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The Cleansing of the Temple

Editor’s Note: The following is a sermon preached by Oleg Kostyuk on Thursday, October 11, 2012. It is presented here in its original form.    Thousands of people around the Globe are united and Revived by His Word. So, I would like to invite you to dive into the Word of God. Let’s turn to […]

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Christ, the Way of Life

A few weeks ago I was giving a tour to a few of my friends at the Ellen G. White estate in Silver Spring, MD. As some of you probably know Ellen White was a co-founder of Seventh-Day Adventist church. While giving a tour, two pictures caught my attention. They are The Way of Life: […]

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The Mysteries of the Parables

On our last program we finished examining seven parables recorded in Matthew 13. There are seven parables in the heart of the Gospel according to Matthew. Jesus presents the parables and, it seems, that the entire grand story of redemption and the world itself can be found in them! It is amazing how Jesus presents […]

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The Son of Man

Why did Jesus refer to himself as the Son of Man instead of plainly stating that He was the Son of God? I would like to suggest that we take a closer look at the meaning of this title and try to solve this riddle together. First of all Jesus is referred to as the […]

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Demon-Possesed

The story of the two demon-possessed men (Matt. 8:28 – 34) is very significant and deserves specific attention. Firstly, almost all of Jesus’ miracles were performed because someone asked him to; but in this case, it seems, Jesus decides to cross the lake specifically to perform that one miracle. He crosses the lake, performs the […]

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The Sermon on the Mount: Overview

On Cross Connection, we’ve spent the last several weeks going into an in-depth study of the Sermon on the Mount. Now that we’ve finished studying it, what do we make of it? Can the Greatest Sermon Ever Preached be broken down into a concise package? Join us as we look back at the Sermon on […]

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The Most Difficult Verse of the Sermon on the Mount

Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces. – Matthew 7:6 After our study last Tuesday (watch the episode here) I thought that it would be nice to share some additional thoughts regarding the most […]

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Seek First the Kingdom of God

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”  (Mat. 6:33)   Jesus encourages us to pursue the righteous and just priorities of the kingdom of God. Then our physical needs will be looked after. However, there is a problem in the understanding of this verse. Many […]

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Practical Application of the Lord’s Prayer: Part 3

Today we will take a closer look at the petitions of our own needs. After presenting the petitions about God and His worship Jesus teaches us how to address our own needs. Let us take a closer look at these petitions… 4. Give us this day our daily bread This petition occurs at the center […]

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Practical Application of the Lord’s Prayer: Part 2

Yesterday we explored the introduction of the Lord’s prayer and discovered what it really means for us to “hallow” his name. Today, we will take a closer look at the second and third petitions of the Lord’s Prayer: 2. Your Kingdom come When we examine the Kingdom of God, we see that there is a […]

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