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The Many Applications of Salt Part 2: Salt is a preservative.

“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.”

Matthew 5:13

This is a continuation of a previous blog post: https://scfministry.wordpress.com/2016/12/15/the-many-applications-of-salt-part-1-salt-brings-out-the-true-nature-of-things/

This week I’m discussing how salt is a preservative.  Continue reading “The Many Applications of Salt Part 2: Salt is a preservative.”

Point of Clarification on the Article about King Herod.

Based on the reviews of last week’s article, https://scfministry.wordpress.com/2016/12/22/how-did-the-people-of-israel-feel-about-herods-orders/, a need has arisen to clarify some things. So, here I am to set everyone’s minds at ease. Continue reading “Point of Clarification on the Article about King Herod.”

How did the people of Israel feel about Herod’s orders?

This is a part of the Christmas story that isn’t depicted in children’s church programs due to its graphic nature. However, it’s still a part of it nonetheless. Yes, I’m talking about the time in Israel’s history when King Herod ordered the death of every male child 2 and under.

“Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men. 17 Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying:

18 “A voice was heard in Ramah,
Lamentation, weeping, and great mourning,
Rachel weeping for her children,
Refusing to be comforted,
Because they are no more.”

Matthew 2:16-18

There’s no need to question why the paranoid king made this decision. Obviously he felt that threatened to keep his throne. What I would like to propose to you is this question: How did the Israelites feel about it?

Continue reading “How did the people of Israel feel about Herod’s orders?”

The Many Applications of Salt Part 1: Salt brings out the true nature of things.

As Christians, we are called to be salt and light. The statement still rings true today despite the many changes in culture. The problem is, due to the advancement of technology, the many uses of salt have fallen by the wayside. The age of refrigeration has rendered the need for salt as a preservative null and void. The real question is: has the Biblical application for being salt become null and void? Continue reading “The Many Applications of Salt Part 1: Salt brings out the true nature of things.”

What Does a Souffle Have To Do With Our Duty As Christians?

I’m sure when you ponder the awesome works of God in Heaven, I’m sure the first thing that comes to mind is a souffle right? Well, maybe it’s just the inner chef in me that makes me think that way, but understanding how a souffle works may be able to bring some insight as to how Christians operate. Continue reading “What Does a Souffle Have To Do With Our Duty As Christians?”

Love God, love your neighbor. Will you obey? By Jim Herald

Who are the Shepherds of God’s people, and why is it so important for them to be doctrinally sound? Why is it so important for a man  or woman to make the God’s word the  final authority? Why is is so important to correctly handle the word of God?

Jesus lamented for Jerusalem. His triumphant entry into Jerusalem was prophesied to THE VERY DAY. He said the religions leadership SHOULD have know the day of their visitation. The religious rulers were declared to be “blind guides”. Continue reading “Love God, love your neighbor. Will you obey? By Jim Herald”

Unconditional Love, Even When We Were Sinners. By Jim Herald.

Today, I read a story about a Christian village in Indonesia. Muslims from a neighboring village murdered and persecuted those living there.
The Christians responded in love by donating $5,000 to the village of the attacking Muslims. As a result, revival broke out.

Is this story too unbelievable? Try THIS story,

Rom 5:8
While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Isaiah 53:10-11
Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

We are to love like Jesus loved. Jesus, by His own will, laid down His life as a sin sacrifice to redeem us to the Father. He, who knew no sin became sin for us. Unbelievably, the Father sent His son to die. For who? For dirty rotten, reprobate, disobedient, lying, thieving, adulterous, lustful, covetous, worldly, unrepentant, prideful rebels in whom there is no redeeming qualities, but for the affection of God.

In the sermon on the mount, Jesus commanded us to LOVE our enemies, to PRAY for those who spitefully abuse us.

So after considering all what God has done, is it all that different how these Christians loved their enemies? Is it still unbelievable, or were they just being obedient to the example of Christ?

 

 

 

 

Too Busy Straining The Gnat To Notice The Camel?

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.  Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!

 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence.”

Matthew 23:23-25

This message needs to be taken with a grain of salt due to the emotionally charged state of the internet right now. Just so we’re clear from the beginning, this has absolutely nothing to do with the recent presidential election. This is actually a message God has put on my heart a while ago, but other messages were already in queue. Continue reading “Too Busy Straining The Gnat To Notice The Camel?”

Rendering unto Caesar: Being a good Christian citizen under the world’s rule.

“Then the Pharisees went and plotted how they might entangle Him in His talk.  And they sent to Him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that You are true, and teach the way of God in truth; nor do You care about anyone, for You do not regard the person of men.  Tell us, therefore, what do You think? Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, “Why do you test Me, you hypocrites?  Show Me the tax money.” So they brought Him a denarius. And He said to them, “Whose image and inscription is this?” They said to Him, “Caesar’s.” And He said to them, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”  When they had heard these words, they marveled, and left Him and went their way.” c

Matthew 22:15-22

I’m sure as a Christian you probably want to just write in “Jesus” as your vote for the president this year because you can’t stand any of those silly politicians anymore. After all, our kingdom is not of this world right? Does that mean can just do whatever we want? Aren’t the rulers of this world only rulers over people who aren’t saved? Continue reading “Rendering unto Caesar: Being a good Christian citizen under the world’s rule.”

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