Some people in my life refer to the Bible verse about not being "lukewarm" in what feels like a really hurtful way. They leave me wondering if I am getting this faith thing right. Am I lukewarm? Will god spit me out? Is there perhaps a misunderstanding here? Can we read this in other ways that don't feel so discouraging, like either you're in or you're out?
That's such an important question. I recall the many times when it was used as a heavy-handed "clobber verse" used to contrive conviction and manipulate a response. It was a classic ...
June 1, 2023 - Quote for the Day:
“Do you think Joshua and Caleb didn’t see the same giants and giant obstacles as the ten cynics who were LOOKING BACK? Though all twelve of the advance military ‘operatives’ saw exactly the same things as they explored and ‘spied out’ the land, Joshua and Caleb saw a glass half full while the ten merchants of doom and gloom described the glass as half empty. Joshua and Caleb saw the same difficulties, but they insisted on LOOKING FORWARD.”
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Letters to My Friends
When the love of God is stripped away from the significance of the cross of Christ, revenge and violence is all that is left - but that anger is not the wrath of God.
The life of Samson is filled with scandal and sleaze, yet perhaps one of its great lessons for us is seen in the context of Jesus Christ, so that we realize that no matter how far we may have run from God, God is always near.
Friend and Partner Letter from June 2023
Two friends had been drinking at their local bar most of the night, and now they were finishing their evening by watching the 11:00 news. The lead story was about a despondent man standing on the side of a bridge threatening to jump. As viewers watched footage of the main poised to jump, the newscaster promised to get back to the story after a short commercial break.
Don, thinking that his friend Gary had not seen the 6:00 news which showed footage of the man eventually jumping off the bridge, said to Gary “I’ll ...
The Four No-s:
Watch a short video and message on "The Four No-s" by Ed Dunn as he updates us on the latest from Christianity Without the Religion and Plain Truth Ministries.
May 30, 2023 - Quote for the Day:
“I was recently reading a brief essay by an unknown author – let me share some of it with you:
Religion enslaves; Christ liberates!
Religion condemns; Christ pardons!
Religion brings pain, heartache and tears; Christ heals and wipes the tears away.
Religion searches for meaning in life; Christ, who is our life, is the ...
The elements of bread and wine/juice instituted by Jesus are symbols of the limitless favor and lavish grace of God, poured out on us without measure.
There is no place in the gospel for continually finding fault, threats and intimidation, even when Christ-less religion says that the end justifies the means.
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Greg Albrecht: He Is Who He Says He Is – pg. 2
Laura Urista: 25 Father’s Days – pg. 4
Brad Jersak: This God Comes Down – pg. 7
When were the four Gospels written? And by whom? Some claim they were a late invention of the church, generations even after the apostles, discounting their reliability as trustworthy witnesses to the life and teachings of Christ. When I read them, is it just the religious fiction of people trying to make Jesus into a religion?
What I notice about those who set late dates for the Gospels and discount the authorship of Matthew, Mark, Luke or John is an underlying bias toward skepticism that wants or even needs to discredit the Gospels. ...
May 28, 2023 - Quote for the Day:
“The Bible, some say, is the Word of God. That is a false supposition, according to the Bible. Jesus is the Word of God (John 1:1-14). Jesus is the Word of God. He alone occupies the throne of authority. He does not share that throne with a book.
Bible publishers have long titled the Bible as ‘holy.’ God alone is holy. God alone is infallible and inerrant. Humans are created, mortal and less than perfect – all that we touch and produce falls short of perfection and ...
... we do not worship the Bible. We do not believe it to be infallible. We believe that God alone is infallible. No human or human product is infallible. The Bible helps us to know God as God reveals himself to us through its pages.
How long must a sermon be, or how short can it be? Join Greg as he looks at the example of Jesus, and at how Jesus must be the center of all sermons.