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Smoke a Spurgeon (Humor)


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Don’t get caught on the downgrade with a cheap cigar…elect a Spurgeon Panatela. It never loses its flavor and the aroma is predestined to ward off backsliding to lesser cigars. Once lit always lit… Exercise your free will and enjoy one today. Reform the way you think about cigars. These are the best smokes of this dispensation. Available at better Calvinist humidors near you.

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Coming Soon: Forrest Gump 2…The TULIP Code (Humor)


Coming soon to the big screen, it’s Forrest Gump 2… The TULIP Code.

 In the sequel to the 1994 boxoffice hit, Forrest Gump, we find that after Forrest accidentally turned over some test tubes in a lab thus inventing a cure for most diseases, our main character is off to Switzerland to study Theology.  While studying the writings of John Calvin, our hero telephones Lt. Dan and tells him about a secret code found inside Calvin’s works. The code revealed the tulip industry in Holland was actually an evangelical technique employed to spread Calvin’s 5-points concerning the doctrine of election… 

This sure-to-be blockbuster stars Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, and features a posthumous cameo by Tiny Tim singing Tiptoe Through the TULIPS…

Don’t miss it when Lt. Dan says, “Take the TULIP or you will be pushing up Daisies…” and when Forrest says, “Momma always said that Total Depravity applies to almost everybody…”  

Run out and see this movie…

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Daily Truth Bible Study Acts 13:1-12 part 3


Last time I stated that the giving of the gospel is not an academic exercise but a spiritual one. Paul and Barnabas were opposed outwardly by the magician Bar-Jesus but they were also being opposed inwardly as well. The magician apparently sought to not only distance Sergius Paulus from Paul and Barnabas but to convince him not to believe them as well. We will also see later how a growing disagreement between Paul and Barnabas would lead to the separating of this ministry team that God had sent out with a definite mission. The opposition to God’s work was indeed fierce.

Paul addresses Bar-Jesus directly giving him an ear-full of revelation about the false messenger’s lack of character. Paul also pronounced a time of blindness to be upon him which did indeed occur. The proconsul believed the message of Paul and Barnabas according to verse 12. He also witnessed the power of God in seeing the judgement upon his deceitful sidekick.

So, did the proconsul carefully weigh the information and “decide” to accept Jesus based upon his intellect alone? There is no example of such a thing anywhere in scripture. To the contrary, we are told over and over again how God rescues the perishing by His grace by producing faith in those who believe. Romans 1:16 says that the gospel is the power of God unto salvation to all who believe.  The sovereign hand of God plucks out a people to be His own. We never see someone give out info about Jesus and wait while people carefully consider the information as if they were deciding whether to buy a used car. We never see the apostles give out the gospel and then try to manipulate the audience to get “decisions” in a pragmatic way.

What we do see however is God’s message being proclaimed and people responding. Those who are the elect will believe is the general idea. Those who are not have no capacity to do righteousness or it would be works that demand a credit to their accounts. In Phillipians 2, Paul tells believers that it is God who works in believers both to will and to do of His good pleasure. Jesus stated very plainly that those whom the Father gives Him would come to Him, would be kept by Him, and nothing could take them from His hand in John 6. Again in Romans 8 and Ephesians 1 we see God’s sovereign election of His own unto salvation and eternal life. Many more examples of the same idea exist throughout scripture.

So what do we take away from this knowledge? We MUST evangelize the world! God has chosen to use the spreading of his word to call out His elect. In Jesus’ great commission to His followers, He told them to take the message to the world. He didn’t say to conquer the world politically nor militarily. He didn’t say to build mega-churches nor to repackage His message into gobblygook that doesn’t resemble the original idea in order to bring into a social group those who would not respond to the gospel.

In our day as well in any day, we must not lose track of the central truth that God is doing His work using us as His tools. His will will be accomplished with or without us. God is sovereign, we are not. God has the roadmap. God is the pilot. He drives the bus…you get the message.

We see an excellent example of His sovereignty in Acts 13. Sergius Paulus responded in belief despite cultural, political, physical, economical, social, and religious differences. May God be praised for His sovereign grace.

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Daily Truth Bible Study Acts 10:1-23


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Here in chapter 10, we will see two huge truths of scripture unfold before our eyes. Peter (the leader of the first Church) will be taught that God will accept Gentiles into the Church as equals to the Jews and we will see God’s sovereign process of salvation transpire in the life of a Gentile.

We see that God is working in the life of Cornelius and at the same time in the life of Peter. For Cornelius, God is in the process of bringing him into the faith via transformation by exposure to Jesus Christ. For Peter, God is showing him that all of God’s created people are not only loved by God but also seen as desirable for fellowship by God.

Peter is praying on the roof while food is being prepared below. He sees a vision with different types of animals that were considered unclean for food and he is told to eat them. He is told that what God has cleansed should no longer be considered unclean. While Peter is perplexed and trying to understand what is meant by this, the servants of Cornelius arrive at the house asking for Peter.  

Let’s look back at what Peter has learned thus far. He has learned that people other than Jews can be saved into God’s kingdom, that the Holy Spirit dwells within them, that even former enemies of Christ can be saved, and now he learns that Gentiles will also be equal members of the Body of Christ. What!? That’s right, they will be equal in the Body of Christ.

Remember that Peter was a zealous Jew/Christian to say the least. He was probably what many would call overboard in his behavior. He was certainly not a liberal! He vigorously protected all that he had been taught. Now, he would learn yet another lesson.

In Caesarea, Cornelius (a devout man who prayed often, lived a Godly life, and gave money to the Jewish church) was praying. During his prayer, he sees an angel in a vision who tells him to send to Joppa for Peter. The servants arrive for Peter at the same time that Peter is contemplating what the vision of the sheet and the animals may mean.

Verse 19 says the Spirit told Peter to go with the three men who were seeking him and not to doubt what they told him for God had sent them. Peter was many things but disobedient to God was not one of them. He went directly downstairs and greeted the men. He invited them inside and gave them lodgings for the night. The next day, he took some of his associates and went with the men to Caesarea.

Peter was ready, willing, and able to represent God and to serve God’s purpose anytime and anywhere. We should be so willing and ready…

Cornelius was told that his prayers had come before God. He was now anxiously waiting for Peter to tell him what he needed to hear. God was working in the life and soul of a man. He was doing a work of grace and mercy in salvation. God was setting up Cornelius, Peter, the message, and the timing of it all.

Now, back to Peter for a moment. Peter was staying with Simon the tanner. A ‘good Jew’ would not have stayed with a tanner but Peter had developed in understanding past the point of discriminating against such a man. Now, Peter invites the three servants of Cornelius to lodge for the night. This would also be unheard of for a Jew. A Jew would not invite gentiles in to lodge for the night as guests. Peter is developing in his obedience to God and he is learning to let go of some long held traditions.

Coming to faith in God through Jesus Christ for salvation begins a process. It is a process of sanctification. This is not immediate. Justification takes place at once but sanctification takes place over time…usually much time. The first chapter of Philippians talks about God doing a work of development in believers’ lives and completing this work over time. God was beginning to do this work in the life of Cornelius and was continuing to do it in Peter’s life.

Both men showed obedience in seeking to do what God wanted them to do. May we do the same.

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Posted by on February 14, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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What if you had a do-over? Would things be different?


Many movies, books, plays, and games have dealt with the subject of what would happen if you could go back and do your life over again. I can think of at least a dozen things I would do differently. But, really, would your life be different today if you had restarted it and came through a 2nd time?

I say no, it would not be any different at all … at least not for the better. Oh, you may have bought into Microsoft back in the early 80s and became a gazillionaire but that would only have allowed you more money to further debauch yourself. Here is how I got there…

A tiger cannot change his stripes. Proverbs says this (only in a much better way). Only God can cause flesh to appear on dry bones. Only God can save a soul. Despite making good TV, a second chance in life would result the same way as the first chance unless God intervened. Only God can save a soul. And without eternal salvation, what difference would it make if you have 12 chances to re-live part of your life?

For 2010, let’s get back to the future. Eternity lasts a really long time… Do not enter it without being covered by the blood of Jesus.

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Posted by on January 1, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Daily Bible Study Acts 9:1-21 part 4


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For the final installment of the Acts 9:1-21 passage, let’s look at what Saul/Paul experienced in light of current-day teaching about salvation, purpose, abundance, and service.

Saul is walking along the road to Damascus planning to capture and imprison any Christian he can find. This is not the picture of a man who is ‘on the ropes’ so to speak in contemplation of his need for faith in Christ. As a matter of fact, I do not see in scripture where anyone who follows Jesus took time to weigh the pros and cons of the intellectual information about God, Jesus, service, or anything… I also do not see preachers appealing to man’s emotions, his intellect, his goals, his desire for a purpose, his humanity, his concept of self-image, his felt-needs…none of that.

Anyway, back to Saul. Saul sees no need for Jesus. He believes himself to be in perfect alignment with God. Even though he is wrong, he firmly believes himself to be correct and he is so confident that he sets out to rid the world of Christians. Then Jesus selects Saul to be His!

Saul gets up from the ground a changed man. This change is not due to ANYTHING Saul did, thought, hoped, intellectually assented to…it is due only to the sovereign will of God.

Next, let’s look at purpose. Did Saul have a purpose. Yes, God had something in mind for Saul/Paul to accomplish. And boy did he accomplish some things! However, notice the purpose was God’s and not Saul’s thoughts/desires/need for a purpose. Saul was not ‘adding Jesus’ on top of his already carefully ordered life to complete him. Saul’s life was totally destroyed! God had dismantled everything about Saul’s life. Saul had been crushed on the rock of offense. Saul would be transformed so that he could have a purpose.

This is in stark contrast to things we hear today. God did not appeal to Saul’s self-esteem or felt-needs. Saul did not ‘make a decision’ for Jesus but was transformed by Jesus. Saul was not enticed into the ‘faith’ by adding Jesus on top of his goals to complete him. Saul’s purpose would be God’s purpose and this purpose would be nothing like Saul would have thought of on his own.

But what about abundant life? Doesn’t God want everyone wealthy, healthy, and wise? Saul/Paul would go on to say in coming years that he was totally content and had learned to be happy regardless of his circumstances. God did indeed give him an abundant life. However, this abundant life did not include driving a Merc, living in a posh estate, or being served by everyone. Saul’s life would be one of toil, turmoil, striving for the faith, running for his life, sitting in prison, and being accused of all manner of wrongdoings. God’s call for Saul/Paul was no prosperity message in earthly terms.

And finally, what about service? Everyone catered to Saul’s every whim once he was saved, right? Uh, no. Saul labored for God’s work. He taught, traveled, discipled, rebuked, debated, suffered, and served. He served more than he was served. God’s work was no prestige party or social event for Saul. It was work. Later Saul/Paul would reflect upon his work and regret nothing yet hope he could have done more for God.

Be careful of who/what you listen to today. False teachers are plentiful. Ear-tickling messages are everywhere.  Listen to God’s word not man’s thoughts.

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Daily Bible Study Acts 9:1-21 part 3


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We will pick up in verse 6. Saul/Paul responds to Jesus by saying, “Lord, What do you want me to do?” Now that is a fitting response to give to Jesus.  The Lord tells Saul to rise and go into the city and wait for instructions. 

Watch the reaction of those who traveled with Saul. Now, remember, these people were associates and/or servants of Saul and are still in the old mindset of seeking the Christians out to imprison them.  The Bible says these people stood speechless because they heard a voice but saw no one. They helped Saul get up but Saul is blind. Wow, what happened? The people were undoubtedly confused. They heard the voice but saw nothing. And why did Saul fall down? Why was he now blind? Who is this he is calling Lord?

I would bet Saul told quite a story to his friends. But it was not the story they expected. Saul had made a serious 180 degree turn spiritually. What did they think about this? We cannot be sure since scripture does not tell us. However, Saul would go on to tell as many people as possible about Jesus as the Messiah. I would imagine that he told his friends about how he had been wrong to oppose Jesus and that Jesus is really the Messiah the Jews had been awaiting!

Saul was blind for three days and neither ate nor drank. While this was occurring, God was working on the other side of the conversion experience of Saul/Paul. Verse 10 says God spoke to a disciple named Ananias who was in Damascus. Ananias answers, apparently not having a heart attack at hearing a direct call from God, and listens to His instructions. God tells him where to go to find Saul and that Saul will see in a vision that Ananias would come to pray for him to receive his sight.

Verse 13 records Ananias’ concerns. This is a very understandable response. Ananias says something similar to, “Uh, what? Saul of Tarsus? The one who is trying to arrest the saints? The one who hates us? I have heard of this man. Are you sure, Lord?” I’m sure there were many more concerns and fears that are not recorded. Ananias has reasonable fears and concern but he did not know all of the information. God was in control…there was no reason to fear.

Verse 15 says, “But the Lord said to him, Go, for he is a chosen vessel of mine to bear my name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. For I will show him how many things he must suffer for my name’s sake.”

Ananias is reassured and goes in obedience to God. We do not really have anything with which to compare this situation. We do not hear directly from God in a vocal command. If you did, you could not tell anyone because they would either think you were mad or accuse you of trying to sell books based on lies or sensationalism.

The point is, Ananias had reasonable fears yet he was obedient to God. That is what we should focus upon. Ananias follows through and Saul receives his sight. Saul spent time with the disciples in Damascus and was strengthened after ending his fast.

Saul immediately began preaching to the Jews in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God. I can only imagine the confusion. What a conversion. The power of God had converted Saul from a vehement enemy to a faithful preacher. The HUGE change of direction in Saul’s life served as a witness of the power of God.

People who are converted today should also show a change in lifestyle, goals, cares, desires, behaviors, …etc. Why? The Bible is very clear that the ways of the world and the ways of God are diametrically opposed.

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Posted by on October 27, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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