But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Craig Keener - Apologetic Report
Friday, 17 November 2017 13:20

Stick figures

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017 06:52

Indonesian lectures on miracles, 2.2

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21 minutes, including English and Indonesian translation

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The Lord continues to reaffirm his commission to Moses to perform the wonders God had commanded, but also warns that God will harden Pharaoh’s heart (4:21). The Lord also gives Moses a difficult message to give to Pharaoh when he refuses to release Israel. Israel is like a firstborn son,...

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Monday, 13 November 2017 02:58

Cambridge New Testament Commentary on Galatians

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It’s not out yet, but it’s on the way! (not sure exactly when, but hopefully soon!)image

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In Genesis 37:9, Joseph dreamed that the sun, moon, and twelve stars bowed down to him. Joseph was just seventeen years old, and there was no way that he himself could have planned his destiny and imposed it onto a dream. This was God’s plan for him, God’s choice, no less than...

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Wednesday, 01 November 2017 16:02

Understanding Revelation (4 minutes)

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Revelation was not meant to be hard to understand.

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Monday, 30 October 2017 07:54

Obedience even before much faith—Exodus 4:18-21

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God’s signs had put the fear of God in Moses, enough to make him obey. But Moses’s obedience is still half-hearted, and (as will become obvious in the next lesson) incomplete.

After receiving this astonishing commission and these signs from God, Moses returns to his father-in-law and...

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15 minutes (historical reliability), plus some questions and answers (miracles, etc.)

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Monday, 23 October 2017 06:12

How do you trust God yet fear him?

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Biblical humility is closely related to the fear of the Lord (Prov 15:33; 22:4). Recognizing how great God is devastates our own pretensions to greatness. Then we cannot depend on our merit or status but depend solely on God and what He has done for us in Christ.

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18.47 minutes, with English and Indonesian

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If you’re like me, maybe you have thought, “God healed people in the Bible, but is there any precedent for praying for stalled cars or frozen computer screens?” Perhaps it’s only some of us who are very picky who think that way, since the Bible offers much more general...

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As long as Moses is raising logistical problems, God has solutions. But finally Moses is out of objections and simply asks God to get someone else, still more convinced that this is not the job for him than trusting the God who has called him. As Paul later points out, however, if we’re not...

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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 15:57

Newspaper hermeneutics (5 minutes)

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Using modern newspapers to interpret Revelation means that interpreters have to keep changing their views as headlines change. There has to be a more consistent way to interpret the book!

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Moses thus raises another objection: even if signs would persuade the people through someone, Moses is not the right one to speak (4:10). Sometimes we may have faith in principle, affirming that God has power to do something, yet deny that God can do that through us. If God should choose to act...

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Sunday, 24 September 2017 10:17

God equips Moses with signs—Exodus 4:1-9

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God dismisses Moses’s concern about Moses’s own inadequacy; God himself is more than adequate (Exod 3:11-14). Moses now raises the objection that the Israelites would not believe that the Lord had spoken to him (4:1). This is a reasonable concern—people often disbelieve our...

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Sunday, 17 September 2017 10:14

Striking the striker—Exodus 3:20

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God enacts justice, though mercifully tempered by his restraint. God had not punished the oppressors’ injustice immediately, but now his impatience was coming to an end. Harsh taskmasters struck God’s people (Exod 2:11; 5:14, 16); Moses had struck an oppressor in retaliation (2:12), but...

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Saturday, 16 September 2017 10:58

Nabeel Qureshi’s Passing and Hope

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I have been praying hard for my friend Nabeel Qureshi ever since I learned of his stage 4 stomach cancer. Nabeel was so humble and a persistent and honest seeker after truth. Nabeel was also in the prime of life and health, and unlike some of us who are older, I thought, he should have decades of...

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 13:20

Discussion about holiness, sanctification

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Paul Moldovan asked me some questions about the meaning of sanctification for his blog, and this prompted me to think about the subject.

My answer about the meaning of “sanctification” starts like this:

I might prefer the translation “consecrate,” since there is less...

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Sunday, 10 September 2017 10:12

God’s scary promises—Exodus 3:18-19

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The Lord was now “visiting” or paying attention to his people (3:16; 4:31), as Joseph had foreseen (13:19; Gen 50:24-25). Scripture also had already used this dramatic language earlier for God enabling Sarah to conceive (21:1). God does not act in equally dramatic ways at all times and...

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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 15:51

Prophecy teaching failures (7 minutes)

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False predictions through history: Through history, prophecy teachers have kept predicting events and dates that (usually) proved wrong.

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Sunday, 03 September 2017 10:09

Resisting God’s calling—Exodus 4:1-17

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When God calls Moses to confront Pharaoh, God not only promises to be with Moses; he also gives Moses a sign to confirm that God is with him. Unfortunately, this first-offered sign will be obvious only once what God has just commanded is fulfilled! The sign is that, after Moses brings the people...

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Sunday, 27 August 2017 10:04

Faith and God’s calling—Exodus 3:7-14

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God’s promises are good, but sometimes these promises are difficult because they demand that we obey God in faith. Faith can be like a sense that recognizes God’s faithfulness; yet, like a muscle, faith typically also requires some exercise to grow stronger.

The Lord promises that he...

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Sunday, 20 August 2017 10:02

The God who sees—Exodus 3:7

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In Genesis 16:13, Hagar called the Lord, “the God who sees.” The same God continued to see, watching over his people.

Verbs of seeing and hearing are common in the Bible, but the emphatic exchange of sight in Exodus 2:24—3:7 might be significant:

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Sunday, 20 August 2017 08:31

Indonesian lecture on miracles session 5.3

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With both English and Indonesian

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Sunday, 13 August 2017 10:00

Is God or an angel speaking in Exodus 3:2-6?

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The angel of the LORD appears to Jacob in a dream (Gen 31:11), calls to Abraham from heaven (22:11, 15), and appears directly to Hagar (16:7-11; though calling to her from heaven in 21:17). Here he appears to Moses in a flaming bush (Exod 3:2), yet Moses apparently sees only the bush burning, not...

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