All my life I have heard the story of the crucifixion taught and assumed I had an accurate understanding of the suffering Christ endured. I was surprised to learn that some of what I thought I knew was actually false. I encourage you to take some time and consider the following presentation with an open mind. May we ever strive to fully appreciate the incredible price that was payed at Calvary for our redemption and live a life of gratitude as an expression of thanks.
Life is tough. Sometimes it doesn’t make sense. For a while things roll along just fine, and then out of nowhere tragedy follows tragedy. Life overwhelms.
One preacher put it this way. “Cheer up! Things could always get worse. So, sure enough, I cheered up and things got worse!”
Exodus 6:2-8 is a declaration of God uttered in the form of a poem. The poem consists of two stanzas (vv. 3- 6a, and vv. 6c-8d). Each stanza consists of three strophes. The three strophes of each stanza are meant to develop the theme of the stanza of which they are a part. There are also three refrains. (vv. 2c, 6b, and 8e) that begin, connect, and end the stanzas.
Bible geography is much like Bible poetry in that they are both greatly neglected in the studies of most Christians. Geography and topography are considered boring endeavors with little reward compared to other areas of study. In a society of instant gratification, studies in Bible geography are found wanting.
For those interested in an in-depth study of the reliability of the Gospels, we highly recommend the following series of four lectures by Timothy McGrew. The lectures are fascinating, challenging, enlightening, and faith building. God's infallible Word is an amazing thing and Mr. McGrew does an excellent job introducing a few of the millions of fascinating gems found therein.
What is the Shema and why does it matter? Would you believe me if I told you the Shema was the most important verse in the Old Testament? Not only that, but the Shema defined the relationship between Yahweh and both Israelites and Christians. If the Shema is such a crucial passage of Scripture, shouldn't we know what it is and what it teaches? Open up your Bible and follow along as we study this foundational topic together.
Exodus En Masse
In Luke 9:30-31, while presenting the scene of transfiguration, the writer notes both the presence of Moses and Elijah on that occasion along with a glimpse into the conversation they shared with the Lord:
The word rendered “decease” would be better rendered “Exodus”. This better rendering is more clearly understood when the transfiguration scene as a whole is considered in light of the first Exodus.
Critics constantly attacks against the Bible regarding the “atrocities” of God’s judgments (especially His acts of judgment in the Old Testament). How could a loving and merciful God destroy or command the destruction of hundreds of thousands of people, including women and children?
It was a time of great and exalting excitement. The country was up in arms, the war was on, in every breast burned the holy fire of patriotism; the drums were beating, the bands playing, the toy pistols popping, the bunched firecrackers hissing and spluttering; on every hand and far down the receding and fading spread of roofs and balconies a fluttering wilderness of flags flashed in the sun; daily the young volunteers marched down the wide avenue gay and fine in their new uniforms, the proud fathers and mothers and sisters and sweethearts cheering them with voices choked with happy emotion as they swung by; nightly the packed mass meetings listened, panting, to patriot oratory with stirred the deepest deeps of their hearts, and which they interrupted at briefest intervals with cyclones of applause, the tears running down their cheeks the while; in the churches the pastors preached devotion to flag and country, and invoked the God of Battles beseeching His aid in our good cause in outpourings of fervid eloquence which moved every listener.
Today's article discusses the day Jesus became the Christ. Much of the scene of Jesus' baptism is misunderstood and some of the main points overlooked. Hopefully this article will help clarify some of the central themes and place the baptism of Christ in its proper context.
is an evangelist of the Church of Christ in Arlington, Texas.