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Tradition and Change

     Men are born soft and supple; dead, they are stiff and hard. Plants are born tender and pliant; dead, they are brittle and dry. Thus, whoever is stiff and inflexible is a disciple of death. Whoever is soft and … Continue reading

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Love is to be the Interpreter of the Law

Matt. 22:34-46      I preached so many times on the greatest commandment, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and mind and soul” that I’m tired of it. However, you can read a centuries old method that teaches you How To … 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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Strong Enough To Bend

Matt. 5:5 Last week we experienced a mini-ice event in west Kentucky. It was nothing like the ice storm of 2009 where ½ inch of ice covered everything for fifty miles around us, doing damage to thousands of trees that … Continue reading

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Salt, Light, Heaven and Earth

Matthew 5:13-20 It’s no accident that Jesus compares his disciples to salt and light immediately following the Beatitudes. The Beatitudes explain what you will be like when you have matured and found your purpose for existing. You are a piece … 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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A New Interpretation of Luke’s Beatitudes

  Considering the explanations in Greek and Aramaic for the words and phrases in Luke 6:20-31, this is how I would interpret it: +   +   + Then Jesus lifted up his eyes toward his disciples, and said: Coming to completion are … Continue reading

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The Beatitudes in the Gospel of Luke

  Luke 6:20-31  There’s so many possibilities for interpretation coming out of the Aramaic version of the beatitudes in Luke’s gospel that it would be about as long as the book I wrote about Matthew’s version. There are some significant … Continue reading

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Sample Chapter of In Living Color: The Beatitudes

  After some length of time trying to decide what made me think I should make some changes in my second book in the In Living Color series called The Beatitudes, I revamped the last two chapters. Now I’m ready to … Continue reading

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