History

Complete (but concise) list of major and minor characters in the Bible

There are literally hundreds of characters in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible.  Here is a complete list of important biblical characters along with a brief note regarding their significance.  Proposed symbolism of the Hebrew name is in parenthesis.  Characters are grouped and categorized by their function in…
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Christian News

Satanic Temple given green light to display fallen angel in Florida Capitol

The Satanic Temple’s war on religion took another successful step today when Florida’s Department of Management Services green-lighted the atheist groups’ request to erect a “holiday display” in the Florida Capitol rotunda this year. According to the Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Florida's Department of Management Services has…
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Christian News

Christian Bale’s religious taunts show there’s more (or less) to a movie (or name) than meets the eye

In an era where actors and actresses enthusiastically publicize the movies they headline in, we’re not sure if Christian Bale, star of the Exodus movie, has lost his mind or simply forgot how to use it as he continues to distance himself from the very people the movie should appeal to.…
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Matthew

More than murder – anger, forgiveness, and reconciliation (from the Sermon on the Mount) (Matthew 5:21 – 5:26)

Continuing his Sermon the Mount, Jesus told those listening: “You have heard it said that “You shall not murder” and that anyone who murders will be judged accordingly. But I say that even someone who is angry with another person will be subject to judgment. Even someone who calls another…
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Matthew

Jesus and the fulfillment of Old Testament Law (from the Sermon on the Mount) (Matthew 5:17 – 5:20)

During the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told listeners: “Do not misunderstand and think that I am here to abolish Old Testament laws or Prophets. I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. Until heaven and earth disappear altogether, not the smallest letter nor least stroke of…
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Matthew

Salt and Light (from the Sermon on the Mount) (Matthew 5:13 – 5:16)

During the Sermon on the Mount, immediately after delivering the Beatitudes, Jesus began his ministry of “new law” – a different and expanded perspective of Old Testament teachings. He told those listening: “You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its saltiness, it becomes useless, no longer…
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Matthew

The Beatitudes (from the Sermon on the Mount) – Jesus summarizes expectations in eight attitudes) (Matthew 5:1 – 5:12)

Seeing the large crowds, Jesus moved to the side of a mountain and sat down. His disciples followed and gathered around him. Jesus began to teach them while the crowd listened. Popularly known as “The Sermon on the Mount”, he began with “The Beatitudes”, and said: Blessed are the poor…
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Matthew

Jesus begins miraculous healing of the sick – news spreads thru region (Matthew 4:23 – 4:25)

Jesus travelled throughout Galilee, teaching in the synagogues, proclaiming the good news of love, hope, understanding, and repentance. Throughout his travels through Galilee, he healed people, curing them of all types of sickness and disease. News spread through Galilee about the miracles Jesus was performing and soon people from throughout…
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Matthew

Jesus calls his first disciples into service (Matthew 4:18 – 4:22)

As Jesus was walking along the shoreline of the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon (aka Peter) and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake (the brothers were fishermen). Jesus told them, “Come with me and I will make you fishers of men.” At once, Peter and Andrew…
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