Context Matters

the blog of David S. Jesse – "The Bow Tie Bible Guy"

Ancient History & Modern Prophecy

Ancient History & Modern Prophecy

When we are truly honest with ourselves, we will admit that sometimes it feels as if God isn’t real. Or that if He is, that He doesn’t really care at all about what’s happening on this blue marble called Earth. As I write this, there are Christians across the globe being martyred for their belief…

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Return to Eden: Part 6 – Paradise Restored

RETURN TO EDEN is a nine post series that will look at the entire Bible – Genesis to Revelation – as a complete story of God’s passionate plan to restore humanity to Himself.  If you missed post one “A Broken World,” CLICK HERE. One glimpse of the camp of the Hebrews on the first day of…

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“A Bit of Context” Episode 4 – You Abolish Torah!

Going back all the way to Jesus’ day, the rabbis would declare whether a disciple properly interpreted “the Law” by using one of two specific phrases. Find out what those phrases are and see that Jesus used them, himself, to tell His disciples His position on “the Law.”  


Out of CONTEXT Verse: Jeremiah 29:11

Let’s just get this out of the way right now.  Yes, God does know the plans He has for each of us, and yes, He wants what is best for us.  But Jeremiah 29:11 isn’t a verse that’s talking about you or me or the guy down the street who just lost his job.  So, stop…

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A New Beginning…

Things were getting better.  No one could say that Brittany had life all figured out, but she was making strides.  She got sober.  Stopped smoking. Turned her back on same-sex romantic relationships.  And she was beginning to come to grips with the reality that some things aren’t fixed easily.  Still, God was bringing her healing….

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A Logical Argument

Brittany had become a hermit.  She stayed at home as much as she could.  There was always some sort of excuse.  Her family tried to help her.  Nothing seemed to really make a difference. That was until Sunday School one morning in 2010.  Yeah, you read that right.  Sunday School.  There are still churches that…

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“A Bit of Context” Episode 3 – You Want Me To Eat WHAT?

Acts 10 & 11 tell the bizarre story of the Apostle Peter seeing a massive sheet descending from Heaven filled with all kinds of un-kosher animals. Peter is then told to “take and eat.” In this week’s “A Bit of Context” we will consider the possibility that this passage had nothing to do with eating…

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Spiraling Out of Control

Brittany graduated from high school, and was ready to move on from everything and everyone.  There was a problem: she couldn’t find any work.  At all.  Her grandfather stepped in with a plan. He was in Utah, and he said that the oil boom meant that things were growing so quickly that businesses couldn’t hire…

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Falling Off the Stage in Front of John Denver

Have you ever heard several thousand “New Agers” gasp at once?  I have. I was thirteen years old.  As a member of the Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale, I had been afforded the amazing opportunity of singing with Grammy Award winning artist, John Denver.  This is the kind of thing that dreams are made of. John…

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