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Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing “her” by the washing with water through the word

– Ephesians 5:25-26

For with you is the fountain of life;
    in your light we see light.

– Psalm 36:9

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  • Kingdom of God — What Does it Mean?

    The “kingdom of God” literally refers to the rule of the LORD or spiritual reign of God. The kingdom of God is essentially synonymous with the Church (Matthew 16:18-19), but only if “kingdom of God” is defined in a narrow sense, as in “a spiritual rule over the hearts and lives of those who willingly […]

  • Paul’s “Thorn” — What Was It?

    What was “Paul’s thorn”? Who gave it to him and why? Let’s read the passage: To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away […]

  • Is Name-Calling Ever Appropriate?

    What does the Bible say about name-calling, especially the New Testament? Is it ever appropriate? And, if so, what are the wise guidelines. While some believers think that name-calling is inherently mean-spirited and never appropriate, there are examples of righteous name-calling in the Scriptures. For instance, notice what John the Baptist called the corrupt religious […]

  • Does Matthew 16:19 Support the Idea of a Pope?

    Catholics often cite Mathew 16:19 to support their belief in the earthly supremacy of the Pope as the leader of the Church, as well as the idea of papal succession. Is this accurate? What do the God-breathed Scriptures say? What Did Jesus mean by “On this Rock I will Build My Church”? The Messiah made […]

  • What is “Backsliding”?

    Backsliding is explained by God in this reference to the Israelites after they were delivered from slavery in Egypt, but had problems going forward with the LORD: “But they did not listen or pay attention; instead, they followed the stubborn inclinations of their evil hearts. They went backward and not forward.” Jeremiah 7:24 So “backsliding” […]