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For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor heavenly rulers, nor things that are present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 Romans 8:38–39 (NET)

 

 

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Jesus is Lord Caesar is Not

by Scot McKnight and Joseph B. Modica

        
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     Jesus is Lord Caesar is Not 

              Reviewed by Pastor Aaron Peer

 

  

NEW CCBS BOOK

      Hebrews: Developing Confidence for Reading the Letter

            by George H. Guthrie and Herbert W. Bateman IV  

       









 

 

Hebrews: Developing Confidence for Reading the Letter, is part of the Let’s Know the Bible series intended to build confidence in reading the Bible one book at a time. Bateman and Guthrie first examine the new covenant. Then Guthrie provides three ways to transform your reading of Hebrews. The book ends with a collection of short essays on building confidence for reading the Bible. The book is designed to be used with corresponding free videos clearly identified within the book and available for viewing under "Conferences."

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A Pastor’s Perspective — On Daniel 3:17 

“An 'Even If' Faith”
by Branden Pahl
 

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego locked eyes with Nebuchadnezzar. The trio of Hebrew men had offended the very king who had exalted the exiled Jews to their high-ranking positions in his kingdom (Dan. 1:3-7; 3:12). The Babylonian king caught word of their refusal to worship his golden image. In a furious rage, Nebuchadnezzar spat his verdict: “If you don’t bow to my image when the music plays, I’ll cast you into the fiery furnace” (3:15, para.). For good measure, he added, “And who is the god who will deliver you out of my hands?”

This beloved tale from the book of Daniel offers a moving example of faith for people who feel displaced in their culture. The faith of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego is one that triumphantly declares loyalty to God “even if…” 

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were aware that God was able to rescue them from the fiery furnace. They provided the king an honest and straightforward response. “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is ableto deliver usfrom it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up” (3:17-18, NIV, emphasis added).

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to bow down to the king’s golden image. They understood their response would not be received well from the king, but there was no other valid response. There was no other option. No switching loyalties. No other authority in all of creation to place their trust in.  

Moreover, this faithful band of Hebrews was certain of God’s sovereignty. The Lord had them placed into their high-ranking positions in Babylon (1:17) and would deliver them from the king’s hand, whether they lived or died in the furnace (3:17). No matter what hold Nebuchadnezzar believed to have had over them, it was only a delusion. And though they did not claim to know God’s plan for rescue, they did not doubt his ability to rescue.  They were certain of one thing: their lives were in the hands of their Creator in all circumstances.No matter the outcome of their trial, God was still God and worthy of their praise.

For the follower of Jesus, shouldn’t this be the pattern of our faith? In a world where many have submitted to false gods, accommodated to culture, given into the fear of man, or bowed to the threat of persecution, which followers will stand firm and say, “Even if…”? 

“Even if” your faith costs your safety, will you stand firm? 

“Even if” your convictions cost your relationships, your job, or your home, will you praise him? 

“Even if” your life is on the line, will you say, “Yet I will trust in him” (Job 13:15)?

“Even if” you are under spiritual attack, will you remember God’s love persists (Rom. 8:38-39)?

Like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, we can know God’s power, “even if” we don’t know his plan. We can know he is able to deliver, “even if” we don’t know that we’ll come through the fire.

Pastor Branden Pahl is an Assistant Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church (Connersville, IN)

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"A Pastor's Perspective" is a CCBS ministry directed by Timothy D. Sprankle, Senior Pastor of Leesburg Grace Brethren Church. He solicits, collects, and edits all submissions before posting. He earned his B.A. (2001) and M.Div. degrees from Grace Theological Seminary (2004). 

 

Previously posted blogs are also available: "A Pastor's Perspective."

 

Special Post

A Special Post for the Nerdy Language Majors Facebook members: "The Minority Report. A Different Assessment for Interpreting Jude" by H.W. Bateman IV (2017). The article is an overview and introduction to Herbert W. Bateman's commentary on Jude published in the Evangelical Exegetical Commenary series with Lexham Press (digital version, 2015; hardcopy version, 2017).

 

 

Understanding the Gospels: A Guide for Preaching and Teaching (2017)

Interpreting the General Letters: An Exegetical Guide (2013)Four Views on the Warning Passages in Hebrews (2007)

Evangelical Exegetical Commentary on Jude (2015, 2017)

Jesus the Messiah:
Tracing the Promises, Expectations, and Coming of Israel's King (2012)