The Value Of Jesus- S1E12- John Stapleton

YouTuber John Stapleton continues with the Gospel of Mark 14 – The Value Of Jesus.

Be sure to subscribe. Also, if you’re on the go or in the car, click on the podcast play button to listen to the audio just below the YouTube video.

BIG IDEA

Jesus is worth everything or nothing. Based on Mark 14:1-11.

1) The Religious Leaders Plot to Kill Jesus (vv 1-2)

The religious leaders are afraid of Jesus’ influence as he gains popularity and wants to kill him, but they don’t have a way to get to Jesus. They also are scared that the people might riot, which would be civil unrest. The last thing they want to do is trigger Rome. 

2) Mary Anoints Jesus (vv 3-9)

This story demonstrates how Jesus’ followers valued Jesus. This woman (John identifies her as Mary) pours a flask of expensive oil on Jesus’ head. This was worth several months of physical labor. Judas who doesn’t value Jesus has a problem with this. Again, cross-referencing back to John, Judas “was a thief; as keeper of the bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it” (John 12:6, NIV). 

3) Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus (vv 10-11)

Judas didn’t love or value Jesus, so he betrayed him.  He loved money and Jesus was a means to get it. When it was clear that Jesus was not going to be successful in the worldly way that he hoped, he sold him for the price of a slave. 

CONCLUSION

If you don’t worship Jesus, you’ll crucify him. There is no such thing as indifference. Everyone has to do something with Jesus. 

Q & A

1. Which Quotes from the Bible Have Helped You Most In Times of Crises?

The Lord has used different verses over the years to minister to me. One of my favorites when I’m doubting is John 11:40: “Jesus said to her, ‘Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?’” This is a constant reminder to me that maybe I don’t have the right perspective when I’m going through a crisis. If I look for the glory of God, I will find it. The glory of God entails the goodness and faithfulness of God. There are many others, but this one has been a favorite for the last 5 years. 

2. In The Bible, What Are “Dogs” Referring To?

Us. Anyone who was not a practicing Jew who followed the Old Testament law, was considered a dog. This was a racist term that Jews used to describe anyone who wasn’t them. A dog was anyone who wasn’t circumcised, didn’t have God’s law, and didn’t worship God. It’s interesting that when Paul writes to the Philippians, he calls the Judaizers dog (Philippians 3:2).

3. Do You Know That the Mark of the Beast Has Already Started?

The mark of the beast is found in Revelation 13, a complex chapter as far as imagery goes, but simplistically, it represents the thinking and behavior of those who receive it (remember, they are getting this on their hand and forehead.) In the context of the passage, there is this demonically empowered government who is making its citizens worship the state religion. In short, the mark of the beast represents anyone who will not be marked by God (Rev 7:3) because they chose their sin over God’s righteousness.

4. Where in the Bible Can I Find Scriptures Where God Asks Questions?

My favorite occasion is when God appears to Job after chapters of whining and complaining. First, before I get into it, I just want to set the record straight. Job was “blameless and upright” (Job 1:1). God blessed him because of his righteousness, but Satan, the Accuser dared God to take everything away from Job – his wealth, his kids, his health, and even his friends. “In all this Job did not sin with his lips” (Job 2:10). But then he started cursing himself and wishing the God would set a court date with him to explain himself. Job didn’t know what he was asking for. The time finally came when God delivered on Job’s request.

In Job 38, God appears to Job out of a whirlwind and begins with:

“Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Dress for action like a man; I will question you, and you make it known to me. Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements—surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” (verses 2–7).

What follows this bold challenge for Job to essentially ‘put a cup on’ is over 40 questions that Job cannot answer in his limited human knowledge.

God asks a lot of questions throughout scripture, and I believe those are important windows into his mind and heart, but this passage in Job is by far my favorite. 

5. What is “bread of affliction” and “water of affliction” in the Bible?

In Deuteronomy 16, God commands the Israelites to eat the Passover Meal, a meal that would remind them of their harsh slavery in Egypt.

You shall eat no leavened bread with it. Seven days you shall eat it with unleavened bread, the bread of affliction—for you came out of the land of Egypt in haste—that all the days of your life you may remember the day when you came out of the land of Egypt. (Deuteronomy 16:3 emphasis mine).

It’s important to note that there are two breads mentioned. The first is leavened bread, the bread that rises due to the yeast inside of it. Later in 1 Corinthians 5, Paul uses this as imagery for pride.

Instead, God wanted them to remember the hard times that made them humble, so they were to eat flat bread.

In Isaiah 30:20, it refers to lacking the basic things needed for survival.

Click Here To Read More From John Stapleton

Try Audible Premium Plus and Get Up to Two Free Audiobooks

Shameless: See Yourself Without Distortion by Anaelle Auguste

Shame

Shameless: See Yourself Without Distortion

Can you think of the most embarrassing moment of your life?

Even if you don’t express it, even if no one around you knows about it, you can still experience shame by reliving the experience.

What is Shame?

Though guilt and shame both pertain to wrongdoing, there’s quite a difference in the way we experience each of them. They have different outcomes. Oxford defines guilt as “the fact of having committed a specified or implied offense or crime.” In contrast, shame is defined as “a painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behavior.”

Basically, guilt says you did something wrong.

It is a conflict between your conscience and value. When you feel guilty, you acknowledge the fact that your behavior was inappropriate. With guilt, you experience remorse; you regret what you said or did. That regret will propel you to act differently in the future, to repent, and you will attempt to make amends, repair the damage, and move on.

Now, look at the bold words in the definition of shame.

Shame doesn’t say you did something wrong, but “You did this, so you’re a terrible person.” Then the pain, humiliation, and distress follow. When someone feels humiliated, they think little of themselves; they perceive themselves as less than who they truly are. They see themselves through the lens of this one occurrence, whether they were the offender or the victim.

Often, shame makes you focus more on other people’s perception of you. You feel that your reputation is damaged, whereas guilt is more between you and your conscience whether others know about it or not. Even if others don’t know about your action, you worry about the way they would see or treat you if they knew when you experience shame. Because shame focuses more on others’ perceptions, moving forward can be challenging. After all, no matter what you do to make amends, others may still see you as that “terrible person,” at least that is the thought process.

The Origin and Consequences of Shame

I’m sure we’ve all heard the expression “I wanted to crawl under a rock” when someone recounts an embarrassing situation. That’s precisely what shame does; it encourages us to hide. Before I get into that, let’s go back to the origin of shame. Genesis 2:25 tells us that the man and his wife were both naked in the garden and felt no shame. They only experience shame after eating the forbidden fruit.

Their following actions were to cover themselves and hide from God.

See what the man said in Genesis 3:10, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” So, sin introduced shame and shame, fear. Adam was hiding from the one who gave him his breath, his source of life.

When we are driven by shame, we cover up and hide from ourselves; we live in our own shadow. We look in the mirror and can’t even recognize ourselves with all the cover-ups. Shame will tell you, “You are a terrible parent, friend, daughter, etc.” When you agree with shame, you will then see yourself unworthy of receiving love and undeserving of the relationships in your life.

People can experience such intense shame that they feel that they are damaged beyond repair. Many parents, especially fathers, leave their family due to shame. They think they are not good enough; they are worthless and not deserving of their family. Or they believe the family will be better off without them. Shame is so intense that it takes many to the grave way before their time. Many committed suicide because they struggle with shame. They thought, “The world will be better off without me.”

For a lot of others, shame is more subtle but just as destructive.

I’ve met people who will not go to the grocery store without a full-face glam, buy designer clothes and bags they can’t afford, won’t take a picture unless they know they’ll have time to edit their face and their shape. I had a friend who told me how she couldn’t wait to get her degree to work two jobs so she can afford every plastic surgery that there is.

There’s a difference between people who like makeup, who find it fun, and those who use it to hide. Others jump from relationship to relationship, trying to hide in their partners. The expensive clothes, makeup, relationships are fig leaves. They can cover the physical nakedness, but what about the nakedness of the soul?

Many remain in unhealthy/abusive relationships because shame tells them that’s what they deserve. “That must be punishment,” they say. If you made a mistake in your previous relationship, if you repented, God has forgiven you. Yes, our actions have consequences, but God does not keep us in the shackles of our past and keep reminding us of our missteps. That’s the enemy’s job to accuse us.

What Does God Say?

Instead, God extends an invitation to settle the matter once and for all, “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”

Yes, God’s grace is for you too. Yes, you! You deserve His best for you through the redemption of Christ because you become his child, and He said if us, wicked know to give good things to our children, how much more would he not give us great gifts? As a matter of fact, Apostle Paul tells us that “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” Romans 8:32. Also, James 1:17 tells us that every good and perfect gift comes from above.

Stop Pushing Love Away!

Some look at their past and say, “There’s no way he or she could have loved me; I am a teenage mom; I used to live a promiscuous life, etc. Who am I to deserve a man like him.” That’s not humility; that’s humiliation and shame.

Let me leave you with this; Isiah 54:4 says, “Do not be afraid; you will not be put to shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated. You will forget the shame of your youth and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood.” With shame came fear, but the Lord says not to be afraid because you will not be put to shame.

Which report will you believe?

It’s time to live shamelessly!!!

Contently Yours,

Anaelle

Visit anaelleauguste.com for more

Click Here To Read More By Anaelle Auguste

Try Audible Premium Plus and Get Up to Two Free Audiobooks

All purchases at ChristianWritersBookstore- including Free Trials- goes to keep the website free and help serve the authors.

Cowardliness In The Church by Michael Furlonger

Revelation 21:8

What a list! What a list!

But cowardliness? I understand liars, sexually immoral, witch craft, and idolaters. But cowardliness? We might be able to say that we overcame such a number of burdens and temptations in our lives, but cowardliness?

Cowardliness In The Church?

Do we have cowards in the church? Every Sunday, people come in, sing songs, dance, become completely undignified (like King David did in 2 Sam. 6 when the Ark came to Jerusalem). “How can you, Michael, even think that we have cowardliness in the church?”

Are you afraid of losing your popularity? Do you avoid preaching on godliness out of fear that you will lose church attendants? No reference to sexual immorality, even though pornography runs rampant in the church? Do you address money and greed which Colossians 3:5 says is idolatry? Or, do you give a nice gentle ‘chat’ about how God has big plans for the congregation- granted they put enough money in the offering?

Fear Rejection?

I believe that we fear having the small church. Jesus said, “Go make disciples,” and so we try to make the gospel appealing to the masses by compromising the Gospel of Jesus Christ. So, we want that 200-300 weekly attendance and once we get it, we fear losing it.

Jesus Christ, in John 6:10, had an audience of about 5000 men (not including women and children). The next day, people abandoned Jesus until there were only 12 (John 6:70).

The difference between one day to the next? John 6:26-27, Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life…”

The loaves and fish. The food. How many turn to Jesus just for the loaves and fish? The house? The car? The promised prosperity?

Jesus wasn’t afraid of losing followers for the Gospel. He preached the whole Gospel of God.

Is Cowardliness In You?

Addressing pastors and leaders in the church, are you a coward? I’m sure you’ve proudly exclaimed that you would die for the Gospel. Or die for the church. But would you live for it?

Would you address sexual immorality that has plagued the church? Address the idolatry (greed) that is the cause of many going to church in the first place? Do you even recognize the pagan witch craft that people mask as a heightened spirituality?

Or, would you cower away in your office? Address sin only if a person brings it up. Be welcomed at other churches and take the seat of honour? Get called “Prophet So and So” or “Apostle So and So”?

Click Here To Read More By Michael Furlonger

Try Audible Premium Plus and Get Up to Two Free Audiobooks

A Chain Of Flames by A. Blaine Cleaver

A Chain Of Flames

A Chain Of Flames: A Contemporary Christian Novel of Faith, Hope, Redemption and Love

Whose life will you change? Who will change yours?
Will you even recognize that moment as it happens?

In this remarkable Novel the characters are “vibrant
and alive … dynamic voices demanding to be heard.”

~Where free will and destiny collide, there is…
‘Reckoning.’

Eli Rathebohn is an old soldier who never quite recovered from the the battle. He makes his living by smuggling drugs for the Mexican cartels. He manages his trauma by otherwise isolating himself from the rest of the world. Still- His inner demons will leave him no peace, and one of them in particular… will not stop whispering in his ear.

Johnny James is a Police Chaplain in the southern town of Las Cruces. In a twist of fate he foregoes his long anticipated fishing trip and decides instead to sojourn on his cowboy uncle’s ranch. But there is unexpected tragedy in the heartland. Johnny’s resolve will be tested… along with his faith and his courage.

Jared Suina, in returning home from college, finds himself caught between two worlds. On the rural American Southwest pueblo were he grew up, he is being pressured to adhere to the old ways — but Jared wants more. To please his Shaman uncle Jared embarks on a peyote vision quest where he sees more than he dared to… and his path is changed forever.

Denise Grayhorn is young, beautiful, and spirited Native American woman. The daughter of an influential tribal leader and businessman, she has been raised in privilege — but Denise has also been sheltered. Due to a careless indiscretion she may have just ended her television career before it has even begun. To redeem herself, Denise accepts a meager assignment, not knowing that this ‘penance’ will lead to the most sensational national news event of the year… and Denise has the exclusive.

Together these people – and a host of others – will come to realize that life is not a single footpath, but a broad interchange where our hearts, our souls, our actions, are all linked together… like a chain of flames.

A Chain of Flames is a Contemporary Christian Novel with adventure, suspense, pathos, and a touch of sweet, clean, romance.

  • Full-length, stand-alone novel
  • Multicultural Characterization
  • Appropriate for Jr. high and up
  • Useful as a tool for evangelism

Check Out These Other Books You May Be Interested In

Try Audible Premium Plus and Get Up to Two Free Audiobooks

How to Be Content in Singleness

lonely woman standing on rocky coast

How To Be Content In Singleness

While single, you will experience all types of pressure, internal and external: people around you will be inviting themselves to your wedding while you’re not even dating; your parents will be asking when they will see their grandchildren; all your friends will be requesting you to be their bridesmaid; you will notice all the cute couples on social media; others will remind you that your clock is ticking, etc.

Then there are the unwanted memories of past relationships haunting you. You thought you’d be in a serious relationship by now; instead, you see your ex getting married while you’re still navigating the ocean of singlehood.

First Thing First: Forgive Yourself

Whether you like it or not, you will meet some individuals who operate with an all-is-fair-in-love-and-war mentality. Others won’t always apply the golden rule when you open your heart to them. Those people will use you, abuse you, and stomp on your heart.

When that happens, some tend to blame themselves. You think you allow them to hurt you. As hard as it is to forgive others, sometimes, it’s even harder to forgive yourself. However, this is crucial to being content—forgive the assailant who stares back at you when you look in the mirror.

Stop beating yourself up!

Yes, you may have let your guard down, but their intentions weren’t pure. They deceived you. It is not your fault! If you don’t forgive yourself, you’ll be bitter and resentful. You can’t be content and bitter at the same time. In 1 John 3:20, he tells us that even if our hearts condemn us, God is greater than our hearts.

Accept God’s grace to forgive yourself.

Forgiving others will take a heavy load off of your shoulder; forgiving yourself will break the shackles that bound you.

After releasing blame, shame, resentment, and bitterness, you will no longer presume that everyone you meet is a liar, manipulator, and cheater. You will realize that there are still godly singles out there. You’ll then see yourself worthy and deserving of receiving God’s best for you.

Face Your Past but Don’t Dwell There

When you go through heartbreak, you may experience a state of denial. It is natural. Denial is a stage in the grief process. It’s ok if you don’t feel like talking about the tragedy for a while; you need time to process what happened. As in any stage or state, denial should be temporary; you are not meant to remain there. However, when some people face unpleasant circumstances, they tend to ignore the issue and get stuck in the denial stage. They think a covered wound is a healed wound. This is a dangerous place to stay!

Why is it necessary to face your past?

Whether you like it or not, your experiences shape you consciously and unconsciously. To avoid reliving unwanted occurrences, people file them in the back of their minds. When those files remain there, they are never fully processed. Though unprocessed, they are still in your subconscious mind, influencing you. As a result, you can repeat the same cycles or patterns and either find yourself in the same destructive situations, or you’ll pass your hurt onto others.

When pain isn’t dealt with appropriately and healthily, it may be expressed into other psychological and psychosocial issues such as depression, anxiety, self-destructive tendencies, etc. Then you may find yourself fighting to cure the symptoms, but until you get to the root of the disease, the symptoms will keep coming back.

You’ve heard the saying “hurt people hurt people?” If you don’t face your past and be healed, you will project your hurt to others.

Assess past hurtful situations, learn from them so you can apply the wisdom you acquire to make better decisions. You may start by talking about the situation, either with someone you trust or a professional if needed. That will help you process the occurrence and get the proper perspective. Address the issue with the person who hurt you if possible and pray for the strength to forgive him/her.

Just like it’s detrimental to ignore the past, it’s unhealthy to remain there. Some people tend to blame everything on the unfortunate things that happened to them. However, after addressing the past and learn from it, move on. Seek ways to use those lessons to your advantage and to grow. If you dwell in the past, you’ll assume the role of a victim. Instead, position yourself as a survivor, an overcomer. Whether you were abused, abandoned, and rejected as a child or as an adult, whether you were betrayed or cheated on, no matter what your past looks like, you need to face it if you want to be healed.

Get Rid of the Weight

In your singleness, God will definitely get rid of certain things and people while he’s preparing you. Hebrews 12 verse 1 says to remove the weight and sin that easily entangle us. Some things and individuals are not sins, but they are weight. Ask yourself, “What is this person contributing to my life?”

I am not saying for you to base your connection solely on what others can do for you. On the contrary, this is a characteristic of a weight. The Bible says iron sharpens iron. So, it should be a mutually beneficial relationship, whether the person inspires or encourages you in their way of living, without opening their mouths or they empower you and actively contribute to your life.

This principle also applies to a romantic relationship. If he is not serious, don’t entertain him! If all she wants is a “situationship,” don’t hold on to her.

Get rid of them!

Some objects or people will only hinder what God is willing to do in your life, so he will get rid of them. That may not be the way you’d hope he’d answer your prayer, but he’s sovereign and knows best. Your singleness may just be a moment to focus on and sharpen yourself, your dreams, and the promises God has for you and exercise your unique gift.

Sometimes, God needs you in an isolated place, free of distraction.

Don’t go and add these weights back! You can still get to where God is taking you, but you’ll only make your process a lot harder, longer, and more painful.

Don’t Be Complacent

Be careful not to misconstrue resentment for contentment.

Don’t be contemptuous to those who show interest in you just because you don’t feel the same way. No matter how content you are in your singleness, you have to value people.

You need to be sure that you don’t become resentful toward those who approach you. If your goal is to get married, you shouldn’t become complacent in this season of your life. Should you be content? Absolutely! Not complacent.

Complacency leaves no room for a man to fit in the picture later. You shouldn’t have a me-myself-and-I, no-time-for-a-man mentality.

In the article, Laws of Success: Honour, the preacher and life coach Emmanuel Makandiwa states, “What you honor, you attract, what you despise, you repel. Everything that you despise will be kept far away from you. If it is knowledge, it will be kept far away from you, if you despise marriage, it will be kept far away from you.”

Yes, God will send his best your way, but it’ll require your participation, and the mindset you have while single plays a significant role.

Now, the choice is yours; will you honor what you truly desire, or will you repel it?

Contently Yours,

Anaelle

Click Here To Read More By Anaelle Auguste

Try Audible Premium Plus and Get Up to Two Free Audiobooks

All purchases at ChristianWritersBookstore- including Free Trials- goes to keep the website free and help serve the authors.

I Like To Cheat On My Wife (Is It Sinful Part 2) by Michael Furlonger

Be Selfish

In Part 2 of Michael Furlonger’s Is It Sinful? series, Michael confesses that he knowingly cheats on his wife. After he says, “I like to cheat on my wife,” be sure to listen as he explains that, as Christians, we aren’t only to “believe” in Jesus Christ, but be faithful to him.

In his book, God: The Master of Sin and Satan the Beautiful, Michael shares the conclusion of his journey of faith. What is sin? Why is it sinful? What’s Satan up to during all of this God smiting the earth?

In Is It Sinful? series, Michael will open up the Bible as he discusses the important role of addressing sin. In Is It Sinful part 2, Michael carefully explains that Belief and Faith are two different things: Even though he believes he is married to his wife, doesn’t mean he can be unfaithful.

Not shying away from his own battles with sin, Michael Furlonger opens up, pouring out his own heart on sins.

Be sure to subscribe to the YouTube channel to watch it and other great content.

Check Out Is It Sinful? Part 1 By Michael Furlonger

Try Audible Premium Plus and Get Up to Two Free Audiobooks

The Parables Revisited- S1E11- John Stapleton

YouTuber John Stapleton continues with the Gospel of Mark 12 – The Parables Revisited.

Be sure to subscribe. Also, if you’re on the go or in the car, click on the podcast play button to listen to the audio just below the YouTube video.

The Parable of the Vineyard (Isaiah 5:1-7)

Owner and tenants (Mark 12:1-2) represent God and Israel.  Tenants and servants (Mark 12:2-5) represent how Israel treated the prophets. The beloved Son and the tenants (Mark 12:6-9) represents Jesus (Mark 1:11; 9:7).

The Owners Response (Mark 12:9-12). Why let these violent tenants manage? We can tell more about ourselves by noticing what question we ask: 1) Why did God destroy the tenants? or 2). Why did the tenants destroy God’s servants? The response is appropriate since they chose not to honor his messengers (verse 4).

The chief priests and scribes were trying to kill Jesus because he turned the tables over (Mark 11:18). They returned to challenge and trap him (Mark 11:27).

Traps For Jesus (Honor Games)

Taxes (Mark 12:13-17). If Jesus says yes, he loses popularity. If he says no, he commits treason against Rome. Jesus doesn’t fall into the political trap; he points reverence where it should be. Why are they hypocrites (verse 15)?

Resurrection (Mark 12:18-27). If Jesus answers them, he’s affirming the resurrection and polygamy (of course, affirming the resurrection would be laughable in their group). Jesus corrects their ignorance (verses 24-27) by showing them that God continues to have relationships with the patriarchs who have long been dead. If this is possible, that would make resurrection possible. (It’s also interesting that Jesus proves his point from the books of Moses, the only books the Sadducees consider inspired by God.

Law of Moses (Mark 12:28-34). There were 613 laws. Which one is most important? Many teachers would try to pick one law as an umbrella that summarizes the others. (One popular suggestion was honoring your parents.)

Jesus’ Question: Who Is David’s Son? (Mark 12:35-37). There is no way David is talking about his own sons. The only conclusion to draw from this passage is that David was calling one of his own descendants ‘Lord.’ The only conclusion is that Jesus is the true descendant of David, but they don’t want to admit it.

April 19 Q&A 

1. Where in the Bible does it speak about praying to Mary so our prayers can be heard?

Praying to Mary is not a biblical injunction. In general, Catholics almost deify Mary while Protestants ignore her unless it is Christmas. The truth is, while we are not instructed to pray for Mary, we are encouraged to learn from her example of great faith, which we see as she prays in the gospels:

  • Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. (Luke 1:38)
  • And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.” (Luke 1:46–49)

She wasn’t anybody important, but she honored God and submitted to him as a servant. Therefore, God has elevated her status. That’s why we all call her blessed!

2. Matthew 5:3 Says, “Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit.” How Do I Become Poor In Spirit So That I Can Be Blessed?

First we need to understand what Jesus means when he says ‘poor in spirit.’ What’s that mean? It means we desperately realize our need for God. By default, we tend to be proud people who think we are basically good and don’t need God’s help or saving from anything. But its only the people who are poor in spirit who can draw closer to God. Jesus said in another place, “I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners” (Matthew 9:13). 

3. Did Obeying The Law of Moses Always Lead To Warfare and Turmoil?

You have to understand the context of the law of Moses before you can critique it. Before the law was the promise that God made to Abraham to grow his family to global size and bless him. Even though the deepest meaning is a spiritual one, we see this start to unravel in his own family who becomes the 12 Tribes of Israel. As former slaves from Egypt, they don’t know how to fight or defend themselves, so as God sends them out to conquer lands that he already promised to Abraham, he miraculously assists them at times. Secondarily, the people who they conquered burned their children to false demon gods and were abhor-able people. They had it coming.

4. Why Did Hotel Owners Stop Putting Bibles In Hotel Rooms?

The reason they stopped is because we are becoming an increasingly more secular society. We are not losing anything important, only the pointless formalities of religious culture. Here’s the reason Google gave:

“In 2006, almost every single hotel (95 percent) put a Bible in their bedside drawer. … When Marriott opened its new Moxy and Edition hotels, they decided they wouldn’t put religious books in the room because the “books don’t fit the personality of the brands,” a spokesperson told the Los Angeles Times.”

5. What’s The Most Historically Accurate Writing In The Bible?

This is a difficult question to answer because the proven historicity of the Bible is throughout its pages. I really want you to trust the Bible from Genesis to Revelation because it is all equally true and accurate. Not only has it been proven several times by archaeology, but it is the most attested document in antiquity. Once you start digging into the evidence, it is very compelling! As far as your question, I want you to know that the Biblical writers have a similar attitude as Luke did:

“Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things that have been accomplished among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word have delivered them to us, it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught” (Luke 1:1–4).

Click Here To Read More By John Stapleton

Try Audible Premium Plus and Get Up to Two Free Audiobooks

In The Spirit Intended by Alan T. Black

In The Spirit Intended

In The Spirit Intended

This journey that I am undertaking as a Christian writer is a work in progress. With this release of my second book I am continuing to be obedient to the Lord as much as possible. I will be the first to admit that I have found myself on many an occasion wondering why this was happening to me.

That being said I am reminded of the fact that with each of us we can attest to the fact that God will in the end see his purpose and mission fulfilled in us. It will come to fruition in the time and season that He has decided. As well He will equip us with what it is that we need to be of service.

Check Out These Other Books You May Be Interested In

Try Audible Premium Plus and Get Up to Two Free Audiobooks

Here I Am Lord by Alan T Black

Here I Am Lord

Here I Am Lord

“Here I am Lord” is a book comprised of 35 essays written and posted as blog posts over a two year period.

It is a refreshing alternative to conventional “daily devotion” ensembles, and is ideal for the Christian who likes to read without a specific schedule in mind.

With captivating titles such as:

  • “Can You Hear Me Now”,
  • “Identity Theft”
  • “The Magnificent Seven”

The book promises to offer the reader many enjoyable and interesting moments of reading while drawing closer to the Lord.

Check Out Other Books You Might Be Interested In

Try Audible Premium Plus and Get Up to Two Free Audiobooks