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Family Notes 5/17/2010 (Mar-Jun 2010)

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by Edward Fudge
by May 18, 2010

MAY/JUNE MINISTRY: Tennessee, Texas — I would love to meet you and yours if you can attend any of the following scheduled appointments.

May 30 — Houston, Texas.
Bering Drive Church of Christ. Teaching adult Bible class on subject “Freedom in Christ.” Sunday, 9:00 a.m.

June 3-5 — Nashville, Tennessee
Christian Scholars Conference, Lipscomb University; Moderating panel critiquing “Kabul24” documentary film; responses by director and producer, participation by audience.
June 6 — Franklin, Tennessee
Forest Home Church. Sunday 9:00 a.m., “Jesus Our Great High Priest”; 10:00 a.m., “The Holy Spirit During this Time ‘Until’ “. 1751 Old Natchez Trace, Franklin. Lance Hickerson – Preaching Minister, (H) 615-595-8336; (cell) 615-974-2440.

June 27 — Houston, Texas
St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church. Sunday Worship 9:30 a.m., “The Story of Jesus from Four Psalms” (Hebrews); Adult Sunday School 10:30 a.m., “The Priest Like Melchizedec,” 4300 N. Shepherd Drive, Houston 77018. Frank Coats – Pastor 713-697-0671.

POPULAR PLATONISM — “The large majorityof Protestants believe and teach that the soul immediately after leaving the body goes to its final resting place — toheaven, if united by a living faith with the Redeemer, to hell, if impenitent and unbelieving; according to the RomanCatholic church the soul goes to purgatory, if it is, indeed, in a state of acceptance with God, but not yet fit for heaven . . . .
“To us it appears, that one great and fundamental error underlies these and other more or less unbiblical views. . . .This error is, in our opinion, the generally adopted Platonic view of the soul and the body as constituent parts of man . .. . It is well known that, according to Plato, the soul or spirit is a heavenly or divine essence, capable of living by itself ina disembodied state . . . ; that the body, as consisting of matter, is the source of sin and corruption, contaminating thesoul by its very contact, and therefore constituting a kind of prison-house for the soul, for which reason death, or theseparation of the soul from the body, is a liberation, a setting free of the former, an advancement to a higher state ofexistence.” — Prof. J. A. Reubelt, Indiana University, “Article IV: Eschatological Studies,” Bibliotheca Sacra,27:108 (Oct. 1870), p. 648-49. read more>>

OUR BATTLE — We fight a spiritual battle against spiritual foeswith spiritual weapons. We do not fight people with worldly methods…. It is a gospel of peace, not war. It brings hopeand joy to people. If it appears as negative and violent, something is wrong. The world may hate us and disagree withus, but they must not see us as hate-filled people. — David Lawrence, “Spiritual Warfare – 6″ (Engedi Ministries). <fontsize=”2”>read more>>

YOU ARE THERE! — Only rarely does one come upon narrative writing marked by such historical detail and elegance of expression (retained even in translation) as the article “A June Day in Jerusalem.” by the 19th century German scholar and commentator Dr. Franz Delitzsch. For 17 pages, you are transported to Jerusalem of 2,000 years ago. It is early one morning in June, and the sun has not yet risen. You watch by torchlight as the priests change shifts in the Temple. You then make your way sector by sector through the Holy City, as it comes alive with the voices and activities of merchants of every sort.You hear the street talk of common folk, the formal conversation by members of the religious class. Your brief tour finally ends with a sample of King Herod’s unpredictable and maniacal jealousy, here stirred by a conniving commoner who plots to win the monarch’s favor, only to see his careful scheme collapse at last on his own head. Delitzsch closes with a cryptic reminder that a new and different kind of power is about to enter the scene in the person of Jesus of Nazareth, who was born into just this sort of world. The article was written in 1874, but it packs all the suspense of today’s hottest documentary or expose. The first two sentences set the stage:

In the last year, or the last but one, of the decade which immediately preceded our era, all Syria and Palestine were watching anxiously for the issue of a frightful tragedy. Mariamne, descended from the royal family of the Maccabees, the loveliest and most noble of the wives of Herod, bad already fallen a victim to his dark suspicion. And now he had been led, by intrigue, to suspect also that his two sons by the murdered queen, Alexander and Aristobulus, who were the pride and joy of the people, were plotting against his life. read more>>

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