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Perspectives Lesson 4

Perspectives Lesson 4  Mandate for the Nations

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Philippians

The church fellowship at Philippi was the first such church established in Europe by the Apostle Paul. He wrote this letter several years later in order to encourage the believers and to convince them of the importance of following the … Continue reading

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Life of Moses

Moses was a most unusual man.  He was protected at birth by the LORD; privileged to grow up in the royal Egyptian court, reduced to the status of a shepherd in obscure fields of Midian, called by YAHWEH to rescue … Continue reading

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Revelation

The theme of this book is “The Victory of Jesus and His Followers Over Satan and His Helpers.” At the present time, given the conditions in our world, it does not seem that things are going the way of victory … Continue reading

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James

This letter was written to help believers who were “facing trials of many kinds.”  James was one of the spiritual leaders of the early Church in Jerusalem when he wrote this letter.  The recipients were Jewish background believers who had been forced … Continue reading

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Job

Suffering is a test – a test of faith, character, values, and love for God.  It is a test that can make us bitter if we jump to wrong conclusions about God, and it can make us better if , … Continue reading

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Immanuel, God With Us

This series is not to be linked to the Christmas season. The theme, “God with us,” runs throughout the entire Bible. The very first theme introduced in Genesis and the last description in Revelation are both pictures of God dwelling … Continue reading

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Colossians

This letter has an important place in the New Testament because of its unique description of Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul wanted his readers to understand that Jesus was completely adequate for every spiritual need. Paul exalts Christ as the … Continue reading

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Kingdom Parables

The use of parables and picture-stories was not an unusual method of teaching in the first century. Many of the Jewish rabbis used illustrations taken from everyday life to help their disciples to understand the main points of their teaching. … Continue reading

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FolkSongs of Faith

The Psalms are the faith songs of God’s people. For more than 3000 years, God’s people have meditated on the Psalms because, more than any other portion of Scripture, they meet the emotional needs of the human heart, whether the … Continue reading

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Daniel

The book of Daniel helps us to understand how our sovereign God steers the course of human history.  Daniel was given the ability to interpret dreams and strange handwriting, and to advise the leaders of world empires.  Through Daniel, God … Continue reading

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Ephesians

The Apostle Paul’s letter to the Church in Ephesus is a concise, yet comprehensive, explanation of important theology as well as of practical help for believers.  The objective of this series is “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, … Continue reading

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Our Place in God’s Plans

The Church exists because of missions.  The Church will grow because of missions.  The Church will be healthy when it is engaged in missions.  God is on mission.  He has been on mission throughout history to accomplish His purposes throughout … Continue reading

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Sermon on the Mount

Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount was the beginning “lesson” in the training program of the twelve apostles and it continues to be a very important part of the spiritual education of every believer.  From the Sermon on the Mount believers … Continue reading

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Esther

God is not mentioned in the book of Esther, but He is the sovereign influence behind each event in the story.  While the books of Ezra and Nehemiah focus on the return to the land by faithful Jews, the book … Continue reading

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