Thinking of Others – The Unborn

Our Focus Scripture -“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” Php 2:3  ESV.

In part six of this six part series, we shall look at our focus scripture as, “In humility, count the unborn more significant than yourselves.  It is important to understand that we are human, an independent person from conception, not from birth.   Isaiah said to the people of Israel, “Listen to me, O coastlands, and give attention, you peoples from afar. The LORD called me from the womb, from the body of my mother he named my name.”  Is 49:1.  And later, “And now the LORD says, he who formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him; and that Israel might be gathered to him— for I am honored in the eyes of the LORD, and my God has become my strength—”  Is 49:5.  Moreover, God told Jeremiah the following, “”Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Jer 1:5.  All of these point to the idea that God formed us in the womb.  He did not form some tissue which then became us.  Also, this alludes to the fact He creates us for a reason, forms us as we are to fulfill a specific purpose.  So, if this is the case, how can we assent to the murder of these “individuals” through abortion or infanticide?

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Categories: Theology

Thinking of Others – Our Enemies

Our Focus Scripture -“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” Php 2:3  ESV.

In part five of this six part series, we shall look at our focus scripture as, “In humility, count your enemies more significant than ourselves.  I will not mince any words here.  This is probably the most difficult of all the others we have looked at so far.  I find it difficult to do this.  However, as with other commands God has given us, we really are not given a choice.  We must love our enemies.  Here is what Jesus said in His famous Sermon on the Mount.  “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.  For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?  And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?  You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”  Mat 5:43-48.

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Categories: Theology, Uncategorized

Thinking of Others – Strangers and those in Need

Our focus scripture, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.”  Php 2:3 ESV

In part four of this six part series, we shall look at our focus scripture as, “In humility count strangers and those in need more significant than ourselves”.  There are many more strangers around us then there are friends and family.  This is an obvious truth.  And I am also sure there are many people within our reach that are hurting and in need of our help, encouragement and love.  I am going to address this topic a little differently.  I am going to tell several stories that will get the point across much better and also give examples of what has been done for others which exemplifies seeing others as more significant than ourselves.

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Categories: Theology

Thinking of Others – Our Friends and Family

Our focus scripture, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.”  Php 2:3 ESV

In part three of this six part series, we shall look at our focus scripture as, “In humility count our friends and family more significant than ourselves”.  This can be most difficult at times, especially when it comes to family.  There is an old saying, “We can choose our friends, but not our family.”  This is very true.  Many times, family members can get on our nerves.  They may become very demanding  or cantankerous.  However, this should not be a statement made by us who call ourselves Christians.  It has the idea of not wanting to be around them, desiring to only pick those that make us happy or, at the least, do not make our lives difficult.  However, no matter how difficult our friends and family get, we do not have the luxury of saying good riddance.

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Categories: Theology

Thinking of Others – God

Our focus scripture, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.”  Php 2:3 ESV

In part two of this six part series, we shall look at our focus scripture as, “In humility count God more significant than ourselves”.  Now, this looks to be something self-evident.  We are probably thinking, “I am a Christian, I always look at God above myself.”   However, do we really?  This is a great time to do a little self examination.

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Categories: Theology

Thinking of Others

“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.”  Php 2:3 ESV

Love is the greatest commandment given by God to His people.  When Christ was asked what the greatest commandment in the Law was, His response was, ““You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.  And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”  Mat 22:37-40.  Notice the focus on love in these two commandments Christ considered most important.  Everything the Law and the Prophets said and did was grounded in love. 

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Categories: Theology

As through a key hole

But, as it is written, ‘No eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, is what God has prepared for those who love him’”  1 Cor 2:9

My family and I went to see a movie this afternoon.  As we were waiting for it to begin, we were watching the previews of upcoming films.  Suddenly, in one of the previews, one of the characters said something that I find profound.  “You are looking at life as through a keyhole.”  As I was pondering this, God spoke to me and said that many view the Christian life as through a key hole, seeing and experiencing less than what He has made available to us. Read more…

Categories: Culture

Our Role in Politics

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.”  1 Tim 2:1-2

I normally try to stay clear of politics and discussing political matters.  However, in watching what is happening in this campaign, I feel it is important to say a few words regarding the state of politics today.  First of all, I will say that I am a conservative so this blog post may lean toward that perspective.  The main reason is that the conservative position more closely matches my views of how life should be lived.  But this is not an entry on who I am supporting, but on how we, as Christians, should be involved in the political process.  I want to divide this into three parts.  The first being the Democrat side, the second being the Republican side, and the third should be our response.

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Categories: Culture

Love our neighbors

“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  Mat 22:39b

When we think of the word neighbor, we often think of those who live beside us, across the road from us, or maybe several houses down.  However, was this what was meant by Jesus in the above verse?  I do not think so.  According to Thayer’s Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament, it means ‘any other man irrespective of nation or religion with whom we live or whom we chance to meet.’  In other words, every human on this earth is essentially our neighbor.  We are to love everyone we come into contact with.  So I ask the question, do we really love our neighbor?

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Categories: Culture, Theology

The Christians Purpose

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Mat 28:19-20

Why are we here?  I do not mean all mankind, but us Christians.  Think about it.  We have accepted the salvation God has provided for us through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  And because of our decision, we have a glorious future with God.  We will have no want, and life will be absolutely perfect; no sin, sorrow, suffering or shame.  In this world, we experience the four S’s.  We have all seen the markings of sin all over.  Greed, selfishness and hatred abound.  People lose friends and family members daily, bringing sorrow to countless numbers of those left here to mourn.  There is no way to count the number of people who suffer from disease, constant pain, or from those who hate what others stand for.   And Christians throughout the last two centuries have experienced the four S’s on a continuous basis.  If the Christian life is about the individual, then why have we not been taken away from all this and taken immediately to our new and eternal home.  Because it is not about us.

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Categories: Theology