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Forgive Us Our Trespasses

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While Jesus was in Jerusalem for his third Passover of his public ministry, he taught his disciples how to pray for the Kingdom of God. What we sometimes call the Our Father is that prayer, and we have come to its final four clauses, which probably should be taken together. In Luke 11:4 Jesus tells us to pray for the Father’s forgiveness over the sins that we have committed. At first this appears like a contradiction with respect to what Christ intends to do later. Aren’t our sins once and for all forgiven when we receive Christ as our Savior? Why, then, do we need to pray for forgiveness of our sins (Luke 11:4) whenever we pray to our Father (cf. Luke 11:2)? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 20, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Spiritual Warfare

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The Seventy returned from their mission rejoicing in the Lord, and their experiences far exceeded their expectations. They told Jesus that even the demons were subject to them through his name. Indeed, we are engaged in a great spiritual battle. It is the battle of the great day of God Almighty (Revelation.16:14). It is a battle of authority. All authority in heaven and earth has been given to Jesus (Luke 10:22; cf. Matthew 28:18), and he gives this authority to us (Luke 10:18-19; cf. Matthew 28:18-20;). Satan had fallen when Jesus first sent laborers out into the fields to bring in a harvest, and his authority continues to crumble at the preaching of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God. Satan fell, when he first began to lose ground[1] to God. Jesus and his servants fought and Satan and his servants (religious leaders and heads of state) fought (Revelation 12:7-9). Satan began losing the hearts of men at that time and continues to lose today. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Demonic Possession

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One of the saddest matters that the New Testament records is that of the possession of a young child by a demon (Luke 9:37-39), who had control of the boy even from the time he had been an infant (Mark 9:21), implying his condition existed since his birth. One has to wonder how this could ever occur. While in the case of Job, God permitted Satan to torment Job’s person with sores, disease and the destruction of his family and his wealth, Satan was not permitted to control Job’s reaction to it all. In other words, Job was still free to either accept his circumstance as God allowed it, or to curse God for allowing it. Job’s freedom to choose was never in question. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Gospel and Myths

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At times on the internet discussion boards folks who opposed Christianity tried to tell me the New Testament was a collection of myths. They would immediately add that this didn’t mean the New Testament wasn’t true. It just wasn’t historical. That it, according to them, the New Testament was an invention of men who wished to convey great moral truths to their contemporary audience. For those men who wrote the New Testament, the myth had great religious or spiritual import. In other words, what I have come to believe about Jesus (according to the critics on the internet) was nothing more than a collection of myths that embodied what has become known as the Christian faith or the Christian worldview. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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The Authority of Jesus

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Authority is a strange thing. One cannot see authority, touch it, smell it, hear it or taste it. In other words, authority is something we may know and understand, but such a thing cannot be witnessed through our five senses. Nevertheless, we know when we are in the presence of authority. A man of authority is able to move many men to act according to his will, and some men are able to move nations by the word of their power. Jesus represented Heaven, so he spoke and acted out of the authority of God. It is interesting to see, as we read the Gospel narratives, who recognizes Jesus’ authority and who does not. One may even be surprised with the fact that the very men, who were given authority over God’s people, were unwilling to recognize God’s authority over them in the person of Jesus. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 8, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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God and Dualism

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Before we discuss Jesus’ temptations (Luke 4:1-2), it might be a good idea to consider the problem of evil in our world and how this affects God. One of the problems of traditional Christian thought about God and evil spirit beings, including Satan, is that the doctrine makes out like God and an evil-spirit-world are in conflict, a conflict in which God seems to be losing. In fact, Jesus, himself, was asked if there would be only a few people saved (Luke 13:23). This idea is a product of dualism, which is a philosophy or, in our case, a theology that claims God (the good) is in conflict with Satan (the evil), and these entities are equal or nearly equal in power. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 14, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Another Look at God’s Humility

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In another blogpost (HERE) I asked the question is God humble or arrogant?[1] There I addressed what might be called good pride, like that we have in our country, in our children and in the work of our hands, particularly when others seem to value those things as well. It is one thing to think well of my country, but when foreigners praise it and choose it above their own, well that is really noteworthy. I may be proud of my children, but if the community honors them as heroes or for words well said or a deed well done, well that even vindicates the pride I have in them. Additionally, if the thing I put my hand to (sports, art, politics, military pursuits etc.) becomes recognized by others as a skilled or beautiful work that inspires or helps others, then pride in doing such a thing is not wrong. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 13, 2015 in apologetics

 

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