Monthly Archives: February 2007

From the Beatitudes – A Prayer of Confession

Lord Jesus, you bless the poor in spirit and give them the Kingdom. But we fatten ourselves, as James says, “in the day of slaughter”; we turn away from those whose physical poverty reminds us of our true spiritual state, and we build our own little kingdoms of self.

Kyrie eleison — Lord, have mercy.

You bless those who mourn and you comfort them. But we flee grief that leads to repentance, and we seek comfort in possessions and prestige and power.

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God in a Box? I Think Not…

It only seems natural to want to create a God that does everything we want. A powerful genie in the sky that answers to me. A book that I could open up and pray and have things my way. A religion that makes all things acceptable, that approves of the things that come naturally to me. To make a God that works the way I want one to work.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” – John 1:1-5

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Differences between Protestants & Catholics

What is the difference between Catholics and Protestants?

There are several very important differences between Catholics and Protestants. While there have been some attempts over the last several years to find common ground between the two groups, the fact is that the differences remain, and they are just as important today as they were at the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. Following is brief summary of some of the more important differences.

One of the first major differences between Catholicism and Protestantism is the issue of the sufficiency and authority of Scripture. Protestants believe that the Bible alone is the sole source of God’s special revelation to mankind, and as such it teaches us all that is necessary for our salvation from sin. Protestants view the Bible as the standard by which all Christian behavior must be measured. This belief is commonly referred to as “Sola Scriptura” and is one of the “Five Solas” (sola being Latin for “alone”) that came out of the Protestant Reformation as summaries of some of the important differences between Catholics and Protestants.

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Are You A Reflection?

Even on the best days, Christians are just imperfect reflections of Jesus Christ, dark and distorted by comparison.

When the skies get dark and the water gets choppy, there may be no reflection at all.

If you wanted to appreciate the majesty of a mountain by a lake, would you look at the mountain, or look at it’s reflection in the water? Similarly, if you wanted to know Michelangelo, would you seek him and study his works or would you study the works of students who were inspired by his greatness?

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A Worship Song

Before the throne of God above,
I have a strong, a perfect plea,
A great High Priest whose name is Love,
Who ever lives and pleads for me.
My name is graven on His hands,
My name is written on His heart.
I know that while in heaven He stands,
No tongue can bid me thence depart,
No tongue can bid me thence depart!

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True Worship

Question: “What is true worship? How can I worship the Lord in spirit and truth (John 4:23-24)?”

Answer: True worship is God-centered worship. People tend to get caught up in where they should worship, what music they should sing in worship, and how the worship looks to other people. Focusing on these things completely misses the point. Jesus tells us that true worshipers will worship God in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). This means we worship from the heart and the way God calls us to. Worship can include praying, reading God’s Word with an open heart, singing, participating in communion, and serving others. It is not limited to one act, but is done properly when the heart and attitude of the person is in the right place.

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God Is Truly Phenomenal!

Have you ever stopped and thought about the unimaginable magnificence of God? I mean think about it for a second…

We can never know for certain how life began, for no human was there to observe it happening. Reason can be used to support any belief about our origins, so, without hard evidence, whatever we choose to believe will ultimately be based in faith. We thus place our faith in one of two simple choices. Either the universe was created, an act of purpose and design which would require incredible intelligence and power, or it happened on its own as a natural phenomenon, meaning we are all here by chance. The foundation of our faith really reduces down to this simple choice:

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