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The importance of the Old Testament to the New Testament

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I recently had a friend ask me a question about a verse in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. Paul will have passages where every verse seems to have different possible interpretations and where they can seem impossibly difficult. As I was researching this complicated passage, I couldn’t help but think “The Old Testament is so much simpler!”

Having an “all things to all people” ministry mindset

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In 1 Corinthians 9, the Apostle Paul gives an insight into how he approached ministry. After discussing how he related to Jews, gentiles, and those whom society had looked down upon, Paul sums up how he related to each of these groups by saying that he became “all things to all people.”

For the Jewish people, they had the Law. In the early church, there was still some uncertainty over which (if any) aspects of the Law people were required to follow.

Review: The Mistletoe Promise

The Mistletoe Promise (The Walk)The Mistletoe Promise by Richard Paul Evans

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Mistletoe Promise” was released this week by Richard Paul Evans, popular novelist and author of bestsellers such as “The Christmas Box” and “Grace.” While I’m probably not in his target demographic, I’ve read several of Evans books and I enjoy his writing. He’s a good storyteller and creates characters that draw you in. I feel that Evans’ books have a sentimental charm and a sense of hope.

From the official description of the book:

“Elise Dutton dreads the arrival of another holiday season. Three years earlier, her husband cheated on her with her best friend, resulting in a bitter divorce that left her alone, broken, and distrustful.

Biden’s debate antics were smoke in mirrors

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As I think about last night’s vice presidential debate, part of me wonders if Biden’s goal wasn’t so much to win the debate but if it was to “not lose.” I think it’s tough to say who a clear winner was. I know many think that Biden dominated. But how? On what points did he articulate a better vision for America and actually talk Ryan down?