When the sign gets it right

I’m not talking about the mystical or mysterious type of signs, I’m talking about roadside signs. There are times when a roadside sign can get it right. It can say something good without a religious foundation and it’s received somewhat agreeably by the secular world, but give the scriptures as a source and it becomes rejected and considered nothing more than Bible-thumping and an overstepping of boundaries … sometimes by both the secular and religious world!

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Good article about Christian attitudes during the pandemic

We try to keep original content in The Fellowship Room but that doesn’t mean links to other articles are without their place. After all, when a poignant article exists there’s no reason to not share the wisdom.

Click here to read a well-balanced article by Adam Faugh which carries some heavy weight when it comes to priorities, personalities and persuasions that apply to the Corona pandemic and the church’s collective and individual attitudes.

How to fight off fatigue – part 3

Fatigue works like a drain. It’s not the same as being tired – it’s being void of the essential energy we need in our body, mind and soul. But fatigue can be fought off! Here are a few more tips that can help:

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How to fight off fatigue – part 2

Fatigue can hit us physically, mentally or spiritually. Keeping one of these areas fit for the situations of life will help when the others wain, whether through neglect or over-exertion; though the best way to fight off fatigue is to focus on the fitness of all three areas.

Since time seems to be a luxury few posses an abundance of, here are three simple tips that simultaneously help to fight off fatigue in our body, mind and soul:

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How to fight off fatigue

Fatigue happens. So how does one get the strength to fight it off even if we are tired of fighting? Here are three tips to help:

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… of the Lord

“… of the Lord” is a vital, pivotal and essential part to the life of a Christian.

There’s the joy of the Lord (Matthew 25:23). There’s the servant of the Lord (2 Timothy 2:24). There’s the name of the Lord (Proverbs 18:10). There’s the Spirit of the Lord (2 Corinthians 3:17). And there’s undoubtedly the salvation of the Lord (Exodus 14:13).

Whatever the “of the Lord” it may be, the “of the Lord” for the Christian is there so we can be ready for the great “day of the Lord” (1 Corinthians 1:8) and this fact is meant to remind us about the importance of telling the world about the great “invitation of the Lord” (Matthew 11:28-30).

The value of simple subject lessons

Simple subject lessons are not an excuse for lazy preaching or ignoring the importance growing beyond the milk to the meat of the word (Hebrews 5:12-14).

Simple subject lessons reaffirm good foundations because retaining knowledge isn’t equatable to riding a bike. Knowledge can be lost! Don’t believe it? You could ask Hosea (Hosea 4:6) or could just ask someone who hasn’t been to school in a couple of decades.

The above reason, amongst a couple others, are why you will actually find New Testament teachers and preachers saying:

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Jesus is King

The major problems facing the American culture today are moral problems and these problems will not be solved by denigrating one race below any other race nor by promoting one above any other race.

Those who use their various connections and resources to promote their own race on the basis of some skin-deep pride create as much division as those who denigrate the race of another on the basis of some skin-deep castigation.

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Avoid the symptoms of apathy

In these times of extended separation from worshipping as a whole body, one must be careful of allowing spiritually apathetic attitudes to creep in our heart, mind and soul.

Doing good in the name of Jesus for the glory of God can still be accomplished. If the scattered church of the first-century could still serve God is it impossible for God to be served by the twenty-first century stationary church? It is not!

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Feeling lonely … join the club!

A club full of lonely people does not make much sense does it? And yet this ironic juxtaposition is very applicable to humanity.

Several important characters throughout the Bible felt the stinging disappointment of loneliness and lack of companionship – even our Savior! (Matthew 26:37-46)

Many of the Psalms speak confidently, in a tender sort of way, about the feeling of loneliness; several of which written by a particular author well acquainted with the feeling of being left behind (Psalm 38:8-12).

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Why are governments so hostile toward Christianity?

From the second Psalm to the book of Revelation and numerous scriptures in between, the word of God recounts what history books readily concur – the governments of man easily and regularly become hostile toward the kingdom of God. But why?

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Why rebuke if the people had no choice?

People are not able to repent unless the Spirit of God wills their completely depraved heart to do so; thus says Calvinism, but not the Bible.

“Then he began to rebuke the cities in which most of his mighty works had been done, because they did not repent:”

Matthew 11:20 NKJV

The failure of repentance falls upon the individual, not the Spirit. Why rebuke someone if such is not the case? Indeed, the grace of God leads to repentance (Romans 2:4), but being encouraged to repent is not the same as repentance being enforced upon the individual. The Spirit engages and invites (Revelation 22:17), he does not handcuff and coerce.

If an individual could only repent by the will of the Spirit then why did Jesus, by the Spirit, preach like people had a choice in the matter? The only honest answer is because they did have a choice!

I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:3 NKJV)

#repentance #salvation #Calvinism

Jesus heals the mind

I will be preaching tonight from Mark 5:1-20 on the topic Jesus’ ability to heal our mind. There has never been a time when this subject was without merit but the current times in particular could benefit from its consideration.

The following three points will be laid out as “prescriptions” from the Great Physician:

  • Getting the proper diagnosis
  • Breaking our own chains is not the same as freedom from our chains
  • Spending healthy time with the Counselor

Mark 5 is an interesting chapter and it has more applications to “everyday” life than what may initially be seen … especially when it comes to the healing of our mind that Jesus offers through his grace (Luke 4:17-21).

Fiction or Non?

If you told a story meant to convey the truth on a matter, which would be easier to complete: fiction or non?

Perhaps for some people nothing would be easier than teaching through experience and reality.

Perhaps for some people nothing would be easier than teaching through possibility and imagination.

No matter the choice, the choice could say something about us … but even if it says nothing, what matters is whether or not it could say something to others.

Jesus knew how to tell stories of truth, to both those who thought with the mind and those who thought with the heart. Sometimes it only took one story to satisfy each version of the student!

The stories Jesus would tell still need to be told because he told stories like no other in mankind could ever tell.

Then the officers came to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, “Why have you not brought Him?” The officers answered, “No man ever spoke like this Man!”” (John 7:45-46 NKJV)

Sovereign Semantics

Perhaps it’s due to its birth, but Calvinism likes to play semantics with the sovereignty of God. One moment God is sovereignly controlling all things and the next moment he’s not in control of his own sovereignty.

You see, according to the doctrine of Calvinism, God’s sovereignty controls everything, including whether or not an individual is capable of being unconditionally saved. When God’s sovereign grace, according to the said doctrine, is gifted upon the unconditionally predestined individual by grace alone, only then is he or she capable of producing works of genuine repentance which evidences his or her reception of salvation from God. Therefore the logical end-result of Calvinism’s beginning says a person can only repent and be saved if it’s according to the sovereign will of God.

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