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About Eddie

I am a Christian. I am married to my lovely wife, Kay, for over 40 years. I have enjoyed growing old with her, and look forward to a few more years, if our Lord permits. I am also a father of two daughters, both are married to two wonderful men. My eldest daughter has two children-a girl and a boy, so I am also a grandfather! God has been so kind to let me see both of my daughters fulfilling their dreams while they follow Jesus. I retired from a telecommunications company in 2002, and have never looked back. I have found retirement much more fulfilling than living by another man's schedule. I enjoy studying the Scriptures, reading a good book, blogging, and discussing my faith with folks over the internet who like to discuss matters concerning Jesus. I am also a Sunday school teacher, and have been for over 15 years.

Did God Force the Jews to Reject Christ?

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In 1Peter 2:8 we are told that the Jews who are in unbelief were “appointed” to stumble at Christ (1Peter 2:8)! But, what does this mean? Were the Jews appointed or destined to reject Jesus? I don’t believe this view was Peter’s intent. Otherwise, one might expect him to express some sort of lamentation over the condition of his people, the Jewish nation. Paul grieved over the Jews, wishing he could be accursed from Christ, if that meant his kinsmen (the Jews) were accepted. In other words, he was willing to trade places with his nation, if God would will it so. Yet, nothing like this is expressed by Peter, so how could he mean to say that God intended that the Jewish nation would reject Jesus, their Messiah—the Elect or Chosen One? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2016 in Epistles of Peter

 

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The Centurion’s Request in Luke 7

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Some folks see similarities between the centurion of Luke 7 and the centurion, Cornelius, whom Luke mentions in Acts (cf. Acts 10:1-4). Besides their both being of the same rank in the military, they were both God-fearers (Acts 10:1). Both would have been aware of Jewish traditions of uncleanness associated with contact with non-Jews or gentiles (Acts 10:28). Both were generous with the wealth they had. The centurion seeking Jesus loved the Jews and built a synagogue for them (Luke 7:5), while the centurion who sent for Peter was noted for his love for the Jews and his generosity toward the Jewish people (Acts 10:2, 4, 22). Although these similarities don’t measure up to proof that the two are the same person, I believe it is probable they are one and the same person. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 1, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Chosen of God

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Although Jesus had been rejected by the Jewish leadership, Matthew made a point of showing that Jesus was chosen by God (Matthew 12:17-21), quoting Isaiah 42:1-4. Matthew pointed out by showing Jesus avoided division that he was God’s Elect or Chosen One. When Jesus realized the Pharisees were taking council to kill him (Matthew 12:14), he withdrew from their presence,  not merely to save his life, but to avoid a confrontation that would result in division. By this time Jesus had quite a following. In fact, a large group of people followed him, and he healed them (Matthew 12:15). Jesus didn’t avoid doing good, but he avoided doing good under the noses of his enemies, who thought his works opposed them and their worldview. Jesus avoided separating the Jews into factions, some wishing to make him king (cf. John 6:14-15) and others wanting to kill him. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 30, 2016 in Epistles of Peter

 

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Setting the Time for Luke 7

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After concluding his sermon on the plain Luke tells us that Jesus went into Capernaum (Luke 7:1). Nevertheless, does Luke mean to say that the events he records next immediately follow those in chapter 6, or is he bringing together two events in their chronological sequence but separated by a longer period of time than Luke 7:1 implies? I believe the latter to be so, and I hope to show in this study that there is reason to believe this proposition. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 29, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Taste and Know the Lord is Good

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It is interesting that Peter reminds his readers that they have tasted the Lord, Jesus (1Peter 2:3), and what he might be calling to mind is one of Jesus’ parables that concerns the new and old wine (cf. Luke 5:39). Wine changes one’s behavior and being filled with the Spirit is compared with being drunk with wine in Ephesians 5:18. There Paul says we should not be drunk with wine, implying drunkenness changes one’s walk or behavior (Job 12:25; Psalm 107:27; Isaiah 29:9). Rather, we need to be filled with the Spirit and thereby our walk (behavior) would be changed for the better (Romans 8:1, 4; Galatians 5:16, 25). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2016 in Epistles of Peter

 

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The Doers and the Hearers

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Jesus concludes his sermon on the plain by pointing to those who address him saying: “Lord, Lord…” (Luke 6:46). He also concluded his sermon on the mount with people addressing him in the same manner, but in Matthew 7:21-22 Jesus pointed to the false teacher who had done many evil works. In Luke 6:46, on the other hand, Jesus directed his words to disciples who call out to him: “Lord, Lord…” but they don’t act like they want to hear what he says to them. Jesus is asking: What purpose is your cry: “Lord, Lord…”[1] if you have no interest in what I say? If one addresses the Lord, shouldn’t he listen for his reply? This seems to be what Jesus is asking. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 27, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Importance of Being Different

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In the second chapter of Peter’s first epistle, he continues to emphasize the believer’s holiness. That is, believers need to be different from the society in which they dwell. Long-story-short, Peter tells his readers, the Jews of the Diaspora in Asia Minor (1Peter 1:1), since they had been saved through a second birth to become the children of God (1Peter 1:23), and since they refer to God as Father (1Peter 1:17), they need to be different from the world around them. This would be especially so concerning those who intend to do evil against them (1Peter 2:1). God is different, incomparable (Isaiah 46:5), which is the essence of his attribute of holiness. So, when he calls his children to be holy, because he is holy (Leviticus 14:44-45; cf. 1Peter 1:16), he means he expects them to be different or separate from the world around them. His children must not allow themselves to be conformed to the mold (i.e. behavior philosophies, goals, knowledge etc.) of the world. Rather, be separate to serve their holy Father. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2016 in Epistles of Peter

 

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