Joy and Contentment

Contentment: Such a good thing to have — such a hard thing to find and to keep!………………….

God's Grace ~ God's Glory!

How can I experience joy and contentment during these grueling times? How do I write about joy and contentment in the middle of uncertainty? I don’t know how, but I must. It is part of our work for Christ and His kingdom. It is during these times that He proves His joy in us.

He teaches, and by working His will in us by the power of His Holy Spirit we live, not according to our circumstances, but by our focus upon Him and His calling on our lives. There would never be true joy or contentment if we did not know Him, but Christ in us is the reason for our joy and contentment, no matter how difficult our days.

It has been this Year of Contentment (2017) that He chose to prove an even greater working than before with more trials. Without them we would never know how…

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In opposing Sadducees, do not become a Pharisee

I have not been able to write as many original posts as I would like, but hope that my blog might hope to point people to the good work of others. Such is this article!

The Domain for Truth

In our sinful nature when we oppose one extreme we often be imbalance and become the opposite other extreme.  Last week I wrote, “In opposing Pharisees, do not become a Sadducee.”  I also want to address the opposite problem: In opposing Sadducees we can become a Pharisee.

But first what is a Sadducee?

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There is No Condemnation – Romans 8:1-17

An article that helps remind us of the mercy of God in providing for our sin problem. Truly, we are under no condemnation!!!

Reading Acts

Those who are in Christ have been set free from the Law of sin and Death (8:1-4). Condemnation refers to a “the punishment following sentence” (BDAG). This is a rare word, only used in the New Testament here and Romans 5:16 and 5:18. In Romans 5, condemnation was the result of the first Adam’s rebellion against God. In that case, God acts as judge, finds Adam guilty and gives him the appropriate punishment for his rebellion, death.

In Wisdom literature, this word can have the sense of people getting what they deserve. For example, in Wisdom 4:16, “The righteous who have died will condemn (κατακρίνω) the ungodly who are living, and youth that is quickly perfected will condemn (κατακρίνω) the prolonged old age of the unrighteous” (NRSV). Someone who persecutes the righteous will “get their comeuppance” and be persecuted themselves in the final judgment.

But Paul’s use here does not…

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So You Want To Be An Apologist?

Some good advice for anyone who might have thought I one time about being a “Full-time Christian Apologist”…………

THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM

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Introduction

A ways back I remember reading an article by William Lane Craig about advice for people who want be an apologist. In all honesty, Craig probably knows many people who have come to him asking for advice. I think he would admit that many of them want to live the life he has and is living (e.g., lots of speaking gigs/debates, lots of fans, lots of attention, etc).  As I have said before, given the overload of reality TV shows and celebrity worship, the last thing we need are apologists who have a narcissism problem.  If you are craving attention and affirmation, than that can’t be motivation for being a player in apologetics. I am not saying that it is a bad thing to be encouraged and noted at all for contributions in the field of apologetics. However, we need to check ourselves in this area. However, let me…

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A Small Book About a Big Problem

Short (but helpful) review of a Little (but helpful) Book………

Veritas et Lux

Welch, Edward T, A Small Book About a Big Problem, Greensboro: New Growth Press, 2017, 186 pp. $13.90

Edward Welch has become somewhat of a household name in recent years, especially in circles that welcome biblical counseling. Dr. Welch’s new book, A Small Book About a Big Problem is written for everyday people who experience everyday problems. In this short and powerful little book, the author presents fifty meditations that address anger, patience, and peace.

Each chapter contains a central thought that educates, inspires, and challenges readers. The meditations are informed by Scripture and force readers to wrestle with motives, hidden sin, and temptations that are common to all.

The strength of this book is its brevity. The meditations are designed to be read on a daily basis and encourage deep thought and contemplation. Ultimately, the subject matter concerns sanctification and is written in such a way to attract both…

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This Is Apologetics: an Argument from Certainty

Nice article (if you are an apologetics nerd!)…………

JOEL M. SETTECASE

Here’s a really compelling argument I heard once from Sye Ten Bruggencate about why we need to presuppose the Bible as revelation from God in order to think that we can know anything at all for certain. It’s slightly modified, but I think it still works.

The Problem with Knowing Things 

If I were to ask you how you knew something, some proposition, that you believe to be true, you would give me a reason for how you know it. Let’s call the thing you know, A, and let’s call the reason you know it (your support for A), B. Now suppose I asked you how you knew B (I’m asking you to support your support for knowing A). You would give me reason as your basis for knowing B. Now, like a curious toddler with a twinkle in his eye, trying to get the…

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A 21 Minute Read

A clever article that is tongue in cheek on the surface, but when looked at deeper, is a sad commentary of the times we live in….

Stephen McAlpine

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Yes, it seems to be a contentious article. I haven’t read it yet. But the real headline for me, the words that indicate what life is like in our western context is on the bottom line after the date: “21 min read”.

Not 20.

Not 22.

But 21.

Assuming I read at the same pace the subbie at The Weekend Australian online edition sets.  Is that for a ruminating reader?  A speed reader? The average reader?  The average reading pace of readers of The Weekend Australian as opposed to the more hectic reading pace of those who merely read the weekday edition because they’ve got more important things, more expensive things, to do with their time?

I’ve just run 22km this morning at a frisky pace and it was all about pacing.  Now I’m settling down with some sugar and carbs, er, some protein and vitamins, in order to slow…

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