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What Naaman can Teach Us about Grace and Faith

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[ Author: Kathy Petersen ]

If you’re unfamiliar with the story of Naaman in the Bible, here’s a brief introduction: He was a Syrian general (an enemy of Israel!) who had leprosy. His Israelite maidservant suggested that the prophet Elisha could heal him, so Naaman went to him.

Elisha wouldn’t even come out to meet him but instead sent a message by his servant, telling Naaman that he needed to dip himself seven times in the Jordan River to be healed. Angered – by Elisha’s not coming to meet him and also that there were rivers that were just as good in his homeland – Naaman left in a huff. One of his servants advised him to do what Elisha had said, reminding him that had Elisha demanded Naaman perform some great act of conquest, Naaman would have done his best to do it, to rid himself of his leprosy, so how much more ought he to do this little thing?

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Questioning Q: Did These Manuscripts Exist?

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[ Author: Kathy Petersen ]

If you’re familiar at all with issues related to the gospels, their historicity and scholarly questions about who wrote them and when, you’ve probably heard of “Q”. [If you haven’t, it’s a hypothetical written gospel that was written prior to the four canonical gospels, which the (synoptic) gospel writers drew from in writing their accounts.]

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Who Sent the Star?

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[ Author: Deanna Hudson ]

The stars that shine

Ah…. Satan the Devil, ruler of the world and the one who causes the stars to shine. Sounds like blasphemy to me, but according to the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, it’s all scripturally sound and, for lack of a better term, kosher, to teach such things. In an article Who Sent the “Star”? from the April 1st, 2012 edition of The Watchtower magazine, the following is quoted of the star of Bethlehem, pursued by three Magi in order to find where the prophesied Messiah was located:
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The sufficiency of Christ

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[ Author: Danny Cooper ]

The apostle Paul was hurting, we are not told how, why, or what the problem was but in 2 Corinthians 12, verses 7-9 Paul said the following; “ So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

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Mormon Problems with other Sheep

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[ Author: Kathy Petersen ]

The Book of Mormon (BOM) claims to be an account of a group of Jews who left Jerusalem around 600 BC and made their way to the Americas. They lived there, separated from the Israelites in the Middle East and grew into a large population before they finally died out around 400 AD. During this time, the BOM claims that the people had prophets to whom God revealed all sorts of things about the future Messiah. It further claims that at some point soon after Jesus’ resurrection, He also appeared to these people for a short period of time and set up a Church complete with apostles, etc.

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Why Wasn’t Jesus Named Emmanuel Instead?

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[ Author: Rich Christian ]

There’s No Cause for Concern

Recently in one of our Facebook groups, the question was asked: “Why was Jesus [sic] name Jesus rather than Emmanuel [sic]?”. This person also wondered, that because Jesus wasn’t actually named Immanuel, maybe this is one of the reasons why the Jews, by and large, rejected Him as the messiah. The passage being referred to is Isaiah 7:14.

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Scripture Squatters and Claim Jumping Christians

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[ Author: Laura Rupers ]

Before government land offices were established, many early American settlers were squatters who set up farms on land that they did not own. Later settlers, known as claim jumpers, tried to take the squatters’ land away through intimidation, double-dealing, and outright theft.

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Salvation: How is it Found?

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[ Author: Sally Peterson ]

How is salvation found? By means of faith or by means of an organization? The Watchtower teaches that one must be a member of the organization to be saved from Armageddon. Where is this found in Scripture?
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Timothy McGrew Lecture: Who Wrote the Gospels?

I’ve often seen people challenge the authorship of the gospels and I found a superb lecture on the traditional view of this. This is lecture one in a series done by Dr. Timothy McGrew, who is a philosophy teacher at Western Michigan University. In it, he gives various angles on why the the gospels really aren’t from anonymous sources as charged, he cites internal and external evidence, which includes “hostile” witnesses, writings from early Christians etc. On the Apologetics 3:15 website, you can find more information on this. Enjoy!

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Two Quick Angel Stories

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[ Author: Rich Christian ]

A Strange Sensation

I have a couple of interesting accounts that will hopefully encourage some of you who are Christians.

My wife was relaying a story to me that her friend told her recently. Her friend’s father passed away a couple of years ago (cancer) and the events surrounding his passing, were interesting.
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