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  • Bible Answers: What does the Bible say about being a ‘real man?’

    “I’ve been told to ‘act like a real man.’ Does the Bible have any instruction on what constitutes a ‘real man?’” — Charles

    So, you want to be a real man? Then stand up, fight for your rights, show who is boss, swagger, cuss, spit, scratch, shoot something, have a smoke and drink a beer. If you’re old, go to one of those clinics that promise to remake you into the virile man of your youth.
    Or not. This might be a stereotypical (if unfair) caricature of manliness in our culture. But it is not consistent with what the Bible portrays.
    First, understand that the Bible does not give a checklist; i.e., “be this” or “do that” and then you will be a real man.
    Second, remember that God created humankind in His image (Gen. 1:26-27). He created them “male and female.” Thus, we affirm that the created intent for a real man is to reflect something of God’s nature and purpose.
    Third, Scripture describes the character of the honorable man in many places (e.g., Ps. 1; 15; Pr. 3-7; Ezek. 18:1-9; I Tim. 1:5f; 2:1-4; 3:1-13; 6:11-14; Titus 2:2, 6-8, 11-3:11; II Pet. 1:3-8). In these texts, we find that the honorable man is one who seeks to be godly.

  • Church listings 1-30-15

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.
    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com.  The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour of classes for all ages. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided.  All are welcome! Come Join the Family!
    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.
    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.
    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.
    Christian Science
    1725 17th St. 662-5057.
    Church of Christ

  • Bible Answers: What qualities should a true Christian have?

    “I want to act like a Christian, but I’ve heard that means keeping lots of rules.  Where can I learn what Christian character looks like?” — Nate

    Believers and non-believers alike often assume that being a Christian primarily consists of following rules and regulations.
    Furthermore, those rules tend to be construed as a collection of prohibitions; i.e., what a good Christian is not allowed to do.   
    Clearly, there are prohibitions in the Bible (eight of the Ten Commandments are essentially negative instructions; Ex. 20:3-17). But we should also note that a fair portion of the New Testament is directed in a negative fashion toward rule-keeping religionists whose primary purpose was to follow the minutiae of the law while insisting that others who would be true to the faith do likewise.
    See Mt. 23, for example, in which Jesus condemned this attitude as hypocritical and the antithesis of what God was looking for in His people.
    Jesus was unapologetically straightforward concerning the character of His disciples. He indicated that those who put their faith in Him would become entirely different beings, transformed (or “re-born”) into persons who act and think in ways that reflect the very Spirit of God within (Jn. 3:1-15).

  • Church listings 1-23-15

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.
    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com.  The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour of classes for all ages. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided.  All are welcome! Come Join the Family!
    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.
    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.
    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.
    Christian Science
    1725 17th St. 662-5057.
    Church of Christ

  • Resolutions are a chance to make things right

    “Does the Bible say anything about making New Year’s resolutions?” — Karen

    No. New Year’s resolutions are a relatively recent cultural accoutrement! The impulse to make resolutions, however, runs deep, reflecting a truly human penchant for wanting to “put things right.”
    The concomitant change in a calendar year somehow seems to connote the opportunity for a fresh start — we are drawn to the possibilities of doing things differently, hopefully better.
    The Bible does talk about new beginnings. Much of the biblical message, in fact, holds that people who follow God actually become new people, set on a journey of transformation and change (e.g., II Cor. 5:17).
    Jesus told a seeker that he needed to be “born again” — that he could only see “the kingdom of God” if he were re-birthed by the Spirit of God (Jn. 3:3ff).
    Paul wrote that we are being transformed (literally “metamorphosing”) by the Spirit of God in us (II Cor. 3:18; Rom. 8:29ff). This metamorphosis is spiritual in nature but has direct implications for ethical behavior and character development. Paul also referred to the ultimate new beginning: one day Christ-followers will exchange mortality for immortality (I Cor. 15:50ff)!

  • Church listings 1-9-15

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.
    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com.  The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour of classes for all ages. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided.  All are welcome! Come Join the Family!
    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.
    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.
    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.
    Christian Science
    1725 17th St. 662-5057.
    Church of Christ

  • Pope prays for peace in the world for new year

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis made his New Year’s wish on Thursday: No more wars.
    Tens of thousands of tourists, pilgrims and Romans crowded into St. Peter’s Square for the pope’s first window appearance of 2015.
    Francis expressed “the wish that there will never be more wars.” He told the crowd that “peace is always possible. We must search for it.”
    He pointed to a sign in the crowd that said “Prayer is at the root of peace,” and said he agreed with that.
    Earlier, celebrating Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, he prayed for blessings for “the entire human family.” Francis also asked that God “grant peace in our day— peace in hearts, peace in families, peace among the nations.”

  • Church welcomes new pastor

    Saint Job Orthodox Parish will welcome its new pastor the Rev. Theophan Mackey this month. Father Theophan and his family will arrive early January to celebrate Nativity with the community on Jan. 6-7.  
    Services for the Feast of Nativity, celebrated according to the Julian Calender, will be: Vesperal Liturgy Tuesday evening beginning at 6 p.m. followed by Holy Supper and on Wednesday morning Divine Liturgy for the Feast of Nativity starting at 6:30 a.m. Services will be at 2270 39th St.
    Father Theophan is a graduate of Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in South Canaan, Pennsylvania, where he earned a Masters of Divinity.  He is also a graduate of New Mexico State University. He most recently served as priest at Saint Michael’s Orthodox Church in Mt. Carmel, Pennsylvania.

  • Church listings 1-2-15

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.
    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com.  The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour of classes for all ages. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided.  All are welcome! Come Join the Family!
    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.
    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.
    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.
    Christian Science
    1725 17th St. 662-5057.
    Church of Christ

  • The best word for Christian faith — ‘love’

    “If you could distill the Christian faith down to one word, what would it be?” — Jake

    There are numerous candidates:
    Grace: One of my favorites, this is the unearned gift of forgiveness which God extends to any person who is willing to trust Him and accept His gift (Eph. 2:8-9).
    Hope: this term does not refer so much to feeling, desire or chance; rather, it is an expression of confident assurance in God who is trustworthy and reliable (Rom. 5:5).
    Faith: “being certain of what we do not see” (Heb. 11:1). Christians believe the invisible, mysterious God who transcends time and space has acted in history. Christian faith is not reliant upon empirical proofs — it is an expression of trusting in things not seen.
    The one word I would lean toward as perhaps most descriptive of Christianity is “love.”
    Scripture declares that God is love (I John 4:8). This is the love that “came down” at Christmas time. God so loved the world that He sent His Son into the world as a means for humans to be rescued from spiritual death (John 3:16).
    God’s love never fails (Ex. 34:6-7; Num. 14: 18; Ps. 33; 136). He demonstrated His love toward us while we were separated from Him (Rom. 5:8).