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The Importance of Prayer

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The Scriptures show us that prayer is a powerful and extremely important form of communication with God. Nevertheless, most folks today seem to neglect to make prayer the important part of their lives that it should be. The Apostles seem to have been impressed with the effect of Jesus’ own prayers and came to Jesus in Luke 11:1, asking him to teach them to pray, just as John the Baptist had taught his disciples. Aside from this Scripture, we have no knowledge of John’s prayers or how they may have affected his disciples, but, apparently, just as Jesus’ prayers were powerful, John must have been a powerful prayer warrior. So, the Apostles came to Jesus, apparently hoping they could, also, enter into this kind of powerful activity. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 6, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus Claims He Is God!

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Many Biblical critics presume that only John among the Gospel narratives shows Jesus is God, but this simply isn’t true. The Synoptics show us in a number of places that, not only is Jesus God, but he also claimed to be God in the flesh.[1] Luke 10 is such a place where this can be seen. In Luke 10:22 Jesus claimed intimacy with the Father that is shared by no one else but him. In fact, the claims Jesus makes of himself in Luke 10:22 are best understood if Jesus were God, because only God could ever truthfully make the claims about himself that Jesus makes here. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Predestination or Freewill?

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This study is a slight departure from 1Peter, but it does have to do with an explanation of 1Peter 1:20. In a previous blogpost, The Overthrow of the World, I claimed that our salvation was foreknown before Adam’s rebellion. What does this mean, and how can we say that God didn’t decree (predestine) that men would rebel in order that he could ‘play-the-hero’ and save some of them, i.e. the elect (1Peter 1:1-2; cf. Isaiah 42:1; 45:4; Colossians 3:12)? The idea of God’s foreknowledge has been twisted by unbelievers in an effort to show God is evil and the ultimate cause of all the world’s trouble. God’s foreknowledge has also been misunderstood by some Christians to mean that he decreed some men would be saved, while he decreed others to be reprobates who could never be saved. What can we say of these things? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 21, 2016 in Epistles of Peter

 

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God Pays It Forward!

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My wife and I were on vacation in 2003, and the movie, Pay It Forward, was featured in the motel’s HBO entertainment list of programs. We watched it and thoroughly enjoyed its theme. In fact, I’ve watched it several times since then at home, but, whenever I do, I always seem to recall that first time in the motel room with my wife. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2015 in apologetics

 

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Redeeming Mankind

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It is often difficult for believers to defend what the Bible says, particularly things found in the Old Testament, especially when we claim it contains the word of God and cannot be contradicted (cf. John 10:35). For example, who today would advocate stoning one’s wife, child, sibling, mother or father, if that one advocated worshiping another god and not the God of the Bible (Deuteronomy 13:6-11)?[1] While we are able to sincerely interpret such passages in a New Testament context, it is difficult to respond to the new atheist, who really doesn’t seem to be interested in an honest explanation. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 13, 2015 in apologetics

 

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Philosophical Reflections on the Binding of Isaac

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For the sake of argument, let’s assume Genesis 22:2, “Take, now, your son…” is an absolute command by God, and Abraham must do as he is told. Is the ‘command’ of God immoral?[1] Certainly the new atheists of our day believe God is making an immoral request, as understood from Dr. Richard Dawkins’ question concerning the event, “But what kind of morals could one derive from this appalling story?”[2] The question then becomes, is the taking of innocent life always wrong? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 4, 2015 in apologetics

 

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Did God Bully Abraham or Isaac?

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The new atheists of today often point to the binding of Isaac as an immoral act and one of God acting as a bully to get Abraham to willingly sacrifice his son, Isaac.[1] Moreover, they make it seem that Isaac, a mere child (which I show not to be the case in a previous blogpost), was bullied directly by Abraham who seemed intent on carrying out God’s command, and indirectly by God who is responsible for the entire event. Notice how Dr. Richard Dawkins puts it: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 1, 2015 in Kingdom of God

 

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