Posts from February 2013

Nosotros amamos a Dios porque él nos amó primero

By Octavio Esqueda Feb. 26, 2013 3:29 p.m. Biblical Exposition, Christian Education, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation, Theology

 

Recuerdo que el pastor de la iglesia donde crecí repetía constantemente esta frase “el amor es un producto de la voluntad”. Estas palabras se convirtieron en una expresión común en la iglesia y se mencionaban constantemente en diferentes contextos. Me parece que lo que el pastor quería comunicar era que la acción de amar está basada principalmente en una decisión y no solamente en emociones. Nuestras emociones cambian, pero cuando decidimos amar a Dios y a nuestro prójimo independientemente de nuestro estado de ánimo entonces estamos así cumpliendo la ley de Cristo. Estoy de acuerdo con la idea general, pero creo que el amor va mucho más allá de nuestra voluntad. El amor se centra en la persona de Dios y nosotros tenemos el gran privilegio de participar y demostrar el amor divino.

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Amos: Part Two

By Joe Hellerman Feb. 20, 2013 9:45 a.m. Church Life, Culture, Evangelism, Old Testament

Social Justice or The Proclamation of the Gospel?

In Amos Part One (2/18) we encountered the Northern Kingdom experiencing great prosperity during the reign of Jeroboam II. Suddenly, the prophet Amos appeared on the scene predicting Israel’s destruction and exile.

I ended the previous post with this challenging question:

“Why has God become so angry with a people that He has so richly blessed?”

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Amos: Part One

By Joe Hellerman Feb. 18, 2013 7:15 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Church Life, Culture, Old Testament

We are presently teaching through the Minor Prophets at church. I had the joy of tackling the book of Amos over a couple Sundays in February—not exactly a seeker-sensitive text.

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Are You Ready to Be a Missionary? A Checklist

By Kenneth Berding Feb. 14, 2013 10:16 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Evangelism, Ministry and Leadership, Missions, Spiritual Formation

This post is for people who are praying seriously about the possibility of serving overseas in long-term cross-cultural missions. It may help you assess where you presently stand in terms of “readiness” for such a ministry assignment.

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The anti-Trinity

By Thaddeus Williams Feb. 1, 2013 12:49 p.m. Biblical Exposition, Church Life, Ethics, Evangelism, Spiritual Formation, Theology

Jesus prayed for His church to form a kind of angled mirror, bonded together with the kind of love that directs the world’s gaze upward to behold the Triune God of love (Jn. 17:11-24). Are we reflecting the Triune God clearly, or do our churches often form more of a cracked mirror, fragmented shards with animosities and apathies caked like mud, refracting little light from above? Dr. Williams explores one reason we may often fail to reflect the Trinity, namely, the lack of a robust doctrine of "the anti-Trinity."

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