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‘Graphic crucifixion scenes may not be good for your mental health,’ warns university

Over concerns that depictions of Christ's violent trial and crucifixion might send their theology students into a mental breakdown, the University of Glasgow (Scotland) is issuing warnings to Bible students to beware of such images should they take a course entitled "Creation to Apocalypse: Introduction to the Bible (Level 1)." University staff feel it's necessary… Continue reading ‘Graphic crucifixion scenes may not be good for your mental health,’ warns university

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Jesus works for our benefit on his mountain of myrrh & hill of frankincense

Our Lord Jesus Christ may have ascended to heaven to be at the right hand of our heavenly Father (Acts 7:55; 1 Peter 3:22) after his resurrection, but I'm thankful that he's not just sitting there doing nothing. He's keeping himself busy on our behalf. That comforting fact is figuratively and prophetically expressed in the… Continue reading Jesus works for our benefit on his mountain of myrrh & hill of frankincense

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Hatred for sin is the only hate that belongs in Christ’s church

Jesus Christ hated sin, but he loved sinners enough to confront them about their sin and loved us enough to die for our sins. Genuine believers in Christ follow that example. I think it's important for us Christians to keep highlighting that truth since we live in a time where that truth is distorted by everyone from… Continue reading Hatred for sin is the only hate that belongs in Christ’s church

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Just trying to love on you, not cause you grief

One thing I must say that I appreciate about good, godly preaching/teaching (whether spoken or written) is that from time to time I feel convicted about improving myself in some area where I may have a fault. When someone is honest enough with me to be straightforward about something like that, it may not always… Continue reading Just trying to love on you, not cause you grief

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The unquenchable love in God’s kingdom, reflected in the song of Solomon

A true marriage based on unconditional, godly love is an example of the loving relationship between the Lord Christ and his church (Ephesians 5:25-33). This love is symbolized in the Song of Solomon and chapter 8 presents it in such a profound way with the following words: 6 Set me as a seal upon thine heart,… Continue reading The unquenchable love in God’s kingdom, reflected in the song of Solomon

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Yale University study: helping others lowers stress

Researchers from Yale University's School of Medicine recently carried out a study showing that selflessly helping others, even in small ways, ends up lowering one's stress levels. After laboratory experiments revealed this, the researchers wanted to see if this would hold true in real-world experiences. They used 77 adults in the study lasting 14 days.… Continue reading Yale University study: helping others lowers stress

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Perfect love casts out fear

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear -- 1 John 4:18 This verse used to confuse me many years ago. At that time I couldn't understand why the Bible, after commanding us time and again to fear the Lord, would then say that if our love of/in the Lord was… Continue reading Perfect love casts out fear

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Cincinnati megachurch gives money to members, challenges them to help others

This past weekend, a megachurch in Cincinnati--Crossroads--handed out $75,000 in $5 increments to each attendee and told them to go out and use their $5 to be a blessing to someone else. Pastor Brian Tome said the feedback he's gotten, including through social media, has been very positive with his members finding all kinds of different… Continue reading Cincinnati megachurch gives money to members, challenges them to help others

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Missionary’s kidnapping shows us how to experience God’s love in our darkest hour

If you're like me, at times you forget how amazing God's love is or sometimes just take it for granted. For some of us, it takes a dark period in life (even if foolishly brought on by ourselves) to remind us how God's hand and his love are at work in our lives to take… Continue reading Missionary’s kidnapping shows us how to experience God’s love in our darkest hour

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Right works, wrong motivations: how Ephesus left its first love & first works

When the Lord Jesus had John send a letter to Ephesus in Revelation 2, he began by commending the church for the things they did correctly. At first glance it would seem that Ephesus had it all together with Jesus because of their opposition to false doctrines and false apostles in addition to all their… Continue reading Right works, wrong motivations: how Ephesus left its first love & first works