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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 1:7. Here’s my translation:

“SENTENCE 7 [CR ἐν CR] ᾧ ἔχομεν τὴν ἀπολύτρωσιν διὰ τοῦ αἵματος αὐτοῦ ‹ τὴν
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the

ἄφεσιν τῶν παραπτωμάτων › κατὰ τὸ πλοῦτος τῆς χάριτος αὐτοῦ”
forgiveness of our transgressions according to the riches of His grace

Here’s some observation:



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This CBS’ 60 Minutes Documentary on the Navy SEALs rescue of Jessica Buchanan was quite emotional at the end of the video when they had her share in her own words.  It shows the incredible sacrifice of some of our elite warriors in the Special Operations Community going all out to rescue a hostage even to the risk of their own life.

Of course I can’t watch something like this without being very moved emotionally.  I try to imagine what its like to be in her shoe, to be alive when one might have counted one’s life dead.

I can imagine a bit of the gratitude she must have for these warriors.  It’s no surprised that when I went on Youtube I also found that she recently spoke of her experience in support of the Navy SEAL foundation.

That got me thinking tangent to another rescue operation.


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I’m a “Johnny come lately” when it comes to the music artist Johnny Cash.

I just found this song:

I found the lyrics over at Google Play:


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When I was a young Christian I was so foolish to have thought that the doctrines of Redemption, Propitiation, Justification and Adoption were so deep, I didn’t need to go out of the way to know what they are.  I assumed that the average person wouldn’t understand it.

I couldn’t be more wrong.

Actually I would say the Bible gives us natural analogies to reach all cultures and people with the concept of redemption, propitiation, justification and adoption.  Those terms were terms used in culture and societies before the Bible used it as an analogy for the Gospel.  It might be counter-intuitive but the more one understands the biblical context and cultural context of those terms the more it enrich our understanding and appreciation of the Gospel.  And don’t forget its the hearing of the Gospel that leads to salvation.

Here are two videos that touches on four of these doctrines courtesy of South Bay Alliance Church.


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I love the doctrine of Redemption.  It is a beautiful imagery of what Christ has done on the Cross to save us.

Here’s John MacArthur’s recent sermon on the Infinite Value of Redemption from Peter’s epistles.

Have a blessed Lord’s Day.

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This work is a classic!

The Apostolic Preaching of the Cross

Leon Morris. The Apostolic Preaching of the Cross.  Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing, September, 1965. 318 pp.

Many years ago I remember hearing Don Carson mentioned this book in passing during a conference with a local chapter of The Gospel Coalition.  The sermon by Carson really blessed me and I couldn’t forget the book he mentioned since I wondered what treasure I would find if I were to read it myself.  It took me nearly a decade to finally purchased this book but I finally did it: I bought it, read it and was exceptionally blessed by it.


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