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God is Redeeming Us as He Did Israel

Posted by Jared Brock on March 9, 2017 at 9:30 AM


God’s people will be restored and will again worship the Lord. The first five verses of Isaiah 44 stand in contrast to the last six verses of Isaiah 43. In 43:22-28 Israel is put on trial and is condemned for their sin and lack of worship. They have not been able to offer sacrifices in captivity (43:23), nor have they tithed (43:24). However, they have gone on sinning even though that is why they originally ended up in captivity. In spite of this, God will forgive and redeem them. He will blot out their transgression for His own sake and will not remember their sins. (43:25)

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Topics: Scripture Passage, Old Testament

The Masterpieces God Still Creates in the World

Posted by Dr. Mark Shipp on March 7, 2017 at 9:30 AM

God delights in calling into existence things that are not, and restoring hope to the hopeless. There was a man who was a well-known minister, charismatic and charming, who lived long ago in a land far away. Call him José. José was in demand for all the conferences, lecture series, and church retreats. He was an excellent speaker and well-liked.

But José had a secret drug problem.

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Topics: Scripture Passage, Old Testament

Ultimate Breathtaking Vision Of All Things New

Posted by Dr. Jeff Peterson on February 14, 2017 at 9:30 AM


No book of the Old Testament was more helpful to the first Christians in comprehending what God had accomplished in Christ than Isaiah.

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Topics: Scripture Passage, Old Testament

Help Your Seminary Record the New Timeless CD

Posted by Dr. Mark Shipp on February 7, 2017 at 9:30 AM

After a couple of years hiatus, we will be recording a third Timeless CD at Lone Pine Studios in Orlando, Florida this February. 

The first CD, “Be Still and Know: Psalms of Trust, Comfort, and Hope,” was followed by “Where Are You, Lord? From Lament to Praise in the Psalms.” The third CD will focus on psalms of Torah, wisdom, and creation, including psalms 1, 8, 14, 19, 24, 32, 36, 37, 49, 53, 74, 78, and 112.

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Topics: On-Topic Today, Personal, Old Testament

Is “Retribution” an Ugly Word?

Posted by Dr. Mark Shipp on December 6, 2016 at 9:30 AM

There are few examples of theological teachings in the Old Testament more difficult for us as Christians to understand and to preach to our churches than retribution. This is not a minor issue in Old Testament studies: Deuteronomy-2 Kings is largely a document depicting the adage “you reap what you sow,” and its theological introduction, the book of Deuteronomy, goes to great lengths to specify what will happen if people forsake the Lord and his commandments, and what will happen if they obey. In addition, several other Old Testament books demonstrate a heavily retributive theology: Proverbs and Haggai come to mind immediately, as does the book of Chronicles.

It is often observed that the book of Chronicles is replete with “retribution” passages. Retribution is simply recompense for behavior: good recompense for good behavior and bad for evil behavior. Retribution theology teaches “you reap what you sow.” The Chronicler believes in immediate retribution, however; that is, that there is usually an immediate connection between bad behavior and recompense.

The retribution passages in Chronicles are not so friendly to our contemporary way of thinking. Most moderns do not like to think in terms of consequences for behavior. There are any number of teens and young adults that have not learned this lesson.

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Topics: Teaching Moment, Scripture Passage, Old Testament, Politics

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