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The New Testament speaks often about being on guard against false teachers and their teachings.  From Jesus’ initial warning from the sermon on the mount to the closing epistles of John, it’s an important thing to be mindful of – especially as we draw closer to the end of the age.

During a recent study of 1 & 2 Peter, I noticed one key to recognizing false teachers and teaching.  It may not apply to every situation, but as I thought more and more about it, it’s a good rule to assess what you’re hearing by.  Within the context of denouncing false teachers, Peter writes:

John Piper has some brief but powerful words to us to consider in this world of constant stimulation and amazement at what’s “new.”

Most of these things are aimed directly at our minds and thoughts.  As followers of Jesus, we must be mindful of what we are exposed to and allow into our lives.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2 ESV)

One of the aspects, in understanding Jesus’ “human nature”, that is essential to our faith is Hebrews 4:15 : “…tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.”  It’s encouraging to me to know that my Savior was tempted as I am daily yet overcame.  It’s comforting to know that I serve a King who, although he had the ability to sin just as I do, was so fixed on His God that He was able to overcome temptation, and remain sinless.  What a rock solid messiah we seek to follow.

Sometimes I think about how much more effective we as Christians could be in glorifying & leading people to our great God if we were more like this article (below), and less of a show.  Seems almost monthly at some point, I get this same feeling & it’s probably because of my own lack of action. Maybe it’s an area that the church can help motivate/encourage its members in, in a hands on type of way.  How great would it be if the church took some random Sundays to get out and “do justice” together in the community instead of or along with the Sunday service?  I don’t know the path to sparking this, but personally I need to be “doing more” than just listening and retaining in my spiritual walk. Either way, this article was both enlightening and motivating (& maybe a little convicting as well).

I am sure we could add to some of these thoughts, but I think it’s important to consider this – not for the judgment of others, but for an examination of our own life.

Personally, I know I endeavored to live for God on my own strength for some time.  I believed the “right things”, knew when to say “amen” in the sermon, grew up in a Christian home, and all the rest – but I was not a new person.  I was simply a better version of the old version of me.  And this led to great frustration – wanting to do the right thing but not being able to and wanted to not do the wrong thing but not being able to.

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The Royal Family Reunion is a weekend that you will not want to miss (August 24-26, 2012)! The event will be held at Living Hope Community Church in Latham, NY. The teachings and activities are planned so that each participant will leave with a greater understanding of our Lord Jesus Christ. Please prayerfully take the time to consider your attendance. We are anticipating a wonderful time of focusing on the Scriptures and fellowshipping with one another. The cost for attendents before August 15th is $65 and $75 after the deadline, which includes six meals (lodging is on your own).

Here is a little about our theme this year:

Christadelphian Resources

I recently received the following list of Christadelphian resources from David Burke. He is a Christadelphian, so our beliefs match on most points. I thought you might enjoy perusing some of these. Let me know what you think.

I’d like to make you aware of a few Christadelphian publications that may be of interest.

* Christadelphian eJournal of Biblical Interpretation (here: www.christadelphian-ejbi.org). This is a quarterly peer reviewed journal for Christadelphian academic Biblical studies. I am one of the editors, and contribute an article every issue. The eJournal is distributed via email, and free of charge for all Unitarian Christians, regardless of which church they belong to. Subscribers should forward their e-mail address and home church details to the editors for addition to the distribution list (subscribe@christadelphian-ejbi.org). We welcome article submissions from other Unitarians.

The 11th annual One God Seminar will be held this weekend (June 2-3) from 9 am to 5 pm at DoubleTree by Hilton, 6505 Interstate 35 North, Austin, TX. Tune in at any time via video stream or audio only stream. If these aren’t working try dialing in to 916-233-0562 and using the guest code 0566#. More details are available on Ken Westby’s website, godward.org. Below is the schedule for the weekend.

Agenda

Seminar lengths will vary. Each presenter will reserve time at his conclusion for audience questions and comments. We ask that questions be restricted to the subject matter presented at a particular session.

One God Conference

Announcing the 2012 One God Seminar:

June 2-3 (Saturday and Sunday)
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
DoubleTree by Hilton, 6505 Interstate 35 North
Austin, Texas

Reservations: 1-800-347-0330 or visit webpage at tinyurl.com/austinconference

Come and join us in Austin, Texas for a weekend focused on who our God is. I will be speaking twice on the history of the Trinity in the 4th and 5th centuries. Anthony Buzzard will also be there along with the usual presenters. If you live in or near the Austin area, please consider coming!

Worry & Stress

Worry and stress seem to be a constant adversary to the people of faith in the age in which we live.  We are concerned about our jobs, paying the bills, our relationships, our children, our churches, our fellowships, our vehicles, and more and more.  There is so much uncertainty in our world, especially in the United States, these days.  How do we fight against worrying like everyone else?

Here are some straightforward words from Francis Chan’s book “Crazy Love” (page 42):

“Worry implies that we don’t quite trust God is big enough, powerful enough, or loving enough to take care of what’s happening in our lives.

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