Between the death of Joshua and the inauguration of King Saul, the ancient nation of Israel didn't have specific human leaders at the top of the food chain, running the show. Moses' generation didn't get to enter the Promised Land. The next generation did, and they fought battles and took land as God directed.

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First, what IS the rapture? It's generally taught be the event where Jesus comes to take His Bride - the church, which is all believers - to Heaven with Him. Some believe this will happen before the Great Tribulation, some believe it will be in the middle, and some at the end. All of these views consider the rapture to be a separate event from Jesus' second coming.

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Gematria uses a combination of letters and numbers to communicate. If we assign number values to letters, then combine letters into words, those words can have a total mathematical value. For example: if we assign 1-2-3 values to A-B-C (and so on, through the whole English alphabet), the word HOME has a value of 8+15+13+5, or 41.

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While a lot of people believe that Melchizedek was an appearance of the pre-existent Son, that can't be established in Scripture. They may be right, but they may not be aware of the other possibilities. Here are some reasons why Melchizedek might not have been Jesus:

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Adrian or, more famously, Hadrian was the emperor of Rome from 117 to 138. This letter, apparently written to Roman senator Gaius Minicius Fundanus, expresses Hadrian's view on legal proceedings involving Christians. We know of the letter only because it was preserved by Justin Martyr.

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In Matthew 7:1 Jesus said, "Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." Most people assume He was teaching that Christians should never judge anyone. Is that true?

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I regularly hear from parents whose children are far from God, or have recently passed away. When asked, I try to remind them that our children ultimately belong to God, and that we are their temporary caretakers. I pray this will provide some comfort for those who, in this life, have suffered loss.

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This epistle, or letter - also known as The Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus - was written by an unknown author during the second or third century. The author calls himself "Mathetes," which is simply the Greek word for disciple.

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The Apology of Aristides was written in the early 2nd century by Marcianus Aristides of Athens. The text is his explanation for why Hadrian - Roman emperor from 117 - 138 AD - should believe that Christianity is true, and to follow Jesus as a result.

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There are many arguments for the existence of God. Some suggest that the mere existence of the universe requires a supreme being. Some claim that the order and complexity of the universe is evidence of a creator. Others begin with what it means to be human, and infer the existence of God. Still others rely on simple logic.

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I've been asked how much the widow's offering is worth today. There are at least two problems with the question. First, it entirely misses Jesus' point. The widow's offering was a sacrifice, while the offerings of others were apparently not.

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Sheep aren't the smartest kind of animal, and there's a reason that Christians are often describes as sheep. As a group, we're pretty easy to manipulate. Jesus taught us to watch out for wolves, but we usually don't.

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