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When Does Human Life Begin?

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When does human life begin? This question has been asked for centuries, and answers have been given, according to the understanding of those seeking to eradicate our ignorance concerning this subject. It is difficult to think of a more sensitive subject among Christians today than whether or not abortion is murder. The answer to this question divides brethren and has politicized many to such a degree that he or she will overlook the clear and flagrant unrighteousness of the leader of the land, if that leader would assist to enact laws that would establish one way or another the legality of abortion. How can we address this issue intelligently, fairly and Scripturally? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2020 in Controversial

 

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Marriage and the Gospel

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This will by my final offering in this study series on gay marriages. One may ask what does the Gospel have to do with marriage? Doesn’t marriage predate the Gospel? If the one is at least 4000 years older than the other (according to the most believed guesswork among evangelical Christians), how is it possible that the one would explain or picture the other, which came later in time? Yet, Paul tells us in Ephesians that the husband and wife relationship is a picture of the relationship between Christ and the church. “Husbands, love your wives even as Christ also loved the Church and gave himself for it” (Ephesians 5:25). Here is a command that marital love imitates Christ’s love for the Church, but the image given of Christ and the Church is the image of a husband’s love for his beloved wife. The two compliment and explain the other, and this is the Gospel. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2020 in Controversial

 

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He Won’t Be Hurt by the Second Death

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In Revelation 2:11, Jesus spoke to those “who have ears to hear”, meaning believers who have exercised their senses to discern good and evil (cf. Hebrews 5:14). There, he promises that he who overcomes would not be harmed by the second death. But, what does Jesus mean by the second death? Exactly, how many deaths are there, and how are they described in Scripture? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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What Does Jesus Mean by Mammon?

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Jesus concluded his parable in Luke 16:9 by telling his disciples to make friends with or by means of unrighteous mammon. Much of what the Lord intends for us to understand in the Parable of the Unjust Steward hangs on the meaning of the word mammon (mammonas – G3126), but we are unable to draw much help from the Greek. The word seems to be derived from G3125 (mamme), meaning grandmother, but the sense the translators give the word points to material wealth. Yet, the unjust steward doesn’t seem to be extorting the rich man’s wealth per se. Rather, he seems to be gaining the confidence of the rich man’s debtors. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Gospel in Jesus’ Prayers

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Luke records Jesus at prayer eleven times in his Gospel., and if taken together, we would find the Gospel preached to us. Luke’s choice of Jesus’ prayers (and there are other prayers in the other Gospel narratives) lets us see a progression of belief, even a progression to belief, in the Gospel of Jesus. I was quite surprised with what I found here, not that anything is new, but to find these things collected into one place (labeled prayer) was, indeed, surprising. What Jesus puts in prayer is a picture of God reaching out to mankind in such a manner that causes mankind to reach out to him. In other words, Luke has Jesus praying out salvation (the Gospel). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 4, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus’ Knowledge and the New Creation

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As Jesus moved through the thronging crowd of people on his way to the home of Jairus, the ruler of the synagogue at Capernaum, a woman who had a menstrual problem for twelve years came up behind him, touched him, was healed and disappeared back into the thronging crowd. Jesus turned around and asked: “Who touched me?” The question I wish to pose is: did Jesus know who touched him, and if not, how could the woman be healed without Jesus’ prior knowledge? Every healing Jesus had done up to this point was a purposeful healing. Jesus knew what he was doing, and he did it. If Jesus knew he was about to heal the woman, why did he phrase his question as he did? Some scholarship wants to questions Jesus’ knowledge, while others seem to want to give Jesus omniscience as a man. What can we say about these things? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Overthrow of the World

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Peter uses the phrase the foundation of the world in 1Peter 1:20. I believe Adam’s rebellion is in view with this phrase in the KJV and other translations of the New Testament. The Greek word katabole (G2602) has been translated almost exclusively by the English translators as foundation, creation or beginning (in the several translations I possess)—all referring to the creation of the world by God. The sole exception is Hebrews 11:11 where the word (G2602) is translated conceive in order to show Sarah was given the ability to give birth to Isaac. It is my understanding that this Greek word (G2602) has not been rendered properly by the translators, and I believe I am able to prove my argument by showing how its related word, kataballo (G2598), is translated in the New Testament. Katabole (G2602),[1] which appears eleven times in the New Testament, is the noun, while kataballo (G2598), appearing three times, is the verb. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 18, 2016 in Epistles of Peter

 

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Life in Adam and Life in Christ

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It was during these days (cf. Mark 3:6-14; Luke 6:11-13 – i.e. the Feast of Tabernacles), that Jesus withdrew to meet with his Father in solitude on a mountain. After praying all night, he chose his twelve apostles from the disciples following him (Luke 6:12-16). It was at this time that he taught them what is summarized in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew chapters 5, 6 & 7). After coming down the mount he met a multitude and healed them of all their diseases. In doing so, Jesus began to repeat key phrases of the sermon here on the plane, teaching the disciples through his works what he had told them on the mountain (Luke 6:17-49). [1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 13, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Predatory and Right Behavior

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Although the lists aren’t exhaustive, listings of clean and unclean animals can be found in Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14, and observant Jews even today will avoid food that isn’t kosher (from the Hebrew kashrut – meaning ‘fit’, ‘proper’, or ‘correct’). So, if an animal is said to be clean it is ‘fit’ or ‘proper’ to eat. On the other hand if an animal is unclean something about it is ‘incorrect’, and it shouldn’t be eaten. Over the years some biblical scholars suggested the reason why some foods were clean or unclean concerned health or hygiene. Others suggested some foods were avoided because of their association with worldly religions. However there are problems with both of these suggestions.[1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2015 in Kingdom of God

 

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The One ~ The Only!

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Arguably the most beloved person who ever lived is Jesus. Certainly, he is the most controversial figure in history.[1] More books have been written about him or because of what he said and did than any other person in history. Many call him God, but for some he is simply a man. A few even deny he ever existed, but the name Jesus is even controversial to these contrary critics. Who is Jesus, really, and why is he so important to so many? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 2, 2015 in Jesus

 

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Paul’s Third Argument with Peter

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One of the biggest problems of the first century Church was, and it still is today, understanding how we become righteous before God. How is a just God able to justify sinners? In our world those who break the law must be punished in accordance with that law. Some are punished with their lives, while others receive community service for minor infractions, but most receive a jail sentence for greater crimes against society. Often, after they have paid their debt to society, former criminals are not trusted by those among us who have never committed a crime. Yet, we are told that all men, no matter how grave the sin or crime, can be forgiven and justified by God. What would such a thing look like? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2015 in Epistle to the Galatians, Paul

 

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How Do We Overcome the World?

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According to Galatians 1:4, Paul claims that Christ has delivered us from this present evil world. This is the true Gospel, and anything or anyone that places us back in the world would be a false gospel or a false prophet. Notice that through the Gospel we receive grace and peace from God our Father and Jesus our Messiah (Genesis 1:3), and in this God is glorified (Genesis 1:5). Contrariwise, God’s grace and peace cannot be enjoyed, if we are in the world, and, if this is our position, then God is not glorified in our behavior, no matter how righteous looking that behavior seems to be. In other words, God is glorified in our behavior in Christ (Ephesians 2:10; Philippians 2:13, see Philippians 2:11), but he is not glorified in our behavior in the world, from which Christ has delivered us according to the Gospel. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2015 in Epistle to the Galatians, Paul

 

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The Role of Tests in Our Lives

Before we move beyond Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac, we need to see this as our own test, perhaps our deepest lesson to be learned. For Abraham, Isaac was not only a gift from God, but he represented the fulfillment of all God had promised him, but was Abraham’s hope grounded in God or in Isaac—God’s gift? What is our hope grounded in? Is our hope grounded in God’s promise of salvation in Christ, or is our hope grounded in Christ? Abraham’s life shows us that before Isaac, he looked to God alone, and after Isaac, Abraham looked to God alone. What a testimony to faith or more to the point that God is worthy of our trust! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 9, 2014 in Abraham, Walking with God

 

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The Banishment of Hagar

We are told in Genesis 21:14 that Abraham rose up early in the morning and taking some food and a goatskin of water, he gave them to Hagar for her journey. Then the text adds: he gave her Ishmael, her son. According to the universal law at that time, Abraham didn’t have to give Ishmael to Hagar, but to keep him would have implied Hagar’s presence in Abraham’s household through her son, and that was not desirable. She brought him up to have the same characteristics so evident in herself (Genesis 21:9; cp. 16:3-4). Another point to consider is that after Sarah had died and Abraham took a concubine, Keturah, and had children by her, he later gave them their freedom and sent them away with gifts (Genesis 25:1-6). This was not done in the case of Hagar. She was given her freedom, provisions for her journey and her son, concerning whom she thought to overthrow Sarah’s position in Abraham’s household. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2014 in Abraham, Walking with God

 

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Does a True Gift Have Strings?

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I received a phone call the other day. The recording tried to tell me a company was giving away vacations. The recording told me to press a number to get a live person. I really hate to hang up on people, because I’ve been taught it isn’t polite, so I’m glad it was a recording. I’ve had phone calls like this before, and no one is really **giving** anything away.

What is a gift? The Scriptures try to tell us that God has given each of us the gift of eternal life, but are there any strings attached? One of the places we can find the promise is in one of Paul’s epistles. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 31, 2010 in Christianity, Gospel, Religion

 

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