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Hello my name is Jerral Campfield and this web site is dedicated to Moral Recognition Therapy using Biblical principles. Please come back often to join me in understanding Gods hands are outstretched still to forgive.

Who rolled the Stone Away Matthew 28:1
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Saturday, 15 April 2017

 

Who rolled the Stone Away

Historicity

One well-known defender of central Christian doctrines, William Lane Craig, analyzes sources, summarizes his conclusions and defends the historicity of the testimony of Paul and the gospels concerning the empty tomb of Jesus from a perspective of apologetics as follows:

1. Paul's testimony implies the historicity of the empty tomb. Had the tomb not been empty, then Christian theology would have taken an entirely different route than it did, trying to explain how resurrection could still be possible, though the body remained in the grave. But neither Christian theology nor apologetics ever had to face such a problem.

2. The presence of the empty tomb pericope in the passion story supports its historicity. Geographical references, personal names, and the use of Galilee as a horizon all point to Jerusalem as the fount of the passion story.

3. The use of 'the first day of the week' instead of 'on the third day' points to the primitiveness of the tradition. The proximity of the tradition to the events themselves makes it idle to regard the empty tomb as a legend. It makes it highly probable that on the first day of the week the tomb was indeed found empty.

4. The nature of the narrative itself is theologically unadorned and nonapologetic. Very often contemporary theologians urge that the empty tomb is not a historical proof for the resurrection because for the disciples it was in itself ambiguous and not a proof. But that is precisely why the empty tomb story is today so credible: because it was not an apologetic device of early Christians.

5. The discovery of the tomb by women is highly probable. Given the low status of women in Jewish society and their lack of qualification to serve as legal witnesses, the most plausible explanation, in light of the gospels' conviction that the disciples were in Jerusalem over the weekend, why women and not the male disciples were made discoverers of the empty tomb is that the women were in fact the ones who made this discovery.)  Remember Eve Talk to Satan while Adam talk to God. Eve saw, Desired, took, ate and gave to Adam, they ate and they both hid. Here the Disciple are in hiding and the women come to them what a testimony of the importance to show forgiveness and be forgiven.

6. The investigation of the empty tomb by the disciples is historically probable. Behind the fourth gospel stands the Beloved Disciple, whose reminiscences fill out the traditions employed. The visit of the disciples to the empty tomb is therefore attested not only in tradition but by this disciple.

7. It would have been impossible for the disciples to proclaim the resurrection in Jerusalem had the tomb not been empty. The empty tomb is a sine qua non of the resurrection. The fact that the Christian fellowship, founded on belief in Jesus' resurrection, could come into existence and flourish in the very city where he was executed and buried seems to be compelling evidence for the historicity of the empty tomb.

8. The Jewish polemic presupposes the empty tomb. The fact that the Jewish polemic never denied that Jesus' tomb was empty, but only tried to explain it away is compelling evidence that the tomb was in fact empty. Polemic or controversial subject or dispute.

So, let’s read the story of what really happen that changed the world from law to grace. From Matthew; Luke and John.

Easter is the greatest event that ever accrued in history for the law of Moses was glorified, not by the sacrifice by animals, but now a Human Sacrifice by the Son of God, Jesus remember, came to give Grace to all, who wanted to know the way, truth and life that is possible as we are willing to abide in the vine; Jesus. Matthew 28 tells the story of what happen after His death on the cross.


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Good Friday THAT CHANGED THE WORLD
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Friday, 07 April 2017

Last Friday was Good Friday the beginning of a new life. We are at the beginning of spring which is a new season in our valley. God created us all to have the ability to be born and become useful to society as we mature in the Lord. God gave us His Son Jesus to live among us to show He was the answer to all of our problems in life as we learn to abide in Him. He began his ministry being tempted of the devil in three ways.
1. Satan said make stones become bread, He said, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeded out of my mouth.
2. Satan takes Him up to a holy city to the highest spot and says cast yourself down so angels can take care of you. Jesus said It is written again, Thou, shalt not temp the Lord thy God.
3.  Satan takes Him to a very high mountain saying all you see I will give it to you, if you fall down and worship me. Jesus said Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou, shalt worship the Lord they God, and Him only shalt thou serve.
Then He is baptized by John the Baptist; cleanses the temple of evil, tuning over their table to stop the workings of the Devil, turning water to wine, that does not make you drunk, but empowers one for living the Life of Joy, peace and good will for all. He sees revival in Samaria and healing of the nobleman’s son, calls 12 disciples to follow Him. Heals the Demonic, Peters mother in law. Heals a leper, paralytic, then a man at the pool of Bethsaida is healed, heals a withered hand, Widows son raised to life, Parable of the two debtors, He sees opposition, talks about the unpardonable sin, talks about a personal relationship, Parable of rich man and Lazarus, Parable of the barren fig tree, wedding feast, leaven bread, wise steward, sower and reaping, Goodly pearl. Mustard seed, Drawing the net, sees the seas winds stilled, Jaris’s daughter raised from the dead, rejected at Nazareth, death of John the Baptist, Jesus walks on water, five thousand feed, bread of life taught, Rebuking Pharisees, Deaf and dumb man healed, feeding of four thousand, Blind man healed at Bethsaida, Peters confession of Christ. The transfiguration seeing Moses and Elijah by three of the Disciples. Healing of the ten lepers. The seventy sent forth, raising of Lazarus from the dead. Parable of the Lost coin, lost sheep, prodigal son, unjust Stewart, unjust judge, the second coming, discourse on divorce, Parable of the laborers, His suffering fortold, Healing two blind men, the triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Cursing the fig tree, cleansing the temple, Healing in the temple, His authority questioned, parable of two sons, wicked husbandmen, question of tribute money, the great commandment, the widows mite, prophesies of coming calamities, sign of coming events Parable to ten virgins, ten talents and the Plot of Judas. Now here we see Him in the Garden of Gethsemane with His Disciples Praying   Matthew 26
36 Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go and pray over there.” Here we see Jesus and the story of His agony the beginning of sorrow the clouds have gathered and it is getting dark as He was accepting what was before Him freely. Here he is in an olive grove where they pressed out olive oil at the foot of Calvary. Where He was soon going to be crushed for all believers.  37 And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. Here you see his favorites Peter James and John and left the rest at a distant. I am sure the Disciple knew what was going on for they never seen such a look on Jesus face.
Today can see the look of disappointment of what is going on in our world, for it is so hard to find the truth within the media, internet or any other means of communication it seems.
38 Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.” Jesus had just come from praying, now here is wanting to be alone, even through the three disciples where with Him at the transfiguration. It seems like those suffering the most in life, are those that have really had a touch of the Lord upon their lives. This sorrow was so great it was as if He was going to die under the pain. He is pouring out a disorder like water. Here Jesus is facing all the power of darkness of the world. He just wants to be alone.
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39 He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.Here He goes a little further and falls on His face praying Oh my Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me. Nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will. He knows the heaviness of sins that where laid on Him, and charged upon Him and was very sorrowful and heavy. He saw the treachery of Judas the denial of Peter. He knew in a few minutes he would be arrested scourged spit upon, mocked and mutilated beyond recognition. Here He is alone knowing the cross was ahead of Him, and want this ordeal cup; to pass from Him, but He accept reality and returns to the Disciples.
40 Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “What! Could you not watch with Me one hour? 41 Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” So He returns back to His disciples and finds them sleeping and speaking to Peter, for remember he was the one that said, “Lord never will I forsake you”. So is very point blank with him, Saying, what could you not watch with me one hour. Interesting for many times we do not show any interest in what is going on around us, as we see people hurting in so many different ways. We seem to be living in a world that is very sad, about what is going on that is causing so much sorrow and disappointment with in our families, school and even business of our area, but who cares. It is so sad to see the lack of pride with people living in filth and insanitary conditions right in our valley. Here the Lord saw what He was facing and even His followers were sleeping, not understand what was going to happen next. The Spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak is still cause for much sorrow, to where only God can change the situation. Mental health, or any other recover programs are not taking care of our needs, for it is not man that created us, it is God that is still giving us the desire to become like Him.

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ACTS 27
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Friday, 31 March 2017

Here Paul is getting to do his thing as he wanted to do when he was so mistreated by the religious leaders and even left for dead. King Agrippa and Festus felt like if Paul had not appealed to Caesar he would have not been bound up by the governor as a prisoner to go before Caesar. This is so much like many people they want their way and sure enough they have to pay a price.  
Acts 27 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Voyage to Rome Begins
27 And when it was decided that we should sail to Italy, they delivered Paul and some other prisoners to one named Julius, a centurion of the Augustan Regiment. Here he is a prisoner being contained by Julius a centurion of the Augustan Regiment. He is being watched by a professional guard of prisoners under the authority of Julius.So, entering a ship of Adramyttium, we put to sea, meaning to sail along the coasts of Asia. Here they are on the way to a sea port in Africa where they were taking merchandise or goods to the area.  Aristarchus, a Macedonian of Thessalonica, was with us. We see there are others traveling as prisoner and members of the crew managing the ship, so they had a good number of people aboard. (276) Paul knew some of the travelers, so I am sure being among these prisoners and the crew of the ship He had a burning testimony or what God did and was still doing in his life. And the next day we landed at Sidon. This was not too far from where they departed so they must have had a big load and rough sea.  And Julius treated Paul kindly and gave him liberty to go to his friends and receive care. Thank the Lord for what was going on for this Julius could have known what Paul had been through, since he was one of the guards in charge of the Prisoners, so has mercy toward him. Thank the Lord for the assurance the Lord gives us during times of great frustration, God makes Himself known to us. While in Sidon, Paul was able to go see his friends, now that is liberty, knowing he would not desert, but come back to continue on. Lord help us to see even in suffering you are with us. Here Paul is trusted as a prisoner to do what he was supposed to do. When we had put to sea from there, we sailed under the shelter of Cyprus, because the winds were contrary. Here we see all are back in the ship and they headed off again with a strong wind blowing. They are doing the best they can as sailors, not giving up going on.   And when we had sailed over the sea which is off Cilicia and Pamphylia, we came to Myra, a city of Lycia. There the centurion found an Alexandrian ship sailing to Italy, and he put us on board. Here we see them having to change ships, no doubt a bigger stronger ship. Alexandrian ships where used the most to transport corn to Rome and East India at the Red Sea to all parts of the Mediterranean and Italy.
When we had sailed slowly many days, and arrived with difficulty off Cnidus, the wind not permitting us to proceed, we sailed under the shelter of Crete off Salmone. This was a voyage that was very difficult under the windy conditions but they sailed on with much difficulty. It is like as Christians, life has a way of being very stormy, but God allows us to carry on, knowing as we abide in Him, we are safe and sound. Passing it with difficulty, we came to a place called Fair Havens, near the city of Lasea. What a harbor Fair Heaven was, for it was a pleasant place when faced with storms. As Christians, we are not at home, but when we are abiding in the Lord it is going to be ok. Storms are going to be a part of our lives and God is going to allow us to endure and find rest in the most difficult of circumstance until our final resting place in Heaven
Paul’s Warning Ignored
Now when much time had been spent, and sailing was now dangerous because the Fast was already over, Paul advised them, 10 saying, “Men, I perceive that this voyage will end with disaster and much loss, not only of the cargo and ship, but also our lives.” This was a bad time for sailing and Paul being the spokesman and leader was speaking up, letting them know he understands this was the time of Fasting during a religious festival, until it is over the day of atonement, the Jews celebrated September the 20th and here we are in for a disaster and much loss of cargo and life.  Here every one was going to suffer ill, not favorites. 11 Nevertheless the centurion was more persuaded by the helmsman and the owner of the ship than by the things spoken by Paul. Here the Centurion was more inclined to listen to the helmsman and the owner of the ship than to Paul. They felt Paul was not aware of how ships work, but here they are sea ware fairing men. So, Paul was not believed and they continued on. Remember Paul was very used to traveling in these waters as a missionary to the 7 Churches several times. He knew what he was talking about yet they continued. Notice how many respect ministers, but do not take their advice. 12 And because the harbor was not suitable to winter in, the majority advised to set sail from there also, if by any means they could reach Phoenix, a harbor of Crete opening toward the southwest and northwest, and winter there. How many times have we made decisions without the full knowledge of what could take place and here they must of taken a vote to see what they should do and the majority said, lets set sail where we have the most protection from the land masses.
In the Tempest
13 When the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had obtained their desire, putting out to sea, they sailed close by Crete. Here they are all at ease seeing a soft wind blowing, not bad at all and they are no doubt comfortable in going on and come close to this little Island of Crete. I am sure we are living in a time with the storms of life are raging like I have never seen before. 14 But not long after, a tempestuous head wind arose, called Euroclydon.[a]  Here they are just getting started storm Euroclydon, so called for its turbulence going in circles, like a whirlwind, is upon them. And the ship is caught up in it. 15 So when the ship was caught, and could not head into the wind, we let herdrive. What a paralyzing feeling the ship is helpless and out of control, controlled by the wind. It is so easy to be carried about with the wind of many doctrines thinking man can set their own doctrines and wanting all Churches to come together regardless of what they believe. This is affecting the Churches around the world as ISIS and the United Council of Churches are opening their doors to anyone regardless of the evil they may be engaged in. Lord help us to see the way, truth and life contained in your word and believe, repent and turn going toward the storm, to keep pressing on. 16 And running under the shelter of an island called Clauda,[b] we secured the skiff with difficulty. Here they are seen working feverishly to take down the sails, so there is no resistance to the wind and they can go where ever the wind takes them. It like so many things we get caught up in and the wickedness is going to capsizes our lives leaving us a wreck. The wages of sin is death so Lord help us to understand the importance of staying put in the vine; Jesus. 17 When they had taken it on board, they used cables to undergird the ship; and fearing lest they should run aground on the Syrtis[c] Sands, they struck sail and so were driven.Here they are doing all they could possible do to secure the ship from letting it break apart and end up on the shores. They continued on out to sea thinking that is the safest place to be. As most ships in the harbor during the storm set out to sea, to prevent them from battering themselves in the ports tied up. We saw this in Hawaii during a hurricane on our 25th wedding anniversary.  So here they are in the open seas still tempest tossed.  18 And because we were exceedingly tempest-tossed, the next day they lightened the ship. Here they are wanting to make sure the load is lightened up, so begin to toss more things over board.

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