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Mar
26
2015

Sovereignty And Spiritual Gifts

Category: WTTB Reflections

Pastor Paul here.  I've been doing a lot of advance study and reading in preparation for some of the upcoming themes in our 1 Corinthians series.  A lot of those thoughts are bubbling around in my brain and they can be triggered by just about anything!  :)  This morning my thinking about spiritual gifts was triggered by a reading in our RMM plan from Exodus 37.  I've written a reflection called "Sovereignty And Spiritual Gifts" which you can find here.keep reading»»


Mar
25
2015

Yesterday in our RMM readings we read John 12 in which we observed the common tension in Scripture between God's Sovereignty and human responsibility.  Jesus attributes the unbelief of the Jewish people to the will of God expressed in Scripture AND simultaneously he blames it on their culpable fear and pride.  How can those things both be true?  Theologians sometimes refer to that as "compatibilism" - the idea that these two causes are compatible rather than...keep reading»»


Mar
22
2015

Pastor Paul here.  I am often asked how John 12:32 and John 6:44 go together.  Sometimes I am asked this by young people who are being challenged at more liberal Bible Schools to "admit" that the Bible is not entirely consistent with itself and other times I am asked the question who find the notion of God's Sovereignty with respect to human salvation to be a difficult doctrine to swallow.  I've written a short reflection on the two passages that I hope you will find...keep reading»»


Mar
16
2015

Faith And Error

Category: WTTB Reflections

Pastor Paul here.  Sorry for the second blog today, my kids slept in and that gave me some time to linger over my personal devotions and as you know, I think by writing. Our readings in John 6 and Galatians 2 stirred my heart on something I've been thinking about for a few months.  I've been wrestling with the issue of faith and error and fellowship as a result of the recent spike in persecution against Christians in the Middle East.  Most of these Christians are members of some...keep reading»»


Mar
16
2015

Where Else Would We Go?

Category: WTTB Reflections

Pastor Paul here.  John 6 is one of the most important chapters in the New Testament.  The only non-passion week story recorded by all four Evangelists is the story of the miraculous feeding of bread.  Many scholars argue that the feeding miracle is intended as an expansion of the Last Supper teaching - which is also recorded by all four Gospels.  Only in John however, do we have Jesus' own extended commentary upon the feeding miracle.  It is often referred to as...keep reading»»


Mar
13
2015

Seeing God

Category: WTTB Reflections

Pastor Paul here.  A few of our readings over the last couple of days have mentioned "seeing God".  What does that mean?  I thought no one could see God and live?  This post takes a deeper look.  You can find it here.  Have a great day! Blessings, Pastor Paulkeep reading»»


Mar
12
2015

A Final Word On Suffering

Category: WTTB FAQ

Hi friends, Pastor Paul here.  For the last month or so we have been reading and thinking about suffering as we’ve read through the Book of Job.  As we near the end of Job’s story it seems appropriate to add a final thought. So many of our folks seem to be undergoing special seasons of intense suffering and so I wanted to bring the wisdom and counsel of Job on this issue together in a final post that might equip our people to minister to those in need.  You can find it here....keep reading»»


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