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Your Prayer Shawl Scares Me

"So don’t let anyone condemn you for what you eat or drink, or for not celebrating certain holy days or new moon ceremonies or Sabbaths. For these rules are only shadows of the reality yet to come. And Christ himself is that reality." - Colossians 2:16-17 (NLT)

The efficacy of Judaism, as a theological system, is dead.  This was the message of Jesus of Nazareth and, for that message, the Jewish leaders sought to kill Him.  The Law of Moses, having served its purpose, was to be nailed to the cross along with the Lamb of God who was taking away the sins of the world (Colossians 2:14).  The Law's ultimate purpose was as a teacher to bring men to Christ and, once an individual is in Christ, the authority of the Law ceases to exist (Galatians 3:19-25).  It is by true faith leading to the New Birth that one is "circumcised" in the means that God now recognizes (Romans 2:25-29; Colossians 2:8-13).  Thus, the one who would cling to any of the traditions of the Law does…

Hymspirational Moment #10

"He'll Understand And Say 'Well Done'"
Verse 1 If when you give the best of your service, Telling the world that the Savior is come; Be not dismayed when men don't believe you; He understands; and say, "Well done."
Chorus Oh when I come to the end of my journey, Weary of life and the battle is won; Carrying the staff and the cross of redemption, He'll understand and say, "Well done."
Verse 2 Misunderstood, the Savior of sinners, Hung on the cross; He was God's only Son; Oh! hear Him call His Father in Heav'n, "Not my will, but Thine be done." 
Verse 3 If when this life of labor is ended, And the reward of the race you have run; Oh! the sweet rest prepared for faithful Will be His blest and final, "Well done." 
Verse 4 But if you try and fail in your trying, Hands sore and scarred from the work you've begun; Take up your cross, run quickly to meet Him; He'll understand; and say, "Well done."

Do you ever fall on your…

The Pagan Origins of Spring Cleaning (2016 Edition)

"Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled." - Titus 1:15 (KJV)
The season is coming upon us again.  That means it's time to revisit this subject once more.  "The Pagan Origins of Spring Cleaning" was one of the most read and shared articles from The Bruised Reed Blog in 2015 and we are sharing it once again by popular demand.    

Speaking of the December season and related celebrations both religious and secular, Edward Pola and George Wyle wrote a song in 1963 titled, "It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year."  In it they lauded the roasting of marshmallows, the joy of children playing and, yes, even the dreaded pagan term "Christmas."  Lately this song has been playing on the radio and in retailers across America. And so, once again, we are made aware that the world is turning its calendars nearer to the 25th of December and we are le…

10 Commandments for the American Voter

Several weeks ago I published an article entitled "Pentecostals and Secular Politics."  If you have not read that article as yet, I would encourage you to do so by clicking HERE.

To my international readers, there's no doubt that you have at least heard of the commotion in the United States in regard to the upcoming General Election.  Most of this uproar hinges on the Presidential race between Donald Trump (Republican), Hillary Clinton (Democrat) and various other third party candidates (Johnson - Libertarian, Setin - Green, etc.)  While this brief article is geared more specifically to the United States General Election on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, many of the principles contained herein are applicable anywhere a system exists whereby a free people may chose their leaders by election.

To my readers in the United States especially, I hope you will take time to examine these 10 Commandments for the American Voter.

1. Obtain a sample ballot from your County Clerk, Boa…