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“As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. ‘Come, follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will make you fishers of men’” (Mark 1:16-17).
There’s no getting around it: the Nazis got around it. This is the story of the Maginot Line.
We serve a God of emotions. Every emotion humans experience our heavenly Father has revealed of Himself. Some of us are more emotional than others. A few of us are able to guard our emotions quite well and may give the impression we are cold–even heartless.
Let me begin this reflective analysis by saying that I firmly believe the ideal is for each congregation to have strong, Spirit-led shepherds to guide the flock.
The number of disorders that are presently recognized by the medical and psychological communities is staggering. People are being diagnosed in record numbers and being properly (or improperly) medicated and counseled to deal with their problems.
I have been reflecting on the unusual pattern I have noticed in Scripture . . . the type of people God almost always uses to provide leadership among his people. This is the one pattern that we usually disregard in Scripture.
In 1995 I started building and marketing websites. That makes me one of the veterans of the net. I was still in my teen years and saw the Internet as the mature version of Nintendo.
Today my mind was sent to reflecting on Geocentricism (earth-centered universe) and Galileo simply came along for the ride. Galileo fought a serious and costly battle for the right to search for truth opposed to superstition and status quo tradition.
Enrich Fromm [1900-1980], in his highly acclaimed work Psychoanalysis and Religion, which is rather fascinating reading by the way, astutely observed, “Religion is any system of thought and action shared by a group which gives the individual a frame of orientation and an object of devotion.”
The name Zechariah — Hebrew: Zekar-yah — literally means “Yahweh has remembered.” This was a very common Hebrew name, and we find almost thirty different men with this same name mentioned in the Bible, “presumably,” declares one commentator, “because the Lord had remembered the prayers of the parents for a baby boy.”
To “edify” simply means “to build up.” Edification, therefore, is simply the process of building up someone or something. Another word in this family is “edifice,” which is the result of a building process. This concept is found many times within the pages of the New Testament writings, and we have all heard these words used repeatedly in classes and sermons.
The writing of “revisionist history” is not unknown. Persons look back at an event or program and recast it in view of their own purposes. They explain the records and evidence consistent with those purposes. One of the periods most often
“As we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers” (Galatians 6:10). The above text is one of my favorites. It dismisses the notion that we can pick and choose those to whom we shall be kind.
In one area I am delighted our practice has not caught up with what we preach. It has to do with how we treat others in light of some of the things we have said the Bible teaches.