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Almsgiving and Righteousness

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Jesus taught his disciples to be generous with what they had (Luke 11:41; 12:33), which Peter did do in Acts 3:1-8. This seems to put almsgiving in a light that does not necessarily mean to give out of one’s wealth in worldly goods (cf. Luke 21:1). It can also indicate sharing some spiritual gift God has given us with someone in need. The word used by Luke for almsgiving is eleemosune (G1654). According to Thayer’s Greek Lexicon, the word means “pity, mercy… the benefaction itself, a donation to the poor, alms.” Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Pharisee and the Publican

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In Luke 18:9 Jesus began speaking another parable, but this time it seems he was talking to the Pharisees, because the reason for the parable is that “some trusted in themselves and despised others.” The main characters in this parable are a Pharisee and a publican (Luke 18:10). No doubt Jesus chose these two groups, because, not only were they natural enemies, but the one group did trust they were righteous, while the second knew they were not. The one group was readily received into Jewish society, but the other was looked upon with suspicion and hate.

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Posted by on January 21, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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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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The Believer’s Shema

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Luke records the incident of Jesus quieting the storm on the Sea of Galilee immediately following Jesus’ remark concerning who his true family is. Jesus claimed his (spiritual) family is made up of those who both hear and do the word of God. An interesting point is brought out by Dr. Robert Utley in his commentary[1] on Luke 8:21: “This reflects the Hebrew word Shema (cf. Deuteronomy 5:1; 6:4), which means hear so as to do (cf. Luke 11:28)…”[2] The Shema (Deuteronomy 6:4) is the beginning of a great Jewish prayer recited twice daily. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Two Debtors

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During the dinner to which Simon, the Pharisee, invited Jesus, a woman, who had heard Jesus was in the Pharisee’s house, came in also with the intention of anointing Jesus with the ointment out of the alabaster box she carried with her (Luke 7:37-38). Luke tells us she was a sinner. Obviously she was very emotional in the account written by Luke. She seems to have been sad over something, but also grateful to Jesus, because she held him in awe for some reason, but Luke is silent about these details. Nevertheless, the woman took her place at Jesus’ feet and wept there. Her tears fell on Jesus’ feet, and she wiped them with her hair; and she kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment out of the alabaster box she had with her. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 30, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Make Reconciliation for Iniquity

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I am considering the angel’s prophecy found in Daniel 9:24 at this time. If one would read the prophecy it would be seen there are six works of God that must be fulfilled before one cold claim the 70 Weeks prophecy is fulfilled. I have already discussed the first two claims by the angel in three blogs preceding this one, showing that these works of God were fulfilled in Christ nearly 2000 years ago, and this third work is no different. The angel claimed “Seventy weeks are determined …to make reconciliation for Iniquity…” While sealing involved purchasing and hence ownership, reconciliation involved peace between enemies or offended parties. God desires love not forced servitude from his children, and he always makes the first move toward our salvation: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 30, 2010 in Christianity, Prophecy, Religion

 

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Does God Prefer Mercy… Over Blood Sacrifice?

In the context of presenting arguments that are used on the internet by folks who deny the need of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, I intend to present one today that argues the cross is not needed because God never wanted blood sacrifices. I remember one gentleman, but he wasn’t alone in his understanding, who kept insisting that God wouldn’t be happy with any number of burnt offerings and quoted Micah to make his point. I tried to tell him that the context of this Scripture would not permit him to make such a deduction and base it upon God’s word. As is usually the case, he wasn’t willing to admit he was in error. Notice what the Scripture says:

Micah 6:6-7 JPS  ‘Wherewith shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt-offerings, with calves of a year old?  (7)  Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my first-born for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?’ Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2010 in Redemption, Religion

 

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No Atonement Without Blood

The Book of Hebrews tells us that without blood there is no atonement for sin (Hebrews 9:22). I have mentioned this to some who do not hold a high view of Jesus. More often than not one would quote a passage from the Hebrew Scriptures in an effort to show that if Hebrews 9:22 did not directly contradict the Torah, at least there were many exceptions to the rule. This, of course is not true. The Jews admit this in the Talmud Babylonia. As a sinner, I have forfeited my life through my transgressions. The Law of God (Torah) requires my life. Under the Old Covenant, the blood, which is the life of the animal, was shed as a substitute for the life of the sinner. I have found only one exception and that is Leviticus 5:11-13. We’ll take a look at this Scripture later, but first let’s look at the other exceptions to the rule, which are no exceptions at all, but those Scriptures are taken out of context by those who reject the teaching of the depravity of man and our need of a blood sacrifice (Savior). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2010 in Redemption, Religion

 

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There Is No Escape

There is no way that one is able to escape the taint of the sin of Adam. The only exception is Jesus, but he existed before Adam and therefore was not affected by the sin nature that was passed on to all mankind. He did not derive his life from our first parents and therefore was not subject to their sin. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2010 in Redemption, Religion

 

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Your Sins are Forgiven!

The spiritual condition of man before he comes to Christ is revealed in the miracle of our Lord’s healing of the paralytic in Luke 5:18-20. Without Christ we can do nothing (John 15:5) and before Christ we are without strength (Romans 5:6). This is seen in the fact that the paralytic didn’t come to Christ under his own strength or even his own faith. On his own he was without power of any kind to affect his condition. This was also true of the spiritual leadership at that time. What Jesus did that day completely unsettled the safety of their religious understanding. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2009 in Religion, salvation

 

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And I, if I be lifted up…

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So much of Christianity today seems to be either contending with sin or counting the days before Christ’s return. The eyes of men tend to fix themselves upon either ourselves and our shortcomings or upon what some teacher who is willing to tell us what the future holds. Where are Jesus and the cross in any of this? Where is the Gospel of the love of God, for example, in all the talk about the coming of Christ for some believers but leaving behind a bunch of other believers? Is it logical to assume people would be drawn by the love of Christ, when so much fear is preached in his name (2Timothy 1:7; Hebrew 2:15; 1John 4:18)? I never hear about the when, where, or why of Christ’s death in such preaching. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2009 in Jesus, Religion

 

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All I Have Is Christ

I found this video on the “Already Not Yet” Blog. It blessed me so much that I had to add it here. I’ve been playing it often. The lyrics with the tune are very moving. I hope it blesses you as much as it has been blessing me.

God bless.

All I Have Is Christ

Lyrics:

I once was lost in darkest night
Yet thought I knew the way
The sin that promised joy and life
Had led me to the grave
I had no hope that You would own
A rebel to Your will
And if You had not loved me first
I would refuse You still

But as I ran my hell-bound race
Indifferent to the cost
You looked upon my helpless state
And led me to the cross
And I beheld God’s love displayed
You suffered in my place
You bore the wrath reserved for me
Now all I know is grace

Hallelujah! All I have is Christ
Hallelujah! Jesus is my life

Now, Lord, I would be Yours alone
And live so all might see
The strength to follow Your commands
Could never come from me
Oh Father, use my ransomed life
In any way You choose
And let my song forever be
My only boast is You

© 2008 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI), by Jordan Kauflin

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2009 in Grace, Religion

 

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What Is the Lake of Fire

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It can be argued that the wrath of God is the Lake of Fire (Revelation 14:10; Revelation 21:8). However, is the Lake of Fire an ever-burning place of punishment that has been reserved by God to punish the wicked, or does it represent a time of temporary punishment whereby the wicked will be separated from their sins and embrace God, whom they have rejected all their lives? Remembering that Revelation is apocalyptic (symbolic) literature, let’s look at it now to see how God plans to use the Lake of Fire. There isn’t much of a description of it in Revelation. We know that the beast and false prophet were cast into the Lake of Fire (Revelation 19:20); the devil will be cast into it (Revelation 20:10); death and hell (the grave) are cast into it, and it is called the second death in Revelation 20:14. Finally, after the resurrection of the just and unjust (Matthew 25) or the great white throne judgment (Revelation 20:11-13) all who are not written in the Lamb’s book of life will be cast into the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:15). That’s it! If we wish to know more about this mysterious Lake of Fire in which God can cast death and the grave, which are not things one could actually look upon and take up in one’s hands, one must look elsewhere in God’s word, comparing Scripture with Scripture to find additional truth. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 5, 2009 in Judgment, Religion

 

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What Is The Wrath of God

If you could imagine the wrath of God occurring at this moment, what do you believe it would it look like? Would it be earthquakes and fire engulfing and destroying the earth as we know it? If you were to imagine God executing his wrath upon unbelievers, what would you see? When does God’s wrath occur and upon whom is it coming? Does it come upon unbelievers only or does it also come upon God’s people, too? Is it possible to know for certain what it is? I believe we could not only have a general idea, but many of us have experienced it, and it is occurring all around us today! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 26, 2009 in Religion, Wrath of God

 

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The Three Tenses of Salvation

The Scriptures reveal there are three phases of our salvation. Our salvation has a past, a present, and a future. Ephesians 2:5 says Christ saved me in the past. I had nothing to do with this area of my salvation, because I was dead in my sins. In other words, I was spiritually dead, and a dead person cannot do anything, think anything or say anything. I was helpless and hopeless, until Christ died for me on the cross, reconciling me to God (2Corinthians 5:14-19). This is the past tense of salvation. I have been saved period. I did nothing to accomplish it, and I can do nothing to destroy it. In the past I have been saved from the penalty due my sins (Romans 6:23), once and for all time, by the death of Christ. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 25, 2009 in Religion, salvation

 

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