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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 word of Jesus found in Luke 6:20-26 are the opening statements of His Sermon on the Plain. As with any other passage there are translation differences, literary, historical, linguistic, economic and sociological backgrounds for this passage. It is sometimes difficult to discern the original, or real, meaning of biblical passages and Luke 6:20-26, and beatitudes in general, are no different. The Sermon on the Mount, found in Mark 5-7, is generally referred to as the greatest sermon ever preached....   [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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Issues Sermon on The Mount - ... Historically, teachers sat down and students gathered around to listen in the Socratic fashion. Many commentators say that is the pose Jesus took while delivering the Sermon too, speaking and teaching calmly, not wildly gesticulating and wiping his face with his fancy handkerchief, worn specifically for such an occasion when he might be so overcome with the spirit as to warrant whipping it out to wipe the moisture from his eyes or brow. Certainly many of today’s preachers do not find their inspiration from the Sermon on the Mount, but it is not just the contrast in physical delivery between Jesus and those that proclaim him loudest today that puzzles....   [tags: Jesus, Bible, Teachings] 1013 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 - Introduction Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount in his first year of public ministry; on a small mountain on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, near the town of Capernaum. The Sermon on the Mount was the major ethical teaching event of Jesus’s ministry. Matthew’s gospel tells us that this was not a public meeting but was reserved for his immediate followers, his disciples. The disciples were all ordinary hard-working men, mainly from humble backgrounds. It would not have been an easy mixture of personalities and some of them, Matthew the tax collector and Simon the zealot, for instance, would have been openly opposed to each other in normal settings....   [tags: Scripture Analysis ]
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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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Father Paneloux and The Plague - ... Even though God does bring His wrath out on the world a lot in the Bible, the plague is most definitely not another example of this. Back in the days of the Old Covenant, if God’s people disobeyed this covenant, they would have to be punished somehow, so God brought His wrath on the people. The books of prophecy (Isaiah-Malachi) make this quite clear. However, under the New Covenant, Jesus has taken God’s entire wrath by dying on the cross. God’s wrath will not reappear until the end times. When this happens, the time of tribulation will occur and God’s wrath will return to the Earth....   [tags: Albert Camus, faith, sermon, Oran, God]
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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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Jonathan Edwards - ... Puritans were avid believers in the afterlife, and when Edwards explains a dreadful “long forever, a boundless duration before you, which will swallow up your thoughts and amaze your soul; and you will absolutely despair of ever having any deliverance, any end, any mitigation, any rest at all…” this exploits the Puritans worst fears of a bleak afterlife. (Edwards 105). He also gave the “bandwagon effect” to Puritans, individually feeling that while everyone else they knew was rejoicing with God in Heaven, they would be perishing in Hell if they did not rid of their sins....   [tags: Biography, Sermons, Impact] 810 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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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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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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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 - Everyone must accept God as their savior or they will go to hell. This is a very familiar message that is preached by Christian religious leaders in places of worship around the world. As simple as this message may seem, the way it is delivered to the people makes all the difference in either turning them into believers, or scaring them away from religion altogether. John Winthrop and Jonathan Edwards were both religious leaders that lived centuries before the present time. They shared the same goal in persuading people into Christianity, yet differed greatly in the way they chose to develop their sermons....   [tags: Religion ]
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Scripture in Edwards’s development of Work of Redemption - In this point we analyse fourteen Scriptural passages in relation to its function of Edwards’s development of Work of Redemption. In this research we focus where Edwards cites these texts, what is the context in the sermon, and the supportive argument for the Work of Redemption. In the Index of Biblical Passages of the Work of Redemption we notice the prominent presence of the references of Isaiah, Matthew and Revelations. Hence we review four texts of each of these books. 2.1 Sermon One “For the moth shall eat them up like a garment and the worm shall eat them like wool: but my righteousness shall be forever and my salvation from generation to generation,” Isaiah 51:8....   [tags: theology]
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Jonathan Edwards the Great Preacher - He was a man whose very words struck fear into the hearts of his listeners. Acknowledged as one of the most powerful religious speakers of the era, he spearheaded the Great Awakening. “This was a time when the intense fervor of the first Puritans had subsided somewhat” (Heyrmen 1) due to a resurgence of religious zeal (Stein 1) in colonists through faith rather than predestination. Jonathan Edwards however sought to arouse the religious intensity of the colonists (Edwards 1) through his preaching....   [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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Rituals of the Baptist Collegiate Ministry - ... Just like the sanctuary, the prayer room also had a cross and an alter, in which people could bow and pray anytime during the day if they wanted to communicate with their creator Christ. As Jonathon led me downstairs again, there were more people present in the spatial room than the first time I had entered. Most of them were UGA students from all kinds of races, such as whites, blacks, Asians, Hispanics, and Native Americans. There were about 100 of these students in one massive room with a fairly equal amount of males and females congregating before the sermon began....   [tags: Anthropology Essays]
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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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Use of Rhetoric in Jonathan Edwards' 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] 574 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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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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A Closer Look at The Book of Acts - Acts 2:42-47 is a direct model for the Christian Church today. These verses are a clear example of faith in action. The Holy Spirit’s effect on the early church and apostles brought teaching, fellowship, the breaking of bread and prayer into fruition. The real-life love shown shouts to the 21st century church’s need to refocus on these basic tenants. This passage is a summary of the life of the early church. The four contexts in which the modern-church can draw knowledge to incorporate these heart-felt actions are historical context, literary contexts, interpretation and application....   [tags: The Bible]
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Theology - Luke 6:27-38 This passage sits in the context of Jesus' Sermon on the Plain which has striking parallels with Matthew's account, commonly called the Sermon on the Mount (Mt. 5-7). Both Luke and Matthew supplemented Mark with "Q" but used it differently to depict Jesus which is probably due to Luke's addition what is sometimes called "L" - Luke's distinct material that contains stories that exemplify positive moral behavior [Matera 64].{Where Q is a common source of oral and perhaps written tradition to which both Matthew and Luke had access....   [tags: Religion, Luke, Jesus] 896 words
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Theology - The Ethic of the Community in Luke’s Gospel For the sake of this study, Luke’s Gospel plays an important role in establishing the identity of the members of the community. Indeed, “without Luke’s Gospel our visual images of the Christian story would be impoverished” because “Luke’s Gospel [can be considered] the aesthetic teacher of Christian senses in hearing and speech through story and song and in sight through the many artistic renderings of his stories.” Luke accomplishes this feat by using cultural conventions surrounding hospitality and banqueting to “illustrate such important facets of Jesus’ teaching as generosity to the poor, forgiveness of sinners, humility rather than social power, and the priority given to the word of God.” The importance of community is established early in Luke’s Gospel as it becomes evident that God’s intention is the formation of a people and not the salvation of individuals....   [tags: Religion, Luke's Gospel] 2036 words
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Catherine Sedgwick's A New England Tale - ... But this is the dismal case of every soul in this congregation that has not been born again, however moral and strict sober and religious they may otherwise be.” (435) Edwards believes that in order for his followers to be saved they must not only believe but also live a life dedicated to the word of God and to repent all that they have done to move forward and remain in God’s good graces. In Sedgwick’s Novel we listen to the advice Marry gives to Jane when she state “But my child do not be down-hearted there has One ‘taken you up who will not leave you, nor forsake you.’ The fires may be about you but they will not kindle on you.’ Make the bible your counsellor; you will always find some good word there, that will be a bright light to you in the darkest night: and do not forget the daily sacrifice of prayer; for, as the priest under the old covenant were nourished by a part of what they offered, so, when the sacrifice of praise is sent upward by the broken and contrite heart, there is a strength cometh back upon our own souls: blessed be his name, it is what the world cannot give.”(Sedgwick 19) In the case of Mary and Jane, Mary is telling to turn to god, repent what she has done and pray for what is to come and God will be good to her and fill her will strength and potency....   [tags: God, Sinners, Analysis] 826 words
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