Posted in theology, thirty Days of Jesus

Thirty Days of Jesus Repeat: Day 13, God is pleased with His Son

By Elizabeth Prata
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Further Reading

Desiring God: The Pleasure of God in His Son

Kay Arthur/Precepts: Oh My Child, Do You Know How Pleased I Am With You?

JMac sermon: The Commissioning of the King

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Thirty Days of Jesus Series-

Introduction/Background
Day 1: The Virgin shall conceive
Day 2: A shoot from Jesse
Day 3: God sent His Son in the fullness of time
Day 4:  Marry her, she will bear a Son

Day 5: The Babe has arrived!
Day 6: The Glory of Jesus
Day 7: Magi seek the Child
Day 8: The Magi offer gifts & worship
Day 9: The Child Grew
Day 10: The boy Jesus at the Temple
Day 11: He was Obedient!
Day 12: The Son!

Posted in theology, word of the week

Word of the Week: Orthodoxy

By Elizabeth Prata

The thread of Christianity depends on a unity from one generation to the next of mutual understanding of our important words. Hence the Word of the Week.

Orthodoxy: as defined by Theopedia

The word orthodox comes from two Greek words, ortho + doxa, meaning “right opinion” or “correct thinking.”

In Christianity, it generally means adhering to the accepted or traditional historic Christian faith. Some see “orthodoxy” as that which is defined by the early ecumenical creeds which would include the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed, popularly known in the West as the Nicene Creed, that was formally accepted by the second Council of Constantinople in 381 A.D.

Orthodoxy as defined by CARM.org:

Orthodoxy is the belief in the standards of accepted and true doctrines taught in the Bible. That which is orthodox agrees with Biblical teaching and the interpretation of the Christian Church. False religions are not orthodox. They are heterodox.

No one person is completely orthodox because that would mean they are completely correct in all their thinking about all that God has delivered for us to know. Only Jesus was totally orthodox in His thinking.

It is also true that as we define ‘church,’ which are really only segments of the one Church, no local church is totally orthodox, though all churches in the one true Church should be as orthodox as possible. The standard is higher for churches than it is for individuals, because the Spirit dwells in the church in fuller measure. However, without right thinking in highest standard, individual churches would cease to be a segment of the divinely given organization it is called to be.

But even as we see a microcosm of churches across Asia Minor in the first century, as viewed by Jesus in Revelation, none were completely orthodox.

Now and in the past, sme churches attempt to create creeds, declaring a standard of ecumenical orthodox thinking across denominations, and this is acceptable as a method of describing orthodoxy. Others drill down the doctrines of God to essentials, to which an orthodox denomination, church, or individual must adhere, and this is acceptable too.

The mystery of orthodoxy, in my opinion, is at most, difficult to define and at worst, impossible. But the soul knows it when it see its, and rejoices, Similarly the discerning soul knows when it doesn’t see it also.

One day, all will be perfectly orthodox as Jesus claims His bride from the world, raises us to His abode, and glorifies our body. We will know as we are known, and we will no longer see through a glass darkly. We will be perfectly orthodox.

Illustrating orthodoxy is difficult but I am going to use the biblical concept of straight vs. crooked this week. Straight, of course, representing orthodox.

The way of peace they do not know, and there is no justice in their paths; they have made their roads crooked; no one who treads on them knows peace. (Isaiah 59:8)

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Further reading:

6. Glorification
5. Sanctification
4. Propitiation
3. Immanence
2. Transcendence
1. Justification

Posted in theology, thirty Days of Jesus

Thirty Days of Jesus Repeat: Day 11, He was obedient

By Elizabeth Prata

We’ve flowed through the first section of this series, in looking at a few verses that prophesy Jesus’ coming, His arrival, and His early life.

Starting tomorrow, from Day 12-16 we will look at verses that focus on Jesus as The Son.

From Day 17-26, verses will focus on the preeminence of the Son, His works, and Ministry.

Days 27-36, His resurrection, ascension, and return.

Yes, there are more than 30 verses, lol. There’s a postlude. Continue reading “Thirty Days of Jesus Repeat: Day 11, He was obedient”

Posted in advent, theology

Thirty Days of Jesus Repeat: Day 10- the Boy Jesus at the Temple

By Elizabeth Prata

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With Him are wisdom and might; To Him belong counsel and understanding (Job 12:13).

Further Reading:

The Day Jesus Went AWOL

Twelve-year-old Jesus goes to the Temple

The Son of God at twelve years old
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Thirty Days of Jesus Series-

Introduction/Background
Day 1: The Virgin shall conceive
Day 2: A shoot from Jesse
Day 3: God sent His Son in the fullness of time
Day 4:  Marry her, she will bear a Son

Day 5: The Babe has arrived!
Day 6: The Glory of Jesus
Day 7: Magi seek the Child
Day 8: The Magi offer gifts & worship
Day 9: The Child Grew

Posted in theology, thirty Days of Jesus

Thirty Days of Jesus Repeat: Day 9, The Child Grew

By Elizabeth Prata

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Photo by Samuel Zeller on Unsplash

Further Reading

What happened during Jesus’ childhood?

Why doesn’t the Bible say much about Jesus childhood?

The boyhood of Jesus

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Thirty Days of Jesus Series-

Introduction/Background
Day 1: The Virgin shall conceive
Day 2: A shoot from Jesse
Day 3: God sent His Son in the fullness of time
Day 4:  Marry her, she will bear a Son

Day 5: The Babe has arrived!
Day 6: The Glory of Jesus
Day 7: Magi seek the Child
Day 8: The Magi offer gifts & worship

Posted in nativity, theology

Nativity & Advent: Nazareth the Podunk Town

By Elizabeth Prata

Fourth in a series.
Nativity & Advent: Zacharias, there is no such thing as luck even when casting lots Nativity & Advent: Anna, the Lord’s Precious Widow
Nativity & Advent: Sacrifice of Pigeons

Israel’s borders are small, and space is at a premium. Nazareth today, in the district of Galilee, is a bustling city of 77,000. Nazareth is known nowadays as the Arab capital of Israel, populated mainly by Muslims, who comprise 70% of the religious demographic there, Christians being 30%. Continue reading “Nativity & Advent: Nazareth the Podunk Town”

Posted in advent, theology

Thirty Days of Jesus Repeat: Day 7. The Magi Seek the Child

By Elizabeth Prata

The flow of the series is a presentation of an initial section of 11 verses on photos depicting the life of Jesus from prophecy to birth and boyhood.

The next section (#12-16) will feature verses about the Son.

From #17-26 we will survey the Preeminence of the Son, His attributes, and His ministry.

From #27-36 we’ll look at His Resurrection, Ascension, & Return.

Yes there are more than 30 verses. I just couldn’t pare it down! There’s a postlude.

All photos are by EPrata unless otherwise noted.

There is no better refreshment for the soul than to meditate on Him. Enjoy!

I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. (Psalm 119:15)

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Thirty Days of Jesus Series-

Introduction/Background
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4

Day 5
Day 6

Further Reading

Art & The Bible: Adoration of the Magi

GotQuestions: What Does the Bible say about the Three Wise Men (Magi)?

Answers in Genesis: We Three Kings

Grace To You: Who Were the Wise Men?