Category Archives: a closer look

The hidden deception of spiritual idolatry

When think of idolatry, it’s not uncommon to think of those things that take us away from the Lord. And certainly, that is what idolatry does. Usually, when it’s addressed items assigned to idolatry include career, hobby, politics, sports, etc. … Continue reading

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The ‘All Things’ You can do through Christ

Paul wrote to the Philippians I rejoiced in the Lord greatly  that now at length you have revived your concern for me . You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. Not that I am speaking of … Continue reading

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Eight Bible Interpretations That Make Me Scream

As a follow up to this post on caricatures that drive me nuts, I thought I should highlight interpretations of passages that have that same effect.  Now these are not about differing opinions that can have some validity. Rather, its … Continue reading

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A Closer Look: A Violent Shakedown (Matt. 11:12)

I have written in this series in a while. But there’s nothing like that one verse that keeps popping up with an interpretation that I don’t believe is faithful to the context that spurs a revival of sorts. It’s the … Continue reading

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Reaping, Sowing and the Power of a Paragraph

“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” (Galatians 6:7) I have heard this verse use countless times in this manner: watch what you do because it will come back to you. And the … Continue reading

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