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Challenge 5: Matthew 5:1-12 Essay Report.

What does Matthew 5:1-12 mean to a believer?

This portion of Scripture has to be one of my absolute favorites among my many favorite passages.

Jesus was always teaching people – regardless of whether He opened His mouth to speak or simply lived His life in and out of every day. The truths taught in this passage of Scripture could have been learned simply by watching the life of the Savior without Him every teaching the Beatitudes from the mountain-top.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.” We as mere human beings are nothing in and of ourselves, but in Christ we have everything we could ever want or need. We may not have much as far as riches go here on earth, but one day we will take up residence in Heaven.

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Question of the day: 2012 was the year…

This week’s QOTD post is going to be a bit different. There are no right or wrong answers. I just want to hear from you and learn a little about what your year contained.

It doesn’t have to be a huge 25-point list or 4 paragraphs of information – it could be just one or two or five things. Whatever – as little or as much as – you want to share is completely fine.

What did you accomplish this year?
What did you learn from?
What were some of the struggles the Lord brought you through?
Is there anything you wish you would’ve done differently?

I’ll go first.
2012 was the year I…

  1. Transferred my church membership to another church closer to home.
  2. Taught myself how to play the guitar.
  3. Lost 20 pounds.
  4. Went on a 2-week vacation to Vancouver, BC, and a 7-day cruise to Alaska.
  5. Went to Florida for work.
  6. Became a “flegan” (a flexible vegan).
  7. Bought the sweetest, most handsome little puppy in the world!
  8. Graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management.
  9. Started my Masters Degree in Business Management.
  10. Lost friends I thought I would never lose, but gained new friends I wouldn’t trade for the world.
  11. Got in my first “bad” car accident.
  12. The Lord taught me what it meant to forgive people, esteem others better than myself, and let go of anger and bitterness.
  13. Went to my first Comic Convention ever and about died from happiness.

Question of the day: divorce and remarriage.

So what does the Bible really say…?

The Bible discusses the qualifications required for pastors/deacons in I Timothy 3 and also in Titus 1 – so feel free to study up on that before you answer today’s QOTD.

Use Scripture to back your opinions. Please. and thank you.

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Holidays: I don’t observe, so how do I deal?

Since there really aren’t any Scriptures that deal with this subject specifically, I’m going to share my opinions on it for the next few minutes.

Yesterday I posted a video about whether or not Christians should participate in Halloween.

My family never “celebrated” Halloween. We weren’t allowed to dress up as creepy goblins and witches. My brother and I weren’t allowed to go trick-or-treating with our friends. We never passed out candy either. When the kids started to walk around the neighborhood to collect their Halloween treasure, we shut all the drapes, closed the blinds, turned off all the lights in the house, and deactivated our motion-sensor porch light. In fact, I carved my first pumpkin when I was 23 (and it was the most awesome ninja turtle you’ve ever seen, I might add).

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Question of the day: the Lord’s Supper.

As in the past, I believe we’ve had previous discussions regarding parts of this before, or at least vague references to parts of it. Many people believe the Bible is very clear on this issue. However, churches usually differ on who is allowed to participate when they observe the Lord’s Supper in their services.

Do the words “Open,” “Close,” and “Closed” ring a bell to anyone? If you’re a pastor, which of the three does your church practice?

Use Scripture to back your opinions. Please. and thank you.

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Tithing: is it still relevant today?

Back in November 2011 I posted “to tithe or not to tithe?” on the blog. It drummed up a pretty good discussion, and even caused a few people at the church I used to attend to get a little self-defensive over the issue.

Old Testament.

“Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” – Malachi 3:8-10

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Weekend LOLz {#1}

I was originally supposed to be in Florida on travel for work this past week, but my trip was cancelled. (long story). I’m actually kind of glad it was cancelled because that allowed me to stay home with my tiny dog and not have to get (or pay) a dog-sitter. I’m also thankful that I didn’t have to miss any of my classes for school — trying to catch up on the lectures I would have missed would’ve been a nightmare.

I want to say thank you to those of you who were willing to write a guest post for Grow Up! while I was supposed to be away. I’m thankful to know such humble and willing people — you are all a blessing.

Below are a few “funnies” I found a while back that I had planned to post while I was out of town. I’ve decided to stick with it and post them anyhow. After all, who doesn’t need a good laugh once in a while…?

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Responding in Faith.

Do bad things happen in threes? They did to us one summer. And finally we had to respond in faith.

I was working at a Florida defense company, where layoffs had been going on for several years as a result of government budget cutbacks.

We had insurance on our home mortgatge against those layoffs. But then the insurance company dropped all its policies in the state! A new, replacement policy would be available, but not for three months.

A few weeks later my wife’s doctor told her she’d developed spinal arthritis. She had two choices: move to a drier climate or face life in a wheelchair.

Ten days after that – and six weeks before the new insurance was available – the layoffs that had already claimed three-fourths of our plant’s work force caught up with me.

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The awkward things you read on facebook {chapter 3}

Welcome to {chapter 3} of the awkward things you read on facebook. This was actually MY Facebook post that I’m sharing. Yes, this actually happened to me…

And yes, the lady was dead serious…

And yes, it’s ok to laugh.

The following is a legitimate conversation i had with a visiting lady who came to Reformers Unanimous last Friday night. Seriously, this is almost word-for-word in its entirety…

her: *trying to figure out what language was written on the chalkboard* “I think it’s Arabic…!”

me: “no, that’s definitely not Arabic. I’m sure of it.”

her: “you know, Jesus was Arabic!”

me: “no, Jesus was a Jew — that’s what the Bible says.”

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The Independent Fundamental Baptist’s Biggest Problem. {reblog}

Yet again, I have another reblog for you all. <insert cheesy grin>

If you’re an IFB, this one’s for you. If you’re not an IFB, this one’s for you too. If you’re a Christian, this one’s for you. If you’re not a Christian, this one’s for you too. You cannot escape it.

I actually came across this blog via facebook when a friend posted a link to it. I don’t personally know the author, but I like it’s content and I was given permission to reblog it here on Grow Up! — I hope you all will enjoy it as much as I did.

I am an Independent Fundamental Baptist, make no mistake. I was born one, I will die one. I am familiar with many of the flaws and doctrinal issues and pet sins of many of the other denominations but I don’t know their problems as well as I know the problems that MY denomination has. I am not blind nor will I close my eyes to it all. I love the Fundamentalists. It is my love for my church that drives me to be honest with her, though. I fear that Satan is succeeding at destroying large portions of the IFB with one fatal weapon, one major sin, in fact, the very sin that got Satan himself kicked out of Heaven; PRIDE.

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