Learning to Walk (2)

All miracles involved displacing natural and/or physical laws. In the NT People were healed when the Lord Jesus said they would be healed. It was immediate and unexplainable to our senses. Today we call it a miracle if miners survive a cave in and are rescued after a long period underground. Don’t get me wrong…

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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…

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Learning to Walk (1)

I spend a lot of time in the Book of the Acts of the Apostles. It is full of cases of conversions and of the stories related to the apostles, their work and the beginning of the church, as I have previously noted. At this sitting I am interested in the third and fourth chapter…

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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…

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What is Remission?

At Merriam-Webster (www.m-w.com) pardon is defined as 1) “an act officially saying that someone who was judged to be guilty of a crime will be allowed to go free and will not be punished.” Or, it is 2) “forgiveness for something.” That single internet stop makes it clear that pardon and forgiveness are synonymous. Granting…

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What Changed?

When Ray Kroc purchased the McDonald brothers’ restaurants he also received the recipes for their most popular items. At the head of the list was McDonald’s French fries. From the beginning McDonald’s had used only fresh potatoes. Mr. Kroc then taught his managers and employees to follow those recipes exactly. He taught them how to…

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The Silver Rule and the Golden Rule

Confucius (English: “Master Kong”) lived about 500 years before Christ. He is credited with giving us the Silver Rule: “Do not do to another what you would not wish to have done to you.” This was certainly less destructive than the Iron Rule. And due to the likeness in language to the Golden Rule the…

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The Iron Rule

As mankind actively turns away from the rule of God we forge for ourselves a new pattern of life based on our motives and desires. Without boundaries set we will end up living by the oldest rule of this world – the Iron Rule. To some it may sound childish, but whether considered or not moral…

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The Iron, The Silver, The Golden

“Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged; and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. 3 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?…

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Good News

The word gospel comes to us from the Greek language, and like several other transliterated words, it has been dropped into bibles from that language and into the others without an explanation. It means good news. And it may be useful to apply the translation of the word for modern English readers so that we…

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