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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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If You Call on Him as Father…

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The Revised Version is better than the KJV when reading 1Peter 1:17: “If you call on him as Father…” Jesus said: “When you pray…” (Luke 11:2) where the implication is one of obligation not supposition. Therefore, in 1Peter 1:17 it is not **if** we call upon our Father (as in the KJV), but, rather, **since** we call upon him as our Father (as in the RV), we owe him respect (Malachi 1:6). That is, since we call upon him as Father—he who judges without partiality—we need to live out our lives in fear, i.e. showing respect for him, so that his name isn’t blasphemed among unbelievers due to unfaithful and evil behavior on our part (cf. Romans 2:23-24). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 16, 2016 in Epistles of Peter

 

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Were the Canaanites that Wicked?

Anat -- Canaanite goddess

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Lots of folks really recoil in disgust when they come to the Scriptures where God judges the Canaanite people. Where is the justice in genocide? – is the cry. One may ask, “What are the guidelines that would show us when a culture is irredeemable?”[1] Certainly the Old Testament doesn’t present any that I have noticed, nor should we look for the list in the New Testament. The Bible is simply silent concerning how wicked a nation must be before God chooses to judge it. Both the Canaanites and the Israelites were driven from the land because of their wickedness (Deuteronomy 9:4-5; Amos 2:4-8), and, when the severity of that wickedness calls out for God’s judgment, it is known only to him (cf. Genesis 15:16 and Leviticus 18:25). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 5, 2016 in apologetics

 

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Jesus Became Obedient

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Sometimes the word obedience takes on a negative slant.[1] The image brought to mind might be that of defeat, perhaps even demoralization—being made to do or say what one hates. On the other hand, one could envision the utter joy on the face of a babe who takes his first steps, causing his feet to obey his desire. Obedience can be thrilling—to experience the joy of having what one eagerly desires to finally fall into place! The wonder of it all, Jesus became obedient, all the way to death—even the death of crucifixion (Philippians 2:8)! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 4, 2015 in Jesus

 

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Our Abominable Value System

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Some of the most puzzling events in the New Testament for me were the times (there were more than one) Jesus cast out the money changers from the Temple.[1] I wasn’t puzzled over what he did, but how and why the money changers were able to conduct their business within the Temple compound. It was done in the gentile sector, but the whole Temple area must have smelled like a stable, and what worshiper had privacy enough to be intimate with God in prayer in such a public place? It not only smelled badly, but was more similar to a noisy market than the House of God. What was going on? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2015 in Jesus

 

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Jesus’ Reputation

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Have you ever wondered how people saw you—what they thought of you?[1] What have you done, or perhaps didn’t do, simply in order to enhance an image of yourself that you wanted folks to embrace? I remember my days as a teenager and how the right clothes seemed so important. I am so amused whenever I view of photo of myself taken just before I picked up my date for the junior prom. I wouldn’t want to be found dead dressed like that today! I remember embarrassing moments growing up when people saw me from a perspective I tried to hide. Often it is difficult to see through a façade, but we get better at it as we get older. Funny, though, that most of us never learn to reject pretense completely and simply let others see us as we are. Why do you think that is so? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2015 in Jesus

 

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I Am the Evidence!

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What a statement! It can be seen as arrogant or it can be understood as someone with a death wish—a willing target for the opposition.[1] Nevertheless, if the Bible is the word of God, I (we who believe in Jesus) am not only the evidence that God sent his Son into the world (John 17:21), but the evidence that God loves those who are his (John 17:23), and the evidence that, in sending his Son, God loves the world (John 3:16). Jesus left no artifacts that archaeologists could dig up, no personal testimony written by his own hand that would tell the world what God wants us to know. Rather, he has left me, and I am one of many brethren. We are the living testimony of what God is all about. Imagine! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2015 in Jesus

 

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