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Pursuing Biblical God: Reflecting on God, the Bible, His Church, and Us

Peter DeHaan

Discover What the Bible Says about How to Treat One Another

Discover What the Bible Says about How to Treat One Another Apply These Biblical Tips on How to Value Others Throughout the New Testament we see instructions of how we should treat one another. Let’s call these the “one another” directives. We are to: Be devoted to one another (Romans 12:10). Live in harmony with […]

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Reflecting on Church #13: Lunch After Church

Reflecting on Church #13: Lunch After Church With our journey of visiting fifty-two churches over, I can reflect more on the complete experience. Today, I’ll add to my thoughts about Church #13. If not for a prior commitment, this pastor and his wife would have invited us over for lunch. I would have enjoyed getting […]

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Is Self-sufficiency Your Strength?

Is Self-sufficiency Your Strength? To be self-sufficient is to not require outside aid, support, or interaction for survival. It is a primary intent of much of today’s Western culture. A Google search for “self-sufficient” produced 13.7 million matches. Self-sufficiency is truly a big deal—and unfortunately, a prideful goal that produces a false sense of security. […]

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Women in the Bible: Rahab

Women in the Bible: Rahab Rahab is a prostitute who two spies stay with when they scope out Jericho. We don’t know if they seek her for her services or merely want to get out of public view. When the king of Jericho commands Rahab to turn the men over to him, she commits treason. […]

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3 Ways Jesus Changes Our Perspectives about Church

3 Ways Jesus Changes Our Perspectives about Church Discover the Revolutionary Way Jesus Fulfills the Old Testament When we consider that Jesus came to fulfill the law of Moses and the writings of the prophets, what’s important to understand is that we must see these passages in their proper perspective. This doesn’t mean to ignore […]

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Reflecting on Church #12: Focus on God, Not the Minister

Reflecting on Church #12: Focus on God, Not the Minister With our journey of visiting fifty-two churches over, I can reflect more on the complete experience. Today, I’ll add to my thoughts about Church #12. This United Methodist Church drew me. I wanted to make a return trip, attending for a full month. That would […]

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God Says, “Wait For It”

God Says, “Wait For It” A reoccurring gag in sitcoms is what I call the “wait for it” bit. It goes like this: Something that is expected to occur, doesn’t. With a knowing look, one character confidently states, “Wait for it.” There is a suitable pause, and then it occurs just as predicted—the audience expresses […]

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Does Silence Scare You?

Does Silence Scare You? We need to learn to worship God in silence, doing nothing but standing in awe of him The Book of Revelation is an amazing book. However, I fear that many people miss the point of it. The intent of Revelation isn’t to give us a detailed map of the future. Instead, […]

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Jesus Fulfills the Old Testament by Becoming the Ultimate Sin Sacrifice

Jesus Fulfills the Old Testament by Becoming the Ultimate Sin Sacrifice Consider What Jesus Did for Us Today’s church still follows the Old Testament model for church: we have a church building where we go to worship God, hire a minister who represents the Almighty to us, and take a collection to support the whole […]

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Discover More about Luke and Acts

Want to learn more about the Gospel of Luke? Do you seek insights from the book of Acts? Doctor Luke wrote the two powerful New Testament books of Luke and Acts, giving us a compelling one-two punch into better understanding the life of Jesus and the work of his followers. Grow in your faith and […]

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Reflecting on Church #11: Charismatic Lite

Reflecting on Church #11: Charismatic Lite With our journey of visiting fifty-two churches over, I can reflect more on the complete experience. Today, I’ll add to my thoughts about Church #11. At this charismatic church, most of the attendees were middle-aged adults. The few youth present weren’t engaged in the worship or the message, as […]

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Micah: The Anti-Hero

Micah: The Anti-Hero A curious fellow in the book of Judges is Micah (not to be confused with the prophet Micah who lived many centuries later and has a book of the Bible named after him). This Micah, with two chapters surrounding him, is not listed as a judge and does not lead the people […]

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The Simplicity of Faith: Jesus Says “Follow Me”

The Simplicity of Faith: Jesus Says “Follow Me” In Peter’s darkest moment, he denies that he even knows who Jesus is. I don’t criticize Peter for this, however. Despite a desire to respond differently, I suspect that if facing death, I could easily do the same thing. Later, after returning to life, Jesus restores Peter […]

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Today’s Church Follows an Old Testament Model

Today’s Church Follows an Old Testament Model Moses Explained the Three Key Elements of Worship and We Still Follow Them Our churches today function in much the same way as outlined in the Old Testament. We follow the Old Testament model for church. We pursue these same three key elements. We meet in a building, […]

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Reflecting on Church #10: The Gift that Reflected Badly on the Giver

Reflecting on Church #10: The Gift that Reflected Badly on the Giver With our journey of visiting fifty-two churches over, I can reflect more on the complete experience. Today, I’ll add to my thoughts about Church #10. We attended this aging Baptist church on Fathers’ Day; they had a gift for all the dads: a […]

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3 Things God Requires from Us

Three Things God Requires from Us God’s Expectations May Surprise Us, but They Do Make Sense As Micah wraps up his prophecy to the people of Israel, he slips in a profound thought. In one short sentence he tells what God requires of his people. It’s succinct and simple. It’s startling but profound. Equally astonishing […]

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Do You Ever Wonder If Your Right Behavior Is in Vain?

Do You Ever Wonder If Your Right Behavior Is in Vain? Keeping Our Heart Pure Is Hard, Especially When God Offers Us Grace and Mercy There are at least twelve psalms in the Bible written by Asaph. Psalm 73 is one of them. Asaph’s having a bad day. He’s going through a difficult time. It’s […]

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The Old Testament Approach to Church and Worshiping God

The Old Testament Approach to Church and Worshiping God Moses Presents a Model for Connecting with God When God gives Moses the Law, he sets three key expectations for worship, along with a lengthy set of mind-numbing details to guide the practices he wants his people to follow. God addresses this throughout Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, […]

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Reflecting on Church #9: A Potluck Builds Community

Reflecting on Church #9: A Potluck Builds Community With our journey of visiting fifty-two churches over, I can reflect more on the complete experience. Today, I’ll add to my thoughts about Church #9. In a word, the potluck at this church was epic. Between the delicious food and making connections, it remains a significant memory […]

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Micah’s Personal Prescription

Micah’s Personal Prescription As the prophet Micah gives a series of stinging rebukes against the nations of Israel and Judah, he takes a pause for some personal reflection. As if keeping a journal, he wonders how he should approach God. With reverence, with offerings, with sacrifices? No. That is not what God wants.  God requires […]

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