Monthly Archives: August 2014

To Forgive — Not So Easy

Read the Lord's Prayer (Matt. 6:9-13), especially the part that says, "Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors" (6:12).  There are several items in that prayer to which Jesus could have added a word of explanation, but he chose only to explain and emphasize the part of the prayer that deals with forgiveness.

He added, "For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will

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Two Crowns

The city of Rome was ravaged by a fire in July of A. D. 64.  The people of Rome suspected Nero of setting the fire.  He quickly shifted the blame for this holocaust to the Christians of Rome, and visited a sadistic bloodletting upon them (cf. Tacitus, Annals, XV.44).

Also after the fire, it appears Nero instigated a general roundup of influential Christians in distant provinces.  The Apostle

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