Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Wise, but what is call false move God and people, and false prophets there.

Many people, that they are caught something false charging certain circles and revival of certain people are straightforward. Referred to as many people Prophet say man watchmen themselves that have a lot to and understand God and condemned by most never argue you wish, and even cannot deny, and then try to understand the determine the people. This is the article about this subject.

You have some really heard changes life and profound teachings as Todd Bentley is tight and his camp and his big supporters, people who I. But I love my man, tremendously I fool congratulate the couple of the teachings of his blindness is. To say that I know he had his excesses what he was doing some errors I Lakeland God move wasn't stupid mind.

You cannot be allowed to the Holy Spirit says, some sins has denied blaspheming the Holy Spirit who calls won't accept your life with Jesus. To do this and continued, and cannot be saved will go to hell, this makes much sense.

If you are still blaspheming the Holy Spirit is real work of the Holy Spirit is really the working of the Holy Spirit is Satan is not saying then thousands of people in your tube of less and both have very serious problems with blog writer is.

Apostle meets Jesus still say modern teacher and we accept it pave the way for other times in the book of Paul Jesus Damascus and vision Act are met, after this, Jesus resurrection is the heaven ascended to the amazing, and they are known liars and the false prophet.

And attacked his Transfiguration meet Elijah left ago Jesus and Earth years, and yet he says those who met the Saints on the Earth like Jesus demon illusion and the meeting said that should surprise. People Sadhu Sundar died before yourself besides I met him personally was born as Singh has met met another man. I would call the crazy people around the world.

And have been to heaven when you eat them to go read a book about the people who go to person heaven and hell and high oh oh wow hell these say illusion yourself tell you the same person.

Todd Bentley at people who is in heaven. People like Todd is in the heaven of the Apostle Paul met him and he was part of the Todd God real man and he conversed and because it was leaked.

To spend daily cult busters and watchmen of people mocking God's people, many people around the world. These people are written by the people of God and pour them, spend the hours of my time is God's people reading the how wrong display tube video footage book and blog. Others who have seen the video of some of my most severe criticism of me.

How Stacy Campbell Todd Bentley Lakeland, had seen these watchmen video one consignment. She was of her snakes, and she flashes of prophecy and her head from side was saying the demon side is the. They said there is no way of the Holy Spirit.

I met when I head other side turned words of the prophecy of the rock. Unless you Stacey is rock the head of the Holy Spirit as the symptoms of those head was moving really prophecy after some from them, I they did not have the confidence of its prophecy head thrash does not.

And in the Church in a time of worship, I spirit to me which I side from the side of the rock to find. I beat side to dance at like, too bad not. I preached at when I can begin to rock. However, you can return to Stacey.

James Goll is your side by side tube video it's her head office said it was getting Stacey Campbell because she considered her head 6 months and then stopped. Could only problem, she cannot move predictions for 6 months once she had her head control. That is-mockers not what the Holy Spirit and he's in.

James spirit moves Goll spirit said this he said some years ago about the Prophet of God in the United States.

"If you can't move in the middle of it at least bless it. Observing cannot bless it is at least patiently. Do not stretch the stick's not just understand your tongue if you fail to observe patiently.

Would be caused 7 people to deceive many false prophets, Jesus Christ is said. He said if it was impossible too many elected fool would.

Something I can ask.

Why Jesus is added "is impossible if" and? get deceived by elected spoke about his? "fact that plain and simple not all Christians are the elect of God there people are those who deny the election itself never to take a cross-reading God's Word, prayer, many? Jesus smell of rats, and mock or cannot be deceived to elect him too long before you get from the Prophet and said. It is faith of these safeguards, said or do not have any sorting to keep our false prophets from the protection through every possible?

You may laugh at me.

I I suppose I blog with call false prophets know all the places, the false prophet and those who calling my name is quite this topic heating it.

Foolish wisdom of God and the Bible is always true, people do not move the spirit, is in the Bible.

Always be mockers

Religion is always Pharisees

doubters may at all times.

While you're doing great things of God, and move the person ever Satan always make faithful Christians in his band he his dirty work.

I not sure is one personally I don't like non-Christian, and I know quite a lot. However, many Christians are not me, like you know.


Don't judge other Christians, and is full of grace with them, and is a bold Lion brothers and sisters, chiefly because I?? I do my passion and anger.

I can't work with it.

Enable and does not know the first peace with God descends from above full sad thing is, most have the mockers unkai gossip, slander, pride and envy, and wisdom, and see how their error, they right, so we are having to approach be considered wrong people meekness and humility and kindness.

I know that every single person to me not in humility, need I regret is the false prophet and say, not come blaring trumpets.

So try and correct you're mock call or see who should be, to do so, the motivation would. Doing things they love, and blow your own trumpet them into heaven, or doing it?

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Where Bible, honest, so devastatingly transparent here look

Here, honesty, transparency and integrity are actively for each useful we can to read.

In the verses of Luke Chapter 7 and 6 to 35 we meet the Prophet of the puzzle. Now recently these incidents and Jesus Roman centurion's servant healed and the young man had died life study occurrence scenario.

Dear men prison in his preaching and is the result of the faithful baptising and prophecy. To challenge Sin Jesus ' cousin John and his King lives in it and he is a horrible was incarcerated in prison.

Have a question for John. John also to the question. John knew Jesus. John can make unique things that Jesus Christ was persecution and imprisonment baptism, faith in man. We time and why, we each other all necessary vulnerability is very.

"I am in this prison. A death in front of me all that ". John is in his early 30s. Note that 'family' and he is six months, Jesus Christ than old. John open-air live, now he physically, mentally lock is. News reached the mighty ones doing that Jesus's cousin John. "Why is not his coming, and I get this horrible place?" that type of thing goes to his heart did? we troubled evil dark thoughts and doubting and wonders can think about the middle of the night.

It is, he is attacked the mental depression. He sent the questions are filled with two disciples of questions and doubts. The Bible is so absolutely sincere or two in in amazement is transparent. Should should come you are one person or to another description? This is a desperate search questions. You really have a Christian?

So far, "why? was asked why. Why not? Or I have made a mistake? "

Seemed to have happened was swarming crowds Jesus, but nothing significant or deep. There was various signs and wonders and miracles. The people had been moved emotionally, to display the real and permanent description did not.

At least John regret-put people to turn from sin - what sort - right stuff, clean their actions. The good Jesus to take your questions is

Do you have emotional miracle worker he? this what like it in isolation - distance - or you must have seen from from prison. Being one of rising questions and doubts to give. We are praising each other--hear the prayer of worship Fellowship-are created. Viewing docile disciples, fellowships are essential. This was one of the fundamental principles of the early Church.

To separate when you create belong to, quite solitary in.

22, 23 Poetry. Questions from the people of Jesus came the answer. What gives a complete report - John back and I are doing, and to look at Isaiah chapter 35, 61-knowledge of the old testament John quote Jesus from appealing the. You must learn that I was going to run the way out is the Ministry of John Jesus and the father.

Section 23 is important. Become uncomfortable? what is Jesus on imagine saying. Then Jesus is the hot springs in defense of John. Had a question about Jesus Christ John might John have doubts about Jesus. John was a spiritual hamstring. John not think blows flying should be around popular opinion and flimsy in fashion. Did not have the silence is John easy scrapes. And tried to cool stuff he controlled by John was persuaded by the political pressure of Jerusalem. Prison was working on - that he wanted to end God - John will be beheaded.

To sign the soldiers of Jesus Christ, safe not receive certificates and trouble free to say will be kept! read I rarely that people who do not have this I promise you promise Jesus Christ according to the word of God, and consider these chapters. "I think that one moment never become an issue of freedom"!

Referred to was in John over Prophet Jesus. John of Jesus's reputation. John the fearless, bold, brave, fierce, compromise without the Holy which was.

Care may take Jesus puzzle Prophet-depressed apprentice - servants of the sick - and widows weeping. -What situation on today - but know what category to come this-can take care of Jesus Christ.

Sandy Shaw

Panel of the children to work, Pastor Sandy show Nairn Christian Fellowship Pastor Inverness prison and Nairn Academy and widely, United States, Canada, South Africa, Australia, these past few years 12 visits tours and pilgrimage, enforcement and most recently in care in Uganda, Kenya, pastors and leaders ' seminar, in poor regions traveled to Kampala, Nairobi, Mombasa Kisumu around Israel.

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Poetic Prophet is the difference between singing? that's right!

When I saw it was where poetry I my way, different from category, working at EzineArticles was the other night. Were allowed to poetry didn't. Because it is different now, read? I usually create theme of the Bible and Christianity and away its priority I take this opportunity to not move my writing. Really!

When Paul preached and wrote his Prophet Isaiah often became.

What do people! who! Paul and Isaiah! was in these two outstanding men of God.

Sits pod Almighty and predicted he is chosen people over many years, were told that the Declaration is almost everyone pay attention to Word. You can find your 6 chapter of Isaiah, very few people read Chapter 2 half right moves.

Is this as true Israel clarified what sits sheath was been tired quickly.

Select the man calls the man, Prophet, he just imagine raising national strategic alignment for him to deny ignoring God.

Decided to sing Isaiah day trying to reach the people in the message of his prophecy, Jerusalem Street. Sang of Isaiah love.

Well, everyone love song of love. Gather a crowd. This was different. Earrings love song meaning to explain and he his deep until attractive and interesting, it was.

Recently, the song of the different types of prophecy's fall in my pen. Read the following.

Jesus you're-like this I know.
The Bible to me.
If you turn from sin
Let the gates of heaven.

Jesus loves you, I can say.
He was down to save from hell.
If not enabled is Sin from
I absolutely burn in the fire of hell.

Jesus loves you-he gives
You may live in eternal life.
But if you do not believe that
Your decision to leave his.

Those who listen to the words of the wise giving prophecies always.

Sandy Shaw

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End time events and the second coming of Jesus

Experience is going to explain the main outline of all some time this series of articles in 1, go ahead and events are in the Earth ranging from Jesus ' second coming. This is a basic outline of events at the end of me. I go to add a little more details on some of these specific events to give parts. Bible is exactly what will happen before Jesus returns the second number one again, specifically the very, very explicit to doodle kids.

This problem is scattered all in all poetry concerning Jesus ' second coming to Earth through the Bible. And search for them like this [and those just ????_??? together as the road-you can see what is coming in must match. God made all the search of the hunt and Bible knowledge always is Everyman. Seek and you will find. Revelation and at the end of event theme is no exception.

With emphasis on the "road map" may be to prepare the many of us in the main events of the base to give you this article to maintain. Takes before back to Jesus ' second coming this items are all incredible events that can get very detailed for deployment.

A basic overview of the main event

Here is a basic overview of the main events of a quick glance. About I a little detail in each of the following article explains.

1. Any other sign

Saying the Apostles of Jesus and the New Testament, experiencing some specific indications.

a. coming dangerous times is no sho-.

b. elect to deceive the imitation of the false and the false prophet.

c. rumors of war and war.

d. for the China House, Kingdom Kingdom opposite.

e. increase famines, pestilences, and earthquakes.

f. There is a lot lawless and immorality are.

g. cold love grow.

h. some Christians of deceiving to the doctrine of the spirits and demons to listen to depart from the faith grant.

i. men has tremendous, proud self, lovers of money, rather than lovers of God without boasters, blasphemers, unloving, parents, and mercy, slanderers, self-control, brutal ??? and unsung joy traitor, stubborn, and lovers will be lovers of rebellious.

j. poured all spirit of meat is.

k.-the Gospel Christ is preached all over the world, and that will last.

To interpret and understand all meters God end time prophecy to prepare his second coming to open.

2. The restore to the State of the Jews, Israel
3. The rebuilding of the Jewish Temple
4. Anti-Christ, false prophets and the rise in the National Federation of 10.
5. 7-Year tribulation
6. Battle of Armageddon
7. To set Millennium Kingdom 1000 years of Jesus back to Earth
8. A new heaven and new Earth

This is the last time series article 22 of the first it is.

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

To the premises of the Prophet's life and his or her "...

A few years ago, taught five times of the Apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastor and teacher of role and I sat down to God in the life of friend and I had hoped for sending by e-mail story to write.

Jesus brings the people do not know him as the Evangelist light I die told her.

However, there is a need to drop the region and how to witness to my friends and I came to church when I way to advertise the spiritual conferences exist an audience of non-Christian church people to educate, but I knew before I.

However, when you send a righteous life and obtaining people witnessing, and share their faith, to overcome fear spirit walk, testimony of life knew that should teach you all how.

I thought there is a need to inform on a regular basis and could I go to church once, pastor, church pastor fractal to answer their questions, and follow these steps to guide you.

I'd want to save the people. And I saw intimate exchanges between Jesus and the father of signs and wonders in life know Jesus, people come to crucifixion mine.

To do it all and I'm writing you wanted minimal Prophet that I worked. Then had to go to find a way to work is what Prophet.

If it brings a great word Church church and outpourings of peace and prosperity and holy prophets of so-called to only message, yet the average Church to get that wealth tithe and sent to stop the regrets from sin filled the spirit live on in the world, back service that enables the spiritual life is.

Prophet Amos says about the true Prophet.

Amos 5: 10 (new version)
10 The hate twit Gates alone

hate people speak uprightly.

This Bible says hate Prophet twit God's people are the people who live in lukewarm lives to God, not happy. They hate a man speak God you all the time, and money provided. Considers people say there is a need to stop gossip can forgive your enemies and they ignored the poor people, and hate. Listen to the messages that they need to repent in their disgusting,, hates the doctrine to ignore God no monogatari education.
Prophets of the true evil times known as fools, and struggling.

Hosea 7-8 (Amplified Bible)

Reward 7 the, visits and punishment has come, come; the Israel knows. Prophet is [and] crazy idiot and inspiration is a man [treated done it, angry or so because of the abundance of your iniquities fanatic and hatred, hostility and persecution is best.

8 Ephraim my God [around the country to the Prophet, and intended to be a watchman; fowler trap are all the way of the prophets, he he. Is in the House of God hatred, animosity and his persecution.
Reject the teachings of the Prophet as many people to find me. Locate the small number of people to preach is not stored as a evangelist I participated in my. As a teacher I find most satisfied with the teachings of my people. As a man of God and my happiness is glad God.

Remuneration of the service.

Today Michael arch Angel and a Gabriel I escorts on my right hand side at the left on my church. Church at Mary worship of Mary Magdalene from Abigail biblical before primarily of Ballet danced, and open the spiritual eyes of them I as a contribution [appeared to two people. Tonight late Mary is my good friend prophesied, and she told about mail through the words of comfort.

Yes, the life of the Prophet can be difficult. 1, I invited some laughing people with my church, and have been inspired by, but I in many churches, message me and I hate knows that.

To take care of yourself.

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Wash the feet of Jesus women tears-oil brought Alabaster flask close adaptation story Luke 7: 36 pm - 50

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She was dressed in her most expensive and most treasured gift. Her hair was set up and held in place with clips and fashioned to look exquisite, her skin was gleaming and her whole body smelled like a delight and good enough to eat and still she was nervous.

She sat sipping her wine in the bazaar and the people who knew her paid their respect by bowing their heads and she drank the wine slowly but she could not stop her hands from shaking. Her nerves were shot to pieces, her stomach was in knots and her mind was screaming for her not to go ahead with the meeting but her heart was not letting her off.

He was such an important man and everything that normally gave her power had not worked its spell on him. He was the first red blooded male that had not been swayed by her beauty and had not been made weak at the knees from a glance and a smile from her. Sure he'd smiled at her when she smiled at him, but there was no attraction in his eyes, their was no lust in his gaze, it was pure love she saw in him and a love like her father used to give her in his gaze as a child.

She'd watched this Rabbi from the moment he'd come to her town. The people were all talking about him and he possessed the power that all of Israel had been waiting for. They were whispering that he was the man that would free them from the slavery and tyranny of the Romans and yet she wasn't a lady that liked to hear second hand news.

From the day she grew breasts to this day she had never met a man who didn't fall weak into the fascination of her and have thoughts of possessing her naked in their own bed chambers and for many years she had used her power over mortals to establish her fortune. These powerful men that bought her time were never powerful enough to resist her charms and for those who couldn't afford her or as in the Pharisees' case their own reputations prevented them from being seen with her, they all still lusted after her and manipulated nearly all men with her charms.

No man had ever broken her since she was a child and no man had fully seen her vulnerable because her power and her intelligence, good humor and her beauty always won the most sincere and devoted husbands heart away from his beloved's even if it was just a glance every time she passed by. She was the bad companion of many men, but no man owned her and no money in the world could buy her and she used men and their wealth and even their sexual prowess simply to feed her own indulgent lifestyle.

She was the secret desire of all men in her town and she was the envy of many women if they could admit it to themselves. Oh the ladies liked to think they would not sell their bodies and many of the devout women in the town would never do that, but few of the women in town didn't secretly wish they could be as beautiful as her.

And now this Rabbi had come to town and stirred the people up. Some of her best clients had felt remorse for their lifestyle and had found the courage to say no to their lusts and many of the women were flocking to him simply to sit at his feet and to listen to him. For quite a number of days the whole town was alive and speaking of him, devoted their spare time and even left their work behind to listen to him preach.

Sure she'd listened to him also. He made a lot of sense and was funny and very intelligent. He had a way of making his points by using common everyday terms and practices and yet there was so much wisdom and depth to what he was saying. Every time she approached and sat at the back there was a commotion and it was the one time in her life when the men looking at her annoyed her and she wished all the eyes of the crowd would get off her and leave her at peace alone at the back to simply listen.

As she listened to a number of his discourses it seemed uncanny how as soon as she had sat and made herself invisible to the commotion she had caused at her arrival and got to a place where she was quite comfortable enough to listen without people looking at her, he would suddenly finish off a story mid sentence and start another story about her. Every time she sat down to listen, this Rabbi started to preach as though he was sitting face to face in a room with only her in it and was preaching what he thought she needed to hear.

The first time she heard him he quoted the prophet Jeremiah and chapter nine and said that a wise man should not take glory in his wisdom and a strong and powerful man should not take glory in his power, nor a rich man should not take glory in his riches, but the only thing a man should take glory in is that he knows his Father in heaven and understands his Father's character.

This sermon was the first one she had heard. He took the time to go through everything she held important. She was one of the most powerful women in the town and he explained that all power is given by God and he can take the power off a person whenever he chooses. He went on to say it does not matter how strong you are and how many people you can control because even if you command an army you can still have your life taken by one battle or one disease you didn't see coming. Then he said all the wealth in the world, while it may buy your fleeting happiness on earth it does you no good in the eternal hell fire of Hades where many rich people end up. Then he talked about how beauty is only skin deep and true beauty is not something that has an outward appearance but rather it is a hidden thing found in the heart and the qualities of a holy women are much more enduring and wholesome then the prettiest girl in the world.

Everything the Rabbi said hit her and cut her like a knife and she could never seem to stay for hours like the others did. She mostly had to get up and leave as she was getting so hurt and cut up by what he was saying that she was going to find herself crying or shouting out at him in anger neither of which she wanted to do in public.

Finally the day had come today where she had decided to approach him and worship him and let him know that he had broken through to her and that she now understood that her whole life was meaningless and could he please somehow say something or do something that could give her hope as her life had lost all it's joy, the power was no more fun, her money disgusted her and even the taste of food and wine had turned bland.

How would he accept her? Would he be harsh and rebuke her for being such an unworthy harlot or would he live up to being that gentle man that she saw playing hide and seek with the children in the marketplace? Was there really a life for a lady like her, could she really one day have purpose and this inner beauty that those holy women she admired had. Could he wash away all her shame and make it clear to the world that there could be new life.

He'd healed lepers and they had come back into new life in community and were accepted by the priests and the people and were considered clean and able to go into the synagogue to worship, and he had healed all sorts of people, even his best followers used to be mere fishermen and not any learned Pharisee, surely this man was into the common folk, but would he accept her and declare to her peers that she was clean and a new creation? She almost vomited a few times on the way to the house where she knew he was. It was a very spiritual and devout man's house and she was going to interrupt him during dinner, but even this man liked the way she looked and like to sneak a peek when he thought she wasn't looking.

Her hands trembled, sweat beaded on her forehead, her legs were jelly as she pulled the curtain back to enter the room and when she entered the Rabbi stopped speaking as did the whole room stopped listening as they looked up to see her in her finest and most expensive dress, with her finest jewelry and looking the very best she could look but being modest in her dress out of respect....and the Bible picks up the rest of the story...

Luke 7:36-50

36Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with Him, so He went to the Pharisee's house and reclined at the table. 37When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee's house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume, 38and as she stood behind Him at His feet weeping, she began to wet His feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.

39When the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he said to himself, "If this man were a prophet, He would know who is touching Him and what kind of woman she is-that she is a sinner."

40Jesus answered him, "Simon, I have something to tell you."

"Tell me, teacher," he said.

41"Two men owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he cancelled the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?"

43Simon replied, "I suppose the one who had the bigger debt cancelled."

"You have judged correctly," Jesus said.

44Then He turned toward the woman and said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. 46You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. 47Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven-for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little."

48Then Jesus said to her, "Your sins are forgiven."

49The other guests began to say among themselves, "Who is this who even forgives sins?"

50Jesus said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace."

If this lady were to speak today let's imagine what she would say today to us:

I left that house and went skipping down the road with my hair down and with tears of joy in my eyes and the next day I spent a whole day at the feet of Jesus and I suddenly wasn't getting cut with every word it's as though every word was food. And speaking of food, food stopped being my idol, my looks became less important to me and knowing the truth of the scriptures and more of Jesus Christ's truth became the biggest priority in my life.

Jesus made me cry a few times more in later years and I sowed quite a lot of my fortune into the early church and was given a role to play in the redemption of many people in my land.

It does not matter what your secret sin is. It does not matter what power your sin has over you and what deficiencies hold you back from walking in the purity and the liberty of full obedience to Jesus Christ. One thing is true, the worse a sinner you are when you meet Jesus, the more you love Him when He accepts you with open arms. I urge you, don't let pride stop you from weeping in your next worship service, take the liberty to fall to your knees in church and weep and confess your sins at your Master's feet. Bring your best oil and anoint the foot of the cross and worship the only man in the world that NEVER lusted after me or any other women. We owe Jesus our whole lives as he freed us from every debt on that cross.

Kneel at church and confess your sins at the altar and ask for prayer and to be anointed and set free and Jesus will meet with you just as sure as He met with me!

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Friday, October 22, 2010

In the preaching of the cross of Christ and his crucifixion-

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With Peter's ship, The Teaching about the Cross, beginning to take on water, it became necessary for us to abandon ship. As we walk across the causeway of the Book of Acts, we are now going to be sailing with the Apostle Paul. Paul will bring us to our final destination. We are about to sail across the deep waters of the finished work of Christ, which is uncharted territory prior to the Pauline revelation. As we plumb the depths of these waters, we are going to find that the Apostle Paul was the first to show us the significance of the death of Christ. He proclaimed the Cross as good news! There is always one of two responses to this message; either it's received with thanksgiving or it's rejected as mere foolishness!


"For the preaching of the Cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God" (I Cor. 1:18).

The term "preaching" is not one of the typical words the apostle uses when referring to the proclamation of the Cross. For example, in II Timothy 4:2, Paul instructs us to "Preach the Word." Here the apostle uses the Greek, kerusso, which signifies a herald. It refers to the one who announces clearly and loudly the entrance of the King. In like manner, we are to give a clear presentation of the gospel of salvation. Interestingly in I Corinthians 1:18, Paul employs the term Logos--the Word. So then, it is the Word of the Cross, which is the power of God unto salvation. It is the apostle's objective to contrast the Word of the Cross with the word of man.

The Cross to the natural man is mere foolishness--why, it's absurd to think that God would take on a human form, be crucified, and rise again in order to redeem mankind! To the natural man this is beyond the realm of reason. Therefore, Paul challenges the world to step forward and match its wisdom and knowledge with the wisdom and knowledge of God.

"Where is the wise [intelligentsia]? Where is the scribe [doctor of the law]? Where is the disputer [debater] of this world? Hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?" (I Cor. 1:20).

Paul summons the world to answer these age-old questions, if they will. Where did man come from? How can he be made right with God? What is his purpose in life? What is his final destination? The natural man's attempt to answer these questions apart from God is like the man who's blind, searching in a dark room for a black cat that doesn't exist. The world's philosophy to the above is as follows:

1. Origins: In the dateless past, out of nothing came something, out of which life eventually emerged from the bogs of primeval seas. Over a 5-billion year period, this one cell entity called an amoeba evolved into a complex multi-billion celled being called modern man.

2. Justification: If my good deeds outweigh my bad deeds on the scales of life, God will accept me into heaven when I die.

3. Purpose: On one side of the coin, the epicurean philosophy is, "Eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow we die." After all, you owe it to yourself to indulge in everything the world has to offer. On the other side of the coin, the stoic says you must devote yourself to fleshly inhibitions to find fulfillment in life.

4. Eternal Destiny: Most unregenerate men deny that there is life beyond the grave. In the words of Carl Sagan, the famous astronomer, "Death is the end!"

According to the Word of God, in the beginning God created man in His image (Gen. 1:26 cf. 2:7). John Milton said: "The greatness and sacredness of man's soul is attested by two facts: First, the creation of his soul in the image of the eternal God; and second, the price that had to be paid for the redemption of his soul." Today, man is justified by the grace of God through faith in the finished work of Christ, apart from works (Rom. 3:24 cf. I Cor. 15:1-4). Upon conversion, man's chief end in life is to glorify God, with whom he will spend eternity in the heavenlies (Rev. 4:11 cf. Col. 1:5).

The world by human wisdom will never know God! Thus, "it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe" (I Cor. 1:21). The phrase "foolishness of preaching" is the rationale of the skeptic--it's nothing but foolishness to them. But the preaching of the Cross is to those who are saved a demonstration of the power of God. It convicted us of our sins and brought us to salvation. The power of God transformed our lives!


"For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time" (I Tim. 2:3-6).

The preaching of the Cross clearly teaches us that Christ died for all. The term "will" in this passage has the sense that God "desires" all men to be saved. If He willed it, then every man would be saved. Here again we have the sovereignty of God and human responsibility intersecting one another. God, in His sovereignty, convicts man through His Word, yet He never violates man's will. Man is responsible to believe the good news that Christ died for his sins.

Paul adds, "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." A mediator is one who stands between two parties, he technically represents both sides. What better representative could the Godhead and man have than the person of Christ? He is perfectly suited for the task at hand, simply because He is God manifested in the flesh. Christ is the perfect Redeemer!

When Christ came into the world He gave Himself a ransom for all. In biblical times, the "ransom" was the price paid to purchase a slave out of slavery. In similar fashion, Christ stepped into the slave market of sin to redeem us back to God. While our salvation is free, it did not come without a cost. The ransom the Father required was blood, the precious blood of His dear Son. According to Paul's gospel, the scope of redemption is unlimited. Christ gave Himself a ransom "for" Gr. huper "on behalf of" all. A provision has been made for all, which is confirmed in II Corinthians 5:14: "If one died for all, then were all dead."

May I inquire, is there anyone reading these lines who does not believe that all men are dead in trespasses and sins when they enter this world? (Eph. 2:1-3). If you agree, then you must also agree that Christ died for all because this is the argument of this passage.

According to I Timothy 2:6,7 these things were "to be testified in due time" through Paul's apostleship. As he says, "Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle." You see it was given to Paul to explain the significance of Calvary. He was the first to reveal that Christ is the mediator between God and man, the first to teach that God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself, the first to show that we have redemption through Christ's shed blood, even the forgiveness of sins, the first to make known that Christ died for all, the first to reveal that Christ was the propitiation for the remission of sins that are past (prophetic saints), through the forbearance of God. A failure to acknowledge this truth is to anticipate revelation, which does a great injustice to the Word of God.


"Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son: In whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins" (Col. 1:13,14).

As the Apostle Paul brings us within view of heaven's glory, we are going to learn that our passage has been bought and paid for by the shed blood of Christ. The Word of God is unmistakably clear that "without shedding of blood is no remission" (Heb. 9:22). Dear ones, we must never underestimate its value in our redemption. There are those who would rob us of this wonderful truth. The liberals deny it, the new evangelicals avoid it, but we who seek to defend the faith thank God for the precious blood of Christ. We plead guilty to preaching a gospel of blood! The Bible is a book of blood; it's woven throughout the pages of the sacred record.

On June 6, 1944, commonly known as D-Day, the tide of World War II turned in favor of the Allies. General Eisenhower had assembled one of the largest invasion fleets in history. While political and military strategies played a role in the victory at Normandy Beach, our young men who courageously fought and bled and died for the cause were essentially the ones who conquered the enemy. We owe these men a great debt of gratitude for their heroism. The Second World War was won because many of our troops paid the ultimate price.

Likewise, in God's war against sin, He has conquered the enemy by the shed blood of Christ. When we consider Christ's coming into the world to redeem mankind, we are immediately faced with what appears to be an insurmountable problem. How can God's only begotten Son enter the human race without sin? After all, human parents who are sinners can only reproduce sinful offspring. The answer is found in Hebrews 2:14:

"Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same; that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil."

Here is a classic example as to why it is so important to consult the original languages at times, to arrive at the proper sense that the Spirit of God initially intended. Thankfully, we don't need to be Hebrew or Greek scholars, simply because the work has already been done for us by those who are gifted in these languages. God has not left us without assistance!

When it states that the "children are partakers of flesh and blood," the term "partakers" is the Greek word koinoneo, which denotes "to share in common or to share fully." Thus, the human race shares something in common--flesh and blood--through which has passed the sin nature. But the Spirit of God is careful to draw a distinction between the human race and Christ's identification with humanity.

"He also Himself likewise took part of the same."

Notice Christ is said to have "took part" of the same. The Greek word here is metecho, denoting "to share or participate in, but not fully." Through the miraculous conception and virgin birth, Christ laid hold of human flesh without inheriting the sin nature. Since "the life of the flesh is in the blood," we can safely assume that His blood was not tainted with sin. This certainly cannot be said of us. The life of the flesh is in our blood only in the sense that the blood coursing through our veins keeps us alive to sin another day. Little wonder Peter calls it "the precious blood of Christ" (I Pet. 1:19). It is the antidote for the disease of our sins.

While this is denied by some, we believe Christ literally shed His blood at the Cross. When the priest in Israel poured out the blood at the foot of the brazen altar, it symbolized the foot of the Cross, where the blood of the Lamb would one day drip (Lev. 4:32-34). Blood is an interesting paradox: murderers attempt to get rid of it, God cleanses our sins with it. This crimson thread is woven throughout Paul's epistles leaving us with a tapestry of redemption.

"But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him" (Rom. 5:8,9).

Today God is justifying ungodly sinners on the basis of the shed blood of Christ. In this context, justification means to be declared eternally righteous by God. Justification is a legal term. For example, if a prisoner is brought before the bar of justice there is only one way he can be justified. He must be found NOT GUILTY. If it is proven he is not guilty then he is a just man.

But let us consider another case. A man commits a federal crime and is found guilty and sentenced to death. The President of the United States can pardon him, but he can never justify him. Even though the man is pardoned, he is still a criminal guilty of the crime. There is no way to justify him or remove his guilt.

But wonder of wonders, we are found guilty before the bar of God's justice, yet we are justified by God's grace. The law points its bony finger into our face and says, "You are a sinner, guilty as charged, and therefore condemned to die" (Rom. 3:19,20). As the sentence is about to be read, Christ says to the Father, "I will bear their guilt and punishment." Christ gave Himself a ransom for all. He took our place!

God did not overlook the penalty of our sins--the death of Christ paid for it. Our sins and guilt were placed upon Him, and His righteousness was imputed to us. In Christ, we are guiltless before God, accepted in the Beloved One, and delivered from the wrath to come. This is the wrath of God we would have experienced at the Great White Throne Judgment and subsequent sentence to the Lake of Fire. By God's grace, we are beyond the reach of God's righteous judgment. As the apostle declares, "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus" (Rom. 8:1).


"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 2:5). As the apostle pondered the character of Christ through the prism of the once-for-all sacrifice, he was moved to write, "Let this mind be in you." In other words, be compassionate, humble, generous, forgiving, etc. Christ loved the unlovely. Allow me to illustrate:

George Whitefield, in one of his travels, found himself at an inn one evening. To his surprise, in the next room there was a company of gamblers. Their language was terrible. Whitefield and his friend spent a little time in prayer and reading the Word, and then he said, "Before I retire, I must go in there and testify to those men," and he did. He went into the other room and told them about the Lord. They listened, but by the time he got back to his room, they were as bad as ever. His friend said to him, "Brother Whitefield, what did you gain by that?" And he said, "I gained a soft pillow. I can now go to sleep."1

George Whitefield had a burden for lost souls. He loved the unlovely. Even though his words appeared to fall on deaf ears, he could rest easy that evening having shared the gospel and warned these ungodly men of the judgment to come. I fear sometimes that believers are so busy majoring on minors that they fail to realize that lost souls are slipping away to a Christless eternity, while they are trying to prove a point.

May the lesson that we learn from Calvary be this: a humble heart is one that can be greatly used of God. As it has been said, "The humble person is not one who thinks meanly of himself; he simply does not think of himself at all! Humility is that grace that, when you know you have it, you have lost it!" THE END!


1. Edward Drew, Studies in the Pauline Epistles.

Paul Sadler is the President of the Berean Bible Society and the editor of the Berean Searchlight. This article originally appeared in the Berean Searchlight, the FREE monthly Bible study magazine of the Berean Bible Society.

Some stone Prophet

Tuesday January 2, 2007 Pat Robertson CBN 700 Club will suffer attacks one of the city can cost millions of lives United States is warning. Forecast indicates that not many previous predictions each instance Makoto Robertson was refused.

Evangelicals already own times indicating the past think he speaks for them from the Robertson has distanced. His other kook give labels to the liar.

Specific qualifications prophetic utterance and Prophet of truth usually track fulfillment of prophecy by the makers and observe the life of the prophets of the past and present. You could imagine one more responsible setting than carrying a maximum Prophet in his judgment to.

The entire life of their servants of God's greatest error-prone. At most gods single witness history, the Apostle Paul was once a murderer of Christians.

Later Peter denying Christ ago his crucifixion is restored by the Apostle Paul 30 of refuse to preach the Gospel to the Gentiles, after the need to reprimand.

Guidance to provide this, as the first arrival of David list of exactly cut off start as millions, adultery, murder and the Psalm predicted followers. It is that bad guys better Prophet?

Weakness in the obvious human sin and God's servants do not want to, but not qualify in God's grace. God still holds the pottery vessels, and to dispense with God his message is used. But apart from this he has direct involvement and all let. Could not say he should be.

Living in who hold, under the microscope to determine its eligibility to a bad start. We like our eyes, we always show myself. We then need to move to the record. How accurate is the prophecy?

Those who criticize others and Pat Robertson, who have proven false prophet in the Old Testament God was giving instructions to stone points out that is straightforward. We can appreciate that in the agreement and who is known as the New Testament with the existence of the contract or God never when nobody stone called. Mainly stay all in our judgment, preach the Gospel, asks to leave the results. We doesn't mean suspending our best judgment is not who are the true Prophet indicates the discernment.

Probably if they are the true Prophet sling is one of the reasons why Jesus also false prophets of the stone men refused to call. To overall age God true Prophet assault, torture, and killed what people want to hear instructions. Given gifts that often contrary to false prophets in the rewards and the ear of the listener to tickle. To reprimand, kind of hypocritical behavior surprise Christ people and religious leaders of his day.

Wherefore, behold, I to you the law and Magi, Prophet, outbound: and crucifixion and ye also kill; ye scourge, Jews and some some of the city from persecution to the city: Mt. 11: 34 pm)

No real Christian Church or denomination ever late Jeanne Dixon, true of the approval. However, very serious lessons to learn from her life and her approach to prospecting and the prophecy can. For almost all the morning of her entire life to pray for Dixon, a devout Catholic and she went to the Church. Prayer for her had she practices that caused her so well argue.

Create a prediction of famous Hollywood stars and other and her about every year. Is not much was good some true and just. It is her crystal ball and he brought the most criticism was a woman Astrology column usage. Don't miss completely prohibited practice of seeking guidance for astrologists and outlaws astrology and actually is in the Bible in one time through heading to those who read.

You may open several pointed out that Dickson was saying that her prediction of the will of man, that's why or will not happen. She and other matters are given to her in direct revelation from God, and said was prophesied to change these failed.

This writer, Dixon, so can't endorse does not accuse one of her. To observe about Jeanne Dixons life after the 30 reveals one thing to do, so one startling fact prophecies will stand out. She was 100% right! many of her General prediction was wrong, one of her prophecy was wrong.

To allow a specific interactions changing God himself and who is not very lesson you can learn from the life of Jeanne us whether or not her predictions were true or false response to man. This is nothing new ones. Some events shows a Bible saying exactly the same thing.

In Chapter 20 of the second King by the Prophet Isaiah King he will die was said Hezekiah to place in the House of his order to convey. Turn to God and tall, and Hezekiah said to say he would live grant 3 years when Isaiah stuff didn't get the Palace. For Hezekiah tears and God's mercy in Isaiah gods intended exactly God has spoken to completely capricious is.

Also, major prophet Isaiah and his respect. If you had gotten wind of the story and his critics have coal inclination to him. Undoubtedly this problem to hear anyone General questions and prophecy of Isaiah's prophecy would have begun.

Is described by the prophet Jonah, he city Nineveh's judgment were making God and belly. sho-. Citizens of the city to repentance and God changed his mind. Prophet critics forget never said his this Prophet accused God himself. Because it is not, cause the estimation is rather to cause not despair of our us to change his mind, he can thank God that his judgment is not running. We have what role with God. Listen to us he says he does not change his we plan.

In the New Testament, he judged them, and they, practice and no longer and under the said position remove that you won't regret of doctrine and was independent of the deployment especially Asia seven churches Lord warns. The most amazing thing about the prophetic warning is appendaged had their way. Christ actually they told how to avoid the very worst case scenario.

This is the real purpose of the prophecy. Is the game to determine whether it has any prophecy true and false. He selection and leaves work looking for another way to jog hearts of God's only means of Moxa cautery is to repent.

Pat Robertson's prophecy is completely accurate, that the questions can be. But the real question whether the nation and we should consider always resist God. But again warned people claimed during rush to judgment against Robertson they should be "... ye judge shall be judged with what judgment ye: ye mete and to measure it again to what measures". Mt. 07: 02. This mean that literally, trying to play a role in God's country Sheriff's and old preach one of us.

Revised Bresciani is author of one of the two Christian books to complete Christ's second coming. He is a contributing columnist for several online news and commentary site. His posts are read around the world. enjoy the visit to the

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Prophets, teachers, miracles, science and technology

The second prophecy in the gift of Paul (1 Corinthians 12: 27 pm). We know that people have this gift as a preacher. Prophet job shows, gifts, gifts, and apply to the Church of God's people Bible (as no new Testament Bible New Testament-Old Testament also) of the Bible to multiply of the Apostles, to explain that it was. Bible was completed, it was available, and had declared the country all the Gentiles of people around the world to be. Role of the end of the role of financial results in the Canon of the Apostle and Prophet was done in the first church. Indeed, is the main work of the Church of all is the word of God preached.


Paul list taught the following gifts. Had to incorporate into their lives Bible teachers are people. Teacher's Guide, train and other disciples. Class sermon is a by-product. Education takes to the next level of sermons. Sermons education includes application of assimilation and Word if there is a declaration of the word. To master the subject before to teach the teacher, master to help others. For this reason, the first job of the teacher learning.

Every Christian is called to teachers. My husband is teaching his wife. In the parent is to teach children. Older students is to teach young students, etc. Class is the main staple of Christianity. Every Christian, just as well as the teaching that the richness of the point of fullness and faith faith should be. Not only the essentials of biblical doctrine of Christianity all the amazingly detailed, is the story of the whole of the Bible. "Profitable one God in the Bible for all and education for opinion compensation, and training righteous..." (2 Timothy 3: 16)


Next to Paul's list is a miracle. But what I didn't say that was previously stopped miraculous results in the Canon of? is I said is true. However, it is not the whole truth. Why not? It is because it is not at the end of the Christian Canon, close. Is not it God Christian mission was the beginning of the whole world. By John Paul inclusion gift list on miracle was Jesus ' instruction results at 14: 12: really, because really, I believe anyone to tell you and me, and if you work, and larger than these works he is my father is scheduled. James on teaching: you work the same, rather than only the faith of people justified to "" (James 2: 24).

Might say with poetry words "works" use where Paul word "miracle" is the beginning is not certainly, they are in the same Greek word. Nevertheless, two poetry and meaning of intent is the same. Paul means power, use the word dunamis. Use Word miracle (dunamis) Paul called here in Christ's power go out, change the world. Paul was talking about Carnival trick and healing of aunt Sally pain elbow. Had been talking about how to use the wisdom in Paul holy book provided portrait of Christ to change human culture and society. Paul was talking about human effort in the world fell into the application of the biblical principles and truths. Had been talking about walking about life spirit to extend the Mission of the Bible for regeneration of Paul that God used to accomplish God's Church, the purpose, to reach the world.

Miracle was in flashlight, dark welcome by the completion of the light of Jesus Christ and the Bible is no longer in the light of Christ was necessary by. Once again, the torch is in the light of Christ flashlight is work that it was no longer necessary, stop, in the dark like too much work, miracle is not. However, note was the miracle of flashlight light was a miracle if the Christ light infinite large percentage. Flashlight, light of Christ was simply left.

Is the miracle of tongue. Properly understand, we heterogeneous saying in in eliminating and speak without malice to Canon, close the Gospel-as began in earnest "regenerate the story of God--(spoken and written language) to foreign translations of the tongue (language) to the. Similarly, the miracle did not cease also results in the Canon does not. Is not, we provided the platform to start only the light ends the miracle of the new generation of Canon, previously unknown miracle new types, manifest, Trinity Christian miracle. Indeed, the application of the understanding of the Trinity of God as Trinity understanding of reality at all and miraculous world about changed science and technology development to brought.

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That science and technology today called the first century Christians says and miracles is no sho-. I think what assumptions as per previous today in other periods of the history of mankind to ensure miraculously considerations described. I am talking about modern communications, transportation, media, agriculture, population growth, such as. From the time of Christ world 8-1 and think about the conversion of the century, from the perspective of the first century short miracle in particular to ensure that what is not is. This is the gift of miracles was Paul's list.

If the rest on the list of Paul's gift of centralized together order is important, "[gift healing, support, management, and various type tongue of" 9) (motion). Order of the previous gift list is important. The most important Apostolic was writing in the New Testament. The second was the preaching of the Gospel of the New Testament. Gospel was the third to the teachings of the Bible. Be a direct result of their preaching and teaching--and a--miracle. Change the world forever absolutely better than the Trinity evangelical preacher and Jesus taught.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

In the introduction to the Bible study - mark - the Gospel according

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Since the beginning of the Gospel tradition Mark has been viewed as an inferior, abridged version of the book of Matthew.

Augustine's statement that "Mark imitated Matthew like a lackey and is regarded as his abbrevitor" was the prevailing line of thinking until about the first half of the nineteenth century.

As a result of scholarly investigation of the first three Gospels, it was determined that Mark was actually the first Gospel.

What do we know about the book of Mark?

It might surprise you to find that there has been some controversy regarding the authorship of the book called "The Gospel according to Mark". Much like the writers of the other Gospels, the writer does not identify himself. He does not declare the occasion for its writing as do Luke (1:1-4) and John (20:30-31).

The titles for all four Gospels were given by the church sometime during the first half of the second century. The standard naming convention for a Gospel was "The Gospel according to ..." .

Usually an Apostle like Matthew, John or a major figure such as Luke, is used to name a Gospel. Mark was not considered a prominent figure Biblically, nor does he appear often in the text. Let's examine the references containing Mark that the Bible does provide.

Acts 12:11-12 tells us a bit about Mark's family.

Then Peter came to himself and said, "Now I know without a doubt that the Lord sent his angel and rescued me from Herod's clutches and from everything the Jewish people were anticipating." When this had dawned on him, he went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark, where many people had gathered and were praying.

1) What was happening in these two verses?

○ Peter was released from jail by an Angel.

○ He took refuge at Mary mother of Mark's house.

○ People were worshiping and praying at Mary's house.

2) What was Peter's first action when he realized he been set free?

○ He sought refuge there at a sister in Christ's house.

3) What do these verses say about Mark's mother?

○ She was a devoted Christian.

4) What lessons can we learn from these verses?


a. Tradition tells us the author of this Gospel was a Jewish Christian named John Marcus.

b. The Roman name of Marcus may indicate Roman citizenship.

c. It is thought that the Last Supper took place took place in Mary's house.

When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers. Acts 1:13-14 (NIV)

Paul wrote to the church in Colossians verse 4:10 :

My fellow prisoner Aristarchus sends you his greetings, as does Mark, the cousin of Barnabas. (You have received instructions about him; if he comes to you, welcome him.) Col 4:10 (NIV)

5) What more about Mark can we ascertain from what Paul wrote in Collossians?

○ He was a contemporary of Paul's.

○ Mark was there on Paul's' third missionary journey.

○ Mark and Barnabas were cousins.

6) Why do you think Paul mentions that Mark is Barnabas' cousin?

○ To introduce Mark to the Church.

Another reference to Mark is in Acts 13:13, where Mark left the journey at Perga, returning to Jerusalem:

From Paphos, Paul and his companions sailed to Perga in Pamphylia, where John left them to return to Jerusalem. Acts 13:13 (NIV)

Mark leaving the mission caused a rift between Paul and Barnabas over Mark accompanying them on the second missionary journey:

Some time later Paul said to Barnabas, "Let us go back and visit the brothers in all the towns where we preached the word of the Lord and see how they are doing." Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them, but Paul did not think it wise to take him, because he had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in the work. They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company. Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus, but Paul chose Silas and left, commended by the brothers to the grace of the Lord. Acts 15:36-40 (NIV)

7) Describe what happens in the above verses?

○ Paul and Barnabas disagree on whether Mark should be included on this trip..

○ Paul and Barnabas part company over the dispute.

8) Why was Paul upset with Mark?

○ He felt Mark had deserted them earlier.

A decade will pass before we hear from Mark again in Philemon 24:

Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends you greetings. And so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas and Luke, my fellow workers. (NIV)

9) What does this verse tell us about Paul and Mark?

○ They were working together again.

In 2 Timothy 4:11, Paul's last letter a few years later, he again mentions Mark:

Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry. (NIV)

10) Describe Paul's request in this verse?

○ He asks for Mark specifically.

11) What is Paul's reasoning for asking that Mark join him?

○ Paul finds Mark helpful.

The last Biblical reference to Mark comes from 1 Pet 5:13 which simply states:

She who is in Babylon, chosen together with you, sends you her greetings, and so does my son Mark. (NIV)

12) What is Peter saying in this verse about Mark?

○ He is probably saying that Mark came to faith through the preaching of Peter.

Church father Papias (A.D. 140) states that Mark served as a secretary to Peter and recorded Peter's testimony. Mark as Peter's interpreter is supported by Eusebius and others and is credited to information received from disciples of the Apostle John around 90 to 100 A.D. The order in which Mark presents his Gospel mirrors that of Peter's recitation of those events in the book of Acts. (3:13-14 and 10:36-43)

The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus. You handed him over to be killed, and you disowned him before Pilate, though he had decided to let him go. You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you. Acts (3:13-14)

You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, telling the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. You know what has happened throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached-- how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.

"We are witnesses of everything he did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They killed him by hanging him on a tree, but God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen. He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen--by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name." Acts (10:36-43)

13) Is the similarity between Peter's account of the Gospel story and Mark's version in any way supportive of the theory of Mark as Peter's secretary?

The date of the writing of the Gospel is also difficult to discern from scripture. The most compelling internal evidence that could point us to a specific time period would be Mark's emphasis of Jesus as the suffering Son of God ,and on suffering discipleship, suggesting Mark's audience to have been Christians undergoing persecution.

This would place the date of writing as around the time of Caligula's attempt to place a statue of himself in the guise of Zeus in the temple of Jerusalem. (Josephus Ant. Book 18 Chapter 2 ). Caligula, called Caius by Jewish historian Flavius Josephus, was murdered in 41 A.D.

Josephus wrote:

"Hereupon Caius, taking it very heinously that he should be thus despised by the Jews alone, sent Petronius to be president of Syria, and successor in the government to Vitellius, and gave him order to make an invasion into Judea, with a great body of troops; and if they would admit of his statue willingly, to erect it in the temple of God; but if they were obstinate, to conquer them by war, and then to do it."

14) What does Joesphus say Caligula was going to do?

○ Threatened war on Judea by way of Syria.

15) What did Judea have to do to avoid this war?

○ Desecrate the temple by placing a statue of Caligula in the Holy of Holies.

The second persecution within a few decades of Jesus' crucifixion was under Nero in Rome. This theory places the writing of Mark in the early to mid 60's.

Gaius Cornelius Tacitus wrote Annals (book 15 verse 44) in the late first or early second century:

"all human efforts, all the lavish gifts of the emperor, and the propitiations of the gods, did not banish the sinister belief that the conflagration was the result of an order. Consequently, to get rid of the report, Nero fastened the guilt and inflicted the most exquisite tortures on a class hated for their abominations, called Christians by the populace. Christus, from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilatus, and a most mischievous superstition, thus checked for the moment, again broke out not only in Judaea, the first source of the evil, but even in Rome, where all things hideous and shameful from every part of the world find their centre and become popular. Accordingly, an arrest was first made of all who pleaded guilty; then, upon their information, an immense multitude was convicted, not so much of the crime of firing the city, as of hatred against mankind. Mockery of every sort was added to their deaths. Covered with the skins of beasts, they were torn by dogs and perished, or were nailed to crosses, or were doomed to the flames and burnt, to serve as a nightly illumination, when daylight had expired. Nero offered his gardens for the spectacle, and was exhibiting a show in the circus, while he mingled with the people in the dress of a charioteer or stood aloft on a car. Hence, even for criminals who deserved extreme and exemplary punishment, there arose a feeling of compassion; for it was not, as it seemed, for the public good, but to glut one man's cruelty, that they were being destroyed."

16) What does Tacitus tells us the reason for this persecution was?

17) Why did Nero choose Christians to blame the fire on?

Further evidence that Mark was writing to Romans is the fact that Mark felt the need to explain Jewish practices to his readers, and even interprets Aramaic forms that remain in the text. These practices point to a Gentile audience. We will examine these when we study those verses.

Where this Gospel was written is less certain, again Rome is likely.

18) What do you think Mark's main points were when he wrote this book?

○ That Jesus was the prophesied Messiah

○ The message of Christ coming is true in spite of the Jewish peoples rejection.

○ The Gospel is the fulfillment of God's promises to Israel and can not be understood a part from its historical context.

Clyde Annach is the operator of the Web Log Aha! Clyde's been thinking again []!

Jesus - part 1 - the culture of physical culture

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     The purpose of this article is to offer an insight into the world and culture that we live in as compared to the culture that Jesus was in during His time on this earth. Also, to show our perspective as compared to His.

     Often, we understand someone that we are listening to based upon what we know about that person, or "where they're coming from"... where they live, what they do for a living, are they single or married and with or without children, etc. This lesson is designed to give you a glimpse of "where Jesus was coming from" and where He was trying to lead our minds.

     Too often, we overlook the simplicity of basic research when studying about Jesus. We are searching for complex answers and justification of our own lives as we study about Jesus, and are often limited by finite thinking and personal experiences. In order to understand "where Jesus was coming from", we need to return to the simple humanistic roots and traits of this man, whom we, as Christians, believe to be the son of God.

     As you read about the culture of Jesus, there are two distinct cultures about him to understand. The physical, or earthly culture of Jesus' day and time, is a return to the basics. You need to understand some of teh basic cultural differences between Jesus' time, and ours, but also the specific differences between the Eastern and Western cultures that still exist even today. The physical culture helps us to understand "where Jesus was coming from", while the spiritual culture of Jesus tells us, in fact, "where Jesus came from" to impart upon this earthly journey. The spiritual culture of Jesus, that will be presented in a subsequent article, reveals what Jesus was trying to tell us about the spirit based upon examples of what we would understand by using the physical.

     Now, let's revert back to strictly the physical culture of Jesus for the remainder of this article. As you read, I believe that you will begin to understand more about who the person of Jesus was and the relavency of his teachings and examples here to us today.

     Some of the following portions of this article are from a sermon preached some time ago by Ravi Zacharias, a christian converted about 30 years ago from Hinduism, based upon some of his personal knowledge and experiences.

Interesting Points

     In John 14:6, Jesus speaking to Thomas says, "I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me." India, as we know it today, was one of the places that this same apostle Thomas visited... in fact, it was in what we now know as India where Thomas gave his life as a martyr, for boldly preaching about Jesus, and a memorial still stands in that country today. (This is interesting, since this is a country that worships 330 million gods, yet a memorial stands for the martyr of the One and only God, whom they reject the concept of as an all powerful single deity.)

     I worked with many "India" indians and have been in some very interesting conversations with them. In many parts of the East, it is punishable by death if you change from your country's religion to Christianity... from Islam, or Hindu, or Buddha, or Bahaism to Christian is a certain death sentence. Whereas we, as U.S. citizens have the right to worship any religion, many countries in the east do not enjoy such freedom. In Jesus time, it was also a threatened environment, often times leading to death. In studying about the different apostles, you will find that Paul was often in fear for his life or in prison for preaching about Jesus. John was beheaded for his beliefs. Others were beheaded or stoned to death for their belief and proclamation of Jesus as the Christ. While not always against specific laws of the day, certain powerful religious sects and political associations created a very dangerous threat for Christians in Jesus day. Even Jesus escaped some cities because he knew that some of these sought to kill him.

     Also remember the several passages that refer to multiple dieties. Some had so many 'gods' and idols that they even had one dedicated to an "Unknown God". The east has literally millions of gods that are worshipped still today. Even of those of the same common beliefs, the conservative and extremist sects battle constantly. If we, who all believe in but one God, have disagreements and various interpretations, imagine how confusing it would be with millions of gods! The people in the east, therefore, tend to follow whatever their tradiitonal family beliefs because to research, study, and dispute them would be dangerous to their life, societal suicide, and would literally consume their entire life, and that of their children and grandchildren to arrive at any hint of religious origin.

     Ravi Zacharias said this: "I came to Him because I did not know which way to turn. I have remained with Him because there is no other way that I wish to turn. I came to Him longing for something that I did not have. I remain with Him because I have something I will not trade. I came to Him as a stranger. I remain with Him in the most intimate of friendships. I came to Him unsure about the future. I remain with Him certain about my destiny. I came amid the thunderous cries of a culture that has 330 million deities. I remain with Him knowing that Truth (referring to John 14:6) cannot be all-inclusive. Truth by definition excludes all others." Powerful, powerful words and faith.

East vs. West

     The East is very different from the West in how it establishes value. This is absolutely key in understanding where Jesus was coming from. In the East, using India as a prime example of Eastern perspective, first and foremost is the strength of the nuclear family... Father, mother, and children. This is true of most eastern cultures today, and was the same in Jesus time. The culture is strong and holds sacred the reverence of the immediate family. The bonds of the household are wrapped tightly in the East. So much, that the success or failure of the children socially elevates or lowers the entire family. Individuality is swallowed up by the clan.

     This is such a vital point in eastern culture that everyday, hundreds of advertisements are printed across the newspapers in what is called the "matrimonial section"... parents looking for spouses for their children. Every prospective bride and groom is advertised as being from "a good home" and searching for someone from "a good home". "My son is an engineer." "My daughter is a doctor." "My son was first in his class." "My daughter won a scholarship." The boasts run on at social gatherings. Everything is done to keep the family as a whole as a single unit, with complete and utter reverence for the parents wishes on everything from jobs to marriage.

     The second dimension, aside from the "glue" of the family ties, is the social reality of intense academic competition. Everything that defines an individual and his or her future is shaped by his or her performance in school. Every student wants to be the first in his or her class. It is not enough to just do well. You MUST be at the top of your class or close to it. Intellect is worshipped, and rewarded. This is relevant in that this is why we see the priests & scribes of Jesus' day holding the positions & power they had. They were regarded as very learned men for their time, the highly educated men of the day; whereas Jesus was simply a lowly carpenter's son, basically labelling Jesus as an uneducated or low educated man. Student's grades and position in the class are printed in the leading newspapers for all to see. In Jesus day, it was by word of mouth that this same information travelled. The simple fact that Jesus was a carpenter's son created the assumption in that culture that he was uneducated, thereby presenting a major challenge to Jesus' credibility from his very birth. Success or failure is reason for public pride or shame.

     Ravi stated in one of his sermons that one man he knew said, "One of my closest friends toyed with suicide after his high school exams because he did not stand first in the entire city of New Delhi. Another one of my classmates in college actually burned himself to death because he did not make the grade."

     If a father is in a high position, then his children are expected to achieve equal or greater social standing. A child's worth and perceived intellectual ability stem from the father's social position, and opportunities to the child are offered accordingly. Although the child can exceed expectations and restore pride to the family if the father is at a lower social level, the child can also permanently damage the entire family's social standing if they fall short. Obviously, this creates an extreme amount of pressure on the children to outperform their parents; which for those with parents of the highest standing in the communities dooms several to fail before they even start, for how do you exceed the highest standing?

     This combination of the standard of the Home and the standard in Society is a volatile, yet core mix of the Eastern person's life. This value system is cherished with a passion, and very little has changed in this value system since Jesus' day.

     Now, understanding the importance of Family and Social Academic standing, let's look at the Culture of Jesus, starting with Jesus' introduction; not as a baby in this world, but as the Lamb of God, the Messiah that every Jew had heard, studied, and prayed about all of their lives.

     Can't you just imagine the conversation in the home of Andrew and Simon Peter, the earliest followers of Jesus, when Andrew first informed his family that he believed he had met the long-awaited Messiah? Here Andrew sits at the dinner table and he is saying that he just came from meeting the prophesied deliverer?! Any good Israelite had prayed for the coming of the One who could free His people all of their life, and now here this young man sits, saying that he has just spent hours with Him, and Andrew says he had even been given the opportunity to ask this Messiah any question he desired. Out of sheer curiosity, one at the table must have skeptically asked, "O.k., and what, perchance, did you ask Him?" "I asked Him where He lived," comes the confident reply.

     Now, our response would probably have been something along the lines of, "You asked Him where He lived?!" Can't you just hear it from our perspective? "You what?! You get to ask the Messiah, the One who has come to save us, one question and that's the best you could come up with?!" We would have thought that question to have been a total waste of time, wouldn't we? This seems like a pretty casual & trivial question to ask the One who claims to be the Messiah, the One whom your grandparents, your parents, and you have prayed to come for generations, doesn't it? We would not care where He came from. Based on today's western culture, we would most likely want to know three basic things;

     1. "Where is He?", because we would want to know the quickest route to get to him, and maybe even what to punch into our GPS system in our cars to eliminate traffic getting there. After all, we would want to verify this for ourselves, in person, or it's just hearsay.

     2. "What can He do for me?", because we would need to mentally perform a cost analysis to at least ballpark the ROI, Return On Investment, since we would be spending time and money to get there and see Him ,and those two items (time and money) are precious to us in western society.

     3. "How fast can He do it for me?", as our assumption would be that if we spend the time to get there and grace Him with our presence, there better be some good old-fashioned U.S.- expected instant gratification awaiting us.

     The more I have thought about it, though, the more I am convinced that this would-be disciple had very sound reasons for asking what he did, especially in that eastern culture. This was the beginning of Andrew's serious investigation into the person of Jesus. Was this truly the Christ, the Anointed One? For nearly 2,000 years, the prophets had told of His coming.

The Setting of the Question

     The setting is given in the 1st chapter of John. Immediately, we notice the casualness with which Jesus made His entry. There is no drumbeat, no great fanfare or parades, nothing to herald the coming of the One whose name would be on the lips of humanity in a way that no other name had ever been, nor ever has since. These people exepected an earthly king that would finally, once and for all, take them to the top of the status food chain over the Romans and the rest of the known world. They wanted everyone to hear, see, and know that they had just been promoted to the top of the societal totum pole. Yet, Jesus came into action gently and almost silently compared to what hte people expected.

     John the Baptist, or baptizer, was given the honor of making the unadorned announcement. John, draped in strange clothing (even for his day) and living off of even stranger food, was gaining a huge following. In the eyes of the devout, he was a prophet of supreme honor. Yet for John to have proclaimed this carpenter's son from Nazereth as the Messiah was even stranger. No "king-maker" could have ever conceived such a modest approach for such a world-changing announcement, especially not in the East!

     Yet, on that day at a divinely appointed moment, Jesus came to John to be baptized. Awe-stricken by this privilege, John stuttered out his own unworthiness of such an honor, declaring that he was not even fit to untie the sandals of his Lord. The scene is memorialized even to this day, however, by the dove descending upon Jesus. As this heavenly affirmation was given, John looked at two of his own followers and said, "Look, the Lamb of God."

     Think about this. This was a sobering statement from John the baptizer. The average Jewish family grew up with lambs and sacrifices. The temple probably reeked of animals and their slaughter, especially on the Day of Atonement. The exterior grandeur of the temple housed only a rather grim and messy alter. So, stating that this Messiah was the lamb of anything was even an unexpected and very unappealing concept. Every lamb sacrificed was a lamb of men offered to God. It wasn't an equal to men, not a representative from among men, just a dumb unsuspecting animal brought into the temple, never to return.

     Now, in this appointed moment in history, an offering came from God himself and was given by God on behalf of Humanity... the Lamb of God. One born for the purpose of being sacrificed on the alter someday. Yet, even with this grim picture of who this Messiah was, these followers of John who heard his pronouncement of Jesus as the Lamb of God turned from John to follow Jesus. You see, they knew and understood what this meant; the impact and greatness of this statement in that culture. For generations, men had sacrificed lambs to God; now, God was sacrificing a Lamb for men. If they understood the spiritual impact of that statement, they followed Him. If they failed to understand that one simple statement for the spiritual victory that it meant to them, they rebelled against Him.

     Now, back to Andrew... wouldn't this jolting introduction by John the baptizer, a respected supreme prophet, have provoked or inspired a different question from someone wanting to become a disciple of the Messiah? Remember the assertion that I made earlier, that in the East, the home is the defining cultural indicator. Everything that determines who you are and what your future holds is tied to your heritage and your social academic standing... absolutely everything. You see, in Jesus culture, the East, Andrew's question was quite typical, and vitally important to these people in determining someone's value or worth as a person.

     It's not at all surprising that Nathanial's response when he was told about Jesus was, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" And some verses later, "Is this not the son of Joseph, the carpenter?" How in the name of reason could the answer to the hopes and dreams and prayers of Israel, in search of a Messiah, come from a city of such low esteem and from a family of such modest professional status? The best way for them to find out whether He could really be who John described Him to be was to follow Him to His house - to the earthly address of the One who claimed to be the Son of God.

     Jesus' answer to Andrew's question, "Where do you live?", builds the intrigue. He didn't give a street name or house identification. He simply said "Come and see." So, Andrew followed Him to where He was staying and evidently stays the night there. When he returns, Andrew tells his brother Simon and invites him to "Come and see" also.

     The next day, Philip, who was also from the same city, invited Nathanial to join them, saying, "We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote - Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph." There you have it again - the city and the parentage. After hearing that, Nathanial is skeptical and cynical, and given the same challenge, "Come and see."

     Now, here is a people who have been hearing about, praying for, and looking for this great Messiah, the Savior of their people, the King of Kings... man, they're ready for a major blow-out power party and trumpets blowing and all the pomp and circumstance of the most powerful King ever known to come save their day... and here is this poor man that walks up, from the "wrong side of the tracks", dirty from walking in the dry hot desert, hair ratty and tangled and dusty, and we are told that He was not spectacular or incredibly handsome... the son of just some carpenter that some of them know from this city that isn't regarded with much respect socially, and he walks up and claims to be the King of Kings, the Messiah that you've listened to your grandparents, your parents, and teachers talk about as a great hero...this is the Lamb of God, God's Son, the Hope of Hopes that we've been waiting on?

     As important as His earthly parentage was, especially to these people in this culture, His home address was not an earthly one. From John, the same writer that we get the record of Andrew's question from, the Gospel writer forthrightly states this in John 1:1 & 14: "In the beginning was the Word (which we know is Jesus), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God... and the Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us."

     The "Lamb of God" in a very real sense, had no beginning, as we understand beginnings in our mortal realm. Amid the "where" and "when" questions that plagued these people, and plague us today, there is no such encumbrance for the eternal and infinite One. We will look at more of this in the article on the Spiritual Culture of Jesus. He had an eternal perspective that He was trying to elevate them to throughout His teachings. Yet, He had to teach His message through earthly ideas within their culture that they could understand and relate to. Sometimes when we say that we just don't understand the Bible, it is really because we haven't taken the time to understand the culture that Jesus lived in or was teaching in.

     The task ahead of Jesus when asked where He lived and He told them, "Come and see", was to lift them beyond the here and now. Beyond the limited understanding of this world and truly show them how to follow Him home... to His home in Heaven.

     Andrew had a reason for asking the question, and Jesus was offering a journey of thought as His answer. We will take that journey farther in Part 2 of this lesson, but for now, put yourself in Andrew's sandals. He had been invited to the home of the One identified by a recognized prophet as the Lamb of God.

     Now, to us today, would you recognize Jesus if He walked up to you? Would you recognize a darker skinned, brown-eyed, dirty, sweaty, poor person in torn filthy clothing and sandals with no real earthly belongings, what we consider as financially broke and destitute, as your Lord and Savior who has the power to forgive your sins and mistakes? Would you bow down at his feet, before this one called Jesus, in your dress pants and gold watch and nice hair and sweet smell? Would you worship Him and accept Him as He is, and believe Him when He speaks to you? Would you look at Him and try to be just like Him?

     How about if He took you by the hand and said, "Here, stand with me. Let me look at you. I love you, do you know that? That's why I hurt for you. That's why I cry for you. That's why I died that day for you. I'm so glad that you can finally really see me." Would you ask, "Where do you live?" Would you want to follow Him home?

Jesus is still telling us today the same thing that He told Andrew ,hoping that we, too, will understand the importance of that question, and the relevance of His answer... "Come and see."

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