Archive for the 'Brandenburg' Category

Rules Versus Relationship?

Saturday, December 8th, 2018

Rules Versus Relationship. When people say these three words, as if the two, rules and relationship, contrast with one another, we should understand that they don’t. You can’t have a relationship without rules. Rules are a basis for a relationship as seen in the model for relationship, the relationship between the Father and the Lord […]

Faith Of Our Fathers

Friday, November 30th, 2018

When considering what to write here this week, “faith of our fathers” came to mind, so I decided to look into the song. I think my interest related to a patriarchal society and the attack on fatherhood by liberals or postmoderns, calling the patriarchal society only a social construct, that is, an environmental development, not […]

Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

Hebrew, the language of Israel and the Old Testament, has no distinct verbiage of “thanks” or “gratitude.” The verb that is translated, “thank,” is yadah, which is also translated, “praise.” The first use was in Genesis 29:35 by Leah, “I will yadah Yahweh,” when she bore her son, Judah. Yadah is first translated “thanks” in […]

Nationalism

Saturday, November 17th, 2018

Today is November 11, 2018, which happens to be the 100th anniversary of the completion of World War 1, also known as the Great War. Guns sounded at 11 on 11/11 to end it. This summer my wife and daughters and I were touched to visit the United States Cemetery in Normandy, France and walk […]

Word of Truth

Sunday, November 11th, 2018

“Word of truth,” those three words, are found five times in the Bible, so they are a meaningful phrase. The tenor of the words as one sees the primary usage is one of spiritual warfare, using the Word of God to do so. The Bible is powerful in accomplishing supernatural work. It is warfare in […]

The Gift of Prophecy

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

I was asked this week about the gift of prophecy that we see in 1 Corinthians 13:8: “Prophecies, they shall fail.” And then in v. 9, “we prophesy in part.” This is a gift in 1 Corinthians 12 and is regulated in 1 Corinthians 14. Do people still prophesy? BDAG, the foremost lexicon, from looking […]

Shrinking the Group

Saturday, October 27th, 2018

As is the pattern throughout the Book of Judges, the Israelites again turned away from God after 40 years of peace brought by Deborah’s victory. God chose Gideon to free the people of Israel and to condemn their idolatry. Among other things, the Angel of the Lord came to Gideon to recruit him to defeat […]

Understanding the Will of God

Saturday, October 20th, 2018

There are three concepts of the will of God that everyone needs to consider. The first is the sovereign will of God. God allows or causes everything, so everything that occurs is His sovereign will. He could have stopped it, so He had some purpose for allowing it to continue, or He caused it. This […]

A Protective Bubble

Saturday, October 13th, 2018

Preparing for a Nazi invasion of England, families built bomb shelters to live through the attack. During the Cold War, people in the United States built underground bunkers to survive a nuclear bomb. True Christians, genuine believers, live in a protective bubble of God’s grace, accepted in the Beloved. With the flurry of all that […]

Roles God Designed

Saturday, October 6th, 2018

The roles of men and women are a very basic in scripture. God created male and female, He created them different, they have different designs, and He detailed for them distinct roles all over scripture. When men and women operate outside of God’s created order and design and distinctions, many things go awry. Problems manifest […]