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September 4, 2009 edition of Christ Men Blogcarnival

September 30, 2009

Bible SEO presents Joseph: Bible Character Study posted at Bible Studies | Bible Study Lessons | Inductive Bible Study Guide.

Joseph-Egypt-300x254He was seventeen years old. He was a shepherd. He did not participate in his brothers’ misconducts. In fact, he brought reports of their mischief to his father. He was the favorite of Jacob. Jacob loved him more than all his brothers. Jacob made a coat of many colors for him.  His brothers hated him for this reason and could not even talk with him well.
Who does this describe?  Joseph!  There’s a lot we, as men, could learn from the life of Joseph.  Be sure to check out this great Bible study on this intriguing character!

Rick Schiano presents Let Go, for Mental Peace posted at Ricks Victory Blog.

Letting go in the mental category! Now that’s not quite as simple as the physical category! It’s really easy to retain the negative in life. Let’s face it the whole world lives in the negative. Television is basically negative look at most shows. There’s plenty of murder, sarcastic humor, and sadness. Commercials basically try to motivate the buyer by fear. You need to get the flu shot now or you may die or  get sick with out it. Fear runs rampant in  our society. The news is basically depressing and sad; there is very little good news to be found on the major networks, in the newspapers and on the radio.

Michael Holmes presents How Kanye West taught me about God?s forgiveness posted at Raise Thee Up Blog.

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Michael Holmes, one of my personal favorites, is back again!  From Michael: I’ve learned a lot from this whole Kanye West-Taylor Swift incident. I learned about the pride of one superstar and the character of another.  I learned how God can use adversity from my good. I also learned how unforgiving people can be. I mean, everybody knows Kanye messed up. And we all know he’s messed up before. And even though he apologized most of us still want him crucified. Is it any wonder we have trouble believing God can forgive us?

Anthony Delgado presents One on One Time With the Lord posted at eInquisitive | Giving you something productive to think about!.

This post isn’t specific to Christian men, but I find that when my relationship with God suffers, as the man in my household, my entire household suffers. Spiritually leading a family starts with a personal relationship with God.

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Trent Cotton has spent a number of years in management and business consulting. After spending some time in the field, he joined the HR department, beginning in recruiting and eventually serving as the Department Head of HR for one of the major lines of business. With such a varied background, he works to bring all of these together to help churches and other Christian organizations incorporate some common business practices into their ministries to enable them to better serve the Kingdom. He currently works for SourcePointe, an HR Outsourcing Agency while continuing to own and operate Christian Management Consulting as a ministry.Technorati tags: , .

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True Understanding of Salvation-Confessions from a Converted Catholic

September 29, 2009

Growing up, I have the fondest of memories of going to church and learning about God.  My family was and still is one deeply rooted in the Catholic faith.  So, in being a good son, I grew up in the Catholic church and learned as much as I could, starting at a very early age.  As I grew in my faith, my understanding of true salvation was based more in what I could do for God rather than what God did for me through Christ.

Listening to the various songs on my iPod, I came across one that has been one of my favorites from the time I first heard it about two years ago.  The words helped me begin to understand what true salvation was and the title said it all… In Christ Alone!

Growing up, I was taught to be in a constant state of confession, which was not a bad thing at all.  Unfortunately, if not properly governed, one’s constant awareness of sin, without the acknowledgment of salvation in Christ, can become an overwhelming barrier to true relationship with and acknowledgment of our Savior.  I still struggle with the whole concept of salvation in accepting Christ as my Savior, in large part due to this misconstrued idea that I had to earn God’s righteousness and approval.  I knew that I was a sinful person and the weight of falling short in the eyes of God created a pseudo spiritual glass ceiling.  Then I met Paul in Romans 3.

22For there is no distinction:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins.26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.  Romans 3

Looking over this passage, you could sum it up in Faith + Nothing.  Could it really be that simple?  I remember going to Christ in prayer and trying to argue salvation with all of the theology and rituals I had been taught, but it kept coming back to that simple phrase.  In Christ Alone.

We will continue to explore the subject of salvation in the next posts.  If you are Catholic or were raised Catholic, I’d love to hear your questions and comments.  If you have questions about grace, salvation, or any other Christian doctrine, I would love to have the opportunity to discuss them in future posts.

Finally, if you have never heard the song, I pasted a video with the song and the words set to images from The Passion.  I hope you enjoy.

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Circumcision Part II

September 3, 2009

We are continuing our conversation on men’s favorite subject: Circumcision.  (Please understand the sarcasm there!)  Paul, in Romans 2:25-29, deals a lot with circumcision.   Let’s look at Paul’s take on this subject.

25 Circumcision does indeed profit if you keep the Law; but if you habitually transgress the Law, your circumcision is made uncircumcision.  26 So if a man who is uncircumcised keeps the requirements of the Law, will not his uncircumcision be credited to him as [equivalent to] circumcision? 27 Then those who are physically uncircumcised but keep the Law will condemn you who, although you have the code in writing and have circumcision, break the Law.  29 But he is a Jew who is one inwardly, and [true] circumcision is of the heart, a spiritual and not a literal [matter]. His praise is not from men but from God.

98844[1]The Jews boasted in this sign of their covenant with God.  They acknowledge God’s covenant with them, but did not honor it with their actions.   Interestingly, uncircumcision is defined as the equivalent of being a Gentile (which greatly offended most Jews most likely).  Uncircumcision is also described as a condition in which the corrupt desires rooted in the flesh were not yet extinct.  Paul is addressing those who “appear” to be Christians, yet their lives still show a lot of “fleshy” desires.

Matthew Henry puts it this way: “And restest in the law; that is, they took a pride in this, that they had the law among them, had it in their books, read it in their synagogues. They were mightily puffed up with this privilege, and thought this enough to bring them to heaven, though they did not live, up to the law. To rest in the law, with a rest of complacency and acquiescence, is good; but to rest in it with a rest of pride, and slothfulness, and carnal security, is the ruin of souls.”

Here he describes what true circumcision is, it is not only an outward sign, but an inward transformation.  You can be baptized, but if your life does not show the redemption and transformation, it is as useful as being a circumcised Jew who lives the most evil of lives.  Again, a favorite quote of mine is from DC Talk in their song What if I Stumble!

The leading cause of atheism today  is Christians who acknowledge Christ with their lips, but deny Him with their actions.

William Newell summarizes Romans 2 with “Seven Great Principles of God’s Judgment” that are worth noting:

  1. God’s judgment is according to truth (Romans 2:2)
  2. God’s judgment is according to accumulated guilt (Romans 2:5)
  3. God’s judgment is according to works (Romans 2:6)
  4. God’s judgment is without partiality (Romans 2:11)
  5. God’s judgment is according to performance, not knowledge (Romans 2:13)
  6. God’s judgment reaches the secrets of the heart (Romans 2:16)
  7. God’s judgment is according to reality, not religious profession (Romans 2:17-29)

In the next post, we will bring this topic home, not literally of course.  I hope you’ll join me in the next post: Circumcising the Heart.

If you liked this post, please read the previous post and the sequel to this one!

A Difficult Study for Men: Circumcision

Circumcising the Heart!

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Trent Cotton has spent a number of years in management and business consulting. After spending some time in the field, he joined the HR department, beginning in recruiting and eventually serving as the Department Head of HR for one of the major lines of business. With such a varied background, he works to bring all of these together to help churches and other Christian organizations incorporate some common business practices into their ministries to enable them to better serve the Kingdom. He currently works for SourcePointe, an HR Outsourcing Agency while continuing to own and operate Christian Management Consulting as a ministry. In his free time, he also writes a lot on Church Development as a Church

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