Judged by the Good News

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Judged by the Good News By Dr. Brad Cole What is the Good News? While it certainly is good news that God has graciously provided for our personal salvation, this is not the Good News. For example, these words in a recent periodical suggest that gospel is primarily about you …

God Did It?

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God Did It? In the Bible, God is frequently described as actively doing, what He instead allows to take place. This point is very significant and helps us to explain many difficult issues in regards to God’s involvement in human history. For example, what do you think of these words? …

One More Kisses?

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One More Kisses? By Nick Llyod Laying on her back with her blanket tucked up under her chin and a smirk on her face, my 21-month old daughter confidently asks the question she knows will postpone bedtime. “One more kisses?” It happens at the same time each night. I put her …

Old Testament Violence: A Concession to Our Hard Hearts

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Old Testament Violence: A Concession to Our Hard Hearts By Dr. Brad Cole One of the reasons I am motivated to write about the book of Revelation is that many read this book and see a Jesus that is different in character than the one revealed 2,000 years ago. Jesus …

The Message of Christmas

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The Message of Christmas Through the years I’ve sat through and participated in dozens of plays that retell the story of Jesus’ birth. Last year, both of our boys were shepherds. Some churches even bring in real camels and donkeys! If you attend the Christmas program held at the Crystal …

I give you a new command…

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I Give You A New Command: Love One Another If Jesus Himself were to stand up after church next week and say: “And now I give you a new commandment: love one another.” (John 13:34 – GN) Would there not be some rebuke in this? It is a new command …

God’s Style of Justice

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God’s Style of Justice Several years ago I gave a lecture about the woman caught in adultery, and I discussed how remarkable it was that Jesus said to her (though she was caught in the act), “I do not condemn you”.   At some point in the discussion I quoted the …

Our God is a Consuming Fire

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Our God is a Consuming Fire The last Bible study before summer break was on the book of Isaiah. This book contains some of the most critical passages on the subject of fire and the destruction of the wicked. All of these thoughts over the last few weeks ultimately led …