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  • Revolutionary Patience

    Contributed by Michael Koplitz on Jun 2, 2021

    An alternate interpretation of the sower and seed parable is offered.

    Binding the Strong Man – A Political Reading of Mark's Story of Jesus authored by Ched Myers is a fascinating look at Jesus' life and His words. It is an entirely different method than the usual Christian commentaries. The story of the sower of the seed is always seen as a spiritual more

  • Water Is Thicker Than Blood

    Contributed by Michael Koplitz on Jun 2, 2021

    Water is what brings Christians together. Our baptism by water makes us all family. The bonds of the branches to the vine should be stronger than blood bonds.

    The old saying that “blood is thicker than water” was being upended in this narrative. In this case, one can say that water is thicker than blood. Water is referring to the initiation rite of baptism. At that ceremony, the person being baptized with water becomes a member of the Christian family. more

  • What Happened To Praise For The Lord?

    Contributed by Michael Koplitz on Jun 2, 2021

    Why don't people praise the LORD as was done in past generations? An interesting question to explore.

  • Guilt By Association

    Contributed by Michael Koplitz on Jun 2, 2021

    Have you ever been deemed guilty of something only because of someone you know or a relative? This message examines that human trait and why it is a mistake to do.

  • What Do The Magi's Gifts Mean Today?

    Contributed by Michael Koplitz on Jun 2, 2021

    The gifts that the magi presented to the baby Jesus have metaphorical meaning. What do they mean today?

  • Can The Church Be An Obstacle To Discipleship For Jesus?

    Contributed by Michael Koplitz on Jun 1, 2021

    Is it possible that some of the doctrine, rules, and regulations of the church be a stumbling block to becoming a disciple for Jesus? Yes, it was definitely one for me and I still struggle with it.

    {You may want to read Mark 4:1-9, This is the actual parable that I am speaking about. } [Why parables?] 10 As soon as He was alone, 1 His followers, along with the twelve, began asking Him about the parables. 11 And He was saying to them, "To you has been given the mystery of the kingdom more

  • Corruption Occurs Everywhere Even In Church

    Contributed by Michael Koplitz on Jun 1, 2021

    The church is not invulnerable to the possibility of corruption. The church human leaders therefore corruption will exist. Learn to recognize it because then you can stop it.

    The Pharisees started as a sect with a noble and perhaps a divine purpose. They were organized to resist the Hellenization of the Holy Land. The Seleucids wanted to change Galilee and Judah into a paradise of Greek Hellenism. The Pharisee sect was formed in 168 B.C.E. to combat this infringement on more

  • When Will The Kingdom Of Heaven On Earth Be Established

    Contributed by Michael Koplitz on Jun 1, 2021

    The kingdom of Heaven on Earth will be established when the full work of Jesus Christ is complete. Who will complete this? That's you and me.

    At the literary level, this feeding of 4,000 people reads like a simple story. However, the was a large number of people who wanted to hear Jesus speak. Jesus wanted to ensure that they were not hungry, so he feeds them. The story is simple. However, moving from the literary reading to the more

  • Jesus Came For Everyone

    Contributed by Michael Koplitz on Jun 1, 2021

    Jesus established His church to be open to all who wanted to worship Him. Why does today's not believe this? As a Jewish convert and pastor I have been on the receiving end of Anti-semitism in church.

    Jesus’ attitude and language used in the narrative can be shocking to the reader. How can our Lord and Savior treat anyone in the way He is portrayed in this narrative? The pagan woman was looking for her daughter to be cured. Instead of immediately helping her, He calls her a dog, thus insulting more

  • To Follow Or Not To Follow

    Contributed by Michael Koplitz on Jun 1, 2021
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    Who do you follower? Two followers of Jesus could be discussing an issue that appears to be allowed in the Bible? An even larger question is what do you do when two pathways are before you??

    The LORD gave us His Word as a guide for us to have a spotless life. There are so many rules and regulations that it is virtually impossible to live on Earth and not break a code here and there. The LORD established forgiveness into His system because He was aware that this would indeed happen. more

  • What And Who Do You Believe In?

    Contributed by Michael Koplitz on Jun 1, 2021

    What do people believe in today? There are many Christians that say they believe in Christ but their actions say something else. Are you showing Christ to the world?

    Why would people think that a tzitzit could heal them? People in Jesus’s day were superstitious. Amulets and unique clothes were considered to have divine powers. Jesus was like the prophets of centuries earlier. These men and women could perform such things. Messianic tradition says that the more

  • A Lesson In Faith By Way Of The Sea

    Contributed by Michael Koplitz on Jun 1, 2021

    The Disciples learn about their faith on the sea. The sea is a metaphor for life's events. How strong is your faith when your "sea" gets turbulent.

    Jesus's disciples were sent out to the next city that He wanted to visit. They ran into trouble. A weather event took place, and that made it difficult to continue their voyage. They were scared about what was about to happen to them. In the narrative, they did not call out to the LORD or to more

  • You Cannot Silence What Is Just And Right

    Contributed by Michael Koplitz on Jun 1, 2021

    Jesus healed on the Sabbath. Where in the Bible does it say that you cannot do that? The question of what you can and cannot do and when is the debate.

  • Do You Have Faith The Lord’s Direction?

    Contributed by Michael Koplitz on Jun 1, 2021

    How many of us can say we 100% follow the direction of the Holy Spirit? That is what we are expected to do. So how many follow?

  • A Double Vaccination Of Jesus?

    Contributed by Michael Koplitz on Jun 1, 2021

    In the story of a blind man being cured by Jesus it took Him two attempts. This is a foreshadowing for many disciples. They may need to "Jesus experiences" before them become devout disciples.