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"The Puzzle of Luke's Gospel" appears on a weekly basis. The first puzzle's answer appeared December 27, 2010. The second working puzzle appeared on that date, and subsequent puzzles and answers each week following. Those missing any prior puzzles or answers to the previous week's puzzles can find them in the "Archives". The answer puzzle appears the week following the posting of the worked puzzle.

FAQs
(FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS)



What is the purpose of the cross-words.net website?

How is The Puzzle of Luke's Gospel (The continuing weekly puzzle on the Home Page) solved?

When is "This Week's Puzzle of Luke's Gospel" and "Last Week's Solution" released?

How were you able to create one continuous puzzle from 1,151 verses in Luke?

Is it true that "The Puzzle Of Luke's Gospel" was created only with pen in hand?

I want to introduce others to the Gospel. Can you suggest ways to share The Puzzle Of Luke's Gospel?

Are these puzzles protected under copyright provisions?

I'm trying to print out the puzzles, but they're not printing on one page, or they don't look the same as what I see on the monitor. What can I do about it?

Is "The Testimony Of Ben Elisha" copyrighted?

What is The Testimony of Ben Elisha about?

Who is Ben Elisha?

Can you sum up your personal belief?

What is the basis of your belief?

I'm not a Christian, but I want to know more. What should I do?

Are there or any plans for other types of puzzles or an interactive version of the puzzles?

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Q. What is the purpose of the cross-words.net website?


A. It is two-fold. Its main purpose is to introduce men, women and children to the greatest story ever told by concentrating, in context, on each verse written by the inspired "beloved physician," Luke. If the words of the Gospel(s) are believed and acted upon, my most fervent hope will result in lives changed for the better --- and for eternity.

The other purpose is to to remind Christians of the magnificent treasure and immense help they will find in Scripture if they understand how important it is to the maintaining and increasing of their faith.

Those accepting the challenge of working these puzzles each week will be introduced to a heretofore unavailable way to familiarize himself or herself with this Gospel. IN THE COURSE OF WORKING THE PUZZLES, THE PERSON WHO COMPLETES ALL THE PUZZLES THAT APPEAR HERE EACH WEEK WILL HAVE READ THE ENTIRE GOSPEL OF LUKE. "The Testimony of Ben Elisha," also found on this website, will offer supernatural evidence of how God intervenes in the lives of those who come to love Him and learn of Him


Q. How is The Puzzle of Luke's Gospel (The continuing weekly puzzle on the Home Page) solved?


A. The Puzzle Of Luke's Gospel is a combination of "crosswords" and "seek-and-find" puzzles.

1) The words you are seeking are found in the verse shown. Read the verse first.

2) The words from the verse are found going ACROSS (from LEFT to right, or backwards; RIGHT to left), and UP or DOWN. There are no diagonal words.

3) Unlike crossword and seek-and-find puzzles, ALL spaces will be used in each puzzle's solution. If any spaces are left, the puzzle is solved incorrectly. (There will be no unused letters in the correctly-solved puzzle.)

Weekly pages will have from one to three puzzles on each page (dictated by necessary layout). There are 351 pages and 1,151 verses. Working between one and three of the contiguous verses each week will challenge the user's mental and spiritual stamina for almost seven years.


Q. When is "This Week's Puzzle of Luke's Gospel" and "Last Week's Solution" released??


A. We strive to get each new weekly puzzle on the website by noon, M.S.T. (Mountain Standard Time), each Monday. At the same time, the "Answer To Last Week's Puzzle of Luke's Gospel" will appear and be accessible from the "Archives" page. You will have to wait until "This Week's Puzzle" is posted each week and click on "Archives" to see if you solved the previous puzzle correctly. Anyone missing any puzzle or answer can click on the "Archives" menu tab.


Q. How were you able to create one continuous puzzle from 1,151 verses in Luke?


A. One would almost have to read "The Testimony of Ben Elisha" to understand what can't be explained in this limited FAQ space. What I believe is a miraculous creation of the puzzles is much easier to comprehend once the reader knows the author's background and the account of my lifelong journey, and the acknowledging to God of my failure over the years to tell others of His grace. Because of those failures, and realizing that my life was winding down, and believing that His Good News should be available to all, not just to those who can afford to buy a Bible or a New Testament, I asked God to help me make up for lost time. On my 56th birthday I promised Him that if He would give me the ability to do something for Him that would survive my life-span and win others to Him long after I'm gone, even if it were worth an untold sum of money, I would freely give it to the world that He so loved. This website is that promise kept.


Q. Is it true that "The Puzzle Of Luke's Gospel" was created only with pen in hand --- no computer?


A. Yes. It was an act of complete faith that, if I were doing His will, He would bring to pass what I was able to begin on my birthday. I was aware that, if any one verse of the Book didn't come together in puzzle form, my presumptive inspiration would end at that point and the work amount to nothing. The odds of success at the undertaking were 1,151 in favor of my failing, but He gave me the ability to see the project through the entire Book of Luke. Creating the puzzles from the first verse through the last took only 9 months. The average number of puzzles created each day was between four and five. The successful completion of the entire Book of Luke in this manner seemed to be a continuation of the supernatural manifestations (besides those mentioned in The Testimony of Ben Elisha) of God doing the things He said He would do.


Q. I want to introduce others to this Christian puzzle. Can you suggest ways to share The Puzzle Of Luke's Gospel?


A. Some of the following will require a number of copies being made for distribution (Please respect private ownership and get permission where needed):

Individual Challenge/Memorization Aid
Church Bulletins/Pamphlet Tables
Personal Witnessing
Religious Bookstore Counters
(Start a) Bible Study (Group)
Jail/Prison Ministries
Youth Detention Centers/Ministries
Children's Groups
Sunday School Handouts
Vacation Bible School
"Freebies" at Businesses
Internet Sharing/Mailing
Restaurant/Cafe Tables (while waiting for food)
Senior Citizens' Centers/Rest Homes
Hospital Waiting Rooms
Library Computer Areas

(Those using this website are invited to offer suggestions for sharing. See the "Feedback" tab on the menu.)

Q. Are these puzzles protected under copyright provisions?


A. Yes. The Puzzle of Luke's Gospel shows the following information, which also allows for its reproduction and distribution free of charge:
Copyright 2010 www.cross-words.net

We grant permission to download or copy for use provided that the material is distributed for free, and shows the copyright notice.


Q. I'm trying to print out the puzzles, but they're not printing on one page, or they don't look the same as what I see on the monitor. What can I do about it?


A. These instructions are for Internet Explorer 8 If you are using Internet Explorer and do not know what version you are using press alt + H with your browser open, then select "about internet explorer". It will show the version. If you want to print only the puzzle, right click on the puzzle and select "print picture".

If you want to print the entire page: from the "edit" menu, click "select all", then from the "file" menu, select "print". A print dialog box will appear, click print "selection", click "apply", click "print".

If the puzzle is printing on two pages, check your printer settings. Try reducing the header and footer sizes. Because of the wide variety of browsers and printing software in existence, the user may have to experiment with his or her particular computer/printer to do this. If all else fails, a computer-savvy friend should be able to show you what to do.


Q. Is "The Testimony Of Ben Elisha" copyrighted?


A. Yes, but with the same provision as "The Puzzle of Luke's Gospel." It was written to be shared without cost.


Q. What is The Testimony of Ben Elisha about?


A. The latter chapters are about the Apostle Paul's warning, "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." It's contents are best explained by reading the short introduction page that tells the reader what to expect. It is my personal testimony encompassing a reality that a true Believer cannot deny without discrediting the Gospel accounts of the ministry of Jesus, The Gospels vividly tell of how Jesus constantly dealt with Satan and his demons and, because we belong to Christ, how we can look to Him "that we may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil." The Christian becoming well-rooted in God's Word has nothing to fear, and will finish the book assured that God is closer than we sometimes think. God is love, and perfect love casts out fear. "The Testimony of Ben Elisha" is a relatively short book, about 1/3 the size of the average novel.


Q. Who is Ben Elisha?


A. Ben Elisha is a pseudonym for my real name. I explain, in the introduction to The Testimony, why I don't use my given name. The story, the puzzles and this website are not intended to make of the author something other than what he is --- an ordinary Christian with a true testimony to make known. By being anonymous, I hope visitors here will realize that I have no ulterior motives, and that I seek no recognition or fortune from the contents of this website. The hours I've spent with pen in hand are all I now offer --- a labor of love. If I seek anything in return, it is knowing of lives that have been changed because of my efforts. The hero in my life is Jesus Christ, and I hope the reader will come to see Him in the same light. What I have to offer here as an awareness of God's wonderful gift of grace, and of the knowledge available to them in receiving this unspeakable, free gift. I chose to use the name "Ben Elisha" to honor my Dad, Elisha. The name means Son of Elisha.


Q. Can you sum up your personal belief?


A. WHY I believe seems as important to convey as WHAT I believe. The reason I believe in the Truth of The Bible will tell you more about why I am certain of my faith in Jesus Christ.

1) My study of the biblical account of creation does not conflict with what evolutionists say debunks it.

2) I believe that God is the unfathomable, eternal Holy Spirit who created man in His own image, one that man has consistently failed to live up to, that He has interacted with man down through the centuries, and that man was given the free will to choose his allegiance with God or darkness. Because man chose darkness, man became a debtor to God. The debt would have to be paid.

3) God early on promised mankind a Savior, and gave dozens of prophecies regarding the Savior's credentials.

4) Jesus Christ is the only person who fulfilled all those mind-boggling prophecies, made hundreds of years before He was born. No other belief system can lay claim to such phenomena. He paid the debt we owed. It would be paid because God loved us first and foremost; not because we first loved Him. Our love for Him grows commensurate with the knowledge we have of Him when we learn what He has done for us.

5) My personal faith in His written Word has been validated many times over in my relationship with Jesus Christ. His intervention in my face-to-face encounters with a deceitful being the Bible says is very real, and the power of the name of Jesus at which devils tremble and flee, has convinced me that the Bible's account of that reality is true. The God-granted ability to produce these puzzles, created only after the dream is, for me, an additional verification that my faith is has not been misplaced.


Q. What is the basis of your belief?


A. I believe that the Holy Bible is the inspired, infallible, and authoritative source of Christian doctrine and precept.

I believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

I believe that man was created in the image of God, but as a result of sin is lost and powerless to save himself.

I believe that the only hope for man is to believe on Jesus Christ, the virgin-born Son of God, Who died to take upon Himself the punishment for the sin of mankind, and Who rose from the dead so that by receiving Him as Savior and Lord, man is redeemed by His blood.

I believe that the Holy Spirit indwells those who have received Christ for the purpose of enabling them to live righteous and godly lives.

I believe that the Church is the Body of Christ and is composed of all those who through belief in Christ have been spiritually regenerated by the indwelling Holy Spirit. The mission of the church is worldwide evangelization on the one hand and the nurture and discipling of Christians on the other.

I believe that, just as prophecy proved true regarding Jesus' first coming, we can depend on His returning a second time in power and glory.

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Q. I'm not a Christian, but I want to know more. What should I do?


A. Although I am not affiliated with the following site, I have found its instructions in accord with those I would give here, and encourage serious seekers to visit it for help: http://www.cbn.com/stepstopeace/index.aspx?intcmp=EVAN0003

Or, if you know a pastor or sincere Christian who believes what the Bible teaches (see "What is the basis of your belief?") (above), they should be able to help you. Different Christian denominations may have some different directions, but there is a common denominator among true Believers. You must acknowledge your inability to save yourself, and rely only on what Jesus did for you. If we believe in our heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, and confess Him with our mouth, the Bible says we will be saved. To believe with our heart, we must have faith. Faith comes by (hearing) the Word of God, and becoming more familiar with it. Jesus said to learn of Him, and to study the Scriptures which testify of Him. More exposure to The Word leads to increased faith needed to face the Light that diminishes the darkness.


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Q. Are there any plans for other types of puzzles or an interactive version of the puzzles?


A. We have created a few types of unusual puzzles since The Puzzle of Luke's Gospel that may eventually be posted here, or offered in book form or for syndication in order to self-support our work. We will keep our visitors posted if we decide to pursue any of those courses. www.robbylockeby.com is working on trying to make the puzzles interactive. We plan to let you know if he meets with success.

A special "thank you" is due Robby for his immense assistance with www.cross-words.net

His work is also self-supporting and his web site worthy of visits.

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