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Jesus Is My Lord PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kris Brewer   
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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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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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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Lessons From Lot PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 27 January 2012 21:07

As I have been reading from the book of Genesis over the last couple of days, several thoughts occurred to me. In Genesis 13, Abraham and Lot separated from one another, with Lot choosing to move his family toward the city of Sodom. Abraham, in the meantime, moved toward the Oaks of Mamre, near Hebron,  and continued to live in tents. By Genesis 18, God decided that He would destroy the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah because of their wickedness. Abraham, in an effort to save his nephew, Lot, bargained with God about saving the cities. He started by asking if God would save the cities if there were 50 righteous persons located there. He eventually whittled that number down to just 10, but even that could not be found, and God proceeded with His plan to destroy these wicked cities. Of course, God did make provision for Lot, making a way to escape the destruction that was to come.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 January 2012 21:14
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Religious Reformation PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 22 October 2010 19:46

Recently, we have been studying the Minor Prophets in our Adult Bible study on Sunday mornings. We recently started a study of the prophet Micah. As I was preparing to teach this lesson, I came upon a quote by Homer Hailey in his commentary on the Minor Prophets. He was commenting on the nature of the people during the time of Micah, and how they were not what they should have been, even though they had some pretty good kings (such as Jotham and Hezekiah). Hailey's analysis on the matter was this:

 

"Micah seems not to have been very deeply impressed with these reforms. Religion had become a matter of form with the people; ceremonial observances were thought to meet all religious requirements. The reform was not from the deep recesses of the heart. There was widespread misapprehension that as long as the external acts of worship were scrupulously performed the people were entitled to the divine favor and protection."

Homer Hailey, A Commentary on the Minor Prophets, (Religious Supply, 2000), 189.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 October 2010 19:52
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