Love Lock
Jesus
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For generations, Israel ignored the terms of their covenant with Yahweh, breaking commands and living by their own definitions of good and evil. But, even amidst rebellion and exile, the Hebrew prophets continued to speak of a new covenant, saying that God would one day fulfill all of his promises, repairing his relationship with his people and blessing ...

David
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In English, the Hebrew Scriptures in our Bible have conventionally been known as “The Old Testament”. This gives rise to some unfortunate connotations as we tend to think of things which are “old” as being out-dated, ineffective or worn out. “Testament” was (and still is) just another way of saying “covenant”.

However, we should rather think ...

Decalogue
Agreement
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In a previous article (https://www.salvationarmyconcordca.org/bitsnpieces/?id=covenants-part-1) we saw how God revealed to Noah that He would never wipe out His creation in another flood. This covenant was the beginning of a series that would demonstrate God’s plan ...

Ark of Covenant
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When seeking inspiration for these weekly columns, I often ask friends to suggest topics that they find especially meaningful or puzzling in scripture that will give me an opportunity for exploration and research. Very often these are well-encapsulated nuggets that I can easily write about without becoming a substitute for a sleep aid.

But ...

Smooth Pebble
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"Great results can be achieved with small forces.” - Sun Tzu, The Art of War

There was a tradition in ancient warfare called single combat. It was a way of settling disputes without incurring the bloodshed of a major battle. Author Malcolm Gladwell explores one of the most famous examples of this in his book “David and Goliath: Underdogs, ...