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Bob Christopher, Bob Davis, Richard Peifer

Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. That's the command in Matthew 5:48. Is the meaning of perfect "flawless perfection"? Telos is a Greek word that has philosophical roots extending back to Plato and Aristotle. The word refers to an end or a purpose. Plato and Aristotle believed that there were ends, or purposes, to which all of life was leading. In other words, what happens in the world is not accidental. There is a propelling force moving the world to a stated end. Telos also has biblical roots and it is a word that is significant in telling the Gospel story. One of the meanings of the word telos is "wanting for nothing". It's a place of contentment. Read Matthew 5:48 again in light of this meaning of the word.

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Categories: Grace

Bob Christopher, Bob Davis, Richard Peifer

Relationships are difficult and if we don't know Jesus they are even more difficult. Apart from Christ we try to get that other person to meet our needs. When we rest in the gifts he's given us then we actually have something to pass on to another to make that relationship what it's meant to be. It takes courage to serve one another in love.

  • Dave asks about Deuteronomy 33 as it concerns the lost ship of Israel.
  • Charlene asks how to speak to her brother about his lifestyle and help him see his need for Jesus.

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Categories: Bible Christian Living

Bob Christopher, Bob Davis, Richard Peifer, Andrew Farley

Forgiveness has to be part of every relationship and that's exactly what Scripture encourages us to do. "Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you." Ephesians 4:32 So what exactly does that mean? How can we do that for another person? As we stand upon the solid rock of Christ, we can extend forgiveness towards others.

  • Michelle asks if Bob can shed light on "the heart" in Romans 10.
  • Mike asks about Luke 17:18. Who was Jesus talking about? "Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?"

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Categories: Forgiveness/Repentance Bible Prayer Faith Salvation

Bob Christopher, Bob Davis, Richard Peifer

Communication is a vital key to relationship. So often... too often... communication causes a breakdown of relationship. When it comes to the important issues, people often become silent. "For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh." The first part of communication is listening.

  • Aaron asks the reason that Jesus said, "I am thirsty", on the cross.
  • A callers asks about 1 Kings 2 and if Solomon brought Abiathar back from excile.

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Categories: Jesus Christ Christian Living Bible

Bob Christopher, Bob Davis, Richard Peifer

Bob Christopher is back from Israel and shares the adventure. Seeing the place of the Bible truly brings it to life. It makes it even more real.

  • Why are we not justified by our efforts to keep the law? (Refers to Galatians 3). Signed, David.
  • Ivi wants to know if it's OK to drink alcohol if you don't get drunk or abuse it?
  • Why have we substituted grape juice for wine?

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Categories: Righteousness/Justification Christian Living

Bob Christopher, Bob Davis, Richard Peifer

Think of the law as a servant serving a house with a greater purpose. The purpose is to set us free from the law of sin and death so that we could be filled by the Spirit and led by the Spirit as children of God. We have been released from the law so that we can serve in the new way of the Spirit. The new way of life is a life of faith, led by and empowered by the Spirit of God. All the weight of life is on Jesus; we simply rest in Him, trust in Him, and allow him to live his life through us. The first step of living a Sunday life in a Friday world is to let go of human effort. Living by the Spirit is trusting God to complete the work he began in you. (Chapter 14, page 101)

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Categories: Grace

Richard Peifer, Bob Davis, Jason Hillier

We've been talking about the relationship between parents and children this week and today we look at how the relationship changes and grows when our children become adults. How does that work and how does grace fit into new season?

  • Frances asks about how to deal with her adult children when one needs more than the other.
  • Lucy ask about a pastor teaching what sounds like a "social gospel".
  • Tracy asks a tough question concerning her daughter.

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Categories: Parenting/Children

Richard Peifer, Bob Davis, Andrew Farley

Every child of God is ready for the grace of God. It's not an addendum. For every child it's important to understand the love of God. Equip your kids with the New Covenant message of God's grace.

  • Is there a place for physical discipline when disciplining children?
  • Samuel asks about 1 John 4:15 specifically in regards to differences in translations.
  • Who determines what writing is inspired by God?

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Categories: Parenting/Children New Covenant Bible

Richard Peifer, Bob Davis

What is a parent's most important job? Paul writes in Ephesians 6:4 "Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord." As parents we have to learn how to allow the love of God to transform us from the inside out so that we can impart God's love to our children. Proverbs 22:6 "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it."

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Categories: Marriage Forgiveness/Repentance Theology Bible

Richard Peifer, Bob Davis

Apart from our relationship with Jesus Christ marriage is the fundamental relationship of everything. We talked about three circles - spirit, soul, and body - as if they're separate things. But they're really more like concentric circles. In the marriage relationship we need to learn where God's love fits in.

  • How can we better learn to forgive ourselves?
  • Monica asks about the Law of Moses vs. living by the Word of God.
  • David asks if it's OK to leave money and assets to charity.
  • Can you be a Christian and not believe what's in the Bible?

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Categories: Forgiveness/Repentance Old Covenant Money/Giving Salvation

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