No Morality Without God

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It seems to me that such reasoning must assume the truth of everything it seeks to deny. If there were no God there would be no such words as responsible.

Simply Heavenly Food – Word of the Day – Morality

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We Need a Self-Confrontation.

Amen!

J.S. Park

We need help beyond ourselves. Like David, we need a Nathan. We need someone who can gently revoke our self-righteousness and apply truth to usurp our sinfulness.

Here’s how we see that grace is a surgical, sculpting chisel that renews us by confronting the worst in us with pinpoint precision and acknowledging our desperate need as sinners. Grace, after all, is a love that presses through sin. The God of the Bible doesn’t merely drop a truth-bomb and beat you into submission, but gently removes your self-deception and empowers you to return home. It hurts like crazy. His grace does not merely comfort, but grabs your sin by the fistfuls and kills it with the relentless violence of love. It neither condemns nor condones, but convicts and re-creates. It’s a scalpel that will work with you to the messy end.

It demands getting honest. It demands getting with those who…

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Maybe I’m Actually Not a Christian After All

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I’ve always thought that I was a Christian.

I’ve simply assumed that since I believed myself to be and strived to be, that this was enough. Though I’ve devoted my days to emulating Jesus and to reflecting his character in the world, this seems to have been a woefully errant path leading me far afield of righteousness.

Over recent years I’ve spent countless hours debating with those who contest my claims of faith; self-professed believers who debate my authenticity, my theology, my conduct, my motivations. They make dire assessments of both my moral worth and my eternal destination, chastising and condemning with great conviction.

It’s difficult to quantify just how much time and energy and mental bandwidth I’ve expended attempting to justify inclusion in their heavily fortified faith fraternity and to prove my personal spirituality valid and genuine in their eyes.

But these days I’m looking at what alleges to be Christianity in my country and I’m now almost certain…

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Women in Church Leadership

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These are some notes in response to a comment about women and authority in the church.

In 1 Timothy 2, Paul was probably having a problem with the women there themselves. Verse 11-15 can seem to be a bit “harsh” but in verse 10 Paul shows that he wants women to live a godly life. And at the beginning of the chapter, he is encouraging everyone to live quietly. Perhaps there were women trying to gain dominance over men and forgot that they are to be submissive. And yes, for women submission in marriage is truth “Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.” (Eph 5:24).
Why Paul is telling these particular women to keep silent, I don’t know. Maybe they were just too rebellious and needed disclipine? Back to 1 Cor 11, in verse 5 Paul mentions that women do pray and can prohpesy, so clearly it is not a universal rule for all women always to be followed, it was probably only just a temporary rule until these women calmed down.

The debate about women teaching “over” men is interesting. To my understanding a “bishop” (1 Tim 3) is different to a “pastor” (Eph 4:11). These days a lot of people automatically associate the word pastor for the head of a congregation/s however, it seems that this is what a bishop is. A pastor is just someone who leads and helps nurture Christ’s flock. This doesn’t HAVE to be the head of the congregation/bishop. 1 Tim 2 mentions that their bishops are men, not given any mention to women bishops. Even though Pauls need to explain what a Bishop must be probably because of men having multiple wives and not treating the congregation right, we can learn from his example of “For if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?” (1 Tim 3:5)
He’s given us a clear indication that a church congregation must be run similar to a family. And as we know from the previous chapter, men are in authority as husbands and fathers, so therefore men are to be the heads of congregations. Men are bishops… But can women be pastors?

From what I’ve read and talked about with others, there doesn’t seem to be much indication what genders are appropriate for apostles(missionaries), prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. We do know women can be teachers, and we know that they can be prophets. In Judges, Deborah was a prophet, judge and ALSO a counsellor for many men. Also in Romans (16:1-2) Paul mentions that he is sending a friend Phoebe (a woman) to help them. “I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a servant of the church at Cenchreae, that you may welcome her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints, and help her in whatever she may need from you, for she has been a patron of many and of myself as well.”
Paul has noted that to some degree she has authority over them if she needs something. Maybe this is just about simple hospitality, but he goes on and mentions various other women after this, but not with the same introduction. So that fact that he talks so highly of her and mentions her first, can give us an indication that she is of high leadership, maybe what some might call a deaconess, or she could be a pastor or apostle or teacher (to men and women).

So then, if these women existed and were encouraged and blessed for their work, then why ridicule women in leadership now?

I Shall Not Want

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And the Lord has perfect timing again.

There is something wrong with the first post. It is very well and fine to encourage each other in grace, but what is grace, where does grace from?

The definition in this context is “(in Christian belief) the free and unmerited favour of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.a divinely given talent or blessing.”

Grace is a gift given to us. Unmerited, in other words, undeserved. If this is given to us, then surely we were not the original owners or creators. So where does this gift come from? It comes from God. Through His grace we have been brought to repentance and gifted salvation. Take note, HIS GRACE. Not ours. This is not by our doing, but God’s. So if it is Him who is taking control, then it is He who knows the result, it is He who guides us. Amen. Therefore what we want is not important, it’s what HE, God the Almighty wants. He’s our Creator! He creates our path!

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Psalm 23:1-3

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.

Proverbs 3:5-6

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Eph 2:8-9

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to HIS PURPOSE.
Roman 8:28

We do not live through His Grace for our purpose, for our wants, but for His purpose!

For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.
Gal 1:10

It is about living for Him!

Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.
Proverbs 19:21

Brave

I know I’m no superwoman
But impossible is possible with You
So no more running, no more hiding
Strike the fire so I’ll be fearless too

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” ~ Joshua 1:9

I can do all things through him who strengthens me. ~ Phillipians 4:13

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. ~ Romans 8:18

But that is not the way you learned Christ!— assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:20-24

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What The Bible Talks About When It Talks About Women: A Mega-Post on Those Troubling “Anti-Women” Bible Verses

A better understanding about women in the church

J.S. Park

brokenyetbeloved asked:

Dear Pastor Joon, As a young women and follower of Christ, I find it difficult to understand 1 Corinthians 11:1-16 and 1 Corinthians 14:34-35. I was hoping to get your input on what is being expressed in these scriptures. Thank you and God bless!

Hey dear sister, in fact, since you happen to know my first name, I’ll also make a sweeping attempt to cover the questionable verses from Apostle Paul about women and ministry. That includes: 1 Corinthians 11:1-16, 14:34-35, 1 Timothy 2:11, Ephesians 5:21-33. I’ve also written about some of these verses here a few years ago. I was a little bit more sassy then, so I apologize in advance for my tone.

Before we get into the verses, I want to graciously offer these considerations. Please feel free to skip around.

1) We may not see eye-to-eye on our interpretations, but disagreement doesn’t have…

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Why No Women Pastors?

Article:
http://pastureofchrist.blogspot.com.au/2016/01/why-no-women-pastors.html

Food for thought:
With arguments like these, we must look at what definitions we have for the word ‘pastor’ and realise that the New Testament also mentions ‘bishop’. If a bishop was the same as a pastor would that not mean they should have been given the same translation?
Do pastors necessarily have to be ‘ordained’ ministers? Is pastoral care for lower levels of church leadership also? Can a women give the occasional sermon if she is still under authority of the head pastor?

I’m Gonna Shove God Down Your Throat

For a secularist/atheist to say the religious should not announce their faith in front of others, is saying the same as for some they shouldn’t follow their beliefs.

As Christians we have to boast about God. I am literally going to ask the Holy Spirit to bring Himself upon you. Our belief is that God saves and our actions will clearly be in result of that, talking and sharing His goodness.
You say you respect us having a belief but you are trying to stop the belief. By all means we’re trying to stop (or asking God to help stop) what you’re believing too but this is a part of our faith. I’m personally not denying that I don’t want your beliefs to change. If a secularist feels the same then they need to stop saying they respect us with the belief we have because it’s clearly not true.

We can respect people for their talents but Christians shouldn’t respect someone solely just for their beliefs. If I did I would be supporting their pagan/secular beliefs, and I don’t want that, I want them to believe and follow God.
Likewise, I don’t care if others do not respect me because I’m a Christian. Jesus told us our faith will cause separation in families and persecution. (Luke 12:51-53, 2 Tim 3:12, John 15:18)
You can respect us in other ways, sure, but for religious belief, it doesn’t work. We’re not united on the same moral code. Multi-faith doesn’t exist.

His Holy Arm

December 25
Nativity of the Lord
Readings: Isaiah 52:7-10, Psalm 98,
Hebrews 1:1-4, (5-12), John 1:1-14

“How beautiful upon the mountains
Are the feet of him who brings good news,
Who proclaims peace,
Who brings glad tidings of good things,
Who proclaims salvation,
Who says to Zion,
“Your God reigns!”

Your watchmen shall lift up their voices,
With their voices they shall sing together;
For they shall see eye to eye
When the Lord brings back Zion.

Break forth into joy, sing together,
You waste places of Jerusalem!
For the Lord has comforted His people,
He has redeemed Jerusalem.

The Lord has made bare His holy arm
In the eyes of all the nations;
And all the ends of the earth shall see
The salvation of our God.” ” Isaiah 52:7-10