What If Paul Lived Today?

Thoughts on God, the Scriptures and the culture

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There are Bibles today that reflect the culture. There are pastors and Christian writers today who reflect the culture. If Paul the apostle were living today would his writing reflect the culture? Continue reading “What If Paul Lived Today?”

What Is Your Life?

A singular purpose for God’s people

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I heard a football player say, “Football is my life.” He said this to justify missing his mom’s funeral to play football. What is your life? What are you living for? When your life on earth ends what will Continue reading “What Is Your Life?”

How Then Shall We Live?

The love of God — part 3

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

What are you living for? What has been your response to the 💓 of God? How should you live in light of what Christ has done for you? There are many ideas on how to live the Christian life. Continue reading “How Then Shall We Live?”

What Happened to the Gospel?

The difference between the church and other philanthropic groups

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Something disturbing has happened in evangelical churches. At one time the gospel message was central to their teaching and outreach; today something else has taken its place. Continue reading “What Happened to the Gospel?”

Women in Ministry

A journey through the maze of women in church leadership

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Understanding women in ministry has been like walking through a maze. I started out concluding the verses that have prevented Christian women from becoming church leaders, were a product of the Apostle Paul’s convictions Continue reading “Women in Ministry”

The Normal Christian Life

Struggling with sin versus practicing it

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In an earlier post I broached the subject of struggling with sin versus practicing it. I wrote that it appeared a former friend had lost her struggle with lesbianism. The following verses from the Bible speaks to this. Continue reading “The Normal Christian Life”

Judging vs. Discerning

This excellent post is about the difference between Judging and Discerning. It is written by Mannyr of the blog Cracked-Pot.

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Judging vs. Discerning

Jesus plainly stated that we are not to judge others. But

so often His words are used against Christians who are trying to

point out wrong in society. And it seems that so few Christians

know how to answer such objections.

So, what should you do if, upon seeing evil in the world, and

stating your convictions regarding it, you are told that you have no

business judging others? Are Christians to become mindless

people who can’t tell the difference between good and evil? Is

this mindless condition something we are to strive for?

First of all, there is a big difference between judging someone,

and discerning evil. The two are not the same at all. In

the Bible, the word “judge” is often a woeful translation of the

Greek word “katakrino.” This word literally means “to judge

against.” In other words, it really means “to condemn.”…

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Dear Sisters

A loving, well-written admonishment on how and why Christian women should dress modesty by Kari Dent.

Kari Dent... living in paradise until He comes.

Dear Sisters in Christ,

First, I want to tell you that I love you. I really do. Trying to be a godly woman in this godless society is tough. We need each other. We need to be one another’s most enthusiastic cheerleader. I have a friend and mentor who closes all of her emails and messages with the phrase “Cheering you on!” That has been so encouraging to me over the years, and I want to cheer you on as well. I truly desire to do that.

There’s a word used frequently in the New Testament called “exhortation.” Sometimes we use it interchangeably with “encouragement.” The words are definitely similar, but there’s a little different aspect to exhortation. Encouragement says, “You are doing great!” Exhortation says, “You are doing great! But I know you can do even better!” Exhortation pushes you forward and deeper into your walk with Christ and…

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There is always a plan

God has a determined will and plan for our lives.

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“When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to.” — I cried the first time I understood what this passage meant. I cried because I have experienced the Spirit leading in this way. At times He has led me toward Continue reading “There is always a plan”

God must love you

God is more interested in our holiness than our happiness.

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We were attending a High School graduation party with our children when our oldest began making a fuss. I took him out of the room to discipline him. The mother of the graduate knew our son was a challenge for us. When we returned to the party, she said to me Continue reading “God must love you”

Head Coverings – Part 1

How do head coverings apply today?

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Have you ever wondered about the scripture on Head Coverings from 1 Corinthians 11:3-16? In the past, I’ve read this scripture and thought, oh yes, that must be where the Catholics got the idea of women wearing a veil during mass. Continue reading “Head Coverings – Part 1”