kenneth figurelli
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 My most recent blog was published: Jun 07 2017 10:55:42am

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 About kenneth figurelli

a retired school principal living happily in Southwest Florida.

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Fig leaves but no figs
Kenneth Figurelli
published . 4 min read
The Bible tells us of two occasions when Jesus went to the Temple in Jerusalem and drove out all those people buying, selling, and profiting from the worshipers. Upon leaving the Temple after His second time “cleansing the Temple”, Jesus and His disciples withdrew from Jerusalem, and walked less than a mile to the village of Bethany to spend the night. The next morning, Jesus and His disciples were returning to Jerusalem and they came upon a fig tree that was growing alongside the road. The following verses tell what happened next: “Early in the morning, as Jesus was on his way back to the city, he was hungry. Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!”......
What guides you
Kenneth Figurelli
published . 4 min read
“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” (NIV) The above verse is Psalm 119:105. The authorship of Psalm 119 is unknown, but many biblical scholars believe it could have been written by King David. The New Testament refers to David as the ancestor of Jesus, and “a man after God’s own heart.” This verse was written about 3000 years ago, but the advice it is giving is still worthwhile to us in our modern world. The world we live in can often be a dangerous, dark place. Turn on the news at any time of day and you will hear about all the terrible things going on all over the world. Of course this, is nothing new. There has always been war, violent crime, corruption, violent street gangs, drugs, disease, horrible accidents, natural disasters, manmade......
Honor both your fathers
Kenneth Figurelli
published . 3 min read
The children of God are commanded to honor their Heavenly Father. "You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being." Rev. 4:11 (NIV, bold print added) The children of God are also commanded, in the Bible, to honor their earthly father and mother. It is stated as follows in Exodus 20:12: "Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.” (NIV, bold print added) I think many times when people read the above written fifth commandment, they think of it as being addressed to children. To me, it reads as if it is speaking to adults. Mature people would be the ones that would be motivated by God’s promise......
The scapegoat in leviticus foreshadows jesus
Kenneth Figurelli
published . 4 min read
A student of the Bible knows the teachings within it can be either literal or symbolic. For example, when Matthew 26:14-16 says Jesus was betrayed by Judas Iscariot for thirty pieces of silver, it is a literal fact. It really happened just that way. There is no symbolism within those verses we have to understand in order to get the message they are telling us. Judas betrayed Jesus for money – that’s it. However, a little later, in Matthew 26:26, we read the following: “Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” (NIV, bold print added) This statement is not completely literal. Jesus did say those words, but He did not mean the bread was literally His body. He was speaking......
Become a living sacrifice to god
Kenneth Figurelli
published . 4 min read
“I therefore urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercies, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices that are holy and pleasing to God, for this is the reasonable way for you to worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but continuously be transformed by the renewing of your minds so that you may be able to determine what God’s will is—what is proper, pleasing, and perfect.” Roman 12:1-2 (ISV, bold print added) In Romans 12, the apostle Paul tells us how we can truly worship and serve God. Let’s take a closer look at these two verses: The word “therefore” is referring us back to previous passages in Romans. In earlier chapters of Romans, Paul discusses some of the many mercies God bestows upon His people. Salvation and forgiveness through......
Both noah and the ark foreshadowed jesus
Kenneth Figurelli
published . 3 min read
After Jesus had risen, He approached two men who were walking to a village named Emmaus. They were kept from recognizing Him. The men were amazed at all the recent events concerning Jesus’ death and resurrection. Jesus told them that all the prophets and Scriptures (the Old Testament) spoke about Him, so they should not be so surprised and amazed. “He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.” Luke 24:24-27 (NIV, bold print added) The story of Noah and the Ark is one of the best known and loved narratives in the......
Doing good works - public or private
Kenneth Figurelli
published . 3 min read
Recently, my wife and I have been studying Ephesians Chapter 2 in a Bible class at our church. Below is Ephesians 2:10: “For we are His workmanship, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” (Berean Literal Bible, bold print added) Two concepts in this verse are especially interesting to me. First, we were reborn in Christ for the purpose of doing good works. Second, these good acts have been prepared for us by God ahead of time. As we go through life, various opportunities to do good things come our way. I now understand that God has planned these situations, and placed them in my path. This got me thinking about good works. If we are to do good deeds that God has planned for us, what does the Bible say......
Abortion and the bible
Kenneth Figurelli
published . 3 min read
There have been over 56,000,000 abortions in the United States since the Roe versus Wade Supreme Court decision in 1973. So far this year, there have been about 887, 600 abortions performed in America. About 25% of the abortions are done for unmarried women. Those numbers are enormous, but the United States does not lead the world in abortions. Actually, North America and Europe have significantly fewer abortions than the world's “leaders” , the Caribbean and South America. Globally, millions of unborn children are aborted every year. Let's take a look at what the Bible says about this grave situation in our world. The first verse we can examine is Jeremiah 1:5. In this Old Testament verse, God is speaking to His prophet Jeremiah. "Before I formed you in the womb I......
What is god's name?
Kenneth Figurelli
published . 2 min read
Many people use the name “Jehovah” when speaking of the Lord God of the Old Testament. Where did that name come from? Did God refer to Himself as Jehovah in the Old Testament? Actually, this is a complicated subject. Let's begin by seeing what the Bible says. In Exodus, God told Moses to deliver His people from slavery in Egypt. When Moses was speaking with God, he asked God for His name. Moses wanted to know what to call God when the Hebrew people asked. Here is the answer that he was given: “And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shall you say unto the children of Israel, I AM has sent me unto you.” Exodus 3:14 (KJ2, bold print added) So, God told Moses to tell the people “I AM” sent him. In Exodus, He told Moses His name was I AM.......
Isaac's close call points to jesus
Kenneth Figurelli
published . 4 min read
Chapter 22 in Genesis is about God telling Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac, by placing him on a fire and burning him. This story is, no doubt, very disturbing to many people who read it. I also was very confused after reading about this event. I thought, “Why would God tell Abraham to sacrifice his son by burning him in a fire?” Some ancient people in Canaan actually did sacrifice their children to a god named Moloch. This practice was forbidden by God. “You shall not behave thus toward the LORD your God, for every abominable act which the LORD hates they have done for their gods; for they even burn their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods.” Deut. 12:31 (NAS) God stops Abraham just before he kills and sacrifices Isaac, but this Bible story no doubt could......
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