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Why Zarephath?(Geography-Theology Part Deux!)

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Ah, geography-theology, you’ve got to love it! In our last post, we discussed the pericope of Jesus taking his disciples up to Caesarea-Philippi and broaching the subject of his Messianic identity and mission. We discussed how Jesus perhaps did this to remove them from the tensions of Israel and find a safe haven to discuss such a weighty, and, controversial issue.

At the end of that pericope (i.e. Mt. 16.13-20) Jesus tells them not to discuss the matter with anyone. As the Gospel writers point out from time to time, his time had not yet come. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 23, 2016 in Bible study, Christ, Christian, Christianity


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“These Words of Mine” (Concluding Mt. 7.24-27)


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This will be the third and final installment dealing with the Parable of the Two Builders. Here again is the parable, as Jesus told it:

Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it. (Mt. 7.24-27)

We have seen in the first and second installments dealing with this parable that Jesus uses the motif of building a house. Both men in the parable do the same thing. Both men seem capable and skilled at the craft. Both complete their task, (again, unlike the tower builder), and both have houses that will be tested by a storm. Read the rest of this entry »


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My Daughter Quoting Scripture . . . More or Less!


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Last night, as I sat zombie-like in front of my TV screen watching this year’s first batch of D1 college football, my four-year old daughter was at the kitchen table quoting some bible knowledge!

My wife, mother and two-year old daughter were at the table with her talking about various things. 

My four-year old decides she will drop a few scripture quotations on the ladies sitting idly at the table. When a say a few quotations I really mean one, since she kept repeating the same one over and over. As to which one she was quoting, well, no one really knows! Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on August 29, 2014 in Christian, daughters, Grace in the Everyday, Parenting


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The Old Testament for the Rest of Us!


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Write the blurb for the book jacket of the book you’d write, if only you had the time and inclination.

I suppose I would have to choose which book I would want to blurb about. I actually have several in mind, some I have rough drafts, and others, I have written a few pages already. The books span from fiction to biblical interests. One of the books I have in mind would be on the Old Testament, since this was my area of concentration in school. I have already written some of it, sketching some ideas and topics to cover. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on January 24, 2014 in Daily Prompt, Grace in the Everyday


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The Enigmatic Book of Hebrews! Inquisitive Firsts . . .


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I have mentioned before that I teach an adult men’s bible study class on Tuesday evenings at a local church. We went through the book of Jude and then James. We are now starting the book of Hebrews. Being an OT guy and a theology nerd (I guess you could say!) I love the book of Hebrews. Hebrews is a wonderful book for many reasons.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on November 8, 2013 in Grace in the Everyday, Hebrews


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What’s in a Name?


Do you know the meaning of your name, and why your parents chose it? Do you think it suits you? What about your children’s names?

Quoting the Bard of Avon, what’s in a name?  For the ancients quite a bit, for us modern folks, it seems more than not, not very much.  In ancient times, a person would name their child to express at least two things: first, they wished to declare something of themselves (usually the father in the patriarchal societies of that day) and second, to give the child a name they could live up to.   Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on September 2, 2013 in Grace in the Everyday


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