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    Faith Seeking Understanding
          "Faith seeks understanding passionately and relentlessly, or it languishes and eventually dies...Human life ceases to be human not when we do not have all the answers, but when we no longer have the courage to ask the really important questions." ~Daniel L. Migliore, Faith Seeking Undersanding

    Tue, Jul 11th - 2:02PM


    Christians often talk about God's glory. We sing songs about the awesome works of his hands and about the amazing love he has for us that is so glorious. It is true that these things are part of God's glory. His glory is beautiful, but I think Christians often forget that while beautiful, God's glory is also often described as terrible. In Psalms 99:3 the writer tells the people to praise God's great and terrible name for it is holy. Also in Job 37:22 God's majesty is described as terrible. Now, let me pause to clarify at the beginning. I am not saying that God is terrible, that he is not beautiful, or that he doesn't love us incredibly much. I am saying that Christians sing about an awesome God but forget to be awed. I believe that this is the mistake that Job made during his times of trial. He forgot about a healthy fear of God. Not that he should have been cowering in a corner afraid of what God would do to him next, but that he should have thought a while first before he challenged a God who could destroy the entire earth in an instant, a God of ultimate power. We Christians need to remember that while God is our loving Father, he is not to be treated casually. He is still the God who created the world, as he reminded Job. We need to remember to treat him with the respect and reverence and awe that he deserves. Maybe if we treated him that way more often people who are not Christians would begin to understand that God is no someone to be taken lightly.

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    Sun, Jul 9th - 12:47PM

    Hey everyone! I've been very busy working two jobs this summer which is why I haven't posted in so long. However, I think my schedule has slowed down a little bit and I will have time to post again. At least. I hope so. I don't have time now because I have yo finish gettting ready for church now, but I wanted to let everyone know that I am still alive and I will be posting again soon.

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    Tue, May 9th - 1:44PM


    Thanks, everyone, for your good wishes for my finals. They were rather easy this semester. My roommates were very jealous. Anyway, I checked my grades to day (although grades aren't even due yet, but I like to check just in case) and so far I have an 'A' in the one class I was worried about. So I will just have to wait to find out the other grades. Anyway, I'm home now. Looking for a job and adjusting to a new roommate. (I live with my parents, but I friend of ours is staying in my room this summer. She needs a place to stay until her wedding later this summer.) I have a job interview this Thursday. The job pays really well, but it will be a lot of work. I'll be happy if I get the job, and happy if I don't. So I would appreciate if you would pray about this but I am not exactly sure which outcome I want. So please pray that God would show me where he wants me work this summer. My brother is snoring next to me on the couch, so I should probably stop typing and let him sleep. Not that I think he'll notice, but it makes me feel guilty anyway. Oh well.

    Oh, I almost forgot. I think I will be teaching Sunday School at my church this summer. The college group teacher is going to be gone a few weeks and needs someone to fill in. This is a first for me, and I am kinda scared of the whole idea. But not at scared as I and my family would have thought I would be. I think that is a sign that God wants me to do this. I am not excited about the teaching material and I hate public speaking, so I could use all the prayer I can get. I am trying to stay positive so that I can enjoy teaching in the future. I think this is something I need to do. I feel strongly that the congregation of a church has a responsibility to get involved and play a role in their own church. It doesn't have to be teaching or deacon or committee member or whatever, but each person needs to help. Pastors do not single-handedly run churches. Nor do board members. This is something that does not get enough emphasis in my opinion. Christians talk a lot about living Christian lives in their everyday lives, but they forget to mention what it means to live a Christian life in the church. God's calling often involves a profession, but He also calls us to a place in our church, an active role contributing to the function of that church. I have discovered that I enjoy thinking about theology and studying the Bible more than the average Christian. I am a psychology major with a seconf major in Biblical Studies because I love the classes. I don't think that God gave me this desire to learn and think about him just so that I can keep these thoughts to myself. I think he gave me this desire so that I can share what I learn with other Christians. This is why I started this blog. And why I agreed to teach this class even though it scares me. And I didn't mean to turn this prayer request into a sermon, but I could help myself. And my brother is snoring louder than ever, so I'll stop now.

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    Wed, May 3rd - 11:56AM

    Sorry, everyone. It's finals week here. No deep thoughts this week.

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    Sat, Apr 22nd - 10:52PM

    Exodus 34:7 "...he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation."

    As Christians most of us have heard this phrase. This statement can be very difficult to accept. I was having a discussion with a non-Christian classmate the other day, and he brought up this issue. Are children held responsible for the sins of their fathers? It is important to note that passages like this one in Exodus are balanced with passages such as the following one from Ezekiel 18.

    4"Behold, all souls are Mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is Mine The soul who sins will die.

     5"But if a man is righteous and practices justice and righteousness,

     6and does not eat at the mountain shrines or lift up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, or defile his neighbor's wife or approach a woman during her menstrual period--

     7if a man does not oppress anyone, but restores to the debtor his pledge, does not commit robbery, but gives his bread to the hungry and covers the naked with clothing,

     8if he does not lend money on interest or take increase, if he keeps his hand from iniquity and executes true justice between man and man,

     9if he walks in My statutes and My ordinances so as to deal faithfully--he is righteous and will surely live," declares the Lord GOD.

     10"Then he may have a violent son who sheds blood and who does any of these things to a brother

     11(though he himself did not do any of these things), that is, he even eats at the mountain shrines, and defiles his neighbor's wife,

     12oppresses the poor and needy, commits robbery, does not restore a pledge, but lifts up his eyes to the idols and commits abomination,

     13he lends money on interest and takes increase; will he live? He will not live! He has committed all these abominations, he will surely be put to death; his blood will be on his own head.

     14"Now behold, he has a son who has observed all his father's sins which he committed, and observing does not do likewise.

     15"He does not eat at the mountain shrines or lift up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, or defile his neighbor's wife,

     16or oppress anyone, or retain a pledge, or commit robbery, but he gives his bread to the hungry and covers the naked with clothing,

     17he keeps his hand from the poor, does not take interest or increase, but executes My ordinances, and walks in My statutes; he will not die for his father's iniquity, he will surely live. 

    18"As for his father, because he practiced extortion, robbed his brother and did what was not good among his people, behold, he will die for his iniquity.

     19"Yet you say, Why should the son not bear the punishment for the father's iniquity?' When the son has practiced justice and righteousness and has observed all My statutes and done them, he shall surely live.

     20"The person who sins will die The son will not bear the punishment for the father's iniquity, nor will the father bear the punishment for the son's iniquity; the righteousness of the righteous will be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked will be upon himself.

    In order to reconcile these different passages, one must understand the difference between consequences and punishment. The Bible says in Romans 6:23 that "the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." Death is the eternal punishment for sin. This is the punishment of which God forgives us if we ask it of him. However, God does not, at least not often, remove the worldly consequences of sin. These worldly consequences are things like speeding tickets, fines, jail, bad reputations, broken relationships, etc. These worldy consequences are the punishment that is visited upon the children for generations. A child is obviously affected when his or her father is sent to prison for a crime. However, the child will not be eternally held repsonsible for his or her father's sin. His or her soul is not condemned to death because of the father's sin. I think this is something we as Christians lose sight of at time. There are many instances were we are too quick to condemn a child or give up on a person because of their family or their reputation. For example, we should not condemn a parent for their child's wickedness. Or a husband or wife because of their spouse's sin. We need to remember that each person is only responsible for his or her actions. Besides this, people are responsible for their actions to God, not to people. We have no place to judge because we cannot know what has occurred in someone else's soul. We would misjudge people based on their appearance. Only God can know people well enough to judge them.

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    About Me

    Name: C'Anne Johnson
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    Member Since: 2005-12-02
    Location: Sonora, California, United States
    Denomination: Evangelical Free
    About Me: Hi everyone, I am an Azusa Pacific University Student whose father likes to use blogs to check up on his kids. Like any college student, I'm just trying to figure it all out. Thought I might as well share my thought with other believers who actually ... more

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