Tag Archives: Aramaic

3 Problems if Jesus is Your GPS

Mark 7:24-37      It took me a long time before I finally broke down and bought a portable GPS for my car. That was before smartphones. I’d been holding out like the thrifty Lutheran that I am. I weakened when … Continue reading

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Born of Water and Spirit – Meditation

John 3:1-17  “No one can see/understand the kingdom of God without being born again.” “No one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit.”       My readings into Aramaic offer a new translation/interpretation of … Continue reading

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The Gospel According to Jesus

       The word “gospel” in Christian circles has developed a meaning of its own that goes beyond the original definition. This impacts the way people understand it.      Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel… (I’m basing this post … Continue reading

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New Titles, Covers, and 99 cents for ebooks

Retirement has given me the time to reassess and revise some of the hurried work I did in the first few ebooks and books I’ve written. The result is that I’ve changed the titles and covers of the books that started … Continue reading

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Walking on Water

Matthew 14:22-33 The story of Jesus and Peter walking on water is a fascinating and mystical story that is pregnant with meaning. Can we perform miracles? Can we walk on water? Neil Douglas-Klotz says a tradition of both native Middle … Continue reading

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Finding and Losing Your Life

Matthew 10:24-39       He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life because of me will find it. As you might guess, I have a few changes to this biblical translation after looking at the … Continue reading

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If You Love Me

John 14:15-21      “If you love me, you will follow my teachings.” What were Jesus’s teachings? Trust in God. Trust in Jesus. Love your neighbor, love your enemies, love each other. Trust and love. Do the right things that are … Continue reading

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Blessed Beatitudes

Matt. 5:1-12      The Beatitudes of Jesus contain wisdom from the ages that is not carried through in the English translation. If we spoke Aramaic, we might grasp more depth of meaning. Since the gospel reading for Sunday, Feb. 2 … Continue reading

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Difficulties in Bible Translation

       Aramaic was a language common to Egypt and most of western Asia (which we know today as Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Syria, and Lebanon, etc.). A common language is important because it speeds up business transactions by … Continue reading

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Mental Illness – A Different Form of Evil

  It’s happened again. Another mass shooting. Twenty unarmed people engaged in their daily work attacked by an unbalanced person and resulting in twelve deaths. Yet according to news reports, the shooter was balanced enough to seek help from a … Continue reading

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