The FBEer


10
Dec 2015

Our discontent with the state of the world is proof of God’s existence, goodness, and power – and it is the strongest call on the planet to join with God in his work.  Only a deceiver as seasoned as Satan could turn this arrow that points toward God and make it look like an arrow pointing in the other direction. Our discontent is based on a set of presuppositions on how the world should be.  This “should” declares our belief that life is, at its core, a good thing.  It should be......

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01
Jan 1970

This is a picture of the theatre at Sepphoris, a city just an hour’s walk from Nazareth.  Though Nazareth was just a village of a handful of families, Sepphoris was a bustling metropolitan city, complete with a fortress, a theatre, running water (man-made water delivery system from the hills to the city), and incredible artistry (one floor mosaic is nicknamed the “Mona Lisa of the Galilee”).  It is very likely that Joseph and Jesus did much, if not the vast majority of their craft-work here (the word translated as “carpenter” could just......

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01
Jan 1970

This is a “high-five” response to my father-in-law’s blog here. “Why did Jesus choose Judas?”  Indeed the more difficult question is, “Why did He choose me?  Why did He choose you?” My mom and I were talking about John 13 the other day.  Jesus washing the feet of His disciples… of His betrayer. In 13:21 He tells them, “One of you will betray me.” I agree with my mommy – Verse 22 is the craziest verse in Scripture concerning Jesus’ relationship with Judas:“The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom He spoke.”......

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01
Jan 1970

Hey FBE-ers!!! modified from the beginning of the sermon, “gods:ME“ Have you guys served God long enough to give up yet?Have you tried to be who God has called you to be long enough to realize that you can’t do it?To be able to surrender to God and say,“If you don’t move me… if you don’t teach me… if you don’t do this… it’s not going to get done!”? There is a lot that I want this church to be.  And whatever I want it to be that is in line with......

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01
Jan 1970

Interpretation of these beatitudes largely reflect the work of Mark D. Rotramel in his doctoral work, “Enhancing Transformational Leadership of Deacons Through A Spiritual Formation Model Using the Beatitudes in a Series of Lectio Divina Prayer Experiences.”  Please see the previous posts on Matthew 5:3-5. Matthew 5:6Blessed are those who have a gnawing desire to see God’s will accomplished in their lives, for their desire shall be satisfied. “Those who have a gnawing desire to see God’s will accomplished in their lives”  “Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness“ The spiritually impoverished exiles who......

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01
Jan 1970

Hey FBE-ers! I recently visited someone in the hospital, and they made it a point to say, “Well, we’re Catholic.” The statement seemed to imply, “We’re not a part of your tribe.  We are disconnected at a fundamental level.  We cannot fellowship together fully, and your ability to minister to us is diminished.” I hate that.Now, hear me… I’m not mad or upset or offended by them in the slightest. I don’t wrestle against flesh and blood. But I wrestle… I strive. I fight. Iwagewar. And I declare war against the “Catholic......

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01
Jan 1970

After a sermon on Hell (listen here), I was asked via email if I could provide a similar study on Satan.  The answer was basically “No”, but I thought where my email went was pretty good stuff… so I thought I’d share it here. As far as the doctrine of Satan goes… I haven’t done extensive, focused study on Satan as much as I have on Hell.  I would just say this – Satan is most definitely a created being (all things were created by God) – the bible doesn’t really say......

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