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“What one feels for the Bible will determine whether he will do anything for God, what he will do for God, how much he will do for God, and with what spirit he will render his service. With a lost world at the doorsteps of the church growing ever greater in its numbers and needs, and with the Christian community shrinking in comparison, it behooves us not only to believe the Bible, treasure and reverence the Bible, but to utilize the Bible in missions and evangelism. To neglect it in this generation places us one generation away from a pagan world. To obey and use it in the power of the Spirit places us but one generation away from a changed world.”
- Joe H. Cothen
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If I profess with the loudest voice, and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that point in which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking – then I am not confessing Christ. Where the battle rages there the loyalty of the soldier is proven; and to be steady on all the battlefronts besides is mere fright and disgrace if he flinches at that point. ~ Martin Luther.
The battlefront is varied today… Christians and their families are being attacked on so many different fronts these days. Drugs, addiction, sexual immorality (affairs, porn, fornication, sexual trafficking), even deceit, and on and on and on. At the heart of most sIn is I. Let me explain. At the heart of addiction is what? The desire to make ones self feel a certain way, or to avoid feeling a certain way. At the heart of sexual immorality is the same! You are unsatisfied so You seek satisfaction outside of marriage, or before marriage, or on your computer screen. All of which are outside of the will of God! Stealing, lying, abortion, murder, cheating, and so forth all come back to this same root! I want and I don’t want. The common denominator here is “I”. Any time I become more important than God in my life than without a doubt I am sinning. So my point is this: Where in your life are your battlegrounds? Where is the enemy making advances? Are you standing firm? Or are you succumbing to the draw of the sins of “I”?
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A young man went to his elderly accountability partner one day, and said “I’m doing better, my old sins are holding less draw, I’m reading the bible more,spending time in meditation and prayer, I’m even eating my veggies and working out” At that moment the older man raised his hand – his fingers ablaze – and said “why settle for less, when you can be all flame”.
How many of us settle for less in our own lives? God doesn’t want your hand, he wants your whole being. He doesn’t want some of your thinking some of the time – nor even simply your attendance at church on a Sunday. He wants all of you all the time. Nothing less than complete submission. What are some areas in your life, that are still in rebellion against God?
Catalog them, and make steps daily towards submitting them. Having trouble naming them? Consider with me improper desires (for sex, pornography, materialism, consumerism, envy, greed, and lust), and our innate tolerance for violence. These are just a few we as a culture struggle with. A prof once told me “show me your checkbook and I’ll show you your priorities”. I think this holds true, what idols are we worshiping (implicitly or explicitly) with our checkbooks? With our time? With our emotions?by admin with no comments yet
This was a recent assignment I had to work on for Danny Akin here at SEBTS… I spent a LOT of time on it, revising, re-revising, and then I revised it again. He seemed to like it (received a grade of 96, which is an A). Some of you (and my Dad) have been asking to see some of the assignments I’ve turned in, so I am going to show a few of the things I’ve done so far. I’d like to come back later and flesh some of these out… It could use some tweaking, and copying it in here killed most of the formatting… But any way without further adieu my exegetical outline for Genesis 22.
MIT Outline (Main Idea of the Text)
Provisional Title: There and back again: Isaac’s journey to the brink of death to save the world.
MIT: The encounter with Abraham and Isaac shows God’s provision of salvation for the world through Abraham’s obedience (which stemmed from faith).
I. Abraham is asked to demonstrate obedience by sacrificing his only son, the son he
Loves, the son through whom the covenant would be fulfilled 22:1-2
II. Abraham gets up early and leaves, taking his only son (whom he loves) and two servants. 22:3-9
III. Abraham, Isaac, the Ram, the servants, represent God, Jesus, and us; God provided himself a lamb. 22:9-14
IV. God and Abraham enter into the Abrahamic covenant. 22:15-19
MIM Outline (Main Idea of the Message)
Provisional Title: There and back again: Isaac’s journey to the brink of death to save the world.
MIM: God allows us to see a picture of the hope to come for the whole world.
I. Sometimes, God wants your lunch(Or your first born). 22:1-2
II. God expects timely obedience. 22:3-9
III. God is asking for less than he’s already given. 22:9-14
IV. God follows through on his promises. 22:15-19
I. You can trust God even (especially) when you don’t understand the bigger picture.
II. When God requests that you do something, timely obedience is crucial.
III. God provided everything necessary for salvation.
IV. God is waiting for your obedience – have you accepted him as your savior?
The post that follows was written by Bill Tsamis, who is a professor I studied under at Trinity College of Florida. He is also a huge part of the 80s cult band Warlord (you should check them out!). The only things I could add to this are the following.
1. Jesus was a common name – there are several mentioned in the Bible. Even Barabbas first name was Jesus. Secondly, even if it were not a fake, all this would mean (out of context) was that someone in the second century thought that someone named Jesus (affiliated with a church) had a wife… Any way I digress. Here is Prof Tsamis’s post.
The “Jesus had a wife” papyrus interestingly coincides with the Jewish Holidays. Whether it’s Christmas or Easter or, now the Jewish Holidays, the neo-Gnostics are going out of their way to prove that “Jesus was married.” Yes, the “headline” is captivating, and sadly that’s all that many people will read, but the heresy of Gnosticism remains. First, let me say that it is interesting that biblical scholars have valued the “oldest” Alexandrian text-type manuscripts over the Byzantine text-type manuscripts and have thus constructed the authoritative Nestle-Aland New Testament text in Greek based on the best manuscripts with 99.9% accuracy. Apocryphal texts were considered myths and legends, but for some reason in the past 15 years or so the neo-Gnostics have been pressing hard to establish the fact that “Jesus was marred and even procreated.” To this student/professor of Gnosticism and biblical studies this is nothing but “old news.” (1) later Gnostic texts (which emphasized duality were purely heretical (a) rejecting YHWH of the Old Testament, (2) emphasizing the “spirit/matter” distinction, and (3) the “demiurgic” notion and other heresies . . . all contradictory to the Judeo-Christian message and attacked as early as 55 CE by the Apostle Paul, (2) the proposed text by Karen King (from Harvard), a Gnostic sympathizer from Day One because of her feminist leanings is a “square” papyrus which indicates that it is not “ancient” at all. Ancient papyrii were degraded and had broken edges, which means that this supposed offering of hers (during the Jewish High Holy Days) is a “fake,” probably no later than then 19th century. (3) The Coptic writing has been analyzed by Coptic scholars and they have concluded that “this isn’t ancient Coptic at all,” but a forgery. (4) The idea of Jesus being married to Mary Magdelene is, indeed, an old idea, dating back to one early Gnostic text – but the text says that “he kissed her on the lips.” This is an anachronism and, again, it was part of the Gnostic heresy to present a male/female duality as demonstrated in the “Nag Hammadi Library” (late Gnostic writings) which I have read several times (and at certain points are nothing more than erroneous cosmologies). (5) King admits, herself, that the papyrus is open to any scholar who wants to examine it – and every single biblical scholar (non-biased) has “shot it down.” (6) Even it the text was authentic, the Coptic word doesn’t mean “married,” but could mean “housekeeper.” The neo-Gnostics have been grasping at straws for over 15 years, even making the horrendous films by Dan Brown . . . “jump on the ‘Jesus was married’ bandwagon.” I always expect something critical about Jesus on Easter, but to reveal this during the “Jewish High Holy Days” is pathetic (I don’t care if you’re from Harvard). It’s nothing more than strategic timing – a ploy. (7) IF Jesus was married or had intercourse with women of his time there it would have been “all over the Talmud.” But the Talmud is silent on this issue – I wonder why. This is my critique – wait until the heavyweights come out to cram this “fake papyrus” into the trash.
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“If we are to be genuine followers of Jesus, if we are to be imitators of Jesus, we cannot simply close our eyes to an ailing world. Despite our own needs, we must “reach out and touch someone” who is crying for help. This is a frightening thought. How are we to get involved? From where do are we to draw the resources? How will we find the time, the energy, the wisdom, the patience, the courage? The answer is profoundly simple. We will find them the same way Jesus did. “He went up on the mountain to pray.” Jesus drew strength from time spent with his Father in prayer. He drew on the deep well of his heavenly Father’s resources.” John Guestby admin with no comments yet
There has been some confusion as of late as to whether a Mormon is a Christian.
I would like to use bullet points to address why Mormons worship a different God than we do. They may try to use the Bible to support their heresy, but that does not mean they truly believe in the God of the Bible as you and I do.
According to their own scripture:
Salvation is by works – 2 Nephi 25:23
Everyone can become a god given enough handshakes in the temple – Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pages 345-347, 354
There is a mother goddess, (Articles of Faith, by James Talmage, p. 443)
The Trinity is three separate gods, (James Talmage, Articles of Faith, p. 35)
There is no salvation without accepting Joseph Smith as a prophet of God, (Doctrines of Salvation, Vol. 1, p. 188)
Jesus and Satan are spirit brothers and we were all born as siblings in heaven to them both, (Mormon Doctrine, p. 163)
Salvation by grace through faith – eph 2:8 & 9
There is no chance of us ever becoming a god, in fact our righteousness is as filthy rags: Isiah 64:6
There is only one true God, he has three parts as demonstrated in Mt 28:18-20. or John 1:1 and following.
There is only one mediator between God and man, and it is Jesus Christ! 1 tim 2:5
Jesus has brothers, but Satan is not one of them. Satan was a created being – he is nothing more than an angel who rebelled against God. Jesus of course is the third part of the Trinity. They aren’t even the same species. This is as ridiculous as those who claim monkeys in their ancestry.
If you would like to read more on this subject, I’d like to refer you to the following resource.
http://carm.org/mormonismby admin with no comments yet
Keep all the people that have to evacuate in your prayers… Some have to be picked up by the sheriffs office in boats… I know of at least one family that lives in this zone, and a couple more not too far from it… Pray for their safety, and the Lords provision. Help them to sort between the important things and those that are priceless as they try and make their way out. Thank you all who have been keeping my situation in prayer, you know I live on Hudson Creek, and near the coast, and that I was having water rising towards my house. Praise the Lord that it has gone back down without damaging my house! My road is a bit flooded each time high tide comes and goes, but by low tide it is mostly dry once again… Pictures will be posted later. Looks like the worst (for me) was on Sunday, but this storm isn’t over yet so keep praying – many of our brothers and sisters are still experiencing bad conditions.
PS. If you are wondering if you are under mandatory evacuation, check this map provided by the Sheriffs Office. Anything inside the dark black box is under mandatory evacuation, buses are running, and boats are coming for you!
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As those of you who are my facebook friend already know, I was recently accepted into Seminary in North Carolina! I will be attending Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and working towards two degrees – a Master of Divinity (M.Div in Church Planting) and a ThM (possibly in Apologetics). Really excited to see where the Lord will lead me next! Thank you all who have been praying for me, please continue to do so! If I am able to get into the on campus housing, I will be starting Seminary in August.
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