April 2nd, 2022
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A Comfortable Syncretism?
Sometimes the truth is ‘hard to swallow’ so people settle for a convenient syncretism — a comforting blend of truth and lies. Jesus had spoken to his disciples and followers about ‘drinking his blood and eating his body.’ But what he said was difficult to understand, even offensive, and as a result many stopped following Jesus. They did not understand that the Passover symbols of bread and wine were given to represent Jesus’ death, his body and blood. It was only through this sacrifice that he could give the gift of eternal life to all who trusted in him.
Jesus also spoke a hard truth to the Samaritans, who thought they were following God’s will in their religious worship. But the reality was that they had a long history of syncretism, blending the truth of God with their traditions. As the chronicler of Kings wrote, the Samaritans ‘feared the Lord’ and served their own gods. This mixing of truth and error is not in accordance with God’s will, as he asks those who worship him, to do so in spirit and truth. So are we slipping into a comfortable syncretism? More
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March 17th, 2022
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Pride Comes Before a Fall
Asaph, a temple musician and singer during the reign of King David understood a great deal about pride and the nature of the proud. His Psalm 73 reflects on the attitudes and actions of the arrogant, those powerful elites who crushed the people and despised God.
Asaph asked the question, “Why do the wicked prosper?” and came to understand the power of the biblical worldview, and the truth that ‘pride comes before a fall.’ It is amazing to think that this Psalm was sung in the temple. It was a condemnation of the proud, the self-serving rulers of the day, and an encouragement to all who would humbly put their trust in God. More
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March 12th, 2022
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God hears the petitions and prayers of his people. Whether we are in personal distress, or our nations are facing daunting foes, our prayers can make all the difference. Hezekiah, the King of Judah, knew this to be true when the Assyrians attacked Jerusalem. Earlier, Hezekiah had been on his death bed, but God had heard his prayers and seen his tears, and healed him of a fatal illness. So when Sennacharib’s army began to demolish the cities of Judah, Hezekiah knew where to turn for help. Do we? More
Tags: cogwebcast, Hezekiah's prayer, intercession, Jeff Patton, Judeo Christian, Judeo Christianity, Judeo-Christian scriptures, Peter in jail, petitions, prayer, thanksgiving
March 9th, 2022
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Understanding Paul’s Message to the Colossians
There is a great deal of confusion in the minds of many Christians when it comes to God’s expectations and the role of the law in the life of the Christian. Perhaps, you have wrestled with some of these questions:
- Was the law “nailed to the cross?”
- Does “grace” eliminate the need for the law?
- Are there different standards for Jew and Gentile?
- Are the ten commandments still valid, but the statutes are not?
- Was Paul’s attitude in opposition to the teachings of James and other new covenant writers in regards to the law?
- What is the unified message that the scriptures present concerning the law of God?
- How should we understand the concepts of torah in the Hebrew scriptures and nomos in the Greek scriptures?
- And how will this vital knowledge transform our hearts and minds?
Let the scriptures speak for themselves, so you can know God’s mind on these matters!
Mystery of Lawlessness: Understanding Colossians
When the apostle Paul wrote to the Thessalonians that “the mystery of lawlessness was already at work,” he was confirming that the things Jesus had prophesied were already coming to pass within decades after Christ’s death. Later, John’s writings confirm that John also had to confront the false teachers who were preaching a gospel of “anomia/lawlessness” and leading many away from the truth. And what of our time? What is the reality in most of the Christian world, when it comes to teaching about God’s law; must we be aware and wary of the anti-nomians, those who teach, “anomia?” More
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March 6th, 2022
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From the beginning the Lord’s intent was that his people would live in the presence of God, and become holy as God is holy. He desired a close intimate family relationship with those he would call to dwell with him. He walked and talked with Abraham, he spoke to his people Israel from the mountain top, and he conferred directly with Moses and the elders of the nation.
At that time, the people had entered into a covenant relationship with God as their King/Father and had promised to live in God’s presence. They promised to obey his commandments and follow his instructions. Yet, within weeks, they had forgotten God and fallen back into the familiar routine of worshipping idols in the form of a golden calf. Could they return to dwell in God’s presence? More
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March 5th, 2022
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What is the nature of lies and why do people tell and believe lies? The scriptures give us keen insights into this issue. The Lord God of Israel, is a place of refuge and a compassionate and just judge. However, he hates and promises to eventually eliminate those who are false witnesses — the liars. He hates those whose lying lips are a testimony to their arrogance and contempt for God and those they deceive.
People lie for many reasons, from avoiding punishment to trying to please others and gain status or to control and manipulate. The scriptures provide cautionary tales to help us recognize and avoid the liars and their lies. What the liars and those caught up in their lies do not perceive is that lies have unavoidable negative consequences. It is only the truth, alethea, the true nature of reality that is able to point us in the right direction and help us avoid deception’s painful outcomes. More
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February 26th, 2022
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A Message of Hope in Troubled Times
The prophet Isaiah gives us hope beyond the present adversity and a vision of the future when the Lord of Lords will reign in justice and truth. Meanwhile, we need to look to the scripture to understand God’s view on persevering through times of adversity. God did not promise his followers a life of ease, but rather he gives us the hope of the strength and wisdom to make good decisions in times of trouble. Jesus’ Olivet prophecy, and his instructions to his disciples provide a snapshot of the kind of trouble we will need to face. But God also provides hope and encouragement for the present and promises of a bright future for those who trust in him. More
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