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That what we do and those we meet


I truly believe
that everything that we do
and everyone that we meet
is put in our path for a purpose.
There are no accidents;
we’re all teachers
– if we’re willing to pay attention
to the lessons we learn,
trust our positive instincts
and not be afraid to take risks
or wait for some miracle
to come knocking at our door.
Marla Gibbs


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High time to devote ourselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship

“Those who received his word and were baptized … devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” (Acts 2:42).

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Before Christ returns may this be our devotion more than ever – and may more receive God’s word and also do this. May we do our part in bringing this about.
Six apostles, from the Jelling church, Denmark.

Six apostles, from the Jelling church, Denmark. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Go outside. Let the world in.

Ask any traveller about his strongest experience and a story of an encounter invariably follows. When we meet people not only face to face , but ‘heart to heart’, we experience this as something special.

When travelling, each one of us recognizes the feeling of being out of one’s comfort zone.
Far away everything is different. Also the people. When we position ourselves at eye level of the ‘foreigner’ , we come to know him with an open mind , we enter his world and everything becomes different.

Trust that we give, we also receive.

Margot Kässmann responding to a question from ...

Margot Kässmann responding to a question from the audience following her lecture on “Multicultural Society – Roots, Resistance, and Visions” at the University of Freiburg. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When we accept that someone is different, a certain chemistry is created. We should not only look at the exterior, but we should keep listening. In this way prejudices and predispositions do not get a chance and the ‘foreign exterior’ will make place for a ‘recognizable interior’. We will experience that wealth is to be found in being different, exactly within the differences. In this sense, people we called ‘foreigners’ at first, are in fact a blessing. The only condition is that we open our heart and allow ourselves to be moved.

In this way foreigners become friends
If our society feels strongly about pluralism we should not be satisfied with an ennobled form of permisiveness that preaches tolerance. In our multicultural society pluralism only has a chance of survival if we go towards the other person and if we are really interested in who he or she is , regardless of whether he/she is a foreigner , of another religion or conviction.

Intercultural dialogue depends upon authentic pluralism
It is essential to allow the other person’s truth , in which a ‘ heart to heart’ encounter is the golden key. In this way a meeting close to home can become a rich experience worth telling. We are only asked to go outside and to let the world in.

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Dutch version / Nederlandse versie: Ga naar buiten. Laat de wereld binnen.

Are you right down in the dumps? Stop digging!

Responses to Radical Muslims and Radical Christians

Tolerance Ends When There Is No Tolerance Shown Towards Us

My two cents on the refugee crisis

Stabbed victim parent’s hope for less hatred and more tolerance

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About going outside

  1. “Sometimes our stop-doing list needs to be bigger than our to-do list.”
  2. It’s Simple, Really, We Don’t Need Much
  3. Going Outside: The Sunrise Edition
  4. A wee tail
  5. Learning to Longboard – Novice Shred Spots

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About meeting people

  1. We are strange
  2. Striving To Connect
  3. Meeting new people, Amazing Experiences & Giving help
  4. unexpected tips: ways to meet people
  5. How can I start meeting friends
  6. 5 Places To Meet People Offline
  7. 10 Ways to Meet People in the London
  8. 25 Small Ways You Can Bless A Stranger’s Life
  9. A person worth knowing
  10. Some Relationships Are Just Blips On The Radar (But They’re Still Beautiful)
  11. The type of people you Do Not want to meet in life Again!
  12. meeting horrible people and you’re complaining about it
  13. No makeup – One-liner Wednesday #1linerWeds
  14. Pumpkin Munchinskaij 🙂
  15. Men with Machetes!
  16. Moms have enough to worry about, let’s not make friendships one of them
  17. Conversation, Where Are You?
  18. Coincidental
  19. Good date 8/10
  20. Some Wine, Some Words, and Some Confusion
  21. Another Source
  22. Workshop # 3 – We are all the same
  23. Being Religious and Spiritual 8 Spiritual, Mystic and not or well religious
  24. Some one or something to fear #5 Not afraid
  25. A participation in the body of Christ
  26. Justification – salvation is by grace through faith – JI Packer
  27. Disciple of Christ counting lives and friends dear to them
  28. A Holy week in remembrance of the Blood of life
  29. Atonement And Fellowship 3/8
  30. What’s church for, anyway?
  31. Gathering or meeting of believers
  32. Vergadering – Meeting / Meeting – Vergadering
  33. Congregate, to gather, to meet
  34. Why we do not have our worship-services in a church building
  35. Not trying to make the heathen live like Jews #2
  36. The Magic of Books
  37. Summertime Blues
  38. Good Vibes
  39. Thought Positions
  40. Police Visit
  41. A Stop In Mamou To See Fred’s and Tante Sue
  42. in which we update our dating status, and talk about tinder
  43. Dating Again After Divorce
  44. Collective Dating
  45. Better late than never
  46. Met a new pagan group last night
  47. Wading in the Sea
  48. It’s all in my mind…

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About prejudice

  1. Want to Stop the Contempt, Hate, and Violence?
  2. Prejudices and Stereotypes
  3. Arrest the prejudices
  4. Things are rarely what they seem :: Why I scrambled to offer food to a stranger
  5. Dirt Daubers, Humans, and Other Pests
  6. Bias, stereotypes, and prejudice. Oh my?
  7. Are You Contagious?
  8. Dissolve The Barriers You Created
  9. Why Is It Important To Have Opinions And Communicate Them?
  10. Dealing with love burden
  11. “Nowhere to Go”
  12. Suicide blond
  13. What is True Compassion?
  14. our own guru
  15. The Enemy Camp: Creativity vs. Logic
  16. But You Can’t Shoot Them
  17. The Kind of Christian I Am Today (with an addendum on Orlando)
  18. Exceptions never ‘prove the rule”
  19. Strip Yourselves from Social Masks
  20. Heart for sale

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About tolerance

  1. Religious Practices around the world
  2. Christmas in the 1950s
  3. Migrants to the West #10 Religious freedom
  4. More Muslim children than Christian children growing up in our cities
  5. Quran versus older Holy Writings of Divine Creator
  6. Back from gone #3 Giving worries to God and believing in His promises
  7. Where is the USA wanting to go with the freedom of their people
  8. ISIL will find no safe haven
  9. Holiday tolerance
  10. If you have integrity
  11. Integrity of the fellowship
  12. If you want to go far in life
  13. People who are always making allowances for themselves soon go bankrupt
  14. God let my compassionate affection be tolerant and kind
  15. Diversity
  16. A social experiment
  17. A Musing on Discerning Tolerance
  18. Introducing Students To Disability- Year 2
  19. Love
  20. Making Peace with the Middle East
  21. Learn and Live
  22. Republican vs. Democrat “Tolerance”, Compare And Contrast
  23. How religion can lead to violence – Gary Gutting

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Justification – salvation is by grace through faith – JI Packer

Today there is still lots of commotion about works and faith. Still too many Christians do think they do not need any works.
The Catholic church, we must say, has from the beginning seen that certain works were necessary. One can not become a Christian without putting the previous life of sin away by having regret, asking for forgiveness of sins and taking steps to show regret (an act to be taken), opening oneself for remission by going for a baptism (a work).

Not only Rome sees baptism as a channel of sanctifying grace, as the primary instrumental cause of justification, and the sacrament of penance, whereby congruous merit is achieved through works of satisfaction, as the supplementary restorative cause whenever the grace of God’s initial acceptance is lost through mortal sin.

Not only for the Roman Catholics believers save themselves with the help of the grace that flows from Christ through the church’s sacramental system. Several other denominations request that people change their life once baptised (which sometimes demands lots of works). Other protestants groups do forget that it is impossible that a Christian would keep living the same sinful life as before his or her baptism. It is an illusion to believe that we are saved by the blood of Christ and would not have to do any works any more because we would go to heaven or always will be allowed to enter God’s Kingdom.

First of all the Kingdom will be here on earth for most of us. And Jesus showed us with his parables the danger of loosing the entrance through the small gate of life in eternity.

Justification may be given free, like people can win a lottery, but if they do not do anything with the price, they will be nothing with it.

For example if I would give you a limousine you are nothing with it if you do not use the key and turn the motor on (a work). Before you can go into the traffic you have to learn the road code and have to learn to drive. Then you will have to drive (doing a job) and shall have to be careful in traffic (taking attention), going to some place (trafficking).

Also with faith we do need to come into the faith (a work), trafficking, having to keep our faith (demands work), read the Word of God regularly and study it (demands work) we have to be careful to keep the code of God, His regulations and ordinances (keeping to the commandments requires work). Jesus also gave the order to go out in the world to proclaim the Gospel of the coming Kingdom (which demands a work) and to come together regularly, i.e. meeting with each other, which demands also some work.

For those who think they do not have to have self-control (which demands work) we must disappoint them. If they keep lying, bullying, stealing, fornicating, murdering, they shall miss the entrance of the coming Kingdom.
If they think it will be so easy in this system of things, we also must disappoint them, because also when baptised there shall be temptations, suffering and so on, which demand stamina to continue (work) in the faith.

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To remember

Clearly no one is justified before God by the law, because, “The righteous will live by faith.” Galatians 3:11

=> =  we do have to be righteous to be able to live by faith

The author tells us:

  • doctrine of justification, storm center of Reformation = major concern of apostle Paul = heart of gospel (Rom. 1:17; 3:21-5:21; Gal. 2:15-5:1) shaping both his message (Acts 13:38-39) + his devotion + spiritual life (2 Cor. 5:13-21; Phil. 3:4-14).
  • > other New Testament writers affirm same doctrine in substance => terms in which Protestants have affirmed + defended it for almost five centuries are drawn primarily from Paul.
  • Justification = judicial act of God pardoning sinners (wicked and ungodly persons, Rom. 4:5; 3:9-24) > accepting them as just => putting permanently right their previously estranged relationship with himself.  > => justifying sentence = God’s gift of righteousness (Rom. 5:15-17) = his bestowal of a status of acceptance for Jesus’ sake (2 Cor. 5:21).
  • God’s justifying decision = judgment of the Last Day, declaring where we shall spend eternity
  • necessary means, or instrumental cause, of justification is personal faith in Jesus Christ as crucified Savior and risen Lord (Rom. 4:23-25; 10:8-13).
  • As we give ourselves in faith to Jesus, Jesus gives us his gift of righteousness, so that in the very act of “closing with Christ,” as older Reformed teachers put it, we receive divine pardon and acceptance which we could not otherwise have (Gal. 2:15-16; 3:24).

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Preceding articles

Luther’s misunderstanding

January 27, 417, Pope Innocent I condemning Pelagius about Faith and Works

Our life depending on faith

Romans 4 and the Sacraments

Is Justification a process?

Letter to the Romans, chapter 3

Letter to the Romans, chapter 4

Additional comments to the 3rd Letter to the Romans

Additional comments to the Letter to the Romans 4

Comments to James remarks, about Faith and works

Restitution

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Additional reading

  1. The business of this life
  2. A god who gave his people commandments and laws he knew they never could keep to it
  3. Believing in the send one and understanding that one does not live by bread alone
  4. Faith Alone Does Not Save . . . No Matter How Many Times Protestants Say It Does
  5. Not about personal salvation but about a bigger Plan
  6. People Seeking for God 3 Laws and directions
  7. People Seeking for God 5 Bread of life
  8. Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness
  9. Christ’s ethical teaching
  10. Being Justified by faith
  11. A Living Faith #3 Faith put into action
  12. Faith and works
  13. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #8 Prayer #6 Communication and manifestation
  14. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #16 Benefits of praying
  15. Observing the commandments and becoming doers of the Word
  16. The first on the list of the concerns of the saint
  17. Running away from the past
  18. Malefactors becoming your master
  19. Be holy
  20. She who sows thistles will reap prickles
  21. Love for each other attracting others

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Further related articles

  1. No Regrets
  2. Day 19: Things to regret
  3. Access: Denied
  4. Giving our regret to God
  5. Reminisce
  6. Life is like a river
  7. Questions & Answers About Lent
  8. Godly Sorrow Leads Us on to a Glorious Celebration of the Gospel
  9. A Threefold Malice
  10. Reconciliation
  11. Penance – Chapter One
  12. Wednesday of Septuagesima week: O, Merciful God! Have Mercy On Me The Fallen One!
  13. CFP: Discipline and Excess (Cambridge Friday, April 15, 2016)
  14. That kind of Franciscan
  15. The Savior of the World
  16. (01/07/2016) Salvation Only Through Christ?
  17. My Take on the Gay Marriage Bill.
  18. Missing the Mark
  19. Leading people astray!
  20. Tips for Gracious Living: Bad Driving
  21. Unfaithful fornicating adulterating Christians will perish
  22. We don’t meet God 1/2 way.
  23. The Salesman
  24. Actions are the Megaphone of Words
  25. The Justification of Abraham
  26. (01/13/2016) How To Treat Unbelievers?
  27. Tuesday Devotional: Revelation 2
  28. Fashion advice?
  29. (12/31/2015) By Faith, Not By Interpretation?
  30. Faithfulness
  31. Seeing Christ
  32. Faith in Action

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Clearly no one is justified before God by the law, because, “The righteous will live by faith.” GALATIANS 3:11

The doctrine of justification, the storm center of the Reformation, was a major concern of the apostle Paul. For him it was the heart of the gospel (Rom. 1:17; 3:21-5:21; Gal. 2:15-5:1) shaping both his message (Acts 13:38-39) and his devotion and spiritual life (2 Cor. 5:13-21; Phil. 3:4-14). Though other New Testament writers affirm the same doctrine in substance, the terms in which Protestants have affirmed and defended it for almost five centuries are drawn primarily from Paul.

Justification is a judicial act of God pardoning sinners (wicked and ungodly persons, Rom. 4:5; 3:9-24), accepting them as just, and so putting permanently right their previously estranged relationship with himself. This justifying sentence is God’s gift of righteousness (Rom. 5:15-17), his bestowal of a status of acceptance for Jesus’ sake (2…

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