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A Shepherd’s Story

A Christmas Story by Jack Kelley

In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened.

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Paul’s Letter to The Galatians

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Part 5.  The conclusion of Paul’s case against combining Law and Grace

We’ve arrived at the final chapter of Paul’s letter to the Galatians, where Paul has presented a strong case against combining Law and Grace. In effect, he has said the two are like oil and water; they don’t mix. Jesus died to set us free from the Law. Therefore, believers who place themselves under the Law are denying the sufficiency of the cross. A little Law mixed into Grace is like a little yeast mixed into a batch of dough. Both eventually permeate everything and cause irreversible changes.

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The Feast of Hanukkah … History And Prophecy

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

He will be succeeded by a contemptible person who has not been given the honor of royalty. He will invade the kingdom when its people feel secure, and he will seize it through intrigue. (Daniel 11:21)

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Paul’s Letter To The Galatians

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Part 4 of Paul’s case against combining the Law and Grace

By now you know that Paul’s letter to the Galatians was a vigorous rebuttal to the claims of the so-called Judaizers, Jewish Christians who taught that Gentiles desiring to become Christians had to put themselves under the Law and be circumcised to be saved.

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Paul’s Letter To The Galatians

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Part 3 of Paul’s case against combining the Law and Grace

Paul has been showing the Galatians that all believers in Jesus are children of God. We are also descendants of Abraham, and heirs according to the promise God gave to Abraham that all nations would be blessed through him. This blessing would come in the person of Jesus, also a descendant of Abraham, who would make it possible for the Gentiles to be justified by faith. Although the promise came before the Law was given, its fulfillment came later. In the interim, the Law was given to God’s people as a guardian. Now let’s resume our study with chapter 4.

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Paul’s Letter To The Galatians

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Part 2 of Paul’s case against combining the Law and Grace

In part 1 we established that the primary purpose of this letter was to contend against a group called the Judaizers, early Jewish Christians who taught that Gentile converts to Christianity also had to observe certain Old Testament rites, specifically circumcision. Some even argued that the only way for a Gentile to become a Christian was to first convert to Judaism and go under the Law.

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Paul’s Letter To The Galatians

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Today we begin a study of Paul’s letter to the Galatians which I’ve subtitled “The Case Against Combining Law And Grace.” Scholars are divided as to the date of this letter. Some place it in the late 40’s and others in the early 50’s. Either way it one of Paul’s earliest letters, perhaps even his first, and predated the Council of Jerusalem where the issue of Gentile converts to Christianity was the main agenda item (Acts 15).

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And Such Were Some Of You

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God (1 Cor. 6:9-11).

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A Spirit Of Fear

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love (1 John 4:18).

There’s lots of fear mongering going on today. The word “monger” originally referred to a trader of commodities, but today it’s more often used to describe a person involved in something petty or contemptible.

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Keeping It Simple

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Mankind has a propensity for taking simple things and making them complex, often confusing himself in the process.  Some say this began with the serpent’s question to Eve,  “Did God really say…?”(Genesis 3:1).  Lets look at some of the simple things of the Bible that man has tried to complicate and ask ourselves if we’re better off with man’s opinion or would it make more sense to keep it simple and stick with what the Bible says.

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Why Destroy The Nations?

Q.  Why would God destroy all the nations to where he sent the Jews? It is not the nations fault that the Jews were scattered because they disobeyed God. Why will God destroy those nations?

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A Non-Human Race Before Adam?

Q.  My question is the word translated nations (h1471) in Isaiah 14:12.   Does this refer to human nations only or can it possibly mean some sort of spirits/angels that may have dwelt on earth before Genesis 1:2?  I’m not referring to a pre-adamite human race but something other than human.  Hopefully this question will make sense to you.

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Is Dispensationalism A False Teaching?

Q.  I’m a strong dispensationalist, so I’m always taken by surprise when someone calls it a false teaching.  Can you explain why people would feel this way?  As I see it, while the label “dispensation” may be more recent, the principle of God having different covenants with different peoples is clearly outlined in the bible.  Can you elaborate?

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Zombies In the Bible, Follow Up

Q.  Re: Zombies In The Bible  I have a little different take on the subject. The person who asked the question about zombies in the Bible could have been directed to Revelation 9:6 where it clearly states ‘in those days people will seek death, but will not be able to find it; they will long to die, but death will flee from them’. Taken literally, and I see no reason not to, people in total fear and desperation trying to take their own lives will continue walking around with ghastly looking wounds that at any other time in history would have certainly been terminal. Though they will continue in their ability to reason and perhaps function as before they would most assuredly resemble the ‘walking dead’ in all other aspects.

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The Fleeing Remnant

Q.  In Matt. 24:15-16 the Lord warned all who are in Judea to flee to the mountains immediately upon hearing of the Abomination.  Yet, did I understand you to imply that only the 144,000 who are sealed will do so?  Would you please clarify this matter?  What about other post-Rapture Messianic Jews and believing Gentiles who live in Judea when the Abomination happens?  Surely many/most of them will also heed the warning.  Will they be safeguarded as well?  Also, did I read somewhere that those to be protected will be flown to Petra on eagles wings, or some such?

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Greedy Or Generous?

Q.  I find myself often just flush with greed. I have much; I have more than enough financially and I have advanced to a healthy old age. Yet I seem to have the idea that, “if I had more I could contribute more to God’s work in the world”. Yet by most giving standards I do give far more than a tithe. I mean much more. Got any suggestions as to what is wrong with me? Is it just a worldly attitude? God forbid that an old person would be guilty of that!

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Zombies In Matt. 27?

Q.  A young man I sometimes see at work asked me “Is it true there are zombies in the Bible”? He was referring to Matthew 27:51-53.  I read it to him and did my best to explain.  How would you have done it?

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Peaceful And Unsuspecting?

Q.  I was reading Ezekiel 38 because I believe that this battle has been projected to start the 70th weeks of Daniel. I am particularly interested in Russia’s role in Ezekiel 38 since Putin is getting desperate. But, what confuses me is in two places it says that Israel will be in peace when the armies of Ezekiel 38 swoop down on it. How can that ever happen until the Anti-Christ signs a treaty that supposedly will restrain ISIS and radical groups now attacking Israel? Is the peace referred to in Ezekiel 38 really peace as we think of it?

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