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Jesus’ Next Journey to Jerusalem


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Many Biblical scholars believe Jesus’ final journey to Jerusalem began in Luke 9:51. However, in order to maintain this idea, they have to conclude that Luke either uses about nine and one half chapters to show Jesus wandering aimlessly all over the countryside, zigzagging all the way to Jerusalem, and even reversing course to return to Galilee (cf. Luke 17:11), or he places Jesus’ movements in a hodgepodge of seemingly unrelated incidents that took place in various parts of Palestine, having no perceived order in them at all. It is astonishing for me to see how far one will go in order to protect a favorite idea from being disproved, or, perhaps it may be better to say, some scholars have embraced the idea for so long that they believe it must be supported in the Scriptures somewhere. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on October 5, 2017 in Gospel of Luke


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Calling the First Disciples

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It is actually John who shows how five men first came into contact with Jesus following his baptism. Andrew and an unnamed disciple left John the Baptist to be with Jesus on the way back to Galilee from the Jordan (John 1:37-39). When they arrived in Galilee, Andrew went to fetch his brother, Peter (John 1:40), and the following day Jesus found Philip, who then told Nathaniel who also came to see Jesus (John 1:43, 45). These are the first five men who came to listen to what Jesus had to say, and it is implied in the Synoptics that some of Jesus’ disciples were with him in Capernaum and probably Nazareth, as well (cf. Luke 4:38 and Mark 1:13).[1] Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on October 2, 2016 in Gospel of Luke


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Prayer in Jesus’ Name

Why does God answer some prayers but not other prayers? Why will God answer a prayer to save a cancer patient from death, but won’t have an amputee grow another limb? There are a lot of people who seem to know or at least think they know why God heals, but really, why would God heal one person, but not another? Jesus didn’t ask for qualifications when he healed anyone; he simply did what needed to be done. There was no hocus pocus, or do you have enough faith for the healing, or would it be God’s will for **you** to be healed. Jesus simply healed the person. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on March 31, 2012 in Prayer


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Feeding the 5000

We are told in the Synoptic Gospels that just before Jesus fed the 5000 men, the disciples had returned from their mission to preach in the cities of Galilee. Herod had just executed John the Baptist and thought the rumors about Jesus and the Kingdom meant John had risen from the dead. Many of John’s disciples had come to Jesus looking for leadership, but Jesus knew most of the people were merely looking for another miracle. This seemed to be the extent of their attachment to him (John 2:23; 4:43-45, 48; 6:2). Therefore, Jesus took his disciples into a mountain to spend time alone—away from the crowds of people (John 6:3). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on June 10, 2011 in feeding the 5000


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Jesus—the Bread of Life

Jesus claims to be to be the Bread of life that came down from God out of heaven (John 6:32-33, 38), and he went on to say that no one has everlasting life unless he eats Jesus’ flesh and drinks his blood (John 6:50-51, 53-54). A great deal of misunderstanding has occurred over the theme of this part of the Gospel of John, including some modern critics saying that this part of the Gospel of John was taken from the pagan religious rites dealing with Mithraism. So what is Jesus saying and can we be sure the understanding is not taken from paganism? Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on June 7, 2011 in feeding the 5000


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Jesus—Feeding the Hungry

Even a cursory reading of John 6 will show that Jesus had compassion on those who were hungry (John 6:5). Nevertheless, Jesus didn’t dedicate his office as Messiah to satisfy the needs of the poor in the world or even in Palestine (Matthew 4:4; Luke 4:4), but he had compassion upon the needy wherever he saw them. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on June 4, 2011 in feeding the 5000


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When is Enough, Enough?

At one of our annual family reunions my cousin, Michael, asked me about my writing. At that time I was writing a book about Jesus’ life and teachings according to the Gospel of Luke. I told him I wished I could retire and devote myself to completing it, but I didn’t think I had enough set aside to do so. He asked me: “What is enough?” I thought about his reply for quite awhile afterward, and Thanksgiving week that same year my company offered me an early retirement. I had to decide by the week before Christmas. It was a very intense month for me, but the long-story-short is: I decided I had enough, put my decision in God’s hands, and never looked back. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on May 8, 2011 in loaves and fishes


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