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A life application of Mark Schultz’ song, He Will Carry Me.

“Even though I’m walking through the valley of the shadow / I will hold tight to the hand of Him whose love will comfort me / And when all hope is gone and I am wounded in the battle / He is all the strength that I will ever need / He will carry me…” ~Mark Schultz, He Will Carry Me from Stories & Songs

Personal Ponderings

Church music discussions frequently center around the word, “chorus” (or “choruses”),…preferences aside, what does Scripture say?

The Church throughout history has been slow to step into her present day culture and has often distinguished herself by being culturally awkward or archaic, believing that adoption of contemporary methods is endorsement of contemporary sin. This has most clearly played out through Church music. Yet the full story is somewhat humorous. Traditional churches tend to shy from music from the current century (or half-century), thus for example, leaving today’s churches with music from the 18th and 19th centuries. To church leadership in the 18th and 19th centuries, though, such music was heretical and rejected (Musical instruments?!? Heaven forbid!).

Personal Theological

This articles was written in memory of three Mississippi College students who died as a result of a car accident on Friday, September 17th, 2004.  We can cry with hope…

Personal Ponderings

Why do we get married?  Why should we pursue marriage?  This article attempts to answer the latter from a Biblical perspective.

Our purpose as Christians here on earth is to glorify God and exalt His name above all. Thus, when it comes to marriage, we should only initiate that process if we see that together, a man and a woman can better glorify the Lord than can each individually, separately. This concept deduces further to encompass the consideration of who one should date or take interest in.

Personal Ponderings Theological

The testimony of a man of God who knew his place when the Messiah came and understood who Jesus was…to an amazing depth, a knowledge granted by God alone.

Reading through the first chapters of the Gospel of John this morning (May 27, 2004), I reached chapter 3 and verses 27 to 36. It is a relatively familiar passage of John the Baptist speaking to his disciples, but somehow in my mind, I had incorrectly attributed the last 6 verses to Jesus. That may sound insignificant, but it isn’t. John the Baptist is often remembered for his baptisms preceding Jesus and then for his doubt and questions after he had been imprisoned. What is often missed in that bio is the depth to which John understood Jesus’ deity.

Personal Theological

Not Recommended. Who you are depends on the effect The Passion of the Christ will have on you. For the Christian, it may show you how Jesus physically gave His utmost to redeem us. But for the unsaved, it is utter brutality, lacking a clear spiritual context and needing a thorough preface.

Summary:

The Passion of the Christ inspires a variety of emotions and conclusions among those who view it. For some, it seems to help them understand the deep love of God by showing how much Jesus suffered. For others, it may well confuse or repulse them by its sheer brutality — forgive the repetition of this word, but nothing else quite describes it.

Personal Ponderings

Recommended. Ever After: A Cinderella Story, a Hollywood rendition of Cinderella, portrays many virtues and faults, character lessons, as well as some welcomed enlightenment (or revisions) of particular side elements…

Personal Ponderings

All mankind seeks security in day-to-day life, but what the unsaved world is ignorant of, is that Christ alone is the key and only solution to this dilemma.  This article presents this case with the support of Scripture.

Whether we realize it or not, we all often seek or place our security in things, circumstances, lifestyles, or relationships. Each of these can rightly give joy and peace to us as believers, but that derived joy and peace needs to be accessory joy and accessory peace. An accessory is an optional addition to a base product such that it cannot stand alone and does not solely contain the functionality of the base product. For example, a car with no accessories has the windows necessary to drive and see one’s surroundings. If we add a moon roof, it will give us a new and enjoyable view, but the moon roof alone is insufficient to operate the car. As children of God, our security and joy must first be found in and founded upon Him. He is the only all-sufficient and unchanging part of our lives. Possessions will be broken or lost. Circumstances will change in the blink of an eye. Lifestyles will be turned upside down. And relationships will fail to provide perfect satisfaction. For this reason, Christ said, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).

Personal Ponderings Theological

Beginning a relationship can be difficult and may end in rejection several times before “success”.  How are we as Christians supposed to handle that rejection?

If a believer is seeking the Lord in each aspect of his or her life, particularly relationships, what should he or she do with rejection?

Personal Ponderings

“Who do you think that I am?” With that brief question Jesus Christ confronted His followers with the most important issue they would ever face. He had spent much time with them and made some bold claims about His identity and authority. Now the time had come for them either to believe or deny His teachings.

Who do you say Jesus is? Your response to Him will determine not only your values and lifestyle, but your eternal destiny as well. Consider what the Bible says about Him.

Personal Theological