February 9, 2018

Our only first-hand account of the Roman assault on the Temple comes from the Jewish historian Josephus Flavius who was a former leader of the Jewish Revolt who had surrendered to the Romans and had won favor from Vespasian. In gratitude, Josephus took on Vespasian’s family name – Flavius – as his own. As an eyewitness to the destruction of Jerusalem, Josephus gives us a startling window into a series of seven signs which God sent to the people of… Read more

February 8, 2018

“Immediately after the distress of those days, ‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’” – Matt. 24:29 The apocalyptic language that Jesus uses to describe the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem is often misunderstood as being about the end of the world and the second coming of Christ. But if we read the actual context of the conversation we’ll… Read more

February 7, 2018

Believe it or not, some Christians keep a list of people who can be righteously hated and even put to death, in spite of Jesus’ commands to love our enemies and bless those who hate us. Usually, those who fall into this exceptional category are criminals, terrorists, enemies of the state, homosexuals, and abortionists.Frankly, many Christians have their own private list of who can be/should be put to death. It might be an ex-spouse, a person who abused them in the… Read more

February 2, 2018

One of the biggest challenges for American Christians who embrace the idea that they live in a “Christian Nation” is how to reconcile the very Un-Christ-like things their Government says and does. Never mind that there is zero trace of anything Jesus ever taught in any of the foundational documents, including the Constitution. Never mind that Jesus already is a King who reigns over His own sovereign nation whose citizens are from every tongue and tribe and nation on Earth…. Read more

February 1, 2018

Christ warned us that after he went away, many others would come claiming, falsely, to be the Christ. Our task is to clearly recognize those who claim to be of Christ but, in reality, are not. To that end, it’s helpful to remind ourselves who Jesus was and what Jesus said. If we can clearly recognize the original, then we will never accept anything, or anyone, who takes the name of Christ but stands opposed to His character or His… Read more

February 1, 2018

For thousands of years, every major culture saw blood sacrifice as an acceptable – even essential – means of worship. To appease the gods one must shed blood – human or animal – so that rain would fall, crops would grow and soldiers would be victorious in battle. This was the unquestionable center of all religious activity for cultures all over the world for centuries. Today, however, the practice of blood sacrifice is almost universally regarded by everyone as barbaric,… Read more

January 30, 2018

“Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?” (Matt 19:16)   Here are some things to consider as you meditate on this scripture: First, notice that the Rich Young Ruler’s question to Jesus was “What good thing must I do to get eternal life?” (v.16)In response to that question, Jesus says, “Sell all that you have and give it to the poor and then come and follow me.”… Read more

January 27, 2018

[Guest Post by Steve Kline] “I love them enough to tell them the truth.” I put these words in quotes because they were spoken by Anita Bryant in a television interview in the 1970s. I had never heard of Ms. Bryant until I saw a clip of her interview in a movie. Ms. Bryant was a Christian political activist known for opposing gay rights. The “them” that Ms. Bryant loved enough to tell the truth to were homosexuals. The truth… Read more

January 26, 2018

There are at least 10 different verses in the New Testament that very specifically identify Jesus as the one and only example for what the Father is really like. Before I share those verses with you here, let me ask you to notice a few things: First, notice that in nearly every case Jesus is either explicitly contrasted with the Old Testament Prophets, or it is implicitly suggested that He is the superior source for information about who God is… Read more

January 25, 2018

Many Christians are more interested in making lists of all the ways that Islam is wrong and Christianity is right than they are in finding common ground with Muslims. Is this because Christians are really unable to set aside their religious differences to embrace someone of another faith? Not exactly. For example, most Christians I know fully embrace Judaism. They love the Jewish faith. They use Jewish terms for Jesus and Messiah [“Yeshua”, “Mashiac”, etc.]. They wear the Star of… Read more

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