The doctrine of the Trinity is the idea that there is only one God and God has always existed as three distinct persons, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Though the word, “Trinity” is not found in our Bibles, the question remains, is the idea of a triune God a biblical idea? Can we find that teaching in the Bible or is it simply a religious tradition? Let’s take a look at a few passages.

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As I read the sixty-six chapters of Isaiah yesterday, it occurred to me that to understand Jesus this is where a person needs to begin. Sadly, many of us do not understand our own Lord because we do not see him in light of Isaiah’s prophecies. Oh, we know Isaiah 53, “He was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities” (vs. 5), but we don’t know the context. We don’t see the big picture Isaiah was painting about the end of exile and the beginning of the new creation. To understand Jesus, we really need to understand Isaiah.

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Jesus preached, in the Sermon on the Mount, “Judge not, that ye be not judged” (Matthew 7:1, KJV). But what did He mean by that? Did He mean His followers should never criticize someone else’s behavior? Did He mean we should all just “mind our own business”? How can we call the world to repent if we are not supposed to criticize sinful behavior? And at what point does it become “judging”? As a part of our re-examined series, let’s consider this passage in context.

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Yesterday I read the book of Kings (1 and 2 Kings). It is a tremendous and heartbreaking story. But most importantly, it is a story which we must know if we are going to understand what it means to be a part of the kingdom of God. Jesus’ story has a backstory and so much of it can be found in the book of Kings. Here are a few things I think we should notice.

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I was appalled at Russell Crowe’s movie, Noah. And equally disgusted by Christian Bale’s, Exodus: Gods and Kings. So I was apprehensive about the new movie, Paul, Apostle of Christ. After seeing it last night though, I must say it was, in my opinion, the best Hollywood adaptation of a biblical account ever made. There may be a few minor spoilers below, so if you don’t want to know anything about the movie, do not keep reading.

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I’ve debated over and over again whether or not to write this post because problems that lie just beneath the surface are difficult issues to address. Some people will think I’m stirring up unnecessary strife by sharing examples of racism I’ve seen. “Why do you have to bring this stuff up?” they will ask. Many believe the best way for us to deal with these problems is simply to ignore them, but I believe that is like allowing a wound to fester. It will only get worse until we apply the Gospel remedy.

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When someone became king in Israel, a priest would pour oil on that man’s head and he would then be known as the Lord’s “anointed.” The Hebrew word for “anointed” is “messiah.” So this is the story of two messiahs, Saul and David. When I started this Bible reading plan, I mentioned I would be following the Hebrew structure, in which books like 1 and 2 Samuel are actually one book. Here are a few of my observations from the books of Samuel

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When I was a kid, I loved the book of Judges. It was full of violence and gore. There were tent pegs, strong men, lions, death, and destruction. I loved it. It made me think God would be an awesome movie director. Unfortunately, I was reading the book of Judges all wrong. The book of Judges is a collection of some of the worst stories in the Bible. And if you don’t recognize them as the worst stories in the Bible, you’re probably not reading them correctly.

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En Hechos 2:38 Pedro le dijo a una multitud de personas, “Arrepentíos, y bautícese cada uno de vosotros en el nombre de Jesucristo para perdón de los pecados; y recibiréis el don del Espíritu Santo”. La pregunta que vamos a considerar hoy es la siguiente: ¿Le estaba diciendo Pedro a la gente que se bautizaran para ser perdonados o les estaba diciendo que se bautizaran porque ya habían sido perdonados?

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I would argue that very few passages in Scripture have been more abused over the centuries than Romans 13:1-7. It has been used to justify both allegiance to wicked governments and armed revolt against wicked governments. It has been twisted, perverted, and misunderstood since the time of Constantine. As a part of our re-examined series, it’s time we take another look at Romans 13:1-7.

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