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Faith Is What?

"Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen," or so goes the author of the book of Hebrews. My definition goes somewhat differently, though I suspect it comes to the same thing in practice. Faith is that which keeps me going, following the command of Christ, when all reason, all outward evidence, and all advice points a different direction. Faith is the willingness to look like an absolute fool for the sake of being obedient to Christ's direction. Faith keeps…

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Added by Ellis Hein on 12thMo. 24, 2011 at 20:47 — 1 Comment

The Word Within

I have been enjoying reading Pat Dallmann's The Word Within. I have known Pat for a number of years, so her fresh insights and the depth she brings to her essays are what I would expect, though I can't always anticipate her conclusions.

 

Even though I have not yet finished Pat's book, I want to encourage others to read it. If you have read it, what do you think of it?

 

Copies can be purchased from Terry Wallace,…

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Added by Ellis Hein on 11thMo. 1, 2011 at 13:00 — No Comments

How to Become a Christ-ian

During the course of a recent gathering and subsequent conservation, the following comments arose that illustrate the confusion about becoming a Christian.



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Do we hear Jesus differently or more clearly the more we intentionally come before Him whether that be for the purpose of corporate worship or whether we are practicing individual spiritual disciplines such as silence? I asked the question for the purpose of clarifying your comments about disciples being…
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Added by Ellis Hein on 9thMo. 6, 2011 at 13:24 — 5 Comments

Don't Ask These Questions:

In this age of toleration there are two questions that are not tolerated. The first question is, "Can you be a Quaker without being a Christian?" One's first impulse, on hearing such a question, is to look about at various groups claiming the name of Christian and to wonder, "Does he think I have to be like that?" This brings us to the realm of the second question. "Can you be a Christian without being a Quaker?"



It is time to define our terms. Christian is…

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Added by Ellis Hein on 8thMo. 24, 2011 at 11:30 — No Comments

The Lord's Prayer. Is It Ours? Part VI

For Yours Is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory Forever.*



Truly, truly, I say to you, the hour is coming and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the son of God, and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the son also to have life in himself and he has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the son of man. Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his…
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Added by Ellis Hein on 8thMo. 8, 2011 at 11:53 — No Comments

The Lord's Prayer. Is It Ours? Part V

Lead Us Not Into Temptation, But Deliver Us From Evil.



Let no one say when he is tempted, 'I am tempted by God.' For God cannot be tempted with evil and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desires. (James 1:13-14)


All through this prayer, Jesus has been painting a picture of his Father, a picture that is at complete variance with the "normal" conceptions of deity.



Our Father,…

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Added by Ellis Hein on 8thMo. 4, 2011 at 16:34 — No Comments

The Lord's Prayer. Is It Ours? Part IV

Forgive Us Our Trespasses As We Forgive Those Who Trespass Against Us



Where is the line, beyond which one may not go? Where you say, "Now really! This is unforgivable." What do you hold most dear? It is against our treasure that we will not endure trespass. How then can we pray to be forgiven in the same manner we forgive those who trespass against us, who deprive us of our most treasured possession? That possession may be money, land, family, heirlooms, social status, or…

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Added by Ellis Hein on 7thMo. 26, 2011 at 14:50 — 4 Comments

The Lords Prayer. Is It Ours? Part III B

Explanation of How I Have Handled the Text



In my previous post, I put up two passages for comparison. One was from Deuteronomy 18; the other from John 6. In this post, I would like to explain how I have handled the John text.



If you read from most, if not all, translations, you will notice that I have rendered those portions that say "believe in" or "believe on" as "believe." Verse 27 ends with the phrase, "…for on him God the Father has set his seal." This seal…

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Added by Ellis Hein on 7thMo. 20, 2011 at 0:23 — 2 Comments

The Lord's Prayer. Is It Ours? Part III A

Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread.



This phrase of the Lord's Prayer makes me think of manna and the exodus from Egypt. But there is more to come on that in a subsequent post. In this post I will be putting up two different sections of scripture so that you can compare and draw similarities between them.



The first scripture I am referring to comes from Deuteronomy 18. For background you should read Deut. chapter 5.



When you come into the land…
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Added by Ellis Hein on 7thMo. 11, 2011 at 13:03 — No Comments

The Lord's Prayer. Is It Ours? Part II

Your kingdom come, your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.



When you listen to or read the writing of Evangelical or Fundamental Christianity, their expressed purpose is to escape hell, to spend eternity in heaven. There is, however, a noteworthy lack of any mention of "spending eternity" one place or the other in the prayer Jesus taught His disciples.



Instead, He begins with a declaration of lineage and proceeds with a proclamation of purpose. Your kingdom…

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Added by Ellis Hein on 7thMo. 4, 2011 at 19:30 — 3 Comments

The Lord's Prayer, Is It Ours?

Part 1. Our Father who art in Heaven.

Thus begins the familiar words that most of Christendom has known since childhood. But Jesus told the Jews, John 8:31-59, "You are of your father the devil," when they would have laid claim to being children of God and descendents of Abraham. So, you see, there are two families.

How then can we claim "Our Father…" with any assurance of truth" The Jews, addressed by Jesus, were the ones who had believed him when he spoke in…

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Added by Ellis Hein on 6thMo. 25, 2011 at 23:22 — 6 Comments

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