Can a mom’s heart burst with pride, frustration, and worry at the same time?
“You carry two flags. Over one shoulder is the American flag, over the other is the Christian flag. Which do you wave?” – Dr. Alan Kemper A few weeks ago, my best friend and his older sister were arguing about whether immigrants should be expected to assimilate to American culture. The debate was well-fought […]
It is hard to understate the enormity of recent happenings regarding the fate of Jerusalem. I am still trying to process it all, but I do think it safe to say that we, mankind, have crossed a threshold into prophetically uncharted waters.
If you have not heard, on Kislev 23, 5777, the United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 2334 that condemns any Israeli activity beyond its 1967 borders. Further, the Resolution gives teeth to the international body to begin using lawsuits and eventually military action against not only Israel, but any who would side with her. According to the enforceable text of the Resolution, the Old City, the Western Wall as well as multiple Jewish suburbs around Jerusalem now belong to a non-existent people group commonly called ‘Palestinians.’
The political intrigue leading up to its passing is an interesting study in multiple characters.
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A very thoughtful article deserving review.
Ezer Kenegdo and Submission (1 Peter 3:1)
How do we reconcile the role of the ezer kenegdo as a helper that opposes with 1 Peter 3:1?
“Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives.”
One of the points of proper Biblical hermeneutics is called “The Synthesis Principle”. This method explains that the best interpreter of scripture is scripture itself. A passage must be examined in relation to its immediate context (the verses surrounding it), its wider context (the book it’s found in), and its complete context (the whole Bible). The Bible does not contradict itself. In other words, good Bible interpretation relates any one passage to the total content of scripture. This careful process ensures that one has the “whole story.” This lessens the possibility of someone taking…
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“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” Galatians 5:16, ESV.
In high school, Paul’s words to the Galatians were a godsend, literally. I struggled with temptations from every side, struggled mightily. Even worse, these struggles made me feel completely unworthy to even approach God in reverence. This verse inspired in me the first inkling that it wasn’t a matter of cleaning the sin out of my life before I came to Him, but rather a matter of sacrificing it in order to follow Him, to walk in the Spirit as it were. Once doing so, He would lend me strength to overcome them. As Francis Chen says in Crazy Love, “you have to stop loving and pursuing Christ in order to sin….When you are running toward Christ, you are freed up to serve, love, and give thanks without guilt, worry or fear. As long as you’re running, you’re safe.”
I didn’t truly come to understand that concept until recently, but in reflection of this verse, 16-year-old me wrote this poem, possibly the only poem I’ve ever written of any quality. I had completely forgotten about it, but while going through an old notebook recently I stumbled on it, and it convicted me to perform some introspection and see if these words still applied to my life.
Lord must I walk this path again?
Try to pass this test again?
So many times I’ve tried,
Then You come and pick me up
Your Spirit surrounding me,
Now it’s astounding me
(Even when I don’t deserve it)
Though temptation may rise,
I will walk in the Spirit ’til the day I die
The world is pulling on me,
But I’m standing on You.
No matter what happens,
You bring me through
The world says I’m trippin’
But what they can’t see:
Every time I trip, you say,
“COME, FOLLOW ME”