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Finding the Sacred Everywhere
Can you meet God anywhere? Even in an uncomfortable setting – perhaps something different from what you grew up with?
Or, when visiting another church fellowship, are you so distracted and annoyed by the furniture, the different worship style, the theological differences on small, non-central issues, the way people dress, or the different leadership structure, that you don’t believe the Spirit and Truth of God can be present there, and you’re unable to meet him, and let him breathe through you in your worship?
If the church buildings and traditions were to collapse, who would still be the church, even if they couldn’t “attend” church at a beautiful building, in the “right” denomination, with all the normal, comfortable church supplies for the rites and processions on hand?
What is our solid rock – bricks and stones, or the chief corner stone?
Are you prepared…
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“Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘Whoever swears by the temple, that is nothing; but whoever swears by the gold of the temple is obligated.’ You fools and blind men! Which is more important, the gold or the temple that sanctified the gold? And, ‘Whoever swears by the altar, that is nothing, but whoever swears by the offering on it, he is obligated.’ You blind men, which is more important, the offering, or the altar that sanctifies the offering? Therefore, whoever swears by the altar, swears both by the altar and by everything on it. And whoever swears by the temple, swears both by the temple and by Him who dwells within it. And whoever swears by heaven, swears both by the throne of God and by Him who sits upon it.
The Holy Spirit inside us (the new temple of God) – sanctifying us – is more important than the bread or wine which many Christians…
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It is the presence of Spirit-filled believers who participate in sacraments (from the Latin, sacramentum, from sacro (“hallow”, “consecrate”), from sacer (“sacred”, “holy”)) that make them sacred, worshipful acts.
The sacraments are often considered to be primarily communion and baptism (or in some denominations, a few other things as well).
But in reality, every activity done for the glory of God is a sacrament. There aren’t two or three or eight sacraments. There are thousands upon thousands. Anywhere the Holy Spirit inspires or moves us, we are performing a sacrament.
Sacraments take place everywhere Christians are present, not just within the walls of church buildings or through the blessings of ordained priests.
All who are reborn in Christ are priests, and any work in which Christ’s followers engage for His glory is blessed and holy – is a sacrament – because it is touched by the Holy Spirit.
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Ignorance and Enlightenment
The enemy has used both ignorance and “enlightenment” (or the perception of it) to mislead many.
Even thechurch has been used many times to lead people into darkness – or to keep them there.
In the Middle Ages, the Catholic Church capitalized on the ignorance of the laity regarding the truth of the Bible – deceiving and exploiting them for sordid gain. The heart and truth of God was greatly misunderstood, if it was known at all.
And then came an “Age of Enlightenment”, in which God was “reasoned” by some out of existence.
The enemy is clever, and uses the trend of the day to deceive people.
Unfortunately, we sometimes seem to be less clever, either following the trend of the day for the sake of following it, or clinging so tightly to tradition that we miss the truth.
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First piece in the series “Why Jesus Hates Religion” from my blog, thebleedingblogger.com
Are You a Religious Person?
I always cringe inside when people ask me if I’m religious.
I mean…wait…yes…in the sense that I’m a Christian, a Christ-follower. But no…”religious” really doesn’t describe it at all.
I have a dynamic, living, breathing relationship with the living God – with Jesus. I’ve been reborn – restored from the power of my sins – through the blood of Christ. Christ’s Holy Spirit – the fire of God – lives in me and equips me to love others and gradually become more like Christ.
But my walk is not (or at least shouldn’t be) about STRIVING to love or to change. It’s about SURRENDERING to the One who can and does change me over time. The Source of Love.
It’s about letting the current of the Holy Spirit chip away at the unpolished edges of the rocks, gradually making them smoother.
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Are you nice or are you kind? You can't be both!
Assuming that because there is a lack of textual or spoken evidence from an authoritative source, a certain claim is true, or vice versa.
Ever been stuck in an argument, knowing that the other person's logic is faulty, but not knowing exactly why or how?
Truth is Like a Sharp, Solid, Steady Rock It does not move. It is not swayed by internal impulses. It sometimes scathes and sharpens those who rub against it. It stands its ground, seemingly without concern of being an obstacle or inconveniencing others. Others' perceptions of the rock mean nothing to it. It is a …