First Fruits of the First Resurrection

1 Corinthians 15:20–24 (MEV): But now is Christ risen from the dead and become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came by man, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every …

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The Wages of Sin

Romans 6:23 (MEV) For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. The wages of sin is death. It's that simple. Think about what Paul is saying. Understanding this critical point is a foundation to everything. To do that, consider the context… Romans 6:19–23 …

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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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Genesis 2:17: You Will Surely Die?

Genesis 2:17 (MEV): but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die." When you read that verse, what comes to mind? I offer, most who read the verse won't really take it at what is written. …

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Where I Am Going, You Cannot Come

John 8:21 (MEV): Again, Jesus said to them, “I am going away, and you will seek Me, and you will die in your sins. Where I am going, you cannot come.” That simple truth is a stumbling block for many. Jesus said it to the very leaders of His chosen people, Israel. Their leaders were …

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Jesus has been Gifted Everything

John 5:21–23 (MEV): For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom He will. The Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son, that all men should honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor …

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A Parable for You Today

Matthew 25:1–13 (MEV): “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be like ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were wise and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps, but took no oil with them. But the wise took jars of oil with their …

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Good People

I have a question I would like to pose to you. I want you to answer it honestly. Do you think of yourself as a good person? Let's really examine what it means to be good. Remember, that Jesus told us that we really ought to judge... And do it correctly. John 7:24 (MEV): Do …

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The Everlasting Kingdom

Daniel 7:13–14 (MEV): I saw in the night visions, and there was one like a Son of Man coming with the clouds of heaven. He came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before Him. There was given to Him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve …

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