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A Comedy of Errors

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We often hear of the so-called “new” atheists getting great laughs from their audiences at the expense of the Christian worldview.[1] While even though they weren’t Christians, the new atheists have shown no regard for differences of worldviews by lumping Christians together with the Moslems, who hijacked the airplanes during the 9/11 Tragedy. Facts don’t seem to matter to them, unless they happen to be their own facts. It is “religious people” not political terrorists who run airplanes into tall buildings! If that gets the laughs or the cheers from their philosophically and theologically challenged audiences and adds another buyer to the list that would make their latest book a best seller, then such half-truths are worthy of expression. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 3, 2015 in Kingdom of God

 

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Revival!

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Many Christians believe there will be an end time revival before the second coming of Christ to this earth.[1] If this is so, what would that look like, and what should we be doing in an effort to make ourselves ready for when it occurs? The words that come immediately to mind are the words of Christ that the disciple is not above his master, nor is the servant above his lord (Matthew 10:24). If Jesus shook up his world during his earthly ministry, then whatever we might be like during an end time revival, it is enough to say that we should be as our Lord (Luke 6:40), and, whatever the Bible says about us during this period, it should never be made to mean something that contradicts the nature of Jesus as Servant, the Weakness of God or the One of no reputation. The Bible is the word of God written down to reveal the Word of God. It cannot be made to violate that understanding (John 10:35). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2015 in Jesus

 

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Learning Obedience

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This is off the subject, but it speaks to the point I wish to make in the current theme of doing as Jesus did, or living out the Jesus Style.[1] Anyway, often when discussing the deity of Jesus with folks who don’t believe he is God (a god, perhaps, but not the God), I am told that he obeyed the Father, showing he was subject to him. How can God be subject to God? I reply to this by saying, “Of course Jesus obeyed the Father, because he took upon himself the form of a servant. Servants are obedient to a higher authority. If God became man (a servant), as a servant he would need to be obedient to the power higher than the status of the servant” (cp. Philippians 2:7-8). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2015 in Jesus

 

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Be It Ever So Humble…

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There is simply no place like home![1] Where is home? In today’s environment home may not be a good place—a place one goes for comfort and protection. Where is that place where one goes to ease the tensions of the day, or of one’s life? Is there a person who personifies the idea of home—the place where everyone being involved with everyone else is the normal state of affairs. Perhaps, home can be seen as not a place of escape, but where all one’s troubles can be aired without judgment—a place of healing. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 27, 2015 in Jesus

 

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What Unity Might Look Like

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I worship in a large church organization, which would be the antithesis of the type of organization I believe the first century Church looked like.[1] Nevertheless, we seem to be able to solve the unity problem through the use of many small groups within our large local church membership. Through these little temporary structures we seem to be able to rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those of us who weep. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 25, 2015 in Jesus

 

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That They May Be One…

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In John 17:11 Jesus prayed that his disciples would be kept as one people, saying: “Holy Father, keep through your own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.”[1] If Jesus’ prayer would be answered, and he claimed that his Father always answered his prayers (John 11:42), what would that church unity look like today? If the Church today and throughout history has been one as the Father and Jesus are one, then unity must be something other than structural unity. Moreover, if this is true, then unity, according to God, does not appear to be the same as unity according to man. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2015 in Jesus

 

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The Meeting Place of God

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Jesus told his disciples immediately after Peter confessed he believed Jesus was the Messiah, the Son of the Living God, that he would build his church upon that rock, and not only so, but the gates of Hades (death) would not prevail against it (Matthew 16:16-18).[1] The place of Jesus’ revelation was Caesarea Philippi (Matthew 16:13), in whose coasts we would find the springs of the Jordan River. I believe the Lord brought the disciples there, because it was common knowledge that the waters of the Jordan watered the Promised Land, but every drop emptied into the Dead Sea, never to flow again. The Jordan dies in the Dead Sea. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2015 in Jesus

 

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