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What The Bible Says Jesus Did (1)

The work of Jesus is the single most important event in human history. Jesus came to this world, lived a perfect life, and died on the cross. Three days later, Jesus rose from the dead. Have you ever asked the question, "Why did Jesus have to die?" Perhaps the more important question: what did Jesus death and resurrection accomplish? RANSOM Jesus described his purpose to his disciples: "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but…

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Theory Versus Practice

I would like to direct your attention to the 6th chapter of the book of Hebrews beginning with verse one. "Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this we will do if God permits." (Hebrews 6:…

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American Idolatry

In Acts 14 we read about Paul and Barnabas traveling through Asia Minor preaching the good news of Jesus Christ. When they came into the city of Lystra, they found the people desiring to treat them as one of their Roman gods because they had healed a lame man. Once the people of Lystra understood that Paul and Barnabas were not gods in the flesh (with the assistance of some persecuting Jews), they stoned Paul, dragged him out of the…

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Did Jesus Die In Our Place? (6)

Many of those who defend the substitution theory of Christ also use some of the Old Testament stories as proof for Christs substitution. Do any of the Old Testament analogies we frequent show substitution? Let us take a moment to consider a few of them. A SUBSTITUTE FOR ISSAC The offering of the ram instead of Isaac is a case of substitution. In fact, the Bible clearly states the ram as such: "So Abraham went and took the ram, and…

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Some Things Said… (Apr 05) (3)

Earth Day and Mother Earth [Last week] marked the 35th anniversary of the founding of "Earth Day" by former Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson. It [was] also V.I. Lenin's birthday -- which is no coincidence. Nelson modeled his anti-capitalist protests after anti-Vietnam War demonstrations of that era. Today, the so-called "environmental movement" he helped spawn has devolved from a gaggle of unwashed adolescent peaceniks into a slick cadre of leftists, lobbyists and lawyers. The result of this devolution has been an…

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Some Essentials and Non-essentials

"For Moses truly said to the fathers, "The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear in all things, whatever He says to you. And it shall come to pass that every soul who will not hear that Prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people." (Acts 3: 22 , 23) Just after Peter delivered the second recorded sermon at Solomon's Porch following the healing of the lame…

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Did Jesus Die In Our Place? (5)

1 Peter 2:24 If Jesus did not literally have the sins of the world placed upon him, then what did Peter mean in 1 Peter 2:24, "He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed"? I think we must first notice what the text does actually say. Notice that it says he "bore our sins in his body," not on…

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Some Things Said… (Apr 05) (2)

Prayer Punishment The ACLU has asked a federal judge to punish school officials for allowing a pre-game prayer at a high school baseball game. Louisianas ACLU director called the brief prayer for player safety "un-American and immoral" and says that school board members should be fined or jailed for failing to stop it. Last month a Louisiana judge ruled against the same school board for letting an elementary school student recite the Lord's Prayer before a meeting. That ruling has…

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What is a church? (7)

The next usage of the words translated for church and assembly appears in Acts 21 and verse 22. In this instance, Paul has reached Jerusalem and has just completed his explanation of the situations that he had come upon as he had been teaching to the non-Jews during his last tour through the churches in Asia and Macedonia. The instructions are for him to offer that he is following the traditions of the Jews so that any arising trouble might…

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Did Jesus Die In Our Place? (4)

Jesus Became Sin (2 Corinthians 5:21) 2 Corinthians 5:21-"He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him" (HCSB). "He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him" (NASU). "For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the…

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