Words to inspire and to give wisdom

On the net we can find lots of words. They may have been written to inform us or to tell us stories. Lots of things are said on the internet. It is a world full of fantasies and full of things to bring people away from the truth.

Though in the wood of writings we are able to find also very interesting writings. Those we should use and not let them lay untouched. On this site we also want to offer words people could use to continue their life, perhaps in an other way. We do want to give inspiration and we would love to get people to think and reason.

The Aleppo Codex is a medieval manuscript of t...

The Aleppo Codex is a medieval manuscript of the Hebrew Bible (Tanakh), associated with Rabbi Aaron Ben Asher. The Masoretic scholars wrote it in the early 10th century, probably in Tiberias, Israel. It is in book form and contains the vowel points and grammar points (nikkudot) that specify the pronunciation of the ancient Hebrew letters to preserve the chanting tradition. It is perhaps the most historically important Hebrew manuscript in existence. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Those who believe in God and follow the Bible do know the importance of taking words at heart. They know that they should consider all things said. We have been instructed to search everything this world offers. For that reason we also do want to present on this site different ideas, even those which are not according to what we ourselves think. But we want to give “food for thought”.

A very wise man from the past said “Get insight” and talked a lot about how wisdom can also be something we can earn by doing our best to think and to listen to words and by using our words in the right way. “Laying hold” on words which can enrich us and give us wisdom. And that wisdom is a principal thing. Therefore we should try to acquire wisdom. Only by trying to use our brains to search everything we shall be able to get true knowledge, and with all our acquiring, get understanding. (Proverbs 4:7) Today lots of people are more interested to gain material wealth, but the spiritual wealth is so much more important.

“How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! Yea, to get understanding is rather to be chosen than silver.” (Proverbs 16:16 ASV)

Not only do we have the words which comes from people on this earth. We also do have words which comes from a Spirit, above this earth. That Spirit of Jehovah spoke by several people in the past, and His Word was upon many their tongue. (2 Samuel 23:2)

When we grow older we all can speak from our experience. Our parents and educators taught us many things and tried to give us wisdom. It was not by only presenting the pleasant ways and by spoiling us that they let us grow up and learn the necessary things. They made us bear the yoke in our youth, and now we should live to thank them for it.

There is a great temptation to spoil our only child or those we kindly love, a temptation which few are able to resist. Parents can deny themselves everything for their idol, except the pleasure of making the child a despot; they can endure any pain for their despot, except the pain of resisting him and instructing him. And accordingly they have sometimes to experience the shame and anguish of their children’s curses.

Good parents and educators are not those who spoil their children, but who are standing ready to help the children to grow up and to get more wisdom. It are those who want to share their wisdom with others and who want to tell them the tricky things and warn them for the dangers. It are not those who overprotect their children, but those who learn them where dangers looks around the corner. It are those who owes much to their parents and their previous educators, and give them honour. It are those who are eager to acknowledge what they owe.

God has no kinder gift to give us than a hallowed home, the memory of lessons from the lips of father and mother, the early impressions of virtue and wisdom, the sacred streams which rise from that fountainhead, and that alone, and run freshening and singing and broadening all through our lives. (Expositor Bible)

We learn to love, not because we are taught to love, but by some contagious influence of example or by some indescribable attraction of beauty. To come to the greater love we should get to know the Most Precious Giver of Love. He has given the most important Words which can give us the most important “Wisdom”. Those words written down in many books, a set apart or holy Library or Biblia of books we all can find in the bookshop and should get in on our bookshelf at home.

Words have a power all their own

Words have a power all their own (Photo credit: Lynne Hand)

We should give ourselves to those Words of Wisdom, presented in the Bible or Holy Scriptures. We should offer ourselves to be willing to allow the Words of the Bible mould ourselves by heavenly wisdom, so that we shall be able to walk securely. Those Words shall enable us to look at matters of this world with the right eyes. They will give a certain trend to all our thoughts. A certain instinctive desire for righteousness will be engrafted in our nature; and an instinctive aversion will lead us to decline the way of the wicked. (Proverbs 4:14 )

Those Words shall help us to give ourselves, our children, and to those around us, an atmosphere to grow up in; to cultivate their affections, and set their hearts on the things eternal; to make them associate the ideas of wealth and honour, of beauty and glory, not with material possessions, but with the treasures and rewards of Wisdom.

Those who have become grown ups, should know that they still should feel and have the spirit of the child in them, eager to learn. We should keep the attitude of children in us.

First of all we should listen to God His Words. As we read God’s word we must have a child-like attitude to “hear” and then “accept” (the) words we read and then “we will have treasure in heaven” Jesus told a ruler, adding, “and come,follow me.” [v.18,22] The very last chapter in the Bible, the final message of Jesus, tells us that, when Jesus returns, this treasure will be revealed, for I will be “bringing my reward (or recompense)with me to repay everyone for what he has done” (Revelation 22:12) {Bible Reading Thoughts for March 26th, Hear … Accept my words}

We“hear” by reading what God has caused to be written preserved and translated – the challenge to all of us is to read and then “accept into our hearts what we read, so that they become a real influence on the principles by which we guide our lives..

Solomon writes (Proverbs ch. 4)  “Let your heart hold fast my words” – this is the vital next stage after we accept them.   The first verse tells us that these are “a father’s instruction”  on what the acceptance of his words should lead to – “Keep my commandments and live” [v.4] “and whatever you get, get insight” [v.7]    We must develop inward vision  so that we can reflect on what we have accepted, comparing scripture with scripture so that our understanding becomes increasingly greater.

After saying, “Get insight” Solomon adds, “Prize her highly, and she will exalt you; she will honour you, if you embrace her.  She will place on your head a graceful garland; she will bestow on you a beautiful crown” [v.8,9] ” {Bible Reading Thoughts for March 26th, Hear … Accept my words}

We should know how important it is to keep learning, to keep advancing in thought. As a tree tries to get all the ‘juice of live giving water’ we should know where or Whom is the right Source.

Wisdom is a tree of life to those who lay hold upon her.  ”Lay hold” lit means to be strong, to hold fast, and when we consider the tree of life looking forward to eternal life, our minds are taken to Paul’s words, which show this being strong is not passive but active: {Bible Reading Thoughts for March 26th, Hear … Accept my words}

“Fight the good fight of the faith, lay hold on the life eternal, whereunto thou wast called, and didst confess the good confession in the sight of many witnesses.” (1 Timothy 6:12 ASV)

We all have to run hard and fast in this world but even better in the faith. We better seize the eternal life, the life we were called to, the life we so fervently embraced in the presence of so many witnesses.  All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. We should be running after one that’s gold eternally. (1 Corinthians 9:25) taking the Words of the Supreme Being at heart we should become fearless in our struggle, holding faith and a good conscience. We should lay hold on that for which also we were laid hold on by Christ Jesus, laying up in store for ourselves a good foundation against the time to come, that we may lay hold on the life which is “life” indeed. (Philippians 3:12; 1 Timothy 6:19)

We all should better listen to Solomon and other wise men who wrote in the Book of books. Solomon goes on to write advice to his  son,

“Hear, my son, accept my words, that the years of your life may be many. I have taught you the way of wisdom; I have led you in the paths of uprightness. When you walk, your step will not be hampered, and if you run, you will not stumble. Keep hold of instruction; do not let go; guard her; for she is your life” (Proverbs 4:10-13).

But Solomon’s son Rehoboam, did not listen so as to remember his father’s words, they did not stay in his heart and we read of the tragedy of his lack of wisdom when he succeeded his father in 2 Chronicles 10:8-13 in rejecting wise counsel. This is reflected in Proverbs 1:25,26

“because you have ignored all my counsel and would have none of my reproof, I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when terror strikes you …”.

We see these words as also having a final application in our days as the whole world ignores God’s counsel, despite his word being available in every language! {Today’s thought “My father … he taught me” (March 26)}

Solomon writes in chapter 15,

“3  The eyes of Jehovah are in every place, Keeping watch upon the evil and the good. 4  A gentle tongue is a tree of life; But perverseness therein is a breaking of the spirit. 5  A fool despiseth his father’s correction; But he that regardeth reproof getteth prudence.” (Proverbs 15:3-5 ASV)

Let us heed God’s word!

Page of a rare black-letter Bible, 1497, print...

Words of the Most High. – Page of a rare black-letter Bible, 1497, printed in Strasbourg by Johann Grüninger. The coloured chapter initials were handwritten after printing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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  1. Words in the world
  2. The Tongue an Outlet
  3. Loving the Word
  4. Answering a fool according to his folly
  5. Honour your own words as if they were an important contract
  6. Think before you speak
  7. A tongue to speak slowly and well-considered
  8. For attractive lips, speak words of kindness
  9. Growth in character
  10. Aim High: Examples of Godly Characters to follow
  11. How should we preach?
  12. The radiance of God’s glory and the counsellor
  13. A Living Faith #2 State of your faith
  14. Feed Your Faith Daily
  15. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #5 To meditate and Transform
  16. Bible a guide – Bijbel als gids
  17. Happy who’s delight is only in the law of Jehovah
  18. A Bible Falling Apart Belongs to Someone who isn’t
  19. Truth never plays false roles of any kind, which is why people are so surprised when meeting it
  20. Wisdom lies deep
  21. Those who make peace should plant peace like a seed
  22. Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience
  23. Prophets making excuses
Title page to the ASV

Title page to the ASV (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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  • Devotional on Proverbs 8 (Wisdom) (365devotionals.wordpress.com)
    Wisdom is talked about many times in the bible but today we don’t really honour or celebrate wisdom so much. Rather the people who have the most power, most money, who are the most beautiful and talented are celebrated and honoured.Rather than seeking wisdom many seek riches and i also seek and desire riches more than wisdom sometimes. It is constantly in my face, through advertisement and just living in the world in general. But wisdom has this to say “I love all who love me. Those who search for me will surely find me.”
  • Several quotes about wisdom. (closetoeighty.wordpress.com)
    The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.  ~Isaac Asimov
  • Secrets of Wisdom (peterdavid28.wordpress.com)
    Secrets of wisdom have been collected and preserved for you. Solomon, the rich and wise king of Israel, son of beloved David, will teach you to be great in the sight of God and men (Pr 3:1-4; 10:1; 25:1).You stand before an open door of knowledge, prudence, honor, riches, and life, among many other blessings. These are not the mere words of a pagan thinker, whose sayings have long ago been proven false. These are the inspired words of God as learned, proven, and written down by the world’s greatest analyst and philosopher (Eccl 1:12-18; 2:1-12).
  • March 27: Wisdom= Generosity (pastorpekari.wordpress.com)
    Want to know how you’ll use a billion (with a b) dollars?  Just take a look at how you use $100, and you’ll know.
  • Wisdom: Cue Sound Effects! (pastorpekari.wordpress.com)
    We usually think of wisdom connected to the mind, but a reading of wisdom literature in the Bible shows that wisdom might not be as much about getting the right answer as it is about living the right way at the right time.
  • Wisdom by A Schoonbee (christianmotivations.weebly.com)
    The bible says that those who walk in wisdom will be successful and live long lives. they will be happy and be blessed. See Proverbs 3:1-18
  • Wisdom From Above (theresaboudreau.wordpress.com)
    Life is a journey that can be difficult at times, as you try to navigate your next steps. In some cases, there are no black & white solutions to your problems or straightforward answers to your questions. You may travel hard roads and encounter gray and foggy days on your venture. What you need is wisdom from above to make the choices and decisions that will ultimately move you forward in the right direction. Wisdom from above is wisdom that can only come from God in Heaven.
  • Thursday Thoughts: Pattern of a Wise Woman (keeponswimmingblog.wordpress.com)
    The Proverbs 31 woman is one example of a woman who feared the Lord and applied that wisdom in everyday life. Just as with many examples, we can learn from them without feeling the pressure to conform to every practical application of the wisdom principles behind each application. Clearly some applications, like her speech being characterized by kindness, is echoed in the New Testament as descriptors of a believer in Jesus Christ.
  • The Value of Wisdom (2-23-2014) (worshipwithheart.wordpress.com)
    Solomon asks for wisdom.  Even God acknowledged to Solomon how rare it was for such a request.  Would I have made such a request?  Or would have I asked for the other things God named that most people would ask for?  (Possessions, wealth, honor, a long life.)
  • A Fool (inspirationalchristiansfortoday.com)
    A fool is a person lacking wisdom and common sense. They act imprudently and are easily tricked or deceived. If you wish to avoid the label of simpleton, dunce, blockhead, or imbecile I encourage you to seek out and find someone wise and sit at his or her feet for a while. Soak in their knowledge and try to apply it to your life.

    King Solomon had many faults but he did appreciate the value of wisdom and understanding. He had the common sense to ask God for wisdom in order to lead the children of Israel. God blessed this son of King David with a wisdom so great it was known around the world. A fool leading a nation is dangerous and both King Solomon and God wanted a wise and competent ruler.

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Een verzameling van verscheidene schrijvers

Beste lezer,

In de toekomst zal u meermaals een publicatie kunnen vinden komende van gastsprekers of gastschrijvers onder de naam From guestwriters.

Hopelijk zal u als lezer de pogingen van de heer Marcus Ampe om meerdere gedachten samen te bundelen en een verdere kijk te geven betreft uiteenlopende meningen omtrent levenswijze, politieke en religieuze aangelegenheden.

Wij waarderen het ten zeerste dat Marcus Ampe een opening wil laten om mensen aan het denken te zetten, door ze te confronteren met verschillende soms ver uiteenlopende gedachten. Wij beseffen dat het door sommigen in de Christadelphian gemeenschap niet in dank wordt aangenomen. Meerderen vinden het ondenkbaar of onaanvaardbaar dat op een Christadelphian site ook niet Christadelphians aan het woord mogen komen. Nochtans gelooft de heer Ampe samen met ons dat reflectie hard nodig is en dat een uitwisseling van gedachten voor eenieder verrijkend kan zijn.

Evento - Anfiteatro AMPE Lages - 31/08/12

Een gastspreker op het Evento – Anfiteatro AMPE Lages – 31/08/12 (Photo credit: Raimundo Colombo)

Graag willen wij de lezer waarschuwen dat de publicaties onder de naam “Guestspeaker” van verscheidene auteurs komen die elk in hun eigen naam spreken en vanuit hun eigen levens en geloofsovertuiging schrijven. Die verscheidene schrijvers zullen meermaals ook niet-christadelphians (of ex-Christadelphians) of zelfs soms niet gelovigen kunnen zijn. Maar mits het hier om een levensstijl besprekende website gaat zal het wel verband houden met de levensstijl die mensen aannemen of die de moeite waard is om te bespreken en te bekijken vanuit verschillende visies.

From guestwriters op WordPress.com is speciaal gecreëerd om meerdere schrijvers de kans te geven op Stepping Toes teksten te plaatsen, in die mate dat de lezers hun teksten in groep zouden kunnen opzoeken. Meestal zullen zij hun teksten dus plaatsen op “Stepping Toes”, maar het kan gerust gebeuren dat zij ook soms teksten op “From guestwriters” zullen plaatsen. Het zal dan teksten betreffen die niet dadelijk hier een plaatsje verdienden of niet passen in het raamwerk van deze site. Zo zullen op het gastenblog ook blogartikelen van anderen kunnen  herplaatst worden. Graag nodigen wij u ook daarom uit, nu en dan, daar eens een kijkje te komen nemen voor andere teksten en onderwerpen, die hier in dit kader niet passen, zoals bijvoorbeeld politiek.

Wij hopen dat meerdere mensen uit ons team hier nuttige en gewaardeerde teksten zullen mogen plaatsen.

U veel leesgenot toewensend,

het Team

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Different writers joined together

From different regions, cultures and religions, some people wanted to share their ideas and loved to be united accepting that everybody has the right to have an other opinion, an other way of live and most of all the freedom of speech.

English: The Company and Magazine Logo of the ...

The Company and Magazine Logo of the Swiss Lifestyle Magazine Black Paper (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Those associated writers are grateful to the founder of the lifestyle magazine Stepping Toes, Marcus Ampe, that they are allowed to share their thoughts on this platform. Mr. Ampe and we do know that there may be many Christadelphians who do not like it that non-christadelphian writings are placed on the same site. The Christadelphians as well as all readers coming along this site do have to understand that by sharing ideas everybody can be brought to consider the different opinions and can be stimulated to do further research themselves.

When we shall publish something on Stepping Toes each writer shall put his signature and shall write in his or her own name. When they write something on Stepping Toes or on our own joint-site it does not mean that all of us agree with the content, nor that the editor would totally agree with what is written in the article. The main reason for publishing the article is to bring an other viewpoint in the picture and to allow to open a debate.

For example, we shall bring some postings about the Sabbath and Mosaic Laws. Much debate is going on about the reason why a Christian should follow or not have to keep to the Jewish and Mosaic Laws. Christadelphians accept that Jesus installed the New Covenant and therefore we do not have to follow all of those Mosaic Laws. Other Christians say we do have to have  a Sabbath service, others say we do have a Sunday service, Christadelphians say every day belongs to God and can be used to hold a service.

In the Christadelphian community there may also be different ideas about certain matters. By having writers from outside talking about those subjects, like tithing, holidays, etc., it can shed a new light on the matter, and give many people reason to think about it, and providing them with several options or with a good solution.

We do hope the readers from this lifestyle magazine will appreciate Marcus Ampe his open-mindedness to allow other voices to express their opinion. We do agree we may reveal other opinions than him and many other Christadelphians, but we do hope the communication or dialogue shall be able to be constructive for both parties, the writers and the readers.

By bringing more authors together on one platform it can generate more readers for each writer, and we do believe that each writer would love to have his or her articles been read.

Dear reader may we ask you to take in mind that all articles presented on this platform, from guest-writers, shall be presenting the ideas of that particular or undersigned writer.

We hope you shall enjoy reading the contributions those readers shall make in the future.
The Team
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Powerful Russia rising from the ashes

Bible in the News has been watching closely the a dramatic climax as Russia annexes Crimea and sets the precedent for future activities which will see Russia fulfil its role mapped out in Bible prophecy.

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ST Andrew Hall in the Grand Kremlin Palace, Moscow. The inauguration of President Vladimir Putin. Mr Putin takes the oath to the people of Russia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bible students who have considered the prophecies of the Old Testament have long looked for a dominant, powerful and arrogant Russia. This understanding of Bible prophecy seemed almost laughable even only 30 years ago but since the fall of the Soviet UnionRussia’s power has been on the rise. So much so that in recent events we see unfolding before our eyes the aggressive, ambitious and powerful Russia has now reached a stage where the other nations of the world can do little or nothing to keep her inline with their world view. This rise from the ashes of communism and dominance in the East is precisely what we would expect from examining Bible prophecy.

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The best the EU has been able to do is put asset freezes and travel bans on about 30 Russian individuals it holds responsible. In an article entitled “Putin laughs off sanctions as he signs bills to transfer Crimea to Russia” The Guardian newspaper reported Putin was jovial about the sanctions and even made jokes on the issue. He knows he is dominant and the West can do nothing of impact. {Russia’s President Putin and the Gogian Style Rule}

 

> Please do continue reading about Russia’s President Putin and the Gogian Style Rule + Tensions Rise after Russia makes a Move into Ukraine

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    The pattern of aggression from Russia resembles Nazi Germany’s expansion at the beginning of World War II and there is real potential for the crisis to become a serious war. The situation is scary, and some Christians have wondered if this is the beginning of the end and if Vladimir Putin is the Antichrist.So should we be afraid?

    There are at least two things we should know:

    • War is a project and successful projects always have deep roots in planning. The plans for this Russian conquest project are probably larger than the seizure of Crimea. Much more is planned and this is not a good time to be living near Russia.
    • The Bible predicts where this project will go. Bible prophecy often predicts the future by showing how humans always behave. The past is the future in the Bible. For example, we were told 2000 years ago that there were already many antichrists among us (1 John 2:18) and “many deceivers are entered into the world … this is … an antichrist” (2 John 1:7). The final great Antichrist will be nothing new. He (or she) will be corrupt like all the others, but with the power to dominate the whole world.
  • The United States In Bible Prophecy (wchildblog.com)
    Most Bible scholars will say the United States is not to be found in Bible Prophecy. That is as far from the truth as possible. The United States in center stage in Bible prophecy. Bible Prophecy is a warning message from God.
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    Over in Russia Vladimir Putin is amassing his army as he surrounds the area that may lead to the long awaited Gog Magog War. The signs are all there for every Bible students to know the truth. World events are leading Russia to position itself to meet its prophetic destiny. On that day the Lord will show the world the greatest miracle of all time.
  • G-8 Down To G-7 As Leaders Exclude Russia From Meeting On Sanctions (teapartyeconomist.com)
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    “While a Russian invasion of eastern Ukraine can by no means be excluded, Putin must surely calculate that it would be a poor and risky option,” Roderic Lyne, deputy chairman of Chatham House and a former U.K. ambassador to Moscow, said in a website comment. “He also knows that it would trigger much deeper Western sanctions, which would hit his Achilles heel –- Russia’s declining, unreformed economy.”
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  • G-7 Threatens Russia With More Sanctions, Scraps Sochi Summit (conservativeread.com)
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    The G-7 — the U.S., Germany, the U.K., France, Italy, Canada and Japan — went back to its Cold War-era format, suspending what became the G-8 in 1998 when Russia was welcomed in. The group was all smiles around a Putin-less conference table in a photo posted on Twitter by European Commission President Jose Barroso, who attended along with EU President Herman Van Rompuy.“It’s Russia that needs to change course,” U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron told reporters.
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138) Cheap Grace

Many people try to hide behind their church denomination. They leave all matters of responsibility of what to believe to their church and take it for granted everything their church says is true, instead of checking everything every time with their Bible, God His Word.

Lots of Christians also think they do not have to do any works any more because they are reborn and got Grace. They forget that faith without works is dead. It is totally wrong to think our actions are in vain and that we should live the same way as the world does. We do live in the world and do have to be aware of it, but should not always agree with it and live like the rest of it. We have to make a proper choice, living according to the Law of Christ and the Laws of God.

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Please do find to read:

  1. God wants to be gracious to you
  2. The redemption of man by Christ Jesus
  3. About faith
  4. Belief of the things that God has promised
  5. Do not forget the important sign of belief
  6. Knowing where to go to
  7. To mean, to think, outing your opinion, conviction, belief – Menen, mening, overtuiging, opinie, geloof
  8. Getting to know the Truth
  9. How to look for and how to handle the Truth
  10. Faith antithesis of rationality
  11. A Living Faith #3 Faith put into action
  12. What’s church for, anyway?
  13. Pulpit reserved for the pastor
  14. Many forgot how Christ should be our anchor and our focus
  15. What shall I render unto the Lord for all His benefits
  16. We are ourselves responsible
  17. Ask Grace to go forward
  18. Being of good courage running the race
  19. Bearing fruit

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  • Grace and Endurance (gingersnaptheater.wordpress.com)
    In my church we have a phrase that we love to say and hate to think about. We repeat it to the hopeless, but the phrase itself is hopeless. We are told to “endure to the end”. Then they tell us that life is meant to be enjoyed, not just endured. So, we’re supposed to be happy in this life, but there is this looming shadow, a dark pressure to grit your teeth through everything, until the end.
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    The phrase “endure to the end” starts to make sense. It’s the faith that this darkness will somehow get better. It’s the belief that this will pass. And if it doesn’t, that’s okay. It’s the selflessness to your future self when you want to be selfish and do what you want now. It’s trusting Him to know what to do with your life. That it’s not supposed to be over yet.
  • Grace, Grace, God’s Grace! (brittanyjburke.wordpress.com)
    Grace defies human reasoning. The way we think is not the way God thinks! “My thoughts are not your thoughts,” He says, “neither are your ways my ways.” (Isaiah 55:8)

    • Why do we struggle to give grace? The “Pharisee Syndrome” (the self righteous cant experience grace. If you cant see your sin you cannot see grace), short memory (we forget how much grace we need. On my best day, I am still like a filthy rag in comparison to the righteousness of God.), and “Rightness Insecurity” (we have to be right. We get this God-complex. We seat ourselves on the Throne and try to play God. God plays his part perfectly without our help =) True rightness comes from humility and surrender!)
    • We need to develop cultures of grace. Because we have been given grace we must learn to give it and cultivate it in our lives.
  • Fred Phelps, Grace, & the Sovereignty of God (beardedmanley.wordpress.com)
    Like many other Christians there sometimes seems to be a scale of grace that we give to people.  A little offense = abundant grace whereas a great offense = little grace.  The higher the offense, the less grace given.
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    ALL have sinned, but Jesus is that propitiation.  So here’s the bottom line, you in your sin, me and my sin, etc., are as unlovable and heinous as Fred Phelps seems to be. The difference for the believer is that Christ has intervened and taken that unlovable heinous person and made a new creation in him/her (2 Corinthians 5:17).  As Christians, God has called us to mirror Him, and part of that mirror includes issuing grace to others, especially when it is a vile and offensive thing/person.
  • Why is the Church not a democratic organization? (travismikhailblog.wordpress.com)
    The hierarchical element in the Church consists in the fact that Christ himself is the one who acts in the Church when ordained ministers, by God’s grace, do or give something that they could not do or give by themselves, in other words, when they administer the sacraments in Christ’s place and teach with his authority. The collegial element in the Church consists in the fact that Christ entrusted the entire faith to a group of twelve apostles, whose successors govern the Church, with the Pope, the Petrine ministry presiding. Given this collegial approach, councils are an indispensable part of the Church. Yet even in other administrative bodies of the Church, in synods and councils, the manifold gifts of the Spirit and the universality of the Church throughout the world can be fruitful.
  • Amazing Grace (livingtodayforgetingtomorrow.wordpress.com)
    You may expect people in third world countries to have less faith in God because many of them, like Edmond Dantes from TCOMC, have been stripped of their belongings, pushed out of their homelands, and thrown into horrible prisons, and so they would feel that He has favored them less. But their faith is so much stronger than many Americans and others from prosperous nations because they recognize that goodness and hope that lies within the teachings of the Lord for salvation and enlightenment.
  • Bad Theology – Grace (exposegcm.wordpress.com)
    Why are we given grace?  We need it!  We are all sinners who will have to pay the penalty for the sin we commit against God unless we are given undeserved favor from the Lord Himself. (2 Thes 1:5-12; Ephesians 2:4-9; Romans 5:6-9;)
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    Vanessa, from Hearts on Guard, said this about cheap grace.

    “Grace is cheapened, sugar-coated, spread around with happy platitudes and warm-fuzzy pictures and songs. Declarations of our awesomeness, holiness and righteousness ring out, and any call for repentance, any mention of our old Adam is hushed and called displeasing to God.”
  • Conservative Lutherans how bout you actually read Boehoeffer fo once (religionron.wordpress.com)
    I disagree strongly with Boehoeffer since imo he insists that you can come to Christ without the Holy Spirit.  That is not Lutheran teaching.  However, The ones that cherry pick the above quote not only don’t read the whole page, they don’t read the whole book.  They are guilty of what people do with the bible on homosexuality lets quote 1:26-27  and ignore 1:15-25, 28 on to 2:1-3.  They don’t realize that they are the ones talked about in the passage they are quoting.
    I know professors that will debate me being wrong about Bonhoeffer and human ability to come to righteousness.  I’ll leave that part out.  There aren’t any with academic credentials that will say that Boehoeffer was referring to costly grace as having a price.
  • ‘Cheap grace’ is not Grace at all (gtwilliams1983.wordpress.com)
    There is a common misunderstanding that the Grace Message teaches that it’s ‘okay’ for Christians to make poor decisions, and act irresponsibly without any repercussions.  ”Cheap Grace” is the term law bound religion fearfully labels it.  Well, I’ve yet to meet a Grace leader or teacher that has said it’s okay to go out and act a fool.  That’s not wisdom.  That’s not Jesus.  So let’s take a minute to make this real.Here’s the truth of the matter, and I hope this really gets into some skulls.  The thinking that “I can make bad, unhealthy choices because God forgives me anyway…” is NOT grace, it’s self-righteousness.  Look at all the ‘me, me, me’ mentality in that.  There is no freedom found in ourselves.  Only the cross.
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    So what is Grace, really?
    Grace (Strong’s G5485: “CHARIS”) Unmerited, undeserved favor and kindness of God as if no wrong had ever been done to begin with.  God’s grace is not a response to us, but to Jesus on the Cross  We just get to enjoy it and the justification that comes with it (Romans 3:24).  The sweetest freedom for ourselves is letting go of ourselves.
  • Days of Grace-Day 20 (livinginhisgrace.wordpress.com)
    Grace, defined as unmerited favor by some; a gift of something we did not earn or deserve others will say. A little surfing the net, here are a few of the definitions I found:

    •       Beauty of Form
    •       Good Will
    •       Favor rendered by one who need not do so; indulgence
    •       To give beauty, excellence or charm to
    •       Divine love, protection; freely given
    •       Excellence or power granted by God
    •       Effortless movement
    •       A condition of protection or sanctification by the favor of God
    •       Reprieve, pardon
    •       Mercy
  • His Grace Is [enough; As Much As Is Needed] (carolyncam1.com)
    It is easy for us to see the error of the religious leaders.  But adding rules and requirements to God’s gift of salvation is something most of us regularly do, though it is generally less obvious to us.  We accept Christ’s payment of our sin debt as a gift initially, but as we live out our faith, we unwittingly add “details” and expect ourselves and others to comply with our ideas of Godly behavior.
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A reading from the modern classic The Cost of Discipleship (1937) by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945).  This is a great passage to apply to other people.  We should also apply it to ourselves.

       Cheap grace is the mortal enemy of our church.  Our struggle today is for costly grace.

     Cheap grace means grace as bargain-basement goods, cut-rate forgive­ness, cut-rate comfort, cut-rate sacraments; grace as the church’s inexhaustible pantry, from which it is doled out by careless hands without hesitation or limit.  It is grace without a price, without cost…

       Cheap grace means grace as a doctrine, as principle, as system.  It means forgiveness of sins as a general truth; it means God’s love as merely a Christian idea of God.  Those who affirm it have already had their sins forgiven.  The church that teaches this doctrine of grace thereby conveys such grace upon itself.  The world finds in this church…

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Not to speak is to speak

The reason why we want or are not afraid to speak on this website, and give our thoughts on many ideas, even when necessary, sometimes on political ones.


“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”

“Salvation is free, but discipleship will cost you your life.”

“Whenever Christ calls us, His call leads us to death.”

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“The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children.”

“It is very easy to overestimate the importance of our own achievements in comparison with what we owe others.”

“One act of obedience is better than one hundred sermons.”

“Only he who believes is obedient and only he who is obedient believes.”



Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German Lutheran pastor, theologian, writer and poet, hanged by the Nazis two weeks before his camp was liberated for his involvement in the Abwehr plot to kill Hitler. He refused the opportunity to escape in order to protect others from retaliation. (rw)

Dietrich Bonhoeffer: “The ultimate test of a m...

Dietrich Bonhoeffer: “The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.” (Photo credit: elycefeliz)

 

  • Review: Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas (veritasdomain.wordpress.com)
    Bonhoeffer was indeed among the most interesting theologian of the twentieth century and his experience with so many countries while also being a leader of the Confessional church inside Nazi Germany put him at a whole different level beyond mere academic contribution.
  • Day 82: Dietrich Bonhoeffer (February 4, 1906 – April 9, 1945) (civildisobedience100.wordpress.com)
    Apart from his theological writings, Bonhoeffer became known for his staunch resistance to the Nazi dictatorship. He strongly opposed Hitler’s euthanasia program and genocidal persecution of the Jews. He was also involved in plans by members of the Abwehr (the German Military Intelligence Office) to assassinate Adolf Hitler.
  • Book Review: Interpreting Bonhoeffer (diglotting.com)
    How could the church support the anti-semitic propaganda, cast out Jewish-Christians from churches, and support the Nazi’s clear war-policy of aggressive offense? These are great questions that can not, and should not, be swept under the carpet of church history with an “oops”. Robert Ericksen’s essay also discusses similar topics, though with more of a focus on Bonhoeffer.
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    Something Hockenos points out is how many leaders of the German Evangelical Church (post-1945) considered Bonhoeffer’s willingness to engage in a plot to overthrow Hitler should make him be viewed as a traitor rather than a martyr! I know there is some debate over what exactly was Bonhoeffer’s role in the resistance, but assuming that he was directly (rather than indirectly) involved in the planning of an assassination attempt on Hitler’s life (and that he vocally supported the use of such violence to take out Hitler), I can see how that would make one question whether Bonhoeffer was standing on solid theological ground, but to go the next step and say that his actions meant he was only a national traitor and not a Christian martyr seems quite bizarre to me! But, alas, it appears the Confessing Church was not completely divorced from nationalism as it should have been.
  • Unbowed: (brothersjuddblog.com)
    Hans soon brought on board Bonhoeffer, who was to use his foreign contacts to gather intelligence for the resistance. Together they coordinated a daring rescue operation–brilliantly conceived by Dohnanyi–that allowed more than a dozen Jewish refugees to escape to Switzerland using false papers. Bonhoeffer called on Swiss friends, including Karl Barth, to help secure their passage.

    It wasn’t long, however, before the Gestapo had the pair in its sights, as more and more evidence linked them to the rescue operation and multiple failed attempts on Hitler’s life. After they were arrested in early April 1943, their resistance took another form: withstanding isolation and harsh interrogations and refusing to name names. Both men found sustenance in their Bibles. And their families provided indispensable support, sending letters and packages with hidden messages that helped them coordinate their responses to questioning. Unbowed to the last, they were finally hanged in April 1945.
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer – German Lutheran pastor, theologian, dissident anti-Nazi (deadcitizensrightssociety.wordpress.com)
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    “It is the fellowship of the Cross to experience the burden of the other. If one does not experience it, the fellowship he belongs to is not Christian. If any member refuses to bear that burden, he denies the law of Christ.”“In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.”
  • Bonhoeffer the Assassin (iheartbarth.wordpress.com)
    here is newly published volume by Baker Academic that is worth checking out for those interested in the theology and life of Bonhoeffer and particularly how he steered the waters of his pacifist declarations (found most clearly in his 1937 Discipleship) and his involvement with the Abwehr‘s conspiracy to assassinate Hitler.
    +“Ethical Foundation for Resistance” – an Excerpt from Bonhoeffer the Assassin?
    Bonhoeffer gives us an “ethical foundation for resistance.” Almost immediately after Hitler assumed power, Bonhoeffer gave his radio address “The Führer and the Individual in the Younger Generation.” A few months later he wrote a prophetic essay, “The Church and the Jewish Question,” which was published in June. But even before these more obvious examples, Bonhoeffer was articulating an ethic for resistance. It was manifest in his life, his commitments, and his writings.
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    About the book: Bonhoeffer the Assassin?
  • 138) Cheap Grace (emailmeditations.wordpress.com)
    Cheap grace is the mortal enemy of our church.  Our struggle today is for costly grace.

         Cheap grace means grace as bargain-basement goods, cut-rate forgive­ness, cut-rate comfort, cut-rate sacraments; grace as the church’s inexhaustible pantry, from which it is doled out by careless hands without hesitation or limit.  It is grace without a price, without cost…

  • The Dietrich Bonhoeffer Story – podcast (songsofhope883.com)
    Today, Sunday 16th March on Songs of Hope, at 8:45 am we heard the story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
  • Bonhoeffer – Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy (lindentreelibrary.wordpress.com)
    In Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy—A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich, Metaxas presents the fullest accounting of Bonhoeffer’s heart-wrenching 1939 decision to leave the safe haven of America for Hitler’s Germany, and using extended excerpts from love letters and coded messages written to and from Bonhoeffer’s Cell 92, Metaxas tells for the first time the full story of Bonhoeffer’s passionate and tragic romance.Readers will discover fresh insights and revelations about his life-changing months at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem and about his radical position on why Christians are obliged to stand up for the Jews. Metaxas also sheds new light on Bonhoeffer’s reaction to Kristallnacht, his involvement in the famous Valkyrie plot and in “Operation 7,” the effort to smuggle Jews into neutral Switzerland.

    Bonhoeffer gives witness to one man’s extraordinary faith and to the tortured fate of the nation he sought to deliver from the curse of Nazism. It brings the reader face to face with a man determined to do the will of God radically, courageously, and joyfully—even to the point of death. Bonhoeffer is the story of a life framed by a passion for truth and a commitment to justice on behalf of those who face implacable evil.

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Looking from different perspectives

On Stepping Toes you may find all sorts of articles about religious and spiritual aspects, but also on what is moving in the world or what keeps people busy or interested.

christadelphia Feb. 15 19.36In the past, specific religious news was placed on Christadelphian World. On that blog you could also find activities of several Christadelphian communities all over the world. The last few months several Christadelphians asked me to take away several articles announcing one or an other Bible Class, Bible Week-end,Bible Week or Bible Camp. Because the many articles taken away, there was or is not much left over to see of that Christadelphian World, so a better title could best be chosen. Therefore once again the older Multiply Christadelphian Journal, requested a name change.

After the closing of the MSN Groups we transferred a lot to Multiply and in 2010 we went over to WordPress. Friday, October 26, 2012, brought the then thought “transfer site Christadelphian World” in the stall of Blogger. changing all the links would take a lot of time. The amount of visitors grew fast, though not spectacular, with a dip in January 2014 and March 2014. (On March 21, 2014 the counter reaches 37.232 pageviews.)

Christadelphian World Name dropping in March 2014From now on, by taking away the word “Christadelphian” from the title, I will not feel restricted any-more to only present Christadelphian news and only news which could interest our Christian community. Today it can become an other platform to look at what is happening in general in the world. Now it does not have to be restricted only by Christadelphian ideas, but can be an open platform again to bring all sorts of new facts which can be interesting fro believing and active Christians, no matter from which denomination. Naturally I still shall write from my Christadelphian viewpoint and comment on the world events from my point of view.

The big difference with this (Stepping Toes) site is that here you shall be able to find many different voices. I shall not mind nor object other Christians to have a voice on this platform. As such here on Stepping Toes in the future you shall, like it happened previously, find reblogs of articles, the contributors to this lifestyle magazine find interesting for others to read. They may come from non-trinitarian but also (probably more) from trinitarian and even occasionally from non-religious or from other religious people, though the comments or introduction given to the article shall always be from a Christadelphian viewpoint.

In case you would like to find also non-religion related and more political and cultural articles I do invite you to my other site Marcus’s Space. And I would like to invite you also to the renewed site “Our World”, where in the future you will be able to find other up-to-date news, related and unrelated to religious and spiritual aspects.

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Please do find the news-sites looking at the world from different perspectives
Stepping Toes
Our World
Marcus’s Space

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