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Ignoring the word of Jesus (Hebrews 1-4)

In my last post, we saw how Paul told Timothy, “Remember Jesus Christ.” Here we see similar words by the author of Hebrews: “Consider Jesus.” (3:1) I have probably read Hebrews dozens of times, but as I’ve been reading it … Continue reading

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Out of step with the gospel (Galatians 2)

Verse 14 really strikes me. …I saw that their conduct was not in step with the truth of the gospel… (14, ESV) Obviously, in this context, Peter’s conduct was out of step with the gospel in that by his actions, … Continue reading

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Selfishness and pride (I Corinthians 8)

If there is one theme that I’m consistently seeing in I Corinthians, it’s the problem of selfishness and pride in the Corinthian church. And so time and again, Paul tries to bring them back to what is central: God. That’s … Continue reading

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The whole gospel (Acts 10)

Something struck me as I read Acts 10: the gospel message of Peter. He talked about how Jesus had come with power, healing the sick and doing good. He then talked about how Jesus was crucified and subsequently resurrected. And … Continue reading

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Revelation 5 — The one on whom all God’s plans rest

I have to admit, until recently, I had never really thought about Revelation as being centered around the gospel. But we saw very early on in chapter one, that Revelation starts with the gospel, and here now we see that it … Continue reading

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Revelation 1:4-8 — The gospel behind Revelation

This being Easter Sunday in the States, I suppose it’s only fitting that we see the gospel here in this passage. Most people don’t think of Revelation being a book about the gospel. But it is. And we see it … Continue reading

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III John — Walking in truth and love (part 2)

As we look at III John, we see many of the same themes that we see in II John, and for that matter in I John: those of truth and love. Here, though, we have a very practical application of … Continue reading

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I John 3:24-4:6 — Testing the spirits

There are many today who claim to follow Christ, to have the Holy Spirit, and to preach the gospel. The question we always need to be asking, however, is if they follow the true Christ, have the true Holy Spirit, … Continue reading

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I John 1:1-4 — Proclaiming He who is life

And so we come to the last “long” letter of the New Testament. Or at least the last letter with multiple chapters, anyway. And from the very beginning, you can almost hear the emotion coming from the apostle John who … Continue reading

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Hebrews 2-3 –Why we dare not ignore the gospel

One of the key themes you see throughout Hebrews is the supremacy of Christ. In chapters 1-2, you see his supremacy over the prophets and the angels. In chapter 3, we see his supremacy over Moses. And in chapter 4, … Continue reading

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I Timothy 3:16 –The wonder of the gospel

Christmas is right around the corner, and I think it can be so easy to take for granted what it’s all about. Do we truly wonder at what it really means? Paul did. He said, Beyond all question, the mystery … Continue reading

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Philippians 1:27-2:11 — What the gospel is all about

We saw last time that Paul tells us to live a life worthy of the gospel. But what is that gospel?  He makes it crystal clear in chapter 2. The gospel is all about Christ, who, being in very nature God, did … Continue reading

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Galatians 1:11-2:16 — Fighting for the gospel

In this passage, we see Paul fighting for the truth of the gospel.  First he went to Jerusalem to make sure he was on the same page as the rest of the apostles concerning salvation by grace apart from law.  And … Continue reading

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Galatians 1:10 — A people-pleasing gospel

Let’s face it, the gospel we preach is hard for many people to swallow.  And because of that, sometimes Christians try to dilute it or sugar-coat it in order to make it more palatable for people to accept. “Oh yes, … Continue reading

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Galatians 1:1-9 — Deserting God

A lot of people today see Christianity as a set of rules.  They think that you have to keep these rules to be accepted by God.  Even many Christians tend to think this way.  But is this what the Bible … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 4:1-6 — Our part, God’s part

I think one thing that a lot of people worry about as we share the gospel is how people will respond. It’s only natural, I suppose.  For one thing, we really want them to be saved.  For another, we want … Continue reading

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I Corinthians 15:1-11 — The most important thing

We now come to perhaps the most important part of this letter, because it stands at the core of our faith. Paul writes, Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received … Continue reading

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I Corinthians 14:7-11 — Speaking clearly

In the midst of Paul’s speech about tongues and prophesy, I think there’s a little nugget that we can all take to heart from pastor all the way down to the person in the pew. Paul says, Even in the … Continue reading

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Romans 16:25-27 — The One Who establishes us

And so we finish off Romans.  I think it’s been one of the more fun books that I have blogged through.  And as we do, we finish up where we started.  With a reminder that salvation is ultimately the work … Continue reading

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Romans 10:16-11-10 — Refusing to believe

A couple of days ago, I talked about the paradox of salvation.  That though the path to salvation is so easy, yet it is difficult.  All we have to do is put our faith in God and Jesus’ work on … Continue reading

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Romans 10:14-15 — The need for us to go

We’ve talked about this not to long ago, so this should be short and sweet.  I’ve mentioned before that we were chosen before the beginning of the world to be God’s children. There have been, however, Christians who have taken this … Continue reading

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Romans 1:8-17 — The gospel

In this passage, Paul talks about his longing to come to Rome that he might share the gospel with them as he had in so many other places.  Not to say that they didn’t know the gospel, as they had … Continue reading

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Romans 1:1-7 — Loved and called by God

And so we hit Romans, perhaps the most important book in the New Testament, because it so clearly sets out what the gospel is. It was written by Paul to the church in Rome before he had had the chance … Continue reading

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Acts 26:20-32 — Compelled

In this passage, we see three reactions to the gospel. One is persecution, like the Jews persecuted Paul. The second is people thinking we’re crazy, as Festus thought of Paul. The third is a patronizing attitude toward us and the gospel, as Herod … Continue reading

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Acts 25-26 — Obedient to the call

As we look at this passage, we see Paul’s appearance before Festus and Herod Agrippa II.  This last of the Herods that we see in the New Testament, was the son of Herod Agrippa I who had killed James, and … Continue reading

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Acts 24 — The whole counsel of God

Paul once told the Ephesians, I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all of you, for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.  (Acts 20:26-27 — ESV) What … Continue reading

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Acts 22:30-23:1-10 — Shrewd as a serpent

I think in this passage, we see a perfect example of someone being as shrewd as serpents as Jesus told his disciples to be in Matthew 10:16. Surrounded by a pack of wolves, Paul shrewdly divided those who would attack … Continue reading

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Acts 18:1-23 — Fulfilling our responsibilities

One thing that Paul did was he preached the gospel.  Wherever he went, he preached to the people that Jesus is the Christ. Why did he do so?  One reason, of course, was that Jesus commanded him to.  And it … Continue reading

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Acts 16:11-40 — Set free

If there is one theme in this chapter, it’s being set free. Lydia and her household were set free from from their sin, and perhaps the Jewish requirements of the law as well. The girl was set free from the … Continue reading

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Acts 13:4-52 — Opposition

If there is one word that comes to mind as I read this passage, it’s “opposition.” As Paul and Barnabas preached the gospel, they faced opposition from Elymas and the Jews.  One was spiritual opposition, one was opposition sprung from … Continue reading

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Acts 10 — Those who have not heard

One of the big conundrums Christians come up against when saying Jesus is the only way to heaven is the question, “What about those who have never even heard about Jesus?  Will they go to hell too?” And because of … Continue reading

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Acts 8:1-8 — Spreading the joy

Well, Christmas season is upon us.  It is officially December 1st here in Japan, and my 5 year old daughter and yesterday I put up our Christmas tree and all the Christmas decorations.  I’ve probably mentioned this before, but this … Continue reading

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Acts 2:38 — The message of the gospel

This was the first ever gospel message preached in all its fullness.  All the preaching that had gone on before was prior to the death and resurrection of Christ.  Now, all things had been fulfilled, and Peter preached to the … Continue reading

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Luke 24:36-49; John 20:19-23 — Filled and sent out

It seems like there was quite a bit of confusion and disbelief among the 11 and the others gathered in the upper room that Sunday.  Here was Mary, the women, the two followers of Jesus, and Peter himself saying that … Continue reading

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Matthew 26:57-68; Mark 14:53-65; Luke 22:63-71 — The ultimate question

The trial of Jesus was an atrocity on many levels.  Among them, the priests and Sanhedrin knew Jesus was innocent.  Yet because of their jealousy and hatred of Jesus, they were desperate to find a reason to kill him. Jewish … Continue reading

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Matthew 18:6-14; Mark 9:42-48 — How God sees our children

In his discourse on greatness in the kingdom of heaven, Jesus also makes it very clear how God feels about children. First, he gives us a warning.  “Don’t do things that would cause a child to sin.” If that isn’t … Continue reading

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Matthew 16:13-20 — The one on whom all stands

This is truly a powerful passage and as such, it deserves another look. After Peter declares Jesus to be the Messiah, Jesus praises him, saying, Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by … Continue reading

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Matthew 10:14-31 — When persecution comes

Persecution. Not a pleasant word.  And not something that I really want to go through.  But one thing that the Bible warns us is that it will come.  Paul warns us in 2 Timothy 3:12, In fact, everyone who wants … Continue reading

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Matthew 10:1-25 — Trying to be loved by all

I was reading Matthew 10 with my wife last night, and I realized that I had meant to come back to this passage in a bit more detail, and never did.  So before I move on, let’s go back a … Continue reading

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Matthew 9:35-38 — Seeing the harvest

Lots of things to see in this passage. Jesus went.  He went out to preach the good news, to touch, and to heal those who were hurting. Jesus saw.  So many times we see people, but we don’t really see them. … Continue reading

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Matthew 13:1-23; Mark 4:1-20; Luke 8:1-15 — Planting the seed

As I looked back on the last blog, there was one last point that occurred to me that I want to put here. So often, I think of the farmer as Jesus.  But I think it’s equally if not even … Continue reading

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Matthew 7:6 — Wasting your breath

I mentioned in the last blog that while Jesus warns us against hypocritical judging, he does call us to rebuke people who are in sin.  But when we do so, we should keep something else in mind:  who we’re rebuking. … Continue reading

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Luke 6:17-21 — Good news

There seems to be some dispute as to whether the teachings from the Sermon on the Mount recorded in Matthew and the teachings from the Sermon on the Plain in Luke were actually the same message or not.  Some think … Continue reading

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Luke 4:14-30 — To all who receive him

As I read this passage, I can’t help but think about John 1:11-12, where it says, He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.  Yet to all who received him, to those who … Continue reading

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Matthew 4:12-17; Mark 1:14-15; Luke 4:14-15 — A light in the darkness

I mentioned yesterday the question of why God allowed John the Baptist to go to prison.  We don’t know for sure, but perhaps one reason was to get people’s eyes off of John and solely on to Jesus. For right … Continue reading

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John 3:16-18 — The other side of the gospel

The word “gospel,” as most people know, means “good news.”  But the good news can’t really be understood until you understand the bad news.  What is the bad news?  It’s found in verse 18 of this passage. Whoever does not … Continue reading

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Proverbs 21:1, 30-31 — Remembering who’s in control

When we look at this world, it’s easy to wonder if God is still in control. In verse 1, Solomon writes, The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases.  … Continue reading

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Isaiah 49:1-13 — The mission of Messiah, and us

Here in this passage we see the mission of Messiah.   (Don’t you love the alliteration?)  What is it? First, to display the splendor of God (verse 3).  To show Israel who God really was.  And that’s what Jesus did, … Continue reading

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