Tag Archive: Paul

Jul 03

Three characteristics of prayer

Prayer is complex Prayer is complex. Jesus gave the Lord’s Prayer as a model in the Sermon on the Mount. Later, in private, the disciples asked him to teach them how to pray and he gave them essentially the same model. (Matthew 6:5-14; Luke 11:1-4) The night before he died Jesus prayed in the garden. …

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Jun 03

How do Christians know when they are ready to die?

It will happen We’ve all heard the humorous illustration used by many preachers that you never see a hearse towing a U-Haul. We’ve also heard the story of the rich and famous American industrialist whose one friend asked another at his funeral, “How much do you think he left behind?” The other responded, “All of …

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Oct 14

Four things God has given us and four reasons why he gave them

Near the end of his life Paul wrote to Titus. He had left him on Crete to organize the churches there. Paul was a Jew and Titus a Greek but they had a common faith (Titus 1:4). Paul gave Titus instructions about church leaders and their qualifications and how to treat various groups in the …

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Sep 23

What are the seven characteristics of mature Christians?

Paul’s letter to the church at Philippi is unique. Some of his letters were predominately about an area of teaching and how to live out those principles. Some letters focused on wrong teaching or practice. Some were personal letters to nurture fellow leaders. Philippians was written to a church that Paul founded. He maintained a …

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Sep 08

Passing the baton is essential to Christianity

Followers of Jesus reach out to others. After the final meal with the disciples Jesus prayed for the disciples he was leaving behind. He also prayed for those they would tell about him (John 17:20). Just before he ascended to the Father, he told his disciples to wait in Jerusalem until that had received the …

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Mar 19

Sometimes disagreements are real, deep and personal

Martin Luther was a very troubled monk. He tried to find peace through the ascetic disciplines of monastic life and the sacramental system of the Roman Church. Years later he said, “If ever a monk were to get to heaven by this monkery it would be I… I should have killed myself with vigils, prayers, …

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Jan 26

Was orthodoxy nothing more than a conspiracy of forgery to prevent diversity?

Jesus rose from the dead. He appeared to Mary Magdalene, the disciples on the road to Emmaus and the eleven remaining Apostles that first day. He appeared to many in the days before His ascension. (Matthew 28; Mark 16; Luke 24; John 20-21; Acts 1) The memory of witnesses was a powerful force in the …

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