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Day of Infamy

December 7th is synonymous in the United States with the “date that will live on in infamy”.  In 1941, the Japanese Navy launched a surprise attack against the US Navy station in Hawaii.  As waves of aircraft bombed the facility the course of history was changed.  The Americans would enter WWII and a nation would remember a fateful day.

What made the attack on Pearl Harbor so atrocious is that we were unprepared.  We were caught off guard.  As a Christian I cannot help of thinking on this day of another Day that is coming for all humanity.  The Final return of Jesus will happen and sadly many will not be prepared.  Even many self-identified Christians are not prepared for the return of Jesus. Jesus illustrated the importance of preparation by a series of parables in Matthew 24 and 25.  Preparation completely changes your perspective on the Return of Jesus.

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Obedience and The Glory of God

A discussion had started in a blog post from a week or so and I wanted to move the discussion here.

One objection to the idea of obedience as part of the salvation process is that obedience in some way takes the glory away from God.  It is argued that if man obeys God then salvation becomes man-centered and not God centered.  But is this true?

I do not think it has to be so.  The main reason being that God has required obedience from man as part of the salvation process, but yet Scripture still affirms that all the glory in salvation is to be given to God.  Most religious groups argue that belief and repentance  (I would add confession of Lordship and baptism) are prerequisites to salvation. Both belief and repentance are obedient actions.  Yet, even with these prerequisites salvation is still a gift from God.

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Worship Thoughts

But Sunday is the day on which we all hold our common assembly, because it is the first day on which God, having wrought a change in the darkness and matter, made the world; and Jesus Christ our Saviour on the same day rose from the dead.

–Justin the Martyr

This quote written by a Christian from the Second Century lays out two reasons why the Saints gather on Sunday to worship God.  He states we worship as a common assembly on these days because:

1. God began creation on this day.

2. Jesus rose from the Grave on this day.

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Fidelity in Marriage

Scripture is clear that marriage is to be held in honor by all who fear God, and that adultery is incompatible with God’s favor (Hebrews 13:4). As Christians who must live in this pressurized culture, how can we guard our marriages against the pitfalls of infidelity?

The greatest thing we can do is to practice true fidelity in our marriages. Fidelity involves the active fulfillment of our marriage vows. We must make large mental, physical, temporal, and spiritual investments in our relationship to be faithful to our vows. The Bible teaches us to love one another, to give ourselves in behalf of one another, to nourish and cherish one another, to cling to one another, to be kind to one another, to be understanding with one another, and to fulfill one another’s sexual needs. This involves taking on the mentality of a “host” rather than the childish mentality of a “guest” in the marriage.

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Why I Love the Church?

This is a post of mine that original appeared at preacherspen.org.  Hope my readers enjoy it.

As you walk into our gathering place you are met by signs and posters with the statement: A place to belong. I know it is a bit cliché, but it is easy to remember and hopefully it portrays our true feelings. We truly want to be a place people can belong. Using the analogy of place, when I think about what I love about the church, three areas come to mind (speaking of cliché a preacher using three points).

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