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TNIV, NRSV, and Hebrews 4:1

I am continuing my studies in Hebrews (while under a dizzying cold) today and was considering Hebrews 4:1. The TNIV, NIV, and NRSV stray away here, it seems to me. Notice the difference: Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seemto have failed to reach it. (ESV) Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest is still open, let us take care that none of you should seem to…

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The Author of Hebrews

I found it interesting that there has been a little buzz about who the author of Hebrews was. I am preaching through Hebrews on Sunday night so it gave me to chance to study the issue for myself. My father has always held that Paul was the author of Hebrews. But I cannot understand why. Hebrews 2:3 suggests that the author was not an eyewitness, but received his knowledge secondhand. This would stand in direct contradiction to the apostle Paul's…

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Struck By Scripture (Hebrews 3:1-4)

I took a logic course in college which helped me learn to appreciate the art of argument and debate. In particular, I love a good syllogism. Two valid premises create an unbreakable conclusion. The writer of Hebrews employs this technique in a very simple way. See if you can identify the syllogism. 1 Therefore, holy brothers,you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession, 2 who was faithful to him who appointed…

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Struck By Scripture (Matthew 23:8-12)

Vacation has been nice this year. It must take family to leave south Florida in winter to go to Arkansas. It was 29 degrees this morning. But it has been enjoyable and I am able to wear clothing that I can never wear at home. I am still on vacation, but I wanted to post a point from my reading through the scriptures. “Don’t let anyone call you ‘Rabbi,’ for you have only one teacher, and all of you are…

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Galatian Letter and N.T. Wright

Our church will begin a study on Galatians for our Sunday morning Bible class. I have gone through the study Bibles and commentaries that I own and they all pretty much say the same thing, which is somewhat disappointing. Perhaps the reformed theological view on Galatians is the majority view, which can loosely be summarized as Paul fighting legalism because Judaizers are distorting the gospel to include necessity of works of the law. N.T. Wright has another take on the…

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Baptism-Did God Teach Something Useless?

I am very excited today because the NLT New Application Study Bible arrived in my mail. I found a great deal on the Amazon Marketplace. In a previous post I pointed out how good the study notes were. So I picked one up for myself. There is a section in the back of the study Bible called "A Christian Worker's Resource." One of the articles is about how to become a Christian. After being severely disappointed with the ESV Outreach New Testament and how it teaches bringing people to Christ, I was curious to see if there was any mention of baptism.
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Sweat As Blood

I was listening to a sermon podcast where the preacher went on about the depth of Jesus' anguish being so great that he sweat blood. Can I just say that this is yet another pet peeve of mine? The scriptures do not say that Jesus sweat blood. And being in agony He was praying very fervently; and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down upon the ground. (Luke 22:44; NASU) Andbeing in an agony he prayed more earnestly;…

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TNIV- Winds or Spirits? (Hebrews 1:7)

The TNIV made an interesting change in Hebrews 1:7 — In speaking of the angels he says, “He makes his angels spirits, and his servants flames of fire.” (TNIV) In speaking of the angels he says, “He makes his angels winds, his servants flames of fire.” (NIV) Nearly all other translations use the word “winds” except for the NET, which also uses “spirits.” The Greek word is pneuma which means “wind, spirit, breath.” Contextually, it seems like “winds” and “flames…

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Book Review: 24/7, A One Year Chronological Bible

Product Details from Amazon Hardcover: 2186 pages Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers (September 17, 2008) Language: English ISBN-10: 1414314108 ISBN-13: 978-1414314105 Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5.1 x 2 inches       I want to thank Laura Bartlett at Tyndale Publishing for the opportunity to review this Bible. I have a number of chronological Bibles, so I see the value in these. I believe chronological Bibles provide a wonderful opportunity for people to read the scriptures have see how the recorded…

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