I am asking for your prayers…
General / August 20, 2013

Some of you may know that I have a number of health challenges that affect my brain and my energy levels.  Please pray for me, that God would have His hand upon me so that despite these things, my weaknesses, that He would show His strength through me, and His wisdom through my foolishness. Thank you! Gerry @ The Berean Nation

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This was really hard to accept for me…
General , Resources / August 12, 2013

Sometimes, people you respect don’t hold the best theology.  The question is what you do with that when you find out. Check out the article at this link: http://churchismessy.com/2013/08/05/why-i-called-out-joel-osteen-and-joyce-meyer/ I knew about Joel Osteen.  I’ve never heard him give a clear Gospel ever.  I was surprised about Joyce Meyer.  I did not know or understand her teachings were SO off the mark until I really listened – and then I found that I wasn’t the…

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We can’t go to church…
Ecclesiology , Soteriology / August 11, 2013

What?  You can’t go to church?  Why not? Well, because we ARE the church.  Church, or the Greek word “ekklesia,” refers to a group of people, not a building.  In the New American Standard Bible translation (my preferred one because that is the way I speak and is easiest to read for me, among other reasons), there are 79 uses of the word “church.”  Every single one of those refer to the gathering of people…

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The Radiance of His Glory
Christology , Soteriology / August 9, 2013

Hebrews 1:1-4 “1 God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, 2 in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. 3 And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When…

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The meaning of Sacrifice
Christology , Soteriology / August 7, 2013

The concept of sacrifice begins at the fall of mankind from innocence in the Garden of Eden. Genesis 3:21 tells us that before banishing Adam and Eve from the garden, he clothed them in animal skins. God sacrificed the life of an innocent animal to cover the nakedness of the guilty. (As a side note, I don’t imagine it was easy. God loves His creation, every bit of it, even the parts that have turned…

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