The Gift of Hope

The way hope does, When it wraps itself Like welcomed sheaths 'Round your sense, and Lifts your breathing:   What was once dry, What forgot it once lived, Tastes the dew from A thousand dropping leaves And the sweetest comb.   No path is outlaid; None ever needed be. Reasons for the things That came …

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Ignatius of Antioch: a Bloody Diotrephes

Ignatius of Antioch wrote c. 98-117 A.D., and only the collection of his writings called the Middle Recension is considered authentic. All others are forgeries. Still, one must remember that the topic of Ignatius’ letters’ authenticity is still much debated! The Texts: https://www.loebclassics.com/view/ignatius-letters_ephesians/2003/pb_LCL024.215.xml SUMMARY: In his writings, Ignatius openly concedes that his teachings should not …

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“Rule Well” and “Double Honor” in 1 Timothy 5:17

Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching. Rom. 12:8; 1 Thess. 5:12; [1 Cor. 12:28] Deut. 21:17 The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (1 Ti 5:17). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles. When one encounters 1 Timothy 5:17, one runs into a great …

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The Fourth “Day” of Creation

And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for isigns and for jseasons,6 and for days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. …

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Is the Existence of God Compatible with the Existence of Evil?

In short, Yes. If God created beings with free will and protects that ability, then what God created is good. Yet, the creation can autonomously choose how to use the ability—for good or evil. The question remains then, “why does God stand by and do nothing.” Answer: He does not stand by and do nothing …

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