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

Peter DeHaan

A Different Venue (Visiting Church #16)

A Different Venue (Visiting Church #16) The church we visited this Sunday is a nondenominational gathering that meets in a public school auditorium. In some parts of the United States it’s unheard of for a church to meet in a government building, but in our area, it is not. Though some would overreach, citing a […]

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Pray and Do Not Give Up

Pray and Do Not Give Up Jesus teaches us to keep praying and to not stop until we get an answer Jesus gives us an object lesson (a parable) of a widow who keeps appearing before a judge to seek justice. A bad adjudicator, he cares nothing of her, of public opinion, or of God, […]

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5 Biblical Truths about God

5 Biblical Truths about God Discover Who God Is from Scripture We can learn a lot about God from the Bible. After all, we do sometimes call it the Word of God. Every book in the Bible, even every chapter reveals truth about God. This includes Psalm 33. It’s a psalm of praise. In it […]

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My Favorite Prayer in the Bible

My Favorite Prayer in the Bible Discover How God Reacts to the Prayer of Jabez Last week I wrote about The Most Dangerous Prayer in the Bible, at least the prayer containing the most risky line. It’s a reminder that we must forgive quickly and fully. Now let’s look at my favorite prayer in the […]

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A Glimpse into the Future (Visiting Church #15)

A Glimpse into the Future (Visiting Church #15) Sunday we visited our third United Methodist Church. I enjoyed all three, even though this one’s in sharp contrast to the other two. Based on our experience, it’s an anomaly for their denomination. I consider them an “outlier congregation,” a group unlike the norm, one that may […]

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Where Should We Go For Jesus?

Where Should We Go For Jesus? Where Is Our Mission Field? Sometimes we may need to go far away for Jesus and other times we may need to go home Before Jesus returns to heaven, he tells his followers to go throughout the world and let others know about him (Matthew 28:19). Does that mean […]

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The Bible Personifies Wisdom

The Bible Personifies Wisdom What the Bible Teaches About Wisdom May Shock Us The book of Proverbs talks a lot about wisdom. The word pops up in fifty-five versus in this thirty-one-chapter book. That’s a lot of wisdom. This may be the reason why many think of Proverbs as a book of wisdom. As Solomon […]

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The Most Dangerous Prayer in the Bible

The Most Dangerous Prayer in the Bible Forgiveness Is a Serious Thing, and We’re Well Advised to Never Withhold It You’re probably familiar with the Lord’s prayer, sometimes informally called by its opening line as the Our Father. It’s a well-known passage in the Bible and many Christian traditions recite it as part of their […]

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A Pentecostal Experience (Visiting Church #14)

A Pentecostal Experience (Visiting Church #14) This Pentecostal church receives us warmly. The greeter is an amazing ambassador and will interact with us several more times throughout the morning. He introduces us to the pastor’s wife and it’s not long before her husband seeks us out. The pastor pointedly asks if we’ve ever been to […]

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Know the Bible: Is Studying and Memorizing the Bible Important?

Know the Bible: Is Studying and Memorizing the Bible Important? When Satan Tempts Jesus, Jesus Responds by Quoting Scripture Satan was unsuccessful in preventing Jesus’s birth and he was unsuccessful in causing Jesus to die prematurely before he could start his mission. For the enemy’s next ploy to thwart God’s plan to reconcile us to […]

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What Can We Do to Help Others?

What Can We Do to Help Others? Discover Ten Reasons Why People Speak Well of Job Job had everything and he lost it all. He can’t figure out what happened or why God seems so distant. Though enduring hard times, he asserts he has done nothing wrong. To reinforce this claim of right behavior, he […]

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How Do You View Jesus?

How Do You View Jesus? Revelations Gives Us Insight into Jesus and the Truth May Surprise You People view Jesus in different ways. To some he is judgmental and mean. Others think he’s a good teacher but nothing more. Some view him as their Savior. They say Jesus is loving and accepting. To help us […]

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A Husband and Wife Team (Visiting Church #13)

A Husband and Wife Team (Visiting Church #13) The church has no website and its Facebook page is nothing more than a placeholder. Given this lack of presence on contemporary channels, our experience suggests they are a smaller, aging congregation with a traditional service. My assumption proves true. The pastor is the first person we […]

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Do You Hear From God?

Do You Hear From God? Under Holy Spirit inspiration Simeon and Anna affirm Jesus when he is a baby Shortly after Jesus is born his parents take him to the temple in Jerusalem to present him to God and go through the purification rites as prescribed by Moses. As they do so, they receive two […]

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Why Do We Love God? When Do We Love God?

Why Do We Love God? When Do We Love God? We Must Love God Regardless of Our Circumstances It’s easy to love God when things go well. When our lives are great and we receive his blessings, we can thank him, praise him, and appreciate his goodness. It’s easy to love him when life is […]

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We Must Avoid the Love of Money

We Must Avoid the Love of Money How We View and Handle Money Matters to God—and to Us Paul writes to his protégé Timothy, warning him that the love of money is the source of all manner of evil. An unhealthy preoccupation with wealth is especially risky for followers of Jesus, for their pursuit of […]

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A Patriotic Day (Visiting Church #12)

A Patriotic Day (Visiting Church #12) Next on our list is another United Methodist Church. Their website has a helpful “what to expect” section. Described as “a quaint, country church,” visitors may “come as you are.” The facility reminds me of the Methodist church we visited three weeks ago, as do the age of the […]

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When is the Best Time to do Good?

When is the Best Time to do Good? Helping others is one of many ways to worship God I like the stories about Jesus helping people in need, such as by feeding them and especially by healing them. Even more I like it when Jesus confronts the religious practices of the day. We have so […]

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Do You Believe that God Can Raise the Dead?

Jesus Rose from the Dead and So Did Many Others In Acts chapter 26, the prisoner Paul makes his defense before King Agrippa. Basically Paul recaps key moments of his life and turns his testimony into a sermon. This must make King Agrippa squirm, because he pushes back, asking if Paul expects him to become […]

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Who is Jesus?

Learn about Jesus through the Testimony of Others in the Bible Who is Jesus? C. S. Lewis attempted to answer this question when he popularized a trilemma (a dilemma with 50 percent more content) about Jesus. He argued that Jesus is either a liar, a lunatic, or the Lord. If you’ve read many of my […]

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