Posts with the category “becoming-people-of-understanding”
My Feet Had Almost Stumbled: Psalm 73 (part two of several)
April 8th, 2021
This experience should be familiar to anyone who might be reading with us. In so many ways, small or large, the events of life can appear not to fit our concept of a powerful, wise, and loving God. If...
Truly God is Good: A Journey Through Psalm 73 (part one of several)
April 5th, 2021
A Journey Through Psalm 73 (part one of several).Written by: Pete McClanathanTruly God is Good: A Journey Through Psalm 73 (part one of several)Our discussion of sin and idolatry (Gen. 3 and beyond) h...
Beyond Genesis 3: Are Things Really Any Different?
March 23rd, 2021
Consider that the entire content of scripture from Genesis 4 through Revelation deals with this theme: man’s captivity by sin, overlaid with God’s plan of redemption....
Outside of the Garden: What Now?
March 23rd, 2021
There we have it. Even before the many physical curses that soon were to come (the ground, work, childbirth, even physical death), Adam and Eve experienced a terrible and wholly unexpected consequence...
Stop, Look, Listen: The Price of Sinful Choices
March 3rd, 2021
When we last left Eve and Adam they had just completed the sorry progression of temptation and disobedience. The result was a disaster for them and for human history. The whole of scripture following...
Stop, Look, Listen: The Anatomy of Temptation and Idolatry
March 1st, 2021
I had intended to use this article to work on identifying idols in our own lives, using some of the examples presented earlier. But as I was preparing, it became clear that there is one more foundatio...
Stop, Look, Listen: Clarity is Emerging
February 17th, 2021
Before we begin, a few words to those who’ve come through the two previous articles. First, nice work. If you’ve treated these topics seriously and stepped into the scriptures and discussion with us,...
Stop, Look, Listen: The Trap of Tunnel Vision
February 17th, 2021
These words appear in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, right on the heels of his warnings against judging. Understanding and heeding this passage is the linchpin to softening and healing interpersonal or g...
Stop, Look, Listen: An Interlude to Examine and Strengthen Our Foundations
February 8th, 2021
You’ve probably noticed that we’re moving deeper into the complex subject of how the Bible addresses human relationships. If taken seriously, we’re finding that the Word of God is abundantly filled wi...
Stop, Look, Listen: Critical Judgments and Matthew 7
February 1st, 2021
A Christian man who loves sports is challenged harshly by a non-sports-loving friend. The rebuke centers around accusations of the man’s misplaced priorities before God....
Stop, Look: Beginning the Practice of Applying Biblical Warnings to Real Life
January 29th, 2021
We’ve been uncovering how the Bible speaks clearly to matters of human conduct and relationship. Its words are directed particularly to those in the body of Christ....
Stop. Look. Listen: Do Our Words Pierce or Do They Bring Healing?
January 18th, 2021
We live in times that can feel difficult. And often they are. No argument there. Difficult times and difficult people can press us emotionally. Fear, pain, regret, anger...they all can lead us to plac...
What Was Worship Like After the Fall?
January 6th, 2021
We are given little information about the form of worship of God following Gen. 3:6-7 (the fall). We do know that it took place in spite of there being no tabernacle, temple, or synagogue, and withou...
Understanding Wrong Worship Through the Wisdom of Colossians: Part 1
December 16th, 2020
If you’ve been studying along with us in this series, you’re seeing the development of a theme. One that involves basic issues found throughout the Bible. Idolatry, wrong worship, putting off the old ...
Friendship with the World: What is the Big Deal?
November 23rd, 2020
Preparing this article has felt like trying to clear vines and underbrush from among a forest of trees. Not that I’ve ever tried to clear a woods, but it seems similar. All around we find majestic oak...
Thy Will Be Done (Really?)
October 14th, 2020
Recent Sunday morning teachings, as part of the First 40 Days prayer journey, have reacquainted us with familiar words in Matthew 6. What we’ve come to call the “Lord’s Prayer” is best understood as a...
Becoming People of Understanding
October 7th, 2020
Encouragement always carries the challenge of faith and trust, seeing beyond our own circumstances and understanding. And biblical challenge always contains encouragement if we look below the surface ...
Can We Really Allow Difficult Circumstances To Become Opportunities?
September 30th, 2020
Can We Really Allow Difficult Times and Hardships To Become (Unrequested and Maybe Unwelcome) Opportunities?Written by: Pete McClanathan“Consider it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of vario...
You Mean I Was a Part of the Domain of Darkness?
September 23rd, 2020
As we make our way through the current sermon series in the rich book of Colossians, certain words and ideas jump out and demand further thought. Such is the case with Col. 1:13-14:...
Divine CouncilStop, Look, Listen: The Anatomy of Temptation and IdolatryStop, Look, Listen: The Price of Sinful ChoicesSin Cycle, Grace CycleThe Women in Matthews GenealogyOutside of the Garden: What Now?Beyond Genesis 3: Are Things Really Any Different?Friendship: David and JonathanReading Through Holy Week