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Posted 5/1/17 at 12:40 AM | Lynn Joesph

The Bible, Lawyers And God – What Is The Connection?

Many Christians get the wrong idea when talking about what the Bible says about lawyers and their actions. What we should all understand is that in the Bible we do not find text about attorneys as they are today. Israel at the time was under strict Rome legal jurisdiction. When referring to “teachers of the law” (as in Luke 5:17), the mention is about religious leaders expert in Mosaic Law. Our modern court system that includes defense lawyers and prosecuting lawyers is far from what was present then. Modern attorneys only appeared when the Middle Ages passed.

Human accusers are mentioned in the Bible. They are those that appear in front of a magistrate to charge someone else. However, the accusers are normally witnesses. They are not lawyers. The only Bible character that that is close to the modern prosecuting attorney is the orator Tertullus. He received payment from Jews to make a presentation of initial case in front of Governor Felix against Paul.

Our legal system does reflect a biblical model. Prosecuting lawyers analyze and use the law in order to bring accusations against defendants, trying to show that they are guilty, all without reasonable doubt. Defense attorneys will argue for the client in various different circumstances. With Christians, Jesus’ sacrifice in extenuating circumstances paid lawgiver debts and made us all go free, although the guilt exists according to Law (check Romans 8:1-5). FULL POST

Posted 4/26/17 at 1:50 PM | Daniella Whyte

Warning Signs (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 57)

2 Chronicles 36:15 (NLT)
The Lord, the God of their ancestors, repeatedly sent his prophets to warn them, for he had compassion on his people and his Temple.

The world today is filled with warning signs. No matter who you are or where you live, warning signs exist all around you. When a storm, tornado, or hurricane is approaching, sirens alert us to the impending danger. When we are sick, the symptoms we experience are warning signs to let us know something is wrong.

Just as man has created warning signs in the world, God has given us warning signs in His Word. The consequences of sin, for example, is death. A lack of obedience and humility leads to judgment. When we choose to ignore God’s warning signs, we open up our lives to heartbreak and unfortunate situations that we could have otherwise avoided.

God gives us warnings to protect us, not to keep us back from having fun or living a happy life. By yielding to God’s will and striving to obey His Word, we will, in fact, live a better life than we ever imagined. The life we want to live, the life we dream of, is the life God Himself wants us to have. It’s called the abundant life, and it is the most fulfilling life you can live. FULL POST

Posted 4/20/17 at 1:40 PM | Daniella Whyte

Agree with God (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 56)

Numbers 13:31 (NLT)
But the other men who had explored the land with him disagreed. “We can’t go up against them! They are stronger than we are!”

These are the words of the twelve spies that were sent to explore and search out the promised land. This is the report they brought back to Joshua, Caleb, and the rest of the people of Israel. How discouraging and disapproving this report is! To feel weak in a country that was supposed to be theirs must have been a disappointing feeling.

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Posted 4/15/17 at 8:40 PM | Greg Gordon

The Suffering, Death and Resurrection of the Son of God

Death of Christ

He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. – Mark 8:31

The Nicene Creed

The Nicene Creed declares of the Son of God,

“For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven; he became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary, and was made human. He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate; he suffered and was buried. The third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures.”

What a wonderful statement to consider and think about. Our faith in death and resurrection of Christ are the non-negotiables that we must hold to tightly and dwell on continually. There is an unfathomable depth of richness in these simple statements that should release us on a life of holy contemplation of the sufferings of our Lord. FULL POST

Posted 4/15/17 at 1:02 PM | Daniella Whyte

Removing Spiritual Roadblocks (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 55)

Mark 9:43 (NLT)
If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It’s better to enter eternal life with only one hand than to go into the unquenchable fires of hell with two hands.

The story is told of a man who set out to sail around the world. Some time during his adventure, his sailboat hit a large rock that was invisible from the surface. For days, he wandered with his broken boat until he reached a small patch of land.

Once he reached land, with little food and clean water, he lay on the dirt for a nap. At some point during the night, a snake bit his foot to the point where he could not walk at all. The pain was excruciating; his attempt to apply what little medical knowledge he had only seemed to make it worse. After a while, he decided that in order to survive until help came, he had to cut his foot off.

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Posted 4/8/17 at 7:41 PM | Daniella Whyte

3 Reasons God Never Fails (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 54)

Zephaniah 3:5 (NLT)
But the Lord is still there in the city, and he does no wrong. Day by day he hands down justice, and he does not fail.

People fail. Things fail. Projects fail. But God never fails. Since He never fails, you can always depend on His grace, mercy, faithfulness, and love. He is always on time, always available when we need Him, and is still with us when we think we can handle it on our own. Nothing shocks or surprises God. Even when we can’t feel Him and even though we can’t see Him, He is always there. Our faith makes it so. He faithfully watches over us, guides us, leads us, and helps us in our time of trouble.

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Posted 4/2/17 at 9:58 PM | June Samuel

When I am Weak – Then I Am Strong

And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, these things says He who is holy, He who is true, He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens. The Lord Jesus gave His credentials to the Church in Philadelphia before He made His pronouncements.

The Lord Jesus is holy. Luke 1:35 …. that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. Hebrews 7:26: “For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens; “ The Lord Jesus Christ is holy, so He expects us to be holy. He lives within us, so our behavior ought to be holy. 1Peter 1:15 reads: But as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct. The Church in Philadelphia “kept His word” and they did not deny His Name. They lived holy.

The Lord Jesus is true. He said in John 14:6: “I am The Way, The Truth and The Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John the Apostle said in John 1:14 …..”we beheld His glory, the glory of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” What a sight to behold! No wonder multitudes gathered to see Him. No one was ever seen like the Lord Jesus before Him or afterwards. There was a “WOW” factor in the presence of the Lord Jesus. Jesus is the truth personified. Ephesians 4:20, 21 reads: But you have not so learned Christ, 21: If indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus. The Lord Jesus is in us and we should speak the truth and live the truth. FULL POST

Posted 3/29/17 at 7:49 PM | Daniella Whyte

Talk to God Before You Talk to People (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 53)

Psalm 133:1 (NLT)
How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony!

God desires for all His children to dwell together in unity, harmony, and grace towards each other. Nothing hurts God’s heart more than to see His people quarreling, warring, and fighting with one another. As believers, God has called us to seek forgiveness, offer forgiveness, amend our relationships, and restore fellowship with other people.

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Posted 3/29/17 at 12:47 AM | Lynn Joesph

Environmental Stewardship Is A Question Of Faith

Many people think of sustainability as a modern movement, something that emerged precisely as a response to decades or centuries of overuse, degradation, and a simple lack of knowledge about how to best use the resources available to us. Those who understand the Bible, however, know that sustainability has been our responsibility since the first days of creation. Genesis says so.

Man was created in God’s image and directly positioned by God not just to make use of the plenty found in Eden, but also to protect it. That meant caring for the plants and animals, the water and air. As postlapsarian society grew and became more complex, Biblical law even gives instruction for city planning. When it comes to sustainability, God is in the details.

Much of what the Bible says is still, at its core, applicable to modern sustainability initiatives, but as modern Christians, how are we fully realizing environmental stewardship? Are we building our churches on sustainable principles? Are we developing environmental stewardship skills that we can share with others? It’s time we turn more of our attention to caring for the world our gracious God has given us. FULL POST

Posted 3/23/17 at 2:44 PM | Daniella Whyte

A Singing Faith (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 52)

Psalm 147:7a (NLT)
Sing out your thanks to the Lord…

Learning to be thankful is not only a virtue; it is an important part of our life journey. God has given us so much to be appreciative of in life. Whether we realize it or not, gratitude shows the deepest sincerity, love, and spiritual awareness of our hearts and souls. Our faith is not a faith that has to lie dormant and remain stagnant. It is an active, vibrant, singing faith.

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