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This is from my daily Greek exercise of sight reading a few months ago, courtesy of Vincent S Artale Jr.

Our text is from the Greek translation (Septuagint) of Ephesians 4:17.  Here is my translation:

“PRINCIPLE 17 ‹ ‹→ Τοῦτο →› οὖν λέγω καὶ ‹ μαρτύρομαι › ἐν κυρίῳ › ‹☉
Therefore I say this and testify in the Lord

μηκέτι ὑμᾶς περιπατεῖν
You no longer walk

SUB-POINT καθὼς ‹+ καὶ τὰ ἔθνη +› περιπατεῖ ἐν ματαιότητι τοῦ νοὸς αὐτῶν ☉›”
just as the Gentiles walk in futility of their mind

Here are some observations:



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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: What is the human life span?

Here are the two answers which the skeptic believes shows a Bible contradiction:

70 years.

“As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years, Or if due to strength, eighty years, Yet their pride is but labor and sorrow; For soon it is gone and we fly away.” (Psalm 90:10)

120 years.

“Then the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh; nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.”” (Genesis 6:3)

More than 120 years.

After the flood, many men (and at least one woman) lived longer than God’s 120 year limit. Here are some examples:

Noah – 950 years Genesis 9:29
Shem – 600 years Genesis 11:10-11
Arphaxad – 438 years Genesis 11:12-13
Salah – 433 years Genesis 11:14-15
Eber – 464 years Genesis 11:16-17
Peleg – 239 years Genesis 11:18-19
Reu – 239 years Genesis 11:20-21
Serug – 229 years Genesis 11:22-23
Nahor – 148 years Genesis 11:24-25
Terah – 205 years Genesis 11:32
Sarah – 127 years Genesis 23:1
Abraham – 175 years Genesis 25:7
Ishmael – 137 years Genesis 25:17

(All Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

Here’s a closer look at whether or not there is a contradiction:


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This post was much delayed since my internet was not working at home.

This is from my daily Greek exercise of sight reading a few months ago, courtesy of Vincent S Artale Jr.

Our text is from the Greek translation (Septuagint) of Psalm 98:2. (Note in the Greek Septuagint it is Psalm 97:2.)  Here is my translation:

“2 ἐγνώρισεν Κύριος τὸ σωτήριον αὐτοῦ ἐναντίον τῶν ἐθνῶν·
The Lord made known His salvation before the nations

ἀπεκάλυψεν τὴν δικαιοσύνην αὐτοῦ.”
He Has revealed His righteousness

Here are some observations:


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(Note: This is a guest post written by Wally Fry who blogs here.  I am currently away and I am thankful to Wally for this guest post.  If you have thoughts and questions, feel free to comment and when he has time he will respond.)

Crowns In Heaven-How’s That Work? 

We will all be judged 

The Bible is quite clear in teaching that every single human who has ever lived will be judged at some point in time. Here we are going to briefly discuss the judgment of Believers, which will take place at the Bema, or the Judgment Seat of Christ. We need to clarify one thing quickly before we dive into this topic. The Judgment Seat of Christ is not a judgment to determine whether we are admitted into Heaven or cast into Hell; believers have made that particular decision during their lives here on Earth. 


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You probably heard the saying “the more you sweat the less you bleed.”

Well with sermon prep and lecture prep for going overseas to teach the Word I felt the discipline of reading the Word and books on the Word helped and paid off in terms of things remembered, books highlighted that can now be easily referenced, etc.

It made me think of another saying concerning Bible reading: “The more you read, the less you’ll regret.”

The Marine in me couldn’t help but make this meme:

But then I realized that’s a true principle for generally with the Christian life.

For help to encourage you to read more check out our post “How to Read More Books When Life Gets Busy.”

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Christopher J.H. Wright.  Knowing the Holy Spirit through the Old Testament.  Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, November 5th, 2006.  159 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

This was a good exploration of the topic of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament.  It is definitely the most thorough book-length treatment of the Spirit in the Old Testament I have come across.  In the preface the author Christopher Wright mentioned that when he was first approached to speak on a five part series on the Spirit in the Old Testament he wondered at first if there was even enough materials for one talk, let alone five.  But Wright was in for a pleasant surprised when he started his studies to discover “far more than my first impressions” (9).  This book is the result of his 2004 lectures.


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This is from my daily Greek exercise of sight reading a few weeks ago, courtesy of Vincent S Artale Jr.

Our text is Ephesians 2:4. Here’s my translation:

“ELABORATION 3 σπουδάζοντες τηρεῖν τὴν ἑνότητα τοῦ πνεύματος ἐν τῷ συνδέσμῳ
Being diligent to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bondage of

τῆς εἰρήνης”

Here’s some observation:


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