We Want to Avoid Condemnation

Written by Leland Ping on Apr 18, 2016

To be condemned is a very negative thought. Whether thinking in terms of criminal condemnation for the conviction of a crime or the more serious eternal condemnation that comes from God, to be condemned makes one (rightly) think of hopelessness and loss. In the King James Version of the Bible, the word “damnation” is used in place of condemnation...

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The Incredible Simplicity of our Service

Written by Leland Ping on Apr 04, 2016

In Paul’s first recorded letter to the Corinthians, the apostle spent a significant amount of time discussing the “spiritual gifts” of some of the first century’s Christians. Much of that discussion was an attempt by Paul to dissuade the Corinthians from thinking too much of themselves by honoring certain gifts more than others. In I Corinthians...

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Vindicate me, O Lord!

Written by Leland Ping on Mar 28, 2016

The word “vindicate” is used some eight times in the (New King James Version) Bible. In many cases, it is a synonym for “judge” wherein a person speaks to God asking for judgment on ones’ actions. In part, that’s what David means in the first verse of Psalm 26 when he writes, “Vindicate me, O Lord, for I have walked in my integrity.” Yet, based...

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