Winds of Change: Eli and Samuel

The contrast of ministry of Eli and Samuel resulted in a change of blessings that the Lord brought over Israel. Eli, though seemingly faithful to the Lord for 40 years, neglected to rightly discipline his priestly sons for their evil. Although the Bible records Eli speaking to them about their sinful behavior, he let their …

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America and the Book of Judges

George Santayana is credited with having said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” This seems to ring true with a quote stated several times in the book of Judges: “Everyone did what was right in their own eyes.” For the Israelites, such a philosophy did not bode well. Over and …

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Old Testament Christ symbolism: the burnt offering.

In the first five chapters of Leviticus, God gave the people of Israel a system of sacrifices—a burnt offering, a meal offering (or tribute offering), a peace offering, a sin offering and a guilt offering. “This was the Old Testament way of gaining access to God and was the way of maintaining fellowship with the …

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Reflections on Veterans Day

Today's guest blogger: Diana Miller November 11th dawns cool and crisp. Pink hues ripple across the sky creating a concert all their own. It's another day, like so many before it, or is it? My day will reflect the same basic schedule outside of the fact that there will be more kids home; which will …

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The Old Testament Holy Days and Jesus

When we read through the Lord’s instructions for Israel’s commemoration of Holy Days in the Old Testament, we often just read through—sometimes skipping over—not understanding its meaning for us today. But there is a New Testament connection which God had ordained in the celebrations of the Holy Days that, upon a closer look, points to …

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