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Exploring the Prophets

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It's 2014, and our culture is still clashing and clamoring over the same old principles: leadership, wisdom, direction, and so on. Here's an idea. Instead of looking for answers from the power players of politics and high finance, let's explore the writings of some of the most important and most impactful leaders in history: the Prophets.

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The Bible Spotlight10

The Schizophrenic Holiday of Easter

Tuesday April 15, 2014
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Easter is here!

I've always found Easter to be a schizophrenic holiday -- probably because it serves as a time for both somber contemplation and joyous celebration. The message of Easter is that a perfect Savior came to rescue us from our sin and grant us eternal life, which is incredible news. Yet the message of Easter is also that our perfect Savior was despised, rejected, mocked, beaten, and murdered. All for our sake.

Let's remember both messages as we celebrate the Easter holiday. To help you get started, here are two important passages from the Bible that echo both messages of Easter.

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The Failure of Gethsemane

Sunday April 13, 2014
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We know that hope is a core element of the Easter story. After all, what could be more hopeful than the message of Jesus Christ conquering death and rising from the grave as Savior for all? Easter is all about hope!

But what about Gethsemane? What about the garden where Jesus prayed desperately and fervently in order to submit His will to the Father? And what about those men, including Peter, who were called to stand watch beside their Master -- and failed? Can we find any hope in that dark night?

The answer may surprise you.

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Have You Forgotten Seth?

Monday April 7, 2014
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There's a lot of conversation back and forth these days about the different characters from the beginning of Genesis in the Bible -- largely because of the "Noah" movie now in theaters, I assume. People are talking about Noah, of course, but they're also talking about Adam and Eve, who get a brief appearance in the film. I've also seen references to biblical characters such as Cain, Abel, Tubal-Cain, and more. It's a Genesis roll-call out there!

But there's one person who hasn't gotten any recent press that I can find. He's one of the more crucial characters from the early portions of Genesis and he's connected directly to Jesus Christ -- yet we rarely think about him as a player in Genesis. I'm talking about Seth. And if you're not sure who that is, I strongly recommend you read this article and find out.

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How Long Was Noah's Flood?

Monday March 31, 2014
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If I've learned anything from being a Christian for a couple decades now, it's that people love to argue about the Bible. These arguments are often good-natured and basically harmless, although at other times they can turn quite nasty. I've seen both approaches in recent reactions to Darren Aronofsky's new movie Noah.

Personally, I'm just happy to see Hollywood taking the Bible seriously. (Especially when you dig into the kind of budget Aronofsky's movie was working with.) I'm not interesting in throwing stones because a director departed from the biblical text in order to make a film. My experience says that movies are for entertainment, and God's Word is for spiritual transformation. So I'll stick to the latter when I want to get a fully accurate picture of Noah's flood.

With that in mind, here's a question that has popped up in several places recently because of the renewed interest in Noah's story: How long was the Genesis flood? Read here for a quick or long answer -- your choice.

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