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.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Opus 2012-57, Monday Pulpit: To Those Who Have

(Matthew 13:11-12 KJV)  He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.  For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.

These verses were referred to in the sermon Sunday.  They are familiar verses but they were presented in a way that had not occurred to me although it might have been obvious to others.  Usually this comes up in the teaching on the talents.  Here it is about understanding the parables.

It seems that the disciples were told they would understand the parables and the multitudes would not.  Then Jesus talks about those who have, getting more. 

In order to understand the Bible you need to be a believer.  To believers things will make sense and fit together.  Greater understanding will come as a result.  If you are confused by what the Bible has to say, it is possible that you are not a believer.  To those who walk with Jesus, reading the Word is uplifting, edifying and encouraging.  It makes a difference.

Later the teaching of these truths is laid on those who believe, but that is another topic.

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