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Nadab and Abihu

The account of Nadab and Abihu in Leviticus 10 is a very sobering passage, especially for me as a pastor. Up until that point in Leviticus, the one phrase that appears over and over is “as the Lord has commanded”. And Moses and Aaron and the priests had been very careful do carry out the instructions of the Lord in consecrating themselves and the tabernacle.
 

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Leviticus 5-7

In Leviticus 5-7, God continues to give commands concerning the various offerings. Again, I find that this passage has more relevance for me today if I step back and take a look at the big picture rather than get caught up in all the details.
 

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Leviticus 1-4

Starting today, I’ll be reading in Leviticus for a while. My first thought in reading the first four chapters today is that I’m sure glad that making atonement for my sins is no longer that complicated.
 

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Some Final Thoughts on Exodus

Although I have been keeping up with my Bible reading, I haven’t had a chance to post anything for a few days. But I’m back today.
 
I finished reading Exodus this morning. One of the overall themes in the book is that of holiness.
 

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5 Bible Reading Plans That Might Be Right for You

As we approach the end of the year and the beginning of the new year, many of us begin to think about New Year resolutions. As many of you know, I’m not real big on resolutions, but the beginning of the new year is a good time to evaluate where we are in our walk with Jesus and make plans for how we’re going to grow in our relationship with Him over the coming year.

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5 Signs You Might Be a “Christian Narcissist”

Last week I was listening to a podcast that featured Erwin McManus, the pastor of the Mosaic Church in Los Angeles where he brought up the idea of “Christian narcissists”. I guess I’d never really considered that idea before, but some of the things he said on that podcast got me to thinking about the possibility that we have raised up a whole generation of people who are completely self-absorbed and self-focused, and that even the church is not immune to that.


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5 Ways to Respond When Tragedy Strikes

All of us are appalled at the events that took place in Las Vegas last night, where over 50 people were killed and over 500 people injured by a lone gunman. While we still don’t know a whole lot about his motives, the one thing we can say unequivocally is that the gunman was driven by pure evil. This morning, I’ve been reading some of the responses to this event from both Christians and non-Christians and it got me to thinking about what we can learn from the Bible about how to respond in these situations. While these ideas were developed in response to yesterday’s events, I think they are relevant any time where this kind of evil results in such tragedy.


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Why I love the Old Testament

There was a time early in my relationship with Jesus where I thought the Old Testament was really boring. Perhaps that is, like many of you I suspect, I started reading my Bible at the beginning and by the time I got to Leviticus and Numbers, I got bogged down and decided I’d just skip forward to the New Testament. But fortunately, once I was in seminary I had a professor who obviously loved the Old Testament and helped me to begin to understand its richness.

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5 Reasons a “verse a day” might be hazardous to your spiritual health

I know that I haven’t written a new blog post in a while. Really no good excuses for that, but I suppose I got distracted by some vacation time and getting our church set up with our Faithlife groups. But something that I saw this morning prompted me to post today.
 

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Staying connected

One of the great things about being a disciple of Jesus is that He doesn’t leave us to try and live out the life of a disciple on our own. He places each believer into His body, the church, for the purpose of growing to maturity and to help others in that process.
 
 
For a while now, we’ve been looking for an online platform that will help us stay connected during the week, a place where we can share prayer requests, keep up do date on the latest news and just keep in touch. So we’re encouraging all who are part of our church family to join the Thornydale group on Faithlife. It’s actually a very simple process. Just
to go to that page. Once you’re there, click on the “Ask to Join” button. Then you will either need to Register or to Sign In
with your existing Faithlife or Logos account if you already have one. Once you do that one of our administrators will approve you as a member and you can begin to use all the features on the site. I’ll be sharing more on those features in the coming days. If you have questions, just reply to this blog post or email me.

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