Law, Lawlessness and Legalism

“Judge not, lest you be judged” has been misinterpreted to mean that no matter what anyone does, we should not judge the behavior. He pointed out that we are not to condemn someone for their sins, lest we get condemned for ours, but that does NOT mean we are not to discern what is right and wrong, or identify certain behaviors as sin.Grace does not mean there is no law and we are free to behave any way we wish. Grace is to lead us to holiness, which is the walking in the presence of God and reflecting his character.

Invention #2 in Cm

Invention #2 in Cm  PDF File Invention #2 in Cm ©1985 Jefferis Kent Peterson, Baroque Style Invention

Come to the Table – A Communion Hymn

Updated for MP3 play. Variation on a traditional Irish melody:  Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms Click for the Score COME TO THE TABLE Chorus : COME TO THE TABLE HE’S WAITING FOR YOU THE BREAD IS PREPARED AND THE WINE IS THERE TOO COME TO THE TABLE IT’S WAITING FOR YOU LET YOUR SINS BE FORGIVEN, YOUR LIFE BE RENEWED Verses: FOR THE SAVIOR SPREADS OUT HIS ARMS OPEN WIDE AND IN LOVE HE BIDS YOU TO COME TASTE OF FORGIVENESS, HE’S POURED OUT HIS BLOOD: HIS LIFE IN THE FRUIT OF THE VINE Chorus SEE HIS BODY: IT’S COVERED WITH SCARS IT’S THE PRICE HE’S PAID FOR YOUR SINS! TASTE OF HIS HEALING HE’S GIVEN US BREAD: HIS BODY IS WOUNDED FOR OURS Chorus SEE HIS BODY: IT’S BATTERED AND MARRED IT’S THE PRICE HE WAS WILLING TO PAY SEE HOW HE LOVES YOU – HE STETCHED OUT HIS ARMS SAYING “COME UNTO ME TODAY “ ©1996 Jefferis Kent Peterson, UBP

Our God is Able – a hymn

Our God Is Able – Score Click on Score above for PDF file. Hear it by clicking the arrow below. Our God is Able Ps. 37:16; Eph. 3:20 ©1997 Jefferis Kent Peterson, I _____________________________ O Our God is able Exceedingly able To do all we ask Him to do His hand is mighty and He is fighting For His dreams to come true Our God is able Exceedingly able To do what He’s promised for you If you will trust Him, take delight in Him, He’ll give His blessing to you. (chorus) O Our God is able Exceedingly able To do all you ask Him to do If you will serve Him and not desert Him, He’ll fight the fight for you! O Our God is able Exceedingly able To do more ‘n we ask Him to do Don’t be uncertain where things concern Him, He’ll be faithful to you O Our God is able Exceedingly able To do what we ask Him to do Give your life to Him, be renewed in Him, He has the best for you.

Invention #1 in Fm

Baroque style Invention in Fm by Jefferis Kent Peterson

Enlightenment Rationalism and the Problem of Fundamentalism

Fundamentalism has unconsciously imposed an Enlightenment Rationalist Worldview upon the Gospel writers, who never intended the Gospels to be interpreted simply as a strict chronological recounting of historical events. They were writing theological pamphlets intended to prove that Jesus was the fulfillment of the prophetic types present in Genesis to Joshua. By arguing as Enlightenment Rationalists, Fundamentalists have undermined their own efforts because they have not understood the original writers’ intent.

The Humanity of Jesus

Why did Jesus have to be baptized by John? He said, “it is necessary to fulfill all righteousness…” What did Jesus mean by that?
Why are there no records of miracles by Jesus as a child?
What did it mean for Jesus to be fully human?
What does it mean when it says that Jesus “emptied himself… being born in human likeness”?

The Sovereignty of God in Salvation and Election

The Sovereignty Of God Ephesians 1:1-6 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful  in Christ Jesus: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. Paul was Called and Chosen. He did not choose God. He fought against him. Struck down on the Road to Damascus on his way to kill Christians. Did You Choose God?  No, God chose you, if indeed you are in Christ… There is Great Peace in knowing God has chosen you, not because of your good deeds, but because of his Love for you and his Mercy towards you. You did not earn his favor any … Read more…

God’s Kind of Prosperity

It is evident that God, in his Word, wants us to prosper, but what does that mean? The word in Greek for prosperity also means “to be successful.” Does that mean riches? Finances? Fruitfulness in the Spirit? Fame?

God’s definition of prosperity: That you have everything you need to do what God has called you to do.

A lot of preachers talk about prosperity and they imply that it is all about money. They imply that if you give especially to their ministries, that you will receive an hundred fold return. The problem with that mentality is that it is giving to get.

Why Does God Allow Suffering?

Theodicy means God’s Justice. And the question is how can a just God allow the existence of physical and moral evil?

If God is truly Sovereign and not even a sparrow can fall to the ground without his knowledge and consent, why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?

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