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This is a light heart post.

I’ve been thinking about relationship and courtship recently given my upcoming trip would include teaching about the biblical view of courtship but I’ll be doing this in a culture where match making and arrange marriage is not unusual.

For the longest time I thought I was a matchmaker.  But recently I discovered I wasn’t a matchmaker.  Not by the standard in other countries where Pastors and parents really are match maker.  I soon discovered I was more of what some people call a “Wingman.”

I just learned this term last month: Wingman.

What is a wingman?

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This is from my daily Greek exercise of sight reading a few months ago, courtesy of Vincent S Artale Jr.

Our text is from the Greek translation of Ephesians 5:2.  Here is my translation:

“SENTENCE 2 καὶ περιπατεῖτε ἐν ἀγάπῃ
And walk in love

SUB-POINT καθὼς ‹+ καὶ ὁ Χριστὸς +› ἠγάπησεν ἡμᾶς
just as Christ also love us

SUB-POINT καὶ παρέδωκεν ἑαυτὸν ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν προσφορὰν καὶ θυσίαν τῷ θεῷ εἰς
and gave Himself for us an offering and sacrifice to God for

ὀσμὴν εὐωδίας”
fragrant aroma

Here are some observations:

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This is from my daily Greek exercise of sight reading a few weeks ago, courtesy of Vincent S Artale Jr.

Our text is Ephesians 2:4. Here’s my translation:

“COMPLEX 4 [TP ὁ δὲ θεὸς TP]
And God

CIRCUMSTANCE πλούσιος ὢν ἐν ἐλέει
who is rich in mercy

SUB-POINT [RR διὰ τὴν πολλὴν ἀγάπην αὐτοῦ
through much of his love

SUB-POINT ἣν ἠγάπησεν ἡμᾶς RR]”
He loved us

Here’s some observation:

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Note: This is a scheduled post.  By the time you read this online I am away and might not have internet access where I’m at.  Feel free to share your comments though I would be delayed in responding.A short devotional with two quick questions.

First what part of us as a human person is involved with loving God?

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Hope in Suffering Part 3

Romans 5:3-5

And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; 4 and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; 5 and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Purpose: There are three truths we need to know in order that we might not be crushed during suffering in our lives so that we would have hope in our suffering.

  1. We need to know that we all will face tribulations (v.3a)
  2. We need to know that God is working within us (v.3b-4)
  3. We need to know that God loves us greatly (v.5) 

Previously we have looked at the first two points:

We need to know that we all will face tribulations (v.3a)

We need to know that God is working within us (v.3b-4)

Today we will look at the third point:

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It’s Valentine’s Day.   I know the world have a view of “love” that is different than that found in the Bible.

I thought this would be an edifying message for those who are “single single” and “single like pringles” (you got to listen to the message) to listen to on a day that often portray love as lusts or love as so lofty that some people love the idea of falling in love more than actually loving someone.

So what does God want and what does the Bible say about courtship and relationships?

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Don A. Carson. The Difficult Doctrine of God’s Love.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, December 10th, 1999.  93 pp.

5 out of 5

This book is by New Testament scholar Don Carson who wrote this book that is accessible for a popular audience.  Carson tackles on the doctrine of God’s love which he noted that this is not an easy doctrine.  The book has four chapters and I found that I learned a few things and the book also helped organized my thoughts better concerning God’s love.  In my review below I will focus more on the first two chapters.

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