We should note at the outset that in the era before clocks and precise record keeping, numbers were often an estimation. Three and five signified a little, and forty a lot more. That is not to say that forty was never an accurate number, only that precision was not the intent of biblical authors. Continue reading BIBLE SIGNS & SYMBOLS (FORTY)
LOVE – Seeks the highest good of others: Love is not based on emotions or feelings. it is a decision to be committed to the well being of others without any conditions or circumstances.
GREEK WORD FOR LOVE: agape (ah-gah-pey)
SCRIPTURES: 1 John 4: 7-12
Continue reading FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT (GAL 5:22-23)
Nobody like to be punished: Getting grounded or having privileges taken away aren’t on anyone’s list of “Top Ten Ways to Spend My Weekend.” But after some time has gone by, we can usually see that our parents’ discipline is helping us become better people.
Continue reading HOW TO “LOVE” PUNISHMENT
Spectator sports and entertainment were fully developed by the Romans so as to satisfy the common people’s lust for excitement and blood. Even the rush for seats was an excitement in itself; there were no reserved seats until the time of Augustus. In the arena, condemned criminals fought against wild animals-lions, bears, elephants, and hyenas- and the crowd would urge on the contest. Paul says that he fought against wild beasts at Ephesus (1 Corinthians 15:32), but he may have been referring to the experiences recorded in Acts 19 in a metaphorical way (see also Hebrews 10:33).
Continue reading MANNERS AND CUSTOMS OF THE BIBLE (SPECTATOR SPORTS)
Entertainment and spectator/participatory sports did not develop until Greek and Roman times. Races had been run in Israel (Jeremiah 12:5), but they were not for entertainment. It was the promotion of sports in the Greek fashion in 170 BC that led to the division among Jews between Sadducees and Hasidim.
Continue reading MANNERS & CUSTOMS OF THE BIBLE (SPORTS)
Manger – A feedingtrough, crib, or open box in a stable designed to hold fodder for livestock. In Bible times, mangers were made of clay mixed with straw or from stones cemented with mud. In structures built by King Ahab at Megiddo, a manger cut from a limestone block was discovered. Mangers were also carved in natural outcroppings of rock,
Continue reading BIBLE DEFINITIONS (MANGER,MANNA,MANTLE)
HEBREWS 10:26-27,31- For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
27- But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
Continue reading SOME CHRISTIANS TEACH THAT A “SAVED” PERSON CAN SIN ALL HE/SHE WANTS SINCE THERE IS NO WAY TO LOSE SALVATION. IS THIS TRUE?
Problem: Paul affirms in this text that Christ “has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.” But death is not abolished, since “death spread to all men” (Rom 5:12), and “it is appointed for men to die once” (Heb 9:27).
Continue reading IF JESUS ABOLISHED DEATH, WHY DO WE STILL DIE (1 TIMOTHY 1:10)
Problem: Paul asserts here that Jesus was “made to be sin.” However, many other Scriptures insist that Jesus was “without sin” Continue reading HOW COULD JESUS BE MADE SIN WHEN HE WAS SINLESS? (2 CORINTHIANS 5:21)
Since we have such a huge crowd of men of faith watching us from the grandstands, let us strip off anything that slows us down or holds us back, and especially those sins that wrap themselves so tightly around our feet and trip us up; and let us run with patience the particular race that God has set before us. Keep your eyes on Jesus, our leader and
Continue reading SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY “HEBREWS 12:1-7” (LET GOD TRIAN YOU)