IT’S FRIDAY. BUT SUNDAY’S COMING! Good vs Evil

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As children, many of us learned a little prayer that began, “God is good, God is great….”

We often sing a praise song in worship with the lyrics, “God is so good.” And indeed He is. God’s goodness created the world. Called Abraham. Protected the patriarchs. And blessed Israel. Asaph, the Psalmist said, “God is good to Israel” (Ps 73:1).

It was God’s goodness that sent His Son into the world. But it was a corrupt culture. One perverted from God’s original purpose. In a word, evil. Continue reading

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Why Paul Circumcised Timothy?

Paul TimothyThis seems like an unusual topic for a post on ThePreachersWord, doesn’t it?

The reason for addressing it stems from an argument made by one of our readers, Stephen, regarding a post last week. It was based on Paul’s rhetorical question in Galatians 4:16, “Am I Your Enemy, because I tell  you the truth?”

I asked 11 different questions regarding matters of Truth. Two of the questions spoke to the sin of homosexuality.

When I support marriage as being only between one man and one woman, (Matt 19:4-6) am I the enemy of lesbians?

When I affirm that same-sex relations is a sin, (1 Cor. 6:9-11) am I an enemy of homosexuals?

In part, here is Stephen’s response. Continue reading

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GREAT VERSES OF THE BIBLE: Proverbs 14:12

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Yesterday our post,Cherry Picking” The Scripture, was in response to a question asked by Stephen, one of our regular readers. Today we continue answering more of his questisons.

Stephen asks, “In trying to understand God’s Will on so many social (not so much individual responsibility) issues, how do you know who’s right and who’s wrong?”

Our questioner further opines, “If we go into a more liberal Church (such as a Methodist), what is taught, practiced, and what people believe is much different than more conservative Churches (such as Southern Baptist or Church of Christ).”

“Differences in opinion have always existed in the Church — isn’t a key question how not to make these differences so divisive as to split Christians apart?” Continue reading

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“Cherry-Picking” The Scripture

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I have a regular reader, Stephen, who often comments on our posts. Not always, but many of his comments and disagreements address my stance on same-sex marriage.

I’m not singling out Stephen. His responses are publicly posted on this site. He has been kind, considerate, and often complimentary. For the benefit of all readers, I want to answer some of his questions.

“Could you talk about “cherry picking” Scripture?” Stephen asked. Continue reading

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WORD OF THE WEEK

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There’s a missing word among many, if not most Christians.

Most preachers rarely, if ever, use the word

It’s found 53 times in the Bible.

It’s a word used by Jesus. John. Luke. Paul. Peter. And James.

We claim to believe it. Obey it. And teach it.

Ironically, we substitute another word in its place that is not found in the Bible!

Can you guess what the word is? Continue reading

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IT’S FRIDAY. BUT SUNDAY’S COMING! Jesus Is The Christ

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Jonathan Ortberg’s book, “Who is this Man?” provides a powerful testimony regarding the impact of Jesus’ life. He says, “Jesus is mysterious not just because of what we don’t know about him, but because of what we do know about him.”

We know he was a compelling figure. He Spoke with authority. As A.T. Wright put it “(Jesus) is so unlike what we know about anybody else that we are forced to ask, as people evidently did at the time, who, then is this?”

That is what the high priest wanted to know when he asked, “Are You the Christ?” Continue reading

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Am I Your Enemy?

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“Killing Jews is Worship that Draws us Close to Allah.”

These signs were ruled legal and free speech” by U.S. District Judge John Koeltl on Tuesday and will continue to be posted on NYC subways and buses. They have already been appearing on mini buses in San Francisco for quite a while.

While the substance of these signs may sound extreme and hateful, the motive behind the message is not what it first appears. Continue reading

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