Video of Antichrist
Video of Antichrist There’s no one Antichrist coming to take over the world, as far as the Bible reports. Instead, there’s a bunch of them “crawling all over the place” (1 John 2:18 Casual English Bible). It’s not hard for us to tell if we’re one of them. There’s probably enough in this seven-minute video to offend everyone a time or two. That’s not the intention. What I’ve tried to do is help folks understand what the Bible teaches about the idea of an antichrist. I give examples to illustrate what Bible writers might call antichrist behavior today. Emphasis on “might.” I’m not speaking for those writers or judging the eternal destiny of people today. I’m not the judge. But, like all of us, I’m sitting in the gallery taking note of what I see and hear. And I try to measure it all against the teachings of Jesus. Peace to you.
Video of Jesus crucifixion
Romans wrote about crucifixion in their official reports, novels, and poemsThey wrote it into comedy sketches a bit bawdy. They even used it to help them swear. Eyewitness to Crucifixion is a collection of their own words--what Romans had to say about crucifixions they conducted or witnessed. This video is a short collection of the eyewitness reports. For a more complete collection, see the book EYEWITNESS TO CRUCIFIXION. You can sample some of the pages on the author's website: StephenMillerBooks.com. Go to the Books page and click the photo of the book cover.
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- Gain new understanding from real people who actually witnessed the horror of the cross
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- See for yourself the unvarnished, un-hyped truth about crucifixion and make your own decisions about related, current controversies of faith
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Eyewitness to Crucifixion
Video: Sermon on a Mountainside
Video: Sermon on a Mountainside Matthew 5, part 1 of 3
Audio reading: Sermon on a Mountainside
Sermon on the Mount video
Sermon on the Mount Video, Matthew 6
KEEP YOUR DONATIONS SECRET
DON'T OBCESS OVER MONEY
19“Don’t stockpile money and expensive assets on earth. It doesn’t last here. Moths and rust devour them. Thieves steal them. 20Stockpile treasures in heaven. That’s where moths and rust can’t do any harm. Thieves can’t break in, either. 21“Find your treasure, and you’ll find your heart. 22Light pours into you because of what you see and experience with your eyes. If your eyes are healthy, your life will be full of light. 23But if your eyes covet, evil will do nothing but fill your life with darkness. And if you’ve got nothing but darkness inside, you’re completely in the dark.
BOSS: GOD OR MONEY24“You can’t work for two bosses at the same time and do justice to both. You’re going to favor one over the other, perhaps giving one all your loyalty while resenting the other. So, you can’t devote your life to God and to money.
DON’T WORRY25“Don’t worry about the everyday matters of life: what you’re going to eat or drink, what you’re going to wear, or what you’re going to do if you get sick. There’s more to life than food and clothes, isn’t there? 26“Look up at the birds flying above you. They don’t plant a garden...don’t harvest a crop...don’t store grain in barns. But your Father in heaven feeds them. Aren’t you more important than the birds?
DOES WORRY WORK?
27“Let me ask you this. If you worried hard enough, could you grow a millimeter taller or live a day longer? 28Why do you worry about clothes? Look at all the wildflowers in the field. They’re everywhere. They don’t lift a petal to do a thing. They don’t spin fabric to make their own clothes. 29But I’ll tell you this, King Solomon decked out in his best royal robes didn’t look nearly as good as a flower. 30“People, if God dresses the grass of the field with flowers as beautiful as this—grass that grows here today but tomorrow will burn as fuel in the oven—won’t he put clothes on you too? 31So don’t get worked up over this. Don’t go around saying things like, ‘What are we going to eat?’ Or ‘What are we going to drink?’ Or ‘Where are we going to get
some decent clothes?’ 32Folks who don’t know God obsess over all of that. Your heavenly Father knows you need it.
Don't chase stuff
33“Don’t go chasing those things. Run toward the Kingdom of God and live like a model citizen who makes God proud. If you do that, everything you need is going to be provided for you. 34So, here’s what I’m trying to say. Don’t worry about tomorrow. At least wait until you get there. Every new day has all the trouble we need.” Matthew 6, Casual English Bible
For more about Jesus, The Jesus of the Bible, by Stephen M. Miller
Video reading of Matthew 6
Video Matthew 7
Video of Matthew 7, from Jesus' most famous sermon, the Sermon on the Mount in a hillside in Galilee.
Video reading of Matthew 7
Video: Mary's baby boy
Video: Mary's baby boy. The story of the birth of Jesus as reported in the Gospel of Luke, reportedly written by a physician, Luke, who traveled with Paul.
Mary's baby boy
Video: Crucifixion of Jesus
Video: Crucifixion of Jesus. Did the body of Jesus rot on the cross? Some history buffs say Romans would never have allowed the body of Jesus to be taken off the cross so quickly, and buried. Though there are lots of references to crucified criminals getting left to rot on the cross, there's no indication Romans followed that as standard procedure. And there is plenty of evidence that bodies were removed from the cross and buried. Romans did both. They let some criminals hang and rot. They let others get taken down and buried.
Video: Did the body of Jesus rot on the cross?
Unforgivable sin video
Video about the unforgivable sin Unforgiveable sin: Here’s a nervous question ministers get sometimes when they counsel people: “What’s the unforgivable sin Jesus was talking about…because I think I did it?” The sin is “slandering the Holy Spirit.” But here’s why Bible scholars say the minister should tell the nervous soul to relax. Unforgiveable sin The unforgiveable sin, Q&A I’M WORKING on paraphrasing the Gospel of Mark for the Casual English Bible, and adding a leader’s guide with an atlas of maps. I hope to post it online in another couple of weeks. Here’s one of the tough questions I have to try to answer. Take a look. Offer advice. I’m all E-ears.
The forever sin
QUESTIONPastors say one of the most common questions they get during counseling with people who know at least a little about the Bible is that they are afraid they are going to hell because they sinned against the Holy Spirit. Mark said,
“There is no forgiveness for those who slander the Holy Spirit. That sin lasts forever” (Mark 3:29 Casual English Bible).That shocking quote from Jesus also shows up in the Gospels of Matthew (12:31-32) and Luke (12:10). It sounds as though we could be in big trouble if we give the Holy Spirit a good cussing out. What’s a pastor to say?
ANSWERThe footnote to this verse in the Casual English Bible might be a good place to start:
“The word is more literally ‘blaspheme.’ It’s not clear what Jesus meant by this. Matthew reports that Jesus said this after some Pharisees accused him of casting out demons by the power of Satan (Matthew 12:22-27). Given that context, some scholars say the sin is crediting Satan with a miracle performed by the Holy Spirit. Others suggest it is simply a person’s persistent unwillingness to believe that Jesus is the Son of God, which describes the critics Jesus faced. For people who fear they have committed the unforgivable sin, Bible experts point them to 1 John 1:9, which says that if we confess our sins, God will forgive us. Period.”The way the story flows in Matthew’s account is that Jesus had just healed a man who was triple-dipped in trouble. The man was demon possessed, blind, and unable to talk. Pharisees knew that healing this man was the kind of thing God would do, and not the kind of thing Satan would do. Yet they talked themselves out of believing that God did it. And they talked themselves into believing Satan did it. They looked into the eyes of the Son of God who had just healed this man, and they called him the son of Satan. People who are that intent on not seeing God when he is standing right there in front of them will, in fact, not see him. God won’t forgive people who refuse to acknowledge him or their sins. That, perhaps, is the bad news Jesus delivered to the Pharisees. But for people today who are worried that they’ve committed a sin that can never be forgiven, their worry is evidence that they haven’t committed it. That’s what many pastors tell the people they counsel. If we ask for forgiveness, God forgives us. It’s a message that shows up throughout the Bible.
“Turn away from sinful living. If you do that, God will forgive you and erase your sins” (Acts 3:19).
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