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Build the Third Temple? – Day 7 of 30(40)

by Jason Hess on November 21, 2014

Within Protestant Christianity there are Christians who stand with Orthodox Jews hoping for the building of the third Temple in Jerusalem. Some Evangelical Christians believe that the building of the Temple is a prophetic step towards the return of Jesus, others think that it’s unessential and would be a bad idea.

The possible rebuilding of the Temple would obviously cause issues with Muslims around the world considering that the Dome of the Rock would have to be destroyed to make room on the Temple mount. Additionally, some are worried about the theological implications of its return.

Will animal sacrifices resume?

What role will the Temple play in the life of believers? After all, before the destruction of the second Temple Christians engaged in Temple worship. [click to continue…]

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Ministry Spotlight: Blessed Earth – Day 6 of 30(40)

by Jason Hess on November 20, 2014

St. Irenaeus, one of the most important early Church fathers of the 2nd century, said,

The initial step for a soul to come to knowledge of God is contemplation of nature.

St. Basil the Great, another significant early Church father, said,

I want creation to penetrate you with so much admiration that wherever you go, the least plant may bring you the clear remembrance of the Creator ….One blade of grass or one speck of dust is enough to occupy your entire mind in beholding the art with which it has been made.

St. John Chrysostom is considered one of the greatest preacher of the early Church and he said,

[T]here is nothing that has been created without some reason, even if human nature is incapable of knowing precisely the reason for them all.

So, what’s the importance of these quotes from such great men of God? [click to continue…]

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Bread and Wine – Day 5 of 30(40)

November 19, 2014
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Day 5 of the 30(40) Days of Blogging. The theme… Bread and/or Beer. Today, I’ve chosen bread. I discovered the music of Josh Garrels a few years ago. At that time he was freely giving away his album, Love & War & The Sea in Between, as a download over the course of a year. […]

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In The Dash redux– Day 4 of 30(40)

November 18, 2014
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In the 31st season of the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who we find an episode titled Vincent and the Doctor. In said story the 11th Doctor and his companion, Amy, travel to the past and meet Vincent van Gogh. Near the end of the episode we find the Doctor taking Van Gogh on […]

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As a Hen Gathers Her Brood – Day 3 of 30(40)

November 17, 2014
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The Mighty Chicken is the topic Fr. John Peck of the Preachers Institute chose for day three. It’s an interesting choice of topic to blog about. So, to answer this challenge I’ve chosen to share with you some thoughts about Jesus’ statement in Matthew 23:37-39 (KNT). 37 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, killing the prophets and stoning those […]

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Sunday Best – Day 2 of 30(40)

November 16, 2014
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For today’s topic in the 30(40) Days of Blogging challenge, which is assigned by the Preachers Institute, I’ll be applying the idea of “Sunday Best” to our Church buildings, and the sanctuaries in which we worship the Holy One of Israel. I’ve attended worship services in traditional Church buildings, coffee shops, movie theaters, living rooms, […]

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