Should Christians Judge? — Paradigm Shift

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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“I find nothing wrong here. He seems harmless enough to me.” ~Pilate

Why this is important: Jesus is being tried. He has been arrested. When it was morning, the religious elites and the high priests and scholars all got together and brought him before their High Council to finalize the charges and His guilt. They said, “Are you the Messiah?” After lots of back and forth during […]

“I find nothing wrong here. He seems harmless enough to me.” ~Pilate

Apologetics Session 8: Evil and the problem of Atheism – The Domain for Truth

Establish the need: Why is this session important? We often hear discussion about God and the problem of evil.  However we must not downplay or neglect the issue of evil and the problem of atheism. Purpose: In this session we shall discuss four points to help us think about evil and the problem of atheism […]

Apologetics Session 8: Evil and the problem of Atheism

Study the Biblical Languages


As I review and study the biblical languages, particularly Greek, one of my readings includes Merkle and Plummer’s Greek For Life: Strategies for Learning, Retaining, and Reviving New Testament Greek. In chapter 7, I stumbled upon a quote from John Piper’s Brothers, We Are Not Professionals. His words cut to the heart of the matter when it comes to the importance of using and reading the biblical language for expository preaching (and even devotional reading!). Here they are:

“Another result when pastors do not study the Bible in Greek and Hebrew is that they, and their churches with them, tend to become secondhanders. The harder it is for us to get at the original meaning of the Bible, the more we will revert to the secondary literature. For one thing, it is easier to read [secondary literature]. It also gives us a superficial glow that we are ‘keeping up’ on…

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Sneaky Insults

Cynthia Bailey-Rug

Everyone with any experience with narcissists knows one of their favorite pastimes is insulting people.  If they dislike a person’s new hair style, car, home, career, personality or anything about someone, that someone will know all about it!

That being said though, not all narcissists directly say what they are thinking. They often phrase their insults in such a way as to seem innocuous. For example, my ex husband never said I was fat, but I had no doubt he thought I was disgustingly obese even when I was too thin. I always had my own issues about my weight, so if I said anything about being overweight, he quickly agreed with me. He would give me tips on losing weight, even though he never had been on a diet in his life. If I said anything about him thinking I was fat, he would say that he never said…

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That peace.

Beholding Him Ministries

Blessings today…I pray you will find a blessing in this reblog!

I read the post below over the weekend and was blessed as I was reminded of the amazing love, grace, mercy and faithfulness of the Lord. Perhaps your experience is similar to “yellowlamplight” … just want you to know God is remains the same. His love is great, grace abundant, and His mercy is tender. His arms are outstretched to welcome you home…there is room at the cross for you. I know the struggle is real…stop struggling and surrender and you too will be reconciled to the Father through the blood of Jesus Christ. Thanks to “yellowlamplight” for sharing her story. Comments closed here, please comment your encouragement to her site.

John 3.16a

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That peace.

“I grew up as a daddy’s girl.  It was his side of the bed I went to as a little girl…

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Easter | 5th Friday 20 May 2022: Psalm 67; Proverbs 2:6-8; Acts 16:1-8 ~ Guided by the Spirit of Jesus.

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Easter | 5th Friday 20 May 2022

+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.


O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good
things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such
love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all
things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can
desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with
you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Then coming to the borders of Mysia,
they headed north for the province of Bithynia,
but again the Spirit of Jesus
did not allow them to go there.
(Acts 16:7)


Psalms: Psalm 67 – in Hebrew with English translation by Tal Hermon (a family worship).


OT Reading: Proverbs 2:6-8 (NLT)

2:6 For the Lord grants…

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The Feminization of the Church?

Aimee Byrd

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After I spoke with a group of church leaders once on the topic of discipling men and women in the church, one pastor took me aside. He didn’t want to make this comment during the Q&A session we just finished. He told me that my message had merit, but he was concerned about the feminization of the church and he wanted my thoughts on that. Wasn’t I worried that investing in more women would lead to this? Anecdotally, he said that he’s noticed that women were eager to learn; and the more churches invest in them, the more they will rise in leadership over the men. Or in influencing the men. Which feminizes the church.

Have you heard something like this before? I’m guessing so, because I hear it often. When someone starts talking about the feminization of the church, it is an instant red…

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Religious (chapter 1)

Eugene Finnegan Bible Project

James said they are not religious if they do not control their tongues.  They are deceiving themselves.  Their heartless religion is worthless.  Religion is pure and undefiled before God, the Father.  They should care for orphans and widows in their distress.  Meanwhile, they have to keep themselves unstained by the world.  Do you consider yourself religious?

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