369: Vote for Those Being Led to the Slaughter

369: Vote for Those Being Led to the Slaughter

This has been one of the most contentious election seasons I can remember.  Good people have been dragged into the mud with lies and character slander for the sole purpose of trying to win an election.  Which raises a few questions for the Christian.

How does a citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven, who is also a citizen of the United States of America, reconcile their responsibility as citizens to both?  Especially in this election.

What is the purpose of human government?  And what is our duty towards that government?  But what if that government is oppressive?  Are we to obey a government that commands us to sin?  Then what are we to do as Christians when we are appalled by the corruption in our own government?

Have you ever asked yourself these questions?  I have.  To find the answers from Scripture, keep listening

The following is a study on the Kingdom of God and human government.

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338:  Take this Job and Love It!

338: Take this Job and Love It!

In Colossians 3 we find the hands-on practical teaching of Paul that hits us right where it hurts: in our job, our profession, and in our sense of value and self-worth.  No area of our life is more open to hurt and confusion for a man that what he does for a living.  In fact, most men identify themselves by their jobs and not by their families or heritage or faith.

Colossians 3:22 reads:

Bondservants (doulos – a slave, one who is in a permanent relation of servitude to another, his will being altogether consumed in the will of the other), obey (or, to listen, to be obedient, to submit, to conform) in (what) all things (who) your masters (defined as) according to the flesh, (in what way) not with eyeservice (or, service performed only under the master’s eyes, for appearance sake), as men-pleasers, but in sincerity (or, singleness, faithfulness, purity) of heart, fearing (or, being terrified or frightened) God.

Intrigued?  Want to find out more?  Then keep listening.

The following is a study on Colossians 3:22-4:1.

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336:  Tough Words to Fathers and Children

336: Tough Words to Fathers and Children

In Colossians 3 the Lord confronts us with a checklist that deals with the proper attitudes we are to have in our most cherished relationships: wife to husband and husband to wife, children to parents and fathers to children, and employers to employees and employees to their employers.

In this lesson we’re going to look at some of the tough words the Lord has to say to both fathers and their children about their relationship both to Him and to each other.

Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord. Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. – Col. 3:20-21

To find out more, just keep listening.

The following is a study on Colossians 3:20-21.

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Day Twenty-One:  From Proverbs 21

Day Twenty-One: From Proverbs 21

Some truths for today from Proverbs 21.

Proverbs 21:2 – Every way (or, path, journey, pattern of life) of a man is right (or, just, straight, upright, correct, ethically or morally pleasing) in his own eyes, but (contrast) the LORD weighs (or, measures, ponders, tests, or prove.  It describes God’s weighing action as a process of moral evaluation) the hearts.

Regarding sacrifices (or our outward acts of worship):

Proverbs 21:3 – To do righteousness (or, blameless conduct, integrity, right actions and attitudes) and justice (or, making a right, correct judgment) is more acceptable (or, to choose, elect, decide.  It denotes a choice which is based on a thorough examination and not on a knee-jerk, arbitrary whim) to the LORD than sacrifice (or, that given to God).

In other words, God’s choice is for us to act and live like Him rather than trying to buy Him off with our gifts and sacrifices.

Proverbs 21:27 – The sacrifice (or, that given to God) of the wicked (or, guilty, wrong, transgressor, criminal) is an abomination (or, worthless, unclean, disgusting, offensive); how much more when he brings it with wicked intent (or, mind, plan, device, mischievous purpose, lewdness)!

And one more, that seems to sum up the entire chapter:

Proverbs 21:30 – There is no wisdom (or, experience, skill, shrewdness) or understanding (or, insight, intelligence) or counsel (or, advice, plan, purpose, plot) against the LORD.

And why is that?  Remember the rhetorical questions of 1 Corinthians 1:20:  Where is the wise?  Where is the scribe?  Where is the disputer of this age?  Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?

Yes He has.  And do you know why?  It’s because, as Psalm 115:3 clearly states:  “Our God is in His heavens, and He does what He pleases.”  Did you catch that last phrase?  It says, He (God) does what He (God) pleases.  He is God.  And the pseudo wise and self-inflated of our age are not.

And it shows.

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Podcast 297:  Living in Christian Community

Podcast 297: Living in Christian Community

We have unfortunately let the emerging church people hijack the term community, or fellowship, or koinōnia, and turn it into something orthodox Christianity now rejects.  And that is a shame.  Nevertheless, community is how the Lord intended us to live.  Not convinced?  Then read the first few chapters in the book of Acts.

But a few questions remain.

How can we “esteem others better than ourselves”? (Phil. 2:3).
How can we “love (agape) one another as Christ has loved (agape) us”? (John 13:34).
How can we live in fellowship (koinōnia) together, “bearing each other’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ?” (Gal. 6:2).
How can we live in Christian community with each other, as a loving family, as part of His body functioning together as one?
Do we even want to live that way?
And, if we do, what would motivate us to love each other more than we love ourselves and to forgive each other— no matter what?
Is that even possible today?

Want to know more? Then keep listening.

The following is a study on Colossians 1:2 and grace and peace.

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