Pain & Suffering… a twisted fishhook

October 25th, 2015

An equation of Pain & suffering

                        ……………….

             Human choice & free will

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                      Orderly cosmos

                        ……………….

             

          Genesis 2:16-17

 

          Romans 6:23

 

          Galatians 6:7

 

          Romans 8:20-22

                 

 

Cosmic judo… infusing value & purpose

 

          I Peter 4:12-13

 

          I Peter 2:21

 

          Philippians 3:10

 

 

 Eternal weight of glory… shifting the center of gravity

 

          I Peter 1:6-7

 

          II Corinthians 4:16-18

 

          I Corinthians 2:9

 

          I Peter 1:13

 

 

Suggested reading… Where is God When it Hurts? by Phillip Yancey

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Evil… enemies within & without

October 16th, 2015

“the Devil made me do it”

 

       A personal world

 

              I John 4:8

              Romans 3:23

 

       Meet your adversary

 

              John 8:43-44

              John 10:10

              I Peter 5:8

              Genesis 3:4-5

 

       Victory >>>> James 4:7-10

 

 

“the Flesh”… enemy of my birth

 

           Romans 5:19

           I Corinthians 15:22

           James 4:1-2

           Romans 7:18-24; Galatians 5:17

 

       Victory >>>> Romans 7:25

 

 

“the World”… everybody’s doin’ it

 

           I John 2:15-17

           James 4:4-6

 

        Victory >>>> James 4:5-6

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Humanity in Bible & Culture

October 11th, 2015

Man, the great contradiction

Image of God  . . . glorious - Genesis 1:26-27, Psalm 8:3-8
Free Will - Genesis 2:16-17
Fallen & Corrupted - Genesis 3:7-13, Jeremiah 17:9, Romans 3:23

Cultural Connection  . . . coming to terms with man's identity

Value >>>equality>>>rights
"We hold these truth to be self evident that all men are created equal, and theat they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights" - Declaration of Independence

Acts 17:26

Hedging against man's corruption . . . separation of powers

Recommended Reading: "How Christianity Changed the World" by Alvin Schmidt

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Solid Evidence

October 2nd, 2015

Why was the Bible written? - 2 Timothy 3:14-17


Who wrote the Bible? - 2 Peter 1:16-21


Who decided what's in and what's out?

Apostle   Connection

Written Around Jesus Time on Earth
Focused on the life, death and resurrection of Jesus and what it means to be his disciple

Shared by early churches
Divine "feel"


Are there mistakes? Errors?

" Translation Issues

" Copy Issues

" Scriptura Continua Issues

  Conclusion - Be Confident!

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