Posts tagged ‘Paul’

The Big Picture

In the middle of persecution and suffering one thing is for sure – my world shrinks to the size of the pain. Sometimes I am conscious of its value, but mostly I close in on my pain. Read more…

Religious Secrets – Divine Tolerance

Just because God tolerates something does not mean it fits with the Divine Will, nor that Creator approves. Read more…

“What A Wonderful Change”

Last night I worked the last shift of the contract I’ve been under since September 2012. Since it was a construction contract it will never repeat. The wind turbines stand assembled across the zone. Soon these majestic giants will turn air movement into electricity. While they begin their working life, I go on to something else.

I cannot help but think of Paul writing about changes that occur spiritually. Read more…

Grow Up

We assemble with a small number of others as a house Church. I call it “Circle”.

Last night the question came about why so many people who self-identify as Christians not only refuse to discuss difficult questions of faith or answer why something is done the way it is in a denomination or congregation when the Bible says to do it another way, and why they even shut down those who dare to ask the hard questions. Read more…

A Way to Pray for The Way

Last night I “happened” to read this verse. Paul writing to the followers of The Way in the Macedonian city of Thessalonika (incidentally so named after the sister of Alexander the Great) spoke by the Spirit and said, “With this in mind, we always pray that our God will make you worthy of his call. We also pray that through {his} power he will help you accomplish every good desire and help you do everything your faith produces” (2 Thessalonians 1:11 God’s Word).

Many things flooded into my mind when these words touched my eyes. Read more…

I Encourage You

Spiritual people want to encourage religious people to act in ways that bring a good light on the Good News and on Jesus Christ. The reality is that religious people want to suppress spiritual people. It can be very discouraging to try encouraging. Read more…

Know God

I’m not a philosopher, but I had to take two philosophy courses in university. In one course we studied the argument about proving the existence of God. One of the arguments against the reality of God is that God is invisible.

In reality it’s not that God cannot be known through human senses. Rather, people want to keep God at arm’s length as an intellectual premise. That keeps us in control. Read more…

Obey the Law

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Law Library DVDs (Photo credit: William & Mary Law Library)

People don’t like to obey the law. Many even express pride at how they broke the law, and got away with it.

For instance, many times I have been in a clergy meeting and there’s been a bragging session about how quickly a trip was made, achieved only by speeding. Apparently Romans 13:1-7 (obey the government when it enforces God’s principles) has no authority about such things because it is, after all, a command.

Likewise some people still don’t wear seat-belts. They still talk on their cellphones while driving.

To make matters worse, religious people don’t like anyone pointing out their sin, civil or spiritual. Gossipers Read more…