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How to identify a false prophet?

Reference:  Matthew 7:15-20.

This teaching is labeled “A Tree and Its Fruit” (NIV-SB). Jesus began with “watch out for false prophets” (Matthew 7:15). Then, he told the crowds the reason for his warning: false prophets were ferocious wolfs that acted like gentle sheep. 785 more words

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A Dangerous Riddle

Bible Reference: 2 Kings Chapter 14 and 2 Chronicles Chapter 25.

The Story:

King Jehoash ruled the Northern Kingdom for 16 years (798-782 B.C.). He won a significant battle over King Amaziah (796-767 B.C) of Judah. 786 more words

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Poison on the Tongue

Amos’s comparison of the Northern Kingdom to a poisonous hemlock plant is found in Amos 6:12.

Amos is the third book of the Minor Prophets.  The minor prophets were considered minor in the sense that their books were much smaller than those of Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel, not because their messages were less important.   665 more words

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Becoming Fruitful

Last summer I searched for the “goodly fruit” mentioned in the Bible because I wanted to plant it in our Church Bible Garden. The goodly fruit was used in the Festival of Tabernacles (booths) which commemorated the Israelites traveling and living in the wilderness for 40 years. 182 more words

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How Do You Know?

For Christians, there is a message in this cartoon. It has to do with how we know we are a Christian, living in God’s will, and growing where He wants us to grow.

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Futility and Fool's Laughter

The Teacher compares the meaning of life to a burning thorn under a pot in Ecclesiastes 7:6.

Bible scholars are not sure who wrote Ecclesiastes. Possibly it was written by Solomon, one of his offspring who reigned later in Israel’s history, or a learned teacher in the Israelite assembly.  971 more words

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Beautiful Crown of Thorns

This beautiful flowered plant is name the Jerusalem thorn (Paliurus spina-christi).  Before the Roman soldiers led Christ away to be crucified at Golgotha, they took him into the Roman Praetorium (the soldier’s section of the governor’s palace). 230 more words

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