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Gallio in Corinth

This is a probably-never-to-be-used chapter of a possibly-never-to-be-published book I have been working on, tentatively entitled “Apollos the Alexandrian” (see prior post for some background). The scene below is an expansion of the event recorded by Luke in Acts 18:12-16 … Continue reading

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Apollos the Alexandrian

The Arrival of Apollos We are talking about the mysterious character from the book of Acts and elsewhere, named Apollos. Luke introduces us to Apollos in Acts chapter 18. The scene is the city of Ephesus, on the west coast … Continue reading

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The Parallel Parables of Luke 14

Open your Bible to Luke 14:28-33. In this passage, Jesus teaches the same truth by means of two different parables, one concerning the building of a tower and one concerning a king deciding whether to commit his nation to a … Continue reading

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A Ransom for Jerusalem

Harness the steeds to the chariots, inhabitants of Lachish; it was the beginning of sin to the daughter of Zion, for in you were found the transgressions of Israel. Micah 1:13 Aha! Here Micah gives us the beginning point. The … Continue reading

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Loaves, Fishes, Perfume

It is not a matter of how many loaves we have in our hands, but whether or not God has blessed them. ― Watchman Nee While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came … Continue reading

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The Foolish Virgin

I was that foolish virgin. And all those around me were likewise. We pick up the story in Jesus famous parable after the ten young women have fallen asleep waiting for the bridegroom to arrive: At midnight the cry rang … Continue reading

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Human Refuse

Jesus went on from there and walked beside the Sea of Galilee. And he went up on the mountain and sat down there. And great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute, … Continue reading

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Every Plant

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you … Continue reading

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Son of God

What Kind of Man is This? Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves … Continue reading

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The Aluminum Cross

Imagine the following advertisement: NEW! The perfect gift for the stylish disciple on your list! Had enough of those bulky, clumsy wooden crosses? Why should carrying your cross be burdensome? Well, say goodbye to the sore back, the painful splinters, … Continue reading

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