forgiven


Our accuser could be Moses?

Genesis – including the creation account – was written by Moses.  It was the beginning.  If we don’t believe it, then we’re calling it a lie.  And once we begin to call God a liar, how can we all of a sudden claim to believe anything at all that He says?  If we can’t accept the things are are plainly visible, how can we begin to accept the things that aren’t visible at all – let alone the things that will happen in the future?


Count the cost 2

I do know now, after these past 7 years.  Some of it was for others, based on feedback I’ve received.  Some of it was certainly for me.  The cost has been high.  And yet, looking at the image at the top, I realize that when we’re talking about this particular cost, it’s really not necessary to blow up the budget – because the budget is way bigger than we can even begin to realize.  


smart phone “mirror app” and the Bible

Jas 1:22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.


He has torn us to pieces and injured us. Let’s return to him.

This entry is part 9 of 12 in the series Protected from the Bible

It’s a difficult topic – partly because of the scenario in the book – but also because it so accurately describes us.  But the fact that it does teach us so much about ourselves is exactly why it needs to be discussed.  If we refuse to look in the mirror – how else can we recognize ourselves, other than by studying someone else who is essentially us?


The problem of sacrifices and burnt offerings

This entry is part 16 of 21 in the series The problem of ...

We (Christians) tend to focus on the part about the healthy not needing a doctor – but only the sick. The part about mercy and sacrifice – I feel like we (Christians) tend to think this message was meant for the Jewish leaders – but not for us. Which is unfortunate.


The problem of “a Better Place”

This entry is part 15 of 21 in the series The problem of ...

What are we really doing when we say someone’s in “a better place”?
Being nice? We think so.
Lying? Probably.
Is being honest better?


Forgiven – update on Vanishing Grace

Jesus was someone that spent time and ate with all sorts of “sinners”. In the Gospels we see Him with the likes of tax collectors, roman soldiers, and prostitutes. Scandalous in His time – and in too many churches today, it’s the same.


A jealous God, punishing sin for generations. Or maybe not?

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series TNT - Blowing up misconceptions from The Bible

That sounds so cruel, doesn’t it? Why would a good God punish innocent, and even unborn, children for the sins of their parents? In case a refresher is needed, here’s where that comes from – the beginning of the ten commandments …


The main thing – and the ten Commandments

This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series God versus religion - why?

So – what we end up with is a whole bunch of Christian denominations arguing over whose version is correct (and also first – even though none of these denominations (obviously) existed back in Moses’ time! They take their focus off the main thing (God) and appear to non-church people like everything they stand for is just made by man and doesn’t really mean anything.


Protected from the Bible – too much reality?

This entry is part 2 of 12 in the series Protected from the Bible

Ro 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. I received this from biblegateway.com  today as the “verse of the day”. At first I thought it was a good reminder. Then I thought it’s also important that we not be separated in the other direction.  You know – Jesus will always love us, but sometimes we lose our feeling of love for Him. Then – I noticed there’s a verse missing in the middle. Question – what’s that missing verse? Well – here it is – and you can guess why it was left out – Ro 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long;     we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. This, of course, begs the question – what is the entire passage? […]


I muttered prayers for the first time in many years.

This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series God versus religion - why?

So – if you’re thinking God won’t listen to you because you don’t know what to say and all you can do is mumble some sounds –
Go for it. He is listening. In fact He’s waiting for you.
If you’re thinking or even telling the mumblers that God won’t listen to them, maybe you should pay attention to the references here and question whether or not they apply to you.


I never knew you

But – what if the situation is entirely from within ourselves?
What if something happens in our own little “world” – with no influence from outside – really messes up everything we thought we believed in? What happens when we’re left only asking God – “Why”?
We keep asking. We keep getting silence. We reach a point where it’s just too much.


The problem of Christian hypocrites

This entry is part 6 of 21 in the series The problem of ...

So then – we’re all serial killers, aren’t we? To expect anything else is to not understand our own need for salvation.


What’s the significance of people living to about 120 years?

You know how when you read those parts of the Bible you tend to skip over them? You probably just skipped it now. … if they are mentioned again, it probably says something about their heritage anyway. And failing that – if you really want to know who someone was, just Google them. What’s the big deal?


Forgiven

Oh – by the way – that forgiveness thing. It’s good for anything we have done. Literally – anything. There’s nothing, no matter what some may say, that won’t be forgiven. Some would say if you’ve done certain things – you can’t be in “the church”. Well – maybe not in their “church”. But in Jesus’ church – sincerely ask for forgiveness from Jesus – and you will be forgiven.


LGBT in Heaven? 2

Well – I’d think that opening would get some interest! One way or another, people seem to be on all sides of this issue – and apparently even those on the same side have a hard time getting along with each other!