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Notes on Romans 3

Righteousness | Wrath Law / deeds & works Righteousness without the law 3:21 -> 1:17 picks up again on the GOOD NEWS. 3:23 Glory of God, utter perfection.  We glory in human achievements which exceed our expectations.  Example in sports “the great catch.” Key passage in Romans is 3:21-26, esp. 24-25. righteousness of God faith in Jesus Christ to all / on all justified -> made justified freely – grace (favor, goodwill, unmerited, undeserved) redemption (redeem, cash in) propitiation by blood righteousness – justice is finally served forbearance – it appeared that God was letting sin slide, but He was simply being patient and merciful He shows us, practices what He preaches, perfect.  He punishes the wicked, rewards what is right.   … Read entire article »

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Apple Versus Windows

Yet another good example of bad scripture interpretation.  Did you know that the Bible seems to favor Mac computers over Windows computers?  This one came by way of a friend in the UK: Some of her friends on Facebook were giving her a hard time for switching to Mac.  Here was her response: Jeremiah 9:21 warns us that “death has come through our windows” while Song of Solomon 2:5 says “refresh me with apples, for I am lovesick”. ‘Nuff said! 😛 Some more “fruit” for thought… “Like an apple tree among the trees of the woods, so is my beloved among the sons.” Song of Solomon 2:3 “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.”  Proverbs 25:11 (that almost sounds just like my new computer!)   … Read entire article »

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Acts 10: Peter and Cornelius

This is the story of Peter and Cornelius as told for a group of children. Enjoy, and please don’t forget to leave feedback. [display_podcast]   Acts-10-Peter-and-Cornelius … Read entire article »

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Seven Reasons Jesus Wants You to Be Free

Seven Reasons Jesus Wants You to Be Free

There are many, many people in our world who are bound by something.  That something could be bad memories, the past, addiction to substances or pornography, emotional baggage, fear, religious tradition, hurt/pain, despair, hopelessness, or plain old sin.  In any case, the truth is, Jesus wants you to be free.  Here are seven reasons why: He created you to be free. He shed His blood for you to live free. Freedom is a mark of following the truth. Living … Read entire article »

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Humor: Women Dancing in Church and Wearing High Heels

Here’s another good example of bad exegesis, where scripture gets twisted beyond its primary intent.  This one is original with me.  (Just shows how warped a creative mind can be if it tries hard enough.)  Please remember that this is intended to be read with tongue firmly planted in cheek, but I do enjoy needling my sisters in Christ with this just for fun. Years ago, I wondered if it was proper for men or women to dance in church.  I searched the scriptures diligently.  My seeking was not in vain.  When I found Psalm 68:16 which reads, “Why leap ye, ye high hills?”  I realized that it was at least improper for women to do so.  We note that the Psalmist clearly delineates between men and women by using the … Read entire article »

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Bible Proof That We Must Not Watch Television

Bible Proof That We Must Not Watch Television

When my brother-in-law was in college, he was listening to AM radio one day and heard a preacher come on the radio.  The preacher stated that God had given him a scripture to prove that Christians are not supposed to watch TV.  Enthralled, my brother-in-law left the radio on. The minister read from the passage where Jesus was transfigured before Peter, James and John.  Then, after the transfiguration, on the way down the mountain, Jesus commanded … Read entire article »

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If You Were Rahab, Who Would You Invite?

In Joshua 2, we read  the story of the spies who came into Jericho in order to spy out the land.  Upon reaching Jericho, they went to the house of Rahab the harlot and lodged there.  (OK.  I’m wondering how they picked a harlot’s house as their preferred motel.)  When the king of Jericho heard that they had come, he ordered Rahab to turn them over.  Rahab lied and said that the men had already left.  In reality, she had hidden them in order to save their lives. Rahab then told the men that everyone was filled with fear over the Israelites and what their God had been doing in their behalf.  She asked that the men spare her life and the lives of her extended family.  The spies agreed.  “Our … Read entire article »

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How Do You Claim Ground?

I’ve been reading some through Joshua.  I’ve meditated for a few days on the instructions from God to Joshua in Chapter 1.  It’s really packed with so much good stuff. In verse 3, God tells Joshua that “every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you.”  When I think through this, it reminds me that we have a personal responsibility in this world to DO SOME THINGS.  God didn’t pick up the children of Israel, give them a chauffeured ride from Egypt and then teleport them into the Promised Land devoid of all strife and foes.  He did provide for their needs on the journey, but they had to walk.  And once they got there, they had to fight.  They had to go out and … Read entire article »

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Thoughts on the Conversion of Saul to Paul

Saul was misinformed and acting out of anger. He was hurting others who disagreed with him. His circumstances changed suddenly. He acknowledged the lordship of the One speaking to him. He learned that he was fighting against God. His companions were silenced by God’s presence. There was a period of silence (testing) during which he could have rationalized it all away. He became worse off (physically) than he was before he met Jesus:  confusion, darkness, lack of direction. He used this time of testing as a time for consecration. His answer came through someone he had previously maligned, hated and persecuted. His vision/dream only showed him part of God’s plan (physical sight). He was given sight and direction (relation of physical to spiritual). … Read entire article »

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How to Find the Devil

That’s kind of an odd thought isn’t it?  But that is the predicament that King Saul found himself in.  He was near the end of his life and reign.  He had long ago rejected God’s commandments and had found himself rejected by God.  Literally, Saul had lived a lifetime without God after knowing what the anointing and Spirit of God felt like as a young man. The Philistines had gathered together to fight Israel one more time.  Saul was desperate to find out something, anything about what the future held for him.  To his credit, he had been diligent to try and eradicate all the mediums and spiritists in Israel. Now, he tried one more time to get an answer, some kind of direction from God.  But God would not answer him … Read entire article »

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