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Facebook-Trained Pharisees?

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26 October
Oct 26
26th October 2021

I figured out the Pharisee's problem! They got their theological training on Facebook! In John 9, Jesus heals a blind man by spitting on the ground, making clay with the spittle, and rubbing it on the man's eyes. By pharasaic tradition this was working on the Sabbath. Someone sends the now-not-blind man to the Pharisees. Not-Blind Man: I was blind and now I see. Pharisees: How? Not-Blind Man: Who cares how? I can see! Pharisees: We don't believe you. They call for the parents. Parents co...

An Explosive View of the Atonement: Ransom and Aphesis

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20 September
Sep 20
20th September 2021

Aphesis: release; by implication, forgiveness This word is not extraordinary if you look it up in a lexicon, but it will blow your mind, capture your heart, and set you free if you look it up in the Bible. I weep that translators have chosen to translate aphesis as "forgiveness" so often. It is so much more than that. Aphesis is the Greek word for Jubilee. Every 50 years, the land in Israel was to return to the families who owned it all the way back to the time of Joshua. The land was never to change hands except temporarily. Jubilee came with a trumpet blast, and all land that had been leased out was returned to the original families. Jubilee came after 7 sets of 7 years. The 50th year ...

2 Chronicles 7:14 and the Healing of God's Kingdom: A Lamentation

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27 August
Aug 27
27th August 2021

"My eyes are dry ... my prayers are cold." These are words from a song by Keith Green. We have good reason to repent of this and to fill our eyes with tears and our prayers with fervor. Almost no one is telling us why. This is new to me, too. For those of you that love the Lord, please weep with me and with Jeremiah. In Lamentations, Jeremiah is lamenting over the fall of Judah. Babylon had destroyed Jerusalem, taken all the gold, silver, and bronze, then destroyed and burned the temple and the city. "The adversary has stretched out his hand over all her precious things, for she has seen the nations enter her sanctuary, the ones you commanded that they should not enter into your congreg...

1 John 2:19: "They Were Never of Us"

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26 August
Aug 26
26th August 2021

A Once-Saved, Always Saved, Eternal Security Question A friend asked me: "If there is an initial justification; if upon receiving Jesus we have passed from death to life, is the final justification receiving what has been ours all along? Or is it something that can be lost or forfeited, so a person was justified in God's sight on one day, but because of sin later, they are going to be condemned on the final judgment day? If that is so, When did God uncancel the debt and take it from the cross? (Colossians 2:14) . Also if the first justification can be lost or forfeited, why does John have no doubt that those who went out from us were NEVER of us? (1 John 2:19). Fighting for Honesty and Fo...

The Original Nicene Creed Text: History, Definition, and Meaning

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25 August
Aug 25
25th August 2021

This is the Nicene Creed as it was produced by the Council of Nicaea (or Nicea or even Nice). There were additions made at later councils, especially to the line about the Holy Spirit. We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of all things visible and invisible; and in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the only-begotten of the Father, that is, of the substance of the Father; God of God and Light of light; true God of true God; begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father, by whom all things were made, both which are in heaven and on earth: who for the sake of us men, and on account of our salvation, descended, became incarnate, and was made man; suffered, arose again ...

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