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Winter morning

  

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Long read: death and the prosperity gospel

This touching, smart article has a personal take on the shame, or is that sham, that is the ‘prosperity gospel’… which has little – or nothing – to do with the actual gospel… CLICK HERE

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meeting of a pope and a patriarch 

On Friday a historic meeting took place in Havana, Cuba. Vatican TV covered it HERE … Advance to 8 minutes to see signing and their remarks.

A discussion of its significance was attempted HERE.

Having just finished reading numerous volumes comparing Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and Protestant (Evangelical and Reformed) theologies, we need not expect much more than what has just happened. There are significant differences between them and those differences will likely not be bridged this side of Heaven. Cooperation is possible, friendship is happening, but unity in faith and practice is unlikely.

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reminder for biblical thinking

Biblical thinking about God and the resulting relationship with Him that I develop… this is how good theology might be defined. In my way of thinking there should be order to our theology. In some reading I’m doing (comparing Orthodox to Evangelical thinking), I’ve been reminded of the historic creeds and how they were developed. Arguably the most prominent is this one. Read it slowly (don’t be tempted to just rote recite it) so that you may be reminded of some foundational truths, which are, by the way, wonderful. I’ve made the reminder of these truths, the reading of this statement an aspect of my morning conversation with God, as a thankfulness for what He has done for us.

The Nicene Creed

WE BELIEVE in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.

Amen.

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In whom do you trust?

I saw this video essay just now and am intrigued by the question about trust… In whom do you trust?

CLICK HERE TO WATCH

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What people think…

A friend told me months ago about  the movie “Bridge of Spies.” I was on the other side of the pond when it was in theaters. I’ve been waiting to see it and as I crossed the pond Saturday, I saw it. It’s a great story of a man who stands for what is right no matter the personal cost.

 

At one point a Russian tells him that he reminds him of a man from his childhood “standing man.” A man who kept standing up in the face of opposylition.

Near the end, the main character, played by Tom Hanks, said this to a young man who clearly was afraid of what people thought:

“It doesn’t matter what people think. You know what you did.” 

– James Donavan in the film “Bridge of Spies”

What we think of what other people think can really get in our way. It can cause us to steer toward their opinion or pleasing them rather than doing the right thing. 

Seek what is right and do that. 

Let people think what they think, we don’t need to be a slave to being popular or well thought of.

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understanding prayer in struggle and hardship…

Paul certainly understood the struggle and hardship of following Chhrist, but he also understood the importance of prayer:

“For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again. You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.”

‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭1:8-11‬ ‭ESV‬‬

http://bible.com/59/2co.1.8-11.esv

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