Tag Archives: Religion

Religion, Commerce, and the Soul

A number of those who practiced magic collected their books and burned them publicly; when the value of these books was calculated, it was found to come to fifty thousand silver coins. A man named Demetrius, a silversmith who made silver … Continue reading

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Status Quo

They said, “What will we do with them? For it is obvious to all who live in Jerusalem that a notable sign has been done through them; we cannot deny it. But to keep it from spreading further among the people, … Continue reading

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The Gate is Shut

Then the man brought me back to the outer gate of the sanctuary, the one facing east, and it was shut. The Lord said to me, “This gate is to remain shut. It must not be opened; no one may enter through it. It is … Continue reading

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“Haves” and “Have Nots”

So he measured the area on all four sides. It had a wall around it, five hundred cubits long and five hundred cubits wide, to separate the holy from the common. Ezekiel 42:20 (NIV) We talk a lot in our culture about the “haves” … Continue reading

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The Prophet and the Sower

The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel who are now prophesying. Say to those who prophesy out of their own imagination: ‘Hear the word of the Lord!’” Ezekiel 13:1-2 (NIV) I do not believe that … Continue reading

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Contrasts in Corruption

A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. When Jesus entered the temple courts, he began to drive out those who were selling. “It is written,” he said to them, … Continue reading

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The Ultimate Question

Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say I am?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of … Continue reading

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