Jesus told his disciples that a time was coming when they would be persecuted for their faithfulness to him: Luke 21:12-19. He made this promise, “Not a hair of your head will perish.”
This is a wonderful promise but it seems to contradict what Jesus said immediately before.
You will be delivered up even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and some of you they will put to death. You will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But not a hair of your head will perish.
Jesus told the disciples many of them would be put to death and immediately after promised that they would suffer no harm. How can these two statements be reconciled? Read the rest of this entry
I believe that God created the earth in six literal days, just as the first chapter of Genesis says. The scientific “evidence” that supposedly contradicts the Bible’s account is based on the belief that all the natural processes we see today have always been going on and there has never been any divine intervention in the operation of the universe. This belief is such a pervasive part of our culture that even Christians have accepted it and have tried to interpret the first part of Genesis to accommodate it. I have written several posts in support of the biblical view and the Recommended Sites page has links to sites that support it.
I have recently learned of a blog called apolojedi.com. It contains a post called Creation Manifesto which I consider to be one of the most complete summaries of the biblical and scientific arguments in favor of the Bible’s creation account. The main part is made up of links to others posts on the blog. My previous post contains a link to the manifesto but I think the subject is important enough to merit a post of its own. Read the rest of this entry
Anyone who is familiar with the Bible knows of the miracle Jesus performed when he fed 5,000 men, along with their wives and children, with five loaves of bread and two fish. Few are aware that the prophet Elisha performed a similar miracle.
A man came from Baal-shalishah, bringing the man of God bread of the firstfruits, twenty loaves of barley and fresh ears of grain in his sack. And Elisha said, “Give to the men, that they may eat.”
But his servant said, “How can I set this before a hundred men?”
So he repeated, “Give them to the men, that they may eat, for thus says the LORD, ‘They shall eat and have some left.’”
So he set it before them. And they ate and had some left, according to the word of the LORD.
2 Kings 4:42-44
This miracle was on a much smaller scale than the one Jesus performed since Elisha had twenty loaves while Jesus only had five. We aren’t told how big the loaves were but they must have been smaller than the loaves we buy at the grocery store today or feeding one hundred men with them wouldn’t have been a problem. If the disciples had recalled this incident perhaps they wouldn’t have been so surprised when Jesus fed a much larger crowd with a smaller amount of food.
Judah had many kings, some good and some evil. The worst of them was Manasseh.
Manasseh led Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem astray, to do more evil than the nations whom the LORD destroyed before the people of Israel.
2 Chronicles 33:9
As a result of his sins God allowed the Assyrians to capture him and take him to Babylon. While he was imprisoned there he repented and was restored to his kingdom.
When he was in distress, he entreated the favor of the LORD his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers. He prayed to him, and God was moved by his entreaty and heard his plea and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD was God.
2 Chronicles 33:12-13
He was the worst king of Judah and he was also the only one who repented of his sins. Read the rest of this entry
The organization Answers in Genesis is building a full sized replica of Noah’s ark. It is almost complete and is scheduled to be open to the public on July 7. You can learn more about it here: arkencounter.com. Christians need to pray that it will accomplish its objective of proving that the world wide flood described in the Bible actually took place. Here are some specific requests posted on the Answers in Genesis site. Read the rest of this entry
Two of God’s attributes are truth and love.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
1 John 4:8
In our communication with others we must express both of these characteristics.
Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ.
We must always speak the truth but our speech must always be motivated by love. Read the rest of this entry
Most people who have read the Bible and a lot of people who haven’t have heard of the mark of the beast. Here is what the Bible says about it.
Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666.
This describes something that will happen in the future, during the tribulation. Many who have heard of the mark but know little about what the Bible says are afraid that they might take the mark by accident. If you are one of these people I suggest you read this: 666 and RFID chips.
Most have heard of the mark of the beast but few people are aware of the fact that God places a mark on those who worship him. Read the rest of this entry
Sin entered the world through the actions of a woman.
When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.
God used a woman to bring the Redeemer into the world to atone for sin.
Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”
There is a controversy over whether transgender people should have the option of using either the men’s or the women’s restroom. One side sees it as giving transgender people the rights others enjoy; the other sees it as a matter of protecting personal privacy. It isn’t likely this disagreement will ever go away. Perhaps the best solution would be to eliminate our present restrooms and replace them with single person restrooms. This would be a very expensive solution, especially when it comes to converting buildings that already have men’s and women’s restrooms, but it seems to me that it is the only way to satisfy the competing demands for access and privacy.
The law of Moses contains a list of the animals God considers clean and of those that are unclean. It appears in Leviticus 11. Clean animals could be eaten and many of them were acceptable as sacrifices to God. Unclean animals were not acceptable either as food or as sacrifices. Noah lived long before God gave the law but he knew the difference between clean and unclean animals. This is shown by the instructions God gave him as to what animals he should take on the ark.
Take with you seven pairs of all clean animals, the male and his mate, and a pair of the animals that are not clean, the male and his mate.
The extra clean animals were intended to enable him to offer sacrifices to God.
Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and took some of every clean animal and some of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar.