Should Christians Judge? — Paradigm Shift

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Christians sometimes get confused with the concept of judging. Biblically we are commanded to judge (John 7:24 says, “Stop judging by mere appearances, and make it right judgement”). Then at the same time we are biblically told that we are not to …

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Third Sunday in Lent: Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts — Ponder Anew


Jesus, Thou Joy of loving hearts, Thou Fount of life, Thou Light of men, From the best bliss that earth imparts, We turn unfilled to Thee again. Thy truth unchanged hath ever stood; Thou savest those that on Thee call; To them that seek Thee Thou art good, To them that find Thee all in…

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Come and Celebrate


The Psalmist

Come and celebrate this day
The King of Kings will come this way
He comes with grace and mercy much
He comes to give His healing touch

Come and celebrate this day
The Lord of Lords will come this way
He comes with peace and joy and hope
He comes to help us all to cope

Come and celebrate this day
Jesus Christ will come this way
He comes to bring us victory
He comes to set the captive free

Come and celebrate this day
Lift your voice and give Him praise
Lift your hands up to the sky
Lift your hallelujahs high
Sing of His amazing love
Sing around His throne above
Sing the victory song today
Jesus Christ will come this way

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The Reboot


Steve A. Wiggins

It lied to me.  My computer.  Don’t get me wrong; I know all about trying to save face.  I also know my laptop pretty well by now.  It was running slow, taking lots of time to think over fairly simple requests.  A lull in my frantic mental activity led to the opportunity for me to initiate a reboot.  When it winked open its electronic eye my screen told me it had restarted to install an update.  Untrue.  I had told it to restart.  I gave the shutdown order to help with the obvious sluggishness that suggested to this Luddite brain of mine that my silicon friend was working on an update.  There’s no arguing with it, however.  In its mechanical mind, it decide to do the restart itself.  I was merely a bystander.

Technology and I argue often.

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“For we confess that the faithful receive the very body and blood of Christ, according to the voice of God Himself”


Eclectic Orthodoxy

“We grant,” the heretics say, “that Christ may be represented, but only according to the holy words which we have received from God Himself; for He said, ‘Do this in remembrance of me,’ obviously implying that He cannot be represented otherwise than by being remembered. Only this image is true and this act of depiction sacred.”

It is sufficient for your refutation that you are clearly contradicting yourself, when you admit that Christ is circumscribed, although previously you denied this. But since it is not right to leave any of your propositions unchallenged, let us proceed to their refutation one by one. What do you say about these very things to which the priest refers in holy words and hymns? Are they an image or the truth? If they are an image, what absurdity! You go from blasphemy to blasphemy, like those who step into some sort of mud, and…

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Sunday Sermon Notes: March 24, 2019


TLP

Title: This is Love

Text: 1 John 4:7-21

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

1 John 4:7-10

We are now beginning the central core of this letter, and this core runs from verse 7 to the end of this chapter.  It is not only the central core of the letter, but it is also the central core of Christian theology.  All of those comparisons at the beginning of the letter, and all of the discussion of…

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Should Christians Not be Known for What They are Against?


The Battle Cry

by Eric Davis, The Cripplegate

You’ve heard it said. “I don’t want to be known for what I am against, but what I am for.” “Christians should be known for what they are for, not against.”

It sounds good and noble. After all, a ministry or person that only speaks of what they are against is missing out on much of the content and emphasis of the Bible. Often these are self-proclaimed discernment ministries who do little more than step on others as they stand higher. In so doing, they have veered from Scripture. Pastors are to preach the inspired, inerrant text of Scripture. We will have to twist, avoid, and misinterpret much Scripture if we only speak in terms of opposition.

But more to the point. Should Christians avoid being known for what they are against? Here are a few thoughts for consideration.

  1. That’s not the way to…

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Bogard Press Daily Devotional-Seeking God a Key to Ending Captivity


Truth in Palmyra

by Wally Fry

Sunday, March 24

Seeking God a Key to Ending Captivity

Jeremiah 29:11-14

“And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the LORD; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive,” Jeremiah 29:14.

We have to be a bit careful with this passage, as it was a specific prophecy, addressed to a specific people, at a specific time. That does not mean, however, that an application cannot be made for us today. In fact, when discussing the Jews, a really great correlation can be made. One of the reasons God chose the Jews was to provide the conduit and lineage for the Messiah who would come to offer salvation…

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