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August 6, 2018

What are the consequences of unmet needs?

Summary: In this episode of Curious Christian, Dr. Karl Elkins explains the consequences of unmet needs in our relationships. We all have needs. It is a Biblical concept. We all have needs that we need to be met, while you also have to meet “the” need in your relationship as well. You have to meet the need of the moment and do so guided by Scripture. Ephesians 4:29 says, ”Let no unwholesome words proceed from your mouth, but only such a word that is good for edification,” according to the need of the moment.
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July 27, 2018

What does "original sin" mean?

Summary: The word "original" in the phrase original sin is ambiguous. Original sin has to do with how the bias toward sinfulness is passed on to, or originates in, each individual person subsequent to Adam or after Adam and his sin. It does not have anything to do with where sin came from in the first place. What we know from Scripture is that God created a good world in which all there was good, so the question is "how do you end up with evil from what is entirely universally good?"
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July 25, 2018

What is divine providence?

Summary: The fundamental idea of providence is God guiding history to his appointed end. In his providence, God includes people that are acting according to their own decisions. It is not deism nor pantheism, and it is not determinism. Rather, God is actively involved in this world. The whole point of our hope in Christ is that God, in his divine providence, will be with us always. God is present and among us. We invite you to listen to a theology course at BiblicalTraining.org to study how God is working on his good plan in the upholding of creation and the direction of all things toward his ultimate goal.
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July 23, 2018

Is Job a Chiasm?

Notice the way things are organized. There is a prologue that is a couple of chapters long and there is an epilogue that is not a full chapter, but there is a lot in it. Then there is Job’s opening lament, chapter 3. Then look near the end, there is Job’s closing contrition. Then there is a dialogue or dispute set of cycles; three of them. Then there is a set of monologues and then it centers into the middle with the wisdom interlude. This is what we call a chiastic structure or a concentric structure. If those terms are new to you, look them up.
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July 19, 2018

What is the goal of preaching?

What I've tried to say to you this week is that it is important to keep Christ in our Christian messages. That sounds so simple but as you think on the implications of not only what I've been saying, but perhaps what I've done in the past and what you've done in the past, you recognize that it's very easy not to have Christ in our messages.
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