Forgiveness: Set yourself free!


Pray then like this:
“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

Church: Mission of the Church



"We exist to glorify God."
"To glorify God means that we see God more clearly, enjoy Him more deeply, and communicate His goodness and greatness to others more completely."

Three necessary means:
1. Doctrinal Soundness
2. Relational Wholeness
3. Missional Faithfulness

By Prayerful Dependence

Ioannes (John) 20:19


"Pax vobis" "Peace be with you." John (Ioannes) 20:19

Pax = peace
Vobis = with you (bis = you will [singular])

Truth: Sound Doctrine and the themes in the Doctor Strange movie



What are some themes in the Doctor Strange movie?

People seeking answers in all the wrong places and falling for the same lies that humans have since Adam and Eve in the garden when Satan questioned God's truth and promised that "you will be like God." (Genesis 3:1-7) But good does win over evil in the end.

The Spiritual

Filtering: Capture every thought for Christ before speaking



Have you ever said something you regretted, or that made you wonder how you could truly think such a horrible thing? We need to apply our filter.

No Filter: Heart --> words or deeds
"But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a person. "
Matthew 15:10-20

Truth



Veritati adhaereto
"Stick to the truth."

So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?”

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Lent and Easter



Lent is generally a forty day devotional season of fasting and prayer in preparation for Easter.

“Originating in the fourth century of the church, the season of Lent spans 40 weekdays beginning on Ash Wednesday and climaxing during Holy Week with Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday), Good Friday, and concluding Saturday before Easter. . . Christians today use this period of time for introspection, self examination, and repentance.” (Bratcher, 1)

Narnia: C. S. Lewis


Below is the study I wrote in 2006 for small group and edited in 2017 for discipleship with our children.
"Bible Study: Based on The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe And A Family Guide to Narnia: Biblical Truths in C. S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia"

Goals:
Review and Study Chapter by Chapter Biblical Parallels and Insights
Discuss Biblical Scope and Background with Relevance and Applications to Everyday Life

References:

Socialism: Promise of Utopia always ends in misery, violence and starvation



"Over and over, socialist demagogues have promised utopia, only to produce starvation on an extraordinary scale. In socialist Venezuela, its citizens have been reduced to eating cats, dogs and even pigeons!" Ron Paul

"In a new sign that Venezuela’s financial crisis is morphing dangerously into a humanitarian one, a new nationwide survey shows that in the past year nearly 75 percent of the population lost an average of 19 pounds for lack of food...

Venezuelans suffer shortages of the most basic goods, from food to medicine, amid triple-digit inflation and a nearly 80 percent currency collapse in the last year." (2)

Responsibility: Faithful in the small things



Ex parvis saepe magnarum momenta pendent.
"Often it is on small things that events of great consequence depend." (Livy)

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