Don't Mess With God's Word

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In the book of 2 Corinthians Paul spends considerable time reminding the Corinthian Christians of his Apostleship and the divinely given authority that comes with it. It's not a brag, or an "I'm more important than you" type of statement. As an apostle he is a messenger of Christ. The message he taught is the message that Christ through the Spirit gave him to teach. There have been many great teachers throughout the centuries, but none of them outside the apostles and inspired prophets have the kind of authority that the apostles were given. If a teacher cannot prove his teaching from what the Lord and His messengers the apostles said, then his teaching is of no value. In Paul's day, however, there were men who were saying that Paul's teaching was not inspired. It is in fact still

What Do They See?

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The man said he is an atheist. He was brought up going to a church, but according to him, "I never saw anyone actually practicing what they said they believe." I think that's a pretty harsh statement ... but what if it were true? He named the kind of church he grew up in, and I am somewhat familiar with it. It has lots of traditions and rituals, most of which only the clergy have any understanding. Owning a Bible is not discouraged in this church, but it is not necessary as the church leader will give you all you need. It is not my point to pick on his or anyone else's church, only to say that choosing atheism on the bases that his church didn't practice what it claims to believe is a bit unfair.

Preaching Righteousness

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So maybe you can't tell much from the picture, but what you're looking at is a life-size replica of the ark that Noah built some 4000 years ago. We watched a video of how this structure was built. It took 23 months and one hundred million dollars. There were huge cranes and other heavy equipment and innumerable people involved in the work. It is the largest wood-framed structure in the world (they told us the board plank length, but I have forgotten). I don't know how much it cost Noah to build this boat. Nor do I know how many were involved in the building. We have an idea of how long he worked on it, but even that is not known exactly. We don't often think about such things as they are not revealed and are not germane to the story that God wanted to tell, but they are interesting to think about. Where did they get the

What's Under the Carpet

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We've all heard the advice that we should not sweep things under the carpet or rug. Whether we are speaking literally or metaphorically, it makes good sense. If you sweep dirt or whatever under a carpet it is going to damage the floor. Likely very few people would actually sweep something under the carpet. Imagine, however, a lazy man or teenager who doesn't have a dustpan within arm's reach of where he or she is currently standing and is not really interested in looking for one and the rug is awfully convenient ... you get the picture.

I Spy With My Little Eye

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The spy technology then was not what it is today, but it was sufficient for the time. Suffice it to say that enemy nations were able to get intel about their enemies. We can find several incidents where spies were used successfully and unsuccessfully in the Bible. God made gathering intel on Him and His people relatively easy. He actually wanted the nations to know what was going on in the camp of Israel. Imagine the scene: