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On Revelation (Pt. 1: Eastern History – Old and New Testament Themes)

Eastern History - Old and New Testament Themes. It is critically important to begin a study of Revelation with a short history of Empires; and I will give Rome considerable detail beyond the rest. This is placed prior to the comments and notes, as without a look first at the book of Daniel and of Rome and its emperors up through the time of Constantine, we would miss critical information. Some of what is listed may be commonly known, but…

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One of Many Digressions (Pt 4)

The examination of the events in Acts 18 should serve to undermine the teaching or notions that the baptism of John was somehow different from baptism into Christ. All scriptural immersions were to the same end: Looking to Christ as “baptism into Christ” and as a “baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.” The difference being that one looked toward the cross and was to prepare believing Jews for the coming of the Messiah, while the other looked through…

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One of Many Digressions (Pt1)

This lesson (based on the reading of Acts 18:1 - 19:7), offers an investigation into one of the least taught and understood portions of the New Testament. I know of others who ignore this study because they state the conclusions were “insignificant” or “coincidental.” However, I cannot think of a portion of scripture that is either one of those. You may well disagree with the exegesis, but at least it takes a serious look at the topic. Perhaps it may help or cause any interested persons to…

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The Identity of the Church

“But we think it right to hear from you what you think: for, as it respects this sect, we know that it is everywhere spoken against.” (Acts 28:22) The Lord stated, in Matthew 16:18; referring to the confession Peter had made: “On this rock I will build my church.” And so, in this series, the purpose will be to define and identify the community called “my church” by the Savior. This is clearly the same community styled “this sect” in…

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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 witnessed the finish of it all. The eternity shattering miracle: they…

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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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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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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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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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Saul’s Conversion

There is no danger that we will ever learn too much; and there is so much to know about doing God’s will. So, let’s start with some fundamentals. The Bible is the oldest book or collection of any kind found anywhere. 2) It is the single source for everything mankind knows about God, Satan, Christ, angels, demons, heaven or hell, and a good many other topics. 3) It starts “In the beginning” and ends with a vision of “New Jerusalem”…

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