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Psalm 126

Habakkuk 3:2-6

Philippians 3:12-16

 

Problems with Christianity 120911

I admit I chose this title to attract attention and draw readers in—-I don’t spend much time on the subject, but…..

I sometimes find it upsetting that there is so much theology to consider in Christianity. There are questions always of what, how, who and where in Christianity, and while worth considering in depth, I wonder if any questions of theology, however resolved end up making any Christian disciple more Christian, or more passionate or more compassionate. In the end, it seems all we really have in Christianity is Christ, and Jesus Christ is all we had in the beginning, and all we needed.

Recently I got into a discussion with a  young man. he was a fine young person, and a sincere Christian I think. But the discussion soon became denominational and silly. (It was about conflicting views of the atonement.) In the end who cares why Jesus died, and what effect it might have had—to me it is enough that in the course of history, I would not know of God, and would not have God in my life were it not for Jesus’ life and death.

Focusing on the fundamentals!

Pray for the peace of Jesus

(brother) Bill

Psalm 126

1When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.

2Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”

3The Lord has done great things for us, and we rejoiced.

4Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like the watercourses in the Negeb.

5May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy.

6Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves.

Habakkuk 3:2-6

2O Lord, I have heard of your renown, and I stand in awe, O Lord, of your work. In our own time revive it; in our own time make it known; in wrath may you remember mercy.

3God came from Teman, the Holy One from Mount Paran. Selah His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise. 4The brightness was like the sun; rays came forth from his hand, where his power lay hidden. 5Before him went pestilence, and plague followed close behind. 6He stopped and shook the earth; he looked and made the nations tremble. The eternal mountains were shattered; along his ancient pathways the everlasting hills sank low.

Philippians 3:12-16

12Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.

15Let those of us then who are mature be of the same mind; and if you think differently about anything, this too God will reveal to you. 16Only let us hold fast to what we have attained.

The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

 


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