Posts with the tag “cross-point”

Cross Points 6.19.22
by Ryan Shoemaker on June 16th, 2022
In the Bible, like all well written documents that tell a story, language techniques are used to communicate effectively.  Metaphors are used regularly, for example (a figure of speech where a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable).  “Put on the full armor of God” in Ephesians 6, speaking of how to guard our faith, is a metaphor.  Another language...  Read More
Cross Points 6.4.22
by Ryan Shoemaker on June 3rd, 2022
In Part 1 we looked at how “the fear of the Lord” is a common reaction when people throughout history have encountered God’s messengers.  We cannot stand boldly before the Lord with face-to-face encounters, we cower in his presence, fall on our face, bow before him.  In the book Recovering Our Sanity by Michael Horton, he says “a sure disproof of someone reporting a vision of God or a message from...  Read More
Cross Points 5.15.22
by Ryan Shoemaker on May 13th, 2022
How wonderful, how beautiful, when brothers and sisters get along!                                                It is like costly anointing oil flowing down head and beard, flowing down Aaron’s beard    Flowing down the collar of his priestly robes.  It is like the dew on Mount Hermon, flowing down the slope of Zion, where God commands the blessing, ordains eternal life.  Psalm 133We have arrive...  Read More
Cross Points 4.10.22
by Ryan Shoemaker on April 8th, 2022
“I look to the mountains; does my strength come from mountains?  No, my strength comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth, and the mountains” (Psalm 121:1).The above is from The Message, and not the typical wording of this verse.  But I must admit I was always a little confused by the traditional translations.  The ESV renders this: “I lift up my eyes to the hills.  From where does my help c...  Read More