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WHY DOESN’T GOD MAKE HIS EXISTENCE MORE OBVIOUS TO PEOPLE?

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The pursuit of excellence begins with frustration, but succeeds with optimism.

Medes & Elamites and other notes on Pentecost

Interesting aspect of #Pentecost: the Medes & Elamites, listed in Acts 2:9 as being *present*, were extinct cultures! These people would have been decendants of these cultures living in Jerusalem. Thanks @howardleewhite for the great sermon today. (See also Wikipedia for more on these extinct cultures.)

Other Notes

The gift of the spirit is translation and vision.

The first impression the church made on the world was as a bunch of drunks.  Their radical behavior is not unlike God’s radical move of

  • sending his own Son
  • turn the whole leader-servant and power-kingdom scheme on it’s head
  • having said Son be crucified for the sins of everyone (and!)
  • raising said crucified Son back to life.

Paul, and apologetics ever since, have taken up the task of explaining how these devine acts (in the gospels and in Acts) are both supreme acts of love and logical at the same time.

The Tower of Babel (people could not understand each other) and Pentecost (different people could understand) are bookends.

The church is a community–a human family–held together by the boundless love of God.

Penticost is one of those times when God ‘gets big’ to make himself obvious (in this case, having the people speak of his great deeds of power miraculously in multiple languages –verse 11). Other examples are the parting of the Red Sea, Transfiguration, and Paul being knocked down and blinded on the road to Demascus. At these times, God wants to make sure.  Most of the time God makes himself “easy to ignore ” as Phillip Yancy says in The Jesus I Never Knew.  This decision is central and essential to God’s methodology; a methodology in which he let’s us choose to believe, follow, and be in relationship.

 

The Essense of Leadership in 5 Letters – yep SERVE

 

Theophilus means God Friend

There are many theories about who Theophilus is; the person to whom Luke writes his gospel and the Atcs of the Apostles.  The most obvious answer may be right under our noses.

Theo means God. Phila means friends. It is written to God’s friend.

it is written for us.

Ex 33:11 The Lord spoke with Moses face to face, just as a man speaks with his friend.

at Last Supper Jesus says I call you friends (need citation)

I’m Working On The Building

This is a great gospel hymns.  Wikipedia says it is likely a negro spiritual.

It has been been recorded and performed by many, including B. B. King, Elvis Presley, the Oak Ridge Boys, and John Fogerty.

BB King’s lyrics:

I’m working on the building
It’s a true foundation
I’m lifting up a bloodstained
Banner for the Lord

I’ll have a good time
Working on the building
I’m going to heaven
To get my reward

When you see me praying
I’m working on the building
I’m lifting up a bloodstained
Banner for the Lord

Well I’ll never get tired
Working on the building
I’m going to heaven
To get my reward

When you hear me singing
I’m working on the building
I’m lifting up a bloodstained
Banner for the Lord

Well I’ll never get tired
Working on the building
I’m going to heaven
To get my reward

When you hear me crying
I’m working on the building
I’m lifting up a bloodstained
Banner for the Lord

Well I’ll never get tired
Working on the building
I’m going to heaven
To get my reward

I’m working on the building
It’s a true foundation
I’m lifting up a bloodstained
Banner for the Lord

Well I’ll never get tired
Working on the building
I’m going to heaven
To get my reward

UNShakable: Facing Death (sermon)

4-19-2015 sermon

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UNShakable: Facing Illness (H White sermon)

5-24-15 sermon

Went over 5 names of God from the Old Testement.  For example, Jehovah Raah (Shepherd).

(For more (16) names see https://www.blueletterbible.org/study/misc/name_god.cfm )

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Privileged Species

Excellent video showing discoveries of the 20th Century that show the universe is designed for human life. We are not accidents.

Features scientist Michael Denton

http://youtu.be/VoI2ms5UHWg 
http://www.evolutionnews.org/2015/05/for_its_moral_i095901.html

Believe, Belong, Become: Choice and Growth as a Christian

Believe, Belong, Become: Choice and Growth as a Christian

Presentation made for Wesley UMC Confirmation Class.  May 3, 2015. Macomb IL

 

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