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“When God Tests Our Sincerity” by Bob Harkrider

Day 25 of the 2011 Wordcount Blogathon and I have barely slid a few posts in after 11 p.m. but I got them in before midnight.  I think that still counts.  I have been successful, so far in posting every day but have to admit a failure of mine.  We had a gospel meeting this past weekend and I kept trying to copy the ad on the reminder email I received, but every time I tried to paste it onto a blog post, it would not work.  I kept holding out until I could get it right an chose not to just type (more…)

Should Priests Abstain From Fleshly Desires?


By: Holly Green

I read an article recently on this blog about Father Corapi and the allegations against him of “improper conduct with an adult female”.  He is a priest and in our modern day Catholic religion, they are to abstain from sexual contact of any kind.  I believe this goes against human nature.  God made us with these desires and to discount them is only going to cause problems.  Let’s take a look at what the Bible says about this.

In Genesis, God made man and woman.  He gave the woman to the man to be a helper. (Gen. 2:19-25)  Verse 24 says, “For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.”

God intended man and woman to be together from the very beginning.

The book of Hebrews talks about priests and compares the Law of Moses to the new law.  In the Law of Moses, priests were necessary to offer sacrifices to God for the people.  Only the priests could enter the Holy of Holies-the back part of the temple and most holy place.

Hebrews 2:17- “Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.” (more…)

Abraham: Friend of God, part 3

Imagine getting the news that your child is dead.  It is unthinkable.  Now, imagine having to kill your child.  Even more unthinkable.  Who could do that?  Well, out of the average parents, who could do that?

This was the last lesson of Phillip’s in this series on Friendship With God.  Here is what it basically said.

Abraham was tested a third time by God, in a most difficult way, by far.  It does not make sense.  God does not normally ask us to sacrifice our children to him and punished Israel when they sacrificed their children to idols.

Genesis 21:1-8 tells of the birth of Isaac, whom God promised to him in his old age and through Sarah-a woman, who, in her youth was barren.  Abraham was 100 years old and Sarah was 90 years old and it happened just as God had promised.  What a joyous occasion! (more…)

Sunday Morning Class: Paul’s Adventures in the Gospel

By: Holly Green

On Sunday morning, we just started a study on “Paul’s Adventure’s in the Gospel” that will last 13 weeks.  Our preacher, Phillip Mullins, is teaching the class and I wanted to pass along some of the things we talked about.

The first class was pretty much background and introductory information on the people of the day and on Paul’s background.

First of all, we addressed the idea of calling these things that happened to him “adventures” but Phillip pointed out that as a Christian, in that point in time was adventurous because of the Pharisees killing many Christians.  The rewards that Paul and even all of us will reap will be eternal.

In Acts 26, Paul gives his defense before King Agrippa and begins by describing his background and his conversion.

Paul’s past

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“Outta My Sight!” Does God Still Want To Be Around Us When We Do Wrong?

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Holly Green

When you were a kid, did your parents sometimes want time away from you when you got in trouble?  Do you remember your mom or dad saying, “Just go to your room.  I’ll tell you when you can come out.”

Are you grown, with kids, and sometimes want time alone?  Do you ever get aggravated when they disobey you and feel like you do not want to be around them for a while?

When God made Adam and Eve, he spent time with them in the garden, walking and talking with them.  He wanted to be around them.  After they sinned, He still wanted to be around them.  I do not know if I would have felt the same way if I were in the garden with them and they had a perfect track record for a time.

I may have said, “Just get away for a while.  I can’t believe you did this after all this time!”

Obviously, I do not have the patience that God has.  After they ate of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, God knew and still went looking for them toward the end of the day.  He still wanted to maintain a relationship with them, even though He knew what they did.

In Matthew Henry’s commentary, he discusses the fact that “they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the cool of the day,” Gen.3:8, and points out that hearing the sound of Him signifies that He did not appear suddenly to scare them-they heard Him coming “at some distance, giving notice of His coming”.  He also points out that God was walking-not running, stomping, flying on one of the frightening creatures we read about in Revelation, but” still willing to be familiar with them”.

The Lord’s approach was not meant to show power and terrify them but almost as a companion.  What terrified them was their guilty consciences.  I’ve found myself stomping, running, walking quickly, when I discovered one of the kids misbehaving-but that shows my fallacy as a human being-my lack of patience and humility-humility was not what I was focusing on, when I was so adamantly approaching; however, God walking calmly, as He always did, shows humility.

Matthew Henry also points out that the Lord’s” walking deliberately, as one slow to anger, teaches us that when we are ever so much provoked, not to be hot or hasty, but to speak and act considerately and not rashly”.  This example shows so much self-control, we might think we are incapable of it; nonetheless, one of the fruits of the spirit is self-control-Gal.5:23.  We CAN be capable of self-control, it just takes practice-and it might take years of practice-but we can do it.  It took years of practice for me, and I am not a master at all, but my kids agree that my self-control is 90% better than it used to be.

In Matthew Henry’s text, he makes the point that God came “in the cool of the day” and not at night, when things are dark and more fearful, and not in the heat of the day, paralleling with not in the heat of His anger.  He came in a peaceful manner, as He always had and they hid themselves for the first time, because instead of joy, they felt terror.  That was not what He intended for them to feel but because of their sin, they were afraid of what He would do, when they had never had a reason to fear Him before.

A lot of times, I forget that God can be a good example for us to emulate because we look to Jesus, who was God in the flesh, and many other examples of fallible men, like Abraham, Moses, David, Daniel, Job.  What about God?  Can we not learn a great deal from examining His behavior, too?

 

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