kenneth figurelli

  I have been a member of ChristianBlog.Com for 6 years, 5 months and 13 days.

  I have published 175 blogs and 1,609 comments.

 My most recent blog was published: Jan 22 2018 01:13:07pm

 I currently live in: United States.

 About kenneth figurelli

a retired school principal living happily in Southwest Florida.

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The first three verses of revelaton
Kenneth Figurelli
published . 3 min read
The last book of the Bible is Revelation. It can be challenging to read, understand and apply. I have been studying it and have found a lot to ponder in just the title and the first three verses. Let’s take a look at them together, shall we? The individual verses will be written in bold print, and the commentary will be written after it. ”This is the revelation of Jesus the Messiah, which God gave him to show his servants the things that must happen soon. He made it known by sending his messenger to his servant John, who testified about this message from God and the testimony about Jesus the Messiah. How blessed is the one who reads aloud and those who hear the words of this prophecy and obey what is written in it, for the time is near!” Rev. 1:1-3(ISV) Revelation......
Believe like a demon
Kenneth Figurelli
published . 2 min read
Do you believe in God? Do you believe that God created and sustains the Universe? Do you believe that God created mankind? Do you consider yourself a good person? Are you pretty sure you will go to Heaven when you die? Consider the following Bible verse: “You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror.” James 2:19 (NLT) This Scripture simply tells us that the demons believe in God. They believe in Him because they have seen Him, and they shudder with fear. They tremble because they know their future is eternal damnation. Read what happened when Jesus encountered a man in Capernaum who was possessed by an evil spirit. “In the synagogue there was a man possessed by a demon, an impure......
A rich man can get to heaven
Kenneth Figurelli
published . 3 min read
The New Testament teaches that people of wealth will have difficulty getting to Heaven. Consider the following verses: “Then Jesus said to his disciples, "Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matt. 19:23 (NIV) “. . .You cannot serve both God and money.” Matt. 6:24 (NLT) “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” 1Timothy 6:10 (NIV) Despite all the advantages a wealthy person has in this life, Jesus says that it will very difficult for them to get to Heaven. How can a man love his neighbor as himself, if so many of his neighbors are in great need for the basics of life, and the rich man......
Do you love me - lost in translations
Kenneth Figurelli
published . 3 min read
After the Last Supper, Peter says, unlike the other Disciples, he will never forsake Jesus. Peter, however, didn’t live up to his words. That night during Jesus’ arrest, Peter denied even knowing Him three times. After Peter denied knowing Jesus for the third time, “Immediately the rooster crowed the second time. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows twice you will disown me three times.” (Mark 14:72) So, Peter had said he loved Jesus more than anyone else, but Peter’s actions showed otherwise. After His crucifixion and resurrection, Jesus appeared again to His Disciples and spoke to Peter. It wasn’t very many days ago Peter had professed great love for Jesus, but then shortly thereafter turned around......
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......
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