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The Lost Son and the Sinner

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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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The Fruitfulness of God’s Word

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In Luke 8:16 Jesus changes from a planting theme to the subject of light. Jesus used this theme previously in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:15). Luke shows that Jesus repeated such themes when they served his purpose in teaching his disciples. Here, Jesus tells us that light cannot be hid, and light in this context is the word of God (Luke 8:16; cf. Psalm 119:105; cf. 2Peter 1:12-21). While one might conclude that the light that cannot be hid is the believer (cf. Matthew 5:14), the context in Luke seems to indicate it is the word of God (cf. Luke 8:11). Up to this point Jesus had been speaking of the fruitfulness (or lack thereof) of the word of God in a man’s heart. I believe he continues to do so, as he changes the symbol to light. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Deconversion – Personal Relationships

Caine Mutiny

Scene from ‘The Caine Mutiny’ (from Google Images)

Chris, the young atheist whose recordings I’ve been discussing, claims in his next two videos, Deconversion—Personal Relationship (part 1 & part 2) that he had been taught from his youth onward to see God in everything, “any miraculous event, any scientific wonder, any mathematical intricacy, any fortuitous personal action—all were assigned ownership to God. God was the source of all beauty, all power and all knowledge.” Anything Chris experienced, whether good or bad, was because of him. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 4, 2015 in atheism, naturalism

 

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Prayer Changes Things

After Abraham entertained his guests with a place of rest and a meal, they got up to leave, but the Lord talked with Abraham on the way and revealed his intentions to his friend (Genesis 18:16-17). I find it astonishing that God would do such a thing. Why would he reveal his intentions to any human being? It seems to suggest a character trait of our God, showing us his willingness to be unambiguous in his dealings with mankind. He made his will and intent known to Adam, to Noah and now to Abraham. Is this what we could expect of God, if he calls us friend (cp. James 2:23)? Could we expect him to reveal to us what he intends to do in the world? Certainly there is a certain amount of intimacy that is shared between friends (John 15:15), but could we actually expect God to be so clear in his judgment of mankind (cp. Amos 3:7)? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 8, 2014 in Abraham, Walking with God

 

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Will You Be Made Whole?

In John 5:6 Jesus asked an impotent man if he wanted to be made whole. On the surface, this is almost a silly question. Why wouldn’t the man wish to be made whole? Well, Jesus’ question goes much deeper than this simple observation. The man was crippled for 38 years. He claims he had no one who would help him (John 5:7), but obviously his basic needs were met by someone. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2011 in man at to pool

 

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Worship in Spirit ~ Worship in Truth

After spending some time looking forward in John’s Gospel, I find my mind drawn one more time to the woman at the well in John 4. She expressed an inner conflict over the correct place of worship, which was an expression of the more obvious conflict between Jews and Samaritans. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 1, 2011 in Woman at the well

 

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The Promise of the Father

After Jesus’ crucifixion and death, the Apostles were ready to pack it in. They thought Jesus was the Messiah, but not believed they were wrong, so it was back to the way things were 3 ½ years ago. When Jesus rose from the dead, things weren’t much different, as far as the Apostles’ usefulness to the Gospel was concerned. They knew they had abandoned Jesus and seemed to be utter failures, especially Peter. According to John 21 he wanted to return to his fishing career. He denied Jesus once, and he certainly was not about to face similar circumstances that would put him in the position of doing it again. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2011 in Holy Spirit

 

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