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Standing Up (2)

Do you believe that the indwelling of the Holy Spirit on that Pentecost morning gave them a spiritual booster shot, so that Peter and the rest of the Apostles suddenly stood their ground? What about the fact that by then they knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that Jesus was the Christ? They had seen with their own eyes, and had watched hundreds of miracles worked by Christ. And they had witnessed the finish of it all: That eternity…

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Standing Up

But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words.” (Acts 2:14) Now where can we go with just this one verse? Do you see anything valuable or useful in this little bit of the opening statement at the start of his first sermon? It doesn’t seem to say very much that might help us to understand…

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Words (Still) Mean Something

Authority is defined as: “The power to determine, to adjudicate, or otherwise settle issues or disputes; jurisdiction; the right to control command or determine.” (Webster’s Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language). Jesus stated God, the Holy Father, He and the Holy Spirit were unified, singular in purpose, and were all deity. (Jo. 17:21, 1 Co. 8:6, 1 Jo. 2:14, 1 Jo. 5:7, and elsewhere). While here Jesus also stated that “all authority has been given to Me in both heaven and on…

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The Church Of Christ (5)

In 536 BC while Daniel was alive in Babylon, the first of the four mentioned kingdoms fell. Following this, history records that Persia and Media combined and established a government that is identified as the second of the kingdoms mentioned in Daniel 2. The Persian Empire continued until 330, when its parts were absorbed into the Macedonian Kingdom following the death of Alexander. The heirs of four of Alexander’s generals, Lysimacchus, Pompeius, Cassander and Seleucus controlled the bulk of the Middle…

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The Church of Christ (4)

In the previous post, we read that King Nebuchadnezzar had commanded all the magicians and sorcerers of Babylon to make known to him both the details of his dream and its meaning or face death. He was astute enough to know that they might try to trick him to save their lives; and he made it impossible to do that. At this point, Daniel asked the king to spare the rest; and that he be taken before him to identify…

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The Church of Christ (3)

In this segment we will take a brief look at history. In 612 BC, there was a battle for control of the Eastern world. Nabopolassar, king of Babylon had died and his son Nebuchadnezzar, now ruler, refused to align with Egypt and Pharaoh Necho. In 605 Nebuchadnezzar defeated Necho at Carchemish establishing the greatest of all kingdoms of men -– the Chaldean or Babylonian. Nebuchadnezzar overran Israel (now known as Palestine), in 601 and again in 597 effectively destroying the country and later…

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The Church Of Christ (2)

When Jesus had asked, "who do people say that I am." Peter, characteristically outspoken, gave answer: "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."  Then Jesus said, "And I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock,  "I will build my church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.  And I will give to you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth, will have been bound in heaven…

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A Worthy Prayer

Let's forget five second and one sentence prayers. Not that short scriptural ones are a waste for those who pray; but let's get to the meat of the matter. We should be purifying ourselves daily and praising the God of Heaven and Earth, and his Christ. Calling aloud for aid (whether anyone around us hears it or not); and asking God for assistance when our souls are in peril (whether real or perceived). We should also be giving thanks when things may seem just fine…

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Lydia’s Heart

Paul and Barnabas are about to leave Antioch on their second journey going to places they had previously been and made converts in establishing congregations. There is a disagreement among them as to where they might go. And they settle on Barnabas and John Mark going in one direction (starting in Cyprus), while Paul and Silas would go through Syria and Cilicia, ending in Asia Minor. On the way, Paul meets a young preacher named Timothy who becomes instrumental in…

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The Church of Christ

Many of the mighty works of Jesus, the Son of God, were done around the Sea of Galilee, and since he was human as well as divine, time came when he got tired and had to take a rest away from the crowds and multitudes. As recorded in Matthew 16, he left the press of the surroundings and went with his disciples to Caesarea Philippi. There he asked them what public opinion was concerning his identity. They said that some believed that he…

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