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Prophecy Today? What's the Big Deal?

1 Thessalonians 5:20 Do not despise prophecies, 21 but test everything; hold fast what is good. 22 Abstain from every form of evil. This is our fourth post in this series. In our next post, we'll get into the reasons I take it the gift of prophecy is no longer present in the church today. But maybe there's question – what's the big deal? If someone believes this gift is for today, and they're not saying anything heretical, what harm does it bring? I believe both the...

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Test Everything

1 Thessalonians 5:20 Do not despise prophecies, 21 but test everything; hold fast what is good (ESV).   In the previous two posts, we've looked at the “what” question. “What is prophecy?” (cf. our blog for these past postings). That's essential to answer if we're really to going to seek to obey the command in 1 Thessalonians 5:21: test everything. This command may include more than testing prophecies, but it certainly doesn't include...

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Prophecy: What is it (Part 2)?

1 Thessalonians 5:20 Do not despise prophecies (ESV)   Over this past week, there's been a salvo launched in the Christian blogosphere (http://teampyro.blogspot.com/2011/08/open-letter-to-mark-driscoll.html ) against a recent Mark Driscoll conference message where he really went after the very position you'll be reading in this series. So, if there's any doubt that this is still a big issue among some fairly like-minded brothers and sisters in Christ, that can be...

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Prophecy: What Is it? (Part 1)

1 Thessalonians 5:20 Do not despise prophecies (ESV) Paul’s command stands behind this little series of articles on prophecy.  We’ll look into areas like the relationship between NT and OT prophesy, and whether or not the gift of prophesy has ceased or not.  But perhaps more important than either of these areas is the question:  what is it?  We need to know what prophecy is so that we're not engaged in doing what Paul here forbids:  despising...

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Boundaries of God's love?

As I drive around town, I will occasionally take a few seconds to glance at different signs I see in front of churches. Sometimes you can get a feel for the conservative or liberal nature of a church by the signs they place in their lawns. There are at least 3 churches I’ve passed in recent weeks that all have a similar sign up regarding potential immigration laws. It is a message that in my opinion, makes a point that is contrary to what they are trying to say. No, I am not going to...

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Reflecting on Worship Services

In looking back, it’s been quite a while since I’ve posted anything. Life moves at the speed of 60 seconds per minute but it sure seems a lot faster at times. Thus to make up for my 3 month absence; let me give you a large plate of "food for thought". Roll the clock back to the middle of this year and Sunday, July 4. All over Facebook, Twitter and throughout the internet were pictures and videos of church services that revolved around the “celebration” of...

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Engaging the culture

A couple of months ago I “attended” an online apologetics conference. The theme of the conference was apologetics in literature and the arts. It was quite fun. Not only was it a conference on a much needed topic, but I “attended” by getting up in the morning and sitting at the kitchen table; pretty cool from my perspective. I went in to it a little tentative since “literature and the arts” is a fairly broad topic (straight from the desk of Captain...

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Here's looking at you... or me!

Stop me if you’ve heard this one… wait, you can’t. Anyway, there’s a husband who suspects his wife is hard of hearing. He has tried to talk to her about it but couldn’t get her to admit it. One night he decides he’s going to convince her, so he stands in the living room and yells into the kitchen, “Honey, what’s for dinner?”  He gets no response. He walks a little closer to the kitchen and says again, “Honey, what’s...

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The Living Sermon

In reflecting on the sermon a little bit from this last Sunday morning, I thought of the old saying, “Your life may be the only Bible a person ever reads.” That may be more of a paraphrase but the idea is there. How we live our lives reflects how we believe. Scott’s message on what it means to pursue sanctification and more specifically, holiness is one that should be revisited often. After all, holiness is one end for which God has saved us. This post is not about holiness...

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Resolved: No Resolutions...

It’s the beginning of a new year. As with all new years that roll around, the predominant conversation with people revolves around “New Year Resolutions.” (I’ve always wondered why no one ever talks about “Mid Year Resolutions” say around July 1.) New year resolutions make some sense in that with a new year comes some new hope of people being able to change, or so we think. I read a statistic somewhere that around 83% of people make a resolution to get in...

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