Posted in theology, thirty Days of Jesus

Thirty Days of Jesus Repeat: Introduction

By Elizabeth Prata

Christmas is coming. It’s a blessed time of year.

We think of the Savior, all the year, every day. (Philippians 4:8). But the Christmas season is a time when we think more pointedly about His incarnation, life, ascension, and return. Who is this Jesus? He was born, lived, died, rose again, and promised to return, to bring eternal life to those who believe and eternal death to those who reject. He tore the veil of human history, parted it into BC and AD, and changed everything. Continue reading “Thirty Days of Jesus Repeat: Introduction”

Posted in nativity, theology

Nativity & Advent: Sacrifice of Pigeons

By Elizabeth Prata

turtledoves verse

Previous essays in the series:

1. Zacharias: There is no such thing as chance, even when casting lots
2. Anna: The Lord’s Precious Widow

And when the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every male who first opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”) and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the Law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.”  (Luke 2:22-24). Continue reading “Nativity & Advent: Sacrifice of Pigeons”

Posted in hymn, theology

Story Behind the Song: When the Roll is Called Up Yonder

By Elizabeth Prata

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Oh, but He does, He certainly does take attendance. He knows all about His creation, and not only where each person is, but where each molecule of each person is, dead or alive.

And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne. And there were open books, and one of them was the book of life. And the dead were judged according to their deeds, as recorded in the books. (Revelation 20:12). Continue reading “Story Behind the Song: When the Roll is Called Up Yonder”

Posted in theology, word of the week

Word of the Week: Sovereign

By Elizabeth Prata

In addition to the familiar Bible verses speaking to God’s sovereignty, one of which is at the conclusion of this essay, there is a famous quote from RC Sproul that exalts God’s sovereignty:

If there is one single molecule in this universe running around loose, totally free of God’s sovereignty, then we have no guarantee that a single promise of God will ever be fulfilled.

It is a great quote because it speaks to how God created and upholds every single atom in the universe. He is the author, architect, and absolute king over all. Continue reading “Word of the Week: Sovereign”

Posted in potpourri, theology

Prata Potpourri: Thanksgiving treats, Sleep, Sharing the Gospel, more

By Elizabeth Prata

thanksgiving

Advent season is here. With Thanksgiving next week and the weather getting colder, the Christmas decorations are starting to peek out. I plan to put up mine on Thanksgiving night. I don’t have many, the apartment is small and the cat is too interested. A few years ago he ate the bow on one of them and the next year the pine cone off another. But I’ll put up lights or battery candles in each window, for sure, so people driving by will enjoy the glow. Continue reading “Prata Potpourri: Thanksgiving treats, Sleep, Sharing the Gospel, more”

Posted in journalism, theology

Eyewitness: The Death Of Journalism

By Elizabeth Prata

news bldg
The News Building, Athens GA

The Fourth Estate. A phrase coined back in the mid 1700s by British politician Edmund Burke, or by Lord Brougham in 1823, depending on the source. The Three Estates in feudal times were the socio-economic divisions between classes, loosely divided by three Estates of the Clergy (First Estate), Nobility (Second Estate), and Shire Commissioners, knights or burghers (Third Estate).

The press as a Fourth Estate was never considered part of the societal structure but is deliberately outside of them all. This is because the role of the media was to be the watchdog of the other three ‘estates’ when one or more of them went awry, and to give voice to the people. It was supposed to be an advocate for the people, particularly the “voiceless.” Continue reading “Eyewitness: The Death Of Journalism”

Posted in catholicism, theology

Some truths about the papacy

By Elizabeth Prata

The Roman Catholic Church is Christian, right? It’s different from us Protestants, but we can learn from them/use some of their rituals/admire their spiritual fathers, right? We can partner with them in moral endeavors, right?

No. The Roman Catholic Church (RCC) is just as false as a Muslim mosque. The Catholic Church is apostate. The Catholic Church is a mission field. Continue reading “Some truths about the papacy”

Posted in theology

Bad Old Molech is alive and well

By Elizabeth Prata

The Bible’s earliest books speak of a false god named Molech. Molech worship was cultish worship associated with Ammon. For example, 1 Kings 11:7 speaks of him as “the detestable god of the Ammonites.” God warned the Israelites many times not to sacrifice their children to Molech.

Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molech, for you must not profane the name of your God. I am the LORD.” (Leviticus 18:21). Continue reading “Bad Old Molech is alive and well”

Posted in devotionals, theology

Avoid Foolish Controversies: By Charles Spurgeon

By Elizabeth Prata

I really liked this one. All of them are good, but this Morning’s Devotional by Charles Spurgeon was especially insightful. I am making it a separate blog. You can get the Morning, Evening, and Faith’s Check-Book devotionals here.

This Morning’s Meditation
C. H. Spurgeon

“Avoid foolish questions.”—Titus 3:9.

OUR days are few, and are far better spent in doing good, than in disputing over matters which are, at best, of minor importance. The old schoolmen did a world of mischief by their incessant discussion of subjects of no practical importance; and our Churches suffer much from petty wars over abstruse points and unimportant questions.

After everything has been said that can be said, neither party is any the wiser, and therefore the discussion no more promotes knowledge than love, and it is foolish to sow in so barren a field. Questions upon points wherein Scripture is silent; upon mysteries which belong to God alone; upon prophecies of doubtful interpretation; and upon mere modes of observing human ceremonials, are all foolish, and wise men avoid them. Our business is neither to ask nor answer foolish questions, but to avoid them altogether; and if we observe the apostle’s precept (Titus 3:8) to be careful to maintain good works, we shall find ourselves far too much occupied with profitable business to take much interest in unworthy, contentious, and needless strivings.

There are, however, some questions which are the reverse of foolish, which we must not avoid, but fairly and honestly meet, such as these: Do I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ? Am I renewed in the spirit of my mind? Am I walking not after the flesh, but after the Spirit? Am I growing in grace? Does my conversation adorn the doctrine of God my Saviour? Am I looking for the coming of the Lord, and watching as a servant should do who expects his master? What more can I do for Jesus?

Such enquiries as these urgently demand our attention; and if we have been at all given to cavilling, let us now turn our critical abilities to a service so much more profitable. Let us be peace-makers, and endeavour to lead others both by our precept and example, to “avoid foolish questions.”

Portrait of Charles Haddon Spurgeon by Alexander Melville