The joy of the Lord is not something peripheral or optional. Rather, the Bible tells us, “The joy of the Lord is our strength;” connoting that without it, we are weak and defenseless against the devil’s schemes. This posture is integral for kingdom life—even something God requires because childlike joy expresses our gratitude for what God has done and our eager expectancy of what He will do.
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We are saved by faith. But how does faith come to us? Paul wrote that faith comes by hearing the Word of God, and also asks, “How shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent?” We are saved by remaining and growing in abiding relationship with God through His Body—through those He’s sent—where His anointed word continues to wash and cleanse us. If
Edward Abbey’s famous catchphrase succinctly describes our postmodern culture with the term: Question Authority. Yet this oversimplification fails to bifurcate the 2 forms of authority—compulsory authority backed by brute force vs. relational authority that is motivated by love. What are the underlying motivations behind this statement and, is there a Biblical mandate for Church authority?
The dichotomy of Israelites and Samaritans has been an ongoing rift since the fall of the Northern Kingdom. A people never able to completely part ways with their pagan idols, they created an amalgamation of Judaism with their former gods and were forever outcast from the Israelite culture. Yet when Jesus came, He seemed to ignore this cultural rift continuously. Does that mean He simply ignored their pseudo-pagan religion or