Posts by Robert Gnage

Posts by Robert Gnage

Acts 19 | KNOWING, Not Knowing Of

In conversations with various people throughout the years, I have been asked if I know some particular person. I most often answer that I do not. But, on some occasions, I have answered that I “know of” them. Usually, that means that while I never have actually met the person, I have learned some things about the person from friends of mine that do know them. I really don’t know the person, and undoubtedly the person in question doesn’t know…

Acts 7 | You Stiff-Necked People

Stephen presents a short synopsis of God’s interaction with Israel, and Israel’s response to God. Oh, how we wish it was one of God offering nothing but goodness and Israel responding in love and obedience. God certainly offered goodness and rescue at every turn to Israel, but Israel would not respond in love and obedience.  Stephen points out that the history of scripture is that of God promising goodness to his people and fulfilling those promises while Israel seems determined…

Luke 5 | Why Do You Eat Only With The Righteous?

“And Levi made him a great feast in his house, and there was a large company of tax collectors and others reclining at table with them. And the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at his disciples, saying, ‘Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?’ And Jesus answered them, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.’” Luke 5:29-32 My parents were Christians.…

2 Corinthians 8 | Generosity: A Fruit of Spiritual Maturity

The work of Jesus while on the earth can be summarized like this. He revealed the Father to us by what He explained, and He showed us the Father by how He lived. This is so we could become more like our Father. Paul captured an aspect of this as he extolled the churches of Macedonia. A need arose elsewhere in the church body where the saints suffered financial hardship. Paul made mention of the situation to the various churches…

1 Corinthians 2 | Don’t Reason, Know!

How do we know what we know? How can human beings know genuine truth? That seems to be a challenge today. Everything that humans touch seems to get polluted. News may be phony. Scientific fact may be politically manipulated falsehoods or just plain wrong conclusions from incomplete data. So, how can we ever come to any real understanding of truth? As much as finding truth may appear to be a 21st-century problem, it isn’t. Paul discusses an aspect of this…

Mark 13 | God’s Commands for The Last Days

“…When will these things be…?” Christ’s disciples asked when Jesus spoke of the impending destruction of the temple (Mark 13: 1-4). The disciples knew something bad of epic proportions was coming if the temple of God would end in obliteration. The disciples’ concerns mounted as they sought to know the timing of this cataclysmic event. Maybe the disciples were content with the response Jesus gave. However, I found His explanation left my head spinning with new questions. Jesus talks about…

Titus 3 | Living The Regenerated Life of Renewal

Paul was instructing Titus on how he should pastor the Church in Crete. His instruction was consistent with his other letters to the churches. There is much to remind us of how we should live our lives. “Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.” Titus 3:1-2  But Paul…

3 John | Love And Truth

The Apostle John sends a short letter (3 John) to a Christian named Gaius. Not much more is known. We don’t know when the letter was written, who Gaius was, or where he lived. John doesn’t give us much detail. In fact, he intentionally leaves out much detail stating in verse 13 that he had much to write, but he is not going to put it to paper, but rather speak face to face. So what was the purpose of…

John 5 | Search the Scriptures

 “And you do not have his word abiding in you, for you do not believe the one whom he has sent. You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life, and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.” John 5:38-40 The fifth chapter of John is jam-packed with truth and revelation. It begins with Jesus approaching a man who had been an…

Matt. 21 | Will You Respond to the Truth?

From the time I was little, I grew up with a thirst for knowledge and truth. Nothing has changed; I still enjoy learning new things. I went to college in pursuit of knowledge and earned a degree and then spent most of my life working in commercial construction. I liked learning new skills, but working with an ever changing group of guys that were not believers had a drawback. Sometimes my coworkers would tell me about things that once I…
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