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Spiritual Disciplines

What is the Ark of the Covenant?

The Ark of the Covenant was one of the artifacts of the Jewish tabernacle and temple. After God delivered the children of Israel from Egyptian slavery, He gave them specific instructions on how they were to worship. So, they built the tabernacle as instructed by God, and included each artifact that would go into it for worship. The Ark of the Covenant was to be put into the innermost part of the tabernacle called the Holy of Holies. It would act as the seat for God when He would come down and visit the people. Because of God’s holiness, no one was allowed to touch the Ark of the Covenant as they wandered in the wilderness. The Israelites would move it by running long poles down each side and holding onto only those poles. Along the way, God had them put three items of significance inside the Ark. The Ark and its contents pointed to the coming Messiah, Jesus.

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Going Deeper

What is abundant life through Jesus?

First, we want to be clear that there is NO other way to have an abundant life except through Jesus. Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the LIFE” (emphasis added). In John 11:25 He said, “I am the resurrection and the LIFE (emphasis added)” Jesus is life, so the only way to live the best, or abundant life, is to live your life through Him. The starting point to this life begins by establishing a personal relationship with Jesus. Once we accept His gift of salvation, making Him our Savior and Lord, we then have full access to the abundant life. As we grow in this relationship and align ourselves with His will, our desires for, and views of, life begin to change.

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What does the Bible say about gender?

God made us in the beginning male and female. We honor Him by honoring the way He made us. God made us different that He might make us one.

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Spiritual Disciplines

How do I offer a prayer of encouragement?

To offer a prayer of encouragement for someone, you must first be a good listener so you truly understand the person’s need. Once you understand the need, do one of the following: pray right then with the person. If you are not with the person, call them and pray with them or leave a prayer voice mail, or text/email a prayer for them. Acts 15:31 says, “When they had read it, they rejoiced over its encouragement.”

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Spiritual Disciplines

What is the second greatest commandment?

The second greatest commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself. We get the ranking of this commandment from the words of Jesus in Matthew chapter 22. In that chapter Jesus was questioned by some of the religious groups of that day; the Herodians, the Sadducees, and the Pharisees. When asked what the greatest commandment was, Jesus gave them not just the top one, but the top two. 1) Love God first and 2) Love everyone else second.

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Spiritual Disciplines

What does the Bible say about friendship?

The Bible has a good bit to say about friendship. It explains how we need to be friendly in order to make friends. It tells us to make good choices when it comes to choosing friends and how we can have the best friend there has ever been. A good friend is one who is selfless, not selfish. One who is willing to sacrifice for you and you for that friend; John 15:13 says, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”

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Spiritual Disciplines

What is a true friend?

A true friend is one who displays attributes that mimic Jesus. A true friend will be honest, caring, sacrificial, and faithful. A true friend will not beat you down but instead will build you up. Such a friend will rejoice when you rejoice and weep when you weep. Though a true friend will not be perfect, he or she will own mistakes and seek forgiveness to restore fellowship.

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End Times

What does the Bible say about being persecuted for being a Christian?

The Bible is clear that the persecution of Christians is not only a possibility, but it’s a certainty! Jesus, Peter, Luke, and others speak of being persecuted for Christ’s sake. They also encourage those who endure persecution. It is an honor to suffer for Christ for two reasons: 1) God has trusted you with persecution and 2) Endurance during persecution, with the right attitude, mimics Jesus.

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End Times

What is the blessed hope of the believer?

The word blessed in the Bible means happy, joyful. The word hope means confidence or assurance. The blessed hope of the believer is Jesus Himself! He is our hope for now, and He is our hope for the future. He is our joy-filled confidence.

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End Times

What is the tribulation in the Bible?

There are two categories of tribulation in the Bible. There are the tribulations that all of us deal with because of the fallen world we live in and there is the “Great or Seven-Year Tribulation” that will occur between the Rapture of the Church and the Second Coming of Christ. Both involve the suffering of those who believe in Christ as Savior.

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