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  • Why read the Bible often?

    “You talk about the Bible all the time. What are some good reasons why I should actually read it?”

    The a priori supposition of this column is that the Bible has something to say that is of value to your life. Though we cannot, in the brief space allowed here, do justice to the arguments for the veracity and validity of Scripture, we may certainly identify a few of the important reasons why you should read it!
    First, you will gain a clearer understanding about a book that has played a significant role in the history of western civilization. You cannot read very far in most classic literature or research the development of our culture without finding references to Scripture or the truths it proclaims.
    The book explores the big questions: “Who am I? What is my purpose? Where am I going?” There are other books that purport to reveal your life’s purpose. This one, however, has been around the longest and proven its staying power and reliability.
    Fundamentally, the Bible introduces you to God. It attributes a name, personal character and volition to the spirit you’ve always suspected was there somewhere. Along the way, you will begin to discover your story in God’s big story.

  • Church listings 2-27-15

    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

  • Church listings 2-20-15

    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

  • Challenges of interpreting the Bible

    “The Bible is a tough book to read and understand. What do you think is the biggest challenge to interpreting it?” — Andrew

    A Book written over the course of some 1,400 years by dozens of authors; an ancient Book set in specific times and cultures and written in ancient languages — yes, it can be a challenge. Indeed, countless students of the Scripture have devoted much of their lives for millennia seeking to grasp fully its message.
    There are basic principles for interpretation that are accepted by most biblical scholars. These include beginning with prayer and listening for the Spirit of God (Jn. 14:26; 16:13); learning something about the passage (the author and readers, the meaning of the words to the author, the type of literature and the historical and cultural context); and, using the whole Bible when seeking to understand what it teaches.
    You and I simply cannot pick and choose selected texts. We have to explore the full range of teachings the Bible may have on a given text or topic.  
    This thought leads to what, in my opinion, is perhaps the greatest challenge for Bible readers; i.e., allowing the text to say what it says rather than demanding that it say what one wishes it to say.

  • Church listings 2-13-15

    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

  • Celebrate Shrove Tuesday at TOTH

    The House of Hope and Trinity Builders team members invite the community to a Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras) Pancake Supper from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
    Dinner is in Kelly Hall of Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Dr. Suggested donations for the dinner are $8 for adults, $4 for children 10 and under and $20 for a family. Tickets will be available after each TOTH Sunday service, the church office, or at the door the night of the dinner.
    The proceeds from this dinner will support the purchase of materials for the 2015 building missions in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Over the past 10 years, these two teams have built 14 homes in the poorest areas of the city for impoverished families.
    The dinner will feature ham, pancakes, flavored syrups, fruit, orange juice and eggs upon request. There will be beads, masks and Dixieland music, as well as face painting and other activities for the kids.
    The word “shrove” is derived from the word “shrive,” meaning confessing and being forgiven of sins. Shrove Tuesday is traditionally a day for the consumption of meats, eggs and fats not only to prepare for the discipline and self-deprivation Lent traditionally brings, but to consume those foods that would otherwise spoil the next 40 days.

  • Church listings 2-6-15

    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: Explaining differences in types of baptisms

    “What is the difference between infant baptism and believer’s baptism?” — Ray

    Infant baptism has its roots in the Middle Ages when the church was faced with a combination of the doctrine of original sin, a high infant mortality rate, and hard questions from parents who feared for the mortal soul of their children.
    The Bible gives no express instruction to baptize infants.
    However, some Christian traditions have gone to great lengths to draw from the juxtaposing of old covenantal texts with New Testament passages a justification for the practice (e.g., Noah and I Pet. 3:20-21; Abraham and Col. 2:11-12; Moses and I Cor. 10:1-2). Jesus’ blessing of the children (Mt. 19:13-15) is also construed as an argument that the children of believing parents are included in the covenant and thus should be baptized.
    In some Christian traditions, infant baptism carries sacramental import and as such confers a saving grace.
    Believer’s baptism is for one who is old enough to accept forgiveness of sin for himself, to express faith consciously, and to demonstrate some understanding of the meaning of baptism before he is baptized.

  • 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 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.