"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect." 1 Peter 3:15
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May 26, 2013Posted by on
Here is a link to my first sermon. It is on Ephesians 6:5-9. Please let me know what you think.
March 4, 2013Posted by on
I am about half way through the first show.
I did find where the producers were interviewed on Bill O’Reilly. They describe themselves as being devout Christians. They talkedabout how they wanted to create a show that would depict the Bible as is… so how are they doing?
Well…The first major thing of note Lot and Sodom.
Okay so the show depicts this event as follows: the two angels go to Sodom, and are apparently assaulted and wind up at Lots house. Lot then allows the angels into the house where he holds off the crowd outside. Lot tells the crowd that they (angels) are his guests and that he will not let them take them. Well that didn’t please them so the angels (one of which was a Samurai master) went out and cut a pathway out of the city.
What really happened?
Lot is sitting in the gateway to Sodom. The two angels walk up, and apparently Lot recognizes them and refers to them as lords. Lot invites them to his humble abode, but the angels refuse wanting to spend the night in the square. Lot insists and finally the angels give way to Lot. Now, while the conversation was going on someone or a group of people noticed the angels. Lot leads the angels back to his house and cooks a meal. Meanwhile a gang forms outside of Lots doors and they are demanding the two angels….to have sex with them. Lot, protecting his guests offers his daughters to them. That was unacceptable to this gang, and they threatened to hurt Lot and pressed forward to the door. The angels pulled Lot back, struck the gang with blindness, and lead them out of the city.
I think the show really missed an opportunity with this. Can you think of this scene where Lot chooses to protect the servants of God by giving his own daughters over to this gang of miscreants? What a powerful message of sacrifice This was the reason he was saved out of the city. Also….what a way to cheapen everything that the show accomplished in a 2 minute segment. A Samurai ..really? Of everything that was in the show this will be the one thing remembered. No one will be talking about the imagery of Noah’s arc or the faith of Abraham, or the depiction of Egypt (which was incredible)…but every is talking about ninja angels….
March 3, 2013Posted by on
So a new series is beginning on the History Channel tonight. This series will be acting out the Bible and is creatively called….”The Bible”. Reminds me of…”Allow myself to introduce….myself”.
Anyway…I will be tuning in with a skeptical eye of course because cable channels like the History Channel tend to approach topics related Christianity from a secular perspective and tend to get many facts wrong or write it from the perspective that it is a fairly tale.
I will do my best to post my opinion of this show as it goes along. I will have to say that I have pretty low expectations. We shall see.
Here is a link to the show in case you haven’t heard of it.
Be sure to grab your Bible….get comfortable and hopefully enjoy!
June 13, 2012Posted by on
I am taking a class on Biblical Marriage Counseling. My assignment for this week, create a top ten list for becoming Biblically based Moms and Dads. This list is not the end all be all. It is important to raise your family in the ways of the Lord. If you are in need of counseling be sure to get in touch with your pastor.
- Model a loving relationship for your children. Husbands love and protect your wives and children. Wives submit to your husbands. (Ephesians 5:21-33)
- Have the right attitude when doing things at home. Be honest, speak well and show integrity when accomplishing tasks (Titus 2:5)
- Be a mother to your children. Don’t be seduced by what your professional career can offer. (1 Timothy 2:15; 5:14).
- Testify of what the Lord has done for you. (Joshua 4:6-7)
- Teach your children about God and the sacrifice of Christ and they will always remember it. (Proverbs 22:6)
- Fathers, provide discipline to your children. (Proverbs 13:24)
- Do not provoke your children to anger. (Ephesians 4:26-27)
- Do not exasperate your children (Ephesians 6:4)
- Cultivate a Christian character with your children that is self-controlled and pure (1 timothy 5:22, Titus 2:5, 2 Corinthians 11:2)
- Be a mentor to younger women (Titus 2:3-5)
September 30, 2011Posted by on
Really, we all know this is a rhetorical question. We all know that 2+2 cannot equal 4 and 5. It has to be one or the other, it cannot be both. This principle can be found all over and really should be considered as solid as the law of gravity. What I am talking about is the law of non-contradiction. Simply stated an answer can be one thing and not another. An apple cannot be an apple and an orange. An oreo cookie cannot be a oreo, and a chips ahoy. This is something that very few would take the time to argue. However, when it comes to the Bible many people willingly accept the premise that it can be interpreted in a number of different ways. Furthermore they accept that it is okay, and that those different interpretations should be acceptable…the phrase “we are all Christians” comes to mind. However, this simply cannot be the case as it would break the law of non-contradiction.
A couple of points from the Bible.
Mark 11:23 has only one meaning. Either Jesus is saying that we literally have the power and authority to make a physical mountain actually change locations, or Jesus was proving a point in a non-literal way.
Jesus is either God (part of the trinity), or He is not.
God is either King and Lord of this world, or He is not.
There is no middle ground. The point that I am trying to make is this, there are a number of church’s and religions that preach a different gospel, a different Jesus, and a different God from the one held to in orthodoxy. One of us is wrong, and the other is right. The differences are so
vast, that there is no middle ground.
Trying to discern which is true can be a daunting task. However, we have all been given the Holy Word, and have been given the singular truth.
What I am talking about is a little known word called hermeneutics. Never heard of it? Simply put hermeneutics is the study of
interpretation. It is understanding the context of what you read in the Bible. By context I mean using knowledge of the following items to determine what God is actually trying to say: who did God use to write it, who did they write it to, why did they write, what is the historical perspective and what light does other scripture (especially the surrounding scripture) shed on the passage.
The first thing you have to remember is that the Bible (though inspired by the Holy Spirit) was written down by men. This is important to know as you read the Bible. It helps to understand that Romans, was recorded by a real man named Paul…who had some of the same frustrations that you and I have, who got sick, experienced pain, and disappointment very much like we do. These things are reflected in his letters. It is also important to remember that the letters of the New Testament were directed to a specific audience. Very much in the same way that you would
write an e-mail to a dear friend, Paul wrote 1 Timothy to Timothy. Much like we’d write a memo or letter to a church, he penned Romans to a group of people in a church in Rome.
As you listen to sermons your radar should always be up to examine what your pastor is saying (cf. Acts 17:11). Always compare what they are saying about a verse in the Bible with its context. A good rule of thumb is: if a pastor pulls one line out of a Bible verse to illustrate a point, without adding context, there is a good chance that it has been taken out of context. This is not 100% guaranteed, but it happens more often than you think (Especially with word of faith preachers).
Be sure that you are examining Scripture for yourself. First and foremost I highly recommend gaining a better understanding of hermeneutics.
I would recommend a book called “how to read the Bible for all its worth” by Gordon D Fee and Douglas K Stuart. This is the book I read when I began my journey.