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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 »

 
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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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They Shall not Learn War Anymore

Where is the peace that has been promised? If Jesus is the Messiah, where is the world peace that should have come? The obvious answer to this question for a Christian is that Jesus certainly made peace between God and mankind, and the matter of world peace between nations will occur when Jesus returns. But, this is a copout to the Jew and to most, if not all, Gentile unbelievers. It seems like we are making excuses for Jesus’ failure to fulfill the office of Messiah when he was here. Why was he here, if not to bring peace between the nations and make Jerusalem the first city of the world? The Jews were supposed to be the conquerors of all their enemies and then peace would envelope the earth. If Jesus is Messiah, what happened? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2010 in Jesus, Religion

 

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Messiah Was Expected to Atone for Sin

From yesterday’s blog one could understand from the context of Isaiah 53 that it was expected that the Messiah would atone for sin. Yet, modern Judaism repudiates the idea of human sacrifice. Certainly there is some truth in this, but is the doctrine itself wrong or has history abused the idea of human sacrifice, by taking one’s own children or an innocent virgin from the community to sacrifice to a supposed god of whom favor was sought? This type of human sacrifice is, indeed, wrong, but is the teaching wrong? Didn’t the death of the High Priest atone for sin? Didn’t his death permit all who were exiled to the cities of refuge for such sins as manslaughter go free? Let’s take another look at Isaiah 53 to see what the prophet says: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2010 in Jesus, Religion

 

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