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Abandonment

To completely and utterly forsake. To give up on. To withdraw from. Doesn’t quite hit home? Have you ever been lost in the store as a child – thinking you knew exactly where you were, and where your parents were, only to realize that they weren’t there and you couldn’t find them? Then the thought enters your mind, “What if they left me?!” Your stomach drops to your feet as you heart drops to fill the void your stomach left.  That feeling – Abandonment. Were you really abandoned? No! But that didn’t change the fact that you thought you were and your perception of reality, although not really reality, really affected you. Scary isn’t it? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 13, 2011 in Christian Life

 

Should Christians Rejoice in the Death of Osama Bin Laden?

I have read Facebook statuses this morning by believers who are rejoicing in the death of Osama Bin Laden. They justify their joy by citing verses such as Proverbs 11:10 “When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices; and when the wicked perish, there is jubilation.” But is this right? Is this the reaction a child of God should have? Is this how a follower of Jesus should respond to the death of a very wicked man? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 2, 2011 in Culture, Patriotism

 

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The Biblical Model for Discipleship

Philippians 4:9 “What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me – practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” (ESV)

Dr. Michael Mitchell, inLeading, Teaching, and Making Disciples gives a teaching meta-model, derived from Proverbs chapter two, that one can easily find given here in the text from Philippians. The Proverbs 2 meta-model he gives is as follows: 1. accept my words, 2. turn your ear and apply your heart, 3. then you will understand, 5. walk in the ways of good men.1 Dr. Mitchell also gives a meta-model he discovered in Creative Bible Teaching by Larry Richards called the HBLT model. This model is comprised of four steps: the HOOK, the BOOK, the LOOK, and the TOOK.2 The original model Dr. Mitchell gave from Proverbs two is contained in the HBLT system. Because this model is easy to commit to memory and still summarizes the Proverbs 2 model it will be the model of choice in examining the Philippians passage. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 2, 2011 in Discipleship

 

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