Willingly Suffering for Another is Holiness

1 Peter 3:8–9 (MEV): Finally, be all of one mind, be loving toward one another, be gracious, and be kind. Do not repay evil for evil, or curse for curse, but on the contrary, bless, knowing that to this you are called, so that you may receive a blessing. Peter's constant theme is our conduct …

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The Demands of the Adversary

Luke 22:31–32 (MEV): Then the Lord said, “Simon, Simon, listen! Satan has demanded to have you to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have repented, strengthen your brothers.” In just a quick perusal today, I encountered this. Sometimes when thinking of other …

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The Olivet Discourse: 02 – The Destruction of the Temple Foretold

Continuing from the previous post, there are things to keep in mind. The first is the perspective of the author and the ideas he chooses to convey. Here is the foundation text beginning with the account in Matthew. Matthew 24:1–2 (MEV) Jesus departed from the temple and was leaving when His disciples came to show …

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The Olivet Discourse: Introduction

This is an introduction to my own attempt to discover the similarities and distinctions of the presentation of the Olivet Discourse (first post) as given in the synoptic gospels. The Synoptic Gospels are Matthew, Mark and Luke, as they present themselves similar in the things they record of Jesus' ministry on Earth. The first thing …

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The Olivet Discourse: For Israelis Only?

Matthew, Mark and Luke give much of the same testimony of the life and teaching of Jesus. The material offered is presented the same general order of events. These three are called the synoptic gospels for that reason. In an endeavor to understand the similarities recorded in the Olivet Discourse, it is more intriguing to …

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The Eagles Will be Gathered Together

It was something said by Pastor Greg tonight (would love to link to video, but is near impossible.) He held his Bible up and said there were things in it he didn't understand. He said he understood much, and as he grew in wisdom, his understanding grew. Yet there were some things he didn't get. …

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Men Fainting from Fear and Expectation

Luke 21:25–28 (MEV): “There will be signs in the sun and the moon and the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men fainting from fear and expectation of what is coming on the inhabited earth. For the powers of heaven will be shaken. Then they …

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Harmonizing the Tribulation of Those Days

Matthew 24:29–31 (MEV) "Immediately after the tribulation of those days, 'the sun will be darkened, the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.' "Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of …

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