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DEVOTION: Spiritually fat or fit?

Category: God and Church
Published: Monday, 01 September 2014
Written by The Kiwi

LoveHeart

Love is patient, love is kind. (NIV)

Love suffers long and is kind…(NKJ)

Love never gives up.

Love cares more for others than for self. (Mess)

I’m sad to say I’m getting fat. I’m not sure whether it’s the whole packets of Ginger Nuts I eat in one sitting, the amount of sugar in bottles of Coke, the amount of delicious food my wife cooks for dinner or just that I am a contented happily married man. Whatever the reason, my stomach sticks out further than my chest and when I look side-on into a mirror, gravity makes my face unrecognisable. I’m not happy. The solution?

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Why Reformed Believers Contradict Themselves if they Do Not Believe in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Spirit Baptism 1.

Category: God and Church
Published: Thursday, 28 August 2014
Written by The Kiwi

A series of posts on Spirit Baptism from 2005.

The title of this post is admittedly provocative. It would be better to say that the theological argument many reformed believers use against the Baptism in the Holy Spirit contradicts another reformed belief - that of the need to be regenerate to believe.

In reformed thought, a person is totally unable to save themselves - they are unable to apprehend, let alone respond to, the gospel. In keeping with salvation being of God from beginning to end, reformed theology states that when a person becomes a genuine Christian, as they hear the gospel the Holy Spirit regenerates them (they are born again) and so the person responds in faith to the good news. (I agree with this, by the way).

When it comes to Baptism in the Holy Spirit, many reformed people identify the reception of the Holy Spirit with this regeneration, i.e. a person is baptised in the Spirit when they become Christians/are born again - it is one and the same thing.

Here is the contradiction:

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Why We Home School Our Kids.

Category: This is What Happens When Life Happens to Us
Published: Tuesday, 26 August 2014
Written by The Kiwi

We are radical! Well, not so much anymore. For the record, I thought home schooling was the best way to go years and years before I got married and had children. I mean, c'mon. The teacher/student ratio for a start is streets ahead of a school classroom. And I had been a primary school teacher. I knew how it was. As hard as you try, some kids just get left behind, or remain unchallenged. I just knew that even the "average" kids had so much more in them to give that was just not coming out!

Maybe I was just a crap teacher.

Possible.

Still, when I raised the idea of home schooling our children with my wife, she was enthusiastically...against the idea.

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DEVOTION: Recklessly kind.

Category: God and Church
Published: Monday, 25 August 2014
Written by The Kiwi

LoveHeart

Love is patient, love is kind. (NIV)

Love suffers long and is kind…(NKJ)

Love never gives up.

Love cares more for others than for self. (Mess)

Just how kind are we meant to be?

Recklessly kind.

Rick Warren outlined four steps to take to be a kinder person:

  1. Start seeing the needs of the people around you.
  2. Sympathise with people’s pain.
  3. Seize the moment to be kind.
  4. Spend whatever it takes.

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FLASHBACK: Non-Scripture-Equivalent Prophecy 6 - Some ending notes....

Category: God and Church
Published: Thursday, 21 August 2014
Written by The Kiwi

The last in a 2006 series on prophecy that does not need to be added to Scripture.

As an unannouced conclusion to this mini-diatribe on the value, authority, and accuracy of non-Scripture-equivalent prophecy, I'd like to make a couple of comments.

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DEVOTION: Ann turned hate to love.

Category: God and Church
Published: Monday, 18 August 2014
Written by The Kiwi

LoveHeart

Love is patient, love is kind. (NIV)

Love suffers long and is kind…(NKJ)

Love never gives up.

Love cares more for others than for self. (Mess)

I’ll call her Ann. Ann had been a Christian for about six years, and she still hated her father. This wasn’t teenage rebellion, this was hate born out of horrible abuse. Her father, an alcoholic and amoral intellectual demonstrated one of the awful ways human wisdom can pervert people. He decided that when Ann reached puberty the way to teach her about the birds and the bees was for her to experience the whole thing with him. He felt no shame, no guilt, and even today I have not heard that he admits to any wrongdoing. And that was only one of the terrible things he did that pushed her out onto the streets until she became a Christian at age 18.

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