Throughout the New Testament, especially in Paul’s epistles to the various churches, a recurring theme is a plea for unity–and that was when the brand-new Church had only several thousand members, world-wide. And it was already splitting into schools and factions: “Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided?…” (1 Corinthians 1: 12-13).
This Sunday at Church: Pray for the Church to be united Biblically
Our friend and colleague “SlimJim” reminds us NOT to pray for “unity at any cost” (and certainly not to let it motivate our actions), but rather to pray for “unity as it is motivated by Christian love.”
Yes, there are those with whom we should not seek unity. But let’s not forget “The fight’s out there, people”–not in here, within the Church.
Our friend SlimJim’s blog, The Domain for Truth, exhorts us today, “This Sunday at church, pray for those who lost someone in their family this year.”
This Sunday at Church: Pray for those who lost someone in their family this year
I thank God no one in my family has been taken away this year so far… maybe because there are so few of us left. But 2018 was a bad year: Aunt Joan, Patty’s brother Ray, and a couple of our long-time friends. As John Donne observed, the bell always tolls.
We don’t go to despair–or at least shouldn’t go–like the heathen who have no hope. We are promised eternal life. In the fullness of Christ’s Kingdom, all that was lost shall be restored.
It’s still hard to carry on without our loved ones, though.
Hebrews 11:1 — Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
And it’s what we need.
It’s been a while since we’ve paid a visit to Kristi Ann’s Haven–so let’s go over there and say hello.
Lots and lots of Bible verses, and prayers. “For whoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13). In case we missed it in the New Testament, the prophet Joel has it for us in the Old: “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be delivered…” (Joel 2:32).
Her blog is a nice place for Christians to fellowship together.
Once again our friend and colleague SlimJim tackles a claim of Biblical contradiction made by the Skeptic Annotated Bible.
Are we allowed to create images of living things, or explicitly forbidden by God’s word?
Bible Contradiction? Is it OK to make images?
I have a hard time imagining the mental landscape or the spiritual poverty of persons who devote themselves to “disproving the Bible.”
The images of cherubims on the Ark and on the curtains of the tabernacle–of course they were okay. What is not okay in the Bible is to create some kind of image and then worship it as an idol. Making images is permitted. Worshipping images is not.
Today people still worship the work of their hands–Science and technology, political parties, their own image in the mirror, etc., etc. We’re much too sophisticated to carve a face into a piece of firewood and then bow down to it.
But heathen foolishness is still very much with us.
We ran this post by our dear friend and colleague, “SlimJim,” back in October. Today he plans to post it on the social media–and I say let’s help him. Because he is sharing an “amazing truth that God will be sent to us.”
Fascinating: Messianic Prophecy and Trinity in Isaiah 48:12-16
We can help by picking up his post and sharing it with others. Hey, it’s a Bible study lesson, and today is Sunday–the subject and the day are perfect together.
This is the Good News that we are commissioned to proclaim.
Leaders die, followers die. Donors die, too. But the ideas must live on. We depend on the Holy Spirit for that.
The first generation of the movement we call Christian Reconstruction–winning back the world and dedicating it to Christ–has mostly died out. We reprint their books and articles, write new books and articles ourselves; the work goes on. We look to the next generation to continue in our place.
You’d never know it, judging by North America and Western Europe, but conversions to the Christian faith are burgeoning, world-wide. At the same time, humanism is dying: there will be upheavals when it goes.
We serve Jesus Christ, the King of kings. His kingdom is eternal, encompassing both Heaven and the earth. We are part of an ongoing work of great magnificence, a temple made without hands, that will last forever.
Faith moves us; and we move the ideas forward.
Here’s a short but filling theological lunch prepared by our friend SlimJim, of the Domain for Truth blog.
Quick Thoughts on the authority of Christ in book of Matthew
What, exactly, is Christ’s authority? Who gave it to Him? How does He exercise it? And how are we to respond to it? It’s amazing how many clear answers to those questions can be found in just the Book of Matthew.
I try to promote the work of my fellow Christian bloggers. Big Tech tries to keep us down, so we need to help each other. If you have a Christian blog and would like me to display some of your work here, please let me know.
Paul never went to seminary.
If you think formal credentials are all they’re cracked up to be, you haven’t been paying attention! Our leaders, here and elsewhere, have credentials out the wazoo–and look at the mess they’ve made of things. Who could do worse?
St. Paul did not need a paper from a seminary to preach and teach.
2 Corinthians 3:1 | Credentialism is Killing the Church
This essay in the humaneffort blog lays it on the line. “Credentialism” is killing the Church! Not that God will allow the whole Church to fail; but rather large chunks of it might be washed away if we don’t watch out.
I continue to display work by other Christian bloggers. I’m convinced that Big Tech suppresses our viewership, and that therefor we ought to help each other.
I think we can all feel for Martha, in Luke 10–doing all the work of preparing a dinner while her sister, Mary, just sits down and listens to Jesus.
Luke 10- Mary and Martha
But regardless of what else is going on, it’s terribly important to make time to hear the Lord. Jesus’ rebuke of Martha was gentle and loving–yes, He really loved this friend–but very much to the point.
We have this from the Unashamed of Jesus blog. Christian bloggers, I feel strongly, have to help each other to spread the word.
We have this from Kristi Ann’s Haven (https://kristiann1.com/2021/09/27/god-bless-america-and-israel-our-home-sweet-home/comment-page-1/?unapproved=116869&moderation-hash=b66dd12906e6c81393a2e82e393673fb#comment-116869).
I continue to try to showcase posts by my fellow Christian bloggers. We need to help each other! Too many people out there trying to keep our message from getting out.
Kristi Ann also has a lot of Bible verses for us–the Good News of the gospel is the antidote to all the bad nooze we have to hear.