Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Opus 40, Christian Cliches: I can do all things...

(Philippians 4:13 KJV)  I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

This verse is quoted frequently.  It is a great one for positive thinking, prosperity and self-help speakers.  It is a verse in the Bible.  Rarely have I heard it quoted correctly.  Remember what is important to understand a verse:  Conext, context, context.

On the surface this looks like a verse that promises us success.  “Of course it does.  I can read,”  You say.  Okay so read.  Read the two verses before this one:
(Philippians 4:11 KJV)  Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

(Philippians 4:12 KJV)  I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
Paul was not saying he could always come out on top he was saying that he can live in victory no matter what situation the Lord puts him in.

You will not always get the promotion, but you can live in victory without it.  You will not always get the girl, but you can live in victory without her.  No matter what the extreme, you can live in victory. 

I am sorry if that is not what you wanted to hear, but it is the truth.

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Comments are welcome. Feel free to agree or disagree but keep it clean, courteous and short. I heard some shorthand on a podcast: TLDR, Too long, didn't read.