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Your Life Is a City on a Mountain, Not a Hill

Your life may feel like a molehill to you but it’s a mountain to God. In our competitive world, it’s easy to feel like small potatoes, to think life doesn’t matter. But Jesus looked out at a ragtag gathering of Galilean peasants and called them “the light of the world” and a “city on a…

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The Kingdom of God Is Not “at Hand.” It’s Here!

In Matthew, John the Baptist’s message (Matthew 3:2) and Jesus’ message (Matthew 4:17) are identical. Here it is in Greek. Here is the usual translation of this message. “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” (NASB, ESV, KJV) I understood “repent” to mean that I needed to have a “conversion experience.”  I understood…

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Χολὴν Πικρίας Gall of Bitterness

A phrase caught my attention at church this Sunday. Pastor Matt Arden was preaching Acts 8. Peter tells Simon the Sorceror, who wants to “buy” the power to dispense the Holy Spirit, that he is “in the gall of bitterness” (χολὴν πικρίας). I looked up “gall.” Gall: Yellowish-brown bitter secretion of the liver. Yuck!! Χολὴν…

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κηρύσσων τὴν βασιλείαν τοῦ θεοῦ (preaching the Kingdom of God)

I am eager to move on into Romans but the last verse of Acts (28:31) has me spellbound. I am struck by the content of Paul’s preaching. It is so different from the preaching of our day. Paul was… κηρύσσων τὴν βασιλείαν τοῦ θεοῦ preaching the Kingdom of God καὶ διδάσκων τὰ περὶ τοῦ κυρίου…

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Ἀκωλύτως (unhindered)

Τhe book of Acts has a weird ending. Paul, the hero, sits in prison, his fate in the hands of a Roman Emperor. Talk about a plot twist! The ending is so strange that some New Testament scholars have suggested that Luke (the author of Acts) might have been cut off mid-sentence. I disagree. I…

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