The Gospel Will Never Perish

Matthew 10:25, “If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household.” These are the words of Jesus to His chosen apostles whom He was sending into the world to do His work. Indeed, the Jews later accused Jesus of serving Beelzebul (Matthew 12:24)! It is…

Agape: The Godly Love of Choice

John 15:13, μείζονα ταύτης ἀγάπην οὐδεὶς ἒχει, ἳνα τις τὴν ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ θῆ ὑπὲρ φἰλων αὐτοῦ. “No one has greater love than this: that he lay down his life on behalf of his friends.” What kind of love is this? The word Jesus uses is ἀγάπη (agape): the love of choice and self-sacrifice, ultimately culminated in…

Review: The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus

This article has been modified to fit the audience of this blog from an essay written for the philosophy course, Christian Apologetics, at Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Authors: Gary R. Habermas and Michael R. Licona Publisher: Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 2004 Rating: 5/5 stars Amazon Price: $17.81 Bottom Line In discussions of the resurrection of Christ,…

Beatitudes: Blessed Are the Persecuted (Conclusion)

Matthew 5:10-12, “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in…

Beatitudes: Blessed Are the Peacemakers

Matthew 5:9, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” The Greek word for “peacemakers” is εἰρηνοποιοί (eirenopoioi), which comes from the verb ποιέω (poiéo) that means “to make, do, construct, create,” so literally it means, “one who creates peace.” As God’s children, we are given the ability to make peace. Not…

Facing Trials: Only For A Season

1 Peter 1:6-7, Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of…

Facing Trials: Parable of the Sower

1 Peter 1:6-7, Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of…