Paul’s Unique Way of Looking at Things REBLOG [980]

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It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. The latter do so out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice.

Philippians 1:15-18a

Paul has been telling the Philippians that he is rejoicing because as a result of his imprisonment the gospel is being preached in Rome, and now he continues his thoughts on that subject. It would seem that there are people who are preaching the gospel with impure motives, that they would like to stir up trouble for Paul.  He hasn’t…

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Hearts of Flesh (Randy Bronson) REBLOG [961]

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I will be defending the position that we see certain actions of God in Scripture that results in a moral transformation of His people. It is these actions I have in mind when using the term regeneration. This would also imply that, without the action by God, we are left morally unable to do those actions which God subsequently enables us to do. We see this pattern in Deut. 29 and 30.
Deut. 29:1-4, “These are the words of the covenant which the LORD commanded Moses to make with the children of Israel in the land of Moab, besides the covenant which He made with them in Horeb. Now Moses called all Israel and said to them: “You have seen all that the LORD did before your eyes in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh and to all his servants and to all his land— the great trials which your eyes…

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Prayer. REBLOG [577]

REBLOG from MJ Thompson’s Theology Blog

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Perhaps the greatest written statement regarding prayer is found in the Epistle of James:

 “Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed

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A sign of Depression – A Messy Room REBLOG [514]

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There are always signs in my life that my depression is in bad shape. There are the easy ones to look out for like not wanting to get out of bed in the morning, and also staying there all day. I can tell that things might be turning for the worst when I fail to take a shower for a few days. Generally, when I am failing to take care of myself, there is a good chance I am really depressed.

There is one sign that isn’t always an easy one to spot in my life because it is more subtle, and it is the mess in my personal space, my room. The mess that happens is usually over a period days or weeks of neglect. The mess begins to pile up with small things at first. My desk becomes a makeshift bookshelf with all the books that I pull…

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A Deeper Look at Romans Chapter 7 REBLOG [499]

Again this post following on from the previous, strangely parallels my recent material, as well as much older material because Romans 7 is my “favourite” subject? The only reservation I have is his mention of obedience to law which he does not seem to clarify explicitly to the point of agreeing that “He has abolished the law”. We are no longer under law, so we certainly should not be trying to “keep” it. However, other than this possibly unfounded “accusation”, it seems pretty good. BE CAREFUL ABOUT LAW. THE LAW WAS AGAINST US AND THAT’S WHY IT WAS TAKEN AWAY. IT WAS THERE TO BRING US TO CHRIST, SO WE WOULD THEN LIVE BY THE SPIRIT, AS WAS ALWAYS INTENDED. COLOSSIANS. 2-14. On further looking at this article, it appears he may be under the misapprehension that Paul in 7 is speaking as a Christian, which is of course, wrong. Paul is relating his experience as one under law, and explaining why we had to die to the law, which we did through the body of Christ. We do not now reference law at all, but are led by the Spirit. Galatians explains the problem of those wanting to follow, be led by, the law. It was because of law that Christ died, to annul [abolish] the law (of sin and death.) His “Romans 7 Christian” is an oxymoron. (Contradiction in terms).

My Living Saviour- Still Speaks!

In Romans 7:4 It is written, “My brethren, you were also made to die to the law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.” This verse helps us understand the entire chapter of Romans 7, for Paul shows that we were made to die to the law. . . in order that we might bear fruit for God. why die to the law? Can’t I just keep the law to bear fruit? We find that in Romans 7 that we are also to weak to keep the law. I might argue that since I am dead to sin, now I have the strength to keep the law. But here we need to understand that while we find that overcoming sin was impossible, so that, we had to trust…

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Caterpillars Don’t Become Butterflies! REBLOG [406]

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Mitch Teemley

10298900_10203759279603307_7085417779304645126_nDid you know that caterpillars are not “transformed” into butterflies? In metamorphosis (the name of the process), a caterpillar is liquefied—nothing remains of its old nature. Only after the creature’s death can an entirely new creation, a butterfly, emerge!

But most people’s image of the process is more like Eric Carle’s classic children’s book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, in which the little caterpillar “makes a cocoon around himself the-very-hungry-caterpillar-480x270and goes to sleep, only to wake up a few weeks later wonderfully transformed into a butterfly!” (amazon.com)

The Very Dead Caterpillar would probably have sold fewer copies. But it would have been more accurate.

When I was a kid, I used to love going to La Mirada Creek and catching those pudgy little pre-frogs we called pollywogs (you may have called them tadpoles–I forgive you). AWAM072505_40I would bring them home and dump them into a tub, and…

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“Figgering Out” This Religious Thingy REBLOG [380]

An Errant Baptist Preacher

This religion thingy.  Wow!  It still has me baffled.  But not really, as the bafflement is only my ego flirting with the awe of standing naked before the Ultimate.  I’ve always wanted to “figger this thing out” and now I’ve resigned to my ignorance which I think is what Jesus, and other spiritual teachers were trying to teach us.  The need to “figger this thing out” is what happened when we opted to take a bite out of that apple, an action which was necessary if this human experience was to unfold.  Our heart pines for the unconscious “memory” of Eden, which Shakespeare captured when he had Macbeth say, “My dull brain is racked by things forgotten.”

The “figgering it out” has brought us all of the luxury of modernity.  It has brought us to the verge of solving so many of the world’s ills except for the most pernicious…

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