Religious Studies

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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

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A Hymn: Branch Attached to Vine

"Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit" - John 15:2

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All the Sugar in the World Without Tooth Decay

It's God's fault that I lied - He could have stopped me: What exactly should God permit or prevent?

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Who or What Determines the Law and Order in This World?

Have you ever felt angered and helpless in certain situations where you think that the outcome could have been different? Did you felt victimized and wanted to right the wrong you experienced? Is it really in your hands or is there a higher force at play? Read on to find out more.

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A Song: My God is Good

God is good to his own people in all circumstances

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A Song: The Great God of the Universe

"May you be blessed of the Lord, Maker of heaven and earth" - Psa. 115:15

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How Christians Can Find Their Talents

How Christians can recognize their talents and avoid wasting time pursuing the wrong goals

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.