No Longer a Slave: What I Noticed When I Read Philemon – Christian Article

Although the book of Philemon is a very short letter, it can be challenging to understand because it deals with slavery. Christians in the United States have a difficult time conceiving of slavery apart from the type of slavery that existed in the United States until the 1860s. Even though the slavery of first-century Rome was quite different, there is much that followers of Jesus in every time and culture can learn from this letter. A Word About Slavery I…

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Don’t Mess with the Apostles: What I Noticed When I Read 2 Corinthians – Christian Article

The apostle Paul’s follow-up letter to the church in Corinth starts off very meek and mild. However, in the second half of the letter, his tone changes and he deal directly with the primary problem in Corinth. The primary problem in Corinth is that there are people undermining Paul’s authority and credibility. Second Corinthians is such a relevant book for Christians today because there are still many who undermine Paul’s authority and credibility. What Paul’s Critics Were Saying It seems…

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Revealing the Mystery of the Gospel – What I Noticed When I Read Ephesians – Christian Article

In the book of Ephesians, Paul emphasized (as he always seemed to do) that the Gospel of Jesus Christ was not a new idea. Everything Jesus accomplished was part of God’s plan since “before the foundation of the world.” But there was one thing that was surprising about the Gospel, one thing that had been a secret or a “mystery” before, but now was revealed by the Gospel. What was that “mystery”? What had God’s people not expected the Messiah…

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Torn Away: What I Noticed When I Read First and Second Thessalonians – Christian Article

Before I share my thoughts on First and Second Thessalonians, I want to apologize for the extended break I took writing posts over the holidays. Now that we are going again, I’m excited to wrap up my summaries of the books of the Bible over the next few months. Here are some of my thoughts on Paul’s two letters to the church in Thessalonica. Based on what Luke recorded about Thessalonica (see Acts 17), we know there were very few…

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How to Keep a Church Faithful: What I Noticed When I Read Colossians – Christian Article

The book of Colossians is similar to Ephesians in many ways, but it is also incredibly unique. Colossians can be read in just a few minutes but it may prove to be somewhat challenging to understand. Paul wrote this letter to the church in Colossae to keep them faithful, to inoculate them against false doctrine. I am firmly convinced that Paul’s method of keeping a church faithful still works today. The Problem in Colossae It’s not hard to pick up…

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