What a great week! I was able to give away a few bibles, and they should have them by the 29th. I love giving away bibles. And I have one more book to give away this week. There is just such a joy to give bibles away.
I have been wondering about something lately. When I started this blog, I made no bones about criticizing the likes of Todd Bentley or the other host of false prophets (profits?), and after a cataclysmic turn of events at my local congregation (not mine exactly, but the pastor there is the big chief of the organization and is doing/allowing all sort of ungodly things), I hinted at little things every now and then. But should I take them on more? I mean, should I be willing to leave all of my brothers and sisters in the dark about the evil that two men are perpetrating? They are causing a large amount of destruction in the faith of more than a few and leading the rest headlong into destruction. I have to wonder if something good would be served if I did take a more public stance against them – naming them. Are we called to shrink from a fight?
Today is Palm Sunday, the start of the Passion Week for many. It is a week to remember the final journey of Christ into Jerusalem,
into the trials before Pilate and others, and finally to the hill of Golgotha. It is a time to remember the sacrifice, but more than that – the why of the sacrifice. A traditional believer will tell you that He died for our sins while others might so go as to say that He did to take away the sin of the world while others might go so far as to say that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not charging the sins of the world to the world, but focused on the message of reconciliation. Now, it is those people who we have to watch out for.
Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road ahead of him, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Jesus was in the center of the procession, and the people all around him were shouting, “Praise God for the Son of David! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the LORD! Praise God in highest heaven!” (Mat 21:8-9 NLT)
During this week, in my study on Sirach, and my hopeful few reviews, and my last Break My Blog contest, I want to spend some time on the focus on none other than Christ. Would you mind?
Part of the Scriptural readings this morning included Philippians 2.5-11. Personally, I like the NLT-1996’s translation:
Your attitude should be the same that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not demand and cling to his rights as God. He made himself nothing; he took the humble position of a slave and appeared in human form. And in human form he obediently humbled himself even further by dying a criminal’s death on a cross. Because of this, God raised him up to the heights of heaven and gave him a name that is above every other name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
I am planning a trip soon enough, but more than later.
I want to thank all of my readers and appreciate all that you do for me. It is a comforting feeling to know that you are all out there.
For those of you who like good music, here is an old gospel favorite from Hank Williams, Sr.