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Sending Out the Seventy

Judgment

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In the shadow of the disciples question of who is the greatest (Luke 9:46), and the Apostle, John, demanding that others who were not of the Twelve keep themselves from using Jesus’ name in casting out demons (Luke 9:49), Jesus sent out the Seventy ahead of himself into towns and villages, as he journeyed toward Jerusalem. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Bittersweet

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Have you ever noticed how much easier it is to say good things than to do good things?[1] The fact is: it may be the most bittersweet lesson I’ve ever learned about myself—that good intentions are merely the whitewash on the face of a cold stony heart that has neglected to exercise what I had acknowledged as good. Ezekiel was told to take the scroll God had given him, containing his words for his people, and eat it and then go to the House of Israel and speak to them. In his mouth the scroll was as sweet as honey (Ezekiel 3:1-3), but the performance of the task was a bitter undertaking (Ezekiel 3:14). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2015 in Jesus

 

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Free to Be Me!

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Recently, I’ve come face to face with some very uncomfortable emotions, like becoming angry with God.[1] I realize this is wrong, and even in my anger I understand it is wrong and confess to him that although I am angry, I understand that he is perfectly righteous. Moreover, I also understand in my anger toward God that he is not only aware of my disposition toward him, but, in spite of it, he is working out all things in my life for my ultimate good (Romans 8:28). I confess my ignorance of his will and apologize for my inner wrath, but still this is most discomforting. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2015 in Jesus

 

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Submission According to Paul

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Paul speaks of submission in Ephesians 5:21-33, and in my opinion this scripture has been both misunderstood and abused for quite some time by many in the Body of Christ.[1] The family, especially the marriage relationship itself, is considered an allegory of a close relationship between those Paul refers to as husbands and wives. But, notice two things before we consider what else Paul writes. First, in Ephesians 5:21 Paul tells us to submit ourselves to one another. In other words, whoever the husband is, and whoever the wife is, they are mutually submissive. This mutual submission cannot take place if one is lording it over the other—such a thing Jesus, himself, forbade (Luke 22:25:26). Secondly, in Ephesians 5:32-33 Paul specifically tells us that his analogy is not about what we understand to be the normal marriage relationship, but, rather, he is speaking of a relationship within the Church—generally Christ and the Church is the example, but the relationships of church leaders and local churches in particular are under consideration. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 21, 2015 in Kingdom of God

 

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How to Identify a Christian

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Don’t you think it is odd to understand that neither the Apostles’ Creed nor the Nicene Creed offer a single statement about love?[1] Theology seems to be the most important thing when it comes to us wanting to identify someone as Christian or not. We test one another according to this or that creed, or whether or not we embrace this or that doctrine! Yet, Christ tells us that we would be known by our fruits (Matthew 7:15-20), and the identifying fruit is one’s love for the brethren (John 13:35). Isn’t it odd that God’s people have shifted the emphasis for the mark of a Christian? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 7, 2015 in Jesus

 

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Paul’s Gospel

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A few years ago I published my understanding of Paul’s Gospel, while I was going through the Book of Acts for the second time: What Was Paul’s Gospel? In this blog-post I wish to offer the same point of view from a different perspective. In the first chapter of Galatians Paul offers a glimpse of the Gospel he preached to the gentiles. Although it was somewhat different from that preached by the Twelve, in essence it was the very same Gospel preached at Jerusalem. Notice that in Galatians 1:4 Paul says that he preached that Christ gave himself for our sins in order that we might be delivered from this world. In a nutshell, this is the Gospel, and, as I hope to show here, it was the Gospel preached in Jerusalem, minus the Jewish traditions that the Apostles preached Jews should obey, just as Paul preached gentiles should obey the authorities who governed them. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2015 in Epistle to the Galatians, Paul

 

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The Jerusalem Council’s Verdict

Luke’s placement of the Jerusalem Council at about the center of his thesis tells us how important this event is. It is also only here that we find Paul, Barnabas, James and Peter together in one place at the same time. While Paul did visit with Peter and James on his first visit to Jerusalem after his conversion in Acts 9, Luke doesn’t put them all together in one place until here, and according to Paul (Galatians 2:9), the apostle, John, was there too. So, what was done here was of key importance to the Gospel afterward. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 14, 2012 in Gospel, Jerusalem Council

 

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