest

I’m so thankful I can go back to the Bible and prayer, and that God’s words are NEVER more than I can listen, because unlike human words which drain, God’s words give rest and restore my soul.

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The Dignity of Human Life. God Exists!

Each human being has the capacity for love. To love and be loved.

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Proving Myself to Myself

I am is the highest authority on me, I am breathing and I am conscious of it as a reality. What is life without breath? The pandemic suggests to me that breath is in danger and that the only remedy for breath is repentance to the Creator who created it. Opening this application only breath can do.

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7 Reasons People Come and Go Out of Your Life

When you become attached to people, you think they will be in your life forever. When people come and go out of your life, don't think it's your fault. God might have other plans for you and them.

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Thankfulness Project: El Shaddai, God Almighty, the All-Sufficient One

God has all might, all power, all strength, to be and do all we need, and beyond that, even the things we don’t need but we desire. He holds in His powerful hands all sufficiency, the fullness of everything, for every human, animal, plant, all living things.

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A Song: He Showered His Mercies on Me

Lam_3:32 “But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies.”

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Holy Communion Can Be Taken in Private at Home and No One Can Interfere

Those who adhere to the teachings of the Bible will find that scripture does not promote communion in organized settings. When you know the word for yourself no man can hinder your walk with Christ.

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What the Bible Says About Greatness

It is human nature for most people to want to be great, popular, and recognized for something. The Bible defines greatness differently from what the world thinks greatness is.

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How to Handle Personal Attacks

No one wants to be attacked by words and deeds from people who do not like them and want to ruin their reputation. Unfortunately, it happens all the time from people's own family, co-workers, church, and inner circle.

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Thankfulness Project: Stewards not Kings

A steward is one who acts in a place of power for another such as a king, and can use some of the king’s rights and privileges in his absence. But it is temporary. I think that I own and possess material objects and people and my time and abilities. But I am merely a steward holding a place...

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That's Not in the Bible

There is power in God's words, but not in words that people claim God said.

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The Teachings of Jesus:number 5 - the Law

The question about the Law of Moses was on the minds of all who heard Jesus teaching because his teaching was so different to that of the Rabbi's of his time

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Africa's Connection To Christianity - Part 3

Mark the Evangelist was more than just a follower. In many respects, he was a pioneer and trailblazer. He saw the advantages of a foundation that was centuries in the making and used it well. His leadership from North Africa took Christianity around the world.

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3 Ways to Test Your Faith

You say you have faith, but if you are not really sure about that, here are three distinct ways to test your faith.

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A Song: My Precious Friend Says, "The World is A Market Place"

"But where unto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, calling unto their fellows" - Matt. 11:16

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A Song: Extol Him

"Sing aloud unto God our strength: make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob" - Psa. 81:1

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A Song: Occupy Till I Come

And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, occupy till I come - Luke 19:13

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A Song: Always Remember There is Hope

Why are you cast down, o my soul, and why are you in tormoil within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God - Psa. 43:5

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The African Connection to Christianity

How the Christian mind was shaped in the first five hundred years is of utmost importance. It gives us a reliable precedent dating directly back to the writers of the Bible, and to those who carried this life-changing message to the rest of the world.

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Be a "One Thing Person" Based on Psalm 27:4

If the truth is told, most of us have too much stuff that keeps us distracted and unable to focus on God and the things related to God. We should be able to say like David, "I desire one thing."

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A Song: God's Goodness

Oh that men would praise the Lord for His goodness and for his wonderful works to the children of men - Psa. 107:15

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He's an on Time God Is Not Based on Scripture

The Lord is always on time for His plans and purposes. He may not come when you want Him but He's always right on time applies to man's agenda and does not take into consideration the many prayers that are not answered.

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Being a Person of Your Word Matthew 5:33-37

Jesus, in Matthew 5:33-37 from His Sermon on the Mount, is correcting the religious leaders and their view on oaths. In this section He is teaching that His followers should all be people of their word who say what they mean and mean what they say. Christians should be known for keeping their word.

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A Song: The Hand of God

"The right hand of the Lord is exalted: the right hand of the Lord doeth valiantly" - Psa. 118:16

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God Won't Put No More on You Than You Can Bear Is a Song and Not in the Bible

This phrase comes from a song by James Cleveland and is not in scripture.

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A Song: I Know Jesus

Mat 27:37 “And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.”

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Seeking True Doctrine Among False Teachers - 2 Timothy 4:3-4

A short article on the need to have a level of discernment when it comes to we listening to those who teach the Word of God. Not all who teach God’s Word teach the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

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A Hymn: The Grace

"For the Grace of God that bringetb salvation hath appeared to all men" - Titus 2:11

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Trusting God Goes Beyond Believing God

Most Christians believe God, but do they trust God? Learn why trusting God goes beyond believing God.

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A Hymn: Abide in Me, The Master Says

"Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me" - John 15:4