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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Change Not

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Proverbs 24:21-22 (KJV)  My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change: For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?

We said we were taking a brief hiatus.  And that's still true.  But later on Monday, there was an article that I just couldn't ignore or postpone commenting on.  Our chosen illustration is a broken cross.  We selected that because it's representative of what the article really shared, despite what it intended by its words.

The article was about some views expressed by Rob Bell, I know most of us have heard the name, but might not know more.  He was the pastor of  one of the Mars Hill  megachurches.  He no longer pastors or even attends a church.  The 21st Century apparently changed his theology.  In 2011, Bell wrote a book denouncing the Biblical view of Hell.  Shortly after the book came out, he resigned from his pastorate.  But it's his more recent conversion to supporting gay marriage that got my attention.  Let's look at part of the article.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Hiatus, 2015/02/23

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I'm taking a recommended hiatus from LifeNotes for several weeks.  And I considered that doing the same, here, might also be wise.  Probably for a shorter period.  Saturday, we will be sharing the recent sermon by Pastor Scibelli that we promised.  Beyond that, we'll see.  But there's more today.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Twitter Thoughts on Prayer - Ann Voskamp

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Ann Voskamp is renowned for her womens' ministry and her books.  I've only recently begun to follow her on Twitter.  On February 12 she tweeted a series of things with the hashtag #pray703.  

I'm assuming there was some kind of previous announcement.  Perhaps on Twitter or some other form of social media, maybe in a conference or book. Wherever it was, I missed it. Nevertheless, the few comments I saw seemed to indicate that the goal was a group of people would make it their priority to be praying at 7:03 am, wherever they were.  That's probably 7:03 am in Mrs. Voskamp's time zone, so they'd all be praying together, wherever they were.  But that's a guess.

I was blessed to find the series of tweets and several from the day before that I saw as introductory thoughts.  I realized that came together as a great meditation series of insights on prayer.  Other than these introductory comments to give you a heads up on what's coming, there are no further comments or explanations from me.  I think the tweets stand up by themselves, both individually and as a body of work.  The only changes I've made were to fix spacing in order to make some easier to read, since we don't have 140 character limit, here.  So, head over to the rest of this post and be blessed.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Submit?!? - Part 2

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We started, last time, contrasting the world's idea of submission with the Biblical standard.  Today's illustration, an old drawing of a middle eastern slave girl, is how the world sees submission, perhaps with a little bondage thrown in for good measure.  Mostly involuntary, although it can be by choice, with elements of slavery, subservience, and servitude.  That's not how God intended it.  We'll start with several interviews on CBS This Morning, from last Wednesday. The idea of submission may be old one, but it's still practiced and practical today. Let's get to the interviews.


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Submit?!? - Part 1

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Happy Valentine's Day!  We were going to post a sermon video, today, preached by the Missions Director of our church about Grace.  We will share that.  Just not today.  A couple of things came together that made this post more appropriate for today.

Ephesians 5:22 (KJV) Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

That verse (and Colossians 3:18) seems to give people hissy fits, both Christians and those in the world alike. Either verse is quoted out of context more often than relating to the verses surrounding it.  Whether it's a non-Christian or a believer, many women take issue with the idea of submitting.  That hesitance is with good reason, but based on misconceptions.  Let's take a look.