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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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Corinth and Aquila and Priscilla

The city of Corinth was little more than 100 years old when Paul visited there. The original city had been destroyed in a revolt against Rome in 146 BCE, but rebuilt about a century later by Julius Caesar in 44 BCE. It was one of the greatest commercial centers in the Empire, being situated along a small 3 ½ mile isthmus connecting the northern and southern Grecian mainland, as well as being a valuable naval center for ships on the Adriatic Sea traveling east to the Aegean Sea and then eastward through the Mediterranean Sea or northward to the Black Sea. It was to this busy international commercial center that Paul came from Athens, a journey of about 37 miles, to preach the Gospel. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2013 in Gospel, Paul's 2nd Missionary Journey

 

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The ‘Men from James’

Awhile back (HERE), I wrote about these men from James who came to Antioch claiming the gentiles there couldn’t be saved, unless they were circumcised (Acts 15:1). In the next few blog posts I wish to offer a slightly different but a more dangerous perspective on the efforts of these men. First of all, their argument made logical sense, and this only made the danger of their scheme more difficult to detect. Nevertheless, logic is only as good as the knowledge upon which it is based. Think about it, the Jewish religion was the only religion on the face of the earth that was begun by God. Why shouldn’t the Jews believe gentiles needed to become Jews to be saved? Isn’t that similar to what is believed by Christians today? Don’t we believe one must become a Christian to be saved? If we believe this way, why would it be so unreasonable for Jews to believe that way too? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 5, 2012 in Jerusalem Council, Paul

 

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A Sure Word of Prophecy?

Who is willing to admit error? In recent months we have heard that the world was about to come to an end—at least as we know it. Well May 21st has come and gone, but no one is willing to admit error. It seems the prognosticator was only a few months off, it is really October 21st! So, did he really make an error? Well, yes he did, and the Bible tells us about folks who do this kind of thing, but that’s another subject perhaps for another blog. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 15, 2011 in Last Days

 

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Will You Be Made Whole?

In John 5:6 Jesus asked an impotent man if he wanted to be made whole. On the surface, this is almost a silly question. Why wouldn’t the man wish to be made whole? Well, Jesus’ question goes much deeper than this simple observation. The man was crippled for 38 years. He claims he had no one who would help him (John 5:7), but obviously his basic needs were met by someone. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2011 in man at to pool

 

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Inspired—But not Without Error!

Many folks believe that the Bible is both inspired and without error, and I agree. However, though most folks who believe in the inspiration of Christian literature would say it is not on equal terms with the Bible (i.e. not without error), many of them would bend over backwards to keep from admitting error in Christian literature, as long as that literature says what they have always believed. In other words, the Christian literature that “I” consider inspired is without error. My question would be—is there any difference in saying this and elevating otherwise normal Christian literature to the status of the Biblical manuscripts? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2011 in Jesus

 

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Did Mary Believe in Jesus’ Ministry?

This posting represents another in my ongoing discussion with a gentleman by the name of Arthur. He takes the position that Mary didn’t believe in Jesus’ ministry and withdrew her support for him. While I believe it was difficult for Mary to understand all that was occurring and everything that was said about her Son, I don’t believe she was unsupportive. She did what she could. It would be wrong of us to expect more than that from her. Other posts in this discussion can be found HERE, HERE and HERE. Below you will find Arthur’s words in bold italic to distinguish them from my replies. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2011 in Jesus, Mary

 

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Was John the Baptist Literally Elijah?

This will be the third posting for the discussion I am presently having with a young man by the name of Arthur. He holds to a teaching that considers the ministry of John the Baptist a failure, and that because John failed to prepare a people for Jesus, Jesus had to go to the cross. Our discussion began HERE, and I have posted my replies in the form of blog postings HERE, HERE and in this posting as well. I will put Arthur’s words in this discussion in bold italic, so that no one will confuse his words with my reply. In my earlier reply I made the statement that when asked whether or not he was literally Elijah, John replied he was not. Arthur responded with: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2011 in Jesus, John the Baptist

 

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Is John Least in the Kingdom of God?

At the time of this posting I am involved in a discussion with a young man named Arthur who adheres to the teaching that John the Baptist failed in his ministry to prepare a people for Jesus, the Messiah. This post is part two of my reply begun HERE. The claim is that because John failed, the Jews were not prepared for the coming of the Messiah. Therefore, Jesus was rejected and had to endure the cross. This is his stand, as I understand it. His remarks to me will be found in bold italic, so they won’t be confused with my replies. Concerning my original reply that Jesus defended John’s ministry in Luke 7:24-28 [see HERE], Arthur asked: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2011 in Jesus, John the Baptist

 

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Who or What Are Demons?

I have often thought about demons and how and why a person would become possessed. I’ve seen movies that traded on this subject, and Hollywood has made a lot of money producing films that exploit our fear of an unknown and unseen world. However, I have not found Hollywood an accurate commentator on God’s word. Going to the world for my information about the Bible is like asking Pharaoh about the God of Israel or Herod about Jesus Christ. They have heard about what God has said, but they really don’t know what is true and what is not. Recently, I’ve exchanged some commentary on my blog with a gentleman concerning the existence of Satan. As we discussed what I believe about this being, the subject of demons came up. At that point I hadn’t written anything on this subject, and to merely offer some thoughts seemed to me to be insufficient. I promised that I would write about my understanding after the Christmas holidays, and so here we are. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 2, 2011 in Christianity, Demonology, Religion

 

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To Seal up the Vision and the Prophecy

I now come to the fifth work of God as prophesied by the angel in Daniel 9:24. Each work, thus far, we have found has been finished in Christ and there remains nothing more to fulfill at a later date, showing the future fulfillment of the final seven years of this prophecy is a false doctrine. By believing that there remains seven years to be fulfilled before completion of this prophecy has kept us from the truth that this prophecy reveals in Christ. We need to examine our understanding of these things to assure ourselves that what we believe is sound and taught by the original Apostles (cp. 2Corinthians 13:5). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 5, 2010 in Christianity, Prophecy, Religion

 

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To Bring in Everlasting Righteousness

As I look at it, to look for everlasting righteousness to be brought in at some future date is to deny the work of Christ, which he clearly claimed was finished (John 19:28, 30). This is the fourth work of God as prophesied by the angel in Daniel 9:24 and is complete in Christ. God does not give us anything apart from Christ. Christ is the ‘treasure house’ of all we need in our walk with God (Ephesians 1:3). In other words, all of what God gives us comes through his new creation in Christ not through the rebellious old creation in Adam. In Adam we have God’s wrath, the reward of sin, but in Christ we have all the wealth of the Firstborn, the Son of God (Colossians 3:10). All that is Christ’s has become ours as part of the riches within the new creation (Galatians 3:26-29). Christ is our all in all, and God causes Christ to be my Righteousness. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2010 in Christianity, Prophecy, Religion

 

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How Can Darkness Comprehend Light?

If the world, including God’s people, lived in darkness at the time of Jesus, how could God expect anyone to comprehend who Jesus really was? Is darkness able to comprehend light? Can both exist together? Reason alone would tell us that darkness exists where there is no light, and where light exists, there can be no darkness. This is a paradox. Is it not? History shows that men did believe Jesus, but not all. Nevertheless, how could any have believed in him, if the tools of understanding whereby we could recognize our Savior were taken away by a wrong worldview? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2010 in Christianity, Godhead, Religion

 

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The Great Conspiracy of the Last Days

Jude was the brother of James, and from the tone of his letter, I believe James was dead at the time of Jude’s epistle. There was no reason at this time for Jude to hold back, so he more or less laid everything on the line for all to consider. The trial that came upon the Messianic believers was one that tried their faith (Jude 1:3), because ungodly men had secretly crept into the ranks of the flock and were in some fashion tempting the brethren (Jude 1:4). How were they going about this? First of all, they slandered the present leaders (Jude 1:8), because the unbelievers despised the leadership of God’s Spirit. Secondly, they first mumbled to themselves or whispered to others, then openly complained and finally spoke against the Gospel of Christ in a manner that appealed to the desires some within the body, and in so doing they exalted their own authority (Jude 1:16; cp. verse-4). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 15, 2010 in Christianity, Religion, spiritual warfare

 

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Spiritual Warfare in the End Times

The destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem.
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In the final chapter of his epistle, James addressed the troublemakers, the false teachers that had arisen and divided the churches. He foretold their judgment (James 5:1), because they held back what they could have offered to help their brethren (James 5:2-3). James implied that these false teachers worshiped among the brethren for some time, because he claims they held back the “hire of the laborers who have reaped down your fields.” In other words, they had been helped by true leaders of the churches. Their lives were better, because of the Gospel that was preached to them, yet they held back the “wages” of those who labored on their behalf (James 5:4-5), and not only so, but they had lifted up their voices against the very ones who had labored to make their lives better (James 5:6). Using encrypted language, James says the false teachers had condemned and killed the just (or the true leaders of the churches) and they have not resisted. That is, they have not responded in kind, but had prayed to the Lord (cp. Jude 1:8-9). While the false teachers slandered the true leaders of the churches (cp. James 4:7 where devil really means slanderer—then compare this with Jude 1:8). The leaders that God had set up in the churches didn’t respond in kind, but prayed that God would rebuke the evil workers, knowing the Lord is the true Ruler (Jude 1:9). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 8, 2010 in Gospel, Religion, spiritual warfare

 

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