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  • Stop Watch WS

    Acts 2:1-36 Three "Timing Principles" of God's Empowering

    What does God use to empower people today in their walk with Him? How can we know God’s power and use it for His glory? Our second part in a series on the Book of Acts will uncover the principles of God’s empowering work for …

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  • Questions WS

    Acts 1: Questions to Pose before following a New Leader

    Religious leaders often claim they are following God’s leading. How can we know? How does God lead people today? How can we know it isn’t just the manipulation of some leaders, or the misguided sense of some group that we may follow? As we begin …

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  • Father WS

    Proverbs – Five Wise Words to Fathers

    Mishlai is a term (from “mashal”) to compare or illustrate. By 940 BCE, 1 Kings 4:32 Solomon gave over 3,000 proverbs and over 1,000 songs to the children of Israel. In 4:35 we are told that Kings of the earth sent ambassadors to hear the …

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  • Ephesus WS1

    Historical Notes on Ephesus (1)

    (Acts 18:19-19:1; 20:31; Ephesians; 1 Tim. 1:3; 2 Tim. 1:16-18; 4:14-19; 1 Cor. 15:32; Rev. 1:11; 2:1-7) INTRODUCTION: Historians use terms to describe the ancient city of Ephesus like “the supreme metropolis of Asia” which reflects evidence of a highly developed city. By the time …

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  • Tel Megiddo WS

    From Tel Megiddo: The Bird’s Eye View of History

    Standing atop the mound of Tel Megiddo, a sweeping view of the largest valley of the ancient Biblical landscape in Israel opens as an unforgettable vista for any visitor to the land. The grain fields and cotton plants rooted in this rich soil of the …

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  • Israelmap WWS

    Five Reasons for Christians to Visit the Holy Land

    With thousands preparing to come to the Holy Land in the next year, there has never been a better time to see the world of the Bible come alive! A recent visitor commented, “It is difficult to imagine how much his trip has changed my …

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  • Mt Zion WS

    Where is Mount Zion?

    Originally, the term referred to the small community of Jebusites attacked by the forces of King David (2 Sam. 5-7) and established as the second capital of the Davidic Kingdom. The term ZION, like many of the names of places around the Jebusite city had …

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  • Priest At Altar Of Incense WS

    Exodus 30:34-38 The Incense of the Altar

    The four ingredients to the incense may be a clue to what kinds of prayers God recieves: Galbanum – which was a bitter gum resin and Rabbi Shelomo ben Yitschak comments on this passage that galbanum is bitter and was included in the incense as …

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  • Josephandbros WS

    Genesis 44-50 Taking Responsibility – The Joseph Factor

    There are five specific “downstream pulls” of current against which we must pull if we are to make it upstream to the destination God has called us. The five currents are: past experiences, present life circumstances, people in our lives, personality (our own sinful nature) …

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  • 3stones WS

    Genesis 28:10-32:3 The Story of Jacob's Three Stones

    Overview: Like a great race, the journey of the patriarch Jacob from Canaan to Haran and back is marked by three stones: 1. The first stone (28:18), like a starting line of a great race. This stone in our reading is covered with oil and …

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