Carols, greeting cards, and church bulletins all proclaim Christmas is about "joy" and "peace". But this year, there doesn't seem to be much of that in the world. So, what gives? When Christmas is placed in context to the larger story of the Bible, the reason for joy and peace becomes much clearer.
Our modern Christmas songs and hymns describe a "choir of angels" that appear at the birth of Jesus, but is that how the Bible describes them? In this third episode of "The Myths of Christmas", learn a bit more about who these angels were, and why it greatly matters for your future.
History paints a vivid picture of the persistence of evil, injustice, and unrighteousness among the sons of men. Is that going to go on forever? Why hasn't God stepped in to end evil and suffering? The Bible makes it clear that God does have an appointed end in mind and will certainly bring it to… Read More »
In Romans 13, the Apostle Paul exhorts the disciples in Rome to "cast off the works of darkness" and to live "as in the daytime", because "the night is far gone" and "the day is at hand". Paul understands that what motivates discipleship - right belief and right living in light of that belief -… Read More »
In Matthew 6, Jesus tells his followers to not be anxious or worried about their lives in this age, but instead to "seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness" - to look ahead with anticipation to all that God had promised in his covenants with Israel. Even 21st century Gentiles who have been… Read More »
What does Jesus' death on the cross deliver us from? Is his sacrifice primarily about our forgiveness so that we can have a restored relationship with God now and go to heaven when we die? When we see the words of Jesus and the apostles from within a first century Jewish apocalyptic worldview, the story… Read More »
Many Gentile Christians avoid reading the Old Testament, perhaps because it's perceived as irrelevant or "fulfilled" by Jesus' first coming. But the Old Testament speaks of SO much more than Jesus dying on the cross for the sins of the world. It holds out a clear, certain hope through a larger story involving God's covenants… Read More »
The first century Jewish follower of Jesus anticipated a climactic day of judgment and justice. In a world still filled with wickedness, oppression, and injustice, disciples of Jesus should be proclaiming something very different than an ethereal future that involves playing a harp and floating on a cloud forever. God has given certainty regarding this… Read More »
Faith is typically associated with one gritting their teeth in blind belief or hoping for something to come to pass when there is no proof or evidence that it will. The Bible's definition of "faith" is far from this. The God of Israel has given ample historical evidence to help us affirm his words as… Read More »
The common modern understanding of the Gospel is that "Jesus died and rose again so we can go to heaven when we die", but Luke writes several times that people proclaimed "the gospel" before Jesus even said that he was going to die and rise again (Luke 3:18, Luke 9:1-6, Luke 20:1). So, what would… Read More »
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