The Anxiety of Trying to Live the Christian Life

Posted by Eric Smith on Jan 14, 2018 11:48:01 PM

I ended the last blog with a discussion about Phil 1:9 and how it can help us when we are struggling with how to pray. I'm going to start there today. Phil 1:9-11 reads:

"Here’s my prayer for you, that your love would abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best, and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ to the glory and praise of God."  

Another thing in this prayer that really stuck out to me is this bit, "That your love would abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight." It's interesting to me that in Christiany circles these days we have a tendency to make a big distinction between the heart and the mind. I’ve heard phrases like, 'Oh that person’s eighteen inches from heaven,' which is a way of saying they know all the facts but it hasn’t impacted their heart.  Or someone will talk about heart knowledge vs. head knowledge, and these kinds of things. 

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Topics: Old Testament Bible In Context, New Testament Bible In Context, Philippians, Leviticus

Where to go when struggling with prayer

Posted by Eric Smith on Dec 27, 2017 1:41:57 PM

Philippians is a little bit like that heavily worn movie that you have back from VHS days, or the warm fuzzy blanket that has comforted you over the years. It started for me when I was in high school. We took a month to go through Philippians in youth group and our youth pastor challenged us to try and read Philippians through every day for that month. I don’t remember, I’m sure I didn’t do every day, but that was where my familiarity with Philippians started. 

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Topics: New Testament Bible In Context, Philippians

Religious Routine Does Not Earn Standing From God

Posted by Eric Smith on Nov 29, 2017 5:45:28 PM

We abhor the scandal of grace because grace says you can’t do it, why are you trying? Grace says I did it for you, relax. Grace says I did something for you that you can never pay back, and that just rubs us the wrong way. 

Paul’s response though, (Phil 3

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Topics: Old Testament Bible In Context, New Testament Bible In Context, Philippians

Righteousness Comes From God

Posted by Eric Smith on Nov 16, 2017 4:46:48 PM

Last time I talked about the importance of circumcision for an ancient Israelite. It gets more direct if I read to you from the book of Jubilees. The book of Jubilees was written in between the time of the testaments, so in between the Old Testament and the New Testament, most people put it in the 150-160 BC range. That’s hard to determine exactly, but the book of Jubilees was written. It talks about circumcision and in the book of Jubilees it says, "This law (the law of circumcision) is for all the eternal generations and there is no circumcising of days, and there’s no passing a single day beyond eight days..."

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Topics: Old Testament Bible In Context, New Testament Bible In Context, Philippians

The Law Was Not Given To Save People

Posted by Eric Smith on Nov 9, 2017 12:53:30 PM

Legalism is easy

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Topics: Old Testament Bible In Context, New Testament Bible In Context, Exodus, Genesis Series, Philippians

Legalism and The Law

Posted by Eric Smith on Nov 7, 2017 2:07:49 PM

I grew up in the church. I grew up, like most people who grow up in the church, hearing lots and lots of teaching from the New Testament, occasionally dipping in to the Old Testament for some stories, or this and that, but grew up with the kind of general Christian absolute disregard for law in the Old Testament. Why? Because it doesn’t apply, or that’s the mentality anyway. So when I would read, or study, or whatever, you know it was New Testament stuff; the gospels, Romans, Philippians. You know that stuff's practical, it’s hands on, it makes sense, it applies to me. The Old Testament law doesn’t. Or so I thought.

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Topics: Old Testament Bible In Context, New Testament Bible In Context, Exodus, Philippians

The Sabbath is the Pinnacle of Creation

Posted by Eric Smith on Nov 4, 2017 8:01:00 AM

Today we have the final part of a discussion between Scott Booth and Eric Smith. Click here to see the previous part of this discussion.

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Topics: Old Testament Bible In Context, Genesis Series

How We Got Here vs. Why We Are Here

Posted by Eric Smith on Nov 2, 2017 5:11:57 PM

Today we have a continuation of a discussion between Scott Booth and Eric Smith. Click here to see the previous part of this discussion. 

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Topics: Old Testament Bible In Context, Genesis Series, John, Colossians

The Value of gods

Posted by Eric Smith on Oct 26, 2017 10:31:49 PM

Today we have a continuation of a discussion between Scott Booth and Eric Smith. Click here to see the first part of this discussion. 

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Topics: Old Testament Bible In Context

Where We Miss Metaphors

Posted by Eric Smith on Oct 24, 2017 5:19:23 PM

Today we have a transcript from a discussion between Eric Smith and Scott Booth,

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Topics: Old Testament Bible In Context, New Testament Bible In Context

   

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