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John Calvin puts forward a very simple reason why love is the greatest gift: “Because faith and hope are our own: love is diffused among others.” In other words, faith and hope benefit the possessor, but love always benefits another. In John 13:34–35 Jesus says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Love always requires an “other” as an object; love cannot remain within itself, and that is part of what makes love the greatest gift.
Fence sitting is like trying to find vice between two extremes (fence sitting). Sometimes going far left "unbelieving" and then going far right "believing" makes no sense if we take one step away from God to the left. We are left with agnosticism (fence sitting). Likewise, I find that there really isn't any vice on topics of morality. For example, I observed a congregation once debate Scripture, they went far left and then right. They found the happy medium (fence sitting), but nonetheless they
It's as necessary as "breeeeeathing", isn't it? Like spiritual "oxygen", amen? As Peter said to Jesus, where else can we go or to whom else can we go to?
He IS the ONLY HELP for us, in ANY circumstance or dilemma or inexplicable quandry, isn't He?
I remember some 15 years ago when I was hospitalized and in group therapy. A counselor asked the group to express how we felt in the moment. Each went in order and then the patient before me expressed his necessity to leave the hospital. There were obvious concerns in his life, he was greatly agitated. Then it was my turn. I expressed an annoyance too. There was a fly buzzing around in the room. I asked the counselor whether they knew that a typical house fly only lived for two days? She looked
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I am sure that all of the one of you who read this blog are asking yourself, "Do we really need to keep God at the center of our celebration of any holiday?" Well, here is a holiday that will allow us to explore that in a bit more detail.
"Valentine's Day" (February 14th), or otherwise known as, "Saint Valentine's Day". This holiday, it should be noted, started as yet another Feast Day. Though, this is a rare occurrence where more than one person was celebrated on the day in quest
Palm Sunday, the Sunday prior to Resurrection Sunday, is the day Jesus enters Jerusalem on the back of a colt. Upon His entry into the city the Jews, believing He was coming to liberate them from the Romans, lined the streets in celebration waving palm branches and laying them, and in some cases their cloaks, on the ground for Jesus to ride over. They were anticipating something momentous, yet what they were anticipating and what ended up happening wasn't anywhere even close. The Jews believe
St Patrick's Day (March 17th) is probably the most recognized of the many Feast Days, followed closely by St Valentine's Day. This was a day set aside to commemorate an individual who was instrumental in spreading the good news of Salvation to an, as yet, untapped area of the world, Ireland. Though it is, as in many cases, quite unique how God brought about this occurrence. St Patrick was born in 387 AD to a rich family living on the island of Brittania (England) back when it was still contro
Lent is a period of 40 days and nights, the example of which comes from Christ's time he fasted in the desert up to His temptation by satan and embarkation of his ministry as well as the time Moses spent fasting on Mount Sinai when he received the first copies of the tablets with the Ten Commandments. This period begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Thursday (the day before Christ's crucifixion). The dates for these events are determined by a resolution made at the Council of Nicaea of 325 A
Feast Days are those in which the Catholic Church, whether it is a local congregation or the Vatican itself, set aside to commemorate those who made significant contributions to the growth of the church, especially during its most formative years. Many were martyrs and the like and the day on which their feast falls corresponds with either their date of birth, or more routinely, the day they died. But should we as Christians celebrate these feast days.
Sure, we as humans love a goo
This post is to spark a series on holidays. Mostly holidays that are celebrated in the United States, though it is possible I may expand into holidays celebrated in other countries. The main thing I would like to discuss is what are the holidays we have around us and whether or not, as Christians, we should participate/celebrate these various holidays.
While looking at these various holidays it will be important to take a look at their origins to better understand what is being cel
Bullying, obviously, is the act of one or more persons asserting their perceived dominance over another person or group of people. It has gone on throughout time and has been instrumental in making the world what it is today. Various forms have been employed from the schoolyard to the battlefield. The most common motivations for it are envy, greed, and power. Of course the question is, what would the world look like if bullying was not part of the fabric of humanity? Some have asserted that
In the previous post, which you most likely have read because you love this blog and would never miss a post, you saw that I commented on this article about a lady in the Los Angeles area who erected an over 24 foot high cross in her front yard. I thought I would look again at this article through the lens of the above-referenced passage.
Sure, the apparent motivation, contrary to what the article states, of this lady is to tell her surrounding neighbors that she is a Christian. Th
When I first thought of starting this blog I thought it might be somewhat difficult to come up with specific topics to discuss on a routine basis, such as daily, weekly, or monthly. Then Providence showed me a rather appropriate topic to get the ball rolling. This happened when I came across this article that was posted on the Daily News website that is based in Los Angeles, California. Let's see what topics rise to the top on this one.
The subject of the article is a woman
In studying the 9th commandment there are a number of call-outs in regard to how one may knowingly bear false witness against another person. Here are a few:
Slander - or speaking something false about another person
Libel - or publishing something false about another person
Perjury - or providing false testimony, under oath, about another person
Anyone who has spent any amount of time online on a social networking site knows how easy it
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In this post I would like to open a discussion about the authority of the church as it pertains to its members.
It is important to point out first what I mean by "member". A member is someone who does not merely attend a church every week. Any Christian that regularly attends a specific church I respectfully suggest that they prayerfully consider becoming a member of the church they attend. Becoming a member may be called different things depending on the denomination your church
While driving home one day from work I was listening to one of the many Christian radio stations where I lived in the Central California valley. The DJ was talking about how when he had first moved to a new town he and his wife decided to attend a local church to possibly find some people to connect with. They showed up early to attend one of the Sunday school classes and purposely picked one with young couples. There were about a half-dozen couples in the class. The DJ said he was rather cor