Biblical Reflection

Celestial Navigation

How a Search for a Semitic King Marked the Start of a Global Revolution Matthew 2:1-12 © 2022 Phill Butler It is only in Matthew’s gospel that we have the story of the “Wise Men” and their visit to honor the new-born Jesus.  It’s part of the Christmas story that has...

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Reflections: Jesus’ John 17 Prayer

A torrent of words have been generated over the years in commentary on Jesus’ well-known prayer in John 17:1-26.  Any further attempt to explore the passage may then be, at best, superfluous or at worst presumptuous.  However, acknowledging those possibilities I would...

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Joseph: The Head of Jesus’ Earthly Family

My sense is that Joseph, Mary’s husband and head of Jesus’ earthly family, was a man of extraordinary qualities.  It was his character and action that provided the framework for all of the major events leading up to the launch of Jesus’ public ministry.  For obvious...

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Jairus of Capernaum: My Journey

My Background I was born and raised in the fishing village of Capernaum. We’re located about 40 miles NE of Jerusalem on the NW corner of the Sea of Galilee.  It’s actually a fresh water lake fed by the Jordan river.  It’s about 13 miles long and about 8 miles wide....

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Change: Biblical and Theoretical Framework

As consider our approach or strategies for evangelism, whether inter-personal, social media, or other forms of communications understanding both the key elements and the process of decision-making can greatly strengthen our initiatives.  These very simple charts and...

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Biblical Basis for Change

Scriptural Assumptions Man is a shaper, not a victim             Gen 1:26, 28, 29             Gen 2:16-17 Jesus commission from the Father             Luke 4:16-21 Jesus commission to us             John 20:21 We are change agents             Matt 6:10, 11:19...

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Biblical Basis for Partnership

I.  Based on God's nature: living in community A. Before creation - Job/Daniel/Ephesians B. Man in His likeness - Genesis 1:26, 3:22, 11:17 C. Destruction of community/trust - Gen 3:8-10 Fear - Gen 3:22-24 Separation - Gen 4:1-9 Loss of responsibility D. Testimony of...

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