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About Eddie

I am a Christian. I am married to my lovely wife, Kay, for over 40 years. I have enjoyed growing old with her, and look forward to a few more years, if our Lord permits. I am also a father of two daughters, both are married to two wonderful men. My eldest daughter has two children-a girl and a boy, so I am also a grandfather! God has been so kind to let me see both of my daughters fulfilling their dreams while they follow Jesus. I retired from a telecommunications company in 2002, and have never looked back. I have found retirement much more fulfilling than living by another man's schedule. I enjoy studying the scriptures, reading a good book, blogging, and discussing my faith with folks over the Internet who like to discuss matters concerning Jesus. I had been a Sunday school teacher for about 30 years (including about 12 years teaching junior and senior high youths), but recently I asked to be excused of this responsibility (January 2019).

The Uncontrollable Carnal Spirit

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In Luke 8:22 Jesus wanted to go to Gerasenes (Luke 8:22), which is across the lake from Galilee (Luke 8:26). On a map for that period, the territory would have been called Gaulanitis. When Jesus went ashore, he was immediately met by a man, a citizen of that city. That man was also a demoniac and quite out of his mind (cf. Luke 8:35). He wore no clothes and lived presumably in one of the caves among the tombs in that place (Luke 8:27). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 28, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Apostles’ Obedience and Faith

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Not long after Jesus calmed the winds and the waves on the Sea of Galilee (Luke 8:24), there was another voyage on the lake that would be of some significance (cf. Matthew 14:22-33). At that time Jesus walked upon the lake’s waters from where he fed the five thousand to where the disciples had been toiling fruitlessly against the winds. Just as in Luke 8:22-25, Jesus told the disciples to get in the boat and row to the other side, and a storm developed during their voyage (Matthew 14:24; cf. Mark 6:48). In Luke’s storm Jesus was asleep in the rear of the boat (Luke 8:23), but in Matthew’s storm Jesus wasn’t with the disciples initially, but he walked to them on the Sea of Galilee and then got into the boat (Matthew 14:22, 25). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 26, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Apostles’ Failure to Obey Jesus

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Just after he delivered the Parable of the Sower (Mark4:1-2, 35) while in a boat near Capernaum, Jesus told his disciples to launch out and go to the other side of the lake (Luke 8:22). The lake is the Sea of Galilee, which is in the shape of a spear from north to south with a decided bulge on the west side. Capernaum is situated on the northwest end of the lake near the River Jordan, which flows through the lake from the north and out its southern coast. The lake is about 140 feet deep at its deepest point and approximately 700 feet below sea level, making it the lowest fresh water lake on earth, second overall only the Dead Sea which the Jordan River empties into. The Sea of Galilee is about 8 miles across at its widest point and about 13 miles long.[1] Jesus’ voyage from Capernaum to Gerasenes was about seven to eight miles on a southeast diagonal. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Fruitfulness of God’s Word

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In Luke 8:16 Jesus changes from a planting theme to the subject of light. Jesus used this theme previously in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:15). Luke shows that Jesus repeated such themes when they served his purpose in teaching his disciples. Here, Jesus tells us that light cannot be hid, and light in this context is the word of God (Luke 8:16; cf. Psalm 119:105; cf. 2Peter 1:12-21). While one might conclude that the light that cannot be hid is the believer (cf. Matthew 5:14), the context in Luke seems to indicate it is the word of God (cf. Luke 8:11). Up to this point Jesus had been speaking of the fruitfulness (or lack thereof) of the word of God in a man’s heart. I believe he continues to do so, as he changes the symbol to light. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Devil

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The name devil (diabolos – G1228) is defined as slanderer. The Scriptures also refer to the devil as the accuser of the brethren (Revelation 12:10). Jesus tells us that Judas Iscariot was a devil (John 6:70-71), implying that he was a false accuser or a slanderer. Jesus could have meant this to show Judas slandered his enemies, but Jesus may also be implying Judas was slandering Jesus in some manner. Perhaps when Judas was sent out to preach the Gospel (cf. Luke 9:1-2), he may have preached a messiah more to his liking (cf. John 12:34), than what Jesus told him to say. In any case, Jesus revealed in Luke 8:12 that it is the devil who removes the word of God (the ‘seed’ in the parable) from the hearts of men. This attaches a kind of omnipresence to a being other than God, unless it can be shown Jesus doesn’t mean to say an actual spirit being takes the word of God out of the hearts of men. Our modern theology seems to make the Devil, called Satan, into a kind of god who possesses God-like powers, but this is impossible. Only the Lord is God, and no one is able to oppose him. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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It’s a Matter of the Heart

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After delivering the Parable of the Sower, Jesus revealed privately to his disciples that the seed is the word of God (Luke 8:11), which is sown in a man’s heart (Luke 8:12, 15). The hearts of some men are described in Luke 8:5-8 in varying degrees of receptiveness to the word of God, which is what makes the hearts of men useful to the Kingdom of God. In Luke’s first example, he tells us that some men’s hearts are just too hard for spiritual life (Luke 8:5, 12). The hearts of these men are trodden down, as though their hearts had no value (Matthew 7:6; cf. Hebrews 10:29) The birds eat the seed deposited there, so the word of God is never permitted to take root so that these men might consider the will of God. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Context of the Parable of the Sower

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As Jesus entered his second year of public ministry, some women, Mary Magdalene, Joanna and Susanna, mentioned in Luke 8:2-3, became his financial supporters in the same vein as the women who sustained Elijah (1Kings 17:1, 9-16) and Elisha (2Kings 4:8-11). It appears that Luke mentions these women here in order to identify figures he mentioned previously in Luke 7. The mother of the Roman centurion’s servant is Joanna,[1] the widow of Nain is Susanna, and the unnamed woman at the Pharisee’s dinner held in Jesus’ honor is Mary Magdalene. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 14, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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