I heard this song this Christmas. It’s a good one.
Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth:
Set up your kingdom in our midst.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God:
Have mercy on us sinners.
Holy Spirit, Breath of the Living God:
Renew us and all the world.
– N.T. Wright
Closely related to my 5 breath prayer and the Trinity +1 (Lord).
N.T. Wright (1948- ) is an English New Testament scholar, Pauline theologian, and Anglican bishop.
There are two (different) Greek root words here.
The one in the Bible (at least 115 times) is (so, this is the meaning of church in the Bible)
Ecclesia – The Greek word “ecclesia” is correctly defined as: “The called-out (ones)” [ECC = out; KALEO = call]. Thus, you can see how this word was used to indicate a civil body of select (called, elected) people.
Quoting from the Oxford Universal English Dictionary on the word “ecclesia”:
Ecclesia [mediaeval Latin, and Greek – from : SUMMONED] -A regularly convoked assembly, especially the general assembly of Athenians. Later, the regular word for church. assembly
When the greeks (romans?) wanted to make an announcement, they would call people out of their homes to the street. ecclesea.
The English word ‘church’ is a different Greek word.
“Church” comes from the Old English and German word pronounced “kirche.” In Scotland, it was “kirk.”
In the earlier Greek It was pronounced “ku-ri-a-kos” or “ku-ri-a-kon.” As you can see, this word doesn’t even resemble the Greek word “ecclesia” whose place it has usurped. The meaning of “Ku-ri-a-kos” is understood by its root: “Ku- ri-os,” which means “lord.” Thus, “kuriakos” (i.e., “church”) means “pertaining to the lord.” It refers to something that pertains to, or belongs to, a lord. The Greek “kuriakos” eventually came to be used in Old English form as “cirice” (Kee-ree-ke), then “churche” (kerke), and eventually “church” in its traditional pronunciation. A church, then, is correctly something that “pertains to, or belongs to, a lord.” Lord’s house.
An interesting quote from the 1915 “Gospel Advocate” (Pg 589) says:
“The word ‘Church’ is really not a translation of any word that was used by either Christ or His Apostles, but is the Anglican form of a different word which Roman Catholicism substituted in place of the word used by Christ and His Apostles… It is in our english scriptures by order of King James, who instructed his translators of 1611 not to translate the word “Ecclesia” by either ‘Congregation’ or ‘Assembly’ but to use the word ‘Church’ instead of a translation.”
http://www.aggressivechristianity.net/articles/ecclesia.htm (has a negative tone)
— Jim Olsen (@DrOlsen314) December 16, 2019
Casting Crowns – Make Room (Official Music Video) ft. Matt Maher
But what nature does not love and cannot perform, grace will accomplish, and make to thee a life of joy and glory.
near The end of chapter 16 in Andrew Murray’s abide in Christ 16th day for staking all for him
I just learned of, and very much enjoyed, *A Christmas Mystery: The Story of Three Wise Men* by William J. Locke. Librivox (wonderful audio reading) and Gutenberg (text).
I heard this song this Christmas. It’s a good one.
Much can be learned from the story of Ruth. Joe Stowell has an excellent 3-Part message.
(These notes are not organized. Sorry.)
Boaz was the kinsman redeemer. Jesus is our kinsman redeemer.
God has Hesed love. This Hebrew word is powerful and often used in the Bible (OT, I believe; in NT, Agape is commonly used). Commonly translated as “loving-kindness.” A common term in the Bible for describing God’s love for mankind. RC Sproul (in https://www.ligonier.org/blog/what-hesed/) says:
There may be no more significant Old Testament description of how God relates to His people than this Hebrew word hesed. I argue that the best translation of this term would be “loyal love.” God loves His people genuinely, immutably, loyally. Both the love and the loyalty are, of course, tightly bound together. That is, just as one cannot love capriciously so one cannot be loyal without love. God is for His people, and will never cease to be for them.
The two great commandments are strongly tied to each other.
God’s care for people is throughout the Bible.
Boaz is a hero. We need to be willing to be a hero.
Interesting Trivia: Sodom – In Ezekiel 16:49 we read that Sodom sinned (among other sins) by not aiding the poor and needy.
Disciples of John the Baptist ask Jesus if he is the Messiah. Jesus’ reply (Matt 11:4-5) is report what you see, I make the blind see, the lame walk, poor are told the good news. Jesus came to show us many things. One of the primary things is God’s hesed love for the people, the poor and needy.
Understanding the Will of God – Taking God’s Heart into our Hands – 6 steps of a pattern of life:
For God’s sake be a superman for someone.
I saw online someone suggesting that people should contribute quick (to NCTM, in this case).
Yes, we should contribute to NCTM’s Trust. However, I think “charitable deductions will be treated very differently in the coming year,” is misleading. It is my understanding, with the new tax bill, that charitable deductions can still be itemized as they have been. The ‘argument’ that has been put out (by the media also) is that with a higher *standard deduction* there will be some who won’t be ‘motivated’ to give to charitable groups, because they aren’t going to itemize deductions. Ugh! People need to give to NCTM, the Salvation Army, churches, etc. because it’s the right thing to do — now out of greed of what they’ll save on taxes.
IN FACT, with the government giving less and less to schools, communities, and social services it is MORE important that people to make charitable donations.
Charles Spurgeon – English preacher 19 June 1834 – 31 January 1892
Whatever subject I preach, I do not stop until I reach the Savior, the Lord Jesus, for in Him are all things.
Infinite, and an infant. Eternal, and yet born of a woman. Almighty, and yet hanging on a woman’s breast. Supporting a universe, and yet needing to be carried in a mother’s arms. King of angels, and yet the reputed son of Joseph. Heir of all things, and yet the carpenter’s despised son.
Preach Christ or nothing: don’t dispute or discuss except with your eye on the cross.
In the Calvin commentary on Micah he includes this prayer. (I have the Calvin app.)
It is broad and far-reaching, in the same way that Micah 6:8 is broad and far-reaching.
We live between the 1st and 2nd Comings of Christ. Our calling is to follow Jesus’ commandments. That is, to love.
J.C.Ryle wrote a nice piece on this.
from Creeds – Part 2 by Communio Sanctorum History of the Church season 2.
Creed – I believe = ‘creedo’ – a statement of faith. core elements
Confessions – elaborates on a Creed. a more detailed description of the things of God.
Catechism – to teacher/instruct; outlines of teaching. Have aspects of creeds and confessions.
Councils – meetings/gatherings of believers.