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March 22, 2020

We live in a world inhabited by two sorts of intelligent beings: visible and invisible. There are two categories of visible beings: children of the light and of the day, and children of the darkness and of the night. There are likewise two categories of invisible beings, commonly called angels and demons. Some misinformed people think of angels as cute little Cupid-like cherubs, naked little babies with wings. And they think of demons as cute little horned imps with pitchforks living in the dark, fiery underground caverns of hell. There are some "angels that sinned" and "kept not their first estate" who are now "reserved in everlasting chains under darkness" in Tartarus. (See Jude 6 & 2 Peter 2:4.) But these eternally-chained fallen angels are not the ones who make trouble for mankind. The demons we have to deal with are not in hell. They are in this world. I find it curious that we read very little about demonic activity in the Old Testament Scriptu...

May 5, 2019

“He showed Himself alive after His passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days” (Acts 1:3) “After these things Yeshua showed Himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias” (John 21:1). In the above verse, “these things” refers to the things that occurred in the previous chapters of John’s Gospel - the Crucifixion, the Resurrection, the risen Lord’s appearance to Mary Magdalene, then His appearance that same evening to all the disciples except Thomas, and His appearance eight days later, this time with Thomas present. And now, this appearance on the seashore. The appearances of the risen Lord recorded in the four Gospels were

March 3, 2019

We live in a world inhabited by two sorts of intelligent beings: visible and invisible. There are two categories of visible beings: children of the light and of the day, and children of the darkness and of the night. There are likewise two categories of invisible beings, commonly called angels and demons. Some misinformed people think of angels as cute little Cupid-like cherubs, naked little babies with wings. And they think of demons as cute little horned imps with pitchforks living in the dark, fiery underground caverns of hell. There are some "angels that sinned" and "kept not their first estate" who are now "reserved in everlasting chains under darkness" in Tartarus. (See Jude 6 & 2 Peter 2:4.) But these eternally-chained fallen angels are not the ones who make trouble for mankind. The demons we have to deal with are not in hell. They are in this world.

April 8, 2018

Like John said to Peter after the net filled with fish, “It is the Lord,” we realize that it is the Lord orchestrating the events around us. And just as Peter cast himself into the sea and eagerly swam to shore, we might “abandon ship” and run to the Lord.

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