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blessing or beesting

Christians are like bees.  Bees can be a blessing when they remain focus.  They help pollinate flowers and plants.  Strong healthy colonies of bees produces honey.  But each working bee also possess a sting.  Each of them can also be a bee sting.  When Christians have strayed from the “bee-line” of the Gospel we are thrown into confusion of the moment and more prone to being a bee sting towards others.

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Exegesis Bible Contradiction

The picture for this post is just for fun.

But seriously our friend Wally Fry made a good point in the comment section: Why not make it easier for readers to find as an easy reference the posts we have written answering alleged Bible contradictions?  I concur.  With his advice I’ve gone back to my posts and filed them under the category of “Bible contradictions.”

For convenience I’m also posting them on here my provisional list of posts answering Bible contradictions.  I know the list is small since I didn’t intend to make a series on contradictions.  Also the posts took some time for me to consider the context and a close examination of the verse in question at the level of consulting the Greek even when the resolution finally didn’t need to invoke the original languages.

So here’s the few posts I have done thus far on our blog (remember it’s a provisional listing!):

  1. Did or did not the Samaritans receive Jesus?
  2. Burying and Saying Bye to Parents in Luke 9:59-62
  3. Did Herod think Jesus was John the Baptist?
  4. Who can cast out devils in the name of Jesus?
  5. Who is for or against Jesus?
  6. Was Jairus’ daughter alive when Jesus was approached?
  7. Was Mary (the mother of Jesus) blessed?
  8. How many men were possessed with demons at the country of the Gadarenes?
  9. Were the Pharisees baptized by John?
  10. Does God sleep?
  11. How did David kill Goliath? And did he killed him twice?
  12. Do Christians know how to pray?
  13. Was Moses a good speaker?
  14. Can thieves go to heaven?
  15. When did Jesus receive his beating?
  16. Was Lot Abraham’s brother or nephew?
  17. Where did Joseph and Mary live before the birth of Jesus?

And an “oldie:”

  1. Reconciling James 1:13-14 that God is not the source of temptation with Matthew 6:13, “And do not lead us into temptation”

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In light of the upcoming fifth year anniversary of the Bin Laden raid, I review this book for this weekend’s reading recommendation.

SEAL Target Geronimo

Chuck Pfarrer. SEAL Target Geronimo: The Inside Story of the Mission to Kill Osama bin Laden.  New York, NY: Saint Martin’s Press, November 8th, 2011. 240 pp.

At first I wasn’t sure of whether or not I should read this book, having read other works surrounding the mission that killed Bin Laden especially the work No Easy Day.  I was glad that I read it because this book definitely manage to contribute to the conversation of what happened that day.  What makes this book unique is that this book was written by a former SEAL who interviewed the SEALs operators involved with the Bin Laden raid.  From these interviews the author attempt to synthesize all the accounts from the SEALs (some of which the author admit were conflicting) in order to give a better narrative of what happened that day.

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A few days ago I wrote a post on how to get the most out of Matthew 6 in applying it to worrying.  I found this message by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones and thought it was quite relevant in light of the previous post.

Enjoy!

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face of skeptic when another bible contradiction answered

This is a look at another alleged Bible contradiction from Luke 9 according to the Skeptic Annotated Bible.

Today’s question: Who is for or against Jesus?

Those who are not with Jesus are against him.

He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me, scatters.” Luke 11:23

Those who are not against Jesus are for him.

for he who is not against you is for you.” Luke 9:50

I think when we examine the passage carefully this will be shown to be not a contradiction.  Let’s take a closer look:

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A few days ago I listened to a sermon by Mark Dever for this year’s Together For the Gospel’s Conference in which Dever spoke on “Endurance Needed Strength for a Slow Reformation and the Dangerous Allure of Speed.”  I thank Vincent for sharing them with us!  I was blessed by the message and while it wasn’t expository preaching Mark Dever instead shared some important wisdom as to why pastors, church leaders (and by application, all of us) needs patience and aim for slow progress rather than believe the lie that many and quick is the goal.

It is a longer message but I listened to it while doing other things.  I was blessed and perhaps you would too!

 

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In another forum online someone asked the following question:

What are some good scriptures that can help through depression anxiety and other issues? I have a lot of these issues and sometimes I find it hard to find the right things to calm me down.

Personally Matthew 6 have been very helpful for me in my own life.  Specifically Matthew 6:25-34.  Here’s my quick thoughts and expanded from the original comment.  Perhaps it might be helpful for others on WordPress and Social Media as well.

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