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  1. Money!

    How well do you use money? How often do you use money to make 'eternal' purchases? http://ontoxenos.wordpress.com/2014/05/23/money-money-money/
  2. how do we view God?

    What wrong understandings of God have you encountered? How did that encourage unbiblical behaviour? http://ontoxenos.wordpress.com/2014/05/09/bernards-advice/
  3. When people fail

    What do you think? How should we treat others who fail? Why did God treat Abraham the way that he did? What does that say about how we should treat others who fail? http://ontoxenos.wordpress.com/2014/05/05/abraham-and-habitual-sin/
  4. About This Forum

    I found this blog entry which I think speaks to the OP http://jonnitta.com/2014/04/28/why-are-christians-so-angry/
  5. Just because Peter failed in one instance, doesn't mean he wasn't converted. Do you think all converted people don't make mistakes? Or are sometimes afraid to speak up to say they belong to Jesus?
  6. Giver her away

    Perhaps the first time, but the second???
  7. Giver her away

    A good friend of mine was once working as a Personal Assistant to the wife of a major Christian mission organisation that I admire greatly. My friend was very good at her job and enjoyed it. She became very close to her boss. However it was an extremely difficult job. At times the pressure to get things done for God was great and in these times her boss treated her with less than the respect she deserved. It left her with a lot of hurt. I remember spending nights with her encouraging her to keep her heart soft and find the right fit for her. It reminded me in some ways of the biblical stories of Abraham. He is a truly wonderful Biblical figure, being the great father of the Israeli nation. Even God ties himself to Abraham. Many times in the Old and New Testament God calls himself ‘the God of Abraham’. However twice we read how he mistreats his wife, Sarah, really badly. Twice (Gen 12:11-20, Gen 20) he gives his wife to a foreign king as a wife. I wonder how Sarah felt about that. Abraham had some major failings in the way he dealt with people close to him. When I consider the way people such as Abraham and even my friend’s boss can treat people it seems like for thousands of years great people of faith have been failing those closest to them. It does make me wonder about me. How do I treat those with whom I work? For those who have worked under me, did they feel valued or mistreated? I wonder about those who are close to me and the way I sometimes treat them. Do they feel valued or mistreated? From http://ontoxenos.wordpress.com/2014/05/02/give-her-away/ Used with permission
  8. IT is wrong to say that Peter was 'unconverted' when Jesus spoke to him. He was following Jesus. Sure he didn't understand everything at that point, but he left everything to follow Jesus. Hard to think of many today that show the same commitment level to Jesus, so using that passage as a basis to treat 'non-Christians' is entirely wrong. As has been pointed out, we should 'love our enemies', which are often the non-believers.
  9. The image

    Aronofsky’s movie Noah attracted a lot of attention and comment when it first came out. It seems like he initially did a great job getting Christians on side only to disappoint them when the movie came out. There was one thing that he got right, in the biblical picture of the time of Noah, the world was filled with nasty people. In Gen 9:6 we read God’s commandment not to shed human blood. The reason given is that people are made in God’s image. There is something of value in people because they are made in God’s image. This passage is after the flood and it says that God’s image is still in all people – even after the world was filled violent nasty people. In other words, even in nasty violent people is the image of God. It carries on in people despite sin. I sometimes go out to cafes or restaurants with friends to watch some sport. The last time I was out watching sports, there was some people who got passionate and hot tempered and acted in horribly offensive ways. As I was leaving and thinking about those people and thinking about the movie Noah, I realised that I struggled to see something of God’s image in those people. I struggled to understand the value God puts on them. But I know he does, and I know that I need to respond to them with God’s love and compassion. It also made me wonder at what other times if I fail to treat people as they deserved to be treated, not because of their actions, but because of the image of God in them. I wondered, what does it actually mean to me that other people have the image of God in them? From http://ontoxenos.wordpress.com/2014/04/30/the-image/ Used with permission
  10. Isolation

    I have some friends that never let you pay for anything. They never want you to do anything for them because they don’t want to feel ‘in debt’ to them. I find this quite sad. In Gen 4 we read the story of Cain and Abel and how sin uses Cain’s feeling of rejection to strike out in anger at his brother. After God’s first response to Cain’s sin (trying to engage in relationship through questions!), Cain reacts to the punishment he receives from God. He finds it too difficult to bear. He feels so low and worthless that he expects anybody that he meets will kill him. However God responds with grace to Cain’s anguish, even though Cain doesn’t ask for it. God puts a mark on Cain that will protect him. Cain seems to be like my friends who never want you to do anything for them. Although God has given him his protection, Cain rejects it. How do I know this? He goes and builds a city! In the culture of the day, a city was walled and a place of protection. Cain tries to create his own safe place, rather than accept God’s protection. For me this image is of someone locked up and distant from others. Cain has rejected what God has done for him and rather than empower him, it isolates him. Makes me wonder where I don’t accept what God has done for me? Am I trying to earn his grace? Am I trying to earn his love? Are there things I’m trying to redo that he has already done for me? How does this lead to isolation and lack of community in my life? (From http://ontoxenos.wordpress.com/2014/04/23/isolated/) Used with permission
  11. Heaven is for real?

    2 Cor 12:1-6. If we are to boast let us boast in the Lord. If Paul was happy to talk about Jesus rather than experiences of going to heaven, perhaps that is a good model to follow.
  12. Heaven is for real?

    I didn't know about this upcoming movie, until I read this http://christandpopculture.com/christians-respond-heaven-real/ I found it helpful.
  13. Rejected?

    I suggest you missed the whole point of the article.
  14. What's the point of praying?

    Sounds like you are basing your theory on a man inability to know everything God knows and not on God Himself. While of course I may be wrong, but the picture in the early part of the Bible, is a God who 'repents', that is changes his mind. How is that possible for a God who knows everything that will ever happen?
  15. Rejected?

    Self centered desires often do not get answers. What the writer seems to be saying is that the anger derives from them not getting what they wanted. Scripture tells us that when we are in Christ, seeking His will in our lives, what we ask for will be provided, since we are asking in accordance to His will in our lives. Scripture does not guarantee that we can get whatever we want just because we asked for it, nor does scripture guarantee that whatever we put our hand to will bear fruit. Seems to me that the writers focus is self centered, prideful, and somewhat arrogant. Well that is one perspective. Count how many time the writer uses a term that points to themselves (18 times) and how many time the writer wonders what His will is for them (0). The numbers add up to self centered thinking. I suggest you confuse selfishness for a rhetorical device which is design to invite empathy and introspection. I guess we could write in the 2nd person and command people, but there are those who appreciate having someone write in the first person and from a preachy commanding way.
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