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1 Samuel 1:14 ‘How long wilt thou be drunken? put away thy wine from thee.’

Is this a classic case of misjudgment on the part of a ‘church leader’? If it is, indeed, not classic, it is at least most pointed. And does it not speak volumes to the issue of pastoral oversight and, particularly, to several other integral matters? Matters such as not judging empirically; in other words, not basing your judgment entirely, or primarily, on appearances...

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1 Corinthians 15:55 ‘O death, where is thy victory?’

‘O death, where is thy victory?’ These words of the apostle Paul in 15:55 of his first letter to the church of God at Corinth are citations from a pair of Old Testament prophets. Isaiah, in his twenty-fifth chapter had written, many years before Paul, these blessed promises from God to His covenant people for their faith and encouragement:...

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Psalm 86:1 ‘Bow down thine ear, O Jehovah, and answer me; for I am poor and needy.’

While the majority, even most, of the Psalms have a superscription at their beginning...

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1 Corinthians 10:4 ‘They drank of a spiritual rock that followed them, and the rock was Christ.’

Paul is here referencing the account found in Exodus 17:1-7 which took place in the course of the march of the children of Israel through the wilderness after that God had delivered them from the bondage in Egypt under Pharaoh. We are told;...

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1 Corinthians 1:18 ‘The word of the cross is to them that perish foolishness’

This word of the cross; just what is it, and why would it be foolishness to any of the sons of men? What does foolishness involve? How may we recognize it? In ourselves? In others? How do people determine if they are being given a pure line of bologna? Is there some clue that will betray for us whether what we are being told and expected to believe is really only an ‘urb...

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