Last week we began the series, The Church and Politics by laying the foundation for the discourse. We came to the conclusion the Church is a political organ and Jesus is a political figure. You can read more at www.myilluminare.com/the-church-and-politics/ This week we begin exploration of the concept of citizenship.
Last week we began discussion on Understanding Tithing. We saw the two regimes of tithe in the Bible. The first regime is the Abrahamic regime. The second regime is the regime of the Law – Law of Moses or Ten Commandments. We examined how tithing came about in the Bible and the reasons Abraham and[…]
What if God had not created the tree of knowledge of good and evil? Well, that question goes to the very heart of what it means to be human. But we’re jumping ahead of ourselves. Let’s look at the narrative. The creation of man followed a two-part process: first was the material creation, and then[…]
“My dear God, I’m lying here on my bed, very early in the morning, just thinking about you. I wish everyone knew you, and not just about you! What a God you are! I wish they knew your love, your kindness and your saving power… This generation. You’re a kind person, a very good person, someone to know.[…]
The incarnation, death and resurrection of Jesus are the cornerstone of the Christian faith. The narrative is captured in the Apostles Creed (Symbolum Apostolorum): “I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; he descended into hell; on the third day he[…]
Some Christians get caught in the cracks between the Old Testament and the New Testament. They cannot distinguish between the operative principle of the Old Testament and the New Testament. Much of the Old Testament is the dispensation of the law i.e. the Ten Commandments. The reality of the Old Testament however is that the[…]
Sometimes we are confronted with our humanity as Christians. At these times our moral standards begin to struggle against the holy standards of God. We feel totally unworthy and we say to ourselves there’s no point going on, Christianity is too hard. We give up and stop pursuing God, deeming ourselves incapable of attaining or[…]
Spare a prayer this morning for the families of the dead, the dying, the missing… You know, sometimes we get so used to religion the words we use lose ordinary meaning. Take “Praise and Worship”. It has come to mean the first musical section of a church service. It’s when we lift up holy hands,[…]
One of the most inspiring things about God is his literary dimension. The Bible is an unbelievably rich literary and reference material. If you want to learn how to write it’s a fantastic guide. You can’t apprehend the full dimension of God if you don’t appreciate his personage. Stop limiting God to moralistic role confines.[…]
In Genesis 35, we come across the God of Abraham giving emigration instructions to his grandson Jacob. He was at Padam Aram, which translated means field or table land of Aram (Syria). His grandfather and great grandfather had settled there when they emigrated from Ur of the Chaldees.