Bible – Stories & Facts

I Wish You Were Dead

Kenneth Bailey is a theologian who spent 40 years living in the Middle East, striving to resituate Jesus’ stories in their original Palestinian context. He points out that for Jesus’ audience, respect for one’s father is paramount; the younger son’s request for his inheritance from a still-healthy patriarch constitutes an unthinkable offense. It amounts to saying, “I wish you were dead.“

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Party Favors: The Prodigal Son and The Great Banquet

In his book The Prodigal God, Timothy Keller points out that the two brothers represent the two basic ways people try to make life work. The younger son pursues “self-discovery”— he’s on a quest to find and fulfill himself, even if a few people have to get hurt along the way. The older brother is committed to a more socially respectable way of being in the world—the way of “moral conformity.” He’s on a program…

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Predestination of God’s Believers in the New Testament

Rather than predetermining a person’s FATE, predestination predetermines a believer’s FOCUS—that is, God’s eternal purposes, goals and privileges for him. Every instance of the word “predestinate” in the New Testament refers to some purpose, goal or privilege that God has predetermined for BELIEVERS. Let me see if I can illustrate this for you: Suppose your parents owned a family business, and their goal was for you to join the business and own it when they…

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Why Are There Four Gospels?

Why are there four Gospels and why the synoptic gospels? If there were only one record, with no repetition, critics would say the single record was edited and updated. Since there are four, the critics claim, due to repetition, they are copied. The problem with this kind of speculation is that it reduces inspiration to a human level and attributes to an unknown editor or editors what the Bible attributes to the Holy Spirit. The…

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Noah and the Cross: Comparison Between Noah and Jesus

Genesis 6:14 “Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.” The Hebrew word is kapher is translated pitch… which means atonement Noah held a hammer in his hand Jesus absorbed the blows of a hammer upon His hand Noah built with wood Jesus was pinned to wood Noah constructed a door Jesus said… “I am the door” Noah covered the…

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  • Galatians 5:16 January 16, 2022
    “So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.”
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