Jesus Is My Lord PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 29 August 2013 01:58

In today’s world of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.), it is easy to have a shallow faith. Every day we read posts from various people declaring their faith in Christ through attractive slogans, pictures with catchy captions, and quoted verses often without any context. Unfortunately, for many people this type of superficial faith is enough, and developing the type of faith that the New Testament calls for is far from their spiritual plan. Perhaps one of the strongest tools that Satan has at his disposal is deceiving people today into believing that they are pleasing God with nothing more than a mental or vocal assent to the Lordship of Jesus. But, the question is, “Is God satisfied with this superficial faith?”

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 August 2013 02:22
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Selling "Our" Church PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 03 August 2013 16:52

Sometimes, in our zeal for evangelism, we attempt to sell people on “our church.” This approach not only fosters the un-biblical denominational concept of the church, but takes the emphasis of the church of God and places it on man’s desires. While this has become the de facto approach for most denominations, is it really the manner in which God would have us to evangelize? Are we simply trying to get people to come to “our church” or are we supposed to be accomplishing something far more important than that with the work God has given us to do?

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 03 August 2013 17:03
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What Will It Take to Stop Evil? PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 22 December 2012 20:39

This week, like most people in America, I have been disturbed by the news story out of Newtown, Connecticut. A maniacal gunman walked into an elementary school, opened fire with a gun, and killed 27 people, 20 of which were children. We should be angry that this kind of despicable thing should ever happen!

 

In the aftermath, many broadcast and print journalists have raised the question: What can be done to stop such tragedies? Of course, they have run through all of the regular solutions. They have blamed guns, violent movies and video games. The solutions they offer are to simply ban those things, and hope that the violence will stop. Unfortunately, these solutions will not end the problems that we see in our society, they will only attempt to treat a symptom, which has never worked! The solution has to be found in identifying the true problem (which is much deeper than seeing such violence perpetrated upon the innocent), and then working a plan to deal with the problem rather than simply the symptoms of the problem. Banning guns, movies or video games will never stop evil men from doing evil things.

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 22 December 2012 20:51
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What Does the Bible Say About...Lent? PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 21 March 2013 12:53

I am amazed at this time of year, how many people I see giving something up “for Lent”. I’m not talking about those who are Catholics, who have Lent as a part of their religious beliefs. I am talking about members of the Lord's church!  And yet, they see no problem with the practice. Wikipedia says this about Lent:

 

Lent in the Christian tradition, is the period of the liturgical year leading up to Easter. Lent is a time of sacrifice for Jesus. The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer — through prayer, repentance, alms giving and self-denial — for the annual commemoration during Holy Week of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus, which recalls the events linked to the Passion of Christ and culminates in Easter, the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Conventionally, it is described as being forty days long, though different denominations calculate the forty days differently. The forty days represent the time that, according to the Bible, Jesus spent in the desert before the beginning of his public ministry, where he endured temptation by Satan.

This practice is common to much of Christendom, being celebrated by Catholics, Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians, and Anglicans.
Last Updated on Thursday, 21 March 2013 13:06
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In the News: Was Jesus Married? PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 20 September 2012 18:13

There was an interesting article in the New York Times, September 18, 2012, entitled:  A Faded Piece of Papyrus Refers to Jesus’ Wife. The article begins by trying to establish a contradiction between scripture and history, bolstering the argument by citing an “expert” in the field. Here is the opening paragraph:

 

A historian of early Christianity at Harvard Divinity School has identified a scrap of papyrus that she says was written in Coptic in the fourth century and contains a phrase never seen in any piece of Scripture: “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife…’”
Last Updated on Thursday, 20 September 2012 18:21
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