Archive for February, 2020

VerseD: Luke 16:10

“One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.”
Luke 16:10, ESV

Are you one who is considered faithful, or are you rarely thought of to help with anything?

Have you shared your faith in Christ with anyone, or by your silence have you denied Him?

VerseD: James 1:19

Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger
James 1:19, ESV

We must remember to stay calm and listen to others, even if we disagree. Just as God has been patient with us, we should be patient with our fellow sinful humans, remembering they are made in God’s image and may not be aware of what they are doing.

The Birthing of an 8 Year-Old: A Proper Time to Use the “Sinner’s Prayer”?

My first thought seeing his name was, “Huh. That’s a cool name.” Then I got to the parenthetical thought. (I must be a prophet!)

I almost wrote the rest of the story. (I must be a prophet!) Except in my story there was a brother, not sisters. Why? I experienced a VERY similar story years ago with a 10-year-old in the Church of the Nazarene.

Then I seriously considered sharing this here blog entry to make this particular story a tad more famous for His glory.

So I did.

Daniel

The Recovering Legalist

Last night I was blessed with the wonderful privilege of holding hands with an 8 year-old boy and his mother as he prayed to receive Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior! It was awesome!

The “sinner’s prayer” was involved, though. Was this a problem?

Let me describe what happened, then let’s talk about it.


It was Wednesday night, and that’s when the youth meet downstairs and the adults meet in the main sanctuary for prayer and discussion of Scripture (we are currently going through the book of Proverbs a chapter each week). After I had already gotten started, the mother and her son came in and sat in the auditorium. Frankly, I thought it was odd that they both came in…maybe he got in trouble, or something?

Image may contain: 2 people, people sitting, people standing, hat, child and outdoor Jhett and his mom, Cara, at a rodeo. It runs in his family.

Well, it was only after the meeting was finished…

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Old Earth Interpretations

Sometimes (always), context helps. Sometimes (sometimes), exaggeration, hyperbole, and stretching the narrative are just as helpful.

Daniel

ApoloJedi

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In some interactions online, I’ve been told that because I do not bring in the outside influences of the Ancient Near East (ANE) histories as an authoritative interpretive principle, then I am a heretic. This is typical of liberal theologies that want to elevate outside sources as authorities like modern academic paradigms, cultural norms, and politics over the Bible. The same person declared that it is important to add words to the Bible to make it accommodate old earthism. Here’s what they have to say:

ANE

He wrote those posts in response to my question about the flood of Noah’s day being a worldwide flood instead of his view of a minor local flood in Mesopotamia. I asked the question:

Why do you think it is absurd for me to read what the text says “ALL (H3605) mountains (H2022) under ALL (H3605) heavens (H8064)” in…

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VerseD: Colossians 3:15

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.
Colossians 3:15, ESV

Our hope in Christ gives us peace. A thankful heart amplifies that peace. Regular fellowship with the Church amplifies our thankfulness.

VerseD: Psalm 91:1

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
Psalm 91:1, ESV

Seek God and His righteousness. Then, no matter what happens in this world, the hope of eternity will give peace, knowing you are His.

VerseD: Colossians 2:6

Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him,
Colossians 2:6, ESV

We should be wise about the teachings we allow to influence us, so read the Scriptures and live amongst those who follow good doctrine to the glory of God.

Review – A Matter of Days – Chapter 8

Consistency is key, as well.

ApoloJedi

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Guided by Theology

One would think Dr. Ross became a biblical creationist in between ch7 and ch8 as he begins this chapter with

The Bible is a harbor of truth. And yet, navigating a harbor safely often requires a guide who offers clear, specific direction around dangerous obstacles especially during a storm. God calls Christians to love Him with all of  their minds, and to do so, serious followers must explore the breadth and depth of His recorded Word. Jesus said, “Seek and you will find” (Matthew 7:7). Good theology helps direct an honest search. Wise church scholars throughout history have acknowledged that determining the precise meaning of a biblical word or passage sometimes requires more effort than a mere surface reading. Many passages that address or allude to the age of the universe and Earth are difficult to interpret. Such sections require careful…

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Do You Have the Heart of the Renewed or Unrenewed?

The Recovering Legalist

Do you ever wonder how to tell if you have been born again, saved, or renewed by the Holy Spirit?

Well, I found the lists below in a John MacArthur study Bible a while back, and I thought I would share them with you.

Do a self-assessment (2 Cor. 13:5), if you’re concerned. If you’re NOT concerned, yet you fit more in the bottom half of the list, I’m concerned for you! It might be good for you to check out the tab “Eternal Life” at the top of this blog. Seriously!

Again, this is not original on my part, but I thought it was worth sharing. If nothing else it can shine some light on areas needing improvement.

Heart, Character of the Renewed

Prepared to seek God. 2 Chr 19:3; Ezra 7:10; Ps 10:17

Fixed on God. Ps 57:7

Joyful in God. 1 Sam 2:1

Perfect with God.

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VerseD: Acts 2:21

“‘And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.'”
Acts 2:21, ESV

It does not say “everyone shall be saved.” It says “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

It is not enough to just go to church.

Believe for yourself. Today.