Colossians: Jesus is Better than Special Knowledge, Part 6

Neither secret (esoteric, theosophic) knowledge, nor ascetic legalism can combat one's impulses to indulge the flesh [a.k.a. old, corrupted self] (Colossians 2:23). Only the grace of Jesus Christ can wage war with our fleshly (sinful, obsessive or excessive) impulses and lead us to victory. Why is it important to have victory over these drives and …

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“Star Wars and the Ancient Religion” -Ligonier

The appearance of a new episode of the Star Wars film series is an important moment for Christian witness. To be sure, we can shrug our shoulders, since Star Wars is old news. Or we can enthusiastically introduce our grandchildren to what we might think is a beloved, harmless yarn. Or we can—and should—discover in …

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.”

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Rev 18:23 – “And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.

Whenever I read this verse, I get a picture in my mind of a group of old women sitting around a boiling pot, casting a spell on those around them.  Is that what this verse means?  Is it saying that the false religions of the world use spells and enchantments to get people to follow them?

The key to understanding this text is found in the understanding of the word “sorceries”.  The Greek word translated “sorceries” is the word from which we get our English word “pharmaceuticals”.   The word describes things that drugs, potions, cures…

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Women Ministering in the Church

[Revised May 6, 2018 to incorporate excerpts reflecting harmonious thought from the 02/07/2014 article The Suppressed Cause of Feminism] Applied to the church setting, women are often marginalized based on commonly misinterpreted passages of the Bible (1 Cor. 11:5, 14:34; 1 Tim. 2:12). These passages are misinterpreted as a result of their being lifted out of …

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Philemon: Reconciliation & Experiencing All of Christ

[ Click HERE for MP3 Audio Recording] Philemon is about reconciliation and relationships between Christians. Onesimus (which means “useful”) was a slave of a believer named Philemon in Colossae. Apparently Onesimus had stolen from Philemon and fled. At some time while Paul was under arrest, Onesimus met him and became a Christian. Paul apparently wrote …

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