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1 Timothy

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Paul’s letters to his protégée Timothy were written near the end of his life. Timothy had been one of Paul’s earliest converts, and was one of few people who remained loyal to him. Their relationship had grown from one of mentor/pupil to a father/son bond. Despite being a shy person, Timothy had taken charge of […]

1 & 2 Thessalonians

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Paul’s letters to the Thessalonian church were in response to a report he had received from Timothy. He had heard they were doing good works, and commended them for it. Paul also encouraged them to hold strong to their faith in the midst of the persecution they faced. He also wrote to correct misconceptions the […]

Colossians

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Paul wrote his letter to the church at Colosse regarding a heresy they had committed. It is unknown exactly what that heresy was, but it apparently placed heavy emphasis on the importance of ceremonial rites and the wisdom of men. Jewish legalists especially seemed to have a hard time surrendering the requirement for rites such […]

Philippians

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Paul’s letter to the Philippians was not a letter of doctrinal correction as some of his other epistles had been. It was, instead, a letter mostly of rejoicing: it was occasioned by a gift of money and was written to a church which Paul personally held in high esteem. The positive attitude may have seemed […]

Ephesians

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The Book of Ephesians, like many of Paul’s epistles, is a book of spiritual doctrine. It provides maturing believers and churches with the discipline and foundation needed to strengthen their faith and pursue God’s calling. The book is broken into three parts, each of which addresses part of the church’s foundation. The first part tells […]

Galatians

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The subject of today’s Bible Minute is the Book of Galatians is one of the Apostle Paul’s epistles. The churches of Galatia were comprised of two groups – Jews who had converted to Christianity, and Gentiles who had also converted. The Jewish members of the church were teaching that one must uphold the laws of […]

1 & 2 Corinthians

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The books of 1st and 2nd Corinthians are more of Paul’s epistles, both written to the church Paul had founded in Corinth. The Corinthian church had been suffering from permissiveness of sinful behavior, teaching of false doctrine, and divisions over spiritual leaders. Paul wrote the first letter to criticize the permissiveness, to correct the false […]

Romans

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The Book of Romans is one of the Epistles, a letter written to the Roman church by the Apostle Paul. Because Paul was a Roman citizen himself, he had a special passion for the believers in Rome. He had not yet visited the Roman church and used this letter as an introduction, though by the […]

Acts

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The Book of Acts is believed to be written by the same author as the Gospel of Luke. Just as that gospel gave an orderly historical account of Jesus’ life, Acts gives us a similar account of the early church. The Book of Acts opens on the church’s official founding, the day of Pentecost. It […]

John

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Each of the four Gospels was written to a specific audience with a specific purpose. We, as a fifth audience, can benefit from a composite picture of Christ revealing His multifaceted nature. We can also compare and contrast the various accounts against each other and know for ourselves the truth behind them. There was a […]