Redemptive Historical Perspective - Thu, 17 Apr 2014
From Dispensationalism Today, Yesterday, and Tomorrow by Grover Gunn In Reformed interpretation, the unifying theme that is the key to understanding the development of redemptive history is the saving work of Jesus Christ. God created Adam and gave him the earth to rule and to subdue. Because of Adam’s fall into sin, the earth was […]
Blasphemy in Song - Sun, 13 Apr 2014
For those who know the background or meaning of the Battle Hymn of the Republic, the following is a public service announcement. Blasphemy in Song by Laurence M. Vance by Laurence M. Vance This past weekend, since it was the closest weekend to the Fourth of July holiday that we observe today, churches all across America […]
Is the Mosaic law tripartite? - Fri, 11 Apr 2014
Is the Mosaic law tripartite? By Maël Introduction During my last semester at SEBTS, I took a Christian Ethics class. It seems customary, when studying Christian ethics, to assume that the Mosaic law is tripartite, which means that the Old Testament law is assumed to be divided into three parts: moral, ceremonial, and civil/judicial. Following […]
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The Missive “bible” and the gay youth pastor - Tue, 25 Mar 2014
Originally posted on My Word Like Fire:
The pastor of the mega-church sat behind his polished mahogany desk, wincing as the fierce pounding assaulted his temples. The youth pastor would be here any minute now. With growing anxiety, Pastor Billy Rapp…
Once An Alcoholic, Always An Alcoholic, THE Lie….A Testimony - Sat, 01 Feb 2014
I received the following testimony as a comment, and wanted to share it as an article. Thanks and blessings, Doug! Dear Readers, First and foremost, hats off to Mkayla,for not braking ranks in this WAR! Okay, I have a story … Continue reading
Warnings, Jacob Prasch - Wed, 29 Jan 2014
This a valuable, in-depth study of the apostasy noted in 2 Thessalonians 2, that Jesus repeatedly warned about in Matthew 24, commonly known as the Olivet Discourse. I hope all my readers take the time to listen, especially those who … Continue reading
Is John Mac Arthur Running Scared from a Fair Debate? - Fri, 18 Apr 2014
April 18, 2014 James Jacob Prasch WHEN YOU CAN’T RESPOND TO THE VIDEO CLIP – EDIT IT AND EVADE THE ISSUE IS JOHN MAC ARTHUR RUNNING SCARED FROM A FAIR DEBATE? PHIL JOHNSON’S HATCHET JOB EDITING OF THE ORIGINAL CLIP CERTAINLY MAKES THIS LOOK TO BE THE CASE A recent challenge by Jacob Prasch to publicly [...]
Noah and the ‘Rewritten Bible’ - Thu, 17 Apr 2014
April 17, 2014 by Anthony Royle Before I watched the film of Noah I thought the film would be a case of ’this is how it really happened’. I imagined that the story of Noah would be demythologized in order to rationally explain that climate change caused the flood, the flood was localised, Noah would [...]
Four Blood moons are Coming - Thu, 17 Apr 2014
January 6, 2014 by Mike Oppenheimer We have been hearing from a number of people on four Blood (red) Moons for 2014, making it is a unique and significant event. We are told the first of these four Blood Moons is to occur on Passover (Pesach) 2014 and through October (Sukkot) 2015. We are reminded [...]
What Actually Happened - Fri, 18 Apr 2014
Pilate asked him, "Is this true that you're 'King of the Jews'?"
"Those are your words, not mine," Jesus replied.
Pilate told the high priests and the accompanying crowd, "I find nothing wrong here. He seems harmless enough to me."
But they were vehement. "He's stirring up unrest among the people with his teaching, disturbing the peace everywhere, starting in Galilee and now all through Judea. He's a dangerous man, endangering the peace."
When Pilate heard that, he asked, "So, he's a Galilean?" Realizing that he properly came under Herod's jurisdiction, he passed the buck to Herod, who just happened to be in Jerusalem for a few days.
Herod was delighted when Jesus showed up. He had wanted for a long time to see him, he'd heard so much about him. He hoped to see him do something spectacular. He peppered him with questions. Jesus didn't answer--not one word. But the high priests and religion scholars were right there, saying their piece, strident and shrill in their accusations.
Mightily offended, Herod turned on Jesus. His soldiers joined in, taunting and jeering. Then they dressed him up in an elaborate king costume and sent him back to Pilate. That day Herod and Pilate became thick as thieves. Always before they had kept their distance.
Then Pilate called in the high priests, rulers, and the others and said, "You brought this man to me as a disturber of the peace. I examined him in front of all of you and found there was nothing to your charge. And neither did Herod, for he has sent him back here with a clean bill of health. It's clear that he's done nothing wrong, let alone anything deserving death. I'm going to warn him to watch his step and let him go."
At that, the crowd went wild: "Kill him! Give us Barabbas!" (Barabbas had been thrown in prison for starting a riot in the city and for murder.) Pilate still wanted to let Jesus go, and so spoke out again.
But they kept shouting back, "Crucify! Crucify him!"
He tried a third time. "But for what crime? I've found nothing in him deserving death. I'm going to warn him to watch his step and let him go."
But they kept at it, a shouting mob, demanding that he be crucified. And finally they shouted him down. Pilate caved in and gave them what they wanted. He released the man thrown in prison for rioting and murder, and gave them Jesus to do whatever they wanted.
As they led him off, they made Simon, a man from Cyrene who happened to be coming in from the countryside, carry the cross behind Jesus. A huge crowd of people followed, along with women weeping and carrying on. At one point Jesus turned to the women and said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, don't cry for me. Cry for yourselves and for your children. The time is coming when they'll say, "Lucky the women who never conceived! Lucky the wombs that never gave birth! Lucky the breasts that never gave milk!' Then they'll start calling to the mountains, "Fall down on us!' calling to the hills, "Cover us up!' If people do these things to a live, green tree, can you imagine what they'll do with deadwood?"
Two others, both criminals, were taken along with him for execution.
When they got to the place called Skull Hill, they crucified him, along with the criminals, one on his right, the other on his left.
"Father, forgive them; they don't know what they're doing."
Dividing up his clothes, they threw dice for them. The people stood there staring at Jesus, and the ringleaders made faces, taunting, "He saved others. Let's see him save himself! The Messiah of God--ha! The Chosen--ha!"
The soldiers also came up and poked fun at him, making a game of it. They toasted him with sour wine: "So you're King of the Jews! Save yourself!"
Printed over him was a sign: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
One of the criminals hanging alongside cursed him: "Some Messiah you are! Save yourself! Save us!"
But the other one made him shut up: "Have you no fear of God? You're getting the same as him. We deserve this, but not him--he did nothing to deserve this."
Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you enter your kingdom."
He said, "Don't worry, I will. Today you will join me in paradise."
By now it was noon. The whole earth became dark, the darkness lasting three hours-- a total blackout. The Temple curtain split right down the middle. Jesus called loudly,
"Father, I place my life in your hands!"
Then he breathed his last. When the centurion there saw what happened, he honored God: "This man was innocent! A good man, and innocent!"
All who had come around as spectators to watch the show, when they saw what actually happened, were overcome with grief and headed home. Those who knew Jesus well, along with the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a respectful distance and kept vigil.
There was a man by the name of Joseph, a member of the Jewish High Council, a man of good heart and good character. He had not gone along with the plans and actions of the council. His hometown was the Jewish village of Arimathea. He lived in alert expectation of the kingdom of God. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Taking him down, he wrapped him in a linen shroud and placed him in a tomb chiseled into the rock, a tomb never yet used. It was the day before Sabbath, the Sabbath just about to begin.
The women who had been companions of Jesus from Galilee followed along. They saw the tomb where Jesus' body was placed. Then they went back to prepare burial spices and perfumes.
They rested quietly on the Sabbath, as commanded.
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Mark Driscoll: Plagiarism – Thou Shalt Not Steal! - Thu, 05 Dec 2013
Recently, Janet Mefferd, host of the syndicated radio show, The Janet Mefferd Show, interviewed Mark Driscoll on her broadcast. On the November 21st show, she expressed deep concern that parts of Driscoll’s new book, A Call to Resurgence (14 pages to be … Continue reading
Paul Crouch, Founder of TBN, Dies - Sat, 30 Nov 2013
Paul Crouch, founder of Trinity Broadcasting Network, has passed away. Remember the Crouch family in your prayers, more specifically, that they would come to repentance. It’s still too soon to tell, but all indications are that Matt Crouch will be … Continue reading
Spin Control: Sorry for the Hassle - Wed, 30 Oct 2013
In responding to the news article exposing his new mansion, Steven Furtick, pastor of Elevation Church in Charlotte, NC, apologized to his congregation for all the hassle they have gone through because of his taste for fine things. It sounds … Continue reading
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The Passion of Jesus: So that we can be accepted - Fri, 18 Apr 2014
The Book of Isaiah, written around 700 years before the coming of Jesus Christ, is quoted more times in the New Testament than any other book of the Hebrew Scriptures. Why? Because Isaiah 53 so explicitly refers to the Lord Jesus it doesn’t need much by way of explanation. Indeed it became so obvious that […]
New York Times calls on U.S. administration to drop peace efforts - Wed, 16 Apr 2014
Haaretz posted an article this evening concerning the NYTimes call for the U.S. administration to drop peace efforts. I agree. It’s long past time the United States stops wasting it’s time. We need to call Kerry home or send him where his presence is really needed, and immediately cancel the recent multi-billion dollar “gift” allotted to […]
Hebrew-Roots? - Tue, 15 Apr 2014
The message quoted below appears at Charisma under the title; Christians Rediscovering Passover For Jews and Christians, the Passover season is a special time for reflection on the rich spiritual truths contained within this remarkable holiday. Indeed, we can all observe the command to remember the incredible Israelite deliverance from bondage in Egypt… For Christians, the […]
Repost: What Comforts the Lord of the Universe? - Fri, 18 Apr 2014
And Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. He who loves his life loses it, and he who […]
Obedient unto Death: Looking to Good Friday - Thu, 17 Apr 2014
Jesus’ food was to do the will of His Father (John 4:34). He had come down from heaven, not to accomplish some sort of independent, personal agenda, but to carry out the will of the One who had sent Him (John 6:38). And that total, loving, delightful allegiance to His Father doesn’t stay in the […]
Passion: How Christ’s Final Day Changes Your Every Day - Wed, 16 Apr 2014
All true Christians understand how the cross has an effect in the past—because of it, we have our sins forgiven; and in the future—because of the cross we will go to heaven when we die. In other words, the cross directly affects our justification and our glorification. But what about the present? How does the […]
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