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The Light

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“You are the light of the world.  A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket,  but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.   In the same way, let your light shine before others,  so that they may see your good works and  give glory to your Father who is in heaven."   Matthew 5:14-16 
Christ was giving instructions to His disciples, His followers, and to us as believers. 
His first disciples, the fishermen, and later others, were living in a corrupt society of darkness. He uses this metaphor of giving “light to all who are in the house” essentially as an instruction to His believers: let our light be seen by those who are in darkness.

Christ referred to Himself as the Light of the world  (John 8:12 ).  His believers must not conceal His light.

John, the evangelist, through his metaphor of "light", eloquently arrives at the illumination of men by way of the light of Christ.   We are able to understand Christ's li…

HOW SHOULD WE NOW LIVE?

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At the age of about 8, one night while my parents were out to dinner, I decided to disobey my mother by taking the Big Book from our coffee table in the living room.  My sister (who left me alone while she went for a ride on Kenny's Harley) presented this unique opportunity for me to snatch the Big Book upstairs to my room.  Hours passed and by the time my sister returned, I was in the Book of John, chapter 20.  It was the first time I had ever read the Bible.

The next book I read was Revelation, really fascinating, but as I was in the TV era of the Twilight Zone, I thought it was science fiction. By the time I was 11,  I left the Catholic Church because the priest would not answer questions about John's gospel, and Revelation.

The interpretation of Revelation continues to be controversial among theologians, past and present. It can be terrifying, unless you have a Biblical understanding of the deeper things of God. I'm still working on it after all these years.

One of my …

Brothers

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This is the enthralling account of brothers, Cain and Abel. One was a man faithful to God and gave his best from his livestock as offering; the other gave fruit from the earth for his offering to God. 

The Lord found favor and respect for Abel, and not for Cain. Jealousy consumed Cain to the point where "sin lieth at his door..."  

Abel lived and died for his faith at the hands of his own brother.



Matthew Henry:

It begins with Abel, one of the first saints, and the first martyr for religion, of all the sons of Adam, one who lived by faith, and died for it, and therefore a fit pattern for the Hebrews to imitate. 

Observe what Abel did by faith: He offered up a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, a more full and perfect sacrifice. After the fall, God opened a new way for the children of men to return to him in religious worship. This is one of the first instances that is upon record of fallen men going in to worship God.  After the fall, God must be worshipped by sacrifices, a w…

POWER OVER DEATH

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Perhaps one of the most dramatic and emotional miracles in Christ's ministry is the public demonstration of His power over death. "I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again." 
Therefore, when looking at the raising of Lazarus, we see beyond to the Resurrection of Christ. 

John the Evangelist traces the story to when the Jewish leaders are antagonistic toward Christ, searching for opportunities to arrest him. They have accused Him of blasphemy because He had performed miracles. The chief priests and Pharisees took up stones against Him. It was no longer safe for Him to preach openly in Judea. Christ knows He and His beloved disciples are in much danger. In order to escape the hands of the Jews, Christ has retreated to the other side of the Jordan. 
The story of Lazarus of Bethany begins with his two sisters who send a message to Christ: "…

The Humility of Christ

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"Have this mind in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:who, existing in the form of God, counted not the being on an equality with God a thing to be grasped,but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men;and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, becoming obedient even unto death, yea, the death of the cross.Wherefore also God highly exalted him, and gave unto him the name which is above every name;that in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven and things on earth and things under the earth,and that every tongue should confess thatJesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."Phil 2:5-11

John Calvin:

This emptying is the same as the abasement, as to which we shall see afterwards. The expression, however, is used to mean, — being brought to nothing. Christ, indeed, could not divest himself of Godhead; but he kept it concealed for a time, that it might not be seen, under the weakness of the flesh. …

PREACHING CHRIST TO THE HEATHEN

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Some called him a babbler, and thought he spoke, without any design...this scatterer of words, that goes about, throwing here one idle word or story and there another. Some of the critics tell us that the term scatterer is used for a little sort of bird, that is worth nothing at all, either for the spit or for the cage, that picks up the seeds that lie uncovered, either in the field or by the wayside, and hops here and there for that purpose—such a pitiful contemptible animal they took Paul to be, or supposed he went from place to place venting his notions to get money, a penny here and another there, as that bird picks up here and there a grain. They looked upon him as an idle fellow, and regarded him, as we say, no more than a ballad-singer. Others called him a setter forth of strange gods, and thought he spoke with design to make himself considerable by that means. And, if he had strange gods to set forth, he could not bring them to a better market than to Athens:

"Then immedia…