Author Archives: R.P. Nettelhorst

About R.P. Nettelhorst

I'm married with three daughters. I live in southern California and I'm a deacon at Quartz Hill Community Church. I spent a couple of summers while I was in college working on a kibbutz in Israel. In 2004, I was a volunteer with the Ansari X-Prize at the winning launches of SpaceShipOne. Member of Society of Biblical Literature, American Academy of Religion, and The Authors Guild

Who Do You Think You Are?

What are you willing to do in the service of what you are convinced is the truth, for the noble cause that dominates your thoughts? D.W. Criswell writes, “The desire to prove what you intuitively or instinctively believe is so … Continue reading

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Saying the Unsayable

Do you have freedom of speech? Do you have freedom of the press? Of course you do. In the United States you can say, write or print anything you want. No one from the government is going to show up … Continue reading

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Love Your Neighbor

“Do to others as you’d have them do to you” Jesus is recorded as saying in Matthew 7:12. He then says that that phrase sums up the Bible. The rest of the Bible exists to illustrate and explain that, in … Continue reading

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Thoughts and Prayers

Psalm 23 tells us:  Even though I walk through the darkest valley,  I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4) This is a description of life.  We live … Continue reading

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The Kingdom of Heaven

The seventeenth century philosopher and theologian Gottfried Leibniz argued that if God is good, loving, and powerful, then this must be the best possible world, because what other kind of world would such a deity create?  The problem, of course, … Continue reading

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Coming Like a Thief

In Revelation 16:8-15 the plagues continue against the Evil Empire. The fourth plague was the sun scorching people and causing them “to curse the name of God who had control over these plagues.” Despite correctly identifying the source of their … Continue reading

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Sharing the Faith

Jesus told us “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). But he … Continue reading

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What Changes

Phariseeism is quite old; it is the default setting for the human race.  We love to disparage those who don’t agree with us. One common format for this old Phariseeism: “you can’t possibly be a Christian if you believe that” … Continue reading

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Be Warm and Filled

Uttering the words “be warm and filled” provides no warmth against freezing conditions nor food for empty stomachs. The apostle James writes that faith leads to action. If it is real faith, there will be practical consequences. Faith is not … Continue reading

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The Great Revolt

I believe Revelation 13:1-10 is set during the time of the Jewish Revolt, between 66 and 70 AD, which ended with the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple, and more significantly, according to the ancient historian Josephus, the death of … Continue reading

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