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For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye abstain from fornication; that each one of you know how to possess himself of his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in the passion of lust, even as the Gentiles who know not God (1 Thessalonians 4:3-5).

The temptations to sexual immorality are strong; corruption is all around us. To be holy demands maintaining the body in honor and not in the passions of lust. May we abstain from sexually deviant behavior and pursue holiness!
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For the creation was subjected to vanity, not of its own will, but by reason of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the liberty of the glory of the children of God (Romans 8:20-21).

Sin has led not only to death but also the introduction of decay and corruption into the creation. Things go wrong; the world is full of disaster, calamity, pain, abuse, and distortion, whether natural or artificial. People’s sexual feelings and views often suffer from such corruption. Such is lamentable, worthy of compassion, but must never be upheld as part of God’s intention!
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This will be irrelevant for all purposes save attestation in eBird.  Ancient Murrelet with a smartphone camera.
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In baptism past sins, including divorce, can be forgiven; baptism, however, does not erase the past.
 
God stands ready to forgive people of divorce.  Yet forgiveness does not mean the divorce never happened or that all the consequences of that divorce are alleviated.  This is a hard saying, yet such is the witness of Scripture. 

08.31 | The Voice 4.35 | Divorce and Conversion | +Ethan Longhenry 
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As seen in this week's edition of The Voice, a weekly publication of the +Venice church of Christ

The Work of Ministry

If you were asked, “Fellow Christian, what is the work of ministry, and who is to accomplish it?” how would you answer?

Many people would answer that the “work of ministry” would involve church-related and church-centered efforts and programs, and that the work is to be done by “ministers,” primarily preachers/evangelists. Such an understanding of the work of ministry is deeply entrenched in the minds of far too many Christians. Modern cultural forces of consumerism, specialization and the secular/spiritual divide have converged to exacerbate this mentality. It is easy to look at Christianity and the church in the same way as one would look at other things to be consumed; it is easy to feel that the work of Christianity is better left to the “experts” and “professionals”; it is easy to fence one’s spirituality off from the rest of one’s life. Not a few Christians have developed the mindset, however justifiable, that as long as they assemble with the church frequently (“worship”), read their Bibles, and pray, they are “good and faithful Christians” doing the Lord’s work. But what does God say about the work of ministry and who is to accomplish it in Scripture?

And he gave some to be apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, unto the work of ministering, unto the building up of the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:11-12).

God’s expectations for the work of ministry and for “ministers” according to the New Testament are nothing like the expectations common among many Christians. Yes, God has made provision for people to fulfill certain roles in the church, but the work is not given for them to do alone; they are to furnish completely, or equip (in ASV “perfecting”), the saints for the work of ministry (Ephesians 4:11-12)! The Apostles and prophets, directed by God, modeled and set forth in their preaching and writing the work ministry and how it was to be accomplished (Ephesians 2:20, 2 Timothy 3:14-16, 2 Peter 3:1-2). Evangelists proclaim the Gospel, encouraging believer and unbeliever alike, and provides encouragement and training for saints to go about proclaiming the Word as well (2 Timothy 4:1-2). Pastors (or elders) are to shepherd a local congregation on the basis of their proven character and faith, not as overweening lords, but as examples for the flock (1 Timothy 3:1-8, 1 Peter 5:1-4). Teachers communicate the deposit of the faith in word and deed, entrusting the message to faithful Christians who can teach others also (2 Timothy 2:2). Those who fulfill those roles—Apostles and prophets in the past, evangelists, elders, and teachers then until now—must be active in their work of ministry as well, but it is not for them alone to do the work of ministry. They have been entrusted with their responsibilities and roles to equip and encourage all Christians to participate in the work of ministry!

Be not deceived: God expects every Christian to participate in the work of ministry!

According as each hath received a gift, ministering it among yourselves, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God (1 Peter 4:10).

Each has received a gift and each is to use it to minister to others according to Peter! We do well to remember that “ministry” and “minister” are simply fancier terms for “service” and “one who serves.” All Christians have ways in which they can serve God’s purposes in His Kingdom. All Christians must strive for holiness and sanctification, manifesting the character embodied in the fruit of the spirit, and abstaining from the passions made evident in the works of the flesh (Galatians 5:17-24, 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8). All Christians must assemble and participate in the acts of the assembly (Hebrews 10:25). All Christians must do good to all people as they have opportunity and visit widows and orphans in distress (Galatians 6:10, James 1:27). Yet different Christians have different abilities, experiences, strengths, and weaknesses, and God has so composed the body of Christ so that all those parts can work independently and interdependently to build itself up and give Him glory (Romans 12:3-8, 1 Corinthians 12:12-28). Elders, evangelists, and teachers must encourage, equip, and train their fellow Christians to recognize these talents and abilities and how to use them to the greatest advantage of the Kingdom of God (Ephesians 4:11-12). They, by themselves, can only provide so much service; God did not make it their job to do all the work but to help encourage all Christians to do His work!

Let none be deceived: the work of ministry is not merely “someone else’s job.” The work of ministry is not merely the preacher’s job or the elder’s job. The work of ministry is the job of each and every single Christian in the Lord’s vineyard, including you! Elders, evangelists, and teachers may have the responsibility to help encourage you to understand what God has revealed and to exhort you regarding how you can help accomplish God’s work, but in the end you are responsible for using your talents wisely for God’s purposes (Matthew 25:14-30). The work of ministry is for all Christians to accomplish at all times in every aspect of life (Ephesians 5:17-6:18); may we seek to accomplish the work of ministry in the Kingdom of God so that we may grow to maturity, build each other up in love, and obtain the resurrection of life!

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From this week's edition of The Voice, a weekly publication of the +Venice church of Christ

Additions to Daniel

In most English Bibles the book of Daniel is presented as found in the text of the Hebrew Bible (the Masoretic Text, or MT). The Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible often called the Septuagint (or LXX) contained the whole of the book of Daniel as seen in Hebrew but also preserved a prayer (The Prayer of Azariah), a song (The Song of the Three Young Men), and two additional stories not found in the Hebrew edition (Susanna, Bel and the Dragon); this extra material is often called the additions to Daniel. Even though many fragments of Daniel have been found among the Dead Sea Scrolls, these additions were not part of them; to this day we have no evidence of their existence in Hebrew or Aramaic. The additions most likely date from the late Persian through the Hellenistic period of Jewish history (ca. 400-167 BCE).

The Prayer of Azariah and the Song of the Three Young Men

The Prayer of Azariah and the Song of the Three Young Men (also called the Song of the Three Jews, or the Song of the Holy Youth) was inserted between Daniel 3:23-24. The Prayer of Azariah represents a prayer confessing the transgression of the people and a request for mercy and deliverance (Daniel 3:25-45 LXX). Despite the furious feeding and stoking of the fire by the Chaldeans, the angel of the Lord comes and drives the flame out of the furnace; the young men were not harmed by the fire (Daniel 3:46-50 LXX). In grateful response Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah sing the Song of the Three Young Men, pronouncing blessings upon the Lord and exhorting all creatures and people to bless the Lord in the form of a call and response (Daniel 3:51-91 LXX).

Susanna

Susanna (also called Susanna and the Elders) was added at the end of Daniel as Daniel 13:1-64. The story concerns one Susanna daughter of Hilkiah and wife of Joakim, a beautiful and virtuous woman (Daniel 13:1-4 LXX). Two wicked Jewish elders begin to lust for her, hid in the garden where she bathed, and attempted to blackmail her into engaging into adultery with them (Daniel 13:5-21 LXX). Susanna refused but the elders bring accusations that she was committing adultery with a young man (Daniel 13:22-41 LXX). The assembly believed them and condemned Susanna to death; Susanna cried out to God, and God sent Daniel to exonerate her (Daniel 13:42-46 LXX). Daniel cross-examined the two elders separately, and each identified a different type of tree as the one under which they claimed to have seen the adultery (Daniel 13:47-59 LXX). The two elders were put to death, Susanna’s integrity was upheld, and Daniel’s reputation was secured among the people (Daniel 13:60-64 LXX).

Bel and the Dragon

Bel and the Dragon represents three stories brought together and added at the end of Daniel as Daniel 14:1-42. The first story is about Bel (Daniel 14:1-22 LXX). Cyrus king of Persia believes in Bel; Daniel does not. Cyrus believes Bel has been eating the food and drink offered before him; Daniel does not. Cyrus challenges the priests of Bel about who has been eating the food; they suggest that he set the food and drink in the Temple of Bel and to shut the door and seal it, and he does so (Daniel 14:1-12 LXX). The priests have a secret door they enter and come and eat the food; the king sees the food eaten despite the seal being intact, but Daniel points out the footprints on the floor (Daniel 14:13-20 LXX). They showed the secret door they had been using, and Cyrus has them executed (Daniel 14:21-22 LXX).

The second story is about a dragon revered by the Babylonians (Daniel 14:23-30 LXX). Cyrus wants Daniel to prostrate before the dragon as a living god, but Daniel refuses; Daniel kills the dragon by feeding it cakes of pitch, fat, and hair; he proves his point but the Babylonians are enraged (Daniel 14:23-30 LXX).

The third story describes the Babylonians’ punishment of Daniel by throwing him into a lion’s den (Daniel 14:31-42 LXX). Daniel is cast into a lion’s den for six days (Daniel 14:31-32 LXX). Habakkuk the prophet, living in Judah, had made stew; an angel tells him to take it to Daniel in Babylon and carries him there so he can do so (Daniel 14:33-39 LXX). Cyrus saw Daniel in the den on the seventh day, rescued him, and cast Daniel’s accusers into the den (Daniel 14:40-42 LXX).

The additions to Daniel are not inspired but are apocryphal and deuterocanonical; “Azariah” declares that no prophet is in the land (Daniel 3:38 LXX) even though Daniel, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel were contemporaries of the actual Azariah. Once exiled Daniel was separated out and spent his time in the royal household (Daniel 1:3-6); the situation of the story of Susanna is thus rather suspect. Bel and the Dragon is rather fanciful and dependent on the existing Daniel narrative (e.g. Daniel 6:1-28). Yet, as representatives of Jewish literature of the Second Temple period, the additions to Daniel tell us about the stories they told and the prayers and songs they offered to God. The additions tell us what they thought of Daniel, Habakkuk, and the three young men, the importance of justice, and the folly of idolatry. Even if not inspired the Prayer of Azariah and the Song of the Three Young Men have proven edifying to many in their devotions to God to this day. In the end, the additions to Daniel help reinforce the integrity, legitimacy, and inspiration of the original text of Daniel; how could a text written so late have so many later accretions and be so well represented in the Dead Sea Scrolls without those additions? We do well to recognize the additions to Daniel for the apocryphal stories they are and affirm the importance of the book of Daniel as preserved in its original Hebrew and Aramaic!

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Happy Holidays to everyone and wishes for a great 2015!
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Everyone wants the blessings God gives.  But who among us truly desires God Himself?

417 | 09.02 | Desiring God | Psalm 73:23-25 | +Ethan Longhenry 
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Exodus 3:6 is not used as "proof" of the resurrection.  Instead, our hope in the resurrection is grounded in God's nature as Existence and Life.
 
The Sadducees thought they had Jesus.  They soon discovered how badly they had underestimated Him, and worse, how they had missed God's essential nature.

416 | 08.26 | The God of the Living | Matthew 22:23-32 | +Ethan Longhenry 
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Do you want to understand the theology of a group of believers? Consider not only their song book but the particular songs they frequently sing.  Does it reflect a holistic understanding of God, the creation, ourselves, our lives, and the goal?
Is any among you suffering? Let him pray. Is any cheerful? Let him sing praise (James 5:13). "Theology" is a loaded word; for some, the subject is all but unapproachable, while others would do better if they maintained some m...
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