New Testament

4 Ways Paul Encourages Us to Love the Church (Even When It’s Hard) – Christian Article

Beauty on the Inside Around the corner from where I live, a house is for sale. In bold green letters, the lawn sign reads: “I’m Gorgeous Inside!” The message is surprising. From the street, the house is thoroughly ordinary, even run-down. It’s a seventies-era raised ranch with dingy white vinyl siding and a location on a busy road. The bushes are too big, the windows are too small, and the backyard is non-existent. But the sign encourages me to believe…

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Enoch and Elijah: Are they Dead or in Heaven? – Christian Article

The question of Enoch’s and Elijah’s demise is still argued by scholars and lay people after all these thousands of years, since their biblically recorded disappearance. Enoch was the father of Methuselah and ancestor of Noah, and the author of the apocalyptic Book of Enoch. He vanished, literally, after only 365 years of life. Besides being mentioned in Genesis, he is also referenced in the New Testament (see: Luke 3:37; Hebrews 11:5; Jude 1:14-15). Now, unusual for biblical characters, Elijah…

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Ravi Zacharias and Abdu Murray Team Up to Look at Jesus – Christian Article

Review: Seeing Jesus from The East: A Fresh Look at History’s Most Influential Person by Ravi Zacharias and Abdu Murray (Zondervan, 2020) One of the challenges when multiple authors combine to cover a particular topic — especially when the individual chapters were not written collaboratively — is that that there is often nothing which unifies the book as a whole. When I started reading Seeing Jesus From the East, I resigned myself to reading it as a collection of nine…

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The Apostles’ Creed — Why does it say Jesus Descended into Hell? – Christian Article

Part of the Apostles’ Creed of the Roman Catholic Church, in its latest translation of texts, states that Jesus “ . . . was crucified, died and was buried; he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead. . . .” For about fifteen hundred years the Apostles’ Creed stated Jesus had visited hell for a short time after his death. Could this be correct? If it is, then why did he go there? Our…

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When the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Ride — Revelation 6 – Christian Article

Throughout two thousand years of Christian history, and several hundred years longer in Jewish history, the idea of an apocalypse has been studied. This predicted cataclysm is a series of earth-wide events, preceding God’s destruction of the evil ruling powers impacting humanity. Although previously implied and even promised, these events are symbolically described in detail in a revelation from Jesus to the Apostle John, recorded in what is commonly called the Book of Revelation. After being exiled to the small…

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Cannibalism – What Does the Bible Say? – Christian Article

Someone would be hard-pressed to imagine something more troubling or macabre than the taboo of eating human flesh. Now, in the animal kingdom, cannibalism is fairly common and found in more than fifteen hundred species, but this activity is rare in humans, just maybe not as rare as you might expect. Once, during a study about difficult passages in the Bible, someone said, “I don’t understand how people can eat another person. God plainly says it is forbidden.” Well, that…

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Our Future After Death — Resurrection on Earth or Life in Heaven? – Christian Article

This was a rather difficult article to write, because there are so many Christians with opposing opinions. Serious debates covering this topic produce anxiety, and many lay people show signs of agitation discussing this subject. I know, because I’ve seen, heard, and been involved with it all. I’ve been called sacrilegious, profane, and anti-Christian in my opinions and even, once, someone implied that I am a minister of the devil — “Exactly what kind of minister are you, anyway?” a…

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Seminary-Level Courses: 25% off for You, Free for a Friend – Christian Article

When you find something great, you want to tell someone about it. This month, you can share the experience instead! Buy a Mobile Education, and invite a friend to take the course too—for free. Christmas may be over, but you can still give the gift of studying the Bible.  Choose from over 200 Mobile Education online Bible courses, all 25% off. Courses like: The Cultural World of the New Testament by David deSilva, distinguished professor of New Testament and Greek…

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Anger Management: A Christian Perspective – Christian Article

The Bible tells us of two opposing groups of spiritual emotions, desires, and acts. There is a good or nice group which we should strive to emulate and the other, a bad or evil one of which we should choose to reject. On the good side are the ‘fruits of the spirit’: “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control,” (Galatians 5:22b-23, NRSV).1 Opposite these spiritual niceties are the evil ‘works of the flesh’ which are bad or…

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the Snake in Genesis 3 — was it Satan or Not? – The Outlaw Bible Student – Christian Article

As I get older and my knees hurt more, I use a walking cane to help me get around. I thought that a really nice one would be fun to have when leaving the house and going someplace special. In my grandfather’s day, he would have called it his “Sunday-go-to-meeting cane.” Since on our wedding anniversary, my wife and I exchange personal gifts, I thought I would bring this idea up to her, as our special date was approaching. “Mary,”…

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The whole counsel of God – Christian Article

In Paul’s farewell speech to the Ephesian church elders, he says, “For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27, ESV). Other versions note that Paul did not hesitate to proclaim to them the whole will of God (NIV), or the whole purpose of God (NAS). In June 2001, John MacArthur accomplished something that is extremely rare in Christendom. He finished preaching through the entire New Testament, verse by verse. To his church’s…

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Paul’s Trip to Philippi — the Story of Lydia, the Demon, and Jail – The Outlaw Bible Student – Christian Article

The Book of Acts, according to tradition, was written by the apostle Luke from his personal experiences and those of people he knew. There are, however, academics that believe another source of authorship should be considered, but that is not our focus at this time. Our study will concern chapter 16 of Acts, which includes a journey of Paul, Silas, and Timothy to Macedonia. First, let us learn a little background information. Paul had neither required Gentile converts to be…

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When & How Do People Get Their Souls? – The Outlaw Bible Student – Christian Article

Most Christians believe in something called a human soul that survives death. The questions of when and how a person obtains that soul, whatever it is, have been discussed and debated throughout Christian history. It is no different today, especially for those who are trying to determine abortion law. Although atheists don’t believe in God, they will certainly use the Bible for reference, if its scripture can be twisted to their advantage. Even using the same book, Christians find a…

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A Study in John 3 — and that Snake on a Pole Thing – The Outlaw Bible Student – Christian Article

Nicodemus, a Pharisee and prominent member of the Sanhedrin, came one night to visit Jesus and discuss his new religious doctrine. Now, a Pharisee was a member of a Jewish sect noted for strict observance of the rites and ceremonies of the written law — that of the law of Moses as well as Jewish oral traditions concerning the law.1 The Sanhedrin, headed by a High Priest, was the supreme council and tribunal of the Jews and had religious, civil,…

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The Case for the Reliability of the New Testament (Free Bible Insert) – Christian Article

I’ve written quite a bit about the reliability of the New Testament eyewitness accounts in Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels and at ColdCaseChristianity.com. I believe there are many good reasons to accept the Gospels as eyewitness accounts, and I’ve focused on four characteristics of reliable eyewitness testimony to demonstrate the trustworthy nature of the Gospels. In an effort to summarize the case for the New Testament in a different way, I’d like to offer…

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Do We go to Heaven when We Die? Do People see Heaven during a Near Death Experience? – The Outlaw Bible Student – Christian Article

I recently received a letter from a visitor to our website who was writing because an article conflicted with what they had been taught. She wrote, “Jesus said ‘I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.’ I’ve always been taught that place would be in heaven. But your article leads me to…

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There is Something Strange about Jesus’ Death! What Happened in Matthew 27:52-53? – The Outlaw Bible Student – Christian Article

Jesus died–the veil was torn–there was an earthquake–and immediate resurrection of saints! The remarkable events recorded in some verses of Matthew 27, which occurred at the very moment of Jesus’ death on the cross, have been passionately debated for years. Scholars are ‘all over the map,’ so to speak, about what is really meant by this short description in the Bible’s first Gospel. (50)”Then Jesus cried again with a loud voice and breathed his last. (51)At that moment the curtain…

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The whole counsel of God – Christian Article

In Paul’s farewell speech to the Ephesian church elders, he says, “For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27, ESV). Other versions note that Paul did not hesitate to proclaim to them the whole will of God (NIV), or the whole purpose of God (NAS). In June 2001, John MacArthur accomplished something that is extremely rare in Christendom. He finished preaching through the entire New Testament, verse by verse. To his church’s…

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Why Study the Book of Ephesians? – Christian Article

This article is part of the Why Study the Book? series. The Church Is God’s In my first pastorate, I started preaching the book of Ephesians in my second year. After I was in the fifth or sixth week of the series, a kindly, older church member came to me and said, “Pastor, may I ask you a question? When you are preaching through Ephesians, you are not trying to tell us what this church should do. Instead, you are…

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The Bible according to Origen – Curious Christian – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); Origen of Alexandria was an early Christian ascetic, bible scholar, and theologian who lived from 184 to 253 AD, spending much of his life in Egypt. He was a prolific writer and one of the most influential figures in early Christianity. Origen is also an early witness to what books were included in the Bible, especially the New Testament. Around 250 AD Origen wrote: “But when our Lord Jesus Christ comes, whose arrival that…

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Why Study the Book of Luke? – Christian Article

This article is part of the Why Study the Book? series. Recovering What Was Lost It’s hard to forget the story of Jesus and Zaccheus. The scene is a bit ridiculous: a small man, hated but curious, climbs a tree to see Jesus; Jesus stops to say, “Get down here—I have to stay at your house today!” The crowd complains while Zaccheus overflows with joy and repentance. Then Jesus speaks one of the most comforting promises ever made: “The Son…

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The Gospel in 2 Corinthians – Christian Article

This article is part of the Christ in All of Scripture series. Gospel Paradoxes Second Corinthians is filled with the astounding paradoxes of the gospel. Rather than a well-ordered theological treatise (like Romans or Ephesians), we find a letter that stylistically is somewhat free-flowing. Yet it is overflowing with the apostle’s gospel-love for his readers. Though this can sometimes make the argument of the book difficult to follow, the unique historical setting of the book allows the modern reader to…

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The Gospel in 1 Corinthians – Christian Article

This article is part of the Christ in All of Scripture series. What Christ Has Done The gospel—the good news of what God has done for sinners through Jesus Christ—permeates 1 Corinthians. The letter opens with a celebration of the cross of Christ (1 Cor. 1:18–31), closes with an emphasis on Christ’s resurrection (1 Cor. 15:3–58), and repeatedly presents Christ and the gospel as the essence of Paul’s preaching (1 Cor. 2:1–5; 3:10–11; 9:16; 15:1–8). Patterns of Gospel Truth Despite…

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The Gospel in Acts | Crossway Articles – Christian Article

This article is part of the Christ in All of Scripture series. Spreading the Gospel Acts is the story of God’s grace flooding out to the world, from the cross and resurrection of Jesus in Jerusalem to the ends of the earth. Nothing is more prominent in Acts than the spread of the gospel. Jesus promises a geographic expansion at the outset (Acts 1:8), and Acts follows the news of his death and resurrection as it spreads from Jerusalem to…

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The Gospel in John | Crossway Articles – Christian Article

This article is part of the Christ in All of Scripture series. Exercise in the Obvious Setting out to find a gospel-focus in John’s Gospel might seem like the “challenge” of finding a mountain in a photo montage of the Swiss Alps—an exercise in the obvious. Yet there is a great difference between holding a travel brochure in your hand and actually standing at the base of the Alps. It is the difference between pleasant thoughts and soul-gripping wonder; a…

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