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Did God Promise to Commit Genocide?

| November 14, 2014

In Exodus 23:23, God says, “My angel will go ahead of you and bring you into the land of the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hivites and Jebusites, and I will wipe them out.” It seems from this verse that God is going to kill all of these people only because of their nationality. Is that […]

Commentary on Exodus 23 (Promises and Warnings)

| November 12, 2014

Chapters 20-23 of Exodus record all of the covenant laws that God has thus far given to Moses. The Ten Commandments are the most important of these laws, but the subsequent texts build on the foundation of the Ten Commandments, providing more detail. At the end of these laws, we come to Exodus 23:20-33. In […]

Does God Punish Children for Their Parents Sins?

| November 7, 2014

In Exodus 20:5-6, the text says “I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.” Many people mistakenly presume […]

Commentary on Exodus 19-20 (The Ten Commandments)

| November 5, 2014

At the beginning of chapter 19, the Israelites have finally reached the base of Mount Sinai, on the third day of the third month after the Exodus from Egypt (48 days).  The people of Israel would reside at Mount Sinai for a full year – the rest of the Book of Exodus, all of the […]

Commentary on Exodus 16 (Manna and Quail)

| October 27, 2014

Following the crossing of the Red Sea, the Israelites continued to travel south in the desert of the Arabian peninsula. As they moved further away from Egypt, they simultaneously moved further away from civilization. They became more and more hungry because there were few plants and animals for them to eat. This is the situation […]

Does God Have Plans to Prosper You? Part 2

| September 26, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  In part 1, we started looking at how we misread Jer 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” In part 2, we pick up with the second way […]

Does God Have Plans to Prosper You? Part 1

| September 24, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  One of our favorite verses is Jeremiah 29:11. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Unfortunately, we typically wrench this verse totally out of its original context and misapply […]

What Was Dividing the Corinthian Church?

| September 22, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  We’re all familiar with the verses in 1 Cor 1:10-12: I appeal to you, brothers and sisters,in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in […]

Why Did Paul Tell Women to Cover Their Heads?

| September 8, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  In 1 Cor 11:5-6, the apostle Paul tells the Corinthians that a woman should cover her head when praying or prophesying at church assemblies. Some churches today still adhere to this command, but should they? What was the context of Paul’s statement? Authors E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O’Brien provide […]

What Did Jesus Mean by Hot, Cold, and Lukewarm?

| September 5, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  One of the most familiar passages in Scripture is Rev 3:15-16, where Jesus addresses the Laodicean church: “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” […]

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