Posts by Neil Silverberg (Page 4)

Posts by Neil Silverberg (Page 4)

Neil Silverberg

Would You Leave the Multitudes?

“And he went up on the mountain and called to him those whom he desired, and they came to him. And he appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach and have authority to cast out demons. He appointed the twelve” (Mark 3:13-16). It is possible to read this section of Mark’s Gospel and miss the real point. This is Mark’s account of Jesus’ selection of…
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The Great Offense

“And he said, ‘This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.’ After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him” (John 6:65-66). The sixth chapter of John contains an in-depth teaching of the Lord regarding the way he saves men. It is a long discourse between himself and many Jews after the miracle of feeding the five thousand. It also contains our…
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Word And Power

“But Jesus answered them, ‘You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God’” (Matthew 22:29). During the last week of Jesus’ life and ministry on earth, several religious experts approached Jesus and tried to catch him in something he said in order to have a basis to condemn Him. But He who was Wisdom Incarnate demonstrated that He was aware of their duplicity and could not be fooled. One such group that came during Passion…

Jude | Fight for the Faith

Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.                …
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Who Does God Swear By?

“For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater to swear by, he swore by himself” Hebrews 6:13 Here’s a funny question: When God swears, whom does he swear by? We know when people swear an oath they almost always do so by swearing to God. For example, when people are sworn in as witnesses in a court of law they are asked to put their hand on the Bible and ‘swear to God that…
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Good News — God Chose You

We always thank God for all of you, remembering you constantly in our prayers. We recall, in the presence of our God and Father, your work of faith, labor of love, and endurance of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, knowing your election, brothers loved by God,” I Thessalonians 1:2-3, HCSB If I were the devil, at the top of my agenda would be to take the really best aspects of what makes the good news — good news and…
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Abba Father | Galatians 4

“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God” (Galatians 4:4-7). In this part of…
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Proving Your Calling

“Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall” (II Peter 1:10). The doctrine of election is admittedly one of the most difficult doctrines in the entire Bible to understand. That being the case, many have simply chosen to ignore it entirely, pretending that it doesn’t exist. Others have gone the route of minimizing it by giving it less weight than Scripture does. Nevertheless, it appears…

Romans 14 | Convictions, Not Commandments

I have often referred to our reading today, the fourteenth chapter of Romans, as a miracle of grace! Paul is writing to a church comprised of both Jews and Gentiles. Without going into the specifics regarding each group’s scruples, suffice it to say that both groups had very specific convictions about such things as what to eat, what to drink, and what days to observe. And these personal convictions apparently were affecting the unity of the church at Rome. So…

Genesis 29 | Missing the Love of God

“And Leah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Reuben,* for she said, “Because the LORD has looked upon my affliction; for now my husband will love me” In today’s reading in Genesis (ch. 29), we have the story of the birth of Jacob’s first four sons and the rivalry between his two wives, the two daughters of Laban, Leah and Rachel. It is the sad account of a bitter rivalry in which each of these women…