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Posts Tagged ‘Looking at the Text

PSALMS TO LIVE BY-PSALM 1 – THE WAY OF BLESSING

March 8, 2015

BY STEVE DUNN A number of people have been subscribing to this blog lately.  It is one of my oldest blogs and was originally designed as an on-line Bible study for my congregation, the Church of God of Landisville.  I am now on to new ministries, one of which is serving as an Intentional Interim […]

REMINDING THE CORINTHIANS OF HOW GOD VIEWS THEM

May 26, 2013

By Dr. Steve Dunn Time to get into this study in earnest.  We last posted this text and these questions: 1 Corinthians 1:1-7 1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes, 2 To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ […]

A TROUBLED CHURCH IN A MORALLY CONFUSED COMMUNITY

May 14, 2013

BY STEVE DUNN Corinth, as we have seen was diverse, entrepreneurial, raucous and immoral.  The recipient of the letter was the fledgling church made up mostly of Gentiles. The population of Corinth was racially and culturally mixed. We know from archaeology and Scripture (cf. Acts 18:4-8) that there was a synagogue in Corinth.   Roman soldiers […]

THE BAPTISM AND TEMPTING OF JESUS

December 29, 2012

The Baptism and Testing of Jesus 9 At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven: “You […]

MARK AND SIMON PETER

November 28, 2012

BY STEVE DUNN The author of this gospel is Mark, sometimes known as John Mark. Mark was not one of the Twelve Disciples. He would have been a boy when Jesus walked the planet–perhaps even younger than John. He appears to have been attracted to the gospel early and may have been numbered among the […]

BUT DELIVER US FROM THE EVIL ONE

June 10, 2012

“But deliver us from the Evil One …” Very few us have learned this prayer using the expression, “the evil one.”  Our prayer seems to focus on evil in general–malevolent but impersonal.  Why do you think Matthew quotes Jesus use of this description, rather than Mark’s more generalized, “evil”? From my perspective, this form emphasizes […]

“OUR” FATHER

March 25, 2012

“Our Father in heaven” is the first acknowledgment made by a disciple when they come to God in prayer. Our is a very important word in this opening. Often simply relegated to the status of a personal pronoun to identify whose Father, it’s position in the prayer and what is intended to teach goes beyond […]

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME HOLINESS?

October 26, 2011

Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.  Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,  now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. – 1 Peter 2.1-3 Having challenged the recipients of his letter […]

MORE THAN ADVICE

February 26, 2011

There are lots of people who gain a reputation, make a living, and develop a following because they give advice.  In fact, people often let these persons do their thinking for them. People often look for counsel that is easy, comfortable, and will help them cope with the moment. Not all advice is helpful and […]

RICH BEYOND MEASURE

February 21, 2011

Read Ephesians 1.15-23. This is another section that is essentially one long sentence, nine verse long.  Ray Stedman has written a great devotional on this passage called “Turned on by Prayer.” read Another good way to look at this passage comes from Robert Rayburn and Jeffrey Miller. “It has been written that the mature and […]