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Why did Jesus tell his disciples not to go to the Gentiles or into any city of the Samaritans in the 10th chapter of Matthew?

Nov 30th, 2009 | By | Category: Questions You Ask (click for the full answer)

Part 2: The Samaritans: There was a great deal of prejudice between Jewry and the Samaritans. We see in the scriptures below, the Jews had no dealings with the Samaritans because they did not feel they were legitimate Jews. Their is thought that they were half breeds so to speak, not full blooded Jews. The Samaritans themselves thought of themselves as Jews, because they had Abraham as their father also. But since we know the Jesus himself went and testified to the Samaritans and converted them, he considered them Jews, even if the rest of the nation did not. Because of the extreme prejudice it was necessary for Jesus himself to approach the Samaritans.

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Acts Chapter 28: Paul; Shipwrecked on Melita, Imprisoned in Rome

Nov 4th, 2009 | By | Category: Acts, Verse by Verse --Studies led by Br. Frank Shallieu (Click on Book name)

Paul met brethren at Puteoli, and the centurion was amenable to Paul’s wishes, allowing him to stay there for seven days. The fact that Paul “took courage” when brethren were found shows that he had some low periods, and seeing the brethren encouraged him. The classes of brethren in Italy were not founded by Paul. Apparently, Peter’s early sermon on the Day of Pentecost had resulted in some converts there. Also, when famine and hard circumstances arose, some of the brethren from Israel may have taken up residence in Italy.

Appiiforum and “The three taverns” were on the Appian Way en route to Rome. When all of them got to Rome, the centurion delivered the prisoners to the captain of the guard, and Paul dwelled by himself with a soldier who “kept” him. This term probably means that a soldier was chained to Paul while he was under house arrest.

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Who May be Coworkers?

Aug 3rd, 2009 | By | Category: Special Features (click on Article name)

Some one has well said:—”The Christian in the world is like a ship in the ocean. The ship is safe in the ocean so long as the ocean is not in the ship.” One of the great difficulties with Christianity today is that it has admitted the strangers, the “people of the land,” and recognized them as Christians. It does injury, not only to the Christians, by lowering their standards (for the average will be considered the standard), but it also injures the “strangers,” by causing many of them to believe themselves thoroughly safe, and needing no conversion, because they are outwardly respectable, and perhaps frequently attendants at public worship. It lowers the standard of doctrine also, because the minister who realizes that at least three-fourths of his congregation would be repelled by the presentation of strong meat of truth, withholds the same, and permits those who need the strong meat, and could appreciate and use it to advantage, to grow weak, to starve. Furthermore, the worldly spirit and the fuller treasury have attracted “strangers” into the professed ministry of the Gospel, many of whom know not the Lord, neither His Word, and who consequently are thoroughly unprepared to feed the true sheep, were they ever so well disposed.

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Romans Chapter 1, Advise to the Christian, both Jew and Gentile

Jul 31st, 2009 | By | Category: Romans, Verse by Verse --Studies led by Br. Frank Shallieu (Click on Book name)

Paul knew that the Christians in Rome were going to have certain problems. Since he would not be visiting Rome for a while, he wanted to give advice to this church, which consisted of a mixed element of Jews and Gentiles who met together on a regular basis. What was Paul’s motivation? Realizing that Jews and Gentiles had radically different backgrounds, he wanted to unify them by getting them to appreciate each other’s backgrounds and their one calling. He wanted them to be firm in their faith so that they would not wobble back and forth under the influence of the Judaizing believers, who felt that a Christian had to follow the Law as well as walk in grace and truth by faith. Thus he proceeded to teach the real meaning of the doctrine of justification by faith, and the theme of his Epistle to the Romans is justification by faith in the blood of Christ.

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“The Gifts And Callings Of God.”

Jul 20th, 2009 | By | Category: Booklets (click on booklet name), Christian Character, Christian Doctrine, Prophetic Studies

OUR LESSON relates to the call of Abram (high father), whom God renamed Abraham (father of a multitude), although indirectly the special point of the lesson refers to the calling of Abraham’s seed, natural and spiritual, and the divine bestowments to them, constituting them the centers of hope to the world of mankind.

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Luke Chapter 16 Parable of Unjust Steward, Divorce, Rich Man and Lazarus

Jul 2nd, 2009 | By | Category: Luke, Verse by Verse --Studies led by Br. Frank Shallieu (Click on Book name)

Jesus continued to bolster the premise of the Unjust Steward Parable. Verses 16-18 refer to the Law and the prophets. When John the Baptist came, the last of the Law and the prophets, he pointed to Jesus as the new way. In other words, a new dispensation was opening up and every man would have to press into it—would have to exercise energy in order to secure the spiritual promise or prize. The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus, which follows, somewhat pictures this change of death to the Law and being made alive to the new condition. As a people, the Gentiles responded more favorably than the Jews.

The Parable of the Unjust Steward brought out the principle that no man can serve two masters. One cannot mix the Law dispensation of works with the gospel dispensation of faith.

It is dangerous for a Christian to feel he is being justified under the Law. We study the Law to know God’s thinking, but we do not expect to get life by obeying it to the letter. Therefore, a change in dispensations was pending at the First Advent, as shown in the parable by the steward’s losing his stewardship. Those Jews who were wise handled the change properly and got a far greater blessing.

The parables of Luke 15 and 16 all center around a lost stewardship, coin, sheep, etc. In each case, whatever was lost was found, restored. Luke chapter 17 is tied in too in another way.

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Luke Chapter 14 Parable of the Great Supper, Hating Mother and Father

Jul 1st, 2009 | By | Category: Luke, Verse by Verse --Studies led by Br. Frank Shallieu (Click on Book name)

Now Jesus raised the conversation to a higher level. Out of all who heard him in the Pharisee’s house, only one appreciated Jesus’ words and said, “Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.” Jesus immediately gave the Parable of the Great Supper, which is a reminder of the principle “many [shall] be called, but few chosen” (Matt. 20:16).

When bidden to enter the race for the high calling, one after another made excuses along temporal lines, so the master of the house told his servant to go out into the city streets and call the poor, the maimed, the halt, and the blind. The “city” was the Jewish nation. When not enough Jews accepted, the master sent his servant into the highways and byways—that is, to Gentile lands—with the instruction “Compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.” “Compel” means to urge, to earnestly plead. None of those who were invited and refused will taste of Jesus’ “supper.” Only a few Jews responded, so the call went to Gentiles.

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