The devil doesn’t get a day.
It hurts to be shot in the heart by those we love and trust. Sometimes it is their fault (betrayal), sometimes it is ours (their reaction to the same), and sometimes it is just the circumstances of life or its ending that is shooting us in the heart.
In the house of God, are we pickpockets or prayer warriors? What exactly is the house of God?
All of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. He gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are…
If we were to read it with a more accurate understanding of some of the idioms and metaphors… let us just say this would not get a PG rating. Solomon was channeling his inner DH Lawrence, not his inner Shakespeare.
Each of you should continue to live in whatever situation the Lord has placed you, and remain as you were when God first called you. This is my rule for all the churches. (1 Corinthians 7:17) Read: Nehemiah 1:1 – 3:14, 1 Corinthians 7:1-24, Psalm 31:19-24, Proverbs 21:4 Relate: Using marriage, circumcision, slavery Paul gives three…
Respect for someone else’s religion is not about glossing over the differences but openly acknowledging them and then building reasoned dialogue around them. If I am unwilling to truly discover what someone else believes or acknowledge that we are truly not the same, then I am being the very opposite of respectful.
Only fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.” (Psalm 14:1)
What if it isn’t safe? Does that change our responsibility? Should that change our actions?
The fact we are usually quite rightly seen as something to be avoided rather than emulated says far more about the church than it does the world.