Religious Studies

With Us In Exile

As with his people, Israel, God always goes with us into exile.

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You Don't Need Permission to Take Up Space

Some of us have had partners, parents, bosses, people who yelled at us for taking up space. For not doing things their way. They belittled and criticized and screamed. But You don’t need permission to take up space, or to exist. You were created to do so, and so much more.

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Why People Don't Get the Same Interpretations from the Bible and Sermons

People don't get the same interpretation from reading the Bible or from hearing the same sermon. There are several reasons that they don't.

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Establishing Quality Relationships with People That Matter

How would you rate the health of all your relationships? Do you derive fulfilment in the connections that you have with the people that matter to you? Read on to find out if you can further improve on your relationships.

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Thankfulness Project: Taste

I'm thankful for the gift of taste and all the wonderful flavors in this life. But nothing else satisfies our endless hunger and cravings quite like God does. No other flavor is so saturated with delight and satisfaction. I'm thankful we are invited to "taste" the goodness of God.

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A Song: I Have Accepted Jesus As the Lord

"And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father" (Phil. 2:11)

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Thankfulness Project: All Things New

Regenerate means to regrow something lost, or bring to life something that was dying. Jesus prunes away what is broken, useless, dead, and replaces it with growth, with new life. if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away. Behold, the new has come!

A Hymn: Strangers Shall Fade Away

"The Strangers shall fade away and be afraid out of their close places" (Psa. 18:45)

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The Teachings of Jesus-Sermon on the Mount Number 1

At the heart of Christianity are the teachings of Jesus. Matthew and Luke highlight what is commonly referred to as The Sermon on the Mount

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Desires Are What Makes Us Human

Have you experienced a situation whereby you so badly wanted something that you were willing to do anything to fulfil that burning desire? Was the desire you felt stemming from a good intention? We cannot escape yearning for worldly material things.

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10 Life Lessons to Be Learned From The Book of Exodus

Outside of the 10 Commandments the Book of Exodus is full of life lessons. Here are 10 of them.

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Thankfulness Project: Rest

Workaholics and perfectionists struggle with something called the “performance trap.” We tend to unwisely base our worth on what we have accomplished each day. God knows what will give me rest, and He desires and plans to graciously give us that rest...read how....

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A Hymn: Great is the Lord

"For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised: He also is to be feared above all gods" (1 Chro. 16:25)

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Thankfulness Project: John the Baptist

"Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me." Sometimes Jesus calls us to do or endure hard, even impossible things, to suffer, to lose. Like John the Baptist, sometimes we question whether or not He really is good, or really does love us, or really is all-powerful. HE is. Read how...

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A Hymn: Grace of God Has Appeared

"Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world" (Tit. 2:13)

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Thankfulness Project: The Man Born Blind

Who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind? Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but this happened so that the works of God would be displayed in him.

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Read Through the Bible, Genesis 2:4-14

Pastor Marcelo Carcach comments on Genesis 2:4-14. Use these comments to enhance your personal Bible studies.

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Thankfulness Project: Mary Magdalene

Early on the first day of the week, after Jesus had risen, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom He had driven out seven demons. -Mark 16:9

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Thankfulness Project: The Woman at the Well

You are a Jew,” said the woman. “How can You ask for a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” Jesus answered, “If you knew the gift of God and who is asking you for a drink, you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”

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The Story Of Gideon

Baal was a Phoenician god whose worship of involved many abominable practices, most infamous being child sacrifice. This is the period that the story of Gideon deals with, a time in Israel’s history where they frequently went astray until God raised a judge to deliver them. Gideon was such a judge.

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A Hymn: Love is the Fulfilment of the Law

Rom 13:8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

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Thankfulness Project: Blessed Are Those Who Are Persecuted for Righteousness

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. The actions and faith of these two and all the persecuted are admirable and honorable, and God has a special reward for all of these, His persecuted church.

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Thankfulness Project: Blessed are the Peacemakers

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God. These are some of my favorite people in the world. Just being beside them sets others at peace and reminds us to cease striving and find rest.

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Seek and Surrender

I seek beauty, wisdom, and perhaps a little peace and joy. What I find is that they have been seeking me. So I surrender to them and gain a deeper understanding.

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The Story of Noah's Flood

Noah is arguably the most widely recognised biblical character after Christ. However, very little is actually known about the man. Nothing is known of his early life, and he first appears in scripture when he is 500 years old, leaving the majority of his life concealed.

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The Biggest Antidepressant: The Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ

Theology is the study of the nature of God and religious belief. The Resurrection of Jesus is mind boggling really to the human mind. How and Why would a supreme being love so much that this Creator would gladly lay down his life for his Creation? If you have never felt loved, well here you go!

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What Christians Need to Know About Pride

How pride can be destructive to Christians.

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The Parables of Jesus: The Wise and Foolish Maidens

The Parables of Jesus teach us much about our responsibilities. Are you ready for the return of Jesus?

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Proof of the Resurrection of Jesus

Some skeptics still think it is a myth that Jesus died and God raised Him from the dead. There is enough proof that Jesus did die on the cross and God raised Him from the dead three days later.

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Read through The Bible, Genesis 1:20 - 2:3

Pastor Marcelo Carcach comments on Genesis 1:20-31. Use these notes to help you understand the passage of the Bible.

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Read through The Bible, Genesis 1:1-19

Pastor Marcelo Carcach comments on each verse of Genesis 1:1-19. Use these comments to help you understand the passage as you read the Bible.

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The Greatest Event in Human History I Corinthans 15:1-11

The greatest event in human history was the day Jesus rose from the grave. And through His resurrection He gives us all the ability to do the same one day. We serve a risen Savior!!

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Thankfulness Project: Blessed are the Pure in Heart

The Thankfulness Project is a series of devotionals about things I'm thankful for. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Who is or even can be pure in heart? Read on to find out...

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The 7 Last Words: A Millennial Reflection

Let us reflect on the 7 Last Words of Our Lord Jesus Christ as he is hanging on the cross for the sins of mankind. Here are personal reflections of each of the seven last statements, and prayers dedicated to each of them which were personally written by the author.

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12 Biblical Steps to a Better Life

The Bible talks a lot about how to be well being. Here are 12 steps to help you live a better life biblically.

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A Hymn: Lord, it is Time for Thee to Work

Psa 119:126 It is time for thee, LORD, to work: for they have made void thy law.

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Thankfulness Project: Blessed are the Merciful

The Thankfulness Project is about being thankful for different gifts of God. This one is about those who are merciful, who also will themselves be shown mercy.

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Thankfulness Project: Blessed are Those Who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness

The Thankfulness Project is about being thankful for different gifts of God. This one is about being thankful that those of us who hunger and thirst for God's righteousness, we will be filled.

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Finding Strength in God

Do you need encouragement? In this devotional, Pastor Marcelo Carcach reflects on how we can find encouragement in God.

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Thankfulness Project: Blessed are the Meek

The Thankfulness Project is about being thankful for different gifts of God. This one is about being thankful for the meek, and for the promise that awaits the meek: they will inherit the earth.

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Thankfulness Project: Blessed are Those Who Mourn

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort. I'm thankful that God always comforts, no matter how long or deeply or when I need it, better than any human.

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Thankfulness Project: Blessed are the Poor in Spirit

Blessed are the Poor in Spirit (the humble) for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven, the blessings of heaven, and the gift of heaven. The Thankfulness Project is a list of things I'm thankful for.

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Thankfulness Project: Mary the Sister of Lazarus, who Prioritized Jesus

Mary was the sister of Martha and Lazarus. Martha was an achievement addict, as I have been, but Mary prioritized Jesus. By her example, we can let go of the world's pressures to perform, and rest in Jesus daily, and be satisfied in doing only what He commands us, knowing He is pleased.

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How Christians can Deal with a Dysfunctional Past

How adult Christians can face their dysfunctional past and overcome its negative effects

Towards the Eternal Consciousness

There begins our spiritual hunt, for the vision of God to direct our search in everything and everywhere.

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Thankfulness Project: Gideon the Fearful

The Thankfulness Project is a series of devotions on different topics I'm thankful for in the Bible. This is about Gideon, who was fearful, filled with doubts and insecurities, yet God called him a mighty/strong/valiant warrior, and made him so, using his "jars of clay" to shine God's glory through.

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Purpose Preparation

We are learning daily that life is too short to not invest in yourself and enjoy life. Investing time into learning how you were designed and why could help us find our purposes. Spending time with the creator and listening for directions is a process and only part of it.

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God Wants to Bless You — Devotional on Genesis 1:28

Does God want to bless you? Yes, He does. Pastor Marcelo Carcach tells you about in this devotional based on Genesis 1:28.

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Digging Deeper: Ruth Chapter 4 Bible Study

An in-depth study of the Book of Ruth, chapter 4, for those who want to study the Bible.