Monthly Archives: September, 2012

Romans 5 At Home With God

The first five verses of the fifth chapter of Paul’s letter to the Romans are powerful and transformative. We can read it in a few seconds, yet it could alter the rest of our lives. We can read it in a few seconds and live it for the rest of our lives. What I write …

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Hallowed Be Thy Name

Today, I want to reflect on the second part of the first line of the Lord’s Prayer. The Holman Bible Dictionary defines Hallow as to make holy; to set apart for holy use; to revere. Holy is a characteristic unique to God’s nature that becomes the goal for human moral character. This idea is important …

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A First Look At Casual Vacancy

Yesterday, I was lucky enough to grab a copy of J K Rowling’s new book The Casual Vacancy from the city library.  It is definitely not Harry Potter. No dragons, wizards, or Quidditch, it is an adult novel with swear words and other mature content. The publisher calls it a black comedy while Rowling in …

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Our Father In Heaven

This prayer begins as most proper prayers do by addressing God. Before going on, we earnestly address him who our life is with, Our Father, God. Our prayer is not merely personal but also communal, about us and others. This prayer often said in worship addresses God first and primarily. It is about our relationship …

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Toward Heaven

In a recent post, I wrote about how Heaven will be full of sinners. I wrote about how we are already saved, blessed, and graced in Jesus Christ. That even before we turn to God that God has already done the hard work. Done. Finished. Our life here and now is a mere response to …

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I Am The 47 (A Rant)

This is a rant with strong language. Ok. Here I go. I am sure you have heard Romney’s remarks about 47% of America being moocher deadbeats. Not only is this disgusting inflammatory speech, but an odious lie that some conservatives are trying to portray as the truth. I know a few good conservatives; I should …

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Prayer and Peace

Last weekend, I went on a retreat with a group of men from my church. We gathered to hear a teaching on Philippians, fellowship, learn more about one another, pray, and refresh ourselves in a little mountain camp. I would like a share a bit about what I learned this weekend. I will do a …

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Rejoice Always!

Philippians 4 is a powerful chapter in a powerful epistle. I would to show how verses 4-7 tell us the kind of life we are meant to live. It shows us how powerful prayer is, how we should respond to life (the ups and downs, good and bad), the kind of attitude we should have …

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Reading Ruth

As part of my Thursday night bible study, I have been studying the Book of Ruth, so I thought I would reflect on it this month. The Book of Ruth one of the books of the Hebrew Bible or Old Testament placed between Judges and 1 Samuel, a short book consisting of only four chapters. …

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Ruth 4—Living Faithfully

This is our fourth and final reflection on the book of Ruth. I was in the beginning reluctant to study this Old Testament book, but now I can honestly say that I am glad to have studied, discussed, and reflected on this book. I suggest if you, dear reader have not yet read this short …

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