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Child Dedication: It’s Meaning & Purpose

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With the upcoming child dedication, January 17th,  it is important that we take a moment to discuss its meaning and purpose.  

The Danger of Familiarity

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As we begin our 2016 Challenge, we start by reading the first 5 chapters of Matthew.  This comes on the coattails of Christmas, which makes these passage very familiar.  Thus we pray the following post will be a timely encouragement. 

The danger of a familiar text is often unspoken of, but it is very real. Familiarity with a story or text of Scripture can cause us to gloss over a passage because we’ve read or heard it before. So how do we overcome this temptation?  The answer is to slow down and question the familiar. Read more

Matthew Overview

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This post is a resource for the 2016 challenge.  Click here for more information. 

It is helpful at times to see the big picture when you are reading the details of a book, so here is a brief description of the overall outline of Matthew.  The following is an excerpt from a very helpful book for Bible study. Read more

Applying Genealogies

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As part of our 2016 Challenge, we were tasked with reading Matthew 1 today.  While it is an incredible passage to read, it can be intimidating to apply.  Genealogies can be confusing and we can be tempted to skip over them.  So, I have included this excerpt from the ESV Study Bible, page 2573, to help us understand how we can make the most of this passage. Read more