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Why Did God Kill Aaron's Sons Nadab and Abihu?

Along with their father and other brothers, Nadab and Abihu underwent a meticulous seven-day cleansing/consecration ceremony. This assured they might be presented as holy before the Lord and fit for service in the Tabernacle.

The Biblical Canon: How was the Bible Canon Chosen?

Knowing the canonical story behind the Holy Bible helps us defend the Faith, and as the Lord opens hearts, it supports the growth of the Kingdom of God. The Christian faith is not about a feeling, a religious duty, or a philosophy of life. Christianity is about Christ, who is revealed as the Eternal Word in the flesh and revealed in the supernatural Word written for our salvation. It is in this sense that one approaches the Canon of Scripture.The Canon of Scripture is a doctrine of divine origin. The Bible is as miraculous as the creation of the heavens and the earth, an iron ax-head floating on top of the water, the dead man Lazarus walking forth in his burial winding sheet, the Virgin birth, or the resurrection of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ. This is how we must approach this critical subject.In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was at the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.(John 1:1-4)And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14).All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness(2 Timothy 3:16)Here is the meaning of the Bible Canon and its history to help us know the story of God's providence.Photo Credit: ©GettyImages/RomoloTavani

5 Stories of Sacrifice in the Bible to Reflect on Lent this Season

No one likes to sacrifice. God understands this. The Son of God experienced it firsthand in the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus knew the reward set before him, that his Father was good, and that the pain and suffering wouldn’t be in vain.Yet still, Jesus struggled to submit to death willingly. He even asked if there was another way. But this was the way forward to greater reconciliation and joy. With that joy, he laid his life down for us.God asks us to sacrifice, as well. In Christ, we participate in his sufferings (1 Peter 4:13). When we do, we also gain great reward. God isn’t a sadist. He isn’t asking us to be masochistic and enjoy pain. He offers an eternal weight of glory, which more than makes any sacrifice worth it (2 Corinthians 4:17).During Lent, we willingly give up something like food or entertainment for 40 days before Easter. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, this is a time of prayer, fasting, and giving to the poor, preparing us for the celebration of the mighty work of God through Christ. As we choose to participate in Lent, we can look back at characters from Scripture to encourage us with hope.Here are five stories of sacrifice in the Bible to reflect on Lent this season.Photo Credit:Unsplash/Priscilla Du Preez

3 Beautiful Ways Jesus Demonstrates Self-Care in the Bible

Now more than ever, we are investing our time and money in things such as workout regimens, Botox, massages, manicures, pedicures, diet pills, athletic attire, therapy, life coaching, and all kinds of wellness apps on our phones. We do this all in an effort to improve the love we have for ourselves, right? Self-care is a fancy way of saying to put yourself first or love yourself by caring for yourself first.If you google how to love yourself, you will find endless articles on this topic. Google searches for self-care and self-care products have increased 250% since 2017. Self-care has become a 450 billion dollar market, whereas less than a decade ago, it only had an estimated value of $10 billion. The internet and social media play a massive part in this.The world may promote us loving ourselves as there is a lot of emphasis on always caring for ourselves first and foremost. But as Christians, we must ask whether the Bible actually says anything about self-care.
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The 4 Most Powerful Names of God from the Book of Isaiah

Names have meaning.When I was born, my mother put a great deal of thought into my name, Matthew Britton. They mean “gift of God” and “kingly one,” respectively. Since I was a surprise pregnancy, the “gift of God” was particularly interesting and intentional. She envisioned my name on a desk in an office, like a CEO. She realized quickly I was more creative than businessman, so she sees my name on the cover of books.God gives people names in the Bible, speaking purpose and character over these men and women. Therefore, my wife and I prayerfully considered what to call each of our children. Our third, a girl, was also a surprise to us, and even though we had a name picked out, God told us that her name was Hosanna. And the name fits her perfectly.God also names himself. These declare and describe his identity and character. Yahweh came from God’s first self-declaration, a form of the I AM. The book of Isaiah includes many prophecies about the Messiah and an apocalyptic future, so the Lord also shares other names along the way.Here are God’s four most powerful names from the book of Isaiah.Photo Credit:©GettyImages/Marinela Malcheva

7 Powerful Promises for the Discouraged Heart

It’s easy to get discouraged.Discouragement comes to everyone, regardless of race, social status, or financial situation. People think money or material wealth can fix life, but tragedy finds the rich, too. Crisis and brokenness are no respecter of persons. The rain falls on the just and unjust alike (Matthew 5:45).The first written book of the Bible is Job, a story where a man gets hit with tragedy after tragedy, and in his grief, he questions the goodness and justice of God. Job not only quits, but he wishes he had never been born.Most of us go through far less than Job, but crises cause us all to lose hope at times. We get discouraged.As Job is a prime example, the Bible isn’t ignorant of this reality. God’s word understands our plight and addresses it head-on. Through our discouragement, God comforts us and calls us to hope in his absolute goodness.Here are seven powerful promises for the discouraged heart.Photo Credit:©Unsplash/Jude Beck

Easter Sunday Morning - 10 Things We Should Know That Happened

There has been considerable controversy over the differences between Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John and their respective descriptions of what happened on Easter Sunday morning. But the differences are not discrepancies. In other words, all four accounts, in my opinion, are complementary and perfectly compatible with one another. When we compare and align the four gospel accounts of the resurrection of Jesus, we derive the following ten truths.1. The women who witnessed the crucifixion were committed to caring for JesusThe first thing of importance for us to note is the commitment of several women who had witnessed the crucifixion and had helped in the burial of Jesus. They agreed to return on Sunday morning, after the Sabbath, to finish preparation of his body. Two women in particular, Joanna and Susanna, already had in their possession the spices needed to anoint Jesus (Luke 23:55-24:1). Early on Sunday morning, Mary Magdalene, the other Mary, and Salome went to the market to purchase additional spices with which to anoint and prepare Jesus’ body. These spices were used to offset odors that resulted from decomposition.The fact that they agreed to return to the tomb on Sunday indicates that they had no expectations of an immediate resurrection of Jesus from the dead.Get your FREE Easter Prayer and Scripture Guide here. Print and share hese beautiful prayers and Scripture as you celebrate Easter Sunday!Photo Courtesy: ©GettyImages/RomoloTavani

10 Powerful Facts About the Cross of Christ & The Crucifixion of Jesus

Not too long ago a book was published with the title: What was God doing on the Cross? It appears that two questions are being asked, not one.First, “What was God doing on the cross?” Why was the God-man impaled on a Roman gibbet? Doesn't it seem shocking that God should be crucified?Second, “What was God doing on the cross?” Once we've agreed that the God-man was on the cross, we wonder, “what was he doing there?” What was he accomplishing through the crucifixion of Jesus? To what end and for what purpose was Jesus, the God-man, suffering?The problem is that there are growing numbers of Christians who are having an increasingly difficult time answering that question. The reason for this is threefold:(1) a diminishing sense of God's holiness;(2) a diminishing sense of mankind's sinfulness; and(3) an inordinately increasing sense of self-worth.Whereas I affirm the need for a proper self-image, I fear that many are fast becoming so impressed with themselves that they can't help but wonder why Jesus had to die for them at all! But when we look at the Scripture, we realize that the God-man, Jesus, was on the cross suffering the eternal penalty we deserved because of the infinity of God's holiness and the depths of our depravity.Discover 10 Powerful Facts about Jesus on the Cross and the Crucifixion:Photo Courtesy: Thinkstock

What Is the Importance of the Triumphal Entry?

Choosing a donkey held symbolism for Jesus because, in those days, kings rode donkeys. He was coming into Jerusalem humbly but also showing His connection to Davidic royalty. His reign would be unlike any other the people had known.

10 Lessons on Prayer from the Lives of Elizabeth and Mary in the Bible

The names Mary and Elizabeth have always been special to me.I was born the seventh and last child in an Irish Catholic family. I was the only one my Dad insisted on naming for some reason. Instead of the then “popular” names my mom chose for my siblings, my Dad chose to name me Mary Elizabeth– after Mary, the mother of Jesus, and Elizabeth, her cousin.While I’ve read of them each time I read through the gospels, I stopped to take a closer look at their prayers and what they could teach us about our own prayer lives.Photo Credit: ©GettyImages/Jorisvo

Who Was Saul of Tarsus?

Saul was a religiously devoted man who was zealous in his beliefs. And he had the education to back it up. Think of your rising star seminary student. But as the story fills out a bit more, we see that Saul’s zeal motivated him to “destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off both men and women and put them in prison” (Acts 8:3).

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