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Sermon: Wanting, Giving And Getting - Wanting, Giving and Getting This spring, I got a message from the universe. Now, I don’t get too many messages from the universe; sometimes I don’t even get my phone messages. But this message was very loud, and it came at four in the morning in the form of a tremendous thud from my closet. This particular message was one that my partner had tried to send me several times, but I managed to ignore him; however, messages from the universe are not so easily dismissed. They aren’t like Post-it notes that you can throw away....   [tags: Theological Sermon] 1979 words
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The Sermon on the Mountain - ... The first three beatitudes (blessings for the poor, hungry, and weeping; verses 20-21) has same wording in the NIV and the NASB and the only textual difference in the NLT is the beginning of “God blesses.” Verse 22 (blessings for the persecuted) expresses blessing for the hated, excluded, insulted, and rejected in the NIV; the hated, excluded mocked, and cursed in the NLT; and the hated, ostracized, insulted and scorned in the NASB. A common attributed of the persecuted among the NIV, the NLT, and the NASB is hated, and the remaining three vary....   [tags: Religion, Jesus] 1550 words
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The Sermon On the Mount - The Sermon On the Mount The Sermon on the Mount is a collection of sayings of Jesus. Jesus used to go out and preach to people by telling parables. He said many things, which tell us how to live our lives The sermon starts off with nine sayings called BEATITUDES, which tell us how to live happy lives. (1) We can be happy if we do not despair. We must keep hope and faith in God. (2) We can be happy if we search for God and allow God into our lives. (3) We can be happy if we search for justice and peace and put away selfish thoughts....   [tags: Bible Jesus Christian Christianity Papers] 497 words
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Buddha and his sermon - Hindu Kshatriya, who was warned by “Brahman soothsayers”, let his son leave home to live among the seekers of the forest. His son was Gotama Siddhartha, known to most historians as Buddha. What is said to be Buddha’s first sermon was delivered briefly after his enlightenment. The sermon contains what eventually becomes the way of life for people who follow the Buddhist religion; the four noble truths, the eightfold path, and the middle way. Since Siddhartha was so sheltered from reality, he set out on a journey to find out where he would fit in his life, and through this he became extremely enlightened....   [tags: essays research papers] 791 words
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The "Farewell Sermon" of Muhammad - The "Farewell Sermon" of Muhammad The apostle continued his pilgrimage and showed the men the rites and taught them the customs of their hajj. He made a speech in which he made things clear. He praised and glorified God, then he said: "O men, listen to my words. I do not know whether I shall ever meet you in this place again after this year. Your blood and your property are sacrosanct until you meet your Lord, as this day and this month are holy. You will surely meet your Lord and He will ask you of your works....   [tags: Islam Religion Essays]
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The Fire Sermon: An In-Depth Look at Modernist Poetry - Just in case the document does not open i have pasted my essay below. See you in class FCA's 1. Three paragraph response 2. Examples and citations form the poem (3 minimum) 3. Sophisticated language The Fire Sermon - an in-depth look at modernist poetry Humanity relies on its life lessons and morals to carry itself through time. Different ideals and points of view on human life mix and provide the diverse culture that humanity owns today, and humanity can thank its ancestors for creating the preaches, speeches, literature pieces, and even religious sermons that carry these morals and lessons throughout generations....   [tags: Poetry] 1010 words
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The Demands Placed on the Followers of Jesus According to the Sermon on the Mount - ... This was a joy that would see them through any sorrow, loss, pain or grief in all the things that they would soon endure. The Beatitudes represented the pure joy that comes with a relationship with Jesus Christ, there is no room here for miserable over pious Christians . It’s interesting to compare the Beatitudes in Matthew with those in Luke’s Gospel. Although poor and the hungry are Blessed Luke go as far as to call woe onto the rich and the well fed. An expression of pity for those who believe they have everything all the everyday comforts and yet they are spiritually poor....   [tags: Scripture Analysis ]
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The Dialectics of Donne’s Final Sermon - The Dialectics of Donne’s Final Sermon The Christian conception of God originates in mystery and contradiction and emanates from paradox. Entirely comfortable with professing that God is both three persons and one at once, a Christian will also tell you that God—or the son of God—had an earthly mother who conceived him while maintaining her virginity. S/he will further explain to you that when this God was born, he was both human and divine at one and the same time. Solemnly, s/he will relate the persecution of the Lord by those he was sent to save and emphasize that although he was put to death at the hands of his own people, he yet returned from the dead to save this faithless populace....   [tags: Christianity Religion Essays] 7518 words
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Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God - On July 8th 1741, Jonathan Edwards preached the sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” in Enfield, Connecticut. Edwards states to his listeners that God does not lack in power, and that people have yet not fallen to destruction because of his mercy. God is so forgiving that he gives his people an opportunity to repent and change their ways before it is too late. Edwards urges that the possibility of damnation is imminent, urgently requiring the considerations of the sinner before time runs out....   [tags: Sermon Analysis ] 748 words
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The Preacher Ruminates: Behind The Sermon (Analysis and Interpretation) - "Without a Hand to Hold" Analysis and Interpretation of "The Preacher Ruminates: Behind the Sermon" Gwendolyn Brooks' "The Preacher Ruminates: Behind the Sermon" gives an eerie look into a minister's mind. Indeed the poem's premise is made clear from the opening line: "It must be lonely to be God" (1). The poem proceeds to note that while God is a much-revered and respected figure, he has no equal. The preacher's revelation provides the reader a unique perspective into religion. Brooks points out due to God's position of omniscience, it is not possible for a figure like Him to have friends....   [tags: Preacher Ruminates Gwendolyn Brooks Theology] 1482 words
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Lent Sermon - Brilliant white light-flicker shimmers; steel-gray on the wind above soft-rolled, angry cotton, dirty and coldly clouding the wind-blown, wool-white blanket below, softly dusted spindly pine and desert scrub bric-a-brac over bedrock color of claret – no sound, all muffled soft, enwrapped in winter like an icy blanket. Call it imagery: visual, tactile, aural; call it figurative language in metaphor or simile; call it description – call it what you will, but recognize what it is…just a moment in time, a snapshot, going nowhere, doing nothing – a picture....   [tags: Christianity] 1732 words
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Small Group Sunday - Please, sit. A warm welcome to all of you and to those of you who are our guest today, we reach out to you in friendship and hospitality. Today among other things is Small Group Sunday; it is also the first Sunday in Lent. Lent is a time to accept and respond to God’s offer to inhabit our hearts. It is a time to pour energy into the ever-increasing awareness of God’s presence with us, no matter what the circumstances of our lives. In times of difficulty, joy, sickness, health, liveliness, sadness, loneliness, and death, we have a divine friend who walks with us, cries with us, and loves us with a continuing, deep, abiding love....   [tags: Sermon] 1344 words
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Live . Work . Play . ACT When God’s Will Gets us in Trouble Acts 16:11-24 - Live . Work . Play . ACT When God’s Will Gets us in Trouble Acts 16:11-24 BI: Missionaries Expect God’s Will can get them in Trouble Open Illus: Do you know what a “sweet spot” is. Hit Tennis Balls into side while talking. Let me get a little technical for a second: The sweet spot is the area of the string bed that produces the best combination of feel and power. The most powerful spot on the string bed is that with the greatest coefficient of restitution. The one with least vibration is found at the node of the first harmonic....   [tags: Sermon] 2423 words
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Experiencing True Love - INTRODUCTION There are so many people in the world today who are hurting confused and frustrated all because of their perception of being alone and without love in their life. As a result of this, they have tried everything under the sun to find love, matchmaking companies, dating services, hundreds and hundreds of blind dates only to still find themselves alone and without love. It is said that if your premise is wrong, your conclusion will be wrong and that where you end up will depend on where you begin....   [tags: Sermon] 2281 words
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God's Creation - Today we are continuing with our Creedal Series and we are onto maker of heaven and earth. Somehow I drew the short straw and got this immense topic. I had to keep reminding myself the purpose of this series is that we understand what is in the Creeds so that when we say them we believe them and comprehend them. Often in the church we take things for granted and regurgitate phrases without understanding the roots of what we are saying and what we are committing to. Somehow I don’t think I have to go into what creator of heaven and earth means but to help our entire community understand that even with all the advances in understanding of the world and in the world of science this is as true as when it was written over 1400 hundred years ago....   [tags: Sermon] 1570 words
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Confess Christ - Philemon 19 Owning Up to Christ Paul’s letter to Philemon is one of the most beautifully written books of the bible. The delicacy with which Paul approaches his good friend and brother, Philemon, immediately takes on admirable qualities. Paul needed a favor of Philemon. He was sending Onesimus to him, a new convert to Christianity. He wanted Philemon to nurture this young man’s tender new faith. But there was a catch. Onesimus had once been Philemon’s slave, who had run away, and was now returning back home....   [tags: Sermon] 1752 words
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I’ve Got A Reason to Praise the Lord - Psalm 113 Christianity has its challenges. It places demands on us that set us apart from the rest of our world. The bible calls us a peculiar people, who navigate the challenge of living IN the world, without being OF the world. When we say ‘no’ to temptations that are enjoyed by the masses, we are labeled as self-righteous snobs, religious weirdoes, or worse. But we persevere, and we press toward that invisible line the Apostle Paul drew in the sands of time…for the high calling in Christ Jesus....   [tags: Sermon] 1206 words
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Biblical and Contemporary Problems and Solutions in Sermons - Biblical and Contemporary Problems and Solutions in Sermons In this sermon Dr. Evans discusses what anger is and how it can and does affect our lives. He first states the root causes of anger, frustration, disappointment, and resentment. He then goes on to describe how anger if left unresolved affects every aspect of our lives from the physical to the spiritual and how this anger, if left unresolved, leads to serious health problems and spiritual danger. Dr. Evans speaks about several different ways that we handle anger both constructive and destructive....   [tags: Papers] 1112 words
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Padre Antonio Vieira's Sermons about "slaveries" - Padre Antonio Vieira became a missionary priest and returned to Brazil in 1652, with very complex messages about slavery. His teachings could be interpreted as being against the Christian religion, but they raised a lot of questions about the slavery of the New World and whether or not the God's name was being used in vain. During his two sermons in Bahia and Sao Luis do Maranhao, he used his own beliefs of universal church to convert non-Christians to the faith. He uses the Bible, as his reference and his faith in God, as his guide to show that the settlers should treat the natives fairly and humanly....   [tags: American History] 1171 words
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A Stronghold - A stronghold has long been considered a place of protection. Putting walls around a settlement gave the inhabitants a source of protection and control from their enemies. The better the defense, the more secure the inhabitants. The more sure the location, the more effective and powerful the force within. What would make a stronghold secure would depend on how strong it was built. Jehovah’s people have a stronghold in Jehovah that makes them feel protected and secure. Are you making Jehovah YOUR stronghold....   [tags: Sermons] 1473 words
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Book Review of The Path of Prayer: Four Sermons on Prayer by St. Theophan the Recluse - Book Review of The Path of Prayer: Four Sermons on Prayer by St. Theophan the Recluse      It is often said that there are no more heroes in today\\\'s world or even that this is an age of the anti-hero. Yet anyone who is blessed with the opportunity to observe children for any length of time will see that regard for those who exemplify certain ideals (heroes) is a spontaneous element in basic human psychology. The reported lack of heroes and the cult of the anti-hero are the fruit of a disillusioned Aadult@ mentality which has been lied to on this as well as other subjects and hence robbed of the natural inclination of a normal human being (a child) who is as yet untainted by the cynicism and Asophistication@ of a deeply troubled society....   [tags: Saint Theophan the Recluse Literature Essays] 3575 words
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Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God - Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God is an eye-opening sermon to many and an even greater eye opener to the unbelieving. Not only is it seen as controversial for the time, but many people disagreed with it. The entire sermon seemed to be based on one or two verses from the Bible, and many thought they were not used in the proper context. There were many emotions during the sermon that need to be explored further. Emotions are the first thing that someone thinks about when listening or reading a sermon, speech, or literary work....   [tags: Christianity] 592 words
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God’s Unconditional Love vs. God’s Unending Anger - ... He provides thorough questions and answers to why and how people should live wholesome Christian lives that include lending money and forgiving (Winthrop 2). He provides not only simple ways to live a charitable life of honoring God, but detailed reasons why. This is effective because it is easy to understand for people and encourages them to want to live this lifestyle. In “Sinners in the Hand of an Angry God,” Edwards only talks about God’s wrath, hell, and how all people are “damned from birth” (Edwards 1)....   [tags: Religion ]
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Scripture in Edwards’s development of Work of Redemption - ... They said unto him, Yea, Lord.” Matthew 9:28. Comment: In sermon fifteen in the period Incarnation Edwards states with reference to this verse that Christ has all power. The blind man was healed by Christ’s own power and not of the power of someone else or like the prophets did in the name of the Lord. Only Moses seemed by his speech the honor of the working of one miracle. However Moses did not honor God in this respect and was forbidden to enter the Promised Land. But Christ worked in his own name contrary to the apostles who worked all in his name....   [tags: theology]
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Jonathan Edwards the Great Preacher - ... Although Edwards was good at manipulation he also excelled at diction which in his Sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” he uses so masterfully that it affects even the soul of the listener. In this sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” the diction Edward’s uses is brilliant because he elegantly structures his sermon and skillfully weaves his words in such a way as to sway the listener to his message. He “structures ‘Sinners’ according to the conventions of the classic homiletic tradition” (Paposian 34); as well as making a significant stylistic change that demanded less elaborate sermon form than the baroque forms popular in both puritan and Anglican congregations (Tully 3)....   [tags: Theologians ]
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Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God - "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" Jonathan Edwards In the first few weeks of class we have discussed the thought and religion of the early people that first began the development of our counrty. As we have looked at the literature in class the works of these writers seem to be simlar in that each one talks about a higher being that these people all worshipped. However, that is where the comparisons would end. One of the writings that I found interesting was that of Jonathan Edwards. Born in 1703 in East Windsor, Connecticut, Jonathan Edwards lived at a time when the Calvinistic Puritanism of the American colonies, particularly New England, was giving way to thoughts coming out of Europe....   [tags: Johnathan Edwards] 930 words
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A Self-Aware Samson Occom - A Self-Aware Samson Occom In Samson Occom's most notable sermon he preaches the virtues of Temperance for the Native American population. In Occom's A Sermon Preached by Samson Occom he addresses one of the stereotypical characteristics of the Native American population. Namely that they are drunkards and spend what money they have on alcohol. Occom, an educated Native American converted to Christianity in his late teens and spent his life educating fellow Native Americans and later preaching. He helped set up a school funded for Native American children and spent much of his time working on behalf on the Indian people....   [tags: Papers] 441 words
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John Winthrop and the Suffolk County Court Cases - In 1630, Puritan leader John Winthrop led the great migration to the New World. On board the ship Arbella, John Winthrop delivered a sermon titled "A Model of Christian Charity." His speech outlined the objectives he hoped to achieve in the New World. His ideals slightly influenced the Puritans judgments and philosophy however not as much as he had initially hoped for. It seems the judgments of the Suffolk County Court were not influenced by the Arbella sermon. Similarly, it doesn't appear that Winthrop's sermon influenced the testimony against Bridget Bishop either....   [tags: American History] 724 words
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Reverend Arthur Dimmsdale in The Scarlet Letter - Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale The Scarlet Letter's Emotional Wreck The Novel the Scarlet Letter written by Nathanial Hawthorne shows how characters in the Puritan time period have to live and deal with sins and the effects of sins and how people deal with them in there own personal ways. In the novel Hester Prynne moves to America awaiting her husband, Roger Chillingworth, who never came, so she started a relationship with Reverend Arthur Dimmsdale and had a child out of wedlock named Pearl. While all these characters are fascinating in their own way I believe the most fascinating character is the Reverend Arthur Dimmsdale....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne] 933 words
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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr - Dr. King and the Dream - Dr. King and the Dream The world saw him as a marching protest leader, an activist, spokesman, civil rights leader, and the conscience of a nation. With keen and sensitive insight, he so eloquently proclaimed that a profound social and human predicament faced our nation and the world. However, some of his greatest messages to us were not preached from a "mountaintop" before millions, but from a little pulpit back home at the Ebeneezer Baptist Church. Dr. King once said, "before I was a civil rights leader, I was a preacher of the gospel....   [tags: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Essays] 986 words
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Views on Colonialism in Donne's Elegy XIX and Wroth's Sonnet 22 - Views on Colonialism in Donne's Elegy XIX and Wroth's Sonnet 22 Introduction In the midst of Lady Mary Wroth's sonnet cycle, a sudden reference to the colonialist discoveries of dark skinned natives appears. Bringing to mind her participation in Jonson's "Masque of Blackness," she depicts dark-skinned Indians worshipping the sun as their god. In the midst of her ruminations on love and her preoccupations with her unfaithful lover, Amphilanthus, this sonnet touches on issues close to her personal life as well as some of the preoccupations of her era on the nature of colonialism....   [tags: Elegy XIX Sonnet 22 Essays]
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John Winthrop - The City upon the Hill John Winthrop founded the colony of Massachusetts Bay in 1630, where he was the first Governor of the colony, a position he held for twenty years. In April, 1630, aboard the ship Arbella, he led a large party from England for the new world to establish a pure Christian based colony. "They hoped to establish communities of pure Christians who collectively swore a covenant with God that would they work for his ends, knowing that in return, He would watch over them". John Winthrop was born in Edwardstone, Suffolk, England, on January 22, 1588, and died in Boston, Massachusetts on March 26, 1649....   [tags: Biography] 871 words
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Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God by Jonathan Edwards - Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God by Jonathan Edwards Jonathan Edwards grew up in an atmosphere of strict puritan discipline. He became a very religious and devout believer at an early age, and excelled in academics, entering Yale University at the age of thirteen. Many years later he became the pastor of a church that grew with his teachings. His lifestyle reflected his teachings and was a well respected man. His sermons spoke directly at many people and he impacted many lives despite the monotone he used when delivering his sermon....   [tags: Papers] 637 words
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How the Beatitudes Help Christians' Relationships With Each Other - How the Beatitudes Help Christians' Relationships With Each Other God gave the Ten Commandments as guidance and direction for living. Right and wrong are clearly defined and His people could make their choice and hopefully obey Him. However, there is a second, even more important reason that God gave the Ten Commandments. God gave His Law to help people see that they could never live up to God's perfect standard. Ever since the Fall, men and women had been cursed with what is often called original sin....   [tags: Papers] 451 words
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Jonathan Edwards' Sinnners in the Hands of An Angry God - Jonathan Edwards' Sinnners in the Hands of An Angry God Jonathan Edwards delivered his sermon, Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, in Enfield Connecticut on July 8, 1741, the year following George Whitefield's preaching tour which helped inspire the "Great Awakening." Weeping and emotional conviction among Edwards’ audiences came at a time of great spiritual thirst. While very foreign to mainstream American opinion today, this extraordinary message was fashioned for a people who were very conscious of how their lifestyles affected eternal consequences....   [tags: Christians Christianity] 1029 words
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The Rhetoric of Jonathan Edwards in his “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” - On July 8th 1741, Jonathan Edwards preached the sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” in Enfield, Connecticut. Edwards states to his listeners that God does not lack in power, and that people have yet not fallen to destruction because his mercy. God is so forgiving that he gives his people an opportunity to repent and change their ways before it was too late. Edwards urges that the possibility of damnation is immanent. Also that it urgently requires the considerations of the sinner before time runs out....   [tags: Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, Jonathan Edw] 591 words
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Church Network Systems - Abstract In this research paper I will write about how I wish to use my degree in Computer Operation Technology within churches to establish computer network systems so that churches can manage their organizations financial and business affairs with productive software. With the knowledge that I obtain through my chosen field, I’ll be helpful to ministers with reaching out to many people with his/her messages through other resourceful media such as podcasting and video streaming. Lastly, to be able to develop a network system that member can use a web based applications to interact and communicate with one another outside the church and build relationships....   [tags: Personal Ambition ]
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A Closer Look at The Book of Acts - ... They praised God and were favored by all people. The apostles continued teaching and preaching about Jesus Christ. The congregation broke bread together daily. They continued to grow closer to the Lord through prayer. The authors of The Cradle, The Cross, and The Crown sum up the early church by saying, “The believers shared everything in common, worshipped God in gladness, and continually grew in numbers.” After the early church is shown growing in chapter 2, Peter and John were going to express the activity of prayer in the temple in chapter three....   [tags: The Bible]
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Theology - ... 5:3) which seems to indicate that Luke's material is closer to the original.[Lohfink, 35]{Based on the textual criticism principle that expansions are due to a scribe's perceived need to further explain the content. Additionally, Nolland points to the presence of more agricultural material in Matthew and believes that this type of content is more original and that Luke omitted it (Nolland, 292). This would probably serve the Gentile interests of Luke's audience better. Nolland does see the parallelism in vv....   [tags: Religion, Luke, Jesus] 896 words
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Theology - ... Finally, Matthew’s version has an extended summary before the content of the actual teaching to emphasize the moment in salvation history. Both evangelists seem to “oscillate” between the disciples and the people which Lohfink understands as intent to portray the ethics of the kingdom as primarily to the disciples but ultimately to apply to all Israel. Jesus had finished calling his disciples (Lk. 5 - 6) and retired to a mountain to pray. There he prayed overnight (6:12) before he chose the Twelve “whom he also designated as apostles.” (Lk....   [tags: Religion, Luke's Gospel] 2036 words
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The Pardoner of The Canterbury Tales - The Pardoner of The Canterbury Tales How can a man exact vengeance on God if there is nothing a mortal can do to hurt Him. The Pardoner was born sterile, which resulted in abnormal physical development. He blames God for his deformities and attempts to attack God by attacking the link between God and mankind – the Church. In The Canterbury Tales, Chaucer indirectly depicts the characters through the stories they tell. The tale is a window upon the person that tells it. However, the Pardoner’s tale seems to contradict this situation....   [tags: The Canterbury Tales] 696 words
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Damning Of The Masses - Damning of the Masses That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. --Romans 10: 9 From the time we are small children sitting in Sunday school not able to fully grasp the love of God that we sing simple songs about, we are taught that Jesus was sent to earth to love us no matter what. The Puritan congregation listening to Jonathan Edwards’ sermon Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God in 1741 were not being taught of this wonderful gift....   [tags: essays research papers] 534 words
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Critical Review of E.M. Bounds Power Through Prayer - Critical Review of E.M. Bounds Power Through Prayer E.M. Bounds wrote a wonderful book devoted to prayer entitled Power Through Prayer. This book encourages the preacher to become a true prayer warrior. E.M. Bounds has written many books on prayer, encouraging Christians to devote their life to prayer. Since the writer is coming from a preacher background himself, one can clearly see the passion he has for prayer in his life. Fellow preachers will hopefully be encouraged by this and want to devote their life to prayer, so that they will better their preaching....   [tags: Bounds Religion Praying God] 1367 words
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King: The Man and the Prophet - King: The Man and the Prophet The date is August 28, 1963, and a mixed crowd of over 250,000 civil-rights supporters attending the March on Washington are assembled in the vicinity of the tallest monument in the District of Columbia, commonly known as Washington D.C. The Washington Monument is the name of the historical landmark located in the nation’s capital. Segregation has drawn a line of deep ethnical division throughout the country, and the March on Washington has been organized to urge support for pending civil-rights legislation....   [tags: essays research papers] 1618 words
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Elements of Interreligious Dialogue in The Waste Land - Elements of Interreligious Dialogue in The Waste Land “The House Of His Protection The Land Gave To Him That Sought Her Out And Unto Him That Delved Gave Return Of Her Fruits” -Engraved above the Western-most door of Joslyn Art Museum Beyond all doubt, T. S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land” is one of the most excruciating works a reader may ever attempt. The reading is painful to the point of exhaustion for the poetry-lover as he scrutinizes the poem pericope by pericope. However, all this suffering (self-inflicted or otherwise) suggests that the author has likewise labored over the poem, emptying himself into his work--pericope by pericope....   [tags: Waste Land Eliot papers] 3037 words
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The Minister's Black Veil by Nathaniel Hawthorne - The Minister's Black Veil by Nathaniel Hawthorne "The Minister's black veil" by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a story of a life of a clergyman Hooper which leaves the reader with the feeling of sacrifice but also a sort of a personal tragedy. The reader becomes acquainted with the protagonist at the crucial moment of his life, the moment in which he decides to wear a black veil on his face. The very beginning of the story is a portrait of a happy everyday life of a village - merry children are willing to make fun of a graver's gait, spruce bachelors are looking sidelong at the pretty maidens and a sexton is tolling the bell - and its light-hearted mood contrasts with that of the rest of the story....   [tags: Papers] 1051 words
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The Pardoner, a Symbol of Greed in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales - Geoffrey Chaucer’s famous medieval classic, The Canterbury Tales, offers its readers a vast array of characters. This God’s plenty features numerous unique and challenging individuals, but there is one specifically who stands out as particularly interesting. The immoral Pardoner, who, in a sense, sells away his soul for the sake of his own avarice, puzzles many modern readers with his strange logic. Already having laid his considerable guilt upon the table, this corrupted agent of the Church attempts to pawn off his counterfeit relics for a generous price....   [tags: Canterbury Tales]
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Seminary Course Reflection - Now that I have completed this course, I can see the course applying to my ministry in the following ways so that I may understand the text and the different ways of preaching each subject. As a preacher, it is necessary to understand how to explain God’s promise in which he will pour His Spirit upon people in every special way so that every man receives a different gift that he who has ears and hearts will listen to God’s words and come to Him. The most significant things to my ministry are that each theme has four main different parts of teaching such as introduction, Law, Gospel, and application....   [tags: Course Review] 1114 words
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