Many, many churchgoers are happily unaware of a particularly troubling philosophical struggle that has rippled behind the scenes for several centuries. Though the average congregational member isn’t engaged in this debate, the weight of the arguments on both sides hold dramatic implications for how our churches view the lost, how believers view their salvation, and how we all view our great God. The battle concerns nothing less than our individual relationship with God and how we are saved… Continue reading “A Quiet Debate”
One more day to share a little artwork…
After the last few weeks, I thought I’d take a few posts to share some new art before jumping in to our next subject…
More art this week, including something completely new for me…
For the last few weeks, we have been looking at the early days of the Creation Account of Genesis. For now though, for the next few posts, I thought I’d change-up the material some, just to give us all a bit of a break. Today, short and sweet, I want to share a few new pieces of work I’ve been putting together for some new projects.
The gifts of the Wise Men hold significance in and of themselves. As we are told in the scriptures (Matthew 2:11), the Magi presented the young Jesus with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Apart from the general richness of these gifts, there is vast meaning hidden within each, and certainly this was understood by those who presented them to the Messiah.
The Magi, the official title of those grand Wise Men of old, is actually a Latinized version of the Greek magoi, a word which itself has been borrowed from an earlier Persian word for a specific sect of priests. These Media-Persian priests formed an important – and hereditarily-specific – role in their native kingdom, not only overseeing the continuation of vast religious insights, but also playing a particular role in matters of state (including the election of the king of the realm).
Over the next few days, as we head forth toward Christmas, I thought it appropriate to set the current study of Genesis on hold and look to something a bit more festive. In that light, I’m going to take the opportunity to share some thoughts that were formerly posted here on FOUNDRY4 concerning those historic Wise Men of the Bible. I pray you enjoy these next few posts, and also that as that glorious day draws near, we all remember with grateful hearts the ultimate reason for our celebrating: Jesus Christ, the Lord and Savior of all who put their faith in Him.
It’s Thanksgiving, and you should be celebrating with your loved ones, not sitting around reading blog posts. That said, I’ll be brief. Think of everything you have, every blessing that you have ever received. Its an overwhelming prospect, if we are honest. We need not wait all year long to think of those blessings. We can be appreciative each and every day. Today especially though, let’s all take a moment to be thankful for everything we have. Friends, family, stability, hope, we are all blessed beyond the limits of our imagination. Be thankful for what you have. Be thankful for what is yet to come. Most of all, as 1 Chronicles 16:34 declares, “give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.”
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Last week I asked the potentially volatile question, Should the Bible be proven? This week we continue with that question.