Personally, I don't think American English speakers (who are Christians) can be too aware of this. There are two scriptures that seem to contradict each other, and without knowing what is being said from the Hebrew or Greek, these two instances of the word "fear", being vital to Biblical understanding, can be a source of vague … Continue reading The Seemingly Quixotic Nature of Fear in the Bible
GOD IS NOT OUR BUTLER! We are to be His slaves/servants. The concept that God is there to serve our needs only is the lie almost all of us have encountered or been told. We hear and share Bible verses like this, which are comforting: Luke 12:25-26 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 25 And which of you … Continue reading God is Not our Butler!
Philippians 4:8 King James Version (KJV) 8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
I admit, I have been one of those who has been fooled by my ego into believing that the simple trials of life are somehow me carrying a "cross" or "burden". It's important to understand the scriptural meaning of what it is to "take up your cross and follow Me" which our Lord commands us … Continue reading We Get It Wrong: And How to Right It
"It Will Cost You Everything"
... but I can't. This blog was just so special [tip: now you say "how special was it?"]... Well, I'm glad you asked. It's actually so special I'm battling envy, which is not one of my besetting sins. I tend more toward outright jealousy, never anything so noble as envy. Okay, hope you caught the … Continue reading How I Wish I Could Claim Authorship…
Question: Did everyone else know this before me? What does the biblical word "prophet" mean, looking at the Greek? Not what you would expect at all! HINT: When following the Greek in Sword Searcher, to get a full definition it helps to follow the numbers. Such as G4253 = entry 4253; G5346; G5457 [ compare … Continue reading “Prophecy” Is Not What You May Think
This is a topic most of us should be aware of in our lives and our countries. But narrowing it down to the Religious Leaders, for those who believe in God -- or even those who aren't sure and are inquiring about God -- this becomes far more serious. One of the most heartbreaking parts … Continue reading When Leaders Become Corrupt
We are to conform ourselves to Christ, not to man-made religious buildings and man-made rituals! Great blog post describing what this looks like.
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4: 4-7
Some time ago in free and open fellowship, during prayer, The Spirit had me have this passage from Philippians ready to share. Then not too long into the gathering a brother was sharing about how he was very anxious about a situation at his workplace. It was the perfect opening for me to share the passage that God already led me to, and it was very well received.
Then another brother began sharing how as of late he had been drawn to the very same…
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It's really very simple, okay? People say they want to "hear God" or "hear from God". Well, we already have. Adding an illustration just to make sure this point is clear. Thanks for stopping by! P.S. For my friends who believe fervently in the Holy Spirit, which is obviously part of the Triune God (of … Continue reading Settling a Matter of Seeming Controversy