Category Archives: Holiness

Hot tub religion

“As I sat there savoring hot tubness, cracking small jokes and adjusting to the feel of being bubble over from all angles, it struck me that the hot tub is the perfect symbol of the modern route in religion. The … Continue reading

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Ten Principles for Decision Making

When uncertain about what pleases God in areas not specifically addressed in Scripture, consider the 10 principles below. 1. Glorifying God Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; 10:31; 1 Thessalonians 2:12 Questions:  Would this behavior/practice dishonor God? 2. Loving others: Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 8:1, … Continue reading

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Watch out for the ways of Esau

Recently, I’ve been studying Hebrews 12:14-17. I posted some notes from my study on August 26, (see: Pursuing peace….).  I have been deeply challenged by the warning in verses 16-17 about the negative example of Esau. Before I share a … Continue reading

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Pursuing peace and holiness with watchful care

Christian communities are called (as communities) to pursue peace and holiness with watchful concern for each member. We so often individualize the community emphases that permeate the New Testament. We think, for example, of holiness primarily as a personal matter. … Continue reading

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