Hiel the Bethelite

I’m sure you can recall some great sermons based on famous people of the Old Testament. Sermons about people like Adam and Eve taking a bite of the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. Maybe the murder of Abel by his brother Cain. Sermons about Moses receiving the ten commandments, or Noah and the Ark. How about that sermon about Hiel and his sons Abiram and Segub? Remember any sermons about them? No? Maybe you’ve heard about them in a Bible study. If you told me you’ve never heard of these three people, it wouldn’t surprise me. However, if you’ve read 1 ...

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Religious Heritage

If you’ve been following me in our study of John chapter 8, you know we’ve spent many weeks moving slowly through this chapter. Today we are going to focus on verse thirty six, but since we are moving so slowly, now might be a good time to read starting from the beginning of the chapter and read down to our verse for today. This will refresh our memory and help us to keep the passage in context. John 8: 34-36 34  Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 35  And a slave does not abide in the house ...

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The Tri-Une Symbol

The Truth Fellowship Live Cup [and wall decoration] - Designed by Artist Ralph Berg and Pastor Terry Kern. Written by Pastor Terry Kern and reprinted here by permission. This Symbol is beautifully conceived and represents beauty beyond description. It is a modern-day symbol of marvelous ancient truth. It should be understood to represent Jesus, The Christ - the Anointed One, the Messiah and the Glorious King of Kings and Lord of Lords. It is actually three separate symbols masterfully interwoven together to provide a distinctively beautiful symbol of Jesus, The ...

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Just Visiting or Abiding in the House?

I don’t know if you are anything like me or not, but I have to believe there’s at least one other person out there that reads the Bible like I do. Here’s what I mean. Have you ever been reading along in the Bible and come to a verse that seems misplaced? You don’t really get how it fits with the rest of the section you are reading, but you just sort of shrug your shoulders and keep going? Way back in your subconscious thoughts you think maybe you should check it out further, but for the sake of moving forward in your reading you just kind of ignore it? If ...

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Offended by the Truth

We looked at John 8:31-32 in a previous study. Let’s read these two verses again in order to provide context for today’s study. John 8:31-32 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (NKJV) Now we come to John 8:33. It says, They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?” (NKJV) In John 8:31-32 Jesus is addressing the Jews who came to ...

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Knowing the Truth

Last time we mentioned John 8:32, but we didn’t spend much time on it. I think this verse, this sentence, is worth a closer look. John 8:32 says, And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (NKJV) The first word in the sentence is the word “and”, which is a conjunction or connecting word. In this case, it connects the previous phrase “you are My disciples indeed”with “you shall know the truth”. So we know that verse 32 cannot stand alone. Verses 31 and 32 need to be considered together if we are to properly understand what our ...

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Is Believer the Same as Disciple?

John 8:31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.  (NKJV) We look to the Bible for patterns or models for how we as Christians should live. We almost instinctively refer back to what we call the “Lord’s prayer” to find out how to pray. We know where to find verses on partaking of communion. But I wonder how many of us have looked to this passage we are studying today, as the next step immediately following one’s conversion to Christ? We don’t often think about it in these terms, but there is ...

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Man’s Heart / God’s Heart

John chapter three is a very familiar passage of scripture. In this famous chapter we find Jesus in discussion with the Pharisee Nicodemus. The term born again is introduced by Jesus here. Even though this maybe a very familiar chapter to you, it’s worth spending sometime here mining for truth. The second chapter of John provides an important backdrop for Jesus’ discussion with Nicodemus. Let’s look specifically at the last three verses in chapter two. John 2: 23 “Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name when ...

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The Father

In our study through John chapter 8 we come to an interesting verse that would be very easy to read past. We are going to pick up at verse 27. If you read the previous verses you will get a feel for the participants, and the general audience of this conversational exchange. Let’s look at the verse. John 8:27 They did not understand that He spoke to them of the Father. (NKJV) Verse 27 seems straightforward enough. What can we glean from this verse? Simple enough, they did not understand what He was talking about, right? Let’s take a look. Who is the word they ...

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Which would you choose?

In our walk through John chapter eight we come to verse twenty six. After ignoring everything Jesus has been saying about Himself, the Pharisees asked Him, “who are you?” Jesus responds by saying, “I’ve been telling you all along [my paraphrase] who I am.” Let’s consider the next verse. John 8:26 says, “I have many things to say and to judge concerning you, but He who sent Me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I heard from Him.” (NKJV) I think when we read we naturally observe the main point, whether we’ve been lead by the ...

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