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The Five Witnesses (3) – God the Father

The third witness Jesus mentioned to the Jews, who were testing him, is The Lord God Almighty, The Holy Father. Isn't it interesting that he tells them quite directly that they have never seen God the Father and had never heard His voice "at any time?" I can almost hear them thinking the equivalent of “You idiot, don’t you know the history of the exodus?” That meant they were completely deaf. They were spiritually dead on arrival, completely clueless, without knowledge and…

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OMG

It's Saturday morning, early before nine. Some of the neighborhood kids have already begun to explore and play. There are several within earshot and although I can't hear all that they are sending back and forth, I can hear "Oh my God" repeated again and again. That's not much of a problem or anything worth noting to most people. But Christians might cringe. We have become so comfortable with colloquialisms that we rarely blush or blink. Television, print and modern…

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The Five Witnesses (2) – the Works

“But I have a greater witness than John’s; for the works which the Father has given Me to finish—the very works that I do—bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me.” (John 5:36) Notice that it appears that Jesus did not appeal only to the works that he had done to this point. He spoke specifically of the “works the Father has given me to finish – the very works that I do – bear witness of me.”…

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The Five Witnesses (1) – the Messenger

While he was working through his earthly ministry, Jesus said that there were present witnesses as to his identity. He had intimated that the evidence itself was enough for anyone including his disciples to sort out who he was and where he had come from (Matthew 16: 13-20). But as if that was not sufficient he listed more and offered infallible logic to proof text his remarks. The Apostle John recorded that there were other witnesses. In John five Jesus…

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A Blinding Glimpse of the Obvious

When the conversation recorded in Matthew 16 verses 13 through 20 took place Jesus was about finished with his walkabout through Galilee, teaching and working miracles. It was six months or so prior to his death. He had not openly told anyone who he was, but had taught the Word of God in streets, homes, in local synagogues, and out in front of large outdoor gatherings. He healed all kinds of diseases, raised the dead, cast out devils, and gave sight…

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Muhammad

I have seen the English version of Muhammad’s name spelled with consonants dropped or added and using a variety of vowels. This however is the proper English spelling according to most sources. Philip Schaaf used an “o” in place of the “u” as did most writers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Modern writers and historians now typically use Mohamed conserving a consonant. His full name according to Wikipedia (and which I suspect includes some later accolades and titles, and…

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The Rise of the Empire of Islam

By 606 the Patriarch of Rome, now called “The Holy Father” was collecting and acquiring land, power and titles within the Roman Church hierarchy and its growing feudal society. The structure of the Western Catholic Church now mimicked the pattern of the fading Roman Empire. The Pope became the equivalent of Caesar; Cardinals (now through the College of Cardinals) were the Senators, Bishops, the consuls and proconsuls, Priests and Diocesans governors or provincials. The deacons became the tax collectors and…

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Where are we going?

If you have been reading the recent posts about the start of the denominations, perhaps you have been confronted with some things you never previously considered. I certainly hope so. All of the information comes from well documented sources - out of common history books. I have a businessman friend who used to travel a lot. Once, while in Cleveland he learned that then President Ronald Reagan was to be speaking adjacent to the hotel where he was staying. He…

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Where did all the denominations come from? (Eastern and Western Catholicism Pt 1)

From the beginning of the fourth century, the purity of the churches had been almost entirely washed away through internal corruption. The teaching of the apostles had been superseded by the canons of multiple synods of the intelligentsia, to seize upon an anachronism. The overseer’s office of the local churches had been turned into chorespiscopals, episcopals, bishops and later archbishops, and finally one out of place assumed the seat and title of metropolitan (city bishop), which office would in time give over…

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And I Believe it in Part

But in the following instructions I do not commend you, because when you come together - it is not for the better but for the worse. For, in the first place, when you come together as an assembly, I hear that there are divisions among you. And I believe it in part, for there must be factions among you in order that those who are genuine among you may be recognized. When you come together, it is not the Lord's Supper that you eat. For in…

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