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20.12 Group
Apr 09, 2022
In God
Faith is believing what you can’t see is real and what you didn’t see really happened. Everyone has faith and everyone’s faith is based on evidence. Everyone lives out their faith everyday. Everyone's belief about God is the foundation for everyone's faith. There is no such thing as blind faith. This is an ignorant term. Don’t use it. "Trusting (faith) is being confident of what we hope for, convinced about things we do not see (Hebrews 11:1)." "By trusting (faith), we understand that the universe was created through a spoken word of God, so that what is seen did not come into being out of existing phenomena (Hebrews 11:3)." "And without trusting (faith), it is impossible to be well pleasing to God, because whoever approaches him must trust (believe) that he does exist and that he becomes a Rewarder to those who seek him out (Hebrews 11:6)." When you read those words from the Bible, can't you just feel God calling out to you? Our way is to believe it when we see it. God's way is to believe it and then you'll see it. The very fist breath in living by faith is believing God is real.
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20.12 Group
Feb 28, 2022
In Music
Have you ever been amazed by the thought of improvisational music? Have you ever considered it almost magical how a group of musicians could get together and just freely play, jam, listen, react, respond and create music? In other words, have you ever wondered how some musicians can just make it up on the fly? They reality is, they don’t. This is largely a musical myth. In nearly all improvisational music, especially jazz, there is an incredible amount of practiced, structured and rehearsed rhythmic and harmonic form behind the sonic freedom. Even during musical performances which are truly unplanned, each individual musician posses strong fundamental musical knowledge and skill. So why has this musical myth spread? Many years ago, I had a summer musical gig at an amusement park. My roommate for the summer was the park magician. When I first walked into the room, he said it was nice to meet me, and he only had one rule for our room. I was not to attempt to open and look into the footlocker under his bed which was where he kept his magic tricks. He didn’t want me to know how he did what he did. I also remember he used to practice new tricks on me whenever I was obviously exhausted and tired! Think about the parallels between magic and music. Magic, done really well, fools us into thinking a sleight of hand or an illusion is real. When we can't comprehend or figure out how a magic trick is naturally done, we ascribe supernatural qualities to the magic. Since we know there is a magician behind every magic trick, the supernatural elevation goes to the magician. Great musicians are a lot like great magicians. Great musicians have put in years of practice and rehearsal toward developing the knowledge and skill necessary to create the illusion that when musicians get together, they're just freely jamming, listening, responding, reacting, creating and making it all up on the fly. But, the overwhelming majority of the time, it's really just a sleight of really skilled hands! When we can't comprehend or figure out how music is naturally created this way, we ascribe supernatural qualities to the music. Since we know there is a musician behind every piece of music, we ascribe supernatural qualities to the musician. The danger is this is when the musician often becomes a god we worship.
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20.12 Group
Feb 09, 2022
In Music
Here is my definition of music. Music is organized human thought and emotion, created by intelligence and expressed using sound.
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20.12 Group
Feb 08, 2022
In 2012 Group Bible Study
Proverbs 20.12 - The hearing ear and the seeing eye — ADONAI made them both. Reading the Bible sharpens the senses. My daughter Vivian told me, "I want to hear God's voice." She'd been learning about how God spoke to several people in the Bible so it seemed obvious God could speak to her too. She's right. When we study the Bible, we're hearing God speak and learning what the voice of our Heavenly Father sounds like. We train our ears to hear God when we read His Word. For better and worse, we live in a very visual culture. We believe it when we see it. When we study the Bible, we see God working with real people, places and events. Reading the Bible trains our eyes to see God at work in the world today.
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20.12 Group
Jan 30, 2022
In Religion
You can't read the Bible without using your mind. You don't automatically become less intelligent if you become more religious. Religion has largely become a bad word in the church and our culture. However, the etymology of the word religion is from the Latin word religio or religare which can mean to study and transmit a text or to fasten or bind. Given we're all bound to a view of reality transmitted by words (almost always written), we should embrace religion as the study and transmission of the truth about God. In this sense, religion isn't a bad thing.
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20.12 Group
Jan 22, 2022
In The Bible
Christians, Jews, Muslims and Mormons all have a Bible. When I say Bible, I’m talking about a collection of documents or books considered sacred. Broadly speaking: • The Christian Bible has 66 documents referred to as the Old and New Testaments. • A Jewish Bible, often called the Tanakh, consists of only documents from what Christians refer to as the Old Testament. • Mormons have the Christian Bible and The Book of Mormon, The Pearl of Great Price, etc. • Christian Scientists have the Christian Bible and writings of L. Ron Hubbard. • Muslims have the Quran (which has foundational teachings from both the Old and New Testaments) Broadly and briefly, here are some of the biblical variations among Christians: Romans Catholic, Anglican, Eastern Orthodox and Assyrian Churches include the Apocrypha (Jewish writings predating New Testament times) Messianic Jews (i.e., Jews who follow Yeshua/Jesus as Messiah) often have the Hebrew Bible which has a different order in the Old Testament (e.g., the Hebrew Bible ends with 2 Chronicles while the Christian Bible ends with Malachi) Is there a common denominator among all of these biblical variations and religious denominations? I think there is. Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy (referred to as the Torah, Pentateuch, Books of Moses or Law). I think there is an incredible opportunity for interfaith dialogue, witnessing, sharing and understanding in reading and studying Torah together.
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20.12 Group
Jan 17, 2022
In God
There's a ton of scientific, archaeological, historical and philosophical evidence for the God of the Bible being real. Also, there's some overwhelming evidence for the God of the Bible's existence we can see if we just play around a bit with the sentence, "God is real." All we need to do is capitalize one letter, remove one space, switch around the "e" and the "a" and we get the words... God Israel The survival of the Jewish people and the existence of the modern state of Israel are powerful evidence for the reality of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of Israel who is the God of the Bible.
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