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  • J. Randal Matheny 6:54 am on 2016-10-06 Permalink | Reply
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    Why the need to tell disciples to shine? 

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    Immediately after the introduction of the sermon on the mount—the joyful beatitudes—comes the great missions statement of Jesus, making his disciples salt and light in the world, Mt 5.13-15. Here is where the joy starts, in fulfilling the purpose of God for our lives in the world. This is how the sermon proper starts, with mission.

    Why does Jesus need to tell his people to shine? (More …)

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 10:16 am on 2014-09-03 Permalink | Reply
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    Hearing, salivating, glorifying, and spending 

    hear-gospelGlancing, skimming, surfing. That’s what we do today, mainly. And that lack of focus makes us superficial. We surf spiritually as well. We skim Scripture with quick takes and verse-sized bites. We turn to the visual as often as possible, to the detriment of the audible.

    But the Bible emphasizes — and in the plan of salvation we rightly highlight — the need to hear. “Hear, O Israel,” was the instruction from the Lord. Paul reminded the Romans, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ” Rm 10.17 ESV. If we see anything, we ought to see the words of Christ in the pages of Scripture. (More …)

     
    • Jack 12:40 pm on 2014-09-03 Permalink | Reply

      First thought:
      Romans 12:1-2, I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the compassions of GOD, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to GOD, [which is] your intelligent service. And be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of [your] mind, that ye may prove what [is] the good and acceptable and perfect will of GOD.

      Second thought:
      Romans 10:13-14 For every one whosoever, who shall call on the name of the Lord, shall be saved. How then shall they call upon Him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe on Him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without one who preaches?

      To this end besides or local evangelism, we support an effective gospel in Zimbabwe as we send qualified regularly for support and training. as well as facilitating gospel preaching and training in Southern Peru and Northern Chile.

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