Archive for the 'Brandenburg' Category

Reading the Bible

Saturday, January 12th, 2019

Paul writes in 1 Timothy 4:13, Give attendance to reading. Scripture doesn’t say a lot about reading the Bible because at that point, people didn’t have a copy. Some people really read the Bible, and that would be the priests in the Old Testament and then the pastors in the New Testament. In Nehemiah 8, […]

Goals Again

Friday, January 4th, 2019

In Philippians 3:14, Paul said, he pressed toward the mark. In 2 Timothy 4:7, Paul said, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” He pressed toward the mark and he finished his course. Something was laid out for the Apostle Paul that he was headed for […]

Celebrating Christmas

Sunday, December 30th, 2018

We come around to Christmas again. My whole time as pastor has been questioning of some, not of the birth of Christ, but the holiday. I’m sure the idea is that people don’t want to dishonor the Lord. One year my wife and I did not have a tree, because we were so tiny in […]

Testing

Saturday, December 22nd, 2018

One Greek word, peirasmos, and its related words, translate “trial,” “temptation,” “tempted,” “tried,” “test,” and “tested.” The meaning depends on the context, but I want to focus on “test,” “testing,” and “tested.” Testing in the New Testament is only for believers, and communicates at least two ideas: one, testing a believer for the purpose of […]

Rules Versus Relationship?

Saturday, December 8th, 2018

Rules Versus Relationship. When people say these three words, as if the two, rules and relationship, contrast with one another, we should understand that they don’t. You can’t have a relationship without rules. Rules are a basis for a relationship as seen in the model for relationship, the relationship between the Father and the Lord […]

Faith Of Our Fathers

Friday, November 30th, 2018

When considering what to write here this week, “faith of our fathers” came to mind, so I decided to look into the song. I think my interest related to a patriarchal society and the attack on fatherhood by liberals or postmoderns, calling the patriarchal society only a social construct, that is, an environmental development, not […]

Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

Hebrew, the language of Israel and the Old Testament, has no distinct verbiage of “thanks” or “gratitude.” The verb that is translated, “thank,” is yadah, which is also translated, “praise.” The first use was in Genesis 29:35 by Leah, “I will yadah Yahweh,” when she bore her son, Judah. Yadah is first translated “thanks” in […]

Nationalism

Saturday, November 17th, 2018

Today is November 11, 2018, which happens to be the 100th anniversary of the completion of World War 1, also known as the Great War. Guns sounded at 11 on 11/11 to end it. This summer my wife and daughters and I were touched to visit the United States Cemetery in Normandy, France and walk […]

Word of Truth

Sunday, November 11th, 2018

“Word of truth,” those three words, are found five times in the Bible, so they are a meaningful phrase. The tenor of the words as one sees the primary usage is one of spiritual warfare, using the Word of God to do so. The Bible is powerful in accomplishing supernatural work. It is warfare in […]

The Gift of Prophecy

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

I was asked this week about the gift of prophecy that we see in 1 Corinthians 13:8: “Prophecies, they shall fail.” And then in v. 9, “we prophesy in part.” This is a gift in 1 Corinthians 12 and is regulated in 1 Corinthians 14. Do people still prophesy? BDAG, the foremost lexicon, from looking […]