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The Meaning of Christmas

By Edward Thal / The single greatest difference between Christians and all other religious systems is that we enjoy the manifest presence of God. Religions have a belief system, rules, commitment, certainty, and passion, but lack this one vital component. Religions seek after God, try to explain God, labor to impress God: Bible-believing Christians simply receive God. The wonderful truth …

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The Glory of God Unveiled

By Edward Thal / Moses asked to see the glory of God, and could not, “for there shall no man see me, and live.” (Exodus 33:18-23). Later, the Israelites saw the glory of God reflected in the face of Moses, and were afraid. (Ex. 34:29-35). Moses was as the moon reflecting the sun, but still the glory was too much …

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Education: Secular and Christian

Post-modern society strips children of security and hope. They are taught that God is dead, our institutions are corrupt, our people are racist and our future is doomed by global warming. Children are taught to value multiculturalism, burying their individuality in tribal identities. Violence is romanticized and sex is distorted and promoted. By contrast, children raised in Christ-honoring, Bible-believing homes …

Freedom or Liberty?

These United States are not founded on a notion of freedom, but of liberty. The difference is profound, and yet the distinction has been all but obliterated by those who value freedom over liberty. In a nutshell, the modern concept of freedom is license to do whatever makes you feel good. But liberty, as conceived by those who framed our …

Gossip: The Negative Power Of The Tongue

A gossip is a person who has privileged information about people and proceeds to reveal that information to those who have no business knowing it. The Hebrew word translated “gossip” in the Old Testament means “one who reveals secrets, one who goes about as a talebearer or scandal-monger.” Gossip is distinguished from sharing information in two ways: 1. Their intent. …

We Serve A Demanding God

Scripture sets impossibly high standards and then tells us not to fear when we fail to attain them – which is not the same as saying we should ignore them, or stop trying. Transformation occurs as we reach ever higher, while the Blood of Jesus expunges our failures. This is the miracle of Salvation: our failures disappear while our achievements …