Who Were The Essenes? Pt 1

The Essenes were essentially a breakaway group of Pharisees, or at least they were probably theologically closer to the Pharisees than any other group, but they tended to lean more toward the mystical side of religion. If you do a search in your online Bible, you’ll find that they’re not actually mentioned at all, and ...Read More

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You are commanded to love (1)

‘A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another.’ John 13:34 NKJV Love is almost certainly the most misunderstood word in the world. We dilute its meaning by overuse: ‘I love my wife, I love my country, I love pizza.’ Giving and receiving love is difficult when we don’t even comprehend what it is. ...Read More

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Today’s Readings

Acts 27–28 9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved ...Read More

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Rejection

‘Think how much the Father loves us.’ 1 John 3:1 CEV When you struggle with a sense of rejection, it will show up like this: (1) Perfectionism. But it doesn’t work, because other people’s needs and expectations vary so much it’s impossible to make everybody happy. (2) Settling for less. You put up with neglect and abuse ...Read More

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