Sunday Collectives 8/29/16 – 9/4/16
Every month the team releases images based on soundbites of theology as we see it. This post which will come out every month will have a new collection of those soundbites. We always welcome a challenge and would invite you to send us an email with questions and thoughts, keeping in mind that we may have indeed forgotten something or you may see something that we do not see, as Luther said. That is what we call iron sharpening iron.
It’s our prayer that in these quotes others may know or be reminded of the wonderful mercy and love that is ours when walking in God’s Grace.
- Only a gospel that reminds us of our utter hopelessness, without Christ will lead to total surrender of our lives as living sacrifices.
- A gospel that leaves out the bad part or tries to soften it will leave us with a softened desire to do all things for God’s glory.
By Susan Adams
It’s been a really rough month for me. I’m sure most of you will be able to relate. It’s been a month filled with introspection and regrets. Motherhood regrets mainly.
I come from a broken home. I never wanted to have children. I never wanted to get married. I didn’t want to put anyone through what I lived through as a child. Then… Jesus. He saved me and set me on a whole new trajectory. I met Mike and suddenly I wanted marriage. I wanted that relationship. But I told him from the beginning , I didn’t want kids. But…. Jesus showed me how beautiful babies were. And I had hope…
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Theology is broken into two greek words, theos (God) and logos (Word). So then basically theology is the study of a “word about God” or God’s Word or God. You cannot separate the two. Many today will decry the study of doctrine or forming a belief system or knowledge about what and why one believes what they believe about God’s Word.
Claiming all you need are the red letters, or love, or the Bible is forgetting some important truths. Those same red letters, that same Bible says that because of love we should “be aware of false teachers.(Matthew 7:15, Romans 16:17-20, 1 Timothy 4:1-2)” Paul, told Timothy to study God’s Word, so that he would be a craftsmen (2 Timothy 2:15).
By Pat Thacker
I can only imagine oh Lord that day in the garden when You went alone to pray.
I can only imagine the things that pressed You down and weighed so heavy upon You.
I know You could see us rejecting your Father, I know You could see us lying and stealing and cheating treating others You love so much, wrong.
I know You could see us hating each other as You toiled in prayer.
Often this passage is used to single out the evils of certain sins and in doing so one undoubtedly mis-uses the passage. Not to mention that anyone who thinks they escape mention in this passage needs to look at themselves through the mirror of God’s perfect Holy Law. Chapter six of first Corinthians, finds Paul laying down the law to his readers concerning the fact they are suing one another.
The problem arises when we get to verse nine and ten and begin to confuse what Paul gives as the perfect law of Heaven, with day to day instructions on governing in how we live…
The Scripture is full of times when God watched and allowed his children to be hurt. Pharaoh and the Egyptians hurt the Israelites. Satan buffeted Job, and Saul troubled David. Saul of Tarsus hurt the church, and the Roman Empire hurt Paul. God was present; at any time he could have stopped the hurt. More than this, God saw it coming and could have sent the pain on a detour. He is omnipresent, omniscient, and omnipotent.