Discipleship and Apologetics IV–Family Conflict

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In His instructions to the apostles before He sends them out on mission, Jesus warns them that “Brother will deliver brother over to death and the father his child,, and children  will rise against parents and have them put to death, and you will be hated by all for my namesake. But…
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Discipleship in Matthew and Apologetics III–Endurance

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In the English Standard Version two Greek words are translated, endure. Matthew 13, where the Greek word used means temporary, contains among other parables the story of the sower.  Jesus tells the parable and then to the disciples gives an interpretation of it.  The seed sown on rocky ground receives the Word with joy but…
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Discipleship in Matthew and Apologetics I

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We begin an extensive series on discipleship in the Gospel according to Saint Matthew with civil speech, apologetics, and witness uppermost in our consideration.  Several passages will be carefully examined and broad conclusions with respect to our theme will be made. Let us then look at the very end of…
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Nurturing Christian Disciples

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Nurturing Disciples in Community “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”  (John 13: 35) In thinking about congregational care, there are four areas that aid in building up the body of Christ and strengthening personal bonds.  Worship and Praise, Prayer, Study/Fellowship,…
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Discipleship and Apologetics

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Beginning with the next article we will engage in a series on Christian discipleship.  Nancy Ischinger will begin this series with an article, “Nurturing Christian Disciples.”  Following this piece will begin a series on “Discipleship in Matthew and Christian Apologetics and Witness.”  Discipleship will be viewed from the perspective of our…
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Of Anger

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Anger is a dangerous emotion that can lead to harmful speech and actions. It is also destructive to the heart and soul of a human being. It can be as petty as a reaction to our not getting our way or as seemingly noble as a response to injustice.  Either way, anger is never an…
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Dialogue and Personality

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People differ, a well-known truth.  In dialogue and witness it is good to be aware of this and to observe and learn about the person with whom you are speaking. In no way is such close attention to the other to lead to a patronizing or contemptuous opinion of that person. …
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When We Differ

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Dialogue may produce the resolution of differences or decrease the differences (It may, in fact, increase differences, but it should never do this, because we have spoken and acted poorly). When we differ with our neighbor or enemy about certain essential things, what then do we say and do?  We must live together in peace,…
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Do we understand each other?

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Respect for the other in dialogue or debate requires careful listening. But, listening to another does not come easily to anyone.  It requires discipline, self-control, and humility.  Why humility?  This virtue reminds us that we are not the only ones who have something important and beneficial to say.  In fact, it teaches us…
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