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December 3rd, 2017

Thankfulness in Tough Times

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thankfulness in tought times smReformation and Reformers

The Protestant Reformation transformed lives and eventually nations. But it also brought conflict and confusion. Yet many reformers set an example of thankfulness in tough times. In search of the “faith once delivered,” some reformers wanted to return to the authentic worship and beliefs of the early first century church. The Separatists among them valued the decalogue, insisted on adult baptism by immersion, and followed the biblical examples of anointing and ordination. They anticipated the return and millennial reign of Christ. Some courageous non-conformists braved the rejection of society and began keeping the Sabbath, in spite of dire consequences. In a time of strong anti-semitic bias and prejudice they endured persecution and even execution, at the hand of those who insisted on religious uniformity. More

December 2nd, 2017

Passionate About Biblical Values?

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passionate about biblical values500 Years after Luther

The Protestant Reformation is 500 years old now, but what has been the effect on Christian “morality?” Has the “faith once delivered” been restored, and have the ancient paths been re-established? God tells us that he acts on behalf of those who trust him and do good. But the reality of our Christian religious world does not seem to reflect the ideals of sola scriptura…living by every word of God.  And many of our religious leaders, like those in the time of Jeremiah, or John, are merely interested in offering soothing platitudes. They deceitfully proclaim, “peace,” when there is no peace. So how can we expect God’s blessing?  More

November 12th, 2017

Remember — Fight Evil and Stand for What is Good

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Standing Against the Tide of Lawlessness

stand for what is goodRemembrance Day brings to mind the lives that were sacrificed in epic battles. Soldiers who embraced their duty engaged in the struggle between good and evil. As Christians the battle we fight is no less intense. As soldiers in God’s army do we stand for what is good, and recognize the consequences of evil. This week the horror of the Sutherland Springs shooting brought to mind the scripture that speaks of our violent age. “Because lawlessness will abound the love of many will turn cold.” This lawlessness, anomia, will have consequences. When evil is allowed to flourish it is only those who stand for what is good who will endure. It is the Lord’s loving loyalty that will make them stand. More

November 11th, 2017

Jealous or Zealous…It’s All about Context!

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Jealous or zealous

Jealousy Has Its Consequences Internationally

The 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, and the family feud over the land of Israel still continues. This document of the League of Nations gave the British a mandate to govern Palestine. It also gave the Jews a right to return to their ancient homeland, thus fulfilling many prophecies. And yet from this moment their Arab “cousins” jealousy has bought terrible conflict, hardship, and heartache. Yet God will still use the jealousy of those who hate Israel to accomplish his purpose. More

November 4th, 2017

Salvation Equation: Did Luther Get It Right?

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Was Luther Right?

Luther Begins a Reformation and Develops His Salvation Equation

Five Hundred Years Ago

In 1517 Martin Luther posted his 95 theses in Wittenberg, decrying some of the abuses within the Catholic church. But it took a few years for him to get to the point of calling the Pope, the “Anti-Christ,” and throwing away the need for the Catholic sacraments. During this time Luther was developing his idea about “justification through faith alone.” He said he based his new understanding on scripture alone, “sola scriptura.” But did he? Luther had concluded that because we were freely justified (made right with God) through grace, that all we needed was faith. This fit neatly with his background as an Augustinian friar, as it built on Augustine’s idea of predestination. So Luther’s salvation equation was Faith + 0 = Salvation. No “works” were needed. But was Luther right? More

October 31st, 2017

Unfinished Reformations: Luther’s Reformation and Jehu’s Reformation

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500th Anniversary of Luther’s Reformation

5ooth anniversary of the ReformationThis year marks the 500th anniversary of the beginning of Martin Luther’s debate with the Catholic Church. His objective was initially to make reforms within that Church. But over several years of accusation and counter-accusation, Luther refined his theology, ultimately, rejecting Papal authority. Facing a death penalty at the “Diet of Worms” trial in 1521, Luther remained staunchly committed to his own understanding of “sola scriptura.” Luther’s reformation began to sow the seeds that produced the Protestant Reformation. But there have been other reformers in the history of the people of God. More

October 14th, 2017

Feast of Tabernacles 2017 — Preparing God’s People

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Feast of Tabernacles 2017 - Tigh Na Mara

Feast of Tabernacles 2017 — Tigh Na Mara, Parksville, British Columbia Canada

Feast of Tabernacles 2017

the messiah and his kingdomThe Messiah and the Kingdom

As the “latter days” prophesied in scripture draw ever closer, we need to consider the relevance of the Feast of Tabernacles. On this first day of the festival we look forward to a new age ushered in by the coming of the Messiah. But what is the nature of our Messiah? Many religions teach the concept of a Messiah, a deliverer. But few understand the nature of the Messiah who is revealed in the Judeo-Christian scriptures.

 

 

the law shall go forth

The Messianic Age — Walking in God’s Ways

When we study the future, as pictured by the Feast of Tabernacles, we come to understand more about God’s ways. The prophets, Isaiah and Micah, both were inspired to write about the coming of the Messianic age. Their messages were very similar, and they both focused on the importance of the law in establishing the millennial reign of the Messiah. So what are those ways of God that he will be teaching all nations?

 

 

goodness of the FatherThe Nature of the Father

In celebrating the Feast we often focus on Christ’s return and the establishment of his millennial rule. And rightly so. But is this our ultimate vision for the future, or is there something greater? Are we looking forward to Christ’s return or to the Father’s coming, or both? And how are these events connected? What must happen before the Father comes and the new heaven and earth are established?

 

 

thankfulness more than mannersThankfulness — More than Manners

Good parents teach the value of being “thankful” and expressing gratitude. As toddlers we are taught to say, “Please” and “Thank you.” But the biblical concept of thankfulness encompasses much more than initially seems apparent. We should be grateful for the wealth of physical things that we enjoy. Clean air, fresh water, good food… And while scripture admonishes us to be thankful for these things, there is more to the picture.

 

The Holy and the Profane — A vision for the saints

Biblical Historicity — The Reality of our Faith

Justice Will Reign

History of God’s Mercy

Who Shall Dwell with God

Fleeing Babylon