So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it
Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light
And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body."
My name will be great among the nations, from the rising to the setting of the sun. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to my name, because my name will be great among the nations," says the LORD Almighty.
If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
For He is not the God of the dead but of the living, for all live to Him.
Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life.
1 Cor 3:15
If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
1 Timothy 3:15
but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.
A few years back, we lost control of our beloved blog due to the email address we used for logging in being moved to Gmail. Blogger was not included in the migration of the email servers to Google. We have just recently regained administrator access so we can update the template, fix broken links, and publish comments.
We are working our way through 34 lengthy comments that were posted during our time in Google's wilderness. We are working backwards in time and will publish nearly all your comments (there's some spam in the mix) and will also respond if appropriate.
The lesson for you who may also have blogs is to have two administrator accounts, each on a different email service. We had just one and a secondary account that could post only.
Thank you for your patience!
All of the left side navigation has been updated, fixed or removed if non-repairable. Still working our way through past comments. New content will be arriving shortly.
Herb Kraker of Dialogos Studies is in need of Baptists, or at least Baptists learned enough to discuss the covenental aspects of baptism as it relates or doesn't relate to infants:
At first glance the New Testament would appear to teach believer's baptism. The "believe and be baptized" passages seem quite clear. However, closer examination of the Scriptures open up the possibility that baptism could well be the sign of the Abrahamic covenant. Currently, that is the direction the evidence in the examination is pointing.
Is infant baptism in fact the Scriptural form? Is this correct?
More input is needed from Baptists to further test this material to see if it can stand the test.
As Always be charitable when visiting others. Refrain from going in with bible guns blazing and shooting from the hip. This is a serious debate, so please download the papers and provide a well reasoned response.
Perhaps we are being overly optimistic, but we have gone ahead and installed an Arabic bible in our free e-Sword Bible study software. We used the Arabic Smith & Van Dyke Bible freely available on the e-Sword site. After downloading and extracting the bible file to our e-Sword installation, we fired up e-Sword and... There it was. The Bible in Arabic. Wow!
We went into our settings and chose to compare the Arabic SVD version with an an English version. Clicking on the compare tab, there they were. A verse in Arabic displayed above a verse in English. Cool!
So. Where to begin? Taking a cue from Julie Andrew's character Maria in the Sound of Music, we decided to start at the very beginning, a very good place to start. Genesis 1:1.
Now for those unfamiliar, Arabic is read from right to left. Peering at the letters on the right side of the screen we noted something peculiar. We could read the first word! Its was "Fee"! We learned "Fee" just a few lessons back. "Fee" means "in", as in "In the beginning..." Is that just not awesome?
Looking through the verse, we also recognized "Allah" (God) and "wa" (and). We then set about trying to transliterate the verse from Arabic in an attempt to pronounce the verse in Arabic. We were fortunate and found a transliteration of Genesis 1:1 on an Islamic site, and discovered that we were very close. It seems our barrier to reading the Bible in Arabic is vocabulary, or rather the lack of it.
The 2-3 folks searching for "arabic alphabet for christians" while be pleased to discover that the arabic alphabet for Christians is the same as the arabic alphabet for non-Christians and Muslims.
We suspect that those seeking "arabic alphabet for christians" were searching for the arabic alphabet being taught by a Christian, as most of the online tutorials are by Muslims for Muslim chldren and converts. While there are millions of arabic speaking Christians, it seems few have created resources for other Christians. For those in major cities, you might consider searching for a nearby Coptic or Chaldean Catholic church that offers an arabic class. We studied Greek at a nearby Greek Orthodox church and plan to study Hebrew at a nearby synagogue.
For those that don't object to learning from a Muslim, we like the Learn Arabic in English series taught by a Texas convert to Islam. His equating the dot above the arabic letter "noon" as being the sun at high noon stuck, as did many of his other examples.
There's a growing need for more Christians to learn the Arabic alphabet, and more, in order to evanglize among the arabic-speaking population.