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Put On… (Colossians 3:12-15)

It is said that a tradition sprang up, in the early years of church history, concerning the garments worn following baptism.  The historian Philip Schaff wrote, “During the week following, the neophytes wore white garments as a symbol of purity” … Continue reading

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Should We Keep the Sabbath? (Part 2)

In this lesson, we will continue to consider some common arguments for observing the Sabbath. Arguments For 11.  Another Rest Not Mentioned This argument is based on Hebrews 4:8, which reads, “For if Joshua had given them rest, then He … Continue reading

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Denominations: Lutheran Church (Part 1)

   The Lutheran World Federation reports that there were more than 77 million Lutherans in the world, and 3.6 million in North America in 2019 (lutheranworld.org).  However, it should be kept in mind that the Lutheran church is greatly divided.  … Continue reading

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Denominations: Eastern Orthodox Church (Part 1)

Many people divide Christendom into three major branches: Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox or Orthodox Catholic, and Protestantism.  The Eastern Orthodox Church is the third largest branch.  It is the second largest denomination in the world.  There are nearly 260 million … Continue reading

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Denominations: Catholic Church (Part 3)

Beliefs and Practices 1.  Original Sin The Catholic Church teaches that children are born in sin.  Catechism of the Catholic Church reads, “Born with a fallen nature and tainted by Original Sin, children also have need of new birth in … Continue reading

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Easter, a Special Holy Day?

Some people avoid any connection with Easter.  It is to them an unauthorized special holy day at best, and a pagan holiday at worst. Some people place special emphasis on Easter Sunday.  They attend the worship assembly, when they ordinarily … Continue reading

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Jesus Bridged the Gap

“I watched them tearing a building down, a gang of men in a busy town, / with a ho-heave-ho and lusty yell, they swung a boom and a sidewall fell. / I asked the foreman, ‘Are these men skilled, as … Continue reading

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