Christian Topics Discernment Pastoral

The Pedestal

I posted this 16 Feb 15 but thought I should post it again – People have a tendency to elevate individuals to practically god-like status in which everything they say or teach is the truth. Many popular preachers of all stripes have their own unappointed apologists. When one popular preacher’s teaching was criticized there were comments defending him strongly. Phrases as “he is the man” and “everything he teaches is true,” “I’ve never heard anything…

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Bible Study Discipleship

A Few Thoughts on Psalm 115

Any person’s character traits are patterned after the god that person worships. This Psalm 115 is basically divided into 2 parts. B1 Psalm 115:1-8 which covers the topic of the unbeliever B2 Psalm 115:9-18 which covers the topic of the believer The unbeliever (Psalm 115:1-8) B1 Asks a question, “Where is your god?” C1 Some person worships an idol, which is a statue or an object. It can be pointed out, seen, felt, etc. It…

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A Few Thoughts About False Teachers

2 Peter 2:1 LEB But there were also false prophets among the people, as there will be false teachers among you also, who will bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, thus bringing on themselves swift destruction. 2 Corinthians 11:14-15 BSB And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their…

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A Few Thoughts on Maranatha

1 Corinthians 16:22 NASB If anyone does not love the Lord, he is to be accursed. Maranatha. Dr. Wilbur Pickering notes: All commentators appear to be in agreement that Maranatha is a transliteration of an Aramaic expression [although I would have expected Paul to use Hebrew] made up of two words, but there is disagreement over how to make the division. It could be ‘maranatha’, meaning ‘the Lord has come’, or ‘marana tha’, meaning either…

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A Few Thoughts About Jesus Christ at Christmas Time 2019

Isaiah 9:6 GW A child will be born for us. A son will be given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. He will be named: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Luke 2:11-12 NRSV to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of…

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A Few Thoughts About Subconscious Sin—Part 2

Types of sins B1 Of ignorance, that is, did not know or did not pay attention, but either way, it was not subconscious. Leviticus 5:17 NLT Suppose you sin by violating one of the LORD’s commands. Even if you are unaware of what you have done, you are guilty and will be punished for your sin. B2 Willfully: Psalm 19:13 NIV Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then…

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Christian Topics Doctrine Pastoral

A Few Thoughts About Subconscious Sin—Part 1

Examples: B1 Sermon I heard recently. Speaking about pride, the preacher mentioned, “If you have pride in your life, God will resist you. Right? Didn’t we just read that? (1 Peter 5:5—editor) We receive power from God, when we humble ourselves and that is called grace. Okay, so that’s why it is really, really important. Look back at your Bibles, if you still got it. Proverbs 16:18: Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit…

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Christian Living Pastoral

A Few Thoughts About Frustration

Definition B1 Frustration C1 Source #1: in connection with attempts to do something, to cause disappointment, anger, or confusion in (a person). (Source) C2 Source #2: The act of preventing the accomplishment or fulfillment of something: (Source) C3 Frustration In psychology, frustration is a common emotional response to opposition, related to anger, annoyance and disappointment, frustration arises from the perceived resistance to the fulfillment of an individual’s will or goal and is likely to increase…

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A Few Thoughts About “Nearer My God To Thee”

Lyrics: Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee! E’en though it be a cross that raiseth me Still all my song would be nearer, my God, to Thee, Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee! – Though like the wanderer, the sun gone down, Darkness be over me, my rest a stone Yet in my dreams I’d be nearer, my God, to Thee, Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee! – There…

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A Few Thoughts About Jesus’s Tone of Voice

Proverbs 15:1 NIV A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Tone of voice: we can understand what is being said by the words, the tone, and the speed. The same words can be said a number of different ways of expressing our thoughts as anger, a question, love, baby talk, monotone, bossy, irritation, etc. Even the words, “I love you,” can be conveyed different ways. If it is loud,…

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