A Hard Heart?

I love the Psalms

Reading:                                      Psalm 95

(Verses 7-11)
Today, if only you would hear his voice,
“Do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah,
as you did that day at Massah in the wilderness,
where your ancestors tested me;
they tried me, though they had seen what I did.
For forty years I was angry with that generation;
I said, ‘They are a people whose hearts go astray,
and they have not known my ways.’
So I declared on oath in my anger,
‘They shall never enter my rest’”

Long before we knew about the medical condition known as hardening of the arteries, there existed another condition called hardening of the heart. Hardening of the heart is not a deadly medical condition; it’s a deadly spiritual condition. Those who suffer from hardening of the heart…

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“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.
In this world, you will have trouble.
But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33

(blooming quince / Julie Cook / 2018)

As sure as the sun rises every morning, we are each guaranteed, at some point or other,
an encounter with trouble.

Some trouble will be gut-wrenching.
Some trouble will be fleeting.
Some trouble will knock us down.
Some trouble will take us to our knees.
While other trouble will simply be bluesy and lowdown…
soulfully woeful, gritty and dirty.

We are told that yes, there will be trouble.
Not a question of if… but rather a matter of when…there will indeed be trouble.

We don’t know the type nor kind of our troubles, but we know
that troubles will eventually come.

The test of the matter will be how we decide to…

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The Pentecostal Way

Pilgrims Rest Stop

One of the truly great church men of last century, missionary and theologian Lesslie Newbigin in his book The Household of God a collection of lectures on ecclesiology, identified the three main historic Christian traditions: Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Protestant. He also proposed an addition to these historic traditions: Pentecostal.

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Presuppositional Apologetics’ Links: Third Week of March 2018

The Sources of New Testament Textual Criticism

Christian Publishing House Blog


Edward D. Andrews

If we are to be able to evaluate the readings of the manuscripts that we have, we must be familiar with the manuscripts themselves. Moreover, we must understand how they are connected by their likenesses and differences. Westcott and Hort wrote in relation to internal manuscript evidence, “The first step toward obtaining a sure foundation is a consistent application of the principle that KNOWLEDGE OF DOCUMENTS SHOULD PRECEDE FINAL JUDGMENT UPON READINGS.”[1]

NOTE: This CPH Blog article is 100 pages long (Moreover, it adds links to blog articles that cover the different versions at the end. Do not be discouraged by the length because it is written so that it is easy to understand. When you come across long charts of manuscripts in this CPH article, please keep scrolling because there is more material about other sources after that.

The textual scholar has three sources…

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A Conversation and a Conclusion

The Life Project

1 Corinthians 10:23-11:1

We have seen passages in which Paul is so blunt that his meaning is hard to miss, but from our perspective, this is not one of those. If we aren’t careful, we can quote verses from this passage and use them to ‘prove’ both sides of the argument, not to mention things that aren’t even being discussed. For me, the key to following this passage is to remember who Paul is writing to (the church in Corinth), and what he has said about them previously (that they favor the philosophies of men).

With this in mind, we can discern that in 10:23-30 there is a sort of conversation going on between Paul and his readers. At first, we can see slogans and responses, then questions and answers, and finally, beginning at 10:31 Paul’s clear teaching.

“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is…

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Morning Reading: Thu, 22 Mar – Jeremiah 1-6 ~ I appoint you to stand up against nations and kingdoms

The Peanut Gallery

Morning Reading

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

Opening – (Northumbria Community)

One thing I have asked of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life; to behold the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.

Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ, King of endless glory.

Reading: Jeremiah 1-6 (NLT)

Jeremiah 1 (NLT)

These are the words of Jeremiah son of Hilkiah, one of the priests from the town of Anathoth in the land of Benjamin. The Lord first gave messages to Jeremiah during the thirteenth year of the reign of Josiah son of Amon, king of Judah. The Lord’s messages continued throughout the reign of King Jehoiakim, Josiah’s son, until the eleventh year of the reign of King Zedekiah…

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Wild Lent: Discovering God Through Creation

Science and Belief

sky-panorama-with-clouds-1479164-1598x485 Philippe Ramakers freeimages © Philippe Ramakers, freeimages

Cloud watching

I love the sky, how it’s always moving and changing. Everyone has access to a little bit of sky, and no matter how messy and chaotic our lives can get on the ground the clouds blow past regardless.

If it’s not actually raining, or indeed if you don’t mind lying down in the rain, spread out a picnic blanket on the ground outside and spend five minutes looking up. This will save you getting neck ache! If you can’t face getting down on the floor, just stand and stare. If you can’t leave your home or place of work, grab a cup of tea and look at the sky out of the window for five minutes, or make a date to do some cloud watching from the window of your bus.

Maybe you’re having a grey overcast day and can barely see the sun…

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First ever Church in my village

Praise God

Gadol Elohai: Father's Service, Son's work, Spirit's gift

As you all know, last week I had traveled to my village to know whereabouts of the gospel. 


Life is uncertain as we humans cannot comprehend the times and situations. The conditions of my locality in village has totally changed bringing me a glad tidings. Until a year ago there were only about three believers in my rural locality, but now it is increasing rapidly that church construction is taking place. At least one new family have started believing in Christ who once were harsh towards Christianity. Now we have 13 believers.


By the way this is going to be first ever church in Jalkeni, Sindhupalchowk at Nepal. I heard some locals of other community have been standing their grounds against the Church construction. Somehow the believers are ready to face the confrontation.

However I see  a constant battle of their growth in LORD because there is none that know Bible…

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From Miracles to Mission Zeal Some Marks of The True Church

The Light Breaks Through


The seventh mark of the authentic missional Church is its ability to deal with conflict in a God-pleasing manner.

  •  Conflict Resolution

22change the former way of life that was part of the person you once were, corrupted by deceitful desires. 23Instead, renew the thinking in your mind by the Spirit 24and clothe yourself with the new person created according to God’s image in justice and true holiness.” Ephesians 4:22-24

In many church conflicts, the loudest voice wins.  Unfortunately, there are bullies in congregations.  Let me define what a church bully is.  It is someone who lets their agenda and their need for control and power become more important than God’s mission.  Those people at times use schoolyard bully tactics to get their way.  They prey on the fact that church members genuinely have no desires to come to church to argue and fight.  People come to church…

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