art schnatterly
  I have been a member of ChristianBlog.Com for 8 years, 5 months and 16 days.

  I have published 674 blogs and 1,688 comments.

 My most recent blog was published: Mar 06 2014 09:52:04am

 I currently live in: United States.
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Lent (a series): insight into the origins and meaning ot lent
Art Schnatterly
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March 5, 2014 was Ash Wednesday... the beginning of the Season of Lent. Some Christians celebrate Lent, many do not. Even those who do, many do not understand its origins and meaning. This blog series (see link below) gives an overview in a collection of short blogs. Whether you or your church denomination officially celebrate this season of reflection, repentence and sacrifice, this is a time when we each should do so. Spring is coming... FINALLY! It's been a tough winter. This period between Ash Wednesday and Easter is a perfect time to repair and renew or relationship with God. This series of short blogs was written in 2011. They can be found via the link below. Shalom, Art Alive in the Word...
Women of the bible: series introduction
Art Schnatterly
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There are approximately 1500 people named in the Bible. Fewer than 200 are women. Some interpret this to mean that women were of lesser importance than men in God’s revelation of Himself and His plan for humankind. This is absolutely incorrect. Women have played critical roles throughout Biblical times. The Bible was written to reveal God and His plan, not to emphasize the lives of us mortals. Societies, particularly within Hebrew, Israelite and Jewish culture, were patriarchal/male dominated. Leaders and people in power positions were generally male. Therefore males are mentioned much more often than females. Some women of the Bible are well known. Eve, Deborah, Esther, Mary Mother of Jesus, Mary Magdalene and Pricilla are well-known heroines. Queen Jezebel is one of the most......
Why were mary and martha so angry with jesus?
Art Schnatterly
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Most are familiar with the story of Lazarus, raised from the dead after four days by Jesus. Lazarus and his sisters were good friends with Jesus. Jesus in part brought Lazarus back from the dead because of His love for him. What is not understood by most is that Jesus also revived Lazarus because of His compassion for Lazarus’ sisters, Martha and Mary. (It’s important to note that Lazarus was revived and remained mortal. He died again later. He was not resurrected to eternal life like Jesus was,) This story takes on much deeper meaning when we understand it in the context of the culture of the times. In Jewish culture, women held very few rights. They could not own property in their own names or hold jobs outside of the household and were generally dependent on male family......
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. (ex 20:16 kjv)
Art Schnatterly
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"Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour." (Exodus 20:16, KJV) We all recognize this. It's the 9th commandment. It's often understood today as "don't lie." Let's take a look at this commandment and why it was included, why it was so important in the world of the Israelites. During the time of the Exodus the Israelites didn't have the court systems that we have today for settling disputes like we do today. May other things were also missing. The people didn't have many of the means of gather evidence like we do today. Limited written records, no forensic science. Disputes were settled via testimony those involved in or witnessing. One of Moses' main responsibilities was to judge these disputes. It took so much of his......
Shalom: a beautiful word, a state of being
Art Schnatterly
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In comments to a blog by @thewordscribe, we were discussing the word SHALOM. This got me to thinking about just how central SHALOM is in my life: You may have noticed that I close all of my communications with the word Shalom. It is easily my favorite word in Hebrew. Shalom is a complicated and often misunderstood word. It means a great deal to me personally. Common usages of the word Shalom Many use shalom as a greeting or closing, like aloha is used in Hawaii. It carries a connotation of calmness and friendship. It’s a good word for that purpose. Many understand the word to mean peace. It can mean anything from world peace to tranquility. Great thoughts, but this is not the meaning of the word shalom. Oneness or wholeness Shalom means oneness or wholeness with God. This is basic......
Faith and deeds: like breathing in and breathing out!
Art Schnatterly
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Based on James 2:14-17, many recent blogs have discussed the relationship between "faith" and "deeds." Both are essential to the Christian. Like breathing in and breathing out, they are complimentary to each other and inseparable. For the newborn, our first act of breathing is in. This roughly equates to "faith", coming to believe in and accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. (being reborn) We become the "new creation" discussed by the Apostle Paul. Breathing in brings us to a new and changed life! Our basic nature is changed such that we begin to act and think more as Jesus would have us act and think. This is the essential act of "breathing out" of our deeds. It is how we carry the Good News back out to the world. Our salvation is not......
Our hope in the midst of evil - the boston marathon bombing
Art Schnatterly
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On April 15, 2013, EVIL struck in the form of bombings at the Boston Marathon. EVIL abounds in our world today. Yet we respond, regroup, survive and go on. How can we do this? My Pastor and friend responded in a message to our congregation: Dear Living Word Family, Once again we have seen the very gates of hell. Each and every one of us has been wounded, violated; indeed we have all died at least a little watching with horror the festering evil that transpired today in Boston. If you are a human being, you could not possibly watch those scenes with dry eyes. The killing and wounding of so many precious people is bound to make you, as it did me, angry, disgusted, and saddened beyond our ability to communicate. The wretched horror of it all grips our throats with a clammy grasp and seems to......
Oh, those wonderful church bulletins! humor...
Art Schnatterly
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I received this in an e-mail. It’s certainly worth sharing! They’re Back! Those wonderful Church Bulletins! Thanks to church ladies with typewriters/computers. These sentences (with all the BLOOPERS) actually appeared in church bulletins or were announced in church services: ————————– The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals. ————————– The sermon this morning: ‘Jesus Walks on the Water.’ The sermon tonight: ‘Searching for Jesus.’ ————————– Ladies, don’t forget the rummage sale. It’s a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping. Bring your husbands too.......
Do we “attend worship” or do we “worship?”
Art Schnatterly
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Schedule wise, the one thing that is set in stone each week is my Sunday mornings. Without fail, at 7:45 each Sunday morning my wife and I participate in a Bible Study/Sunday School/ Covenant Group session. Following this, we attend one of our congregation’s two “church services.” One is a “traditional” service, the other is “contemporary.” We attend the “traditional” service. I find it easier to become “engaged” in the traditional service. Recently we made changes in the physical layout of the worship center which moved my rabbi, Pastor Michael, much closer to the congregation. He can keep a closer eye on us out there in the sea of faces. On Sunday, in the greeting line following the service, Mike was teasing me about......
Connected through faith – the universal church
Art Schnatterly
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Something that I’ve come to recognize and appreciate much more in recent months we who are children of God are connected together. I don’t mean only the connectivity of communication but the connectivity of family. Let’s take a quick look at four major factors that bind us together: FAITH The most fundamental factor is our shared faith in Jesus Christ. This goes far beyond mere belief. It is a shared acceptance of the fundamentals of our Christian faith. For me, these are expressed in the Apostle’s Creed. Despite denominational and cultural differences, if you are Christian your foundations of faith are not significantly different from mine. This faith is the glue that binds us together. PRAYER We are connected through the power of common or shared prayer. No......
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