Presence of God

The Presence of God, part 5

Christ came into the world of Old Testament Israel to "put away sin" (Heb.9:26-28) and to "bring in everlasting righteousness" (Dan.9:24-27; 2 Pet.3:13), thereby effecting the restoration of man to the presence of the Living God (John 14:1-6). Christ did not come, however, to accomplish this within the boundaries of the Old Covenant economy. In the words of Paul, "For…

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Presence of God

The Presence of God, part 4

The book of Revelation sometimes is referred to as the capstone of Bible prophecy. It is apparent in chapters 21-22 that the goal of God’s redemptive purpose in Christ is reached in the restoration of man to the fellowship and presence of God (22:1-5). But the question is when? The purpose of this series of articles is to identify the…

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Presence of God

The Presence of God, part 3

Most students of the Bible would agree that man’s restoration to the reign, the fellowship, and the presence of God is the goal of redemptive history. There is, however, considerable disagreement as to when and how this goal is reached. Some see it realized at physical death. Others place it at the end of history, meaning the end of time,…

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Presence of God

The Presence of God, part 2

In Part 1 three basic observations were made concerning the return of man to God’s presence and fellowship through Christ. First, that which was lost through Adam’s disobedience was restored in a greater, transcendental manner through Christ’s obedience (Rom.5:12-21; Phil.2:5-11). It was further seen that the new, heavenly Jerusalem in Rev.21-22 fulfills the earthly paradise of God in Gen. 2-3.…

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Presence of God

The Presence of God, part 1

In the opening chapters of the Bible an account is given of the creation which centers in man made in the image of God. In chapter two we are introduced to the garden or paradise of God concept as the place of God’s dwelling with man. Chapter three reveals the transgression of Adam and his loss of the Living Presence…

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Where are the Psychics???

Unless you live in a cave, or don’t watch TV, then you are very much aware of the heart rending situation in Aruba. A teenage girl, Natalie Holloway, went there on vacation with her graduating class, and tragically, she is now missing, and has been missing for 10 weeks. Needless to say, her parents are beside themselves with sorrow. The…

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University to Banish 'Discriminatory' Book into the Wilderness

Edinburgh University is set to ban Bibles from its student halls of residence amid concern that the Holy Book is “discriminatory” and makes students of other faiths feel unwelcome. The move is the result of protests from the students’ association, and is being considered in an effort to pursue a policy of “evenly supporting all faiths”, a university spokesman said…

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"Those Ignorant, Stupid, Insane, Wicked Creationists!"

Richard Dawkins, noted evolutionist from Oxford University, made the quote above, in reference to those who question the validity of evolution. He actual statement was, “It is absolutely safe to say that if you meet somebody who claims not to believe in evolution, that person is ignorant, stupid, or insane, (or wicked, but I’d rather not consider that).” It seems…

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Put the Big Rocks in First!!

A teacher wanted to give his students an important lesson for life. One day he brought a large Mason jar to class, along with some fist sized rocks. As the students watched, he placed the rocks, one by one, into the jar until it appeared full. He then asked the students, “Is the jar full?” The students said “Yes!” The…

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