Category Archives: Jesus Christ

Balaam and the Birth of Jesus

The birth of Jesus Christ was extraordinary, or should I say supernatural, in so many ways with perhaps the most surprising being the fulfillment of the prophecy spoken by Balaam. When Israel was at the end of their 40 years in the wilderness, they came to Moab just east of where they would eventually cross…
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Dealing with Our Culture 1: Seeing the Filter

This past summer, I learned how to surf at Jacksonville Beach in Florida. While I was in the ocean, I constantly battled the waves pushing me towards the beach and the undertow pulling me back towards the sea. However, it was not until I came out of the water a quarter of a mile down…
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Such Meaningful Contexts

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13 (KJV) Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. Romans 8:37 (KJV) These are among the wonderful verses that are popularly quoted in Christian circles, but often without regard to their meaningful contexts. There is certainly…
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Eye for an eye

Dr. Yaconis’ article “Tooth for a Tooth” pointed out that phrase of "an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth" is quoted from three places in the Old Testament. A careful examination of these verses in their context reveals that this phrase is dealing with the principle of proportionate retribution and compensation…
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JESUS’ GLORIFICATION

Hours before his incarceration, Jesus’ prayer revealed he had not yet been glorified but was earnestly anticipating it. “Jesus spoke these things; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You.” John 17:1   Early in his ministry, at the feast…
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Follow

Although the latest statistics indicate that 2.2 of earth’s 6.9 billion inhabitants self-identify as Christian, it is hard to say how many actually follow Jesus. I remember a while back asking a friend’s mother if she was a Christian. She replied, “Of course, I am; I’m American, aren’t I?” I guess in her mind being…
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Christus Victor

Why did Jesus die? Although a skeptic might argue Jesus was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time when he angered the wrong people, those of us who believe in Jesus’ resurrection cannot let ourselves off the hook so easily. If the resurrection proves that Jesus was God’s anointed one—the Messiah—then, of course,…
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