Author Archives: Paul Pavao

About Paul Pavao

I am married, the father of six, and currently the grandfather of two. I run a business, live in a Christian community, teach, and I am learning to disciple others better than I have ever been able to before. I believe God has gifted me to restore proper foundations to the Christian faith. In order to ensure that I do not become a heretic, I read the early church fathers from the second and third centuries. They were around when all the churches founded by the apostles were in unity. I also try to stay honest and open. I argue and discuss these foundational doctrines with others to make sure my teaching really lines up with Scripture. I am encouraged by the fact that the several missionaries and pastors that I know well and admire as holy men love the things I teach. I hope you will be encouraged too. I am indeed tearing up old foundations created by tradition in order to re-establish the foundations found in Scripture and lived on by the churches during their 300 years of unity.

Jude 3: Over-Agonizing for the Once for All Delivered Faith

Dear saints, Jude, our Lord’s brother, commanded us long ago to epagonizomai for the faith once for all delivered to us. Epagonizomai means to “over agonize.” In Colossians 1:29, Paul said he was agonizomai, agonizing, with God’s energeo, God’s energy, … Continue reading

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The Uniqueness of John’s Gospel and Letters

In John 4 today, I am reminded of how unusual John’s Gospel is. When Jesus is talking with the Samaritan woman, he comes right out and says that he is the Christ (v. 26). In the synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, … Continue reading

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Bible Contradictions: Copyists’ Errors or the Word of God?

There are contradictions in the Bible. The reason that most churches’ statement of faith says that the Bible is “free from error in the original manuscripts” is because they know that the Bible is not free from error in the … Continue reading

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Aphiemi: Release or Forgive?

It is hard to forgive someone who did not repent. It is hard to understand even why we should. In fact, some who have wronged us are happy to have wronged us and are not looking to be forgiven. We … Continue reading

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The Sufferings of Christ

I already published a quick post this morning, but I have to add this as well. Last night and this morning both, I told God that while I understand the cross mentally and theologically, I do not feel it like … Continue reading

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Luke 17: Faith and the Kingdom of God

Today, in Luke 17:6, I read, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you would tell the sycamore tree, ‘Be uprooted, and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.” As I have been reading … Continue reading

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Why It Matters That You Can Lose Your Salvation

Sometimes my blogs put me in awkward position. I almost don’t want to write this post because I am tacking on to the sermon of a friend. His sermon was great, his exhortation timely, and his delivery of the sermon … Continue reading

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Luke 11 Mini-Commentary

I have been following the daily Bible reading plan from “Our Daily Bread” (odb.org) the last couple weeks. Today one of the chapters was Luke 11. These are the verses I highlighted and why. Luke 11:9-10 “I tell you, keep … Continue reading

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LOVE and Good Works: COVID-19 Is a Launch Pad for the Church

I get Facebook friend requests from Christians in Africa and India on a regular basis. I have no idea how many of those actually read my posts. If any of them do, then I want to announce to them that … Continue reading

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Are You Really Saved? What To Do If You Doubt It?

I much prefer practical discussions about following Jesus to theoretical, theological discussions about Christianity, though sometimes the theoretical must be addressed because it affects the practical. Never Saved or Falling Away? I have a conflict with most evangelical pastors over … Continue reading

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