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A Play on Words (Something to Think About)


I don’t care how much you care until I know how much you know.

You are probably saying, “Huh?” Let me explain. I am sick and beyond sick of hearing  limp-wristed Christians apologize for the fact that there is black & white truth called scripture and some of it isn’t pretty.

They say, “people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” I say that it doesn’t matter how much you care unless you know enough to be able to help them find the truth!

Wake up people. You were never told to hold a popularity contest to gain favor with sinners showing them how awesome your tolerance of their wickedness is. You were told to take God’s message of redemption to the world. This message includes sin, hell, penalty, and damnation just as much as it does grace, mercy, love, and peace.

Tell the whole story or you ain’t tellin’ God’s story. God doesn’t need you to spiff up His image in order to make him marketable! God doesn’t need an image consultant and if He did, it wouldn’t be you! Have the courage to face the truth.

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Posted by on April 19, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Daily Truth Bible Study Acts 9:22-43 part 4


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In this final installment of this section of scripture, the focus shifts from Saul/Paul back to Peter. Beginning in verse 32, we see Peter traveling. Traveling was not glamorous back then. It was laborious, dangerous, and time-consuming. Surely there were underlings that could have traveled for Peter. However, we will see that Peter was not above person-to-person ministry.

Depending upon where you live, you may or may not have experienced the mega church concept. 3000 members, 40 pastors, 40-acre campus, 3-ring megaplex… all of these are common place in many American cities these days. Call up and ask to meet with the senior pastor and you will be told that he doesn’t do that. One of the junior pastors will meet directly with the public. The senior pastor focuses on strategy, leadership, growing the church’s brand, building the spiritual empire and so forth.

Peter was the senior pastor. He was there in the beginning when Jesus directly gave him responsibility for the church. No man could be more senior than Peter was in his time. Yet, we see Peter directly involved with individuals.

Verse 34 shows Peter reaching out to Aeneas and healing him in the name of Jesus. Peter was careful never to take credit or even appear to take credit for the miraculous. He made it clear where the power came from. The local people saw the result of the healing of the man they had known since their youth. As a result of God’s power on display, many (turned) came to faith in the Lord. The Greek word used for ‘turned’ in turned to the Lord means a conversion of life direction instead of a simplistic turn of curiosity.

Peter’s celebrity could not have produced this conversion. God was working powerfully in His Church.

Next we see Peter was summoned to go to Joppa where a believing woman had died.   Now Peter may have been tired. It may have been the end of a long day. He could have sent an associate or asked for a delay in traveling yet more distance to minster but he did not. He went where he was asked to go. Peter prayed for the woman in private once arriving where the woman lay and God raised her from the dead. The Bible says this event was known all over Joppa and that many believed in the Lord (again, not the casual belief but the life-changing kind).

I am not saying that division of labor or delegation of duties inside the church is wrong. I see the message of this part of scripture as saying that a minister is never larger than his personal ministry. That includes all of us. God has the power and we are to have the availability. None of us are too cool to get our hands dirty, so to speak, with direct ministry. Peter knew this. Paul knew this. They more than any others could have felt they were too senior to get involved but the example they set was one of personal involvement with others when the opportunity presented itself.

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Daily Truth Bible Study Acts 9:22-43 part 1


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Daily Truth Bible Study  Acts 9:22-43   Let us continue to follow what God is doing in the Church during its formation. How does this compare with what is happening in the “church” today?

Verse 22 tells us that Saul/Paul confounded the Jews who lived in Damascus proving that Jesus is the Christ. Now we know that it was not the lesser of the Jews he was confounding because, in every other situation we have seen, the leadership of the Jews is always out in front of the confrontation. It was true in the very beginning. The Jews who were leading the battle against Jesus were the leadership and that continued. So do not think that Saul/Paul was sneaking around and talking to the lowest level of Jew only. He was confounding the leadership and proving that Jesus was indeed who He had said He was.

How did Saul/Paul do this? I would say that he did it the same way he continued to do it throughout his ministry. He taught that Jesus is the Son of God who died, rose, and ascended to be with the Father. He taught that there is salvation in no other name except Jesus. This is the same message Paul taught throughout his ministry. The power of God was also involved without question. God’s power was at work to accomplish His purpose. Saul/Paul was only as able as God made him to be.

Now, I would like to combat the thought popular today that “since modern people do not want to hear about doctrine, we need to be relevant to them and meet them where they live”. This type of thinking is bankrupt. It implies that God and His word is not relevant unless man gives it the right to be. This is an abomination! God is Holy, Holy, Holy. He is all-knowing, all-powerful, and all-encompassing. He determines what is relevant.

The “relevance to the world” crowd are working from the belief that man is sovereign in determining whether or not he will accept God. They may not admit it but it is true. Why else would a person think it necessary to the relevant to a group in order to tell the group what it needs to hear? They are trying to get the group’s approval or buy-in.

We have already covered the fact that God is sovereign and determines those who will be saved and is justified in doing so. God predetermines and calls those who will be saved unto Himself. This is why God is always relevant. People need to hear the truth so the elect will come to God in repentance (which is a sign they are the elect). 

Saul/Paul could talk the talk and reason with the educated. He was a well-educated pharisee before his conversion. If he had wanted, he could have argued Jewish beliefs all day long. As an educated man, he could have also argued Roman politics and world events. He did not do this however. He preached Christ alone as the savior of the world.

Next, look at verse 23. After many days, the Jews plotted to kill him. Here we go again. Not much has changed. The Jews realized they were in trouble of loosing their hold over the people. Saul/Paul’s message threatened to undo their religious system. Their hardened hearts were not capable of repenting (apparently) and thus they planned to kill the messenger so as to remove the problem.

Wow, what a religion! They could not win the argument with facts and they did not apparently have a great deal of faith in their religion so they plotted to kill Saul/Paul to quiet him.

What does this tell you about Saul/Paul and his message. There was real power there. If not, would the Jews desire to kill? Maybe. Saul/Paul’s message was considered blasphemous to them. However, watch how they planned to kill him. They were not planning to walk up to him and kill him publicly. They waited at the gates to catch him. This may suggest the Jews were not acting with the popular opinion of the population of the area.

Regardless of the exact reason for their plans, Saul/Paul was not to be stopped. God made a way for his escape. Saul/Paul was a force to be feared by the Jews. He carried the message of redemption to his part of the world.  

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Posted by on December 18, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Daily Truth Bible Study Acts 7:1-21


Daily Truth Bible Study  Acts 7:1-21

After reading today’s text, let’s move into our discussion. Steven had been brought before the temple officials and accused of saying that Jesus was sent to undo all that Moses taught. This was obviously a lie. The scripture even states that false witnesses were set up to tell lies against Stephen.

Watch what Stephen does. He had a few options. When asked by the high priest if the charges were true, Stephen could have said, ‘no’. He could also have denied the specific charges of blasphemy and trying to undo Moses’ teachings. Notice what he did, however. He took his audience way back to the time before even Moses…to Abraham. Brilliant!

Every Jew alive is a child of Abraham. In their minds, if anything could trump Moses it would have to be Abraham. This is not the only thing occurring here. Stephen was also getting away from the totally ridiculous charges and setting the stage for delivering a sermon. He took the listeners back to a point of common ground and began to unfold the truth for them.

When surgeons operate to remove a cancerous growth, they do not simply remove most of the growth leaving a little bit behind. They remove the entire tumor and even the clean tissue that surrounds the tumor. Leaving clean margins is the only way they can be sure they have removed the entire tumor. Stephen removed the lies by going back to the original covenant given by God to the father of the Jews. Stephen would continue to preach his sermon showing how God worked in the past and continues to work even in their time. In the next lesson, we will see Stephen continuing to recount history and revealing how God’s plan continued with Jesus.

Stephen did not get caught up in a back-and-forth with the accusers. He set out to establish the entire truth in front of the audience he was given. He proceeded to unfold the entire story, not only what the crowd wanted to hear. There was no fear in his message. He was not trying to talk well enough to please the crowd or to talk his way around the charges and get free. He was declaring the whole truth of God.

When we have the opportunity to speak for God, let’s not hold back for fear of the audience’s response. Let’s tell the truth.  

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Posted by on September 15, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Brian Mclaren vs. Job 38 – 40 … God wins, Again!


Op-Ed from Truthinator:

The article that follows is from Emerging/Emergent Church leader and guru, Brian McLaren’s website. In this article, he says that his new book will address the need to imagine a ‘bigger God’ than the one traditional Christians have claimed to know. McLaren and his admirer want a ‘God’ that grows and changes along with man. A ‘God’ that modifies along with our changes of mind (my assumption based upon the article).

Talk about convenient! Wow, we would never have to worry about sin because ‘God’ would change the rules each time we lust for something we should not have… and so on. Brian McLaren, the ECers, the seeker-friendly, entertainment-driven & doctrine-opposing people all share a common core. They do not want the real God. They want a god they can create and control. This allows them to feel spiritual while continuing to be the pilot of their cargo plane full of this world’s goodies…

Read Job 38 – 40 and you will see that God does not vary according to our demands or wishes. We are not the creator, HE is! God gives men proper perspective by defining Himself in this passage.

Disclaimer: The information contained in the article below is very offensive to people who believe the Bible and worship the true God of the past, present, and future. This article is steeped in New Age heresy and should be read for informational purposes only.

God and/of evolution … (by Brian McLaren)

Sister Joan Chittister writes a provocative reflection on God and evolution, and on the God of evolution, here. (Thanks Mike Todd!) There are strong resonances between what Joan is saying and what my upcoming book explores. Most of us grew up learning about the God of Laws, the God who made sense in Sir Isaac Newton’s mechanistic universe. (Nothing expressed this contextualization better than the little booklet “Four Spiritual Laws,” which could have been called “Four Spiritual Mechanisms.”) Now, we are struggling to imagine a bigger God, a God who makes sense in the evolutionary universe of Darwin, Einstein, LeMaitre, Hubble, Heisenberg, and Kuhn … Here’s how Joan expresses it … (after the jump) … Instead, the God of creation becomes the God of ongoing creation, of life intent on its own development, and of life involved in contributing to its own emerging form. From this perspective, creation, life itself, is a work in process. It grows from one stage to another. It is immersed in both possibility and mistakes. It is a creature of imagination on the way to the unimaginable. The God of grand but hidden designs becomes the God of evolution, of the working out of creation as we go. Suddenly free will, the choices we make as we labor at the project of life, becomes important. Decision-making becomes universally significant, and selection of our actions determines the shape of an ongoing evolving world. A self-creating universe becomes co-creator with the humble God who shares power and waits for the best from us and provides for what we need to make it happen. We become participants in the process of life and the development of the world that is not so much planned as it is enabled. As nature grows, experiments, unfolds, selects and adapts, so then must we. Growth, not perfection, becomes the purpose of life. Ongoing creation, not predestined fate, becomes the purpose of life. I’m especially stuck by Joan’s use of the word “provides” in the previous passage. The doctrine of divine providence in Sir Isaac Newton’s world often could be reduced to divine control or puppetry … but in this new context, divine providence suggests something far richer, far subtler, and – to me at least – far more beautiful: divine generosity, divine provision, divine resourcing, divine empowerment. That gives us not only a different image of God, but also of ourselves. You might try living within that universe – and that vision of God – today. I know I will be doing so.

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Daily Truth Bible Study Acts 6:1-15 part 2


Daily Truth Bible Study  Acts 6:1-15 part 2

Last time, we saw howGod continued to build His church. The twelve apostles made the decision to organize the efforts to serve those who were in need allowing the twelve to continue in their prayer and study. This is the first instance where organization as a method of operation is shown. The outcome was that God continued to add to the number of believers. The organization did not add the believers, God did. The organization was a step in effective operation in order to best honor God.

We now see Stephen briefly appear on the scene. The brevity of time should not indicate to us a smallness of his ministry, however. Look at verse 8. Stephen was full of faith and power and he did great wonders and signs among the people. The mention of him in scripture is brief but that does not diminish how we should feel about his impact.

Watch what happens as a result of Stephen’s effective minstry. Opposition arose from a group of religious people. These people did not see eye-to-eye with the truth taught by Stephen because the Bible says they disputed with him. Not only did they dispute with him, verses 10-11 say they were not able to resist his wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke so they secretly induced men to lie about what Stephen was teaching.

So, since the opposition could not win by debating the facts and issues, they formed a group of liars to spread falsehoods in order to swing public opinion away from Stephen. This sounds like typical politics today. Not much has changed over the years. If you cannot win with the strength of your cause, lie, cheat, and steal until you can win through corruption. Yes indeed. This sounds like politics in the US today. The truth matters little. What matters is how many people and how much media you can get to spout your lies until people generally begin to believe you.

There is a huge problem with this tactic however. One day, all people will stand before God. The Bible says that God cannot be mocked and people will reap what they have sown. Abe Lincoln said you can fool all of the people some of the time and some of the people all of the time but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time. That seems to be true. It is also true, however, that you cannot fool God ANY of the time. 

The disputers stirred up the people and the temple officials. Stephen was brought before the council. More liars were put into place to twist Stephen’s words and to connect him to the same lies told about Jesus when he was on trial.

Watch what happens in verse 15. Despite being on trial before corrupt politicians with a group of lying  witnesses, all of the people who were seeking Stephen’s demise saw his face to be like that of an angel. I would imagine that most people would be in a bit of stress standing before a kangaroo court full of cheats, liars, and thugs. Yet, Stephen had the calmness and serenity of an angel. Stephen was given grace by God to withstand the trial he was facing.

It is difficult to imagine how a person could be calm during an uproar like this one. His life was definitely in jeopardy. God gave him the grace he needed when he needed it. It seems to me like God is not one to waste. We cannot imagine how Stephen could remain so calm despite his circumstances because we have never been there. However, for those who have been in similar circumstances and lived, their testimony reveals that God provided what they needed when they needed it. May God bless the study of His word.      Comment below if you wish.

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