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October 9, 2015

"My servants would fight"

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When Pontius Pilatus asked Jesus if He was the king of the Jews and what He had done to be delivered up by His people and the chief priests, Jesus answered: "My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here" (Johannes 18:36). (more…)

October 16, 2015

The cultural context (1)

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Sometimes a knowledge of the cultural context can be helpful in understanding certain statements in the Bible. Two examples from the time of Jesus illustrate this principle. (more…)

October 23, 2015

The cultural context (2)

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Sometimes a knowledge of the cultural context can be helpful in understanding certain statements in the Bible. One of the questions a "Gute Nachrichten" subscriber asked in a recent nearly one hour conversation was: "Was Jesus during His earthly life God or was He just the son of God?" (more…)

October 30, 2015

The good shepherd

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In January 1982 a Boeing 737 crashed into the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. just 73 seconds after takeoff. The plane broke through the thick ice on the river, leaving just the tail of the plane out of the water. Only 6 of the 79 people on board the plane survived the crash. (more…)

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