The Jews were pretty proud of their famous forebear, Abraham. It was their descent from him after all that made them the favored, the chosen people of Yahweh. Do they have exclusive rights to the patriarch? Or have the Jews been shoved aside and rejected in favor of the church? And if so, which church […]
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I’ve got nothin’ to boast about — neither have any of us. Alas, this doesn’t always stop me from feeling like I’m at least better than “those people.” Paul didn’t think so, and (sigh) he’s probably right. Here’s my paraphrase of Romans 3:27-31: Well then, what can be our reason to boast? We have NONE! […]
Living a righteous life means a lot of “do this” and “don’t do that,” right? Well, sort of. It DOES matter how we behave, but it’s not primarily about that. In fact, if we focus on the rules we’re sure to botch the whole thing.
Grace: that which gives joy and pleasure — gratifying to the senses — beautiful, lovely, delightful. Grace (charis in the Greek) means sweetness and loving kindness and all things favorable and merciful. Based on the word studies I’ve recently shared for righteousness and justice in my previous posts: Righteousness and Justice: What Are They?, The […]
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So who’s up for that? Dry spell; those words can strike apprehension into the boldest Christian’s heart. Yet God doesn’t let anything happen except for our good–really. I was feeling anxious, and it was that kind of floating anxiety that it’s hard to assign to any specific reason or event. This is what I sensed […]
There’s been a lot of scary stuff posted lately about trouble coming to the western church, and I think it’s straight on. The brothers and sisters have been exhorting us to take care of the state of our relationship with God now–before the full brunt of the storm hits us. Heed the warnings! This is […]
I’m working on the post I promised regarding the differences between Allah and YHWH, but I feel I must interject with this bit of insight that YHWH has put into my heart recently. I grew up in a Christian home, and, with the exception of a period of doubt and wandering in my adult life, […]
I asked God yesterday morning for a word I could share with the members of my ecclesia (gathering/house church/simple church/organic church–not sure what to call our little group for maximum communication value.) This is what He gave me, and it was so cool I wanted to share it with you as well. I am with […]
1 Thessalonians 1:9 “For they themselves report about us what kind of reception we had from you: How you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, . . .” You really need to read the rest of the thought to get this verse, so if you’re not familiar with what’s […]