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What is a church? (7)

The next usage of the words translated for church and assembly appears in Acts 21 and verse 22. In this instance, Paul has reached Jerusalem and has just completed his explanation of the situations that he had come upon as he had been teaching to the non-Jews during his last tour through the churches in Asia and Macedonia. The instructions are for him to offer that he is following the traditions of the Jews so that any arising trouble might…

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Some Things Said… (Apr 05)

Jackson tops poll of fools Michael Jackson has been crowned the US s most foolish person for the third consecutive year, snatching the dishonor from the likes of President George W. Bush and society heiress Paris Hilton. Eighty per cent of 1030 people who took part in an annual April Fools Day survey felt that Jackson, on trial for molesting a 13-year-old boy, deserved the top spot on this year's list, which also featured his bra-popping sister Janet Jackson and…

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What is a church? (6)

The next few mentions of the word for church or assembly are found in Acts 16:6 and 18:22 and they are incidental to noting the growing strength and spread of the gospel through the churches. But following these is a record worthy of more particular note. In Acts chapter 20 beginning with verse 17 is the text of Pauls remarks to the Ephesian elders as he prepared to leave for Jerusalem. Gathered at Miletus, they came to hear Pauls parting…

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On Ignorance and Spiritual Gifts

I’m interested in identifying and dealing with a specific issue amongst teachers and learners of Gods word. As I receive letters and e-mails from time to time, and read the work of some teachers, I have become convinced that we are ignorant on one of the main topics of what I might call "religion de jour." The whole of uneducated Christianity (meaning those outside the body of Christ - those thinking that they are Christians when in fact they are…

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Some Things Said… (Mar 05) (2)

Fear of God "There was a time when "fear of God meant piety, or at least conscience. Today, it more accurately describes the worldview of secular liberals who get itchy and twitchy at any reminder of our religious roots as a nation." --Mona Charen from www.federalist.com 03.17.05 MTV "In 171 hours of MTV programming, PTC analysts found 1,548 sexual scenes containing 3,056 depictions of sex or various forms of nudity and 2,881 verbal sexual references. That means that children watching…

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Some Things Said… (Mar 05)

Getting Out God designed Christianity to be a 4WD spiritual vehicle with mudders, a truck that brings life to the outback. It is not a sensitive Miata that must be preserved from going off road and into the bush. Quit treating the truth claims of the scripture, the power of the Holy Spirit and the compassion of the Creator like they are some fragile little Faberge' eggs that must be coddled, kept in the sanctuary and never exposed to the…

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What Really Will Be Left Behind?

As part of Paul's letter to Titus and in his admonitions concerning "things that become sound doctrine" he gave advice and instruction on how all Christians are to act and as to the character they are to exhibit both public and private. In chapter two is this statement: "in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be…

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Read and Reason

We're past Christmas now with a new year well upon us and with Easter looming just off in the distance; and the Christian faith is united as never before, as all the faithful have been gathered together in honor of our Lord and King. Well, not really. If there were extraterrestrials (which of course there are not) and they landed here (which they really wouldn't want to do anyway), they might conclude that Christianity is made up of a very…

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Some Things Said… (Feb 05) (2)

Abuse Victim Tells Her Story at National Press Club Speaking at a recent press conference at the National Press Club in Washington , DC , a member of an underground house church in China told about her experiences of torture, abuse, and arbitrary imprisonment by Chinese police. According to a news release from the China Aid Association, Ms. Liu Xianzhi, 34, a member of the South China Church , escaped from China last month after serving her sentence in a…

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What is a Church? (5)

I had not intended an exhaustive study when I started this, but to this point that is what has resulted. The plan from this point - as the series is moving into passages where the general topic is the church and its particulars, the readings will become more extended; and as such I will likely forego printing the longer readings in the body, relying instead upon your interest to pursue them on your own. But I will stay with the…

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