Showing posts from May, 2018

The Church Universal and Local: A Look at Ephesians 4:1-16

"I, therefore, the prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live worthily of the calling with which you have been called,  with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you too were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Therefore it says, “When he ascended on high he captured captives; he gave gifts to men.” Now what is the meaning of “he ascended,” except that he also descended to the lower regions, namely, the earth? He, the very one who descended, is also the one who ascended above all the heavens, in order to fill all things. It was he who gave some as apostles, some as prophets, some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, to equi…

Blessed Are the Meek

Matthew 5:5 says:

"Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth."
What does the word meek mean anyway? Some people have defined it as "strength under pressure," and others have defined it as "weakness." So what is meekness? and why did the translators use this English word when translating the original Greek? First we should look at the Greek rendering of the word. Strong's Concordance defines it the following way:

πραΰς- praÿs - mildness of disposition, gentleness of spirit, meekness

Now, let's look into the English rendering of the word meek.
Webster defines it the following way:
Meek - Mild of temper; soft; gentle; not easily provoked or irritated; yielding; given to forbearance under injuries. I suppose in some ways you might say that someone who is meek has strength in the sense that they are able to exercise self control under pressure. That being said, not every Christian is consistent in this area. I would submit that those more matu…

Swampy Work Environment

On May 4th I had the opportunity to work in a swampy area not far from the Arkansas and Louisiana border. Aside from the bugs, snakes, and an occasional gator, it truly is a beautiful sight. South Arkansas and North Louisiana have a beauty that is similar to other regions, but it also is unique in many ways. I see it as a cross between the terrain further north in the Ouachita National Forest and the Atchafalaya swamp in Southern Louisiana. Here are some photos of the area I was working in near the Ouachita River earlier this month.