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Just a regular guy who loves to search the scriptures.

Peter John Courson Update: God Is Good

My mind was totally blown when I watched this video of Peter John Courson during the Applegate Christian Fellowship Thanksgiving Eve service. If you watch it you’ll see him shortly after the 5:20 mark. Considering his condition 6-7 weeks ago, this is really amazing.

Thank you for your prayers.

Prayer makes a difference.

God is good.

Click here to watch the Applegate Fellowship Thanksgiving Eve service video.

When It’s Time To Die

Die to self

(From the archives)

It’s Time to Die

In a previous post we saw how important it is not to die indiscriminately. It was a post for people who can’t say no, as you might gather from the title: How Not to Become a Christian Doormat.

This post is probably more important and for a greater number because this post is for all of us who Continue reading

How God Responds To An Honest Seeker

Honest Seeker Jesus
Read John 3:1-16 Nicodemus Visits Jesus

An Honest Seeker Comes To Jesus

There was this man who was a Pharisee named Nicodemus. He was a teacher of the Jewish scriptures, and also a member of the Sanhedrin, one of the 71 Jewish men who ruled over Israel. I’ve heard the Sanhedrin described as a combination of our Supreme Court and our Senate, so the guy was a big deal in the Israeli community.

He shows up to Continue reading

What Every Parent Wants (Including God)

Christian discipline

“I’m not sure I like bathtime.” (by Tom Page, Creative Commons)

Read John 2:13-24, Jesus Cleanses the Temple

Sin Inside The Temple

So the people selling animals in the temple, and the people changing out currency were taking advantage of the situation. If you traveled to Jerusalem for Passover, and you showed up with a sacrificial animal, it had to be without blemish. The priests were the ones who decided if it was acceptable or not. Well guess what, it was usually found to be unacceptable. But, conveniently located right here in the temple we happen to be selling pre-approved animals for sacrifice–for an exorbitant price. And, you have to pay for the animal with the temple currency. We can exchange your cash for our currency, in fact we have money changers right here in the temple standing by, but, it will cost you.

Providing a means of exchanging currency and providing animals for the Passover sacrifice was a good thing, but overcharging wasn’t. It was a sin. It was a sin found right there inside God’s temple. And Jesus, out of love for his Father’s house, turned the tables on those taking advantage of the people. He took action.

The religious leadership of his day asked Jesus: What sign can you show us to demonstrate you have the authority to cleanse the temple like this?

Jesus said: Continue reading

Things I Heard In Church: At one point the bat was inches away from my neck and making me a vampire.

things I heard in church bat

At one point the bat was inches away from my neck and making me a vampire.

Paraphrased from a Dave Teixeira teaching, 10/25/2015, Sunday, Strength in Weakness

Image via cthoyes – Creative Commons (The bat in this image is not the same bat that nearly transformed Dave Teixeira into a vampire.)