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Sermon on the Mount 6

Reputation for Honesty 5:33-37 The corrupt oral traditions in Jesus’ day saw the Pharisees and friends holding forth a catalog of various oaths. Each one was supposed to be appropriate for different contexts. These men were swearing on everything imaginable: … Continue reading

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Sermon on the Mount 4

Matthew 5:21-26 — The Forgotten Treasure The Sermon on the Mount explains repentance and renewing the Covenant in anticipation of the Messiah coming. In this passage, Jesus repeatedly refers to “your brother” as a reference to your covenant kinfolk. It’s … Continue reading

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Sermon on the Mount 3

The Last Measure — Matthew 5:17-20 Everything about this passage hangs on how you understand Matthew’s choice of the Greek word for “fulfill” (pleroo play-rah’-oh) in verse 17. Once again, let’s remind ourselves that there are two primary issues behind … Continue reading

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HOWTO: Forgiveness

I suppose for some folks it’s just not obvious enough. We are all born in sin. If you try to reason about culpability, you’ll never understand. Rather, you start from the understanding that your human nature is broken — for … Continue reading

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Trust and Reliance

Get ready, because here it comes. It’s established in our US laws that our national motto is “In God We Trust.” You see it on our currency and in other places. Despite SJW whining, it is the law of the … Continue reading

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Job 8

Now it’s Bildad’s turn to get it wrong. He continues pressing the false dichotomy and worse. Bildad begins with less courtesy than Eliphaz, suggesting Job is a windbag. His rhetorical question misses the point. This is not a matter of … Continue reading

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Job 6

Job addresses his friends together as if they had all agreed with the words of Eliphaz. What kind of arrogance is it that dismisses the suffering of another simply because one feels no pain? Job begins by reasserting that this … Continue reading

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