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John the Baptist

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“A voice of one calling…prepare the way for the LORD.…” If asked to come up with some key phrases to express our sense of identity and mission, is this the kind of language we might use?

John the Baptist: Preparing the Way for Jesus

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And John was clothed with camel’s hair, and with a girdle of a skin about his loins; and he did eat locusts and wild honey. (Mark 1:6)1

I grew up immersed in Bible stories. I often wondered what it would have been like to meet the passionate David, the pious Abraham, or the powerful and holy Moses.

“All Things to All Men”: Paul Preaches to the World

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First Corinthians 9:19–27 is often read in the context of cultural sensitivity. This is understandable because we live in a time in which the world has shrunk to a global village, a time in which knowing how to work with and appreciate each other’s culture has become a matter of survival.

Cultural Identity and Pauline Interpretation

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As a rioplatense of German ancestry, a Latino who received his higher education and pursued a career in the educational system of the United States, I am a double hybrid whose identity is somewhat ambiguous.

For Such a Time as This: The Apostle Paul

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The Apostle Paul had a powerful impact in the world known for its time, bringing Christianity beyond the geographical confines of Israel. His life and ministry is a model for our current mission. (The Sabbath School Bible Study Guide)

How to Wait for the Second Coming

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The sky grew brighter and brighter. The earth seemed to shake, and people were rushing about wildly. I didn’t know whether to run or stand still. And then it hit me: This was IT. This was the Second Coming of Jesus.

The High Priestly Ministry of Jesus

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Among New Testament writings the priestly work of Christ is most fully developed in Hebrews.1 In this book Jesus is exclusively referred to as a high priest. This is explicitly said nine times (2:17; 3:1; 4:14-15; 5:5, 10; 6:20; 7:26; 8:1; 9:11);

The Power of His Resurrection*

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Our most fundamental fear is the fear of death. Best-selling author Stephen King appeared on a morning news show years ago, promoting one of the books for which he is known—a thick volume on some blood-curdling theme. At one point, the interviewer interrupted her stream of inquiries about his latest effort to ask a more fundamental question.

The Meaning of His Death

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It is a fact that in the midst of life we are faced with death. It’s also a strange kind of irony that after a lifetime of defeat sprinkled with a few thrills of victory, we gather at the memorial service or graveside of the “dearly departed” with eloquent eulogies and tributes. At such times, it seems that all the deceased’s works were not only good, they were magnificent.

The Tenderness of His Love

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At first thought, the idea of studying the tenderness of Jesus’ love seems almost a pointless exercise. After all, which of us doesn’t believe that his love was tender? Surely we don’t have to be convinced of this fact.

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