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August 26, 2018

Psalm 45, which is subtitled "A Song of loves," begins with these words: "My heart is indicting a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made concerning the king." When the psalmist says that his heart is "indicting," this means that his heart is gushing and overflowing with excitement about the king. The reason for the psalmist's excitement is because this king is no ordinary king, but King Messiah, as the psalm soon reveals. "Thou art fairer than the children of men," the next verse says, "grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever."

August 19, 2018

Our family has a board game called Tri-Bond to help develop thinking skills. It provides you with three words or phrases, and you have to figure out what the three all have in common. For example, "forest, kelly, olive." They are all shades of green. Or, "Moe, Larry, Curly." They are all Stooges. (I know, that one was too easy.) Now let's play Quad-Bond. Deuteronomy 22:9-12 lists four commandments: 1) Not to sow your vineyard with different seeds; 2) Not to plow with an ox and an ass together; 3) Not to wear a garment of sha'atnetz (linen and wool woven together); 4) Make fringes on the four corners of your garment.

August 12, 2018

"Atheists, Agnostics, Mormons and Jews Score Best on Religious Knowledge Survey." These are the results of a nationwide poll conducted by The Pew Forum this past summer. According to previous surveys, 60% of American adults say that religion is "very important" to them. But the latest survey reveals "that large numbers of Americans are uninformed about the tenets, practices, history and leading figures of major faith traditions - including their own."

August 5, 2018

The Greek word ekklesia is usually translated "church" in English translations of the New Testament. When people hear the word "church" in English, it can mean a number of different things to different people. It might mean a building ("We're going to clean the church on Saturday"), or a meeting ("We have church tonight"), or an organization ("He's starting a new church"), or a denomination ("He belongs to the Baptist church or the Methodist church"). Most informed Christians know

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