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Jesus washing a disciple's feet demonstrates how believers should love and serve one another
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Loving One Another in the Church

Believers in Christ belong to each other as members of his body, with each member being interdependent on the others. They all share God’s love, and that love is expressed in many ways. How they relate to each other within the church is important to the Lord, and that’s why the apostles admonish us in every one of their letters on how to love our brothers and sisters. Many of these admonitions are expressed as “one another” or “each other” commands.

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Bright light of the sun shining beyond high trees, flying birds, and very high clouds, suggesting that God and his ways and thoughts are higher than anything.
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God’s ways are higher than ours

God is transcendent and exists beyond the physical universe we live in. His ways are higher than ours and his thoughts are high above ours. But in what way are his thoughts and ways higher? Can we ever hope to understand him? Do his ways even make any sense to us? Or does he operate by a completely different logic as some Bible teachers claim?

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Person praying in a darkened church sanctuary, wondering how God will answer their prayer
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How God Answers Prayer

Jesus taught that God hears and answers our prayers because he cares for us. But how does God answer prayer? In other words, how do we know when he is answering? Does he always answer in the way we expect?

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Young girl reading Bible and praying, showing devotion to God and pure and undefiled religion.
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Pure and Faultless Religion-James 1:27

Throughout history misguided religion has been the source of much evil in the world. We find strange, questionable, or fruitless practices even among Christians. Is there such a thing as pure religion? The Bible says that there is, and it’s described in James 1:27.

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Young woman looking at a beautiful sunset over the ocean and think about things that are true, noble, right, and pure.
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Whatever is true, noble, right, pure: Philippians 4:8

The world is so full of human conflicts, failure, and negativity. And personal problems and disappointments can assault our lives. How can we be free from the constant chaos that floods human existence? Is there a way we can rise above it all and live in peace? A good start would be to heed the apostle Paul’s practical wisdom in Philippians 4:8—thinking about whatever is true, noble, right, and pure.

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Jesus is walking on the water while a storm is raging and the waves of the lake are high, and Peter is getting out of the boat to walk toward Jesus to strengthen his faith while the other disciples look on.
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Increase our faith, Lord!

Faith is so important to the believer in Christ. It’s by faith that we receive salvation. And it’s by faith that we live an obedient Christian life and survive the trials and storms that come against us. But how do we increase our faith? Did Jesus say anything about this? In this article we’ll see the connection between a strong faith and knowing God.

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Mary of Bethany anoints Jesus' head with perfume, to prepare his body for burial.
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Mary of Bethany and Judas Contrasted

The gospel stories often include closeups of individuals that highlight their responses to Christ and his ministry. Mary of Bethany and Judas Iscariot were two followers of Jesus that had two greatly different responses. Matthew and John artfully contrasted them in their gospels to teach us some important lessons about faith, love, devotion, and obedience to God.

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Moses bringing sown the ten commandments of God's law to the people
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Do Christians Need to Keep the Mosaic Law?

One of the greatest disputes in the Church today is how Christians should relate to the Mosaic laws. Some maintain that none of the Mosaic laws apply to us anymore because we are under the New Covenant. Others say they all apply since the Old Testament is God’s eternal Word and doesn’t change. Should Christians obey the Law of Moses? Or, are there some that apply to us and others that don’t?

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Jesus falls under the cross, and Simon of Cyrene starts to carry his cross for him.

Carrying Our Cross, the Mark of a Disciple

The cross has always been the symbol of the Christian faith. Everyone knows it symbolizes the death of Christ. In the historical record, it was the means by which the Romans executed their criminals. So what did Jesus mean when he told us to carry our cross? In the popular view today, it’s a metaphor for any form of discomfort, like having to put up with people we don’t like, or having a responsibility we really don’t want. But in the Bible, in its simplest and purest form, the cross means unjust suffering and death.

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