GOD AIN’T TOLERANT, HE’S PATIENT

Click on the link for a great study by Pastor Mark Driscoll on the difference between God's loving patience and our modern understanding of the word, "tolerance":  God is intolerant

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A Closer Look at the Parable of the Sower part 4

We've looked at two types of soil that Jesus referred to in the Parable of the Sower, now let's go to the good soil. Here's what Jesus said: 20 Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.” I …

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A Closer Look at the Parable of the Sower part 3

Last time we looked at the first type of soil in Jesus' parable of the sower, now let's look at the second type of soil: Jesus said, “ Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; 19 but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke …

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A Closer Look at the Parable of the Sower part 2

Mark 4:1—Again Jesus began to teach by the lake. The crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got into a boat and sat in it out on the lake, while all the people were along the shore at the water’s edge. 2 He taught them many things by parables, and in his teaching said: 3 “Listen! A farmer …

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A Closer look at The Parable of the Sower part 1

Have you ever wondered why Jesus used parables? When I researched that question, a lot of different answers sprung up. And I don't believe there is only one answer, I believe that Jesus used parables for a variety of different reasons.  First, you'll notice a lot of parables start with the phrase: 'The Kingdom of …

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The Prophetic Purpose of Bethlehem

"Bethlehem's selection by God as the birthplace of the Messiah was no happenstance. Nor was it chosen only because Joseph's lineage happened to originate there. No, Bethlehem was strategically picked to be part of God's redemption plan from the beginning—that Jesus would come to earth as the final, once-for-all, sacrificial lamb of God (see 1 …

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The Fullness of Time, Part 2

"What I am saying is that as long as an heir is underage, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate. 2 The heir is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father. 3 So also, when we were underage, we were in slavery under the elemental spiritual forces[a] of the world. 4 But …

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