Forgiving the "Jerks"

Forgiveness means that I must refuse revenge and must bear the offense of the “jerk.”  I absorb the debt the “jerk” owes to me.  I do not make him pay.  That hurts.  Yet, that is the easy burden and light yoke to which Christ has called his disciples.  Through our acts of forgiveness, God has provided the message of reconciliation.

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Why Bible Study is Important (Part 2)

As mentioned in our previous posted, I have come to realize that we make up many reasons for not reading the Bible. We have several excuses that we use for our lack of obedience. However, the Bible can sometimes be difficult to read and understand and it’s easy to fall into a trap of neglecting God’s Word, those are still excuses for not reading the Bible.

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Jamal HymanComment
Why Bible Study is Important (Part 1)

Over the years, I have come to realize that we make up many reasons for not reading the Bible. Many people say things like “I don’t understand what I am reading,” “I find the Bible to be boring,” “I don’t know how to pronounce some of the names” or “I don’t understand what I’m reading.” Are these valid statements or are they actually excuses? I personally believe that the truth lies in the middle: The Bible can sometimes be difficult to read and understand and it’s easy to fall into a trap of neglecting God’s Word.

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Jamal HymanComment
The Face That Changes Everything

Saying “good people disagree on abortion” is meant to keep the debate civilized.  Meanwhile children are slaughtered by doctors with their mothers’ permission or are left to die in linen closets while we have our civilized debate. Good people do not disagree on the issue of abortion.  Good people transformed by the Gospel come face to face with the least of these and that changes everything.

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Chris BrownwellComment
The Gospel Proclaimed

The gospel must be proclaimed explicitly with words.  This true gospel—where, for His glory, God the Father tore apart and bled out the body of Son of God instead of pouring out His wrath on us who deserved it—has the transformational power to make those who are dead in sin to become dead to sin and alive in Christ.  This is the gospel Christians need to believe and the Church needs to proclaim.

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Toxic Humanity

Recently a Gillette advertisement ignited controversy with its campaign against "toxic masculinity."  This ad, titled "We Believe: The Best Men Can Be," admonishes men to leave the herd of males behaving badly and join the #METOO movement.  The thrust of the ad was to accuse the majority of men everywhere of being oppressive bullies who victimize women and children.  The aim is to erase any distinction between male and female by highlighting all the bad things that some men do, and insist that most men do them.  The push is to remake masculinity, not into the image of God, but into a softer, more pliable, easily manipulated image.  

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Chris BrownwellComment
Christmas Bells

The hope announced by Christmas bells can still be heard. Can you hear them?  Though your circumstances may make it seem that it is always winter and never Christmas, the bells peal the hope of Christmas all the more loudly.  God has made a way of salvation and life for us. The message of the Gospel announces the defeat of evil and the triumph of good! Though you may face the loneliness and the heartache of loss, the Christmas bells peal their declaration that hope in the redemption of creation is here! 

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Chris BrownwellComment
The Quest

In our pursuit of God are we on a truth quest or merely a happiness quest?  Do we just want God to make us happy, or are we willing to follow the truth to where it leads? Is our happiness in this life or the next one God's greatest concern?  The conventional wisdom is that God desires our happiness, but when we read what God actually says, we find a different picture. So, if happiness is not the end of mankind, what is?  To find the answer we must follow the truth where it leads.  We must be on a truth quest.

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Chris Brownwell
A Celebration of Life

Faith is not a belief in something despite the evidence. Too many Christians think faith and reason are enemies. People think faith is "believing hard enough," or "believing in something despite the evidence."  Some think faith is some transactional model where we do our part and then God does his part.  We "believe" and then God makes it so.  Belief, however, does not create truth.

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Chris BrownwellComment
The Lie: "You Can't Respect Others If You Don't Respect Yourself"

Respecting myself first is about my needs, my wants, my rights first at the expense of others. That attitude is a recipe for the kind of world we have right now where everyone is going around respecting themselves first, and no one is giving respect because everyone is feeling disrespected.  This cycle feeds on itself and perpetuates the evil.  Perhaps it is time to believe the truth that we are to prefer others in love first.  When everyone is respecting each other, we will all feel respected.

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Chris BrownwellComment
Lies of the Culture

Lies constantly battle against Truth. In fact, it was one little lie that started this war.  From this one little lie we create all the trouble in the world.  That lie, "You will become like God, knowing good and evil" came to us in Eden. (Genesis 3:5).  The implication here is that the temptation was for Adam and Eve to place themselves as the arbiter of what is right and wrong, to become their own gods.

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Chris Brownwell Comment
The Historical Resurrection of Jesus

We do not have to rely on blind "faith" or wishful thinking in the resurrection.  We have strong historical evidence the resurrection actual happened. The resurrection, however, is 1) an historical event and you do not use the tools of "science" to prove whether an event occurred in history; and 2) the resurrection was a supernatural, not natural, event, so science, which studies the natural world, is impotent to tell us much of anything about a supernatural resurrection. 

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All Sufficient Grace

To those of us who believe, we have been given the position of children of God!  No longer are we slaves. We are free. “There is, therefore, now no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Romans 8:1. So why do we wallow in guilt?

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Chris BrownwellComment
Can I trust the Bible?

The Bible claims that “All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” 2 Timothy 3:16. Now what does it mean to say the Scripture is inspired by God?

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Rest in Christ

Jesus Great Invitation in Matthew 11:28-30, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” These verses are two fold, for some of you this invitation is a come again to him but for others of you this may be you reaching out to Him for the first time.

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