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Choosing What Is Best

Increasing discernment by growing in love

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Introduction

I. Why to choose the best

II. How to choose the best

Conclusion

Donald Sunukjian is Homiletics Chair and Professor of Christian Ministry and Leadership at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California.

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BILL SHEA

July 22, 2013  12:10pm

Throughout the New Testament drinking alcohol is addressed, but always in the sense of not getting drunk. Paul advised Timothy to drink a little wine for his stomach. Jesus converted water into wine. It is hard for me to believe that he converted it into grape juice since the wedding guests would obviously know the difference. Until Prohibition, most churches here in the U.S. used wine in communion. Today we seem to be taking a legalistic approach to what should be a spirit issue. I agree with the article one must consider the situation, consider biblical teaching, and then make the best decision.

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Roger Jensen

June 14, 2013  8:05pm

Wow! The comments posted hear seem very pharisaical and completely miss the point of the passage being illustrated through this story. My hope would be for people sitting in judgement to first seek understanding of the pastor's heart. Participating in the toast was done out of love, not legalism.

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chaplain woody Emahiser

April 15, 2012  1:57pm

I really wish that i could find a well informed person that lives and or works in St Paul, I have meny questions that should only come from a RABBI, these would be Questions in line to help the truck drivers that come in, all FAITHES,cam you help me,I am a retired truck driver, now after training a CHAPLAIN, and wanting to grow in the LORD, Thank you.!

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Gilbert Gerbrandt

January 09, 2012  7:21pm

Liquor is also called spirits - and is NOT the Holy Spirit. Jesus never 'made' or 'consumed' alcoholic drinks. Fermentation in God's Word always refers to sin, and our Lord Jesus Christ would have none of that.

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Stefan Burnham

December 28, 2011  11:43am

The choice of drinking alcohol would depend on a person's decision on how they want to treat the body/temple AND what example they want to be. That decision should be made long before we are sitting in front of a margarita! The Bible teaches in Corinthians that the body is NOT our own; that it is a temple. Some say Jesus drank alcohol when he created 'wine' at a wedding; He did not. In fact, a little word study proves the 'wine' was new wine (juice) as opposed to 'old' wine (fermented). It's easy to justify drinking alcohol when we believe Jesus consumed it. ALL Christians should refuse alcohol. I am aware that for many Christians being a teetotaler is, well ...hard to swallow! Perhaps the pastor was being tested by the wedding host/server that served the alcohol. It would seem that the host would know his invited guests, and would know who drank and who did not. The pastor should have been asked if he/she wanted a drink. How many margaritas are enough? What's the goal? Why start?

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