Man of Constant Sorrows

‘Blessed are you when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.’ Ever get rejected?  Ever been maligned?  Ever had something…

Re-Defining ‘Church’ (pt. 3) ‘Church Governments’

1 Corinthians 12:28 And God hath set some in the church, first paid-staff, secondarily worship leaders, thirdly technical crew, after that class teachers, then administrative counselors, helps, governments, children workers. Of course the above is a major-misquote, but you’d almost think that the way church organizations in our day are run that the above verse must…

Re-Defining Church (pt.2) Relationship

Relationship.  Am I right? What is the church to begin with… you know, as defined in scripture?  It is 1) the body of Jesus (1 Cor. 12:12).  Interesting… the body of Christ.  The church derives its identity through – and only through – its relationship with Christ.  Being of His body identifies us with Him.  Christianity, itself,…

Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

Before continuing my topic (Re-Defining ‘Church’), I think I should give some further clarity to my church background affiliations (somewhat for personal reasons) in my attempt to offend no one.  I realize that I sometimes pick on certain groups, generally this is because I have some degree of background experience with these groups, however, and am not…

The Day of Fire

I wrote this a while back, and just found it – it might be indicative of a sense of injustice I was experiencing under the circumstances I was in… kind of intense but I enjoyed re-reading it, thought I’d share:   He comes as fire in the night to burn awat the present fright; His…