Archive for April, 2012

The Work of the Church: Changing Lives

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

I grew up in an atmosphere that focused more on what churches cannot do, than on what a church can do, should be doing, must be busy doing, and actually did. James 1:27 was not preached on except on how not to apply it. Speaking analogously, gardens are never planted by only pulling weeds. Negatively […]

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Punctuation Saves Lives

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

Circulating the internet is the following: “’Let’s eat, Grandma.’ ‘Let’s eat Grandma.’ Punctuation saves lives.” Ah, the power of a comma! While the most abused of all punctuation, apparently it has the power to save lives. Here’s a Biblical example of such grammatical chicanery. Change the punctuation and we have a command to steal: Ephesians […]

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On Purpose! – Proverbs and Parables

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

How are proverbs and parables similar? Both are short and memorable (which is part of their teaching power). Both use human situations to teach divine wisdom – earthly stories and situations with heavenly meanings. Both used existing and accepted ways of teaching but raised them to a new level – neither Solomon nor Jesus invented […]

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Wonders from the Word – Easy or Difficult (Matthew 5:38-48)

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

It is easy to hold in contempt those who hold you in contempt. It is easy to disregard those disregarding you.  It is easy to gossip about those gossiping about you. It is easy to ignore those ignoring you. It is easy spite those who spite you. It is easy get angry at those angry […]

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Wonders from the Word – Christianity in Alphabetic Form

Friday, April 6th, 2012

There is: no agape without Abba; no baptism without belief; no confession without Christ; no disciples without devotion no eternity without El Shaddai no forgiveness without faith; no good news without grace; no Heaven without humility; no Incarnation without Immanuel; no justification without Jesus; no kingdom without a King; no Lord without law; no Messiah […]

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