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Thessalonians(1) 1:6-7 - The Art of Imitation

Today I prepare to teach a class of youth how to draw cartoons and use free software such as Pencil , Creatoon , Synfig , and Blender to render animated movies. I am blessed with the opportunity to foster creative talent in others even while I am still learning myself. The invitation before us is to muster every talent, resource, and energy to build and serve the kingdom of Christ... even cartoon animation! Since I... read more.

Thessalonians(1) 2:4, Another Point of Grace

I Thessalonians 2:4 (WEB) states, “But even as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News, so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, who tests our hearts.” John 14:1 also states, “Don't let your heart be troubled. Believe in God. Believe also in me.” Curiously all three underlined words above are derived from the Greek word, pisteuo , with the same Strong’s reference number of 4100. We all... read more.

Three Dangerous Ways to Lose Your Religion

Following are three dangerous way to lose your religion. Reject Jesus as your personal Savior Do not add your name to Heaven by trusting Jesus Do not fear God's eternal wrath If you do these three things you will lose your religion and... ...become a confident mature Christian! What? Yes, consider... 1. Reject Jesus as your personal Savior and receive Jesus as Savior of ALL God's people! While Jesus loves each individual person, his work... read more.

Timothy(1) 2:11-15, The Total Depravity of Man... and Woman

I have written elsewhere that I am opposed to efforts to re-translate Scriptural references of man and mankind to gender neutral terms. Please read my article, The Image of God in Man , to understand my reasons why. Though recently, upon further reflection, I wondered if it wouldn't be useful for the politically correct to gain ground for gender equality in the arena of theological terms. For example, the doctrine of the depravity of man... read more.

Timothy(1) 6:12, 1 Corinthians 9:24, 2 Timothy 4:7, Fight and Run!

Recently I reread the book The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges. Bridges encourages us to pursue holiness. The Scriptures also remind us in Hebrews 12 that without holiness no one will see the Lord. We must pursue holiness! But how much holiness is enough to see the Lord? Libraries have been written debating this question. II Timothy 3 speaks of people who boast about knowledge of the Lord, but deny his power to change... read more.

Timothy(2) 2:10, Save the Chosen!

Unfortunately there is much confusion about Christian salvation and the Chosen Ones of Christ. I was also confused about these concepts myself for many years even as a follower of Jesus. On one hand the gospel message is that we must believe in Jesus and be saved. Yet on the other hand we also read that God has predestined us to salvation from before the foundation of the world. Unfortunately Christendom has a great fissure... read more.

Timothy(2) 3:8, Optimism Out of Control, Part 4: Concerning The Faith

Continuing our Optimism Out Of Control series consider yet another curious verse. Paul warns and instructs his protégé Timothy thus, “Even as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these also oppose the truth, men corrupted in mind, who concerning the faith are rejected” (2 Timothy 3:8 WEB). First, Paul warns Timothy that the world is and will continue to be filled with evil men of the worst kind. Paul compares these men to Jannes and... read more.

Titus 2:11-14, The Pride and The Grace

Two years ago someone said something disturbing. I had a temporary job as a waiter and was hustling some dishes back to the kitchen. While standing in the elevator I balanced my heavy load on the hand rail for support. However, since others were behind me I lifted my load and turned around to greet them. One answered me by saying, "Man you have got pride!" "Got Pride?" was a buzz-word among the staff meaning... read more.

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