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Blog Alert – Robert Emmitt

June 2, 2007

Robert Emmitt, pastor of of >Community Bible Church in San Antonio, TX has started a blog – RobertEmmitt.com.

Pastor Emmitt’s teachings are quite amazing, and thus, his blog looks promising!

Be sure to check it out!

//Bring it World
-Brian Purkiss

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Featured Articles – March

March 1, 2007

March – 2007


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Is the Bible Reliable?

Christianity’s foundation is the Bible, plain and simple. Christianity stands or falls with its Scriptures. So is the modern day Bible exactly what was written two thousand years ago? And, can we trust it?


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Understanding “Do Hard Things”

Understanding TheRebelution‘s tag line “do hard things.”


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Featured Articles – Febuary

February 1, 2007

Febuary – 2007


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What is Rain?

What is rain? What are hard times? What is pain? What are tribulations? Nothing!


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Real-World Revolutionaries – Breakaway Magazine


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Featured Articles – January

January 1, 2007

January – 2007


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The Cross – Part I

The first installment in a series of short stories depicting Jesus’ crucifiction.


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A Lesson From the Vikings – Do Hard Things


« December 2006 | Featured | Febuary 2007 »

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Featured Articles – December

December 1, 2006

December – 2006


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Trapped

Trapped is a fictional short story illustrating that we need to let go of everything, and hold on to God with ALL our heart, soul, and mind.


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Do New Things – Part 2

Do New Things is an article on The Rebelution written by Marshall Sherman of Advancing His Kingdom. Do New Things encourages you to get out in the world and try new things – for Jesus.


Featured | January 2007 »

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Is the Bible Reliable?

November 29, 2006

Christianity’s foundation is the Bible, plain and simple. Christianity stands or falls with its Scriptures. To disprove Christianity, many different nations and peoples have repeatedly attempted to discredit the Bible, but to no avail. Due to the constant attacks on the Bible throughout the years, Christians have meticulously researched and have discovered a sound way to uphold the Bible.

In an attempt to demonstrate that the Bible is the Word of God, the original manuscripts must be proven to be authentic. For if the original manuscripts are forged or altered, then no other argument can prove the Bible is the Word of God. Next the content must be examined. If the text changes from manuscript to manuscript, then how can we be sure to have the correct document? Or if the facts of the Bible are false, then again, how can the Bible be true? And finally, the events in the Bible must align with history. Again, if the events of the Bible don’t parallel history, then how can the Bible be true?

First of all, there are approximately 24,970 manuscript fragments of the New Testament within 226 years of the originals, and, except for some style and spelling differences, all 24,970 are identical (with an exception of two portions of text that was not in the original copies, but common in later manuscripts – which is noted in most Bibles). The Jews have kept part of the Old Testament in their Torah over the years, which wouldn’t have changed. Even so, those books couldn’t be proven to be the original text until the finding of the Dead Sea Scrolls. With the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Old Testament was finally confirmed to have stayed the same since the days before Christ. Finally, the books in the New Testament were written between 50 AD and 95 AD, a 45 year difference. During that time, legends and falsehoods would not have been able to spring up. For, the eyewitnesses would have squashed these distortions of the truth.

Even if the Biblical manuscripts are authentic first century documents, the text must have a legitimate source to truly be the Word of God. For why would we have trusted someone from the Orient in 50 AD to write about Jesus’ teachings when the Gospel hadn’t reached the Orient? Eight different men wrote the New Testament. Their names were James, John, Jude, Luke, Mark, Matthew, Paul, and Peter. Out of those eight men, six had direct contact with Jesus, the two who hadn’t been with Jesus traveled for years with someone who had.

Since we have the original text, and the authors of the New Testament are legitimate authorities on the subject, the events of the Bible align with history. However, the events of the Bible align with ‘pagan history.’ The events mentioned in the Bible are genuine events, the places of the Bible are real places, and the people in the Bible are real people, including Jesus. Many ancient non-Christians agree in their writings that Jesus was actually a man and claimed to be God, such as Tacticus (The Annals of Imperial Rome), Suetonius (Life of Cladius, Lives of the Ceasers), Roman governor Pliny the Younger (Epistles), Greek satirist Lucian (On the Death of Peregrine), Syrian Mara Bar-Serapion (a letter). Even the Jewish Talmud mention’s Jesus! Finally, modern archeology has produced evidence for the authority of the Bible. The events, places, and people are verified from non-Biblical sources through examining the remains of past cultures.

Since the Bible is proven to be the same text back then as it is now, the writings to have come from legitimate sources, and the Bible’s events to align with history, we can conclude that the Bible declares genuine history. Now whether the Bible is the Word of God or not is a totally different matter, but even more so important. Man physically wrote the words of the Bible, there is no doubt about that. But, did God speak to humanity through them? Or were the authors of the Bible writing lies?

According to the Bible itself, the Bible is the Word of God. That is clearly stated by Paul in 2 Timothy 3:16a: “All Scripture is inspired by God (God breathed)…” But does what the Bible mean anything to some? No. But, the Bible is full of prophecy. Many of that prophecy has been fulfilled, some is yet to be fulfilled. The prophets Isaiah and Jeremiah both predicted the destruction of Babylon (Isaiah 13-14 and Jeremiah 51). And Babylon did indeed fall. Cyrus the king of Persia conquered Babylon the great in 539 BC. But, a good portion of the Bible’s prophecy is concerning the Messiah, Jesus Christ. The Old Testament has four hundred twenty five prophecies on Jesus alone, and Jesus fulfilled every one. Some of the prophecies are made to the date. For example, in the book of Daniel, Daniel predicted the exact day the Messiah would enter into Jerusalem (Daniel 9:25). Daniel claimed that 438 years after a decree to rebuild the city of Jerusalem, the Messiah himself would enter into that Holy City. Since the Babylonian calendar consisted of 360 days, there are 173,880 days in 438 Babylonian years. On March 5, 444 BC, the Persian king, Artaxerxes Longimanus, decreed that the city of Jerusalem should be rebuilt. Exactly 173,880 days later, on March 30, 33 AD (after accounting for leap years), Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey.

Even the uniqueness of the claims of the Bible suggests its truth. No other religion in the world truly claims eternal life by faith alone. All religions require some form of “works” (having more good deeds than bad deeds – for example) in order to get into heaven. Some are more extreme than others, but they all still require some form of earning your way into heaven. The desire to work for something is human. Many people find it hard to accept large gifts for no reason. So man-made religions that are works based to feel adequate. But really, can a sinful, mortal man earn his way to be with a perfect God?

It is proven that we have the original text of the Bible, the authors of the Bible are legitimate sources, and the events in the Bible really happened. We have also made it clear through the prophecies and their fulfillments that some divine power has made itself known through these writings. Why shouldn’t it be the God that the Bible claims it to be? Why shouldn’t God’s Son, Jesus Christ, really be our Lord and Savior? Why shouldn’t He have really come to earth, died for our sins, and rose again? Since that is the case, it can be concluded that the Bible is true. And since the Bible is true, then Christianity is the Truth.

//Bring it World
-Brian Purkiss

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The Cross – Part I

October 12, 2006

Imagine for a moment, that fateful day in AD 33. Imagine the day when the Son of God took upon Himself the burden of mankind’s sin. Imagine the enormous load He took when he willingly shouldered the yoke of our sin. Imagine the pain he felt when he was beaten, whipped, abused, and nailed to the cross. Imagine that fateful day in AD 33…

His breath came in gasps, blood dripped from His body, the weight of the cross bore down on Him. Pain wracked His body from the innumerable whiplashes, cuts, and bruises; He was hardly recognizable. He could barely force His feet to move; with each passing moment, the energy drained from His body. But His Will was set; nothing could keep Him from the task at hand.

As he crawled forward, one of the Roman guards yelled and the whip snaked through the air. As it came down, an ear splitting crack split the air. The whip made contact with the back of Jesus’ legs and He cried out in anguish and pain, collapsing to the rocky ground. The man on the other side of the cross grunted and came down to his knees. Simon gasped in pain and tried to stand up, but the weight of the Cross was too much for him. The soldiers yelled, whips cracked, and the crowed jeered. After a few agonizing moments, two Roman soldiers stepped forward. One of them seized Jesus and jerked Him to His feet; the other lifted the Cross. In His pain, Jesus groped for the Cross, grabbed it, and shouldered the burden again. With grunts and groans of pain, the cross drug forward again.

As they moved forward, two other men, each bearing crosses themselves, began jeering at Jesus. “Why are you so willing to take your cross? Are you so eager to face the pain of the Cross? Curse God and die now!” Jesus made no reply, but looked them each in the eye in turn; they fell silent after a few moments under His gaze. Gradually, wailing could be heard. He stopped and turned. Following Him was a group of women, mourning for Jesus’ pain. Through the pain and gasps, Jesus spoke to them in a raspy voice, “Daughters of Jerusalem, stop weeping for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. For behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed.’ Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘fall on us,’ and to the hills, ‘cover us.’ For if they do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?” Jesus turned back to His task and slowly, the ground began to slope upward and the city began to fall away.


Continued on // The Cross – Part II