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Last week, we looked at misunderstood scriptures concerning the kingdom of God. We started with a teaching from Matthew 13:44-46, where Jesus told His disciples that the kingdom of God is like a man who found a treasure in a field and then sold all he possessed in order to buy it. In the next verse, He offered a similarly short parable about a man who sold all he possessed the buy a pearl of great value. In other words, possessing the kingdom of God has so much value that one should be willing to give up everything to obtain it.

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unhappy in closet

In this series of articles, we are investigating scriptures which many of us Christians have misunderstood, passed over, or just simply ignored. Perhaps this is not true of you, but it is sadly true of me.

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unhappy in closet

I traveled too long down the road with Jesus in biblical illiteracy. On that road, I preached. I taught. My heart was right. I wasn’t trying to mislead people. And not everything I taught was illiterate. But because of that history, I have found over the last few years how difficult it has been to shove certain verses back into their contexts because I heard them for so many years taken out of context. I honestly can’t recall if I ever taught on these out-of-context passages, but I believed them, nonetheless. I regret this. However, the Lord is gracious and full of compassion. I can only hope some of what I write here, with His help, will open a small window of understanding for those who are stuck in the same ignorance I was.

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unhappy in closet

I read the Bible every day. Commendable, right?

Not so much. Almost every time, I find myself daydreaming, sideswiped by a random thought that pops up and the trail of which I follow. Suddenly I “awake” and go back to re-read the part I had read but hadn’t read. I continue, pressing on.

And find myself daydreaming again.

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