The Nondenominational Gift-Part 2 from Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Thanks for joining me today for Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power and welcome back to the second part of our WOW, The Nondenominational Gift! Grab your coffee and come on in.

I’m so excited I can hardly stand it and don’t know where to begin. I have done some digging since we met yesterday, and first of all, the reference to “on” Him is rich, my sweet friend, incredibly rich. In all the cross-references for this verse, they all refer to Him being the foundation, the rock, the cornerstone of our faith! Jesus is the cornerstone, what holds our foundation of faith, not any particular denomination! We could get into a month-long study about “cornerstone” but we won’t go there. Just know we are on the right track and there are diamonds in the digging!

So the next word that caught my attention is “shame.” Now, my eyes just ain’t what they used to be, but I noticed that the phrase “will not be put to shame” is in italics in my Bible so I went to the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance to look up the word “shame” in this particular verse. It wasn’t there???? I was very perplexed but that caused me to dig more which is what gave me the confirmation of Jesus being the rock, the cornerstone, our foundation.

But it doesn’t answer why that phrase is in italics so let’s dig some more.

Did you know that there is a “wholesome” shame? I sure didn’t. Any time I hear that word, my stomach tightens and I have always thought of it with a negative mind but, yes, there is a “wholesome shame” which involves a change of conduct and this type of shame is found in just three scriptures: 1st Corinthians 4:14; 2nd Thessalonians 3:14 and Titus 2:8. Interesting! Grab your shovels and follow me.

So the concordance tells me that the word “shame” is in the Bible 100 times, but the crazy thing is there is no reference for Romans 10:11, but I know that it means that we will not be ashamed before Him when we come face to face with Him!

Many references to the word shame come from the Greek word “entrepo.” The first thing I see is “entrap,” and the definitions line up with that. It is a turning in on one’s self, recoil. Shame is a form of entrapment, of bondage!

Ooh, here is another one which has some relevance to our WOW: “aischune,” and the first thing that pops out to me is the word shun! When someone shuns us, there is this sort of shame that comes; don’t you think? Anyway, this definition states: “This word refers to the feeling that leads to shun what is unworthy out of anticipation of dishonor, a fear of anticipated ill-repute.” Bingo! This leads us to the meat of the matter: Why do we shun so many other denominations? I’ll leave you with that thought and I promise, on Thursday we’ll move on to verse 12! I’m hoping to discover the answer to the question of why that phrase “will not be put to shame” is in italics.

Have a shame-free day!

Evinda

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One Response to “The Nondenominational Gift-Part 2 from Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power”

  1. Jan Bachelor says:

    I will be waiting to see what you find.