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|Posted by North Valley Christian Church on March 29, 2015 at 11:30 AM||comments (0)|
I read the following saying this week, “A painted fire throws off no heat.” It caused me to think, for it accurately describes the perilous state of today’s Christian. What is a painted fire? A painted fire is: Ethics without enthusiasm, principles without passion, and desires without denial of wrong; all these are painted fires throwing off no heat.
Our land, our families, our churches are filled with painted fires; those who attend the right church, sing t...Read Full Post »
|Posted by North Valley Christian Church on March 22, 2015 at 11:30 AM||comments (0)|
I saw one of those electronic billboards along the freeway. It is sponsored by a local church and the ad’s tag line reads, “Win at life.” I don’t know the context of their tag, so it may be on point, but at 65 mph I felt it was not.
I well imagine many people drive past the sign, read it and say in their hearts, “I just lost everything, my wife died of cancer, my son is ill, my husband was murdered, I’m addicted, I’m dying, or I can...Read Full Post »
|Posted by North Valley Christian Church on March 15, 2015 at 11:40 AM||comments (0)|
Throwing clay is a profession unchanged, for today, as centuries ago, it consists of just three parts: the potter, the wheel and the clay. A metaphor arises out of the image: The potter is God’s authority, the wheel is the circumstances in which we live, and the clay is our nature being molded by God.
God, my circumstances, and my life is an interesting metaphor. God has a thought of me, the circumstances of my life are turning and fashioning what God plans for me to be...Read Full Post »
|Posted by North Valley Christian Church on March 8, 2015 at 11:30 AM||comments (0)|
Due to computer problems, the regular "Thinking About" will be delayed, hopefully to return on time next week.
|Posted by North Valley Christian Church on March 1, 2015 at 11:30 AM||comments (0)|
This morning after my Bible reading, prayer, and a cup-of-Joe I found myself whistling, “I love you lord, and I lift my voice…” I remembered a Bible verse, “A shout of joy comes in the morning” (Ps 30:5).
Joy has gone AWOL from our nation, work, families, and lives. I wondered, “Where did our joy go?” One would think with all of our advantages, opportunities, and prosperity that joy would be found on every street corner. But ou...Read Full Post »
|Posted by North Valley Christian Church on February 22, 2015 at 11:30 AM||comments (0)|
There is much Gospel abuse around us today. I’m thinking of such teachings as retribution theology – someone is suffering because they did not pray hard enough or give enough – the name it and claim it gospel, the gospel of prosperity, liberation theology, or social justice. These teachings make you feel good and do explain some things about us, but they don’t excuse us. In the end they offer cheap grace; a grace through our own works. It is like cotton candy; it l...Read Full Post »
|Posted by North Valley Christian Church on February 15, 2015 at 11:30 AM||comments (0)|
The Bible consists of sixty-six books by about forty authors over a fifteen-hundred year period, and yet it is one book. Therefore, to the casual reader the Bible appears to be a book filled with contrarieties. In Acts 2 God funnels these contrarieties down and coalesces them into a sermon delivered by Peter.
Before this Peter had been an impetuous, braggadocios, self-seeking man, but here his mind had been opened to the meaning of the Bible and with this new found clarity he...Read Full Post »
|Posted by North Valley Christian Church on February 8, 2015 at 11:30 AM||comments (0)|
In the early morning hours of the day most of us are asleep. While we sleep there is still much going out there in the Great Sonoran Desert. The smelly javelinas are rooting, the sad eyed donkeys are roaming, and the cunning coyotes are hunting.
On a certain early morn this week a pair of owls were giving out their lonely hoots. They reminded me of a poem by Edward Richards:
A wise old owl sat on an oak,
The more he saw the less he spo...Read Full Post »
|Posted by North Valley Christian Church on February 1, 2015 at 11:30 AM||comments (0)|
I have been thinking this week about how the American church must compete with a society that must be entertained. This thought of course came from all the auto auctions, golf tournaments, and football games that have been scheduled for the Phoenix area these last few weeks. The Valley of the Sun is alive with one activity after another.
Dallas Willard said it well, “The western segment of the church today lives in a bubble of historical illusion about the meaning of d...Read Full Post »
|Posted by North Valley Christian Church on January 25, 2015 at 11:30 AM||comments (0)|
I became aware of the phrase, “One thing” while reading a book by G. Campbell Morgan this week. I have rephrased his words to fit here: The Psalmist said, “One thing have I desired of the Lord that will I seek after, that I may dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Jesus said to the rich young ruler, “One thing you lack,” and later to a burdened woman, “One thing is needful.” Later Paul wrote, “One thing I do, forgetting the things...Read Full Post »