Archive for September, 2013

Can the church serve

Posted: September 25, 2013 in religion

Is it possible for the church (little c, you know, the one you go to with a pastor, choir director, youth pastor, secretaries, etc) to minister to the hurting? The church is an institution, and as an institution can do a lot of good for groups of people. But the church (little c) does not have a soul. It is a group of people who have come together for a common purpose. Hurting people don’t have a common problem, they have a very real and personal problem that may be common to a lot of other hurting people, but that does not make it any less personal. Only individuals can serve individuals in a meaningful way (with true brotherly love and compassion).

What the church can do is foster a culture of loving individuals loving on other people who are hurting. That is the real Church, the bride of Christ.

Prayer

Posted: September 22, 2013 in religion
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How does prayer work (if it works at all)?
When we pray does the HG say to JC “this is a good idea, WAY better than ours,take it to Big G and see if He likes it Better than what He was going to do anyway”.

Or does God thru His foreknowledge and omniscience already know our prayers and has already answered them thru His providential plan, using them to strengthen and affirm our faith.

Hell

Posted: September 14, 2013 in religion
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What if?
What if hell is where god extends His mercy based on performance not grace. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. What we consider common grace extended according to our deeds. you get what you deserve. You really can work yourself into heaven, you just haven’t tried hard enough. How long would that take?