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True Spirituality, Dealing with Addiction, and Self-Help Manuals

Counseling individuals with various types of addictions presents an ongoing challenge. How can you best help them to help themselves? How can you encourage them? What resources do you recommend? How do you help them better understand their addiction and its consequences (both short-term and long-term)? Frequently we depend too much on self-help manuals. There …

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This ancient inscription caught my eye as I walked through the Pergamon Museum in Berlin in November 2015. The inscription above the raised hand says, “I am Barrakib, son of Panammu[wa].” King Barrakib ruled in Sam’al (modern Zincirli) in Turkey. The inscription, dating from approximately 730 BC is written in ancient Aramaic with the old Phoenician script. Barrakib is pretty close …

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The Doctrine of Inerrancy and the Work of Translation

Bible translation proceeds upon the basis that the base text possesses value. A high view of Scripture moves the translator to higher accuracy in translating the text, greater care in making certain the message does not get skewed, and a consistent reverence for God’s revealed Word. If a text is known to be saturated with error, …

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Revelation 21:9-22:5–The Holy City, The New Jerusalem

The final vision that John receives reveals details concerning the New Jerusalem. Readers normally ask two questions: (1) Does this city exists in the Millennial Kingdom of Christ or in the Eternal State? (2) Who are its citizens? Certain elements of the city’s description help answer those questions. The absence of the curse links everything …

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