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We will fall into the trap of Babylon if we declare the supremacy of God without the self-sacrifice and love for our enemies that Jesus demonstrated on the cross.

Exiles
Exiles
Evan Earwicker: A Better Way In Babylon, Daniel 3:8-38
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In exile, identity is challenged and alliegence is divided. There was conflict in the Jewish community in Babylonian exile. Some wanted to hear Jeremiah’s call for a peace ethic in Babylon, but others wanted to hear Hananiah’s call to a resistance ethic. Should Israel just accept their fate as an exiled and broken nation and absorb completely into Babylon? Or should they resist their overlords and actively work to undermine Babylon? Or should they do something in between?

Exiles
Exiles
Bo Stern Brady: Peace or Protest?, Jeremiah 29:4-11
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Often times people feel displaced in life. Many people feel melancholic, knowing they should be at home here on earth, but often times wondering why life can be so hard and why humans make it harder with how they behave. Walker Percy says the fundamental mystery of the universe is why we feel so alone in the world.

The Bible states that the solution to both Israel’s exile problem and humanity’s exile problem is the same solution. A king who will come and deliver them and reunite heaven and earth for all.

Exiles
Exiles
David Dealy: Displaced, But Not Forever, Philippians 3:17-21
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Our modern Bible was shaped by the Jewish people who were exiled from their homeland in 586 BC by the Babylonian Empire. The cultural trauma of that event influenced the writings that Christians hold dear today. The 586 exile colors all of the Bible, start to finish. The Hebrew authors who wrote the Bible used the exile experience to prophecy of a new king, a king who would deliver them from their occupiers.

Exiles
Exiles
Ben Fleming: 586, Jeremiah 9:4-13
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The exile metaphor is a theme that runs through the entire Bible. The Hebrew Bible authors wrote Genesis believing that humanity has been exiled from the Garden of Eden and perfect unity with God. The Hebrews believed that their exile represented all humanity’s exile of heaven and earth being separated from each other. After humanity is banished from Eden, we embark on the first exile journey – settling in a world that is no longer home. When God calls Abraham to leave Babylon (Ur), he and Sarah lack a true home but Abraham has a promise from God that he will have a “promised land.”

Exiles
Exiles
Evan Earwicker: Exiled From Eden, 1 Peter 1:1-8
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Westside Church Podcast
Westside Church Podcast
Steve Mickel: A Legacy of Hope, 1 Peter 1:3







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The health of your soul isn’t just a matter of being saved or unsaved. It’s the hinge on which the rest of your life hangs. It’s the difference between deep, satisfied spirituality and a restless, dispassionate faith.

Renovation of the Heart
Renovation of the Heart
Evan Earwicker: Transforming the Soul, Matthew 16:26
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The natural condition of life for human beings is one of reciprocal rootedness in others. As firmness of footing is a condition of walking and secure movement, so assurance of others being for us is the condition of stable, healthy living. There are many ways this can be present in individual cases, but it must be there. If it is not, we are but walking wounded, our life more or less a shambles until we die.

Renovation of the Heart
Renovation of the Heart
Bo Stern Brady: Empty and Full, Colossians 2:2, 6-9
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For good or for evil, the body lies right at the center of the spiritual life…one can immediately see all around us that the human body is a primary barrier to conformity to Christ. But this was never God’s intent.

Renovation of the Heart
Renovation of the Heart
Steve Mickel: Transforming the Body, 2 Corinthians 6:12-20
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What we think is very much a matter of what we wish and seek to think, and what we feel is very much a matter of what we wish and seek to feel. In short, the condition of our mind is very much a matter of the direction in which our will is set.

Renovation of the Heart
Renovation of the Heart
Ben Fleming: Transforming the Will, Mark 14:32-42
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