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Pursuing Biblical God: reflecting on God, the Bible, his church, and us

Peter DeHaan

Do What Is Just and Right

Do God’s Instructions to the King of Judah Apply to Us Today? It’s dark times indeed for God’s people. The prophet Jeremiah is his mouthpiece to speak truth. God sends Jeremiah to the king of Judah with a message. This message begins with some commands and ends with a promise for obeying and a threat … Continue reading Do What Is Just and Right

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The Final Words from New Testament Books

What Can We Learn from the Ending Sentence or Thought in Each Book of the Bible? As a writer I know the two most important things of anything I write are the beginning and the ending. A strong opening draws readers and keeps them interested, while a powerful close gives readers something to take with … Continue reading The Final Words from New Testament Books

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Women in the Bible: The Mother of Jabez

Though an entire book was written about his prayer, we actually know little about Jabez. The Bible only mentions him in two obscure verses, buried among a lengthy genealogy. We know even less about the mother of Jabez, not even her name. We do know his birth is difficult, and the name she gives him … Continue reading Women in the Bible: The Mother of Jabez

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Will God Ever Tell Us Not to Pray?

Even If We Don’t Understand Why God Tells Us to Do Something We Should Do It Anyway After giving Jeremiah a stinging message to tell the people, God gives a personal message to his prophet. He says, “You are not to pray for these people.” He says don’t plead for them or make a petition … Continue reading Will God Ever Tell Us Not to Pray?

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The Art of Bible Study

Lessons of Art Appreciation Can Help Us Study the Word of God Until recently I never considered myself a creative person, and I certainly never considered myself an artist. However, I recently realized that I create art through words. I guess that makes me an artist. As such, that means I’m studying art (writing) and … Continue reading The Art of Bible Study

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Women in the Bible: Deborah

Deborah’s story is in the book of Judges. Though they call her a judge, she is primarily a prophetess, a person who hears from God. She is notable as the only female judge listed in the book of Judges. Deborah receives a message from God for Barak. Through her, God commands Barak to raise an … Continue reading Women in the Bible: Deborah

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Disobedience Can Have Long-Term Consequences

When God tells us to do something he has a reason and we should obey After Joshua leads the people of Israel into the Promised Land and takes control of it, he divides the territory among the tribes. Though they have conquered enough of the area to occupy it, remnants of other people, such as … Continue reading Disobedience Can Have Long-Term Consequences

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How Long Do You Stay at Church After the Service Ends?

The Best Christian Community Happens After the Service Is Over Last week I asked, Why do people show up for church late? My wife and I try to arrive ten minutes early, a practice we developed when we visited fifty-two churches in a year. This allows for time to interact with others, to enjoy a … Continue reading How Long Do You Stay at Church After the Service Ends?

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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. She hides the men and … Continue reading Women in the Bible: Rahab

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When God Calls Do We Answer? When He Speaks Do We Listen?

Punishment May Await Us If We Fail to Listen to God Isaiah wraps up his lengthy prophecy talking about judgment. He prophesies that God has destined the people for death. That they will be slaughtered. Why would a loving God want to kill his people? Through the mouth of Isaiah, God explains why. He says … Continue reading When God Calls Do We Answer? When He Speaks Do We Listen?

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Why Do People Show Up Late for Church?

The Timing of When People Arrive at Church Reflects Their Priorities When my wife and I went on our grand adventure of visiting fifty-two churches in a year, we decided we’d try to arrive at church ten minutes early. In doing so we would avoid breezing in at the last-minute, and we would have time … Continue reading Why Do People Show Up Late for Church?

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Women in the Bible: Ruth

Ruth is a widow and foreigner who remains faithful to her mother-in-law, Naomi. Ruth leaves her family to follow Naomi to Israel. The reason for her loyalty to her mother-in-law is a mystery, since Naomi is a bitter woman at this time. However, Ruth also expresses a devotion to God. When they return, Ruth goes … Continue reading Women in the Bible: Ruth

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Ask God to Go with Us

God Promises to Go Before His People and Be Their Rear Guard In Isaiah’s lengthy prophecy, he tells God’s people in Jerusalem that they need to leave. However, they don’t need to leave in haste. This is because God will go before them and he will take up the rear. That means, God will pave … Continue reading Ask God to Go with Us

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Is Being More Connected a Benefit or a Curse?

Technology May Keep Us Connected but It Can Leave Us Empty As a society, we’re more connected than ever before. But many people also feel lonelier than ever. With all our connection opportunities, why is this? Our smart phones and social media allow us to communicate and stay in touch with more people than we … Continue reading Is Being More Connected a Benefit or a Curse?

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Women in the Bible: Eve

Eve (along with her husband, Adam), is a well-known biblical figure. I’m surprised she’s only mentioned by name four times in the Bible, twice in Genesis and twice in the New Testament. I’ve never understood why Eve bears the heaviest criticism for disobeying God. Adam is likewise culpable, and he could have—and should have—put a … Continue reading Women in the Bible: Eve

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Can We Cause God To Change His Mind?

Hezekiah and Moses Plead with God for a Different Outcome In Isaiah we read about King Hezekiah. The king is sick, and Isaiah comes to him with a dire message from God. Through Isaiah, God tells Hezekiah to put his affairs in order because his illness is fatal. Death looms. Though few of us would … Continue reading Can We Cause God To Change His Mind?

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Read the Bible with Intention

Study Scripture in a Different Way to Glean More from It For most of my adult life, even going back to my teenage years, I’ve read the Bible most every day. Yet there were a few times when I needed to take a break, when my Bible reading practice had fallen into a rut—the deep … Continue reading Read the Bible with Intention

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Women in the Bible: Anna

Anna is widowed after only seven years of marriage. A devout woman, she dedicates her life to God, spending as much time as possible in the temple fasting, praying, and worshiping him. Anna is at least eighty-four years old when Mary and Joseph show up to consecrate Jesus. First, she recognizes him as the savior … Continue reading Women in the Bible: Anna

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God Brings Low the Pride of the Arrogant

God Wants Us to Celebrate Him and What He’s Done for Us As Isaiah moves forward in his sweeping prophecy, he devotes a section to the city of Tyre. Tyre is a city of prominence, a center of trade and commerce. God doesn’t like their self-sufficiency and that they take pride in what they have … Continue reading God Brings Low the Pride of the Arrogant

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When Should You Change Churches?

Changing Churches Should Be Rare, Not Commonplace In our Facebook group we discussed the post “When Not to Change Churches.” Justin asked a pertinent question: “When should you change churches?” I knew part of the answer, but I needed to contemplate how far to take my response. Part of my hesitation stemmed from the reality … Continue reading When Should You Change Churches?

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