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The Responsibilites of an Elder

The other night I was fooling around with my laptop. My wife was in the bedroom talking to some of her family. She strolled into the kitchen (where I was) and asked, “Lew, where in the Bible are the responsibilities of an elder?” I answered, “There aren’t any” I then said, “The qualifications of an…

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The Kingdom of Heaven is like… – Part 7

We have finished up all of the KoH parables from Matthew 13. It is time to start our journey forward and look at the latter KoH parable found in Matthew. Our first stop is Matthew 18:21-35. I found this parable very interesting, hopefully you will agree. Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how…

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The Kingdom of Heaven is like… – Part 6

The Parable of the Dragnet is the last parable in chapter 13 of Matthew. Like the first parable in this chapter, it is also explained by Jesus. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet cast into the sea, and gathering fish of every kind; and when it was filled, they drew it up…

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The Bible Talks More About Money Than Hell

Over the past several years as a Christian I have heard many sermons. I have started to notice a trend, teachers often cite the “fact” that the Bible talks more about “money” than hell (or whatever else). I am sure you have heard the same or similar statements, if not, you probably will in the…

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The Tithing Pastor – A True Conundrum

At graduation rehearsal we heard a small message about the importance of tithing. During the message the speaker told us that the pastor should be giving a tithe to the local church no matter what. The speaker testified that he and his wife ALWAYS gave to their local church, no matter what. They relied on…

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The Kingdom of Heaven is like… – Part 5

It has only been a week since my last post in this series. Since then, I have officially graduated! Yes, eight years and two colleges later and I finally have my sheepskin. Well, now that I have my degree, you all have to listen to me… right? Just kidding! This next post is actually going…

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The Kingdom of Heaven is like… – Part 4

The third parable given by Jesus is the Parable of the Leaven. Here Jesus compares the KoH to leaven. He spoke another parable to them, “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three pecks of flour until it was all leavened.” – Matthew 13:33 In my previous post…

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The Kingdom of Heaven is like… – Part 3

The second parable given is the Parable of the Mustard Seed. This parable is smaller and easier to manage than the previous parable because it has fewer elements involved. He presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field; and…

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The Kingdom of Heaven is like… – Part 2

The first parable given is the Parable of the Tares (or the Parable of the Tares among the Wheat). This parable should be discussed first because it is the only “Kingdom of Heaven” (KoH) parable in Matthew that Jesus explains. This explanation can be used to understand the other KoH parables. Parable of the Tares(Matt….