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Father of two, husband, Christian

Were the gospel writers present during the time of Jesus?

In the book Cold-Case Christianity author J. Warner Wallace, a homicide detective, writes about the evidence we have that the Gospels were written very near the time of Christ. This gives us reason to believe that the Gospels really were written from eyewitness testimony of the life of Jesus.

  • The New Testament fails to describe the destruction of the temple (this occured in 70 AD)
  • The New Testament fails to describe the siege of Jerusalem
  • Luke said nothing about the deaths of Paul (AD 64 in Rome) and Peter (AD 65 in Rome) in the book of Acts. Even though they are prominent figures. Yet he did mention the death of Stephen and others.
  • Luke said nothing about the death of James the brother of Jesus in the book of Acts (AD 62 in Jerusalem).
  • Luke’s Gospel predates the book of Acts (See Acts 1:1-2)
  • Paul quoted Luke’s Gospel in his letter to Timothy written about AD 63. (See 1 Timothy 5:17-18 and Luke 10:7) So Luke Gospel was already commonly accepted by AD 63.
  • Paul echoed the claims of the Gospel writers in books/letters of Romans, Corinthians and Galatians. These letters were written between AD 48 and AD 60. And Paul quoted Luke in his letter to the Corinthian church nearly ten years earlier than in his letter to Timothy. (See 1 Corinthians 11:23-25 and Luke 22:19-20)
  • Luke Quoted Mark and Matthew repeatedly. So they must have been written earlier than Luke.
  • Mark’s Gospel appears to be an early “crime broadcast”. It’s brief, less ordered and filled with action verbs and adjectives written with a sense of urgency.
  • Mark appears to be protecting key players by not naming them. Though the later Gospels name them. Mark is possibly trying to protect these key players from the same people who crucified Jesus, because they were still alive when he wrote his Gospel. Unlike the Gospel of John which was written later and named most of these key players.

Watch J. Warner Wallace explain the timeline with the evidence of an early writing of the Gospels.

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40 Day Journey with Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Those who have gone before us and have lead by example are an inspiration.

Resisting evil, speaking for and protecting those who can’t speak for themselves, caring for the oppressed and downtrodden. These are attributes of a Christian with a faith that is alive and well.

James 2:17-26 is easy to understand. Faith without works is dead. Faith without works is useless.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was an example to us, in modern history, of a person whose faith was not useless and was not dead. He acted.

I’ve recently started this devotional hosted by Bible Gateway. I would encourage each of you to join me.

40 Day Journey with Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“WHEN CHRIST CALLS A MAN, HE BIDS HIM COME AND DIE.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer
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Just Breathe, In The Midst of Trouble

I don’t open up much on my blog about what things tend to stress me out. So is the problem of every man. The pride that keeps us from opening up, hiding behind a mask of confidence, is how we display strength. Well, let me just go ahead and confess and list out what’s up with me right now.

What is troubling me?

  • Work politics
  • Project Deadlines
  • Family Obligations
  • Work Deliverables
  • Home Additions
  • College savings
  • All that other dad stuff

You may have noticed that this is just a list of what stresses everybody out. These are all old foes and known adversaries. And experience I’ve gained from past battles will guide me through.

What keeps me going?

  • Prayer
  • Faith
  • Love
  • God’s Word
  • Friends
  • and now Exercise, seriously, run your stress away

It’s amazing how you can melt your stress away with a long run or a good weight training session. But it’s a temporary relief.

What really helps is the knowledge that God loves me and will never forsake me.


Even if I mess up everything on my list. I know I’ll achieve everything on His list and the purpose He has for me.

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me;
You will stretch forth Your hand against the wrath of my enemies,
And Your right hand will save me.
The Lord will accomplish what concerns me; Your lovingkindness, O Lord, is everlasting; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.

Psalm 138:7-8

For David to write this Psalm, it could have been any number of issues that he faced in his life. But even if my issues are much smaller in comparison, You will revive me, O Lord, with Your lovingkindness.

I will be bold with strength in my soul.

On the day I called, You answered me; You made me bold with strength in my soul.

Psalm 138:3

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Husbands, Love Your Wives

Since it is Valentine’s Day week, we should take a second and review some instructions from Paul on how husbands are to love your wives.

Please add to this discussion in the comments and help your brothers out.


There is no “if your wife” qualification in these statements from Paul (quoted below).

Husbands, we are called to love our wives the same way Christ loved the church. That’s a big deal. Christ gave His life for the church. He didn’t just die on the cross for the church, He gave His life to and for the church.

What does that mean? It means that in life Christ nurtured the church through the Word and deeds with grace, truth and love. Even when He was rejected by His own (John 1).

If your wife doesn’t do her part, that is no reason not to do your part.

Men,

  • Love your wife even when you don’t feel loved
  • Love your wife when you are stressed at work
  • Love your wife when neither of you have time to clean the house
  • Love your wife when you get home from work and still need to mow the grass
  • Love your wife when Ramen noodles or Totino’s pizza is what’s for dinner
  • Love your wife when the finances are not in order

Love does not mean you always give in to her every request. It just means that you are kind and understanding and explain your reasoning when you sometimes don’t agree. And you do apologize or change your mind when she points out a flaw or an error in your reasoning. Even is she doesn’t reciprocate, you lead by example.

Your wife wants your attention when she speaks. Practice active communication techniques. Just as you do at work, show respect in your communications. I am not perfect on this either, so don’t think I’m pretending like I’ve achieved perfection on this. I fail at it.

Here is the main point, you lead by example. Be an example to your wife, to your sons and to your daughters. Show them what it means to be a husband living on Biblical principles.

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself; for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, because we are members of His body.
Ephesians 5:25‭, ‬28‭-‬30 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/eph.5.25-30.NASB

If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing. Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
1 Corinthians 13:1‭-‬7 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/1co.13.1-7.NASB

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Love & Respect: The Love She Most Desires, the Respect He Desperately Needs

Time for a new study Bible? My Selected Version and Why

After researching different Bible translations and the guiding principles behind the methods used to translate the leading versions, I’ve decided to use the New American Standard Bible (NASB) as my daily reading version.

This translation sticks with the literal meaning of the words for translation and does not rewrite the text based on a committee interpretation of the original author’s theology.

This was important to me. I wanted a version that was in modern English but also literally translated from the original texts.

There are versions in circulation that do not literally translate the words from the original texts, and they often rewrite whole sections based from the translators’ opinion of what they believe the original author’s theological idea was (Dynamic Equivalent translation). This translation method is not acceptable to me and should not be called a Bible translation. It is misleading to call a non-literal translation a “Bible”. These non-literal translations should be called “commentaries”, not Bibles.

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NASB Bibles

NASB Bibles

History of the NASB Bible Translation

First Published: 1971 
Updated:1995

In the 1880s the King James Version became the basis for the English Revised Version. The American counterpart was published in 1901 as the American Standard Version. A product of both British and American scholarship, the ASV has been highly regarded for its scholarship and accuracy.

By the middle of the twentieth century, The Lockman Foundation, a non-profit Christian corporation of La Habra, California, felt an urgency to preserve these and other lasting values of the ASV by incorporating recent discoveries of Hebrew and Greek textual sources and by rendering them into more current English.

The Lockman Foundation published the Gospel of John in 1960, all four Gospels as a unit in 1962, the New Testament in 1963, and the entire Bible in 1971. Sixteen translators worked on each Testament. More than 50 scholars in various capacities devoted more than 25,000 hours of research to the New Testament alone.

The NASB represented a conservative, literal approach to translation. While this translation followed the principles used in the ASV, the NASB should be viewed as a new translation rather than merely an update of the ASV.

The Lockman Foundation completed an update of the NASB in 1995. More than 20 translators (conservative Bible scholars representing a variety of denominational backgrounds) spent nearly three years completing the project. The team carefully adhered to the principles of literal translation and made no attempt to interpret Scripture through translation. This method of translation stands in contrast to the thought-for-thought method known as dynamic equivalence. The result was a word-for-word translation that is both accurate and readable.

The 1995 update makes several important refinements with regard to the original NASB:

  • It no longer uses “Thee” and “Thou” in reference to Deity
  • Phrases have been smoothed out
  • Words that have changed meaning have been updated
  • Verbs that have a wide range of meaning have been updated to better account for their use in the context
  • Punctuation and paragraphing have been formatted to fit today’s standards
  • Notes about the ancient manuscripts have been revised to include more new and interesting facts

Reference: https://www.christianbook.com/page/bibles/about-bibles/about-translations/about-the-nasb?event=Bibles|1001885