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Monthly Archives: October 2013

Seeing Thing Upside Down

There is a considerable amount of talk floating around among Christians in the social media world concerning comments that Pastor Mark Driscoll made in regards to the belief many Christians hold concerning Jesus’ teaching to “love your enemies”. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2013 in Christian Life, Discipleship, Jesus Christ

 

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Getting it EXACTLY Right… why you don’t have to

This past Sunday the lesson I taught the 3rd Grade boys was in 2 Kings, chapter 5, the account of how God heals Naaman of his leprosy. After Naaman is healed, he goes back to Elisha and professes his faith in Jehovah, but he says something interesting. He explains to Elisha how King Aram worships a false god and that Naaman’s job obliges him to go into the temple with the king and bow before the idol. Naaman requests that God forgive him in advance as when this situation occurs, Naaman will bow, but the bow will be completely meaningless and merely a formality. The prophet Elisha tells Naaman that this is okay as he says, “Go in peace.” I found this highly intriguing. Here, we have a picture of how God expresses His love to us as it is displayed in His patient understanding. This isn’t to say we shouldn’t try to be like Him, it’s that we SHOULD strive to be like Him.. and above all HE IS LOVE! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 22, 2013 in Christian Life, Devotion, Discipleship

 

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Love… As Christ Loved…

“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her” ~ Ephesians 5:25

A verse often cited at Marriage conferences and retreats. A passage often given to counsel husbands who are tired of the marriage they are in. A verse used at weddings as part of the vows or as a commission from the minister to the groom. A verse, due to it’s familiarity, that is often not really thought of too deeply. Hopefully this is not one of those times. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Are you weak?

I was working out and listening to “Gravity” a music album by Lecrae. The song “Violence” was playing and I was into the rhythm, curling the barbel in time with the song when these lyrics that I had heard countless times before stood out to me: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 15, 2013 in Christian Life, Jesus Christ

 

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Christianly Consuming the Culture

Culture (current culture) is evil! This is the mentality that was taught to me for the first 25 years of my life. If it was popular then it was wrong. And for the most part, if it looked fun, then it was wrong. Beer was brewed in hell, pants were sewn in the devils sweat shop, the movie theater was a place that promoted immorality, the TV invited the wicked to sit and teach your children how to live for the devil, and the drum beat was forged by the blacks as they worshipped satan in the heart of Africa (racist, I know, but taught none the less). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2013 in Christian Life, Culture, Legalism

 

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“My milkshake is better than yours”

 

We all have this attitude.. the thing we like is superior to all opposing affinities. While this makes for good advertising, it makes for a horrible Christianity. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 8, 2013 in Christian Life, Legalism

 

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Did you hear about that time Jesus went off on Ceasar’s political policies?

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Well if you haven’t heard, the American Government shutdown. Yep! Sure did! Well, I think at least one department didn’t shut down – the complaint department. At least, judging by comments on social media, that’s the conclusion one would have to draw. The thing I noticed was the tenor of the comments from my Christian brothers and sisters regarding this political matter. I just want to offer a few thoughts on that particular point. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 3, 2013 in Christian Life, Patriotism

 

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