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Hard Passages – Part 12

Romans 9:13 has caused anger from every side. God chose Jacob to be the child of promise. Esau rebelled against the plan of God and the people of God. “I hated” means a rejection of Esau’s rebellion. Romans 9:17 refers … Continue reading

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Hard Passages – Part 11

We address 3 passages from 1 Peter. 1 Peter 3:3, 4 addresses women on the issue of adornment. It often is turned into a list of rules and regulations on the behavior of women. The message of this passage is … Continue reading

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Hard Passages – Part 10

Psalm 51:10-11 “Create in me a clean heart” is the most quoted part of this passage but this really is not a prayer for us who live in the New Covenant–it was an appropriate Old Covenant prayer for David. This … Continue reading

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Hard Passages – Part 9

The first “hard passage” is 1 John 5:16, 17. What is the ‘sin that leads to death’? Aren’t all sins forgiven? Context is important in this passage. The next passage is Matthew 22:1-14. Verse 14 says “Many are called but … Continue reading

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Hard Passages – Part 8

What does it mean in the Lord’s prayer to “forgive as we forgive our debtors” (Matthew 6:12)? Why did Jesus use wine and wineskins to illustrate the difference between the New Covenant and the Old Covenant in Matthew 9:4-17? What … Continue reading

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Hard Passages – Part 7

The hard passages we are looking at today speak to grieving the Holy Spirit. In Ephesians we are told not to grieve the Holy Spirit, In 1 Peter 1 we are called to be holy in all we do, and … Continue reading

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Hard Passages – Part 6

These hard passages often cause great confusion: * Matthew 5:48- “You therefore must be perfect as your heavenly father is perfect.” The context is in the Sermon on the Mount; a sermon where Jesus deals with subjects like anger, lust, … Continue reading

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