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Three… Why Not?

Three… Why Not? Sermon by Rev. Dr. Lauren Speeth – July 19, 2015 The following sermon was delivered at the Burlingame United Methodist Church on Sunday July 19th, 2015 by Rev. Dr. Lauren Speeth at the 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. services.   It is archived here for your interest, and we should also have audio available […]

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WebGem: This Present Moment, This New Year!

Our January WebGem was selected because of how much fun Rev. Keck has reminding us about life, authenticity and the story of Martha. It’s a great way to start the New Year! Grateful thanks to Rev. Dr. Jim Keck, and First Plymouth Church in Lincoln, NE for allowing us to share this sermon with you […]

January 1, 2015 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, Edify by

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WebGem: Disagreeing with Martin Luther

This WebGem was selected because of how beautifully Rev. Keck delves into this book for us. He brings in Jung, love, feminism, and awakens us to how this book – and our lives – are filled with synchronicities. Grateful thanks to Rev. Dr. Jim Keck, and First Plymouth Church in Lincoln, NE for allowing us […]

December 1, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, Edify by

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WebGem: Suffering as Poetry?!?

Our November WebGem was selected because of how beautifully Rev. Keck delves into the Book of Job – a book that delves into suffering but that can be a bit hard to interpret: Grateful thanks to Rev. Dr. Jim Keck, and First Plymouth Church in Lincoln, NE for allowing us to share this sermon on Job. […]

November 1, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, Edify, WebGems by

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Beautiful New Resource – Sefaria

For anyone who enjoys delving into Hebrew, there’s a beautiful – truly wonderful – fully interconnected online Jewish Text resource, Sefaria. The visionaries who dreamed up this site are taking Jewish commentary to the logical next step: the virtual world, where they aim to include and interactively link the Aleph Bet, Tanakh, Talmud, Zohar, and much more.  Replete with […]

September 11, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary by

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WebDef: Exegesis, Eisegesis, Hermeneutic

Bib·li·cal Ex·e·ge·sis /eksiˈjēsis/- Noun: Structured method for analysis and interpretation of biblical text.   From the Greek ἐξηγητής.  Ei·se·ge·sis /ˈīsəˈjēsis/ – Noun: To draw in purely subjective interpretations unsupported by the text.  <<Note: avoid doing this>> Her·me·neu·tic /hərməˈn(y)o͞odik/ – Adj: Objective, explanatory, esp. regarding texts. The study of methodical principles of interpretation. By biblical exegesis, we […]

May 10, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Grief

Grief /grēf/ – Noun: The keenly felt sorrow over a loss, separation, or death. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’ famous book, On Death & Dying, identified stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.  However, not everyonegoes through the same stages in the same order. We all suffer, but our experience is uniquely our own. Select Bible Verses […]

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WebDef: Admonish

Ad·mon·ish /ədˈmäniSH/ – Verb: To remind, reprove, or urge to right action, in a mild and good-willed manner, for a person’s well-being. First among the spiritual works of mercy, along with instructing the ignorant, counseling the doubtful, comforting the sorrowful, bearing wrongs patiently, forgiving injury, and praying for the living and the dead, is admonishing […]

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Top Ten Bible Quotes on… Death!

You’ve likely read our “WebDef” on Death…  we define it as permanent cessation of all vital functions; an irreversable ending. From a Christian perspective, the moment of the soul’s departure, as the breath of God no longer animates the body. And now, here are our “top ten” Bible quotes on the subject! Top Ten Bible […]

May 1, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, Top Ten by

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WebDef: Light

Light /līt/ – Noun: A form of energy known as electromagnetic radiation; the quality of illumination that shines in contrast to darkness.  A friend is one on whom you can rely, and a close friend is one in whom you can trust. While the electronic age has accustomed us to using the word friend quite loosly – some folks […]

April 21, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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Webdef: Friend

Friend /frend/ – Noun: One who shares a connection of affection, regard, support or trust. The difference between a friend and a friendly acquaintance is that a friend is someone whose connection is stronger. You can rely on a friend in a way you would not rely on an acquaintance. While the electronic age has […]

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WebDef: Thoughts, Thunks

Thought /thôt/ – Noun: an idea, opinion, or picture formed in the mind about the past, future, or present.  Thunk /thəngk/ – Noun: a pre-thought thought. An idea that is not original. A.N.T. (Automatic Negative Thought) /ant/ – Noun: gloomy, cynical, negative, complaining and depressing thoughts that are self-defeating in nature. Common ANTs include: guilt-trip, fortune-telling, mind-reading, catastrophizing, filtering […]

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WebDef: Gluttony

Glut·ton·y /glətn-ē/ – Noun:  Habitual overindulgence; the inordinate consumption of more than is needed or healthful. Gluttony  is one of the Seven Deadly Sins, and traces its roots back to pride. See also our other topical WebDefs, such as the comprehensive post on sin, as well as the other “deadly” sins, including pride, greed, envy, […]

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WebDef: Isolation

I·so·la·tion /īsəˈlāshən/ – Noun: The experience of being set or placed apart; out of contact; detached or separated so as to be alone. We all experience isolation from time to time. Since the dawn of history, societies have used isolation as a means of removing a perceived problem from their midst. The experience of painful aloneness is […]

April 14, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Education

Ed·u·ca·tion /ejəˈkāshən/- Noun: the act of sharing knowledge, skills, or experience. Mis·ed·u·ca·tion /misˈejəˈkāshən/- Noun: the communication of information that, while believed to be true, is actually misleading.  We participate in education whenever knowledge, skills or experience is passed along from one to another in any formalized manner, whether through a school, an apprenticeship, or a group study or […]

April 13, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Hunger

Hun·ger / həngər/– Noun: discomfort or weakness caused by lack of nourishment. Related Definitions Food / fo͞od/ – Noun: material taken for nourishment. Food in·se·cur·i·ty – /insiˈkyo͝oritē/ -Compound Noun: inconsistent access to adequate food, due to lack of money or other resources. Select Bible Verses on Spiritual Hunger Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst […]

April 7, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Homelessness

Home·less·ness /hōmlisnis/ – Noun: the state of lacking fixed, adequate shelter.  Select Bible Verses on Homelessness And if thy brother be waxen poor, and fallen in decay with thee; then thou shalt relieve him: yea, though he be a stranger, or a sojourner; that he may live with thee.  Take thou no usury of him, or […]

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WebDef: Sustainable

Sus·tain·a·ble /səˈstānəbəl/ – Noun: Practice that can be upheld or defended, and is viable over the long term. Top 10 Bible Verses on Sustainability And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters Seas: and God saw that it was good. And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding […]

April 6, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Religion

Re·li·gion /riˈlijən/ – Noun: Set of beliefs about the nature of the world and one’s relation to it; the way a person relates self to the greater picture. At its best, religion offers insights into the deeper meaning of life itself, shedding light on the reason we are here, helping to provide a sense of purpose and sacred belonging.  At […]

March 3, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Justice

Jus·tice /jəstis/ – Noun: Moral rightness, fairness. The Bible is replete with stories and teachings about justice. There are enough, in fact, that an edition of the Bible exists, pointing them out in orange (see povertyandjusticebible.org). The Old Testament: Widows and Orphans When reading the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible)  you might notice the term “widow and orphan” […]

February 21, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Grace

Grace /grās/ – Noun:  seemingly effortless beauty of form and motion. In Christian contexts, an outpouring of loving-kindness, mercy, favor, and blessing unrelated to effort or merit. Amazing grace is the stuff of many a Christian song.  We may find the concept amazing simply because it bears no relationship with anything we’ve done for ourselves. It’s entirely unmerited.  It’s a gift from […]

February 21, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: ichariba chode

ich·a·ri·ba chode /ē’chärēbəˈchōd/ – Phrase: Okinawan phrase meaning “having met, we are as siblings.” Rarely will you find an entire phrase as a WebDefs entry. However, this phrase from Okinawa is worth our attention.  In contrast to members of Japanese society as a whole, Okinawans are among the longest lived, happiest people on earth.  A documentary […]

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WebDef: Karoshi

Kar·o·shi /käˈrōshē/ – Noun: Death by overwork. Karoshi, 過労死,  is a Japanese term relating to the occupational sudden death due to job-related exhaustion. Generally, the cause of death is reported as heart attack or stroke, but the deaths are commonly thought to arise from the workplace culture of “voluntary” unpaid overtime and a process known as Japanese Production […]

February 19, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs, Workweek by

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WebDef: Omnipresence

Om·ni·pres·ence  /ämnəˈprezns/ – Noun: Existing everywhere, on all planes and at all times. God is always with us, at once transcendent – greater than us – and also immanent – nearer than our very breath. God is everywhere, and at every time: past, present and future. This is what we mean by the omnipresence of God. Select […]

February 18, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Miracle

Mir·a·cle /mirikəl/ – Noun: A spontaneous, wondrous, and unexpected event expressing God’s divine will and transcending human understanding. When any event, big or small, inspires awe and wonder, and turns our attention to God, that event might be considered a miracle, by some definitions. By other definitions, the only true miracles are events that transcend the very laws of […]

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WebDef: Strife

Strife /strīf/ – Noun: Angry, painful disagreement; bitter conflict. Few of us enjoy strife, yet so often our own actions can play a part in disturbing the very harmony we profess to seek. The following biblical passages discuss strife, and provide guidance about how to live a more tranquil, peaceful, harmonious life. Select Bible Passages […]

February 18, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Discord

Dis·cord /diskôrd/ – Noun: a combination that is antagonistic and displeasing, confused or harsh. Although discord is unpleasant, it is sometimes necessary. This is never more true than when it disturbs a false peace or an unjust status quo.  Jesus may have recognized this disruptive influence when He said that He came to bring not peace but […]

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WebDef: Abuse

A·buse  /əˈbyo͞oz/ – Noun: To use improperly, unjustly, or to harmful effect. The Bible is clear in teaching love, kindness and respect, and refraining from harm of self or others. Its pages admonish against abuse in any forms, such as the abuse of authority, the abuse of another person, or the abuse of drugs and alcohol that harm your […]

February 17, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Suffering

Suf·fer·ing /sʌfərɪŋ/- Noun:  the experience of distress; a part of the human condition. So universal is suffering, so much a part of the human condition, that the late Irish poet Seamus Heany entitled one of his poems, simply, “Human Beings Suffer.”1  We all experience distress when our body feels pain or when we suffer loss or  unwelcome change in our lives. But […]

February 16, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Solidarity

Sol·i·dar·i·ty /sälə’dəritē/ – Noun: Purposeful unity. Also, like-minded cooperation to promote a common cause. You are not alone. The Bible makes it clear: God will never abandon nor forsake us. Even so, it is part of the human condition to feel alone and abandoned, from time to time. From the quotes below it becomes clear: God loves you, […]

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WebDef: Temptation

Temp·ta·tion /tem’tāshən/ – Noun: An urge to pull away from what is wise, right, and good. Temptation is seemingly everywhere. Even Jesus, after his baptism and before his public ministry, suffered temptation. His temptations, like our own, spanned three realms: comfort, status, and power. Each time, the devil used crafty language and planted seeds of doubt. Each time, Jesus responded […]

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WebDef: Wrath

Wrath /raθ/ – Noun: extreme and vengeful anger. Wrath is one of the Seven Deadly Sins, and traces its roots back to pride (wounded pride, or pride involved in taking vengeance). See also our other topical WebDefs, such as the comprehensive post on sin, as well as the other “deadly” sins, including pride, greed, envy, […]

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Why We Use KJV (King James Version)

Unless otherwise noted, the King James Version is used when quoting the Bible throughout this website. People feel very strongly about their specific Bible version. We get that.  But we use the KJV, for one simple reason: it’s the only version of the Bible that is free of copyright restrictions, allowing us to quote scripture freely.  Perhaps […]

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WebDef: Armor

Armor /ˈɑr·mər/ – Noun: Strong covering. From a biblical perspective, that which provides spiritual protection. In the difficult and embattled world, how can we protect ourselves? Is it even possible?  According to the bible, we can… with spiritual armor.  The armor has a quality of light, and every piece of spiritual armor provides a distinct sort of protection: truth – […]

January 23, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Prayer

Prayer /preər/– Noun: A state of being where the focus is on the connection with God. Prayer takes many forms, including conversation, contemplation, and action. Healing Prayer /hēliNG·preər/ – Noun: A solemn request to a transcendent Power for relief from some suffering or restoration of wellness. It involves a requestor, one whose behalf the request is made, One(s) being addressed, […]

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WebDef: Joy

Joy  /dʒɔɪ/ –Noun: A deep feeling of exuberance. An inner attitude of rejoicing that is experienced more deeply than happiness and can abide even in the presence of difficult emotions or circumstances.  Joy, or an inner attitude of rejoicing, is experienced more deeply than happiness. Unlike happiness, Joy is not an emotion tied to our current, personal state of […]

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WebDef: Parables

Parable /pær·ə·bəl/ – Noun: A relatable story that contains a deeper meaning. Jesus did much of his teaching using parables, explaining to his disciples that those who sought God would get the deeper meaning, while the truth would be hidden from unbelievers (Matthew 13:10-17).   By stating that the truth is hidden more deeply, the Gospels […]

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WebDef: Sin

Sin /sɪn/– Verb: Moral failing, missing the mark, or falling short. Turning away from what is good and right in a way that distances us from the joyful experience of the presence of God. While some would define the noun, we chose to define the verb. We did this in order to highlight the volitional nature of sin: sin involves […]

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WebDef: Hope

Hope /hōp/ — Noun: A deep and abiding positive orientation; a firm and flexible trust, resting squarely on faith (the substance of things hoped for). The ability to hold on to hope – to have resiliency of hope in light of changing circumstance – is a mark of spiritual maturity and strength. For this reason, we say […]

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WebDef: Life

Life /lɑɪf/ – Noun: Existence, being, animation, the ability to grow and change. Eternal life: a transcendent reality that can be experienced now has an indestructible nature stretching beyond death and the grave. Life’s Source: the breath of God. Select Bible Verses on Life In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway […]

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WebDef: Kosher

Ko·sher /koʊ·ʃər/ – Adjective: Anything genuine, acceptable, and legitimate. The word originally meant food that conforms to kashrut (Jewish dietary law), first set out in the Torah, in the books of Leviticus and Deuteronomy, as well as in the Talmud. Jewish dietary law is about more than simply health and cleanliness. The practice of discernment, of […]

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WebDef: Repent

Re·pent /rɪˈpent/ — Verb: To sincerely turn back; to turn away from wrongdoing, and towards God. The call to repentance is found throughout the Bible. In this context, a sincere repentance is marked by a recognition that our self-centeredness is actually hurting not just others but ourselves as well. Sometimes, even when we have a sincere desire to […]

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WebDef: Faith

Faith /feɪθ/ — Noun: A deep and abiding knowing, even as the mind or senses may not fully comprehend. The trust and confidence that faith inspires can enable us to act with boldness and compassion. Faith quells fear, bringing serenity in its place. Faith knows deeply even as our mind does not quite understand. It holds fast to the promise […]

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WebDef: Christian

Chris·tian /krisCHən/ – Noun: One who self-identifies as a follower of Jesus Christ, specifically, and sees Jesus as more than just one of many ascendant masters or prophets whose teachings are of general positive value. Rather than merely appreciating Jesus, a Christian works to “enter a narrow gate” by turning from old ways (Matt 7:13-14) […]

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WebDef: Adversity

Ad·ver·si·ty /ædˈvɜr·sɪ·t̬i/ — Noun: Event or situation experienced as difficult, unpleasant or fraught, such as sickness or loss. Adversity is a part of everyone’s life, because it is a part of the human condition. Even if we live in relative comfort, we all eventually grow old, and we all die. Although it is possible to bring some adverse experiences on ourselves […]

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WebDef: Discern

Dis·cern /dɪˈsɜrn/ — Verb: To perceive a critical difference; to distinguish. “The way is broad, and the gate is wide, that leads to destruction,” Jesus teaches. It takes discernment to stay on course and keep to the narrow path.  Consider the experiences that come our way – whether they are interior thoughts or things that take place […]

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WebDef: Nonharming

Non·har·ming /nɒnˈhɑːmɪŋ/ – Adj: Quality of sensitivity to harm prevention; commitment to promoting wholeness and healing through word, thought, and deed. As used at NHM Ministrants, nonharming goes beyond not causing damage or inflicting injury. It is an active stance, describing those people and ministries who are especially sensitive to harm prevention, seeking instead to bring wholeness and healing. […]

January 8, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Charity

Charity  /ˈtʃær·ɪ·t̬i/ – Noun: The voluntary provision of help or relief. By charity, we often mean acting selflessly for the betterment of others.  However, the word can also be used in to mean an institution or organization that exists to provide such help. It can also refer to an outlook, regarding the relationship between self and others. Moses Maimonedes, a Jewish […]

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WebDef: Mercy

Mer·cy /mərsē/ – Noun: Kind, benevolent treatment,  especially when it is within one’s power or rights to act harshly; forbearance. It is within each of our power to show mercy, daily, in our own circles of influence. When we show mercy towards others, we help heal a hurting world.  In the Christian tradition, theologians have identified both spiritual […]

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WebDef: Peace, Shalom, & Nonviolence

Peace /piːs/ – Noun: Quiet goodness and tranquility; calm, harmonious balance, free from danger and from iniquity. Non·vi·o·lence / nänˈvīələns/ – Noun: The favoring of peaceful means of advancing one’s objectives. Peace·mak·er /pēsˌmākər/- Noun: A person who works towards reconciliation, restoration, and harmony. Sec·ur·i·ty  /siˈkyo͝oritē/ – Noun: State of being free from danger. Sha·lom /Shäˈlōm/ שלומ – Noun: A […]

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WebDef: Beatitudes – Jesus’ Eight Happinesses

Beatitude /bēˈati’to͞od/- Noun: State of supreme happiness or blessedness. In addition to teaching through is own example of loving, nonviolent service, Jesus’ main teaching came in the form of questions, parables and a few large public sermons.  The Gospel of Matthew sums up Jesus’ official teaching in The Sermon on the Mount. Inside this sermon are the […]

August 26, 2013 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, Edify, WebDefs by

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Quotes from Offbeat Gospels

NHM Ministrants has embarked on a project to offer a set of Bible quotes and discussions for various key topics. And, on this page, you will find quotes from international Bibles and non-canonical writings. Quotes from International Bibles Because our Bible arrives to us in translation (it was not originally in English) it can sometimes be enlightening, or […]

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WebDef: Death

Death /deθ/ – Noun: A permanent cessation of all vital functions; an irreversable ending. From a Christian perspective, the moment of the soul’s departure, as the breath of God no longer animates the body. Death is the separation of the soul from the body, accompanied with the permanent cessation of  that body’s life-giving (vital) functions. […]

July 29, 2013 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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Bible Quotes & Stories – Non-Judging

Following is a discussion on biblical references to Non-Judging. Unless otherwise noted, the King James Version is used when quoting the Bible. Jesus was very clear: don’t judge others. This was so important to Jesus that he included it in The Lord’s Prayer: “…forgive us… as we forgive…”  The apostles all echo Jesus’ admonition. And the […]

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WebDef: Perseverance

Per·se·ver·ance /pər-sə-ˈvir-əns/– Noun: Steadfastness of purpose despite obstacles, delays, setbacks or discouragement.   Perseverence, or staying power, is one of seven key pillars in our Methodology for Compassionate Work. Sometimes, our vision takes time to come to fruition. And when it does, it’s easy to grow disheartened. This is nothing new; it’s part of the human condition. The […]

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WebDef: Feedback

Feed·back /fēdˈbak/ – Noun: Information gathered to assess efforts as to whether they are producing a desired effect. Feedback is one of seven key pillars in our Methodology for Compassionate Work.  Imagine you are on a ship in the middle of a cold and stormy sea, trying to head for land. It’s cold, and overcast, […]

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WebDef: Partnership

Part·ner·ship  /pärtnər’SHip/ – Noun:  Collaboration with others towards a common purpose or outcome. Partnership s a key pillar of the Seven Pillar Methodology for social entrepreneurship.  The following scriptural references focus on maintaining a partnership with God first, and being a good partner with others, also. PARTNERING WITH GOD Does it go without saying that we are […]

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WebDef: Credit-Sharing

Cre·dit-Shar·ing  / kredit-sheər’ing /– Gerund: The act of generously praising partner efforts, or raising awareness regarding favorable project outcomes.    Credit Sharing is a key pillar of the Seven Pillar Methodology for social entrepreneurship. Credit Sharing is an act of graciously giving recognition, rather than withholding it for oneself, and it makes good common sense. Employees, partners, and congregations appreciate being noticed and given […]

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WebDef: Non-duplication

Non-du·pli·ca·tion  /nänˈdo͞opləˈkāshən/ – Noun: Intentionally avoiding redundant effort.  Non-duplication is a key pillar of the Seven Pillar Methodology for social entrepreneurship.  The focus is on not adding redundant effort, but rather addressing a chasm where you are truly needed. However, non-duplication doesn’t mean you have to reinvent the wheel. If there is no minister in a particular prison, then going […]

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WebDef: Expertise

Ex·per·tise /ekspərˈtēs/ – Noun: Proficiency, skill, ability, or knowledge in a particular area. Competence or proficiency in a field of operation. Your expertise, skills, giftedness and proficiencies add up to Special Skills, a key pillar of the Seven Pillar Methodology for social entrepreneurship.   Below are scriptural references relating to this pillar. They illustrate the importance of using what we have […]

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WebDef: Vision

Vi·sionˈ/viZHən/ – Noun: Faculty of perception; forming a picture in the mind about the past or potential nature of things. Vision,  the ability to see something clearly, is one of seven key pillars in our Methodology for Compassionate Work. It can refer to a deep understanding of the flaws of a current situation, a recognition of a […]

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Delving Into The Lord’s Prayer

For many years, we’ve endeavored to bring The Lord’s Prayer to the web in as many languages as possible, as well as in song. On this page, we offer a helpful line-by-line analysis of the prayer itself. Jesus Teaches: How to Pray We read in The Gospel of Matthew (6:9-13) that when the people asked, […]

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WebDef: Envy

En·vy/envē/ – Noun: discontentment or resentment arising from the desire for an object or attribute belonging to someone else. Envy is one of the Seven Deadly Sins, and traces its roots back to pride. See also our other topical WebDefs, such as the comprehensive post on sin, as well as the other “deadly” sins, including […]

April 20, 2013 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Lust

Lust /ləst/  – Noun: Intense, often illicit, desire or craving, sometimes experienced as overmastering or overpowering. Lust is one of the Seven Deadly Sins, and traces its roots back to pride. See also our other topical WebDefs, such as the comprehensive post on sin, as well as the other “deadly” sins, including pride, greed, envy, gluttony, […]

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WebDef: Sloth

Sloth/släth/  – Noun: Self-love resulting in reluctance to work or make an effort; laziness. Sloth is one of the Seven Deadly Sins, and traces its roots back to pride. See also our other topical WebDefs, such as the comprehensive post on sin, as well as the other “deadly” sins, including pride, greed, envy, wrath, gluttony, etc. […]

April 20, 2013 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Greed

Greed /grēd/ – Noun: Intense desire to possess that which is rightfully another’s, or more than is deserved or needful. Greed is one of the Seven Deadly Sins, and traces its roots back to pride. See also our other topical WebDefs, such as the comprehensive post on sin, as well as the other “deadly” sins, […]

April 20, 2013 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Love, The Greatest Commandment

Love /lŭv/– Noun: Tender feelings directed outwards.  Historically, the Greeks divided love into: philia (friendship), kinship (storge), passion (eros) and selfless (agape) forms.   Following is a discussion on biblical references to Love.  Many of us have heard it said that Bible stands for ‘basic instructions before leaving earth.’  If so, the greatest instruction – […]

November 19, 2012 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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Bible Quotes & Stories: Success

With God, You Can Succeed in Spite of Obstacles An important area of hope-building is to help people internalize the reality that we do have possibilities. This is especially important—and difficult—when the self-perception and life history may have a person despairing of moving forward in a positive way. Sometimes, there is a feeling of passivity, […]

November 19, 2012 in Bible Quotes & Commentary by

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WebDef: Worth

Worth – /wərθ/ – Noun: Intrinsic importance; a quality of having value.   You have value. As infants, we each are born with an inherent sense of worth, the knowledge that we have value in the eyes of God.  Unfortunately, life experience sometimes beats healthy self-worth that out of us, replacing it with low self-esteem. Consider what […]

November 19, 2012 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Harmony

Har·mo·ny /härmənē/ – Noun: A combination that is pleasing to experience, and works together.  The following biblical passages provide guidance about how to live a more tranquil, peaceful, harmonious life. Select Bible Passages on Harmony   (Jesus said) And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. – Matthew 5:41 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the […]

February 15, 2012 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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Part of a Legend

Consider the last time you were completely surprised, opening a Bible. Have you heard the legend of the Gideon Bible? In this article we explore the legend and our possible place in that legend. The bottom line: it always pays to check your hotel Bible, if there’s one available.

January 21, 2012 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, Featured Articles by

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Biblical Interpretation and Spousal Abuse

It should be self-evident that physical, mental or emotional abuse in any marriage would be unacceptable to God.  The psalmist makes it clear: The Lord has heard the cries of the humble,  “To judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may no more oppress. (Psalm 10:18) St. Paul (Galatians 5:19-23) wrote of many […]

December 21, 2009 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, Justice Work, Stormy Issues by

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Bible Study Resource: AIDS

Time to Talk in Church about HIV and AIDS   –  Bakken Books, Acme WA [more] Now is the Time to Talk! This discussion is for those grieving the loss of loved ones, those watching as this pandemic unfolds, and those whose lives have not yet been touched by HIV and AIDS. This book was “designed to […]

December 21, 2009 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, Health and Healing, Justice Work by

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Jesus Asks Us: Do You See this Woman?

And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to meat.  And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, And stood at […]

December 21, 2009 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, Justice Work by

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