Lately I have been thinking about posting some encouraging words for anyone here that might be discouraged by the state of the church these days. There have been times when I was deeply discouraged and all I could do is hold on to the hope that we would find our place in the Body of Christ.I personally had to come to the place that my first responsibility was to follow Christ and trust He would lead my wife and I. The years I had sat under good teaching and my personal study of God's Word while seeking Him led me back to the simplicity of a relationship with Him. That includes responding to the clear instructions He has already given us.Loving, forgiving, serving others is always an option.
Just the other night there was a knock on my door. I opened it and there they were, two young men petitioning me to visit their "church," and seems to me that it was the "Mother of the Holy Something or Other." I used to engage in friendly conversations with other people about how they came to be lost in the jungles of "cult-world" who call themselves "Christians." However, I am not 67, and only God knows how much time I have left here. I will share here what I told them. I live in Redding, CA where there are more cults than Goodyear has tires. I keep a UBS Greek New Testment right there by my door, and when they naively tried to "lamp fish" me, I just picked it up.Brothers and Sisters
I get asked this all the time, not just from Christians but from a lot of unbelievers too. Why do I waste my time learning and reading my New Testament in Greek? I was just asked that question again. I'll be direct.To begin with, there are over 340 denominations registered with the World Council of Churches. That is the tip of the confusion-iceberg; it is only the number that is registered. So, in addition to that for every street corner in America there is someone potentially there poking their finger into the air and preaching a Gospel of Destruction.Nevertheless, in Revelations, in Greek, John's Revelation, in the oldest manuscripts, note that I said that, uses a very, very different
To Brothers and Sisters in Christ:Yes, BEING the body is what Christ wants, and I am fully confident that Jesus didn't suffer the cross and the brutality of the Roman soldiers so that the faithful could spend their lives practicing "Pew-Yoga."I made my friends something:Over the course of many years my friends have told me that they "wished" that they could access Greek dictionaries, grammars, and lexicons so that they could see these things for themselves and for their small, Home Fellowships. Moreover, cults get planted because English doesn't always make things clear. There are 20, 000 denominations in North America. Seminaries are the perfect model of boring, so I made this for all my f
Dear Team House Church Network:I am sorry to trouble all of you, but I cannot figure out how to make my and fellowship location appear on the global map. Yes, I have selected the "Make Location Public" switch, but that didn't make it public.If anyone has any tips, it would be a blessing. Thank you,Timothy
I will share one more thing with my brothers and sisters of the House Fellowship Network.When I was a very young boy my mother would take me to our Armenian church there in Glendale, CA. We were all refugees in those days. Let's just say that we were Christians, and to be gentle about it, we were not welcome in Anatolia.The people of Armenia converted to Christianity around 400 AD, and thus the first translation of the New Testament from the Greek was into Armenian. We used to have well over 1, 000 churches all across central and eastern Turkey, but all of them, except those in Eastern Armenia, which was protected by the Russian army, were destroyed during the 19th century. Yet, there is
It is really quite funny if you have this kind of sense of humor. It is funny because when you take a brother or sister who has studied some Greek in school or maybe even seminary, put an old manuscript in front of them, and they will almost feint.There are no paragraphs. There are no breaks between sentences. There is no punctuation, not even a "s" to show that it is Paul's or Matthew's, or John's. When you read accounts of authors who lived in the ancient world you can in fact find this phrase that in English reads something like this."My teacher gave me a tablet to read. While I was trying to find its meaning, I had I thought ... " One of the things this person is saying is that he