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Recovering the Biblical Meaning of Hell

Relational Church

Relational church is something my wife and I have been involved in for the past eight years.  I use the term “relational” church rather than “organic” or “house” church for a reason.  The covenant people of God – those who have received forgiveness of sin and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ – they make up the universal church.   The church is people, not buildings and not meetings.  Reading through the New Testament, one realizes that the relational commands such as “love one another”, “forgive one another”, “bear one another’s burdens” etc. can only be carried out in the context of a small group of believers who are committed to the Lord and to one another.  The NT letters were written to clusters of believers who were gathering in homes to celebrate the Risen Christ all across the Roman Empire.  The letters were often circulated among these small clusters within a given city or region.  So we have the letter to the believers at Rome, the letter to the believers in Corinth, etc.
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Pass the Potatoes

I had an insight about physical healing today that I would like to share with you all tonight.

Scripture says that Jesus took our illnesses and bore our diseases (Matthew 8:17 quoting from Isaiah 53:5):

"That evening they brought to him many who wereoppressed by demons, and he cast out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick. 17 This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: "He took our illnesses and bore our diseases."" (English Standard Version)

Healing was provided at the cross. It is part of the "redemption package" that the Father gave to us through the death and resurrection of His Son Jesus.

Think of a Thanksgiving dinner when you were growing up. Your Mom has spent all morning cooking and she has put all the hot and tasty food out on the table. The family gathers around the table and sits down. You see a big plate of sweet potatoes on the table next to your b…