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January 22, 2017 @ 1:53 pm

It Shall Not Be Forgiven - Part 3

Part 3 of the four part series that explores how George MacDonald viewed Jesus' words on forgiveness, and, espcially that of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. Key to our understanding is that of grasping both what Divine forgiveness means and what such blasphemy against the Spirit entails. Only when we have brought into harmony these two elements together with the love of God as found in Jesus do we begin to see that, far from a cold juridical condemnation of those guilty of a great wrong, Jesus’ words express a loving truth full of Father’s compassion and meant for our good. 

~m

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January 21, 2017 @ 10:19 am

It Shall Not Be Forgiven - Part 2

Part 2 of the four part series that explores how George MacDonald viewed Jesus' words on forgiveness, and, espcially that of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. Key to our understanding is that of grasping both what Divine forgiveness means and what such blasphemy against the Spirit entails. Only when we have brought into harmony these two elements together with the love of God as found in Jesus do we begin to see that, far from a cold juridical condemnation of those guilty of a great wrong, Jesus’ words express a loving truth full of Father’s compassion and meant for our good. 

~m

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January 20, 2017 @ 1:07 pm

It Shall Not Be Forgiven - Part 1

Efforts have been made in an attempt to understand what Jesus meant when he said that blasphemy against the Holy Spirit would not be forgiven. The gravity of such an utterance by the Lord begs the most serious inquiry! Key to our understanding is that of grasping both what Divine forgiveness means and what such blasphemy against the Spirit entails. Only when we have brought into harmony these two elements together with the love of God as found in Jesus do we begin to see that, far from a cold juridical condemnation of those guilty of a great wrong, Jesus’ words express a loving truth full of Father’s compassion and meant for our good.

Over the next four days I will be sharing George MacDonald’s thoughts on this very passage. May it prove an encouraging blessing to all who listen and hear!

~m

 

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January 11, 2017 @ 6:02 am

Followers of The Way

I think it a good idea for those who identify themselves as “Christians” to put ourselves in the shoes of our critics and gain what insight there is to be had from their observations and perspectives. Although we may not agree with everything they have to say—perhaps not even with the bulk of it—nevertheless, there is often truth enough in some of their criticisms for us to reflect on when viewed in the illuminating light of our Lord’s own words.

In his book, The Call, Os Guinness presents just such an insightful look in a chapter entitled Followers Of the Way. 

~m

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January 4, 2017 @ 7:03 am

Increase Your Knowledge of God

Author Michael Phillips takes a penetrating look at the foundation for true "knowledge of God" to find that, at the core, it is God's Fatherhood. Understanding this is key to our ever deepening intimacy with God. 

~m

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December 28, 2016 @ 6:02 am

The Friendship of Trials

Each of our lives is chock full of trials, some minor irritations and others hitting us like a personal earthquake! Our natural reaction is to wish for a carefree life absent of such discomforts. But what if trials were actually gifts allowed into our lives for our eternal good? Might we then welcome them as friends? 

~m

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December 21, 2016 @ 6:02 am

What the Children Deserve

Lately, I heard someone give voice to an all-too-familiar phrase in the Christian lexicon.  One that sounds piously self-defacing and is, I’m sure, intended to exalt God. However, on closer examination I believe it ends up doing just the opposite, stealing from God a goodly part of the glory of his Fatherhood!

The unfortunate expression is this: We deserve hell.

 ~m

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December 14, 2016 @ 6:02 am

Mere Christianity: The Practical Conclusion

We've now arrived at the fifth and final episode of our five-part journey of exploration into what Christians believe as laid out so well by C.S. Lewis in a portion of his book, Mere Christianity. Together, these five segments have taken us along a footpath of unerring logic, each segment building on the previous and culminating in this final episode.

What you are about to hear in The Practical Conclusion picks up where Episode 4 left off. In it, the flawless logic of C.S. Lewis leads us to an inescapable and haunting conclusion, one that is impossible to shake off and dismiss.

~m

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December 7, 2016 @ 6:02 am

Mere Christianity: The Perfect Penitent

This is the fourth episode of our five-part journey of exploration into what Christians believe as laid out so well by C.S. Lewis in a portion of his book, Mere Christianity. Together, these five segments walk us along a footpath of unerring logic, each segment building on the previous and culminating in what Lewis referred to as The Practical Conclusion.

Anyone familiar with Lewis’ writings cannot help but appreciate how well he makes his arguments through the use of easily grasped illustrations that intrigue and add weight to his position. Though these illustrations come from a time in England quite past and some can seem rather outdated to modern ears, the disadvantage is slight and hardly detracts from their impact.

What you are about to hear now in The Perfect Penitent picks up where Episode 3 left off and does a marvelous job of looking at what is called the "Atonement" in a way that is both simple and profound.

If we are keen of mind and open of heart, I believe these writings will go a very long way in clearing the fog of ignorance and misunderstanding that can so easily languish about our heart.

~m

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November 30, 2016 @ 6:02 am

Mere Christianity: The Shocking Alternative

This is the third of a five-part journey of exploration into what Christians believe as laid out so well by C.S. Lewis in a portion of his book, Mere Christianity. Together, these five segments walk us along a footpath of unerring logic, each segment building on the previous and culminating in what Lewis referred to as The Practical Conclusion.

Anyone familiar with Lewis’ writings cannot help but appreciate how well he makes his arguments through the use of easily grasped illustrations that intrigue and add weight to his position. Though these illustrations come from a time in England quite past and some can seem rather outdated to modern ears, the disadvantage is slight and hardly detracts from their impact.

What you are about to hear now in The Shocking Alternative picks up where Episode 2 left off. If we are keen of mind and open of heart, I believe these writings will go a very long way in clearing the fog of ignorance and misunderstanding that can so easily languish about our heart.

~m

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