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The Sacrament (part 4)

(Continued from last week…) I know, I know! I said last week, with that post, that I was finishing up with this series on the sacrament. But hey, something else pressed in upon me as I cut the lawn this morning…so here I am. “Wherefore,” in the words of Moroni,

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The Sacrament (part 3)

(Continued from last week…) Just a few final thoughts… In the ancient land Bountiful, after appearing to two thousand and five hundred souls, consisting of men, women, and children, why did the resurrected Jesus give the sacrament FIRST to His newly called twelve Nephite disciples, before distributing it to the

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The Sacrament (part 2)

(Continued from last week…) Wow…awesome! Now that I have your attention… This last post appears to have generated a lot of individual thought and discussion…which is a good thing, right? If it did nothing else, than to cause some of us to think more about what we personally feel and

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The Sacrament (part 1)

For some years now, I’ve felt an increasing concern about a particular view we seem to focus on in much of the Church about the ordinance of the sacrament… Just over a year and a half ago, when I started the blog series, “Practice Makes Progress, Jesus Makes Perfect”, I

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Jesus Makes Perfect (part 18)

(Continued from last week…) Practice makes progress; Jesus makes perfect. Last week, we reviewed how Jesus told Nicodemus that every man and woman must be born again (see John 3: 3-8). Now, this rebirth is not something that we have power to make happen ourselves. None of us can give

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Jesus Makes Perfect (part 17)

(Continued from last week…) Practice makes progress; Jesus makes perfect. “Except a man be born again.…” Have you ever questioned your understanding of what that really means? There are certainly different ways to look at the term “born again.” A lot of Christians think it refers to the day they

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Jesus Makes Perfect (part 16)

(Continued from last week…) Practice makes progress; Jesus makes perfect. We believe that through the grace of Jesus Christ, all mankind will be raised from the dead and enjoy the gift of complete immortality. We also believe that through the grace of Jesus Christ, all of us who will repent

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Jesus Makes Perfect (part 15)

(Continued from last week…) Practice makes progress; Jesus makes perfect. Years ago, I felt like we, as a Church, didn’t talk much about grace and how it specifically pertains to our salvation and perfection. I kept wondering: “Who will say ‘grace’? Are we afraid of that word?” However, in the

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Jesus Makes Perfect (part 14)

(Continued from last week…) Practice makes progress; Jesus makes perfect. We talk about being humble, about acknowledging Christ’s hand in our success or development. But, do we think that this acknowledging our Savior is just a good idea? That it’s what humble people do? Perhaps it’s the thing to do

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Jesus Makes Perfect (part 13)

(Continued from last week…) Practice makes progress; Jesus makes perfect. I have heard it said by some in this Church that Christ will “help us turn our weaknesses into strengths.” But, when we read the scriptures, we see that Christ does not phrase it that way. He declares that He

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Jesus Makes Perfect (part 12)

(Continued from last week…) Practice makes progress; Jesus makes perfect. So far in this series I’ve stated quite unequivocally that the Father and the Son are our source of life, strength, capacity, and advancement, and that we should all be God-reliant in our quest for perfection, for this is not

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Jesus Makes Perfect (part 11)

(Continued from last week…) Practice makes progress; Jesus makes perfect. In our back yard, we have an apple tree. We’ve named her Eve. :) I prune her branches about once a year. My wife sprays her for bugs several times in the spring. But, the wonderful apples that show up

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Jesus Makes Perfect (part 10)

(Continued from last week…) Practice makes progress; Jesus makes perfect. Last week’s blog post about the strength of man vs. the strength of God helps to lay the foundation and context for this week’s message. Pharaoh dreamed a dream. Joseph, by the power of God, interpreted it. And Egypt became

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Jesus Makes Perfect (part 9)

(Continued from last week…) Practice makes progress; Jesus makes perfect. I have been preaching that we are powerless to perfect ourselves, and that Christ has to do it for us. Well, we’ve come to the point in this series where I must clarify that men and women do have some

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Jesus Makes Perfect (part 8)

(Continued from last week…) Practice makes progress; Jesus makes perfect. Have you ever noticed how words carry different shades of meaning for different people, depending on their individual experience and upbringing? In fact, it’s like this with names. A husband and wife may struggle to come up with a baby

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Jesus Makes Perfect (part 7)

(Continued from last week…) Practice makes progress; Jesus makes perfect. “…it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do.” This phrase in 2 Nephi 25: 23, has been the cause of some curious thinking and interpretation among us in our Latter-day Saint culture and theology. See

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Jesus Makes Perfect (part 6)

(Continued from last week…) Practice makes progress; Jesus makes perfect. “…when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated” (D&C 130: 21). Curious. The Lord tells us that each blessing received from Him comes as a result of obedience. But

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Jesus Makes Perfect (part 5)

(Continued from last week…) Practice makes progress; Jesus makes perfect. One might wonder what today’s message has to do with Jesus making us perfect…but as I said a couple of weeks ago, it is necessary for us to try to remove any erroneous expectations we might have towards the Lord,

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Jesus Makes Perfect (part 4)

(Continued from last week…) Practice makes progress; Jesus makes perfect. Last week, we looked at the error in thinking that any of us, while in mortality, could earn, merit, or deserve an inheritance in God’s heavenly kingdom. This week I’d like to go a step further and show how we

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Jesus Makes Perfect (part 3)

(Continued from last week…) Practice makes progress; Jesus makes perfect. Over these next several weeks we will hopefully be digging up any bad foundation that may exist in us, and begin laying a new one built firmly in the gospel of our Savior, Jesus Christ. :) From our childhood, we

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