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  1. The Plague of the Elder Brothers -- A Book Review of "The Prodigal God" (Part 2)

    (Click here to read Part 1) Overreach? Keller says the Elder Brother was trying to use his obedience to the father to control him. He says: If we think about it, we realize that [the older brother] wanted the same thing as his brother…. He, too, wanted the father’s goods rather than the father himself. However, while the younger brother went far away, the Elder Brother stayed close and “never disobeyed”. That was his way to get control. His unspoken demand is, “I have never disobeyed...
  2. The Plague of the Elder Brothers -- A Book Review of "The Prodigal God" (Part 1)

    I wasn’t sure what I felt about “The "Prodigal God" until the very end of the book. Until then, I alternated between being in vehement denial of the author Tim Keller's assertions (thinking he made arguments which were a "stretch") to feeling completely enlightened & "fully sold" on the very next page. And back around again. I wrestled with Keller's ambitious take on one of the Bible's most well-known & puzzling parables "The Prodigal Son". It was a cognitive roller-coaster, one that was...
  3. Comparative liturgics

    Comparative liturgics, whose principles and method were developed so brilliantly by Baumstark, has delivered an even more serious blow to the hypothesis of the monastic origin of the daily cycle. This study has shown that the epoch of the development of the daily cycle after Constantine was marked by a rivalry and even conflict between two types of daily service: ‘corporate’ and ‘monastic’ in Baumstark’s terminology. We will have occasion to dwell on this rivalry in greater detail in the...
  4. In the Church this first-eighth day

    In the Church this first-eighth day (the Lord’s Day: κυριακὴ ἡμέρα) is the day of the Eucharist. The early Christian tradition bears uniform witness to this fact. The Eucharist has its day, Christians gather together on a statu die— on an established day. We know that the ‘Day of the Sun’ was not a holy day of rest in either the Jewish or the Roman calendars. Nonetheless the Eucharist ‘became so firmly connected with this day that nothing has ever been able or will be able to undermine this...
  5. The appearance of this new day

    The appearance of this new day is rooted in the expectation of salvation, in that striving toward the future and in those messianic hopes which were just as characteristic of the theology of the Old Covenant as the cult of the Law. If in the sabbath the Hebrew honours the Creator of the universe and His perfect Law, he knows too that within this world created by God hostile forces are rebelling against Him, that this world is spoiled by sin. The Law has been broken, man is sick, life is...
  6. We must first see

    We must first see how well grounded is the idea of the liturgy of time on which we have based our notion of the structure of the early Christian ‘rule of prayer.’ We find support in the obvious link between the Eucharist and time expressed from the very first days of the Church in the Christian celebration of the Lord’s Day. This was the day of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, His manifestation of the new life, and this day became in the Church the day of the Eucharist. For an...
  7. PASTORS

    I was reading an article about expository preaching, one of my favourite subjects. I am just not into tickling ears preaching. The article talked about being a teaching pastor and my mind began to wander through the use of the word and I thought how ridiculous so let me begin. If you are the leader of a church you are a Pastor. Ignoring the fact that the New Testament church did not have pastors as leaders. The pastor always used to be a man and then the AOG started this idea of the husband...
  8. Markiss Renne Music

    Modern Christian Music Spiritual uplifting Scriptural inspired Buy Link: The Revealing Hand of God by Markiss Renne Listen Free: [URL="https://www.reverbnation.com/MarkissRenne"]Markiss Renne ® | Christian Rock from Overland Park, KS[/URL]
  9. Fasting - is it really necessary?

    MEDITATION ON FASTING One morning I read of the time Jesus spent in the desert after his baptism. The bible tells us that when he came out of the water he was filled with the Holy Spirit, So after he had been filled with the Holy Spirit he was led by the Holy Spirit into the desert where he was tempted by Satan but resisted. Then we are told that he returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit which gave him his authority Matthew 3:16 “ As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of...
  10. GOD HAS NOT WITHHELD THE CURES - HEALING IS BECAUSE GOD IS

    Jesus Is Lord. His Will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Ask, believing, you shall have. Put a guard on the mouth for the tongue has the power of life and death. Out of the heart flows the issues of life, so fill your heart with God's Good Word
  11. Laughing at Me is a starting place

    laughing at me People laugh at people. Laughing at others of course can cause pain, but laughing at ourselves is often one of the best things we can do for the benefit of others and for ourselves. The scripture says, "Every way of a man is right in his own eyes..." [Prov 21:2], but it also says; "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" [Rom 3:23] God laughs at the foolish efforts of vain men, ["He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in...
  12. Daily Word - May 3, 2019

    Daily Word - May 3, 2019 [URL="http://afministry.ning.com/group/daily-word/forum/topics/daily-word-may-3-2019"]Daily Word - May 3, 2019[/URL]
  13. Ten Power Exhortations - May 3, 2019

    Ten Power Exhortations - May 3, 2019 [URL="http://afministry.ning.com/notes/Ten_Power_Exhortations_-_May_3%2C_2019"]Ten Power Exhortations - May 3, 2019[/URL]
  14. Daily Word - April 30, 2019

    Daily Word - April 30, 2019 Daily Word - April 30, 2019
  15. DRAWING GOD

    DRAWING GOD DRAWING GOD The evidence of His resurrection is in the.....................
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