Monday, December 29, 2014

My Top 10 Books of 2014

It is nearly the end of the year. For some it was a year of successes and triumphs and for others it was a year of failures or disappointments!  The same goes for reading. Some books are triumphant books (the ones we finish) and others we fail at (the ones we do not finish)!




Ranking Title Author
10 Day of the Vipers (Star Trek Terok Nor Book 1)  James Swallow

True to Star Trek nature, this book has a lot of names and places to keep track of. Yet, it is not difficult to keep up. For those who are Star Trek fans, this will be an enjoyable book with action, intrigue and sadly, loss. It highlights the very thing happening in the world today, in which governments are more and more turning their backs on religion. In the book, freedom of religion is important, showing one government in the process of ridding its planet of religion, while another welcomes religion. Indeed an interesting story!

Completed: 16 January 2014

9 Francis Schaeffer  Mostyn Roberts

Francis Schaeffer is one of the 20th century’s greatest influencers towards thinking Christianity. To him, Christianity was not simply a form of mysticism, and neither was it a leap of faith into the unknown. To Francis Schaeffer, Christianity was rational—not rationalistic. Christianity had all the answers to life’s big questions, and Schaeffer did not shy away from answering those questions. (Short review)

Completed: 26 March 2014

8 Anne Boleyn: One Short Life That Changed the English-Speaking World  Colin Hamer

This book was well written and is easy to follow. The history of Anne Boleyn is well portrayed and myths and fiction surrounding her are cleared up. It is not a thick book and as such is a good introduction into the life of Anne Boleyn.
It is certainly a good read for those who are interested in history, especially surrounding the entry of the Reformation in England and the huge role Anne Boleyn played in securing a strong foothold for the Reformation in England.

Completed: 11 June 2014

7 What Every Christian Needs to Know about the Qur'an  James R. White

In a time such as the one we find ourselves in, where liberals make all kinds of false claims concerning how Islam is a religion of peace and many more claims, James R. White lays bare the Qur’an and shows how weak the book really is.

Completed: 10 July 2014

6 The Atonement: Its Meaning and Significance  Leon Morris

Morris shows us that the atonement is not just single faceted, but multifaceted. When we speak of justification, we are touching on one of the facets of the atonement. When we speak of propitiation, we touch on another facet. It is an easy book to read, and is suitable for many different audiences.

Completed: 23 February 2014

5 Our Sovereign Saviour: The Essence of the Reformed Faith  Roger Nicole

A very concise handling of the sovereignty of God in salvation.

Completed: 30 November 2014

4 Abraham's Four Seeds   John G. Reisinger 

This is an excellent book on New Covenant Theology. It breaks down the wrong ideas held by Dispensationalism and Covenant Theology and provides a simple yet profound, direct interpretation of the Scriptures. It does become a little repetitive at times, but is well worth the effort to read it.

Completed: 5 September 2014

3 The Canon of Scripture   F.F. Bruce

F.F. Bruce gives a very good analysis of the canon of Scripture and how it came together. Well worth the time spent reading it. Bruce deals with both Old and New Testaments. I enjoyed every facet of the book and especially how he dealt with weird compilers of what should be in the NT such as Marcion's NT and others like him. For those that enjoy history, this will give a good idea of how our canon of Scripture came about.

Completed: 29 June 2014

2 According to Plan  Graeme Goldsworthy

Very few writers can make Biblical Theology come alive like Goldsworthy. That is why an introduction to the subject—such as this is—for the every day Christian is so important. It can be a daunting task, but Graeme Goldsworthy opens it up for ordinary minds to enjoy!

Completed: 21 July 2014


1 A Francis A. Schaeffer Trilogy: Three Essential Books in One Volume Francis A. Schaeffer

The three books in this trilogy are the foundation to Francis Schaeffer's thinking. If all you read of Francis Schaeffer, then it should be this trilogy. I have now read this trilogy twice, and it is just as captivating as it was the first time! A must read!

Completed: 31 August 2014 (Also read it in 1998)


So, there is my list of the best books I read in 2014! I hope that if you haven’t yet read any of these books, that you would get one or two (or more) of these to read. If you only want to buy one of these books, I would recommend my number one without reservation!

Here are a few others that did not make it onto my list, but that at least deserve a mention, in no particular order:

Enjoy preparing for your reading schedule of 2015!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Israel's place in God's economy

"I personally believe that Israel, as a people, is still a unique people in God’s purposes. However, as a nation, they do not have any spiritual or eternal purposes independent of the church. God does not have two peoples, two programs, two eternal purposes, two gospels, and he most certainly does not have two separate brides for his Son (Eph. 2: 11– 22). This does not mean that Israel, as a people, is not still “beloved for the fathers’ sakes.” It is one thing to think of Israel as a physical nation with national and earthly distinctions and another to think of Israel as a people with God’s peculiar mark upon them. Romans 11 convinces me there will be many Jews saved in the future, but they will be part of the church." (John Reisinger, Abraham's Four Seeds, New Covenant Media, Frederick, MD, 1998, Kindle Edition: Location 917)

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Is the WOF movement from God?

According to this guy in Charisma News, you would think that the Word of Faith movement was the next step in God’s restoration of His church, something akin to the Reformation!

The problem that I have with Tom Brown’s defence of the WOF heresy, is that he deals with a very small part of the heresy: the name-it-and-claim-it part. And then he softens that part to look like the everyday variety of faith that WOF is supposed to be restoring to the church.

I wrote a series of blog posts on this heresy back in 2005. I simply called it “Heresies in the church.” In this series you will discover the complete destructiveness of the many heresies that the WOF guys preach. They mess the atonement of Christ up completely, claim that He took on the nature of Satan on the cross, also that Jesus had to be saved in hell, Jesus had to be born again just like you and I had to, that Christians are Gods just like Jesus.

It is clear that these preachers, of which there are many, are preaching a false gospel, and according to Paul, they are cursed and hence not from God!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Henry on the coming barbarians


“We are so steeped in the antichrist philosophy—namely, that success consists in embracing not the values of the Sermon on the Mount but an infinity of material things, of sex and status—that we little sense how much of what passes for practical Christianity is really an apostate compromise with the spirit of the age.

“Our generation is lost to the truth of God, to the reality of divine revelation, to the content of God’s will, to the power of His redemption, and to the authority of His Word. For this loss it is paying dearly in a swift relapse to paganism. The savages are stirring again; you can hear them rumbling and rustling in the tempo of our times.” (Carl F. H. Henry, TWILIGHT OF A GREAT CIVILIZATION: The Drift Toward Neo-Paganism, Crossway Books, Westchester, IL, 1988, p15)

Henry wrote this back in 1988. Looking at the world around us, I believe Henry’s savages are upon us! When we look at how people are fighting for their rights to murder, be depraved and to lead others—even children—into complete hedonistic immorality, I believe the savages are among us!


Hold fast to the Bible.
To the influence of this Book we are indebted for all the progress
made in true civilization and to this we must look as our guide in the future.
Ulysses S. Grant

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Porndemic: a quick book review


Title: PORNDEMIC: How the Pornography Plague Affects You and What You Can Do About It.
Author: Taryn Hodgson (with Dr. Peter Hammond and Christine McCafferty)
Publisher: Christian Liberty Books
Year Published: 2013
ISBN: 978-0-9780165-5-3
Pages: 255
Format: Paperback

Without a doubt, whenever I pick up one of the books written by staff from Africa Christian Action (ACA), I am challenged and given hope that issues are being dealt with in South Africa. And this book by Taryn Hodgson is no different. I have met Taryn and appreciate her ministry at ACA very much. In South Africa, ACA is at the forefront of battling the death-at-all-costs abortion machine, and also the very fast declining morality of the South African mindset. ACA has covered many different topics in their books over the years, such as abortion, Biblical government, the genocide in Rwanda, the situation in Sudan, homosexuality, and many more.

In this book, the topic of pornography is tackled head-on, pulling no punches. While the arguments are based squarely on the Bible, research on the topic is also dealt with. Even though it was written for the South African situation, it certainly will benefit readers from other countries too. Some facts from other countries are also presented in the book.

PORNDEMIC is an update on a book that Dr. Peter Hammond published back in 1991. Christine McCafferty started an update more than 11 years ago. Taryn took over the reigns and finally expanded, updated and completed the project.

The book covers the historical data on how pornography was legalized in South Africa, even though the majority by far, were against it. But, then, that is what the ANC does. They claim to listen to public input, just to do whatever they want when the public disagrees with them. The same happened in the case of abortion and homosexual ‘marriage.’ PORNDEMIC deals with the harm of pornography, the Biblical data, hope for those who are addicted, deals with objections to the anti-porn stance, how to deal with the porn law, and more.

It is definitely worthwhile reading, especially for its insights and practical value.

As with my review of James White’s book “Pulpit Crimes,” I do have some negative comments. However, these comments should not stop you from getting your hands on a copy of the book. When I read a newspaper, magazine or book, I expect the spelling and grammar mistakes to be sorted out, since (like most of us would suppose), these published reading materials were supposed to be edited for mistakes like these. There aren’t many, but they are there. Simple things such as incorrect copying of a verse from the Bible, wrong verb forms when the plural is used and not making good use of commas. The comma is our friend, especially in long sentences, and where parentheses are used.

“In South Africa, we need to lobby the Minister of Trade and Industry to have the Business Act (71 of 1991) amended to allow consideration of location (proximity to schools, churches etc.), proximity to other ‘adult’ businesses e.g. night clubs, liquor shops (so that the area does not become a magnet for crime) public participation and discretionary powers for local municipalities.” (pp170-171) I would have made at least one change to this long sentence, and that is using a comma between “crime)” and “public” close to the end of the sentence.

“Phoenix and Indianapolis land use studies indicate that the ‘negative land use impact of a single adult use extends for up to three blocks.’” (p169) I suspect that “adult use” should be “adult shop.”

[] An Arizona land use study (1990) police found puddles of semen on the floor and walls in the peep booths of ‘adult shops.’” (p169) Here the sentence would make sense by starting it off with “In.”

“. . . web filtering software designed to process thousands of web requests and check them against a global database of millions of known websites that resides in the Internet cloud . . .” (p164) Grammar: “reside.”

“The Internet filtering specialist, Watchdog International, is a tech organisation has blocked child porn from the Internet in many different countries.” (p164) Missing word: “organisation that has.”

“’But if anyone causes one of these little one who believe in Me to sin, . . .” (p xii – Foreword by Dr. Peter Hammond) Misquotation: “ones.”

“Our values and beliefs affects our actions.” (pxiii – Foreword) Grammar: “affect.”

Only a few of these types of mistakes are left in the text that I have not given here. So, there aren’t many, but they are there. But, as I said, don’t let these types of mistakes stop you from missing the content of this book.

“Pornography destroys minds, morals and marriages. Surprisingly in this day and age there are still many people who are not aware that pornography is addictive and just how addictive it is! Research shows that a porn addition is often more difficult to break than an addiction to cocaine!” (p91)

For those that think porn is not such a big problem, this book must be read by them.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Review: Francis Schaeffer by Mostyn Roberts


Title: Francis Schaeffer
Author: Mostyn Roberts
Series: Bitesize Biographies
Publisher: EP Books
Year: 2012
ISBN: 0-85234-792-8
ISBN-13: 978-085234-792-8
Pages: 146
Format: Paperback

Francis Schaeffer is one of the 20th century’s greatest influencers towards thinking Christianity. To him, Christianity was not simply a form of mysticism, and neither was it a leap of faith into the unknown. To Francis Schaeffer, Christianity was rational—not rationalistic. Christianity had all the answers to life’s big questions, and Schaeffer did not shy away from answering those questions.

From academics, to blue collar workers, all were important to Schaeffer, and he believed that each one had to be answered on his own level.

Mostyn Roberts wrote a very easy to read introduction to the life and ideas of Francis Schaeffer. Roberts writes about Schaeffer’s early years all the way to the end of his life in 1984, laying out a history of Schaeffer’s life, but also includes his teachings, apologetics, films, politics and his final battle with cancer.

Schaeffer left a legacy that every Christian would do well to learn from and emulate. Schaeffer taught us that it is important for Christians to think.

If you want to learn about Schaeffer, this is the book to start on. It is easy to read, doesn’t drag things out and it really accomplishes its purpose, which is to introduce the reader to Francis Schaeffer.

Once you are done reading this book, and you would like to know more about Schaeffer, then you can move onto FRANCIS SCHAEFFER: an Authentic Life by Colin Duriez (hardcover, kindle).

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Five More Myths about Bible Translations

About 3 months ago I wrote about Daniel Wallace’s 15 Myths about Bible Translation.

He has also written a blog post called Five More Myths about Bible Translations and the Transmission of the Text.


It is definitely worth reading!

Saturday, March 01, 2014

60 Days–600 Chapters-1900 to go to finish the Bible

Two pages from my Bible in Ephesians.
From reading the title of this blog post, you are probably thinking that my math is all screwy, because how can 600 + 1900 (2500) be the completion of the Bible in chapters? Especially since there are only 1189 chapters in the Bible!

Every year there are hordes of Bible reading plans to follow, and like it or not they are designed to be read from 1 January to 31 December. They are annual Bible reading programs. There are other programs that are designed to be read over 2 or 3 years. I know, many will say that you don’t have to read it starting at 1 January, it could be started at any time. The fact is that these Bible reading plans are promoted on scores of websites and blogs. . ., in the last week or so of December. Which leads the human mind to see these programs, plans or systems as new year’s resolutions. They are designed with the annual mindset.

Well, this year I decided to do it a tad differently! I decided to follow Prof. Grant Horner’s Bible reading system which is kind of designed around a 250 day cycle, or a 28 day cycle, or a 31 day cycle, or an 89 day cycle. . . you get the drift! Horner’s system is designed around ten lists of Bible books of which you are to read one chapter from daily. That makes it 10 chapters each day, each chapter from a different book.

While most reading plans are designed to finish 1189 chapters in a year, Horner’s system is designed to read every chapter in the Bible in 250 days. His longest list of books is 250 chapters long (List 9, OT prophets) and his shortest list is only 28 chapters long (List 10, Acts). It means that by the time List 9 has been completed, Acts would have been read almost a complete 9 times!

The lists are made up as follows:


In 250 days you would have read the gospels just shy of 3 times, the Mosaic books 1.33 times, List 3 just more than 3 times,  List 4 almost 4 times, List 5 a total of 4 times, Psalms 1.66 times, Proverbs 8 times, and Acts almost 9 times. This makes for a lot of reading! By the end of the year, if you have read every day of the year, you would have covered 3650 chapters of the Bible. You would have read Acts 13 times! Do you think you would know Acts just a little by then?

Prof Horner recommends using the same Bible every day, the same one you always use. You will gain an affinity for the Bible you use. And, it helps for recollection. After reading the same passages from the same Bible for several years, you will start recalling entire pages in your mind, says Prof Horner. (Read more here.) You can also find Prof Horner’s system on Facebook. You can find his 10 Lists in a document that explains the whole system here. Simply print out the lists, and then cut them into individual strips and you will have bookmarks for each list.

What I’ve done to help myself keep track of what I have read was to create 2 documents. One is simply a foldable checklist of each chapter from each book in each list. Click here to download this checklist. Then I also created an Excel spread sheet with each list’s books and chapters (some repeated) all the way down to row 250. This way I can keep track with where I am supposed to be at all times while repeating some books several times. Click here to download this spread sheet.

What I have found with this system of reading is that there is no time to get bored or stuck in a rut. With the subject matter changing several times in a sitting, my attention is held fixed to the Scriptures.

2 March 2014 - I have updated the Excel spread sheet. I have added a date column and a day column. The Date column is the first column. The dates start in row 2. If you did not start on 1 January with this program, then in the Date column, row 2, change your starting date and all the succeeding dates will change too. That way you can keep a check on your progress no matter when you start the program. The second column is the Day column. This you must leave as is. It simply gives you an idea of which day you are on in your reading progress. In my progress, yesterday (1 Mar 2014) was day 60. It means that I have read 600 chapters.

I hope this all helps!

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Leon Morris on The Atonement: Freedom

“It is one of the curious things in life that Christians have all too often neglected [freedom]. Purchased at such great cost, they have promptly looked for some new servitude. Even in the early church it was not long before some people began to speak of Christianity as ‘the new law’ and to subject themselves to a legalism every bit as trying as that of which the New Testament writers complained in Judaism. And this has continued in the history of the church. Again and again it is not liberty in Christ which has characterized believers, but strict conformity to some new rule they have made or found. This may involve a rigorous asceticism or the firm conviction that the way forward is by observance of some sacramental discipline or the like.  At the other extreme it may be  by conformity to a new license, so that all who prefer an ordered way are held to be false to true Christianity. Mankind has a fiendish ingenuity in discovering ways of bringing itself into bondage. Paul’s words are far from being out of date.” (Leon Morris, The Atonement: Its Meaning & Significance, IVP Academic, Downer’s Grove, IL, 1983, p126)

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Leon Morris on The Atonement: Access

slain-lamb“Our sins separate us from God (Is. 59:2). We have no way of remedying the situation. But Christ has opened for his people the way into the very presence of God. This does not mean an occasional access. Christians live day by day in the assurance that the way into the presence of God is open wide. They need the mediation of no earthly priest. Indeed, now all of life is lived in God’s presence. This is the most important truth for the average Christian. The average person is just that – average. He or she has no great importance in the eyes of the world. Indeed that is one of life’s frustrations. When an injustice is done to us we have no access to the great ones who might put things right. We are continually pushed around by low-grade bureaucrats and kept in our place by office receptionists. It is possible to spend hours awaiting the pleasure of some subordinate official. This is part of life and if anything can be done about it I do not know what it is. But believers have access where it really counts. Christ’s fulfilment of the Day of Atonement ceremonies has opened up the way into the presence of God for the humblest of his people. Nothing on earth can take away what it means in terms of prayer and of companionship.” (Leon Morris, The Atonement: Its Meaning & Significance, IVP Academic, Downers Grove, IL, 1983, p87)

On Forbidden Women

prostitute(1)  My son, give attention to my wisdom, Incline your ear to my understanding;  (2)  That you may observe discretion And your lips may reserve knowledge.  (3)  For the lips of an adulteress drip honey And smoother than oil is her speech;  (4)  But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, Sharp as a two-edged sword.  (5)  Her feet go down to death, Her steps take hold of Sheol.  (6)  She does not ponder the path of life; Her ways are unstable, she does not know it. . . (20)  For why should you, my son, be exhilarated with an adulteress And embrace the bosom of a foreigner?  (21)  For the ways of a man are before the eyes of the LORD, And He watches all his paths.  (22)  His own iniquities will capture the wicked, And he will be held with the cords of his sin.  (23)  He will die for lack of instruction, And in the greatness of his folly he will go astray.
(Prov 5:1-6, 20-23)

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Next Greek-English lexicon: Liddell-Scott

Apart from my other lexicons I already have (Davidson’s “The Analytical Hebrew and Chaldee Lexicon,” Osburn’s “A Hebrew and English Lexicon to the Old Testament,” BDB’s “The New Brown-Driver-Briggs-Gesenius Hebrew-English Lexicon,” Mounce’s “The Analytical Lexicon to the Greek New Testament,” Friberg, Friberg and Miller’s “Analytical Lexicon of the Greek New Testament,” Louw & Nida’s “Greek-English Lexicon” in two volumes, Thayer’s “A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament” and Bauer-Arndt-Gingrich-Danker’s “A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian literature”), today I received my “An Intermediate Greek-English Lexicon” by Liddell & Scott.


Sunday, December 29, 2013

A Challenge to Pray for Your Daughter Everyday of January 2014

Image courtesy of Fatherhood
As Christian parents our greatest mission on earth is to raise children to love God and His gospel in Christ Jesus. We are to present the gospel to them, and to pray for them.

Hot on the heels of the August 2013 challenge to Pray For Your Wife, came the October challenge to Pray For Your Son.

Now, starting on 1 January 2014 is the Pray For Your Daughter challenge. You can join the challenge on its Facebook page. Joining this challenge will assist you with:

  • Focus – You will know what to pray for and not just repeat the same things everyday.
  • Accountability – You will be held accountable by the group.
  • Challenge – You will be challenged to go deeper in the way you pray for your daughter.
  • Encouragement – You will be encouraged to press on, even if it seems like God’s answers aren’t coming when you want them to.

Visit the challenge page to find out more of the details. You may even be able to assist.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

How long does it take to read your Bible in a year?

bibleThat is like asking, “How much are your $3 ice-creams?” If you read your Bible in a year, that is how long it will take!

If you are planning to read your Bible through in 2014, then there are a load of plans to follow. You can get several at Justin Taylor’s blog. So, I won’t bore you with another list of Bible reading plans.

Justin points to a website that gives you the details on how many verses/words you will read in a session. At 200 words a minutes, and about 10.7 minutes a day, you will finish reading the Bible in 3922.9 minutes, or 65 hours, 22 minutes, 54 seconds. That makes it 2 days, 17 hours, 22 minutes, 54 seconds if you read it non-stop from beginning to end! Not so bad considering a year of 365 days!

If you read at 250 words per minute (wpm), you will complete it in 2 days, 4 hours, 18 minutes, 16 seconds.

Here comes the kicker: if you can read at 400wpm, you will complete reading your Bible in 1 day, 8 hours, 41 minutes, 22 seconds!

During that time you will have read around 31243 verses and depending on the translation, many tons of words!This is definitely do-able, isn’t it? Then get planning!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Jesus Came, God With Us

It has been shown already that historically, Jesus did indeed exist; hence, He had to have been born. We know that He existed. Simple historical fact.

However, the coming of Jesus, Immanuel, God with us, was not just an historical event to look back on. There was a reason for His coming! There is meaning to that great event.


Jesus came to this earth to die for sinners, to save His people from their sins! So, without any embellishments, here are some passages that tell us the reason for Christ’s coming!

Mary “will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” (Mt 1:21)

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Mk 10:45)

“For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” (Jn 18:37)

“In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (1 Jn 4:10)

“Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” (Eph 5:2 ESV)

“For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” (Jn 3:16 HCSB)

“for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.” (Mt 26:28)

“(5)  Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,  (6)  who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped,  (7)  but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.  (8)  Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” (Php 2:5-8)

“He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Cor 5:21)

Christ “gave Himself for our sins so that He might rescue us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father” (Gal 1:4)

“Because Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, to bring you to God, by being put to death in the flesh but by being made alive in the spirit.” (1 Pet 3:18 NET)

“Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people through His own blood, suffered outside the gate.” (Heb 13:12)

“and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness” (1 Pet 2:24)

“(14)  Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,  (15)  and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.” (Heb 2:14-15)

“The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.” (1 Jn 3:8)

“(14)  For He is our peace, who made both groups one and tore down the dividing wall of hostility. In His flesh,  (15)  He made of no effect the law consisting of commands and expressed in regulations, so that He might create in Himself one new man from the two, resulting in peace.  (16)  He did this so that He might reconcile both to God in one body through the cross and put the hostility to death by it.” (Eph 2:14-16 HCSB)

“(51)  Now [Caiaphas] did not say this on his own initiative, but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation,  (52)  and not for the nation only, but in order that He might also gather together into one the children of God who are scattered abroad.” (Jn 11:51-52)

“(27)  ‘For truly in this city there were gathered together against Your holy servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel,  (28)  to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose predestined to occur.’” (Ac 4:27-28)

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