Pastor Dan Lewis

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Does God Control Our Hearts?

April 5th, 2015 by

Why did God harden Pharaoh’s heart? Does God control all of our hearts so he really decides whether we believe in him or obey him? The events preceding the exodus were an intense contest between Yahweh and the gods of Egypt. Not only were the mighty acts of Yahweh convincing signs to the Hebrews that they were Keep reading…

What Was The Bethlehem Star?

December 1st, 2014 by

Astronomers have made careful studies of the celestial decade of 14-4 BC, and three candidates have been proposed as possible stellar phenomena that might fit into Matthew’s description. Johannes Kepler of the 17th century argued that the star was possibly a nova or supernova, a stellar explosion giving out a tremendous amount of light for Keep reading…

What Happens When A Christian Dies? Does He Immediately Go To Heaven?

August 1st, 2014 by

New Testament passages that allude to the state of the righteous between death and resurrection come largely from Paul. In the context of anticipating the possibility of his own death (Phil. 1:20-22), the apostle indicated that after death he would be “with Christ” (Phil. 1:23), a state that was the obverse of remaining “in the Keep reading…

What Does The Bible Teach About Dating?

June 1st, 2014 by

The short answer is that the Bible teaches nothing about dating, at least directly. Dating as a cultural practice of modern Westerners was unknown in the ancient Near East and still is not practiced in much of the Two-Thirds World. It emerges out of the western concept of individual freedom. Whereas in the ancient world, Keep reading…

What Did Jesus Mean When He Said, “This Generation Will Not Pass” In Matthew 24:34?

March 1st, 2014 by

The various portents preceding the climax of the end of the age, Jesus said, were like spring leaves heralding the coming of summer. Early leaves indicate that summer is near, and similarly, all the various portents Jesus described are preliminary indications of the nearness of his coming. Dispensationalists have often attempted to be even more Keep reading…

In the Apostles’ Creed It Says That Christ Descended Into Hell After His Death. What Does This Mean?

February 1st, 2014 by

There is a certain discomfort for the modern mind by this phrase, and it is perhaps sharpened by the fact that the phrase does not appear in either the old Roman Creed, which preceded the final form of the Apostles’ Creed, or in the Nicene Creed which came later. It is generally agreed that this Keep reading…

In The Lord’s Prayer As It Is Commonly Recited In Protestant Churches, The Ending Phrase “For Thine Is The Kingdom And The Power And The Glory, Forever And Ever” Is Not In The Prayer As Delivered By Christ. What Is The History Of That Ending?

January 1st, 2014 by

Here, indeed, is a true observation. In the two versions of the prayer that Christ taught his disciples to pray (Mt. 6:9-13; Lk. 11:2-4), neither of them have this ending in the earliest Greek manuscripts of the New Testament. To be sure, this ending does appear in some Greek manuscripts of Matthew and Luke from Keep reading…

Why Does The Bible Say That When Joseph Discovered That Mary Was Pregnant He Considered Divorcing Her. Weren’t They Only Engaged At The Time? (Matthew 1:19)

December 1st, 2013 by

Mary, as the Gospel of Matthew indicates, was pledged to be married to a man named Joseph. Some knowledge of Jewish marriage customs is necessary to fully appreciate the circumstance. Jewish marriage at this time consisted of two distinct parts, the betrothal and the home-taking (Dt. 20:7). The word betrothal translates the Hebrew verb ‘aras, Keep reading…

What Does The Bible Teach About Tithing In Our Day?

September 1st, 2013 by

The New Testament ethic of giving is perhaps best summed up in a statement by St. Paul, who said, “Each person should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Co. 9:7). The freedom for Christians to financially support God’s mission Keep reading…

Why Was It Wrong For The Spies In Numbers 13 To Give A Bad Report? Weren’t They Told To Go Check It Out? Weren’t They Just Being Truthful?

August 1st, 2013 by

There are two accounts of the spies sent into the Land of Canaan, one in Numbers 13 and the other in Deuteronomy 1:19ff. It is important to read both accounts if one is to have a complete picture of what happened, because the two accounts are complementary. Numbers 13 begins with Yahweh telling Moses to Keep reading…

Why Would God Write The Bible In Such A Way As There Are So Many Interpretations? Is There One Right Interpretation?

May 1st, 2013 by

Probably the first thing that should be said is that all writings, religious or secular, ancient or modern, require interpretation. As soon as there is a reader, the process of interpretation begins. Words have meaning. Grammar has meaning. Interpretation is the skill and art of understanding how language is used, how thought forms are communicated Keep reading…

What Is Blasphemy Against The Spirit?

March 1st, 2013 by

In the synoptic gospels, just after he had been accused of exorcising demons through the power of Beelzebub, Jesus warned against the sin against the Spirit, what he called an “eternal sin” (Mt. 12:31-32; Mk. 3:28-30; Lk. 12:10). All sins were forgivable except one—the sin against the Holy Spirit (12:30-32). Clearly, these passages say that Keep reading…

Can Satan Read Your Mind? Can He Inject Thoughts Into Your Mind?

March 1st, 2013 by

To over estimate Satan’s power is just as debilitating as to underestimate his power. In the first place, the Scripture is quite clear that Satan is not omniscient. God was able to conceal from the devil his eternal purposes in Christ Jesus until after the fact of the resurrection (Ep. 3:9-11; cf. 1 Co. 2:6-8). Keep reading…