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Acts 17:22-31, A Coherent Worldview Test

Today at lunch my kids rejoiced at the announcement that our weekly Philosophy discussion was cancelled. I can appreciate how even the most zealous academic teens might not be so thrilled about wading through the words of ancient pundits. I wondered to myself, "where are those who muse today?" The masses of today's prevailing culture have been hypnotized by the expert marketers of materialism, the fast pace of Facebook and social media exhibitionism, and popularity's... read more.

Acts 21:35-39, Search > Bible > Terrorist = Apostle Paul???

I love the Word of God. It is so perfect and has just the right word for every occasion. Recently I was reading more in the newspaper about the President's war on terrorism. At the same time I read another article titled " Christian Terrorist. " A columnist deftly pointed out that some things that people have done in the name of Christ, such as murdering abortionists, are actually terroristic. I wholeheartedly agree that murdering... read more.

Acts 4:28, They Did What God Willed!

The natural mind refuses to believe the Bible. This is understandable. The Bible makes plain statements that will send our socks screaming down the sidewalk while we are left standing barefoot on the pavement in a cold sweat. The only real choice we have is to stand still while our feet warm on the foundation of God’s grace. Unbelievably, the Bible states that God is love. He chose to forgive, love, and bless us through... read more.

Acts 9:15-16, Suffering

I paged through a pastel colored Christian calendar one time many years ago. The calendar had one page per day with an encouraging verse on each page. As I read through the calendar I was encouraged. However, I noted that all the verses quoted, like the calendar, seemed to be "pastel." Moreover, some of the verses quoted where only quoted in half, while the other more disturbing half was unquoted. Unfortunately, it really is in... read more.

Colossians 1:15-23, Out of Control Optimism Part 10, The Parable of the Pew!

Jesus is the best. Check out Colossians 1:15-23 (WEB)... 15) He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. Jesus is the best for WHO HE IS, the image of God! 16) For by him all things were created in the heavens and on the earth, visible things and invisible things, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things have been created through him and for him. Jesus is... read more.

Colossians 2:20-23 and 3:5-7, Interpreting and Sanctifying Style

We live in odd times. The other day while walking to work I passed a young man who was working on his car on the street. Though nothing odd about that, I noted that his pants were hanging so low over his rear end that he was walking on the pant legs which completely covered his shoes. What? I guess this is a teen hip hop thing, though the man was not a teen. Yet... read more.

Corinthians(1) 10:1-11, The Baptism of Moses Compared and Contrasted with the Baptism of Jesus

There is both a comparison and contrast to be made when considering the baptisms of Moses and Jesus. Christian camps often remain divided on this point by emphasizing either the comparison or the contrast between Moses and Jesus. Yet the Holy Spirit himself notes a both comparison in I Corinthians 10:1-6 and a contrast in Hebrews 3:16-4:3a. So this is a useful study for all Christians to consider. 1) Now I would not have you... read more.

Corinthians(1) 10:12 plus, Paul, John, Luke, and Jesus: Can Sin! Do Sin! May Sin! Hate Sin!

Remaining sin has got to be one of the most difficult realities facing the Christian and all humanity. Understanding God’s wisdom in binding all humanity to disobedience is unfathomable (Romans 11:32) and facing the fact that sin still remains after the Lord Jesus personally made payment for our sin is equally mind boggling. We can only say that his infinite patience with our sin and mysterious purpose for our sin must demand all our worship.... read more.

Corinthians(1) 13:12, Fully Known!

"Please understand me!" How many times have those words passed through our mind or lips? A child makes a plea to their parents and parents to their children. A brother argues with a sister and a sister with a brother. A wife entreats her husband and a husband his wife. A worker presents their request to the boss and the boss to the worker. A student asks a teacher for patience and a teacher asks... read more.

Corinthians(1) 4:7, Butterfly Kisses Misses

Several months ago our family received a generous gift. While discussing the matter with a friend they casually commented, "That is great! You deserve it!" As I thought about this I was reminded that our casual conversation is often not very precise and unfortunately all too often not rooted in grace. I returned comment to my friend that actually we did not deserve it, but we were very thankful for the gift even so. They... read more.

Corinthians(1) 7:10-14, Marriage Part 5, Union with the Defiled?

God calls his people to holiness, that is separation from anything corrupted. He is holy and he has set us apart for his holy purposes. Most homes have special things that are set apart for special purposes. Growing up as a child in my parents home we had a set of fine crystal glassware to be used only for very special occasions. These glasses were set apart from the commonplace and you would hear it... read more.

Corinthians(1) 7:20-21, Romans 11:36, Nation of Slaves Be Free!

No offense, but today I was silent while my church family celebrated the 4 th of July with the rousing choruses of the Star Spangled Banner . Perhaps if our faith never gets further than Federer and America’s God and Country we could sing along without question of conscience. However, for myself I could not stomach the smiling faces singing of the " land of the free and the home of the brave." We are... read more.

Corinthians(1) 7:29, Marriage, Part 3: As Not Married

As a married man, Scriptures touching on marriage capture my interest. One such Scripture is 1 Corinthians 7:29 (WEB), "But I say this, brothers: the time is short, that from now on, both those who have wives may be as though they had none;" This is a striking command in view of the high value placed on marriage by the Christian faith. What does it mean for the married to live as though not married?... read more.

Corinthians(2) 5:13, Insane Faith

When I share my faith and doctrine in the neighborhood, at the workplace, and with friends and family many feel that I am a strange bird, even Christians. However, my goal is simply to reverberate Presbyterian Calvin's doctrine of man's sinfulness, Catholic Augustine's doctrine of predestination, Methodist Wesley's doctrine of Christ's atonement, Anglican Tyndale's doctrine of irresistible grace, and Anabaptist Simon's doctrine of perseverance. So on these points if I am strange then I am... read more.

Corinthians(2) 5:14-15, Out of Control Optimism Part 9, Jesus Loves All the Little Children of the World!

We sing the great majestic hymns of the faith in my church. Recently we sang one of the most majestic hymns of all time, Jesus Loves the Little Children. You might not think of this simple children's song as majestic, but the message is powerful. Clare Woolston wrote the words to the famous Christian song, Jesus Loves the Little Children . Woolston was a preacher in Chicago Illinois and lived from 1856 to 1927. This... read more.

Corinthians(2) 5:16, The Matrix

Second Corinthians 5 has always been a favorite chapter, especially verse 16 (NIV), "So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer." My wife and I often remind and correct each other when we are regarding someone from a " worldly " point of view. By " worldly " Paul means from mankind's natural viewpoint apart from... read more.

Corinthians(2) 5:21, Jesus Took My Wheel

My friend D. was explaining to me the challenges of teaching prison inmates his Life Skills class and said many of them could care less because they ' got the wheel .' I asked him what that means. It is prison slang for ' the wheel of life' or in other words a ' life sentence' in prison. You can imagine that would remove your motivation for a life skills class. There is no need... read more.

Ephesians 1:11-14, Archie Bunker and The Praise of God's Glory

I misunderstood Ephesians 1:11-14. I originally understood the passage to teach that we have the privilege of praising God. This is true, however, a closer examination reveals that God is praised for saving us whether we have a heart of praise or not. Read for yourself, "11) We were also assigned an inheritance in him, having been foreordained according to the purpose of him who does all things after the counsel of his will, 12)... read more.

Ephesians 1:3-4, Chosen!

Tonight I just finished reading a theological magazine that I receive every other month. I enjoy reading the magazine to learn as well as understand more about the views of other Christians. As I read the magazine I noted how easy it was for the various contributors to make many profound points as well as promote the theological jargon from a particular camp without explaining or teaching the Christian Scripture. I found myself intellectually roused... read more.

Ephesians 5:19, Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs

I thoroughly enjoy music. In fact, in my house my kids tell me to turn down the volume. Agreed we should not use music as an escape from problems or a veneer over depression, but instead to tell the tale of our victories and defeats, and express our emotions. Agreed also we shouldn’t prefer music to hearing truth, but why not tell truth in our music? David did. For myself I rank a number of... read more.

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