“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ.”
Think for a second of all the different hats you wear on a consistent basis. What roles define you?
For me, I am Jeff the employee, Jeff the athlete, Jeff the roommate, Jeff the son, Jeff the brother, etc.
Now think out of all the ones you thought of, which one if taken from you would hurt you the most? Which one would affect you if changed? If it’s not the fact that you are a child of God, then… [read more]
Fragrances, including ointments, anointing oils, and incense are mentioned often in the Bible.
Aside from religious purposes such as rituals, they seem to be quite popular for the purposes of using them for medicinal/cosmetic/pleasure purposes too.
I had an interesting discussion with a friend of mine not so long ago, PheroJoe – who reviews pheromones for men on his website (which I tend to disagree with) because of their worldly nature. However, he claims that using pheromones is only natural because in the times of Christ, showering was a much less common experience.
And due to today’s “high standards” compared to the times of Christ, the fact we wash ourselves regularly has … [read more]
Have you ever heard someone say, when you approach them on a spiritual issue that makes them feel defensive, “well, God knows my heart.”
I have used the quote countless times when trying to defer attention from my own sin, and rebellion. In short, I usually say it as a cop out. This got me thinking about how little our “belief” or “theology” is distant and disconnected from our actual life. I mean did Jesus really just die to give us a ticket to heaven?
What about the here and now? Because the truth is, if Jesus doesn’t even affect our daily life, why would we think he would affect our after-life? If we don’t want to live with him every day while on earth, why would we want to live with Him forever?
Because… [read more]