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Jonah 1

Jonah 1

Several years ago, I was playing a Bible trivia game with some young people in Tennessee. The man who was calling out the questions was a country farmer with a strong Southern accent which made the game interesting. At one point he asked the question: "Whose brothers pushed him in the well?" But, with his accent, the question came out: "Whose brothers pushed him in the wha...

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Overview of Jonah

Jonah Overview

The Book of Jonah may be considered to be one of the most interesting books in the Bible. Written about a renegade Hebrew prophet who was called to preach to one of the most evil empires in history, it contains some memorable passages such as the following: Jonah 1:17 "And the Lord appointed a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the stomach of the fish three da...

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Psalm 90

Psalm 90

Psalm 90 is considered to be one of the oldest poems in the world. Before the writings of Homer or Beowulf, Moses penned these amazing words: Before the mountains were born Or You gave birth to the earth and the world,Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God (verse 2). The setting for this Psalm is incredible enough because it was written while the Israelite...

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Deaconesses

Deaconesses

A Christian leader was once scheduled to speak at a big event when he became ill. Despite all of his attempts to get better, he had to cancel his engagement but, before he did, he sent his sponsors the notes from his message. They were very short and contained only one word: "OTHERS." The Bible is very clear that the Christian life is all about others. In the words of Mat...

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1 Timothy 3:8-13

1 Timothy 3;8-13

A new deacon once asked his pastor what he should do in his first day in office. He had never served in this role before and he wanted to get off to a good start so he asked the pastor how he should begin. The reply was simple: "You are a deacon now so go deak!" That might be a little silly but the point is well taken. The office of deacon is not complicated. The Greek wo...

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