Who is the chief, or foremost, sinner?

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Towards the end of his life, the Apostle Paul wrote a pastoral letter to Timothy. In this letter, he gave amazing instructions, commands, encouragements, warnings, and personal testimony. He revealed that he was a sinner. Not just any sinner, he said he was the chief, or foremost sinner. This is completely contrary to the common perception of a devout, pious, holy man of God. What did he mean?

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What about born again?

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During the early months of Jesus’ ministry, an influential member of the Sanhedrin, came to Jesus at night to seek assurance that Jesus was from God. But, Jesus, reading his heart, answered the hidden problem. Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.” (John 3:3 NLT) Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, except anyone be born from above, he is not able to Continue reading What about born again?

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Is circumcision required for salvation?

The Bible describes 2 different religious rituals of circumcisions. The first is the physical circumcision as a visible sign of the Old Testament covenant between God and Abraham (and all of Abraham’s descendants), which is not required for salvation. The second is a spiritual circumcision, which was preached, prophesied, and practiced in the Hebrew scriptures. Spiritual circumcision is required for salvation. If you are surprised or offended, I hope you will be like the noble Berean’s, who “received the word with all readiness of Continue reading Is circumcision required for salvation?

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Halley’s Bible Handbook by Henry H. Halley

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Please consider adding this highly recommended book to your library. This is the closest thing I have ever seen to a behind-the-scenes edition of the Bible. It is a great place to start understanding the Bible. Halley’s Bible Handbook was born out of Henry H. Halley’s conviction that everyone ought to read the Bible daily. From its first edition, a small give-away booklet of 16 pages, it has grown into a 864-page “almanac” of biblical information, used regularly by hundreds Continue reading Halley’s Bible Handbook by Henry H. Halley

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Christian vs. the bunker mentality

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God never intended for Christians to become weird introspective hermits living in ghostly religious bunkers separated from the world. If this is where you have ended up, please prayerfully consider the following… Adam’s disobedience brings curse on the entire world (Genesis 3) Mankind’s disobedience brings curse on the entire world (Genesis 6) Abraham’s obedience brings promise of blessing to the entire world (Genesis 12; Romans 4) The Jews to be an example to the entire world (Isaiah 43) Jesus Christ died Continue reading Christian vs. the bunker mentality

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Give us Barabbas

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The man named Barabbas was no accidental coincidence, his name was {Βαραββᾶς, Βαραββα, ὁ (from בַּר son, and אַבָּא father, hence, son of a father} which includes all of us. Every human son/daughter of a father was set free of the curse of sin by the death/burial/resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, the ultimate Son of the ultimate Father. The murderous terrorist, who deserved to die, went free and the harmless, undefiled, free-from-sin, lamb of God was sacrificed in his place. Please read Continue reading Give us Barabbas

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A form of godliness

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Jesus warned against hypocritical groups that set their own rules and regulations above the commandments of God and set their own rulers above the Holy Spirit in the lives of their congregation… Jesus told them, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites in Scripture: ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is pointless, because their teachings are rules made by humans.’ “You abandon the commandments of God to follow Continue reading A form of godliness

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What about divorce?

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Divorce is serious. It permanently severs the most intimate marriage relationship. It almost always causes emotional, financial, and practical hardships for children and families. What does the Bible say about divorce? What does God think about divorce? As with many things, it’s a good idea to go to the Old Testament Ten Commandment Law to see what God thinks about something.

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What is the Old Testament?

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It is natural to assume the Old Testament is the first half of the Bible from Genesis to Malachi, but that’s not quite right. The Old Testament is a conditional contractual promise between God and the Jews. It is also known as: The Old Covenant, The First Covenant, The Ten Commandment Law (although that’s really just a part of the covenant), and for clarity it probably should be called The Mosaic Covenant. Covenant: Literally, a contract. In the Bible, an agreement Continue reading What is the Old Testament?

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