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Apocalyptic Signs

Signs of the End

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According to Luke, there would be heavenly signs, pertaining to the sun, moon and stars before the time of the end (Luke 21:25). Both Matthew and Mark wrote that the sun would be darkened, and the moon wouldn’t give its light, and the stars shall fall from heaven (Matthew 24:29; Mark 13:24-25), but if the sun withheld its light, the moon wouldn’t be able to shine, because it reflects the sun’s light. Moreover, if even one star fell from heaven to the earth, the earth and everyone on it would be destroyed. So, this couldn’t be literally true, but, rather, is apocalyptic language describing events that would occur near the time of the end. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on May 31, 2018 in Gospel of Luke


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The Lost Son and the Sinner

Prodigal Son - 2

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After speaking of losing first a sheep and then a coin, Jesus turns our attention to a son (Luke 15:11). He turns our eyes from our possessions to our own families. In Jesus’ parable a man had two sons. The younger son asked his father to divide the inheritance at once and give him what would be his. This was not only disrespectful, for it implies that the son believed he would be treated better by strangers than his father, but it also expresses the son’s desire that his father were already dead. Perhaps father and son had a falling out, and the son in anger decided a life with strangers would be better than living under his father’s discipline. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on November 19, 2017 in Gospel of Luke


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You Are What You Eat

Is God concerned with our diet? Well, ‘yes & no’ would most likely be the truth. My family doctor is probably more concerned over my cholesterol level than God is. On the other hand God is interested in what I think about Jesus and in my overall spiritual well being. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on March 18, 2011 in Jesus, Woman at the well


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Paul—The Apostle Shaped in Cilicia

After being run out of Arabia, Damascus and Jerusalem, Paul returned home to Tarsus in Cilicia. He was a citizen of Tarsus (Acts 21:39; 22:3), and this probably meant Paul’s family was at least moderately wealthy, because the civic reforms introduced there cir. 15 CE took away the status of citizenship from all householders who had not accumulated considerable land and wealth. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on March 15, 2011 in Apostles, Paul


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Paul’s Conversion

Paul never really speaks of being ‘converted,’ that is, he never applies the word to himself. However, he often speaks or writes of his transforming experience in meeting Jesus on the road to Damascus. He wrote of it at least three times in his epistles. Luke records this event another three times in Acts. He first records it as an historical event chronologically following on the heels of a very great and cruel persecution throughout Judea (Acts 8:1; 9:1-19). His second and third mentions of it occur in two of Paul’s speeches. The first of these occurred on the steps of the Antonia where Jesus was judged by Pilate. There Paul spoke with an angry Jewish mob who wanted to slay him just as Paul had done to Christians when he was a young man (Acts 22:1-21); and the third was before King Agrippa and Bernice (Acts 26:1-20). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on March 8, 2011 in Conversion, Paul


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What is the Purpose of the Christian Life?

What if the main purpose of being a Christian was not to get out the Gospel?[1] If true, what would this imply? Well, as I see it, it would mean a lot of great big worldwide ministries would not be necessary. But, is it true? First, I should say we are commissioned to preach the Gospel. However, I also need to say this is not the main purpose of my being a Christian. Technically, a non-Christian could spread the Gospel. If it suddenly became a consuming interest of a great many people, the Gospel would be headline news both on TV and in every newspaper around the world. So, technically, just being a Christian is not necessary to spreading the Gospel. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on November 8, 2010 in Christianity, Religion, seeing God


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Can We See God?

"The Garden of Eden" by Thomas Cole ...
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My thoughts go back at this time to Eden, when man seemed perfectly comfortable living in two worlds—the creation over which God made him lord and the spiritual when he presumably walked with God “in the cool of the day”. Enoch is said to have walked (same Hebrew word) with God (Genesis 5:22), and the implication of the Voice of God searching for Adam “in the cool of the day” (cp. Genesis 3:8) suggest normal, perhaps daily, fellowship[1] Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on November 7, 2010 in Christianity, Religion, The fall of man


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