The World is Flooded with High-Voltage Toxic Propaganda
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by paulthinkingoutloud
13h ago
Today we’re back for the fourth time at Sacred Sandwich; this time featuring a 2021 article from its archives. There are many linked scriptures today, but an easier way to read this on a laptop or PC is to click the link in the title which follows, and then hover your mouse over the scripture and it will immediately display. Is The Noise Of The World Filling Your Ears? The noise of this world seems to be increasing to a dizzying pitch: a pulsating babble of glorified sin being loudly trumpeted through the megaphones of this age. Instagram, Google, Disney, and Netflix (among others) are the tra ..read more
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Submitting to God’s Guidance and Control
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by paulthinkingoutloud
1d ago
Today we have two different writers looking at the same scripture passage! This is our fourth time highlighting the writing of John Curtis at the Exchange Ministry Blog. There’s a link in the title which follows allowing you to read this where it appeared first. The loving eye and the bridle ????? ??:?-? ? ???? ???????? ??? ??? ????? ??? ?? ??? ??? ??? ?????? ??; ? ???? ??????? ??? ???? ?? ?????? ??? ?? ???. ?? ??? ?? ???? ??? ????? ?? ??? ????, ????? ???? ?? ????????????? ??? ???? ?? ?????????? ?? ??? ??? ?????? ?? ???? ???? ??? ???? ?? ???. David came to his senses in Psalm 32 and ope ..read more
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Supernatural Healing: 3 Reasons to Ask
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by paulthinkingoutloud
2d ago
We’re back again with Mark Stephenson who writes at Fire and Light and is co-pastor of Horizon Church in Towson, Maryland. You’re encouraged to click the title which follows to read this as it appeared there in January, but either way, let’s dive in! Why We Ask For Healing “…whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31 It’s been about nine years since I started really praying for physical healing for people. By this I don’t mean the kind of cursory prayer that just assumes God is going to do what God is going to do, basically nullifying ..read more
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Subtle Persecution in a So-Called Christian City
Christianity 201
by paulthinkingoutloud
3d ago
This is an article I wrote for our Christian bookstore’s newsletter today. It has been adapted for C201. First, some scripture texts in no particular order. No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in the concerns of civilian life; he seeks to please the commanding officer. – 2 Timothy 2:4 CSB Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. – Matthew 5:10-11 NIV If the world hates you, understand that it hated Me first. If you ..read more
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Showing True Love to Absolutely Everyone
Christianity 201
by paulthinkingoutloud
4d ago
This is our third time at Echoes of Heart. Clicking the link in the title which follows will take you to where this first appeared where there is also an audio option. Did We Learn to Love? One day when we stand before our Lord Jesus, it is my strong opinion that He will not ask if we called out Susie’s sin, or put Brother Bill back on the straight and narrow, nor will He ask how many mission trips we went on, or how many Sundays we were absent from church. No, I believe the question that we will be asked is “Did you learn to love?” Not did we learn to love our family and friends, not did we l ..read more
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Getting Along with our Brothers and Sisters
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by paulthinkingoutloud
5d ago
Of the ten Evangelical churches in the wider community where we live, three of them are currently in a teaching series on the nature of the church itself. There is so much to unpack, and each is approaching it differently. My definition — not original to me — of church is, “A group of people who have come under the loving lordship of Jesus Christ, and joined ourselves to a company of imperfect people who are trying to live a new life in a new way.” Ruth’s definition is, “The gathering of a family called out from within families; a nation called out from within nations, to live by the laws of J ..read more
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Gathering Together: Singing
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by paulthinkingoutloud
1w ago
by Ruth Wilkinson Doing Church 2 – Sing (Acts 16:19-30) Why is this so important? If music is ephemeral, if music is disposable—it comes and goes, it’s just cultural—if there’s so much about it that comes down to personal preference, why is it important? Why does it matter that the Church sings together?   Let’s look at our scripture focus. Paul and Silas were having a bad day. It had started well. They were in the city of Philippi going about their business, and they encountered a young slave girl who was doubly a victim. She was controlled by an evil spirit, and she was being trafficked ..read more
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From Slavery to Free, With Heads Held High
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by paulthinkingoutloud
1w ago
One year ago we introduced you to Becca Harbert who blogs at BeccaHarbert.com. Today we’re back there again. Clicking the title which appears next will send her some blog traffic and let you read this where it first appeared. Breaking Free “Don’t forget I’m taking my caterpillar to school today” came the first words out of my son’s mouth as I tried to rouse him out of bed. He had slept with his caterpillar in a glass jar the night before, so he would not forget. On the way out the door, the jar shattered on the concrete drive. The caterpillar who had been taken captive on an unsuspecting playg ..read more
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Faith Enough to Raise the Dead
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by paulthinkingoutloud
1w ago
Today we’re back with Lutheran Pastor Nathan Nass who writes at Upside-Down Savior. Click the link in the title which follows to read this where it appeared first, or, in both versions there is a link to listen to this devotional in its original sermon context, as well as a video link at Nathan’s blog. Pins and Needles In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek her name is Dorcas); she was always doing good and helping the poor. About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room. Lydda was near Joppa; so when the disciples heard that P ..read more
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The Keepers of the Gate
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by paulthinkingoutloud
1w ago
Nehemiah 7:1 After the wall had been rebuilt and I had set the doors in place, the gatekeepers, the musicians and the Levites were appointed. 1 Chronicles 9:26 But the four principal gatekeepers, who were Levites, were entrusted with the responsibility for the rooms and treasuries in the house of God. Ezra 2:70 The priests, the Levites, the musicians, the gatekeepers and the temple servants settled in their own towns, along with some of the other people, and the rest of the Israelites settled in their towns. The dictionary of Bible themes tells us that two primary meanings for the term g ..read more
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