Thursday, February 28, 2013

Seven Deadly Sins

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1. Wealth    without   Work
2. Pleasure  
without   Conscience
3. Science   
without   Humanity
4. Knowledge  
without   Character
5. Politics   
without   Principle
6. Commerce  
without   Morality
7. Worship 
without   Sacrifice

 
                     ― Mahatma Gandhi

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Letters To Seven Churches (A Quick Peak)

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What would Jesus say if he sent a letter to your church or to you as he did to the Churches of Asia Minor (Rev. 2:1-3:29)? Do any of Jesus’ comments about these Seven Congregations accurately describe your own Church or Yourself? If so, what can you do to improve things? Let’s have a quick peak on these Seven Churches and reflect ourselves:

1. Ephesus, Grk. ephesos ‘desirable’ (2:1-7)
Description:- The Loveless Church (quality & intensity of Agape Love is lost).
Praised For:- Labor, patience, not bearing those who are evil/wicked, testing false apostles, perseverance, hating the deeds of the Nicolaitans.
Warned About:- Leaving their First love, without repentance lampstand will be removed.  Do we sense the importance to Christ of not only honoring his name by our true confession but also of reflecting his life by our loving relationship to others? This threat of loss of light bearing applies equally to the other four churches to whom a similar exhortation to "repent" is given (Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, and Laodicea).

2. Smyrna, Grk. myrrh ‘incense’ (2:8-11)
Description:- The Persecuted Church.
Praised For:- Tribulation, suffering, poverty (social & economic rejection).
Encouraged About:- Faithfulness under persecution, suffering & rejection. Under Domitian (A.D. 81-96) Emperor Worship became compulsory for every Roman citizen on threat of death. Such an act was considered as an expression of religious worship, and all a citizen had to do was burn a pinch of incense and say "Caesar is Lord." Yet most Christians, with their confession "Jesus is Lord" (cf. Ro 10:9), refused to do this. Perhaps nowhere was life for a Christian more perilous than in this city of zealous Emperor Worship.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Quiet Living In A Hectic World

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The hectic pace of modern life makes Paul’s exhortation “To Live a Peaceful Life” (1 Thes.4:11), especially important. How can one lead a quiet life when technology, media, and a global economy accelerate change and increase complexity?

Paul gives us an important first step in the exhortation to “take care of your own business.” The focus is on “Your Own” – being able to self-support. Concerning peaceful living, Paul was probably not objecting to noise and sound as such, but to needless distraction. One way that most people could bring a little more peace and quiet into their homes would be to cut their television viewing in half. Imagine the time left for family members and neighbors, personal reflection, and prayers!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Who Is My Neighbor? A Theological Approach to Socio-Economic Issues

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1.  Introduction
Today we are bombarded with the needs of others around the world. We are even prone to what experts call “compassion fatigue,” because we see so many needs, and we cannot begin to meet those needs. As followers of Jesus Christ, we want to know whom we need to love. Who should have the priority for our time, our energy, and our money? If our Lord Jesus Christ requires us to love our neighbor then we must ask, “What does it mean to love someone?” and “Who is my neighbor?”

Two thousand years ago a young Jewish lawyer raised these same questions with our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ answered with the parable of the Good Samaritan. In order to understand Jesus Christ’s answer, we must first understand the context of the question and the cultural dynamics involved in Jesus Christ’s answer.

2.  The Context of The Scripture
In the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37), our Lord Jesus Christ emphasizes that inherent in true saving faith and true obedience is compassion for those who are in needs. The call to love God is a call to love others. In answering this question, Jesus Christ revealed the love of God found throughout the Scripture,

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