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Context

Words.

Their are so many.

They have so many meanings.

They even have more than one meaning,sometimes.

But you put them together and they can make music to an avid reader that will send him wondering in awe.

But it all comes down to context.

Unless you see and understand in what reference all the words are referring to, will you understand all their meanings.

This is exactly the point in the biblical narrative of the story of God.

Sure, we can just pull out those sunday school bible stories that we have heard time after time from the old testament and let those singular stories teach us something that was instrumental in the people lives so we could live by, but, there’s something more there if we just take in the whole  scripture into consideration.

We have to take the bible into God’s Context!

It’s not about the little stories we know, not about the history, not about the stories of coming out of punishment from our wrong doing, it ‘s about what God set in motion that will not be stopped, for anything, not even Hell’s gate.

I strongly urge you that when you read the bible, do not be pushed to read the bible in a year or two year plan, but read it a organized way of reading the old testament first, then new testament or vica versa. This will give you almost a new glimpse of how God’s plan was being conceived, and brought about in his own time.

One of my favorite words that I use is ‘Paradigm’, this word means : * example, pattern; especially :  an outstandingly clear or typical example or archetype. This is what needs to be seen or read in reading the scriptures to see what the BIG Picture is all about. While you are reading you will ‘hear’ or ‘see’ things that will ‘connect’ a paradigm together, which will come into focus. The what’s,where’s,why’s,when’s and how’s will show their heads once you see the big picture.

This is all because you started to look at words in context of God. It will almost make you giddy when you feel it!!

*-Merriam -Webster Dictionary

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Romans 6

What then are we to say? Should we continue in sin in order that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin go on living in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized  into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.

For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin.  For whoever has died is freed from sin. But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.  We know that Christ, being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. The death he died, he died to sin,once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

This is the NASB version of Romans 6. 1-11. So my question to you is what does this passage say to you in the meaning of ‘death,sin,body,life’?

Let me know what you think. Discussion is good.

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Biblical Study

I thought I would share some of the things that I use in my studies in the bible, I should have mentioned a few of these by now to help people do their own study.

One that is very helpful to me is the Bible online program of Blueletterbible.org. It will let you use any version of the bible for versatility of words. It many reference’s to use on your studying to look up with.

It has the options of using a deeper look at the scriptures if that is what you want, such as the original text of hebrew or greek, this I have found out is a slow but incite full  way to learn a new language, but it does help.

You can do scripture search, word search, and chapter and verse. Various things are there for you to try out. Audio listening of the bible is a bonus if you wish with also devotionals for the day.

So check it out at blueletterbible.org!!

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Kingdom

I took a stand with Jesus, and when I looked around my church was gone. Let me back up just a bit. This is America – Modern, even Post-Modern, America. Lots of people are spiritual, even “Christian”, and yet have nothing to do with church. I could easily have grown into just that same mentality/attitude, […]

via Me………….and the Church — Fat Beggars School of Prophets   I found this blog that was interesting to me, check it out.

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Theology,Theologian

Theology– the study of religious faith, practice, and experience; especially :  the study of God and of God’s relation to the world.

Theologian-a person who engages or is an expert in theology.

My question to christians, are you hesitant or afraid of the studying of Theology or a Theologian and their vocation in studying the bible and all manuscripts of Jewish or Christian originality?

Is there theology in my belief of God or theology in my church?

Why or Why not? Is it necessary,is it crucial or is it just what my ‘church’ says is true?

Would love some discussions on this!!

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Human will?

Do we have questions on what our human will can and can’t do? Maybe these verses can answer those questions.

Romans 9.9-18.  There are three points here to see in these verses that maybe we take for granted or don’t just ‘see’.  One, is that the revelation by Paul is taken from old, abrahamic era of the old testament. This and many other things in the old testament combined are setting up a storyline about God and his eternal purpose, we have to ‘see’ these things as interwoven into the old testament as a question, which will soon be answered in the new testament.

Secondly, There is a point in just the verses from 9-13. It is God’s choice on what happens in his story, who goes where,when, and how. It is also relevant in how God interacts with his creation,(This is the greatest difference in the Jewish God, and other gods, He was a vital hands on God that was trying to show and tell the Jewish people that he was still always there for them) God allowed sarah to have a son, and he was to have a part in God’s story.

Thirdly is the verse of sixteen that says “So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy.” and 17,18 that gives an example of it. 17-“For the scripture says to pharaoh, for this very purpose I have raised  you up,that I might show my power in you,and that my name might show my power in you,and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth. 18 So then he has mercy on whomever he wills and he harden whomever he wills”. ESV

God’s power does not depend on humans will to continue his story but is used in the telling of it.

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Most misunderstood chapter

1 Corinthians 15.

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