Buying the Threshing Floor – ATA

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Did David buy the threshing floor for 600 shekels of gold (1 Chronicles 21:25) or for 50 shekels of silver (2 Samuel 24:24)? Is there a contradiction? Continue reading

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No Private Interpretation

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Many potentially enlightening Bible discussions have been avoided by fluffing off differences as merely a matter of opinion. “You believe it your way, I believe it my way,” is a sad but all too common Bible conversation closer. I recall one discussion when I had simply read a passage of Scripture, and before I could say anything about it, a hostile accusation was levied, “That’s your interpretation!” The person was not really interested in what the Bible said, let alone what I might have to say about it. Continue reading

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Judge me or not? – ATA

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Did David want God to judge him (Psalm 7:8) or not (Psalm 143:2)? Is there a contradiction? Continue reading

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Two Or Three Gathered Together

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You’re going on vacation, but there is no faithful congregation of God’s people meeting anywhere near your destination of choice. You believe it is important to meet with Christians each Sunday for worship. So, what do you do? Continue reading

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Did David Sin? – ATA

INQUIRY:
Did David sin (1 Chronicles 21:1; 28:3; 1 Samuel 21:3-6; 2 Samuel 11:14-17; Psalm 25:7; 119:176) or not (1 Kings 15:5; 2 Samuel 22:22; Psalm 119:110; Acts 13:22)? Is there a contradiction? Continue reading

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Don’t Judge Me!

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Has this ever happened to you? You share a few words with a friend, neighbour, family member, co-worker or fellow Christian out of concern for their soul, and in return, you are accused of being judgmental, and from those who are mildly familiar with the Bible, you’re told that Jesus condemns judging another.

Check it out. Open up to Matthew 7:1 and read the words of Jesus. See, Jesus told us not to judge! Now, close your Bible. … I’m serious—close your Bible. Ok, is it closed now? Good. Do you know why I asked you to close your Bible? It’s simple; that is what I’ve seen people do after quoting this verse to me. You read the verse, and then you close your Bible—that’s how this verse works. Continue reading

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Numbering the people – ATA

ataINQUIRY:
Who tempted David to number the people of Israel? Was it Satan (1 Chronicles 21:1) or God (2 Samuel 24:1)? Is there a contradiction? Continue reading

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The Importance of Words & Context

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“Inconceivable!” If you have seen the movie The Princess Bride, you recognize this as the word used repeatedly by Vizzini, a witty Sicilian criminal mastermind. After hearing his boss use it several times, the hired swordsman, Inigo Montoya declared, “You keep using that word. I don’t think it means what you think it means.” There have been times I’ve had the same thought about how folks use the Bible— “…I don’t think that verse means what you think it means.” Continue reading

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David’s Administration – ATA

ataINQUIRY:
In David’s time, who served as priest, Ahimelech or Abiathar? And who was his scribe, Seraiah or Sheva? And who were his chief rulers, his sons or his sons and Ira? Do 2 Samuel 8:16-19 and 2 Samuel 20:23-26 contradict? Continue reading

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Jesus and the Holidays

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Did Jesus keep the holidays? Absolutely, but His holidays (better described as holy days) were not the same as what people today keep. Born under the Law, Jesus observed the seven holy days as described in Leviticus 23: Continue reading

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