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God’s Word Is Truth

1 John 4:1

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

When we are trying to determine Godly values or true Biblical core doctrines – we need to refer to the Scriptures. We need to have Scripture as our base. Truth can be found in God’s Holy Word. God’s Word is truth.

The Wesleyan quadrilateral reminds us that Scripture is primary and we are to use tradition – reason – and experience to help us understand Scripture. Having said that – I remind us that Scripture is primary and the source of our understanding of truth and of God’s will. http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/wesleyan-quadrilateral

We hold this belief because we believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. Even though Paul may have understood this in his context to mean the Old Testament – orthodox opinion is that this passage was meant for the entire Bible. 2 Timothy 3:16–17 – 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. Continue reading

May 18, 2018 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Greater Is He

1 John 4:4

. . . because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

profileAs a youth I liked to win.  OK – I still like to win.  I play golf most Saturday mornings with a few friends and we get a little competition going from time to time.  No money involved – but recently one friend broke into the 80’s for the first time in a long time and beat me – also in the 80’s – for the first time ever I think.  I wasn’t too happy.  I was happy for him – nice game – just not happy that he beat me!

When I was a younger person – elementary school to be exact – I remember playing kickball at recess and even then we tried to win.  We tried to get our friends – who were good players – on our team as we picked up sides.

Tiger Woods doesn’t like losing.  He is not a good sport when he loses – at least not when he hits bad shots (cameras are on him all the time).  He lost at the British Open but he won last weekend.  He seems to be on one week and not the next.  He has won a number of tournaments this year – but he isn’t playing with much consistency.  He isn’t the Tiger that put fear into the hearts of his fellow competitors – like he did a number of years ago. Continue reading

August 8, 2013 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Theology | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

   

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