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Koinonia

Hey! Long time, no blog. I know, and I apologize. When I said I was going to cut back on my postings I didn’t intend for them to completely cease. I’ll try to break my blogging ice with a short thought if that’s okay.

Something I’ve been thinking about quite a bit recently is koinonia. In Scripture this term is used to describe the fellowship of the saints in breaking bread and participating in worship as well as the word used to describe community (common unity) among a group. Believers need community, or koinonia, as it strengthens them as well as permits them to serve the body of Christ. There a good probability that I will end up blogging more on this topic in the future, but I want to just briefly relay something I have noticed. I was told by an atheist friend that believers have to attend church because they are weak minded and can only survive by continually surrounding themselves with others who agree with them. This individual believes that a Christian could not hold his faith if he faced “the real world”. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2011 in Church

 

Calvinism & Arminianism:

My friend, Heather, is a God-chaser. Although we don’t always come to the same conclusions on miniscule matters her blog (Growup318.com) is a source of encouragement and enjoyment.

She has structured the month or March to contain a series of guest posts and has graciously given me the opportunity to take part in that. (you can read it here).

The subject I address concerns a much heated topic in the church today (especially in America). A topic as hot as it was in the 1500’s. I bet you can’t guess what it is!  =]

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2011 in Calvinism/Arminianism

 

There’s Always Tomorrow, Right?

I was driving home from work one day last week, and the thought hit me – in all probability my Dad will die before me. This sobered me. I began to cry as I couldn’t imagine my life without my dad in it. My thoughts turned to times when I had been angry with my dad and abruptly ended a conversation or said words that were hurtful. I didn’t immediately turn and apologize as I knew time would help me calm down and I could go to him later and restore things. How foolish is that?! I was living under the assumption that tomorrow is guaranteed to him and me. While thinking of this, I wanted to call and talk to him, tell him I love him and appreciate him. Why? All of a sudden, the reality that time is fleeting hit me. Urgency set in. See, I had been born into this world and my dad was already in existence. Since he has been here my whole life, it is natural to assume that he will continue to be. I know death is real, I was a pallbearer at my Grandmother’s funeral, I saw my dad weep in my Maw-Maw’s back yard the day after his mother’s funeral. The truth is though, we just don’t look at those we love and think, “One day they won’t be here.” Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2011 in Evangelism, spiritual growth

 

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Works, Grace, and True Religion

The apostle Paul was adamant that works have no saving efficacy in God’s soteriology. In Romans 11:6 he wrote, “But if it [salvation] is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace.” Martin Luther clung so tightly to Paul’s statement that he called the book of James an “epistle of straw”.1 This was due to James’ teaching that, “a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.” This apparent contradiction is pointed out by many cults who would advocate a system of works salvation or groups who are attempting to prove that Christianity espouses a system of works salvation. Christianity is the only religion in the world that holds to redemption by grace.2 in this post I intend to show how grace is the biblical doctrine of redemption, how Scripture reconciles grace with the necessity of works, and how any works based system falls short of the redemption that is only offered through the grace of God. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2011 in Apologetics

 

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Who Died and Made You Lawgiver?

“I wann’a tell you that preacher is a compromiser! He denies the word of God by using other ‘perversions’ of the Bible! The only word of God is the Authorized Version – the 1611 King James Bible, Amen! All other versions are of the devil.” ~ the KJVonlyist Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 2, 2011 in Legalism

 

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