Fire: Keep the Flame Ablaze

During this summer, I have spent some time clearing out a worship spot at my house in the back of our woods. I must say, I really enjoyed doing it. I wanted a spot that I could go and spend time with God in solitude. I gathered old down trees to use for seating, found various pieces of old furniture to place back there, and Tiki Torches to help keep away bugs. In the middle I built a good-sized fire pit for bonfires. The other evening I went out to that spot to spend some time with God. My brother was with me and we were trying to light the fire. The pit had quite a bit of wood in it so if we ever got it lit, it would be a very big and nice fire. The problem was we couldn’t get the fire lit.  Granted the top pieces were a little wet, but the rest of the pile was dry, so we didn’t think it would be much of a problem. We had pieces of cardboard to help start the fire, but it didn’t work. We lit some of the dry leaves in the midst of the sticks, but it didn’t work either. We even found some straw to light to help with the process, but all it did was burn. It didn’t stay lit and the fire died quickly. So finally after much frustration, we got the gasoline. Now, I realize this is not the smartest choice nor safest, but I wanted a fire! Luckily nothing bad happened! So we light a few more pieces of cardboard and paper just enough to keep it a flame for a few minutes. Then we doused the places we didn’t have lit with some gasoline so with the fire caught it, it would light up. The finally we applied the gasoline on the flames that were going and instantly, the fire went ablaze. We experienced the thrill of getting our fire lit and the fire was glorious…for about ten minutes. But soon, that gasoline had burnt away, the wood had never really caught a flame, and the fire died out again quickly. Now I realize that there are better ways to light a fire, and if I did some other things I could have probably got that fire going. However, I’m glad I tried to light the fire the way I did because God used it to teach me something.

When the fire began to die out again, I was getting kind of irritated. Then I felt God speak to my heart saying, “I need people who will tend and stir the fire, not just light it.” I immediately knew what God was saying to me. In order to keep a fire going, you have to constantly add fire to the pile, you have to stir the fire to keep the fire going, and you have to watch it. Gasoline is a nice help, but it is only a temporary fix. It only lasts for a moment. It looks glorious and the flames are huge, but they don’t have much life. God doesn’t need followers who will be like the gasoline. Who will become very passionate and devoted to God one day, and have a devotion to Him that dies at the end of the week. He wants followers who will fan the flames. Who will keep the fire going, even if that means taking longer steps in doing so. Followers who will spend the extra time in prayer, reading of His Word, and living out the life He calls His people to.

I think you would be very hard pressed to find a church, if you asked them, would not want to see people come to know Christ. I mean, that’s just a ludicrous thought. The Church may have many different denomination and beliefs of theology, but I don’t really think there are many people in the Church who do not want to see souls saved. In fact if there are any, I really think those people need to evaluate their life and see if the are in step with the Spirit. But all too often the Church tries to witness to the world with gasoline. With big and glorious displays of various ministries, emotional appeals, etc. Those of you who serve the Lord know exactly what I’m talking about. But those things don’t last. People who come to the Lord on those terms won’t last unless that fire is cultivated. Unless their flames are stirred and wood is added to the fire. If the Church and Christians want to set this world on fire, we first have to cultivate the fire in our own hearts, then also be willing to take the time to minister properly and effectively to help keep the fire lit the hearts of others as well. Jesus told His followers that they will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon them and they will be His witnesses. The Holy Spirit gives Christians the power to witness to others about Jesus powerfully. God is the source of that fire. I pray that believers everywhere will submit to the Holy Spirit and allow God move in their hearts. I also pray that Christians all over the world will fan into flame the gifts of God and take the steps necessary to keep that flame going. When the fire rises true and proud, the world around us will catch fire too. Don’t use the gasoline. Cultivate that fire.

“Therefore, I remind you to keep ablaze the gift of God that is in you through the laying on of my hands.” ~2 Timothy 1:6

“Fire must be kept burning on the altar continually; it must not go out.” ~Leviticus 6:13

May God be with you.

-Joey


The Blood of Jesus Christ

I started reading a book by Watchman Nee called Normal Christian Life. So far I have only read the first chapter, but within that first chapter something really stuck out to me. He said “a clear conscience is never based upon our attainment; it can only be based on the work of the Lord Jesus in the shedding of His Blood”. The entire first chapter is about the Blood of Jesus Christ and how it applies to the life of a Christian. I thought that the chapter laid out beautifully what the Blood of Christ truly means to us as followers of Christ.

The chapter starts first by pointing out that the Blood of Jesus really isn’t so much for us, as it is for God. Now at first reading you may say, “Hold on a minute, the Blood of Christ is what saves me!” Yes that is very true and Nee is not dismissing that very important truth. What he means is that the only way God pardons our sin is if He sees the Blood of Jesus paying for the debt of our sin. Think about the Israelites when God commanded them to eat the Passover lamb inside the house, but spread the blood of the lamb on the doorposts. Then, when God passed over Egypt on the Passover night, God would see the blood and pardon the household. This is the same with us and the Blood of Christ. When God sees the Blood of Christ applied to our hearts, He can forgive and pardon our sin because of the great sacrifice of Jesus. So consequently, the amount we value Christ’s Blood is directly linked to the value that God values the Blood.

After realizing the value of the Blood, it is crucial that we base our life around that. Without the Blood of Christ, we can not go into the Presence of God without fear and shame. On the Day of Atonement in the Old Testament, the high priest alone was to go into the Most Holy Place to offer the sin offering to God. As it is with Christ. He is our High Priest who applies His blood to our sin to make retribution before God. When we allow this to become true in our everyday life, then it shapes our entire relationship with God. Some days I can feel really connected with God. I read my Bible and get a lot out of my reading. I feel like really connect with God in prayer and hear from Him. I am able to reflect the love of Christ well. I feel like I’m serving God well. Other days, it can be just the opposite. I don’t feel the same connection during my Bible reading or prayer time. I don’t reflect Christ’s love well. I may be mean or nasty. But listen to this: our standing before God is not based on our works, our merits, how we feel, or anything we can furnish. It is by the Blood of Jesus that we are able to be seen as forgiven by God! Do not allow the way you feel ditate how you think your relationship with God is based. It is only by the Blood of Jesus that we have relationship with God!

It is very easy as Christians to allow ourselves to get beat up when we fall short of the glory of God. We believe the lie that we have to earn our way into God’s love or we have to preform for God to be accepted. But praise be to God that it’s not about what I  can do, it’s about what I can’t do. Only Jesus can bring me back into restored relationship with Jesus. When we try to base our status with God on anything other than the sacrificial Blood of Jesus, we play right into Satan’s schemes.  The Bible calls Satan the Accuser. His tricks aren’t new. He has used the same tricks all through history; lying and accusing. He will try to accuse us of our sin before God and lie to us saying that we are failures and can’t be forgiven. By ourselves, we are failures and we can’t be forgiven. We can’t save ourselves. But by the Blood of Jesus I am redeemed and by His grace I can be pardoned of all my sin!

I pray that as you read this blog, you will ponder in your own heart whether or not you are applying the Blood of Jesus to your life. Does it really impact your everyday life, or is it more than a passing thought. I encourage as the Lord to reveal more of Himself to you, and share His value of His Son’s Blood with you. He is faithful and He will draw near to you when YOU DRAW NEAR TO HIM! As always, I pray this blog encourages you or helps you! Blessings!

Joey


Christmas: The Day Hope Was Born into the World

For may people, Christmas means a lot of things. For some, it means lots of shopping, traveling, and scrambling all over town to get those special gifts for special people. For others, it may mean getting together with family that they are unable to see throughout the year. These are great things. There is nothing wrong with wanting to get special people gifts. It is greatly important as well to spend time with family. However, Christmas marks a day much more important than gifts or family. It celebrates the day that God sent Hope back into the world.

Picture this. From the time the prophet Malachi, which is the last recorded Old Testament book, to the time of Jesus as recorded in the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) there was 400 years of silence. God’s chose Israel as His chosen people. Starting with Abraham, God promised a linage that would never perish and would bless all people. Abraham descendants were enslaved by Egypt for over 400 years, when God sent a leader, Moses, to bring them out of Egypt. After leaving the bondage of Egypt, Israel remained faithful to God for a time. Unfortunately, the longer Israel lived around the pagan nations, the more they grew into to practices of those nations. They eventually started worshipping and serving dead idols rather than the one, true living God. God began sending prophets to various parts of Israel. Those prophets began speaking the words of God and pleading for people to turn back to the Lord. Eventually Israel, was broke into two nations (Israel and Judah). Israel was wiped out by the Assyrians and Judah was taken into captivity by Babylon for 70 years. The prophets began giving snapshots of a Messiah that was to come and lead God’s people and save them. After the people of Judah were liberated from Babylon, the people turned back to God. But their worship to God became nothing more than dead religion. So with the last of the prophets, Malachi, God did not speak to Israel for almost 400 years.

The people of Israel, however, still held on to the hope of the coming Messiah. Although the Pharisees of that time taught hypocrisy, there were still those in Israel who were looking forward to the coming Messiah. Then one day, prophecy started being fulfilled. The forerunner of Messiah spoken about in Isaiah, “A voice is calling, ‘Clear the way for the Lord in the wilderness; make smooth in the desert a highway for our God” (Isaiah 40:3), John the Baptist, was born. Not too much later, Jesus, conceived by the Holy Spirit, was born in Bethlehem by the virgin Mary, in a manager because there was no place in the town inn. This fulfilled the Scripture that said, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given,and the government will be on his shoulders.And he will be called Wonderful Counselor,Mighty God,Everlasting Father,Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). Hope came back into the world when Jesus was born. Jesus came and ministered to all of Israel, died on the cross for our sins, and rose again three days later from the grave, overcoming death. He not only paid the ransom for Israel, but opened up the door of salvation to all who believe in His name an turn from their sin. He now seated at the right hand of God and He will return for His Church.

Jesus came in the most humble of ways. He came as a baby. He didn’t come in with an army. He didn’t come in as a conquering king. He came as a baby, in human form, to relate to us and give us hope that once seemed lost. So this Christmas season, really reflect on the fact that Jesus chose to step out of divinity, and live as a human only to be hung on a cross for the sin of the world. I encourage you to read the Birth of Christ in the book of Matthew and Luke. When you are unwrapping your gifts, spending time with family, and eating hearty meals, remember Jesus this year. Jesus is the reason for the season. Truly.

Joey


Song Devotional: You Are Good

As I worship leader, there are so many worship songs that I am familiar with and relate to differently. Kari Jobe’s song “You Are Good” is such an awesome reflection of God’s character. The first thing God said after making all creation is “It is good” and said “it is very good” when He created man. Why? Because God is good. All the time! Goodness is part of God’s very character and nothing about Him is NOT good! In this song, the words are very simple, but an amazing reminder of God’s grace, love, and kindness.

“Your kindness leads me to repentance. Your goodness draws me to Your side. Your mercy calls me to be like You. Your favor is my delight” ~Kari Jobe (You Are Good)

Notice the wording here. The words do not express things we do for God or things about us that make us worthy in God’s sight. Rather, it is everything about God Himself that draws us to Him! HIS kindness of accepting us (even when we don’t deserve it) and love that was shown on the Cross of Jesus Christ is what leads us to repentance. It is HIS goodness that draws us to Him. Makes sense, right? How many times are you drawn to something that doesn’t seem good to you? Granted, you can be draw into something that isn’t good, but only because you think it is good at the time. Because of God’s great mercy, we want to be like Him! As Christians it is the cry of our heart to be like our God! Then when we are found in God’s favor, it brings delight to our heart.

“Everyday I’ll awaken my praise and pour out a song from my heart.”

This pre-chorus leading into the chorus is so fitting because it takes what is expressed in the verse, and brings action. Because of what God has done for us and who He is to us, we CHOOSE to praise Him and unleash a song from the very depths of our hearts!

“You are good, You are good, You are good and Your mercy is forever”

Then, the chorus is just a simple declaration that God is good. I love songs that go into deep theoloical truths, but sometimes I think as Christians we overlook the very obvious and simple wordings of truths. I think it’s good to reflect on attributes of God in simple ways that just really free us up to worship without having to think of the next words or the right melody. “You Are Good” contains simple words, with simple structure that leads into worship. God is good, and His mercy endures forever. “Yahweh is good, and His love is eternal; His faithfulness endures through all generations.” ~Psalm 100:5 (Holman Christian Standard Version)

 

“Your kindness is forever, Your goodness is forever, Your mercy is forever, forever”

The bridge continues the building of worship by just focusing of God being constant forever and ever. That is enough to bring worship to any true disciple’s hearts! I pray that you will take this song with you and use it in worship to the Lord. Lead the song in church, sing it in your prayer time, and just really think of the words and why God is good to you. It’s nothing that is a new concept, nothing complex, or profound, but foundational to the Christian faith. God bless and Merry Christmas everyone!

-Joey


Live Free

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery”

 

Living in the freedom that Jesus Christ brings to a believer at salvation is key to maintaining a healthy relationship with God.

Many times, as believers, there seems to be this great struggle going on inside our hearts. This struggle is caused by the conflicting nature of our flesh and the Holy Spirit. Obviously one or the other has to win out. It is also obvious that we as imperfect humans will not heed 100 percent of the time to a perfect Holy Spirit. We will mess up at some point, but I think one of the biggest reasons we do not heed to the Spirit is because we enter this struggle already defeated. Rather than pleading for the Spirit’s guidance, we allow the flesh to pull more heavily than the Spirit at times.

It was for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery” ~Gal. 5:1

 

The Greek for used for freedom there means “free, exempt, one who ceases to be a slave, not bound, manumitted”

In the Greek culture there were sometimes processes used called legal fictions. Basically this is a process to get around a law without actually changing the law or violating the law. There was a fiction used in the process of releasing a slave from slavery by a god purchasing them. Obviously, a slave had no money to pay to the temple treasury, so the master paid the money to the treasury in the presence of the slave. At that time, a document would be made up that contained the words “for freedom”. At that point, the slave was now property of the god and could never be enslaved again.

Paul undoubtedly had this in mind when he wrote “It was for freedom that Christ has set us free” We were slaves to sin and our flesh and did not have the means to “buy” our way out of slavery. Jesus paid the price for our freedom and drew up a contract that said “for freedom” for us. By doing so, Christ’s blood bought us and made us property of God, never to become a slave to the flesh again. Jesus provided a way around the law without violating or changing the law of God and satisfied the wrath, love, and justice of God.

For this reason, Paul pleads in Gal 5:1 “Stand firm, and do not let yourselves be burdened gain by a yoke of slavery” Jesus did everything necessary and paid the price for our freedom. We are free. No longer bound by sin. The only way that you can be enslaved again is to allow yourself to become enslaved.

During when the time that Paul was writing to the Galatians, there were Jews trying to cause the Galatians believers to add Jewish teachings and traditions to their faith in Christ. The Galatians were saved by faith in Jesus Christ alone, and by accepting anything more than Christ would nullify their faith and make Christ’s sacrifice mean nothing.

“Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no value to you at all. Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law”          ~Gal. 5:2-3

This passage is not simply saying that being circumcised will cause Christ’s sacrifice to become vain. Paul is making the point that by allowing anything else to come into the salvation picture other than Jesus Christ alone will result in being obligated to uphold the entire law. By faith alone in Christ, a believer is declared righteousness before God and upholds the law. But by adding legalistic standards and religious traditions as way of salvation totally cuts the believer off from the grace of God.

“You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen from grace” ~Gal. 5:4

Paul declares that by trying to come to God on our own terms and trying to be saved by another way other than Jesus Christ cuts us off from the grace of God. In other words, you do not have salvation.

“You were running a good race. Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth? That kind of persuasion does not come from the One who calls you” ~Galatians 5:7-8

Basically, Paul is saying, “What in the world happened?! You received salvation. You were free by grace. You had nothing more required to make you right before God. Why introduce anything else to the picture? Teaching that requires you to earn salvation by your works and practices are not from God! You are saved by God’s grace alone!

“You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature” ~Gal. 5:13

As believers we have been called to be free. Christ has broken the chains that once bound us. So live free. However, as Paul points out, this freedom the Christ has given us is not to live how we please with no regard to God’s commands, moral standards, and righteous principles. This freedom is not a sin license. Freedom in Christ produces a life that is lead by the Holy Spirit and reflects the fruits of the Spirit.

“So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other so that you do not do what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law” ~Gal. 5:16-18

 

Paul recognizes that there is a conflict within a Christian between the flesh and the Spirit. Such is to be expected, they are totally opposite of each other and desire totally separate things. This conflict makes it impossible to do things that please God in our own power or strength. Paul even depicts this in Romans 7:22-23:

 

For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me”

 

Although Paul is mainly addressing freedom from the Old Law in this chapter of Galatians, I believe that these passages are relevant to every aspect of life. The key here is being led by the Spirit. Paul said, “Live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature”. When the source of strength is no longer yourself or what you know, but instead is the Holy Spirit, then suddenly we are able to live according to the Spirit. We can do the good we know we should and please God. The Holy Spirit is freedom. There is no freedom without the Holy Spirit in your life. This battle between flesh and Spirit will continue until the day the Jesus comes to call His people home, but it is possible to live in freedom and victory by yielding to the Holy Spirit’s leading.

Many believers today are saved by the blood of Jesus Christ and have their eternal home secure in Him, but they are not living in the freedom that Christ brought. As I was studying the Lord reminded me of the Israelites in Egypt. For over 400 years the Israelites pleading to God for liberation from Egypt. They were slaves, bound by a force that they could not overcome on their own. But God answered their call and sent them Moses to deliver them out of Egypt into the Promise Land that God promised to them. After years of bondage, they were free! However, Israel never fully lived free from Egypt. They complained about God delivering them into the desert with no water. They complained about not having food. When things weren’t going peachy perfect, they questioned and disobeyed God. They even called out to let them go back to Egypt so they could eat their old meals.

We remember the fish we used to eat for free in Egypt. And we had all the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic we wanted. ~Numbers 11:5

Even though Israel was taken out of Egypt, Israel didn’t get Egypt out of their hearts. They never took off the chains that were broken for them. This is the case for many Christians today. Many have been delivered out of this world into the Kingdom of Heaven, but they are still trying to live in the world. When things get tough in life, instead of relying on the Spirit to guide them, they turn to their own ways and strength to see them through. They are still holding on to the chains that bound them before Christ set them free. Alcohol, drugs, lust, depression, stress, anxiety, bitterness. Christ never meant for us to hold on to these things. Jesus set us free from these things; we don’t have to carry the burden of these things any longer. His burden is easy and His yoke is light. There is no bondage and condemnation in Jesus Christ, there is freedom. Not freedom to indulge in sin, but freedom to live in the new life that Jesus Christ has brought to every single believer. You don’ t have to perform for God, or measure up to the many outwardly standards the world throws at you. You’re responsible for having faith in Christ and conducting and molding your life after His life.

Either sin is with you, lying on your shoulders, or it is lying on Christ, the Lamb of God. Now if it is lying on your back, you are lost; but if it is resting on Christ, you are free, and you will be saved. Now choose what you want.” ~Martin Luther

 

 

I conclude with asking tonight if there is anyone who is living life right now and are just wore down with any kind of burden, to lay it down at the feet of Jesus tonight. Throw down the chains that were broken. Don’t let yourselves be enslaved by things that use to hold you. Surrender yourself before God and live in the freedom that He has brought you.

God bless!

Joey


The Book of Acts: The Importance, Emphases, and Relativeness of Acts

The book of Acts is a tremendously important book in the life of a Christian believer. It contains some of the earliest history of the early church and provides great information about the church’s growth. Such rich information about the history of the Christian faith should be treasured!  Acts serves as a connector or bridge between the Gospels and the Epistles of the New Testament, providing great historical and introduction information to the Pauline Epistles.  Without the book of Acts, Christians would be left with many unanswered questions about the New Testament such as who were the authors, what happened after Jesus returned to the rather, and how did the church starts? Clearly, Acts has an irreplaceable spot in the Biblical canon.

The book of Acts also provides information about a crucial event in Christian history, Pentecost. This book is unrivaled in its information about the work of the Holy Spirit, the baptism of the Spirit, and the functions of the Spirit’s gifts operated in the life of a Christian. “Pentecostal theology appears elsewhere in the New Testament; however, any Pentecostal theology founded without the full benefit of the book of Acts would be severely impoverished”. It is often stated the book should be named “Acts of the Holy Spirit” because of the many circumstances that the Holy Spirit guided the early church and made a way for the advancement of the church.

It is true that the actions of a person stems out of what they believe. Some want to separate faith and practice, but this is not consistent with the Bible. The Bible uses positive and negative examples all throughout the Scriptures to illustrate lifestyles affected by beliefs. Historical information is meant to guide future generations into right living, and the book of Acts is no different. The material found in Acts is meant to guide Christians in their walk with the Lord and help them understand what they believe.

There are many theological and hermeneutical emphases found in the book of Acts. One main theological theme found in Acts is the continuity of the Holy Spirit’s activity. From the very beginning of the book, the Holy Spirit shows up and shakes up the life of believers. After the day of Pentecost, the Spirit inspired such boldness and passion in the hearts of Peter and John that they went out to preach in the synagogues of the city. The people were amazed at their teachings (much like they were at the teachings of Jesus) and recognized the authority in their words because it came with power from the Holy Spirit (Acts 3). The Spirit continued to guide the church and grow the church all throughout the book of Acts.

Another emphasis is that of the redemptive-historical perspective. This attempts to understand each verse, passage, and book of the Bible in the scope of God’s overall sovereign plan.  This theology seeks to focus on the unity of the entire Biblical message and necessarily individual stories. The focus is events in history unfolding in God’s perfect timing. A great example from Acts can be found when Jesus tells his disciples, “wait for the gift my Father promised…you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 1:4-5). The disciples had not yet received the Spirit nor had they went out preaching the name of Jesus because it was not time for them to do so. The time would be right when God was ready to carry out His plan, which can be seen in Acts 2.

A third emphasis, but certainly not the last, in the book of Acts is the primary role of the Holy Spirit. Over the years many viewpoints have been presented about what the role of the Spirit really is. The Holy Spirit has been said to be an agent of holiness, empowering the believer for service, and increasing the intimacy of relationship between Jesus and the believer. All of these things are true and the Holy Spirit certainly works in sanctifying a believer and creating a deeper relationship with Christ, the book of Acts is undeniable in defining the primary role of the Holy Spirit. Jesus Himself said, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses…” (Acts 1:8). The primary role of the Spirit according to the book of Acts is to empower the believer for service and to make greater witnesses.

Luke, the author of Acts, included theology and practice in historical-narrative that can be seen all throughout the book’s entirety. One of the most obvious methods that should be observed is that Luke wrote Acts much like the format of the Old Testament book of history. In the Old Testament, there are statements made by monumental figures that were intended to affect the practice and beliefs of those who read the books.  “A look at Acts and the Old Testament accounts for many features of Acts. There is evidence that in writing Acts, Luke used Biblical language and models.”

By looking at the writings of Luke, it is clear that Luke intends to be more than just an observer or historian. Although he makes sure to record the events of history accurately, even if it means illustrating bad qualities in the early church, he also adds editorials to his work. He gives clues in his writings that reveal whether he approves or disapproves with the characters that he is narrating. Luke wants not only for his readers to learn accurate history, but also come to conclusions about the actions depicted in his writings and whether or not they are just. Pentecostals draw much theology and practice from the book of Acts and would be at a terrible loss if it were not appropriate to do so.

As valuable as drawing theology and practice from the book of Acts is to the Christian believer, it is important to exercise correct methods of doing so. It is quite possible to draw things from the book that the author never intended. When reading Acts, extra attention must be given in the clues that Luke left to illuminate what he intended for the reader to learn.  An example is his tendency to report things repeatedly or report things that are similar several times. It is most likely that Luke wanted to reader to find extreme importance in those instances and repeated those things for emphasis. Again, one must not read deeper into the narrative than Luke intended. It may be tempting to add things or draw conclusions about certain topics with vague description, but such practice can potentially harm interpretation and must be avoided.

 

-Joey


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Powerful Testimony from a Survivor of the Colorado Shooting

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July 22 – a note of explanation

I’ve tried to leave this post just as it was originally written because it was a heartfelt response after a very traumatic experience.  But I’m sometimes clumsy with words and even when I think I am writing clearly, there is always the reader who doesn’t know my heart or doesn’t hear the words the way they were intended.

I feel as though a few people have taken what I said and twisted it. When I wrote my post on Friday, I had a grand total of eleven blog  followers. Yes, eleven. I generally post on facebook and have had a loyal little group of readers that numbered thirty or so. That is who I generally write for.  People who know me  know that I dislike talking on the telephone. I’d pretty much rather clean a toilet than spend time on the phone. I…

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