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Has the Sabbath Morphed into Sunday?

Most Christians today worship on Sunday, and many of these worshipers call Sunday the Christian Sabbath. Yet, I have not found a single Scripture to support this idea. Am I saying that Christians should return to worshiping on the 7th day rather than Sunday? No—even though the reason we turned to Sunday had more to do with anti-Semitism than the truth, it is done. We do, however, need to be honest about what occurred, admit what we’ve done and move on. We are not under the Law but under Christ. Read the rest of this entry »

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Paul and Grace

One of the things that has bothered me over the years is the conception we have concerning whom we don’t accept as Christian. Who is and who is not Christian, and how do with justify this understanding with “judge not lest you be judged” and “…and with what measure you mete, it shall be measured to you again” (Matthew 7:1-2)? Now, I have participated in this judgment, but slowly and deliberately I’ve come to realize I have no right to say who is and who is or is not one of Christ’s if that one claims him as their Savior. This includes what we have called nominal Christianity. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Not Just Another Contender

Because Luke has the town clerk[1] say that the image of Artemis fell “out of the sky” (Acts 19:35), many scholars believe that actual stone that was worshiped as Artemis’ image could have been a fallen meteorite, and I agree that this conclusion has merit. Surprisingly, it is this very matter, which, if true, helps to calm the crowd and answer Demetrius’ charges against Paul. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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The Riot at Ephesus

From the context of Acts 19:23-29 we can be fairly certain that this riot took place in the spring cir. 55 CE, because the Feast of Artemis (Diana) was about the time of spring equinox. Note, as well, that Luke shows that Paul’s intention to leave Ephesus (Acts 19:21-22) was to fulfill the work of God and not because of a public demonstration against his work done in Ephesus over the past two years and several months (cp. Acts 19:10). Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Paul’s Collection for Jerusalem’s Poor

Luke doesn’t mention the collection Paul made for the poor at Jerusalem, but this is understandable, since Luke’s addressee is Theophilus, Annas’ son and former officiating high priest at Jerusalem, because the Annas family had been mistreating the poor, especially the priests. They had sent men to rob them of their tithes, which some depended upon for life itself. The time is cir. spring of 55 CE, and Paul planed to continue at Ephesus for awhile to preach the Gospel, but he sent Timothy and Erastus to Macedonia (Acts 19:22) to confirm the churches of Europe concerning his intention to bring an offering from them to Jerusalem. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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The Word of God Grew and Prevailed

In Acts 19:20 Luke sums up the fifth section of his thesis by saying: “So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.” It almost seems out of place here before the riot later in the chapter, but it isn’t. Paul’s 3rd recorded missionary journey is not yet complete, but Luke uses what is already said to sum up what turns out to be Paul’s mission to the world in the name of the Kingdom of God as a free man. A glance backward would show us that Luke sums up his entries into his thesis at the conclusion of conflicts—either within the Church (Acts 6:7; 16:5; 19:20) or in respect to the unbelieving community (Acts 9:31; 12:24; 28:30-31). Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Can Evil Be Made to Destroy Evil?

In Acts 19 Luke related a strange story about a Jewish high priest and his sons—seven in all (Acts 19:13-20). At first glance this strange story seems to place the power of God over against the power of magic, because the result of it all was many who became believers of the Gospel at Ephesus brought their own books of the curious arts, which they had used before they came to the faith, and burned everything as a testimony to their friends and family, who didn’t believe (Acts 19:18-19). However, is this really all about magic not being as powerful as the Gospel? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2013 in Gospel, Paul's 3rd missionary journey

 

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