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Monthly Archives: April 2011

How God Organizes People for Effective Action

As Protestants we shout with the reformers, “Sola Scriptura!” We profess to hold to the Bible alone as our only rule of faith and practice, yet in the area of organization of church and ministry we have forsaken Scripture in attempts to appeal to contemporary culture and meet its needs. This essay takes a brief look at the biblical model for ministry and suggests how that model would manifest itself in creating an atmosphere for learning and growth in the contemporary culture. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2011 in Church, Family

 

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Alcohol and the Bible:

Wine, one sip of this will bathe the drooping spirits in delight beyond the bliss of dreams. Be wise and taste.

                                   ~ John Milton

I think it is a great error to consider a heavy tax on wines as a tax on luxury.  On the contrary, it is a tax on the health of our citizens. 

~ Thomas Jefferson

We hear of the conversion of water into wine at the marriage in Cana as of a miracle.  But this conversion is, through the goodness of God, made every day before our eyes.  Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards, and which incorporates itself with the grapes, to be changed into wine;  a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy. 

~ Benjamin Franklin

This is what men say about wine, but what does God say about alcohol? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 27, 2011 in Culture, Legalism

 

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Faith, Doubt, Reality, and Swimming Pools

Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. (Ephesians 6:14-16)

I’ve been meditating on this passage for a bit. No, no, no! I don’t mean sitting Indian style while making odd little shapes with my hands and humming until I levitate. I’ve been turning this passage over in my mind, pondering it. You know, faith is so misrepresented today. I’ve heard people say things like, “What you believe you can achieve!” or better yet, “I just know God is going to do it [whatever it is] because I believe He will!” See the problem? The one who thinks like this has actually given faith the power to create reality, or move God. In other words, faith becomes the force by which we can manipulate things and others. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2011 in Christian Life, Jesus Christ

 

Abusive Leadership & How Preacher’s Abuse Their Followers

Below is a piece that a friend of mine wrote concerning the misuse of authority in the church. Due to the recent 20/20 expose and all the discussion that is surrounding it, I think this is a helpful post.
With her permission, I have reproduced it in its entirety. Laurie, the author, has been through the things she is describing. She does not write with any animosity, rather is there to call out the sin for what it is and to encourage those who have been (or are currently) in it.
*Note, she uses all caps and “!”‘s for emphasis, not angry shouting. God bless you, and my this encourage you. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2011 in Christian Life, Church

 

The Easter Tree (cont.)

We are almost to Good Friday. About twenty days ago I mentioned something our family was doing to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus this year utilizing a Christmas tree and Easter eggs. Have worked our way through the first 14 chapters of John and the boys and I have walked through much of what John has recorded about the life of Jesus. I am thrilled as they recite the “I AM” statements of Jesus and that whoever believes in Him has eternal life! They listen to the stories in anticipation of what awaits them upon the completion of the reading and questions. Eater eggs! They get an egg off the tree and it contains a prize ranging from candy to a hot wheel car. The gift just serves to make it exciting for them. They beg me to read about Jesus to them, and they’re showing evidence that the stories are sticking with them. May God work and drive it deep in their hearts. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2011 in Family

 

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The Easter Tree

If you think I’m pagan, just wait until you hear of the new thing my boys are all excited about – the Easter Tree! *GASP*

Yeah, that’s right! For those of you who protest the Christmas tree because of it’s possible pagan origins and detest the Easter egg due to its also being borrowed from pagan symbolism meet, the Easter Tree! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 1, 2011 in Family

 

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