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Jesus—Horrified(?) (yes, by me)

October 15th, 2017 · No Comments

Mark 14:33 (Holman Christian Standard Bible) He took Peter, James, and John with Him, and He began to be deeply distressed and horrified. I find the words used in this translation to be fascinating. Jesus was distressed and horrified. Horrified? Jesus? He had all power. What horrified Him? I think we could write a dissertation […]

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Pray for It, We have It (what is it?)

October 14th, 2017 · No Comments

Mark 11:24 (New Living Translation) I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours. I’ll pray for a million dollars (maybe ten or a hundred times that for good measure) and believe that I have received it. It will be mine, right? Perhaps that […]

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Wrought in God

October 8th, 2017 · No Comments

John 3:21 (American Standard Version) But he that doeth the truth cometh to the light, that his works may be made manifest, that they have been wrought in God. Another well-known passage in an older translation. We don’t use this language anymore. In some sense, these words have been pushed to the back corner of […]

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The Light of Men

October 7th, 2017 · No Comments

John 1:4 (American Standard Version) In him was life; and the life was the light of men. Let’s look at a familiar passage in what today is an unfamiliar translation. I don’t see well in the dark. I guess that is an understatement as I can’t see anything in the absence of light. God made […]

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Pilate’s Woes; My Woes and My Blessings

September 30th, 2017 · No Comments

John 19:11 (New Living Translation) Then Jesus said, “You would have no power over me at all unless it were given to you from above. Jesus is talking to Pilate. Pilate is having one of those days when you ask yourself, “What did I do to deserve this?” Pilate is hanging out in his political […]

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Watch Us Run

September 23rd, 2017 · No Comments

Hebrews 12:1-2a (New Living Translation) Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. 2 […]

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Approaching God’s Throne of Grace

September 17th, 2017 · No Comments

Hebrews 4:16 (New Living Translation) Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. This is priest language. It is used to describe how priests would enter the temple to come near to God. They were special […]

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The Same Precious Faith

September 9th, 2017 · No Comments

2 Peter 1:1b (New Living Translation) I am writing to you who share the same precious faith we have. This faith was given to you because of the justice and fairness of Jesus Christ, our God and Savior. This is a letter to those who share the same precious faith that the writer has. What […]

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Everything I have is Yours

September 3rd, 2017 · No Comments

Luke 15:31 (Holman Standard Christian Bible) Son, he said to him, you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. This statement comes at the end of the parable of the Prodigal Son. The father is talking to the older brother. I have always stumbled through this parable. There is something or other […]

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The Highest Rest

September 2nd, 2017 · No Comments

Mark 2:27-28 (Holman Standard Christian Bible) 27 Then He told them, “The Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath. 28 Therefore, the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.” The Sabbath is rest. It is God’s gift to man—rest for the weary. Jesus came to take away the sins […]

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