New Testament Conveniences
It’s important for Christians to understand where humankind has been. Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it, right? If that is the case, here comes a gloomy analogy. It’s not just the Books of Daniel and Revelation that prove to be prophetic because the historical accounts documented in the Old Testament books of…Read More.
It’s important to understand where humankind has been. Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it or something like that, right? If that is the case, here comes the gloomy part. We don’t just have to read the book of Revelation to understand prophecy. The historical accounts documented in the Old Testament books of…Read More.
Jesus came to earth to bring salvation to the entire world and that includes everyone outside of the Jewish state. All Jews and gentiles. All believers and pagans. All men and women. EVERYONE. He came more than 2,000 years ago to set in motion the greatest evangelistic movement in the history of mankind. For the first time, anyone…Read More.
Jesus and Paul are the two greatest evangelizers of the Christian faith. Jesus established the church and Paul was its leading builder. Their ministry styles, though, were almost exactly opposite. Jesus ministered in Palestine and, in particular, Galilee. He walked the rural hillsides and the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Only occasionally does…Read More.
God’s plans are so completely awesome. I emphasize the word “completely” because he plans so thoroughly. No detail is ever overlooked by God. The perfectness of his planning is usually seen in hindsight. We understand his work better thousands of years later through the Bible. The beauty of the Bible is that the stories and teachings in…Read More.
How about a few random bits of trivia to help paint a picture of Biblical times?
1. Only about five million of the more than 50 million people (10 percent) in the Roman Empire were full Roman citizens.
2. Like many of the Roman innovators, King Herod also built roads to be able…Read More.
There isn’t an overwhelming amount of scripture that puts Jesus in houses of corporate worship. There is a significant amount of scripture that puts him in private houses, on seashores, or on hillsides as in his famous “sermon on the mount.” While during the majority of his three-year ministry scripture reads that he took the message…Read More.
From the beginning, God has always had competition.
For a place in the hearts of mankind, that is. Make no mistake, God has no contemporary. No other god rivals him. He is sovereign. He is omniscient. He is Alpha and Omega. He is everlasting. There are no other gods above him and it’s a shame he had to…Read More.
There has rarely been a time when the Middle East has not been in turmoil. From Abraham until now, people of different cultures and religions have continually fought against each other for various reasons. Joshua and David were conquerors of the Promised Land. The Israelites fought the Philistines and the Babylonians. Foreigners…Read More.
We’ve all seen the Indiana Jones movies. In two of the most popular installations, Indy and he team race to uncover two of the holiest artifacts know to the Jewish and Christian faiths from the Nazis. When it comes to archaeological finds, the Ark of the Covenant and the Holy Grail are undoubtedly two of the most famous. They are probably…Read More.
The topic of the last post was all about three ancient inscriptions that had Biblical implications. While those inscriptions can be interpreted in different ways, they can undoubtedly lend perspective to the culture of the Bible we study. However, archaeology doesn’t always help us get the story verbatim…Read More.
So, what in the world was going on in between the Old and New Testaments? God went dark for about 400 years (literary-wise) so only secular history tells us what led to the need for Him to send Jesus into the world. While it was a time for Alexander the Great, it was also a time for the rise of the Romans…Read More.
We all know that Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Who doesn’t? We grew up with that story. We sing about it. We read about it. We watch Christmas pageants at church about it. There was a church built there to commemorate it. He was laid in a manger, in swaddling clothes, in a stable, in the city of David, as prophesied in the book of… Read More.