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How Does the Bible Define Love?

Like any human emotion, love is a challenge to define. Merriam Webster’s dictionary offers the following definitions that describe love from an objective or emotion-neutral point of view. “A strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties as in the motherly love for a child.” Or, an “attraction based on sexual desire as in the affection and tenderness felt…

Did Jesus go to hell after he was crucified and before he ascended to heaven?

One of the creeds we recite as a confessional church is the Apostle’s Creed. Here are the words we recite and affirm as a fundamental statement of the Christian faith. I believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord: Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the…

Favor vs. Favoritism

One of the earliest writings in the New Testament is the letter by James to “the twelve tribes in the Dispersion” a way of referring to the Christian Church that was scattered throughout Asia Minor by the persecution of Christians in the early 40’s A.D. in Jerusalem. It was most likely intended to be read among many congregations to address issues that…

On Christian Virtue Part 18

How Should I Respond to The Beatitudes, Concluding Thoughts To conclude this commentary on the Beatitudes of Matthew 5, I would like to say a few things about how we are to respond to the teaching Jesus gave on that hill in Galilee.  What can we learn and how should we respond to these virtues Jesus has laid before us? First, recognize…

On Christian Virtue Part 17

Persecuted for the Right Reasons.  Part four: How do I rejoice in persecution? Finally, I want to close out this long running discussion on the eighth Beatitude with why we rejoice when we are persecuted for the proper reasons. First, it is a sign that we are Christian.  Jesus says at the end of vs. 12 that we are to rejoice because…

On Christian Virtue Part 16

Persecuted for all the Right Reasons.  Part Three. In the last post, I wrote that living a life in accordance with biblical principles; living righteously, even when done quietly will result in persecution by those in the world opposed to God and Christ.  There are two humanities, those who are against God and those who are His children.  Those in the world…

On Christian Virtue Part 15

Persecuted for all the Right Reasons.  Part Two. Last week in part one of “Persecuted for all the Right Reasons” we found that the consequences of unrighteous decisions by a Christian cannot be properly called persecution.  When our actions harm others or ourselves and result in suffering, that’s not persecution.  That’s called the God ordained outcome of making poor choices.  When someone…

On Christian Virtue Part 14

Part 14 Persecuted for all the right reasons. Part One. I have a friend with whom I talk by phone every week. At least we try to, but occasionally the busyness of life, church (he is a pastor too) and other commitments will cause us to cancel our weekly talk. On these occasions, he will e-mail me and say “Sorry, no call…

On Christian Virtue part 13

Part 13 How to be a Peacemaker Last time we looked closely at Matthew 5:9, the seventh of the eight Beatitudes Jesus spoke on the mount above the Sea of Galilee. Jesus said; ““Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” Those who profess faith in Jesus and claim to follow Him will be dedicated to seeking peace…

On Christian Virtue Part 12

Part 12 What is a Peacemaker The Beatitudes found in Matthew 5: 1-12 show us a beautiful picture of how disciples of Jesus are to act and appear. In previous posts, we have seen that on the inside, a disciple of Jesus is humble, aware of his or her shortcomings, displays a meekness because they understand their true condition as a sinner,…