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  • As we continue our study on becoming "Competent and Ethical" readers of scripture our attention has turned to establishing the date and historical context of Luke's Gospel. I've attached several screen shots of notable resources that discuss the topics. Included with these files are additional screen shots of suggested resources to assist in your knowledge of 1st Century Judea.
    1. On Wednesday evenings we are studying how to be "Competent and Ethical Readers" of scripture. We are using the Gospel of Luke as our text to employ the new skills gained through the study. Logos Mobile Ed has numerous helpful videos (available on FaithlifeTV) discussing the historical context of Luke's Gospel. I've attached PNG files listing several relevant courses.
      1. So many great resources!
    2. Adventures in Listening A major difference exists between message and meaning. Messages are transmitted verbally while meanings exist in the hearts and minds of people. Communicators start with meanings and formulate them into messages which they speak to listeners. Listeners receive the messages and construct within their minds sets of meanings that may or may not correspond with the meanings intended by the communicator. Meanings, therefore, do not pass from the speaker to the listener, only messages. If a listener is positively disposed toward the communicator and the messages, it is likely that they will construct meanings that are at least favorable toward what is being said. Misunderstanding may still occur, but it is likely the speaker will receive the benefit of the doubt. If, on the other hand, the listener is negative toward the speaker and/or the messages, they are likely to attach unfavorable meanings to the messages regardless of whether or not they understand them. Kraft, Charles H. “Workman Lectures Series.” Ashland Theological Journal Volume 12 12 (1979): 34–35. Print.
      1. Please pray.

        I am praying for something simple. My laptop is dieing and i need this for my job. Everything i do with clients involve using a laptop or ipad. Unfortunately the repair would be costly as would buying a new one. I am praying for a small miracle. Please pray for my situation. Thank you
        1. Great news. I now have a new ipad. I dropped my laptop today so thankfully i was able to finagle this with the Lords help. Thank you for praying. Bob
      2. Years ago I had my personal encounter with God's amazing love. Recently, I have been challenged by Ephesians 5:10 NLT to demonstrate my love for Him in tangible ways. Discovering those things that please Him seems so inadequate, but is there any other way to truly show Him that I love Him? YOUR THOUGHTS?
        1. Jesus said that anyone that loves him will keep his word. (John 14:23) And those that do not love him will not keep his word. (John 14:24) With that said, it's not likely that he is looking for people to express their love for him by rigidly following every detail of the word.
      3. God intends that the heart of every humble child of His be guarded by a peace which passes understanding (Philippians 4:7). The assurance of our hope comes to us moment by moment as we live our lives in faith. But it is not an assurance which is arrogant, cocky or heedless. No true servant of God, trusting Him, loving Him, ever dealt fast and loose with temptation or sin. The same one who said that nothing “shall be able to separate us from the love of God” also said, “I buffet my body and bring it into bondage lest after I have preached to others, I myself should be rejected” (1 Corinthians 9:27). The assurance of God is a holy confidence joined to a sober vigilance, in order that what we now assuredly hold, by His grace, may never be lost. The subject of assurance has been hotly debated down through the centuries, especially in the Calvinist-Arminian controversies. Are all who have been converted to Christ unconditionally assured of their eternal salvation, or is the life of a Christian one of probation in which his relationship to God is conditioned on faithfulness? Nothing is more clearly established in Scripture than the possibility of apostasy. As certainly as the wicked can turn and be saved, so can the righteous fall and be lost (Ezekiel 18:21–26). A Christian’s fellowship with his Father is dependent upon an ongoing spirit of obedient faith (Romans 11:19–22; 1 Corinthians 15:1–2; Colossians 1:22–23; Hebrews 3:6, 14). Earnhart, Paul. “Mining the Scriptures Practical Expositions: The Search for Assurance.” Christianity Magazine 1989 : 27. Print.
        1. Assurance, like salvation, is double-sided. It is the summit of intimacy by which the believer both knows Christ and knows he is known by Him. Assurance is not a self-given persuasion, but a Spirit-applied certainty which moves the Christian Godward through Christ. Personal assurance of salvation is recognizable by its fruits: a close life of fellowship with God; a tender, filial relationship marked with childlike obedience; a thirsting after God and spiritual exercises that extol Him; a longing to glorify Him by the fulfillment of the Great Commission. Where assurance abounds, mission-mindedness prevails. Assured believers pray for and anticipate revival, view heaven as their home, and long for the Second Advent of Christ and their translation to glory. Master’s Seminary Journal 5.1 (1994): 44. Print. How would you describe your life? Do you have the "recognizable" characteristics of a person in relationship with Jesus Christ? Hmm.
          1. As a pastor, I interact with a lot of people who struggle to have confidence in the authenticity of their conversion. To their mind, their sin clings closely and their failings are always at hand. Most of the time, I find that these are faithful brothers and sisters who need comfort and reassurance. But there’s another group of people in many of our churches that are much more worrisome: those with a firm but unfounded belief that they are genuinely converted. Perhaps you know they type. They know the right words. They stay free from scandalous public sin. And they are moral people. But THEY HAVE NO TRUE FRUIT, no evidence that God’s converting Spirit is at work within them. These people are hard to reach—it’s like they’ve been inoculated to the gospel. They think they already have what they most need, and so they aren’t looking for anything more! And if there is an area of hidden sin, they’ve long made peace with it. McKinley, Mike. “Six Ways to Give Your People False Assurance.” 9Marks Journal (2012): 54. Print.
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          2. Two painters each painted a picture to illustrate his conception of rest. The first chose for his scene a still, lone lake among the far-off mountains. The second threw on his canvas a thundering waterfall, with a fragile birch tree bending over the foam; and at the fork of the branch, almost wet with the cataract’s spray, sat a robin on its nest. The first was only stagnation; the last was rest. Rest is not a hallowed feeling that comes over us in church; it is the repose of A HEART SET DEEP IN GOD.—Drummond.