Reformation 4: Sirach 38:1-4, 6-9, 12: Vocation

Sirach 38:1-4, 6-9, 12 Honor the doctor for his services, according to your need of him.  For the Lord established him, and healing comes from God, the Highest, which is why the king rewards him.  The doctor’s knowledge will lift him up, and those in authority will hold him in high regard. The Lord makes the earth yield medicinal herbs, and… [more]

Reformation 4: Sirach 38:1-4, 6-9, 12: Vocation Reformation 4: Sirach 38:1-4, 6-9, 12: Vocation

The Parables of Jesus: Lesson 5: The Good Samaritan: Luke 10:25-37

  The Parable within Luke’s Gospel If we remember, we learned a chiasm is a rhetorical device where the author states an idea or ideas and then expresses them again in reverse order.  The central point of a chiasm is its central idea.     Within the flow of Luke, The Parable of the Good Samaritan moves the hearer from… [more]

The Parables of Jesus: Lesson 5: The Good Samaritan: Luke 10:25-37 The Parables of Jesus: Lesson 5: The Good Samaritan: Luke 10:25-37

Church History, Lesson 15: Christianity’s First Decade in Freedom

Recap and Intro In 311 AD, Emperor Galerius rescinded his persecution and allowed Christians to rebuild churches.  His edict ended the effort to rid the Roman Empire of Christians. From the time of Irenaeus, around 200 AD, to 1000 AD, Christianity was primarily a religion in Asia and North Africa.  Though in Italy, Gaul (France), and Spain,… [more]

Church History, Lesson 15: Christianity’s First Decade in Freedom Church History, Lesson 15: Christianity’s First Decade in Freedom

Reformation 3: Jeremiah 29:4-7, Romans 13:1-7, Matthew 22:15-22: The Two Kingdoms, Church and State

Human history is full of people not wanting to fund its government or services.  Without both, a nation cannot endure.  So, taxes are the costs a country incurs for its civilization.  Still, most of us want the advantages of taxation but not the expenses. The first Israelite king recognized people’s distaste for taxes.  A Philistine army with… [more]

Reformation 3: Jeremiah 29:4-7, Romans 13:1-7, Matthew 22:15-22: The Two Kingdoms, Church and State Reformation 3: Jeremiah 29:4-7, Romans 13:1-7, Matthew 22:15-22: The Two Kingdoms, Church and State

The Parables of Jesus: Lesson 4: Loss and Restoration in Luke 15

The Setting for the Three Parables Read Luke 15:1-2 Eating with Sinners Part of Exodus 18:1 reads: “the Lord had brought Israel out of Egypt.”  The Mekilta, Jewish scriptural interpretation, taught this for the verse: “Let no man associate with the wicked, not even to bring him close to the Law.” The Pharisees believed they could… [more]

The Parables of Jesus: Lesson 4: Loss and Restoration in Luke 15 The Parables of Jesus: Lesson 4: Loss and Restoration in Luke 15