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The Churches of God Were Multiplied

Luke concludes Acts 9:31 with the words: “…[the churches throughout all Judea, Samaria and Galilee], walking in the fear of the Lord and the comfort of the Holy Spirit, were multiplied.” Months ago I had shared what I believed to be the manner in which Luke had written Acts. I believe he wrote Acts in 6 submissions, which can be categorized into three themes of two parts each. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2012 in Persecution, Temple of God

 

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Building up the Church

Luke uses three phrases to make up Acts 9:31. We spoke of the first phrase: “Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria…” in my previous blog, showing how the churches of God had obtained rest from their persecution. I will speak of the second “…and were edified…” in this one, and hope to speak of the third “…and, walking in the fear of the Lord and the comfort of the Holy Spirit, were multiplied” in my next blog. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 17, 2012 in Persecution, Temple of God

 

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Paul’s Vision on the Road to Damascus

In recent years textual criticism has placed in doubt in the minds of some what actually took place on the road to Damascus. In a short essay (found HERE) John Dominic Crossan has taken issue with Paul’s vision of Jesus as recorded in Acts – where it took place, how long Paul was away from Jerusalem and who threatened Paul’s life in Damascus that he was saved by the brethren secretly letting him down through a window in the city wall under the cover of night to make his escape to Jerusalem (Acts 9:25). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2012 in Textual Criticism

 

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The Samaritan ~ The Great Pretender

Even if a persecution did not follow the death of Stephen, the Gospel would have had to break out of the haven at Jerusalem where it was nurtured by the Spirit of God since Pentecost. The Jewish religious authorities, in killing Stephen, had officially rejected Jesus as the Messiah and the Kingdom of God whereby the believer is the bearer of the Shekinah Presence of God and considered thereby to be the Third Temple of God built by the Messiah. Having rejected this, they set up the abomination that eventually made Jerusalem and its Temple a desolation. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2012 in Kingdom of God

 

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Lame Man Walking!

It wouldn’t be difficult to understand a man’s joy, if he were suddenly able to walk after being crippled for over 40 years. Peter healed such a man sitting at the Beautiful Gate of the Temple when he and John went up to pray (Acts 3:1-2). The man was expecting a small donation for a meal, but ended up being made whole. The text says that he was put at the gate daily, no doubt by someone in his family, but who would have thought when they put his socks on that morning…What a surprise! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 3, 2011 in Kingdom of God

 

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Who is the Author of Acts?

It is apparent from the prologue of Acts that its author is the same as that for what we refer to as the “Gospel according to Luke!” Both were written about the Lordship of Jesus and the Kingdom of God (Acts 1:3; cp. Luke 4:43) to someone by the name of Theophilus. Moreover, Acts refers Theophilus to his former treatise or account (logos – G3056) concerning all that Jesus began to both do and teach (Acts 1:1; cp. Luke 1:3). Many modern critics try to tell us that, because neither work is signed that we cannot know the author of either. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2011 in Textual Criticism

 

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The Promise of the Father

After Jesus’ crucifixion and death, the Apostles were ready to pack it in. They thought Jesus was the Messiah, but not believed they were wrong, so it was back to the way things were 3 ½ years ago. When Jesus rose from the dead, things weren’t much different, as far as the Apostles’ usefulness to the Gospel was concerned. They knew they had abandoned Jesus and seemed to be utter failures, especially Peter. According to John 21 he wanted to return to his fishing career. He denied Jesus once, and he certainly was not about to face similar circumstances that would put him in the position of doing it again. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2011 in Holy Spirit

 

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