Garage Sale Fellowship

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My Musings – Spent time these past few days with my two older brothers as we helped our 85 year old mother with a garage sale (selling many items that she and my dad had accumulated over 66 years together).  We had many visitors to the sale.  Some were neighbors, some were dear friends, some were mere acquaintances, most were strangers.  They represented different ethnicities and social “classes.”  We exchanged pleasantries with all, joked with a few (which garage sale had the best “junk”), had warm conversations with many and prayed with a few.  At one point I remarked to one of my brothers “if more people went to garage sales, the word just might be a better place.”  What a great time of fellowship with those we knew and those we did not.

As a world becomes more and more polarized, we sometimes lose sight of the fact we all have one Father and Creator – who loves us all.  We have one Savior who did not just die for certain ethnicities, social classes or the “deserving” – He died one for all.  He will save all who believe and receive.

My Advice –  Forgive as He has forgiven you.  Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.  Give to those in need.  Love your neighbor as yourself.  Entertain strangers. Do not oppress or mistreat the alien among you (ouch!).  Love your enemies (say what?). For “[w]hatever you did [or did not do] for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did [or did not do] for me.”  (Matthew 25:40, NIV 1978).  Finally, have a garage sale – just for the fellowship of it all.

Finally, Whatever

Philippians 4:8Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – We are, to a great extent, what we think about. If we think about these things, they cannot help but improve our attitudes. But if we think about the opposite, it can only erode our attitude.

My Advice – Be careful about the things that you allow to occupy your thoughts. Whether good or bad, they will eventually affect you. Make sure they are good.

Whatever Happened to the Wages of Sin?

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Introduction – Setting The Stage

Romans 3:23 – [A]ll have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (NIV 1984).

Romans 6:23[T]he wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (NIV 1984).

Wages – A payment in return (www.the free dictionary.com).

Gift – Something voluntarily transferred by one person to another without compensation (www.merriam-webster.com).

Hebrews 9:27[M]an is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away [save from] the sins of many people (NIV 1984).

Save – To deliver from sin.

Savior – A person [Jesus Christ] who helps people achieve salvation, or saves them from something [Hell] (https://en.wikipedia.org).

Jesus Christ – The only name that has the power to save (www.urbandictionary.com).

Acts 4:12It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead …Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved (NIV 1984). Continue reading “Whatever Happened to the Wages of Sin?”

Whatever Happened to In God We Trust?

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From Providence – We Are Favored By God

We Do Declare – We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Continue reading “Whatever Happened to In God We Trust?”

Whatever Happened to Evangelical Christianity?

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Introduction – What Does It Mean To Be Evangelical?

Evangelical – of, relating to, or being in agreement with the Christian gospel especially as it is presented in the four Gospels. (Webster)

In a 2007 survey by the Barna Group (a leading research organization focused on the intersection of faith and culture), 38% of the respondents self-identified as evangelical, suggesting Continue reading “Whatever Happened to Evangelical Christianity?”

Whatever Happened to the Way, the Truth, and the Life?

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Introduction

How can Christians be so sure they’re right and everyone else is wrong? Isn’t that being exclusive or arrogant?

  • Exclusive – Not shared: available to only one person or group.
  • Arrogant – Having or showing the insulting attitude of people who believe that they are better, smarter, or more important than other people.

What do people say?

Christianity is exclusive. If Christianity is true, then Continue reading “Whatever Happened to the Way, the Truth, and the Life?”

Whatever Happened to Sanctity of Life?

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INTRODUCTION

Pro-Choice – A political view that believes abortion should continue to be legal and accessible. Pro-choice is not necessarily pro-abortion, but merely being in support of a woman’s having the option available (Urban Dictionary).

Pro-Life – Advocating the legal protection of human embryos and fetuses, especially by favoring the outlawing of abortion on the ground that it is the taking of a human life (The Free Dictionary).

THE BASIC FACTS OF LIFE – THE ABC’S

Abortion – The termination of a pregnancy after, Continue reading “Whatever Happened to Sanctity of Life?”