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Daily Truth Bible Study Acts 4:23 – 37


The text for today is Acts 4: 23 – 37.  Let’s begin the study…

In our last study, Peter and John had been arrested, commanded not to speak or preach in Jesus’ name, threatened, and told to leave. Today’s text finds them returning to the other disciples and converts and reporting about the events that transpired.

Upon hearing all of the things that happened, the group of believers began to pray to God. They asked for protection for their lives, well-being for their Lexus, Rolex, 401K, and so forth…NOT. Watch what they pray about. They pray to God acknowledging that God is the sovereign creator and ruler, that He is sovereign over all things including the actions of the enemy, and stating the facts of what Peter and John witnessed from the political and religious rulers. Then they ask for boldness to speak God’s word and for the ability to do signs and wonders in the name of Jesus. They did not ask for food, clothing, personal protection, well-being, a new church building…they only asked for boldness and the power of God to be displayed.

What was the result? Verse 31 says that after they prayed, the place where they were assembled was shaken, they were filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke boldly.

When is the last time you were in a meeting where the building was shaken?

You probably answer like me, it has not happened at all or in a very long time. Why is that? Probably because we are more concerned with our lives, our possessions, our plans, our goals, our ministry, our wants and desires, and our grandiose purpose in this life.

I’m not saying we are all bad people with no concern for doing God’s will. I am saying, however, that we are probably too much in this world to be worthy of being shaken by the rush of a renewing charge from the Spirit of God.

I believe this text should encourage us to step back and examine ourselves. The disciples were only concerned about pleasing God and fulfilling His plan. We are concerned about preserving our lives and way of life. Each one of us should get alone with God and ask for Him to show us the way.

May God bless the study of His word.

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Posted by on August 18, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

Intelligent Design: A Christian Perspective


I have been thinking about and watching the ID movement for a while. I have some hopes and some concerns about this movement. Unfortunately, the concerns outweigh the hopes…Let’s discuss:

ID attributes the creation of the world, universe, and everything that exists to an intelligence. It is left up to the thinker to decide the identity of the intelligence.

First, the hopes. It would be nice for schools to teach creation since that is indeed the truth. It is ridiculous to know that children are taught evolution that requires as much if not more faith than creation. I know that it is a great deal to hope for but it is still a hope. It would be nice to read a scientific journal that sought to explain the activities that occurred during the creation week and the magnificence of the God who did it all. That is also a pretty large hope and I am not holding my breath. I also hope for the wonder of creation to turn hearts and minds of the lost to God for His divine redemption in Jesus Christ. This is in God’s hands and that is an excellent place for it to be.

So much for hopes, let’s talk about concerns associated with the ID movement. First, I do not believe incrementalism accomplishes anything in the Christian world. In the Bible, I suppose the argument could be made that the church was built incrementally since it was put together over time from small fragments scattered across the known world. However, I do not believe the major power of the church was incremental in nature. God is totally complete and all-sufficient all of the time. When God does something, He does it…period. Sure much time passed but the formation of the church and the continuation of people being converted to Christianity is not an incremental process. The Bible is very clear about God being in control of drawing in the converts. He adds to His church by His sovereign will.

So, how could a movement that does not name God and honor Him with creation be a good step toward the truth? The ID movement was originated because several people in the scientific and intellectual community knew the overwhelming denial of creation by science is wrong and a disservice to humanity. They feel, however, that the best course of action is to keep identity of the intelligence ‘set aside’ for now since that will polarize the debate.

Is ID totally bankrupt? No, but I cannot really hold out much hope for God to back a concept that denies Him. Yes, to refuse to name our God as the creator is a mistake.

Second, to give credit for creation to an unnamed entity opens the door to all sorts of problems with “Thou shall have no other gods before me”. Every religious group on the earth could claim their entity of choice to be the creator under ID. This is a very large hole in the movement. Remember when the kings ruled Israel? Many of them worshipped other gods. This infuriated God. The Jews suffered much as a result. Even the good kings failed to destroy all of the implements of idol worship. God does not share the stage nor does He play second fiddle in the band.

Third, some in the ID movement claim they will ‘insert the part about God later once ID is established and accepted”. I do not buy this as being a viable approach. I do not think the seeker-friendly way of approaching people with the gospel works either. They try to draw crowds with entertainment and man-centered talk. They claim that they will ‘insert the Jesus information later’ which is absurd. If people do not want Jesus, they do not want His church… I believe the same thing goes with ID. If people reject God, they will not accept Him incrementally through a process of converting evolution into a design by an entity to be named at a later date…

Is ID a bad idea? No. It is flawed in its execution however. God is one and He is God alone. Let’s give credit where credit is deserved…

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Posted by on August 8, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Op-Ed: EC Goatherder, Rob Bell, says gospel approach isn’t working.


 
 
I saw a clip recently of Rob Bell who is a ‘guru’ of the new way of ‘doing church’ and who is looked at as a hero by many young people and students training for the ministry. He was berating a guy who was street preaching using a bullhorn and challenging people to repent because the wages of sin are death and hell (Biblical as far as I can remember). Rob says, “People were not stopping to talk and were not taking brochures from the bullhorn guy so, therefore, the gospel isn’t working.”
 
Now, to encapsulate what Rob means and what much of the ‘new way of doing church’ is all about, we can call this pragmatism. The central tenet of pragmatism is ‘if you see results, you are successful’.
 
Let me count the errors with this mentality…
 
1. Who defines what results are? Us or God… What we see happening must be interpreted by what the Bible says not by what we ‘feel’.
 
2. Is it what people want that matters? If I handed out cocaine on the street I would then be successful because many people stop to take what I am offering but because I offer the Gospel and no one stops to take it then I am unsuccessful and the Gospel no longer works…?
 
No need to continue. Rob goes on to say that the only way that ‘works’ is for churches to give the people what they want… Some points from the Bible come to mind about the natural mind and the desires of the wicked…
 
Hey, didn’t Robert Schuler come up with the idea of asking people what they want from their church…?
 
We are only successful when we are popular with the world is what Rob was saying. That brings to mind a parable taught by Jesus about a narrow path and a broad road…both are labeled “Heaven” but only one leads there…
 
How do you define success?
 
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Posted by on August 4, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Jesus Is not the only way to Heaven?


Jesus Isn’t the Only Way?         Aug 03 by Sam Guzman

The Episcopal church has long been toeing the line of apostasy, and in several cases, has outright crossed it. Now some liberal Episcopalians are downright denying that Jesus is the only way, twisting the definition of grace to mean that God accepts the whole world, regardless of what individuals believe about Jesus.  How tragic it is when the exclusive nature of salvation through Christ alone is denied to uproarious applause. Thank God that he always has a remnant, in this case, conservative Episcopalians who are sickened by this.

Op-Ed: 

Robert Schuler made a career at teaching the heresy that Jesus is not/may not be the only way to Heaven. Billy Graham said he dogmatically taught that Jesus was the only way when he was younger but now he thinks only God knows and would have to decide (my paraphrase). The Emerging Church vehemently denies the Bible can even be understood much less believed. Joel Osteen and Rick Warren (and others) twist the truth until there is just feel-good mishmash and no truth.

There are some letters to some churches in the Revelation. It would serve us well to read them occasionally. Our preacher spoke about the sovereignty of God two weeks ago. He used, imagine this, the Bible as his source. People applauded at the conclusion of the sermon. When is the last time you heard a sermon that warranted applause?

The Bible is very direct about this subject. Jesus is THE way and the ONLY way. It is not veiled, subjective, or implied. There is no getting around this fact unless you deny the word of God. Why is this so difficult?

 
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Posted by on August 4, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Truth, just the truth…no filtering for convenience allowed


Have you noticed how everything these days is filtered through some type of ‘I hope I don’t hurt anyone’s feelings’ device? Is this healthy? Is it a gateway to prosperity or doom?

I cite the recent situation where the police officer responded to a 911 call about a man breaking into a house. You all know what I am talking about. The brewhaha ended with brew at the Whitehouse.

I have sat back and watched the Obama communications staff (99% of all media) tiptoe around the real truth of this matter. The man broke into his own house but would not cooperate with the police by showing his ID. If he had shown it without giving the officers lip, there would have been no story. It would have been over.

But nooooooo, Dr. Attitude had to give lip to the officers and wound up with a free ride to the lockup.

Ok. The man was in his own house. I know a man is king inside his own castle so to speak. But remember, the police did not just show up looking for something to do…they were called. Once a police officer receives a call, they must settle the issue at hand. If they did not, everyone would be screaming about how ineffective the police have become and etc. and etc.

Then, to make matters worse, Obama says the police acted stupidly? Oh really! I would say Obama acted stupidly. He made a very public comment about something he knew nothing about and accused the police for doing something wrong. If this had been President Bush, there would have been no end to the media scrutiny. But Obama gets a pass from his communication force (public media).

Then we hear that the beer summit would be a learning opportunity. Yes, Obama should learn to keep his trap shut until he has a little 411 about the issue at hand. The prof should learn to cooperate with the very people who are responsible for keeping him and all of his posh neighbors safe.

Why won’t the media call it the way it is instead of bending all of their supposed journalistic integrity to protect chief foot-in-mouth???

The answer is that the truth is much less important than the image they are trying to create and preserve. The media know that if they say something enough times, Joe and Mary Marlboro will begin to believe it as fact.

Does truth really matter anymore? Opine, por favor.

 
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Posted by on August 3, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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