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The Church and the Prophecy Problem

Posted on Apr 2, 2014 in Bible, Eschatology, Theology | 2 comments

by Don Trest — Axiom: Misunderstanding the role of the church in the end times is the reason for spiritual misstep by the church and an array of doctrinal and practical problems for the church. I & II Thessalonians was written to show the relationship of the church to the Day of the Lord (End Times). I Thessalonians 4:13-5:11 The Thessalonians had made the mistake of trying to place the church into the prophecies that were given to and about Israel. Thus, misunderstood doctrine led to practical problems and missteps within and by the church and Paul wrote to them to clarify the doctrinal issues that had led to the practical and ethical problems within the church. What the Thessalonian believers could not know, because neither the OT prophets nor Jesus in the Olivet Discourse revealed it, was that...

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A Theology of Planning, Part 3

Posted on Mar 22, 2014 in Bible, Philosophy, Priorities, Theology | 1 comment

by Daniel Goepfrich –Having been part of a research group for an eBook that is being written on the “theology of planning,” I am answering seven questions about planning that the author posed to us. Because of the length, I’m sharing my thoughts in three posts. You can find the original answers in Part 1 and Part 2. I encourage you to share your own thoughts in the comments.   6. How does God use failed plans? An even better question might be: When taking God’s sovereignty into consideration, is there such a thing as a failed plan? It is better to say, “How is God glorified when a plan works differently than I had anticipated?” Romans 15:22-29 and Acts 16:6-10 are great examples of God causing Paul’s plans to change in order that he could do something greater. The simple reason is that God knows far...

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The Afterlife, Part 2

Posted on Mar 5, 2014 in Bible, Death, Heaven and Hell, Salvation, Theology | 0 comments

by Gary Gilley – Dante’s classic poem, The Divine Comedy, which has done more to shape our modern view of hell than any other work opens with these words, “Midway in our life’s journey, I went astray from the straight road and woke to find myself alone in a dark wood.” Like Dante, few of us pay much attention to the afterlife until some circumstance forces us into the dark woods of despair and confusion. And like Dante, armed with a little knowledge, mixed with tradition, experience and imagination, we will come up with a strange and distorted concept of eternity. Ask almost anybody on the streets what they think about heaven or hell, and they will have an opinion; an opinion based upon some mixture of what they have read and/or been taught. A recent survey of those who claim...

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The Authority of Christ and the Authority of Scripture

Posted on Feb 19, 2014 in Bible, Spiritual Formation, Theology | 0 comments

by Ernest Lockngenu – The concept of “authority” cannot be separated from the person of Christ and the Bible. This concept is largely discussed and omnipresent in the Bible from cover to cover. It is seen it the Bible’s declarations, the person, the nature and life of Christ. In his letter to Timothy Paul declares that, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God”[1] (2 Tim. 2.16). Thus, the Bible is God’s voice and consequently the expression of His authority, which is also fully therein discussed. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is the Creator and Sustainer of all that exist (John 1. 1-3; Col. 1. 16-18) and being the Divine Author is Scripture, It is therefore impossible to speak of His authority apart from that of Scripture. Before getting to discuss the authority of Christ and the authority of...

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A Theology of Planning, Part 2

Posted on Feb 4, 2014 in Bible, Philosophy, Priorities, Theology | 1 comment

by Daniel Goepfrich – Having been part of a research group for an eBook that is being written on the “theology of planning,” I am answering seven questions about planning that the author posed to us. Because of the length, I’m sharing my thoughts in three posts. You can find Part 1 here. 3. Is planning the work of one person or many people? Depending on what is being planned, it could be either. Some plans are very simple and don’t require anyone else, while others certainly do. A good principle to follow is: the wider the influence of the thing being planned, the more necessary the planning (and probably people). “Plans are established by counsel, so make war with guidance.” Proverbs 20:18 “With regard to our brother Apollos: I strongly encouraged him to visit you with the other brothers, but it was...

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