The Pursuit of God

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Discernment Charts – NT Epistles: God Won’t Talk to Doubters

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Spiritual discernment is about being able to tell the difference between truth and lies.  It is God who teaches you how to get better at discernment, and a key part of this process is learning to think critically about the things you’re being taught.  Critical thinking is a form of questioning–and once you start asking the right questions, it’s amazing how much guff you find in the Bible.

The purpose of our Discernment Charts – New Testament Epistles series is to help you sharpen your discernment skills by showing you how to flesh out many beliefs and attitudes that a single point of teaching promotes.  These charts focus on statements that were made by apostles in the early Church.  Are the New Testament authors teaching you well or are they totally leading you astray?  Ask God for His opinion on these matters.  (Click the image to enlarge it.)

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Jesus in Context Charts: Be Perfect

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To correctly apply the things Jesus says in the Gospel books, you must interpret His words within their original cultural context.  The theological climate of New Testament Israel was drastically different from Old Testament Israel.  While spiritual rebellion abounded in both cases, there were many concepts being pushed by Jewish preachers in the New Testament which were not being taught during the Old Testament.  As a result, the Jews living in New Testament Israel needed different lessons than the Jews living in the Old Testament.

It’s vital to realize that most of the things Jesus says in the Gospel books–including His parables–are directed at Jews.  He is speaking to a very specific audience within the context of their specific cultural values, beliefs, and concerns.  Since you’re not a Jew living in New Testament Israel, you should be very cautious about taking Jesus too literally.  The purpose of our Jesus in Context charts is to help you understand the original purposes behind some of the famous statements Jesus made–statements which are often misunderstood by Christians today.  (Click the image to enlarge it.) Read more of this post

Discernment Charts – NT Epistles: If We Don’t Love Humans, We’re Worthless

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Spiritual discernment is about being able to tell the difference between truth and lies.  It is God who teaches you how to get better at discernment, and a key part of this process is learning to think critically about the things you’re being taught.  Critical thinking is a form of questioning–and once you start asking the right questions, it’s amazing how much guff you find in the Bible.

The purpose of our Discernment Charts – New Testament Epistles series is to help you sharpen your discernment skills by showing you how to flesh out many beliefs and attitudes that a single point of teaching promotes.  These charts focus on statements that were made by apostles in the early Church.  Are the New Testament authors teaching you well or are they totally leading you astray?  Ask God for His opinion on these matters.  (Click the image to enlarge it.)

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Discernment Charts – NT Epistles: It’s a Great Privilege to Entertain Angels

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Spiritual discernment is about being able to tell the difference between truth and lies.  It is God who teaches you how to get better at discernment, and a key part of this process is learning to think critically about the things you’re being taught.  Critical thinking is a form of questioning–and once you start asking the right questions, it’s amazing how much guff you find in the Bible.

The purpose of our Discernment Charts – New Testament Epistles series is to help you sharpen your discernment skills by showing you how to flesh out many beliefs and attitudes that a single point of teaching promotes.  These charts focus on statements that were made by apostles in the early Church.  Are the New Testament authors teaching you well or are they totally leading you astray?  Ask God for His opinion on these matters.  (Click the image to enlarge it.)

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Discernment Charts – NT Epistles: Imitate Me As I Imitate Christ

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Spiritual discernment is about being able to tell the difference between truth and lies.  It is God who teaches you how to get better at discernment, and a key part of this process is learning to think critically about the things you’re being taught.  Critical thinking is a form of questioning–and once you start asking the right questions, it’s amazing how much guff you find in the Bible.

The purpose of our Discernment Charts – New Testament Epistles series is to help you sharpen your discernment skills by showing you how to flesh out many beliefs and attitudes that a single point of teaching promotes.  These charts focus on statements that were made by apostles in the early Church.  Are the New Testament authors teaching you well or are they totally leading you astray?  Ask God for His opinion on these matters.  (Click the image to enlarge it.) Read more of this post

Law vs. Principle Charts: The Sabbath Day

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Under the Old Covenant, Yahweh commanded His followers to treat the last day of every week as a day of rest or Sabbath.  Let’s now learn about the spiritual principles that were being promoted by the Sabbath laws, how the Jews responded to those laws, and what we should be learning from them as modern day Christians. (Click on each image to enlarge.) Read more of this post

Law vs. Principle Charts: Tithing

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In the Church today, you never hear the truth about how the Old Covenant tithing system worked.  Instead, you’re constantly lied to about what God teaches on the subject while Christian leaders shamelessly profit off of your ignorance.  Let’s now sort out the mess by learning some basics about how tithing worked in the Old Testament, what its purpose was, and what role tithing should play in your life today. (Click on each image to enlarge.) Read more of this post

Law vs. Principle Charts: Atonement Sacrifices

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The Old Covenant sacrificial system is very poorly understood by Christians, and this leads to a lot of confusion about how God judges us, and how salvation is acquired.  Let’s now learn about the difference between what the laws that God gives, and the spiritual principles that those laws are promoting. (Click on each image to enlarge.)

Law vs. Principle Chart: Atonement Sacrifices (OT)

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Yahweh Talks Ethnicity: Jews & Non-Jews Are Equal Before God

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Suppose you’re an Egyptian woman who joined the Hebrew slaves during their victorious march out of Egypt after the ten plagues. Your husband was the firstborn male in his family, so he died during the final plague—that horrifying situation in which all firstborn males in Egypt died.  Your husband was devoted to his gods, and if he was still alive, you’d never have scraped up the courage to leave Egypt with the Hebrew slaves.  But his death gave you the final push you needed to embark on a whole new spiritual journey.  The ten plagues threw you into a massive theological crisis which has resulted in you abandoning the Egyptian gods who you used to worship so that you could become a sincere Yahweh follower.  You really want to please this new God…but is He only the God of the Jews?  You’re not a Jew–does that mean you can never please this Yahweh as much as the Hebrews can? Read more of this post

The Modern Christian View of the End Times: Its Origin & Its Absurdity

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Today few Christians take the time to ask what their end time beliefs are based on.  As they watch their leaders stressing over the identity of a future antichrist, Christians don’t ask, “Why does everyone think an antichrist is coming?”  Instead they say, “Gee, the antichrist is coming.  I’d better be on my guard.”  But no, all of this hoopla over an antichrist is a colossal waste of time because the antichrist being described in Revelation was a specific Roman emperor who has been dead for centuries.  Because you aren’t stopping to ask why all of your leaders have decided an antichrist is on his way, you just hop aboard their train of fear and you get all anxious whenever some politician with a sour disposition gets promoted to a high office somewhere. Read more of this post