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A Star in the East

For a video reading of this article on YouTube, click here. Matthew 2:1–12 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the

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Should Christians Tithe?

Over the past couple of years four readers have submitted Spiritual Conundrums to Spiritual Insights for Everyday Life about tithing. First, a reader named Lisa: Lee: I belonged to a Christian church for thirty years which was fundamentalist. My husband paid

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The Ten Commandments: Our Spiritual Inventory List

These days the Ten Commandments may seem a bit . . . old. After all, they were delivered over three thousand years ago. Could a set of laws given in such archaic, semi-barbaric times still be relevant today? The Ten

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What is the Meaning of Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh?

The Gospel of Matthew tells us that: After Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came . . . and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over

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The Song of Mary: My Soul Magnifies the Lord

Reading: Luke 1:39–55 The Song of Mary  And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.” These words begin the poetic speech by Mary traditionally called “The Magnificat,” from the first word of

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Eat My Flesh, Drink My Blood

When it comes to the Christian sacrament of the Holy Supper, it’s all about eating and drinking. That’s true whether we look at it physically, philosophically, spiritually, or interpersonally. Let’s look at an earlier story of Jesus feeding the people,

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From Literal Slavery to Spiritual Freedom

In Exodus 6:5–6, God said to Moses: I have heard the groaning of the Israelites whom the Egyptians are holding as slaves, and I have remembered my covenant. Say therefore to the Israelites, “I am the Lord, and I will

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How God Speaks in the Bible to Us Boneheads

In a recent post titled, “Do the Teachings of Emanuel Swedenborg take Precedence over the Bible?” I wrote: If any truth were to come to us direct from God, we wouldn’t be able to understand it. Pure truth as it

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Noah’s Ark: A Sea Change in the Human Mind

What do the stories of Creation and Noah’s Ark have in common? Umm . . . atheists and fundamentalists spend a lot of time arguing about them? Haha! Yes they do. But besides that? They’re both really old? Yes, they

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Bible Study Notes, by Anita S. Dole

Practical and spiritual Bible lessons for all ages In the early 1950s, Anita S. Dole completed a graded set of Bible Study Notes intended for use in Swedenborgian Sunday Schools. Since then, they have become popular with Bible students all

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