Solving the Problem of Bigotry

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Bible Verses

Eph 2:14 For He Himself is our peace, He who has made both  [Jews and Gentiles]  one and has broken down the middle wall of partition, the enmity, (15) Abolishing in His flesh the law of the commandments in ordinances, that He might create the two in Himself into one new man, so making peace, Col 3:10 And have put on the new man, which is being renewed unto full knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, (11) Where there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free man, but Christ is all and in all. 

Consider this:

...In the new man there is no possibility for Greek and Jew, Barbarian and Scythian, bondman and freeman to exist, because the former manner of life found among these peoples has been put away.

When Paul wrote the Epistle to the Colossians, there were Jews in virtually every city in the Mediterranean area. When the Jews and the Greeks in a particular city were saved, they came together as the church in that locality. In many localities there must have been not only Jews and Greeks but also Barbarians (northern Europeans) and Scythians, who, as some Bible teachers believe, were the most uncultured and barbarous of people. Therefore, in some cities it was possible for the church to include cultured Greeks, religious Jews, Barbarians, and uncultured Scythians. Furthermore, there were also bondmen, those who had been sold into slavery, and masters, those who owned slaves.

What would happen if all these different peoples came together for the Lord's table  [a church meeting]  ? In order for them to have the church life, they had to put off the old man embodied in their former manner of life. The Greeks had to put off their philosophy; the Jews, their religious observances and dietary regulations; the Scythians, their barbarous living; the masters, their attitude toward slaves; and the slaves, the manner of life peculiar to them. In the church life there is no room for such distinctions. There cannot be Jews and Gentiles, Barbarians and Scythians, bondmen and freemen. In the church life there is room only for Christ.

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What is a Chaplain?

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People ask me frequently, "What is a Chaplain?" A Chaplain is a non-denominational minister, and can be male or female. Chaplaincy is called a "Ministry of Presence" Just being present to care, comfort, and assist people in what ever their crisis or need--without even knowing their religious beliefs. We have training and certifications to help us in our work, so we can better serve others. Hospice and death calls require Chaplains to have a strong faith in God as we minister to others.    Jail and Prison chaplains deal with so many issues from inmates, and yet continue to be a strong connection for them, Hospital Chaplains see it all, pain, sickness, loss of hope, and death, and can be a great comfort to patients and family members. 

  Law Enforcement and Fire Dept Chaplains deal with Officer's needs as well as what they encounter on the streets. I had a retired Fireman tell me he still has to deal with things he had to see and do in his job. Chaplains can give council and even prayer to them. "A Listening Ear" means the world to someone in crisis. 

  We can all be something good to someone. Isn't that what Christ has called us to do? I always encourage people to pray about this type of ministry and calling for their lives. Many cannot or will not, but some will, and that makes all the difference. 

The Difference Between Promises and Covenants

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Bible Verses

Eph 2:12 That you were at that time apart from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of the promise, having no hope and without God in the world. Matt 26:28 For this is My blood of the covenant, which is being poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins .

Consider this:

According to verse 12, we were also “strangers from the covenants of the promise.” God's covenants are His promises. His promise is His word that He will freely do certain things for His chosen people. Such a word of promise is not a demand, a requirement, or a rebuke. The basic thought regarding God's promise is that it is His word. Apart from the word, there is no promise.

Eventually, God's promise became the binding covenant because it had been legalized by the necessary procedures. Both in the Old Testament and the New Testament God's words of promise have been legalized to become a binding covenant  [testament]  . You may wonder what procedure was necessary to legalize God's promise into a covenant. The best illustration concerns the death of the Lord Jesus for the forgiveness of our sins. The Lord promised that He would shed His blood on the cross so that we might receive the forgiveness of sins. The promise of forgiveness was legalized by the shedding of His blood. Through this procedure, His promise became a covenant.

No promise binds a person as much as a covenant does. Men can make promises without being bound very much by them. But once we pay the price for that promise to become a covenant, we are bound by the covenant we have made. The price is the procedure necessary to make the promise a covenant.

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