Some perspective

I love James Townsend & Sons. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-AiIlSsMw4 I have little to add to the points made in this video, except to repeat the point that our ancestors were survivors - else we would not be here. God has brought the human race through the various difficulties it has faced in times past. On the individual …

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An excellent post by Cranmer

This is an excellent post by Cranmer: https://archbishopcranmer.com/coronavirus-finding-meaning-global-pandemic/ I have little to add, except the following: (1) I have personally found Ecclesiastes helpful. (2) It is well to remember what a friend of mine said to me once: God made this world and new all the possible worlds He could make - but God chose …

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The “Mark Dilemma” for Futurists

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The Preterist position has one great strength in its favor: the gospel of Mark’s version of the Olivet Discourse. Here is a summation of the last two posts on Preterism. While standing at the temple, Jesus tells the crowds and disciples that the temple will be destroyed. The crowds ask him when this will happen and Jesus gives an answer concerning Jerusalem’s desolation, the destruction of the temple, and the eventual end of the times of the Gentiles, all while standing at the temple. This answer is recorded in Luke 21. Later that evening, four disciples come to Jesus privately while on the Mount of Olives and ask Him for further clarification concerning these things, the sign of His coming, and the end of the age. Jesus addresses their questions by focusing on characteristics until the end of the age, giving them the specific sign of the abomination of desolation…

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#1 ~ The Harbinger of the Kingdom (John the Baptist)

A good post from The Orange Mailman – perhaps worth listening to “On Jordan’s banks…” afterward.

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#1 ~ The Harbinger of the Kingdom (John the Baptist)

Discussion. What is the meaning and significance of baptism?

The first two parable of the Kingdom of Heaven are not spoken by Jesus, but by John the Baptist.

Matthew 3:1-3 ~ The Voice of One Crying in the Wilderness. Matthew quotes Isaiah 40:3 in reference to John the Baptist. Let’s compare Isaiah 40:3-11 to understand the context. Verses 3-5 talk about preparing a highway for God. Verses 6-8 give the message that the voice is supposed to proclaim. Verses 9-11 tell us that the message goes out from Jerusalem that the Lord GOD will come with might and be a shepherd to His people.

(This was a good discussion and prompted a discussion at the end of the lesson about how closely John’s message paralleled the message presented here. All flesh is as grass and will wither away. John’s message…

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