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Death and What Comes After (in the Psalms)So right now I'm (supposed to be) writing an essay for last semester's Old Testament class on "Life, Death and Conceptions of the Afterlife in the Old Testament and Ancient Near East" (yes, studying theology is simply awesome). The particular essay topic is the relationship with God after death, as portrayed in the Psalms. I have learnt a lot from reading into the topic these last few days - so now before I put it all down academic-style in German (which I'll probably end up doing sometime between 10 and 2 at night, as usually happens, ha...) I'll share some of my "gleanings" with you guys~Death and What Comes After (in the Psalms) by deng-li-xin32
I don't know if you're aware (and I suspect some people don't want to be?) but many texts in the Old Testament speak about death really being the end. As in: the dead are just gone, cut off from God, they don't think of Him and He doesn't think of them (Psalm 30:10, 88:5). According to such texts, there is no life after death.
What Happens in Communion / the Eucharist?In case you weren't aware, the Eucharist / Communion has been one of the greatest "dividing factors" between Christian denominations - despite being, in part, all about unity as "one body" ("one bread, one body"). During the Reformation, different reforming groups had big fights over the understanding of Communion (the Lutherans and Calvinists/Zwinglians/Reformed only reconciled on it in the late 20th Century!!). Even today, non-Catholic Christians are not officially allowed to take part in the Catholic Eucharist (though there are churches where this is not strictly carried through), and Protestant and Catholic priests / pastors can't celebrate Eucharist together ("co-celebration", i.e. both leading the service together).What Happens in Communion / the Eucharist? by deng-li-xin32
The differences in the understanding of the Eucharist, what it means and what exactly "happens" there is very complex... I've been studying theology for almost 6 years now, have led Communion services for 4 years, learnt all about it in church history and even had a f
Personal Testimony-Finances!!For those struggling with money, please read this and take Courage to believe for something more!!! :Personal Testimony-Finances!! by shock777
Few people understand what has been going on in my personal life lately. I am in a transitional stage again, wondering if I will ever find a job and be able to truly live on my own. I am THIS close to moving away because of this. I also have signed up for college and I need a way to pay off my books and for my classes! If I don't get a job soon, I might have to drop out and I've been in this position since this month started.
A lot of the time I've spent worrying and crying...But I've also been Praying.
I don't believe in coincidences. I believe in a caring, loving God and I know for a fact he has me where he wants me. This is a short testimony. I am writing it for those struggling now with their finances, but also to my future-self when I doubt and worry.
God revealed to me back in November that I need to b