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Away For A Bit

Just an update that I’m unable to post anything till Monday.

LET THE PEOPLE REJOICE! REFLECTIONS ON PROVERBS 11:10-11

PROVERBS 11

Proverbs 11:9-14

“The theme of the relationship of the individual to the community, especially through the use of words, runs through these proverbs but they are not a carefully structured cluster” (Lucas, 98).

Today I will be focusing on verses 10 and 11.

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The Most Extravagant, Blessed Wage Gap: Some Thoughts on Proverbs 10:12, 15-16.

SOME CONCLUDING THOUGHTS ON PROVERBS 1-9

There are sure ways to follow so as not to gain wisdom and life:

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PART TWO: “WHAT IS HIS NAME?”

What follows flows from the first reflection on Mark 14:53-65. Familiarity with the gospel portion and with the first reflection is highly encouraged. That first reflection focused on Jesus’ silent faithfulness to His Father and the necessity of Christ’s silence for the unfolding of His love for us. Reflecting on Jesus’ silence during his great trial helps us to trust in Him even amidst trouble. We also see that, out of faithfulness to God and love for our neighbour, we, too, may be called to reflect His faithful silence.

In the current reflection, Jesus breaks his silence with a sonic boom. This word repels some in horror; but for those with ears to hear, Jesus’ redefinition of what it means to be “messiah” evokes the greatest hope.

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WHO IS REALLY IN CHARGE HERE? WHO IS ON TRIAL?

In contrast to Jesus’ quiet faith, the high priest is losing his cool. The high priest is controlled by the flesh. His salivating has slowed, for now he seems worried that his meal will somehow get away. Here is one of a few inklings that point to the fact that “the real trial is not the apparent trial. Not Jesus but the Jews who accused and “tried” Jesus are on trial” (Leithart, Delivered from the Elements of the World). Perhaps it is not the cheese that is being hunted, but the rat.

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PART ONE: “MY SOUL WAITS IN SILENCE FOR GOD ONLY”

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PART ONE: “MY SOUL WAITS IN SILENCE FOR GOD ONLY”

The scene is striking. The Sanhedrin – the Jewish governing council – finally have Jesus within their grasp. Some wanted to destroy Jesus much earlier on in his ministry – for doing good on the Sabbath (Mark 3:6).

Now, they have successfully tempted one of Jesus’ closest friends to betray him, they have intimidated the others so that they scattered. Now they have Jesus right where they want him. Now they are in control. Now they are able to follow through with their heart’s desire. It is as if they have made arrangements at an exclusive restaurant and have prepaid for the exquisite meal; their mouths are watering.

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The Dawning of the New Creation – Matthew 28:1-10

A Resurrection Sunday Sermon:

The importance of the resurrection:

The resurrection of Christ must not be downplayed.“[The resurrection] stands as the heart of the early Christian message”  (Ladd, A Theology of the New Testament, 353). In fact, “… the resurrection of Jesus is at the heart of the Christian gospel. Without the resurrection, Jesus’ ministry ends in defeat. But everything changes if ‘he is not here, for he was raised, just as he said’ (28:6)” (Turner, Matthew, 682).
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The Presence of the Future

The church can learn from the woman who was so confident she would date one day that she adamantly proclaimed: “I am not SINGLE! I am in a long distance relationship with a man who lives in my future
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Twice-Condemned?

Imagine a small town in which a man had killed another man and was caught. The murderer stood before judge and jury, was found guilty, sentenced to death, and died at the hands of the town’s hangman. Continue reading

“Why Is He Eating With Tax Collectors and Sinners?” (Mark 2:16)

A.B. Simpson, the founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, once wrote that, “[Jesus] was always overshadowed by the cross which at last He bore on Calvary” (The Cross of Christ, 26). Continue reading

Custody

I have a poor grasp of time, which is why I can’t remember when it was that my friends moved to Korea (or, that is, began moving to Korea). Was it a year ago? Anyways, I do remember their love for our Community Night crowd and the fact that they left behind a few very nice suits in case anyone from Community Night was in need.

I was beginning to feel like those suits had been hanging in my office for a bit too long when, lo and behold, a man dropped in a few Saturday nights ago and was going to a hearing regarding his daughter’s custody. The suit fit absolutely, positively perfectly!

Thanks Doug and Ann!