"What's In a Name"
So far, we have outlined the struggle for the first century believers to fully identify who they were. This involved struggles with Jewish authorities to show that Jesus was the long promised Messiah, witnessing to popular culture and prejudices, and confronting the authorities with the Truth. This is reflected in modern history with the Evangelicals attempt to fully define 'who' they are, and what are their distinctive beliefs. Indeed, you can see this
My grandmother's condition has gotten worse, and may be about to get MUCH worse, and, again, I may not be able to get on here for a while.
I know I've posted these notices many times before, and most of the time, the situation turned out to be not as bad as I was afraid it was. Maybe it will turn out to be the same this time and maybe not.
Genesis 39:23, “The LORD was with him; and whatever he did, the LORD made it prosper”
James 1:3, “The testing of your faith produces patience”
Some of the best sermons I’ve ever heard weren’t preached from the pulpit, but from the beds of sick people. The deepest truths of God’s Word have often been taught by those humble individuals who have gone through the school of affliction. With very few exceptions, the most cheerful people I’ve met have been those
Matthew 7:7, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find”
French physicist, mathematician, and philosopher Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) said, "There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus." I submit to you that Pascal knew what he was talking about. You see, he wasn’t simply referring to emptiness. He was speaking about a drawing - an
"What's In a Name?"
Okay, so we left Paul with the Pagans in Lystra trying to patch up a horrible misunderstanding. (Acts 14). In the very next chapter, Paul is found defending the Gospel message in the face of Judaizing additions. Circumcision was being taught by many as the logical outcome of Christ's 'Jewishness', the law of Moses must be followed by the Gentiles. Paul strenuously opposed this, as he did the Gentile interpretation in Lystra. If you