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Learning to Walk (3)

I noted in the last installment that no healer today can do anything remotely like the miracle of healing the lame man in Acts 3. I have put these same thoughts out before in discussions of miracles and healings. This miracle was performed out in plain sight, about three in the afternoon, and moved in action from the entrance at the Beautiful Gate to the Temple grounds and into Solomon’s Court and around the colonnades. Hundreds of people were coming and…

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Fear of God (2)

At another point a few hundred years later in a well-known story as recounted in 1 Samuel 17, we find David and Goliath in the middle of a battlefield surrounded by two armies. At this point David displayed a healthy “fear of God” yet without any physical or emotional fear included with it. The soldiers on both sides were watching with interest. We know the Philistine Goliath was a well-known warrior - a giant. And we know David was neither…

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Learning to Walk (2)

All miracles involved displacing natural and/or physical laws. In the NT people were healed when the Lord Jesus said they would be healed. It was immediate and unexplainable to our senses. Today we call it a miracle if miners survive a cave in and are rescued after a long period underground. Don’t get me wrong – I praise God and am pleased when people are rescued from harm’s way, when the unusual happens and lives are enriched or spared. But…

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Fear of God (1)

Once when asked to speak before a large crowd of people, as I looked out across the audience, I was at first unable to utter a sound. After what seemed like a long, awkward few moments, which was actually just a moment in time, I blurted out, “I’d rather face an angry teenage grizzly than you all!” Then I had more experience with grizzly bears than with public speaking, so I meant it. Some things don’t change. Fear has many…

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Learning to Walk (1)

I spend a lot of time in the Book of the Acts of the Apostles. It is full of cases of conversions and of the stories related to the apostles, their work and the beginning of the church, as I have previously noted. At this sitting I am interested in the third and fourth chapter where the healing of a lame man and the events that followed are recorded: Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the…

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The Way of Salvation

As we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners much gain by fortune-telling. She followed Paul and us, crying out, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to you the way of salvation.” And she kept doing this for many days. Paul, having become greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of…

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What is Remission?

At Merriam-Webster (www.m-w.com) pardon is defined as 1) “an act officially saying that someone who was judged to be guilty of a crime will be allowed to go free and will not be punished.” Or, it is 2) “forgiveness for something.” That single internet stop makes it clear that pardon and forgiveness are synonymous. Granting pardon or forgiveness means “you’re free to go.” Remission is defined as 1) “a period of time during a serious illness when the patient's health…

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What Changed?

When Ray Kroc purchased the McDonald brothers’ restaurants he also received the recipes for their most popular items. At the head of the list was McDonald’s French fries. From the beginning McDonald's had used only fresh potatoes. Mr. Kroc then taught his managers and employees to follow those recipes exactly. He taught them how to correctly operate the peelers, how to wash and cut the potatoes and to blanch them just so. They would be stored in the cooler until…

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The Silver Rule and the Golden Rule

Confucius (English: “Master Kong”) lived about 500 years before Christ. He is credited with giving us the Silver Rule: “Do not do to another what you would not wish to have done to you.” This was certainly less destructive than the Iron Rule. And due to the likeness in language to the Golden Rule the two are often mistaken for one another. So many scholars credit Confucius with the Golden Rule too. But that just serves to give credit for…

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The Iron Rule

As mankind actively turns away from the rule of God we forge for ourselves a new pattern of life based on our motives and desires. Without boundaries set we will end up living by the oldest rule of this world – the Iron Rule. To some it may sound childish, but whether considered or not moral rules like this one illuminate much of what has happened throughout human history. There are always those who have endeavored to subjugate others, to seize…

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