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An Alternative to the Vanity of Life

Posted on May 25, 2015 in Featured, Grace, Manhood, Spiritual Formation | 1 comment

by Cory Marsh – The philosophical and theological masterpiece called Ecclesiastes is framed by the superlative construct “Vanity of vanities” (Eccl 1:2; Eccl 12:8). In the midst of this inclusio, out of his personal experience, Solomon provides ample reasons why he thought “all of life is vanity.” This declaration is the result of Solomon exploring such life-topics as pleasure and work (Eccl 2:1-11), wealth (2:18-26), friendship (Eccl 4:7-16), religion (5:1-6:9), and even wisdom itself (2:12-27). All of these are shown to be, in the ultimate sense, unfulfilling. The translated word chosen to convey this concept in the ESV Bible is “vanity.” While “vanity” conjures up thoughts of selfish pride and conceit here in the West—a nuance lacking in its Hebrew root—the word should be understood in its Semitic context as “vanity” appears in Ecclesiastes a total of 38 times....

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Thinking About He That is Spiritual, Part 1

Posted on Mar 29, 2015 in Books/Reviews, Featured, Spiritual Formation | 2 comments

by Steve Spurlin – Most people, if they know anything at all about Dispensationalism, believe that it really only affects the area of end-times prophecy, and certain books of the Bible such as Daniel and Revelation.  However, it is not possible for this to be the case since each individual area of theology is inextricably connected to and intertwined with each of the other divisions of Biblical Theology, and its systematized cousin, Systematic Theology.  If that is true, as I believe it is, then there should be a Dispensational view of each of the major divisions, and subdivisions of Systematic Theology.  One of these subdivisions is found in the area of the Christian life, or also know as the spiritual life.  I will attempt to demonstrate that truth in this series of posts. Although the topic of the Christian...

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The Lord Told Me – I Think!

Posted on May 16, 2014 in Communication, Spiritual Formation, Spiritual Gifts | 6 comments

by Gary Gilley – In a newsletter published by a conservative Baptist denomination, a story is presented concerning one of its members.  Deployed in Iraq, this middle aged soldier revealed that often, as he wrestles with problems of various types, “God just reveals the answer to me.”  A leader from his church back home also claims to have heard from the Lord.  “The Lord told me,” he says, “that this young man is going to be known as a builder, not a destroyer in Iraq.”  So far his prophecy seems to have come true for, although the soldier has been involved in combat, his “day job” is to rebuild schools and water treatment plants.   Recently I received an e-mail from a gentleman who wrote, “Jesus has commanded me through the Holy Spirit to teach people how to pray,...

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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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Hermeneutics and the Spiritual Life

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 in Hermeneutics, Israel, Philosophy, Spiritual Formation | 2 comments

by Steve Spurlin – One’s hermeneutic practice is a topic of vital importance.  Everyone has a hermeneutic practice whether they know it or not and whether they are able to explain it or not.  What is the term hermeneutic(s) you may ask.  Good question. The term hermeneutic (hur ma noo tik) may be defined as the science of interpretation, in particular the interpretation of Scripture.  When a Christian, or anyone else for that matter, reads Scripture he or she employs a hermeneutic method in order to determine and understand what the text is saying.  Since Scripture is God-breathed (2 Tim. 3:16-17) and represents His self-revelation to man (Heb. 1:1-2) it is imperative that the reader correctly interprets its message.  Also, since God has spoken it is not at all difficult to determine why; He desires to have mankind come to...

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The Christian’s Motivation for Serving God

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 in Discipleship, Humility, Jesus, teachings of, Priorities, Spiritual Formation | 2 comments

by Charlie Bing – Why do Christians serve God? Why should Christians live a godly life? At one time or another most believers have probably questioned their motives for service and godly living. The purpose of this study is to explore motivations for Christian service and godly living by looking at biblical data. The study will focus chiefly on the Christian’s motivation for serving and actively living for God because there are less discernible passive forms of doing God’s will (abstaining from evil for example). But to press forward in godly disciplines and to serve God sacrificially calls for effective motivations. One can not really separate godly living from godly service. Christian service is the subject of this study because serious questions about motivation come when confronted with the demands and sacrifices required by it. Such service includes any ministry, be...

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