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Monday, December 15, 2008

Blotted Out

In a town where I have lived, there was once a restaurant that was closed by its owner. That’s no big deal, except for the fact that it was at a time when certain people could not eat in that restaurant because of their skin tone. The owner closed the restaurant rather than be forced to serve all customers. That happened many decades ago. But, sadly, the sin of hatred still lingers in many towns and cities all over the world.

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Highway to Hell

Growing up in the 70’s was interesting. Marijuana, whiskey, and beer were common around my house. And my favorite record was “Highway to Hell” by AC/DC. I would play that album over and over, pretending to be Angus Young rocking out on the solos.

The Church hated that song, and asked people to break the record, if he or she owned it. The assumption was that the writer and the band were glorifying the desire to go to hell. But that wasn’t actually the meaning of the song.

The words of the song are the expression of the ironic life of a rock star...

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

A Follow-up to "Eternal Life"

I agree that the idea of the afterlife is a wonderful encouragement, especially during the difficult times of life, and most definitely when we come to the end of life.

As most of us are aware, Paul was very effective at Westernizing the Gospel, and the Pharisees (like Paul) were believers in the afterlife. Jesus’ teaching was always very Eastern and Jewish. In fact, when he was approached by Gentiles for healing someone they loved, he did not do it right away, but only after they insisted (displayed chutzpah, which is translated, faith). Jesus, as Dr. David Bivin, Dr. Brad Young, Dr. Ron Moseley, and others do a fine job of proving, was most closely aligned with the views of the Pharisees, and also taught about a literal afterlife.

Even so, “eternal life” was heard in Jesus and Paul’s day as “living life like the Eternal (God)” or to live in holiness, doing the will of God as directed by God’s Word. So, although we refer to eternal life as the act of living forever, we miss something, when we don’t understand that “eternal” was a direct reference to God. In other words, eternal life could also be translated “god-like life” or living as God would have one live.

Of course, we do receive eternal life, but as most Christians believe, only when we live a “god-like life.”

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Jesus' Singleness

Century after century, people have questioned whether it is more holy to remain single or get married. Many followers of Christ, clergy and otherwise, have chosen to live a life of celibacy in order to please God with their complete dedication to him.

In the rabbinic count of biblical commands, the very first command is “Be fruitful and increase in number” (Genesis 1:28).

As a command, the act of marriage would be considered the desire of God for his children.

So, why didn’t Jesus obey this command?

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

The Golden Rule Rulz!

Where did all the good attitudes go?

For two days I have tried to take my son to get his hair cut. Yesterday our schedule was tight and we had about an hour to spend on getting his hair cut. We went into the barber shop where there were two barbers and two people getting their mops chopped. We walked in, they asked for my son’s name and told us to have a seat. Twenty minutes later, one of the barbers finished, cleaned her equipment, swept around the chair, and then disappeared into the back of the store. She never even looked at us.

We left.

Today, we thought we’d try again, so we went to another hair cutting establishment. My twelve-year-old who stands about five and a half feet tall was placed on a booster seat, covered in a kiddy apron that barely covered his shirt...

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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Jesus' Healing Wings

Jesus wore two articles of clothing, a halluq (ha-luke) and a talit (ta-leet). The talit is an undergarment. It is usually made of linen and covers the body all the way to the middle of the shin. The talit is a prayer shawl, also known as a prayer closet. The talit is worn over the halluq, and is pulled up over the head during prayer. On the corners of the talit are 4 tassels called tzitziyot (tzitzit - singular). The Jews continue to wear these tassels because of the command to wear them in Numbers 15:37-41 and Deuteronomy 22:12.

The English word that is translated “hem” is a translation of the Greek word “krespedon” which means “a tassel of twisted wool.”

The Jews of Jesus’ day believed that the tzitziyot (tassels) that were tied to the corners of the prayer shawl of the Messiah had healing powers.
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