Genesis 11:1-9

May 16, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Posted in Bible Study | Leave a comment
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Now the whole earth used the same language and the same words. It came about as they journeyed east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. They said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and burn them thoroughly.” And they used brick for stone, and they used tar for mortar. They said, “Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name, otherwise we will be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” The LORD came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. The LORD said, “Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them. “Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, so that they will not understand one another’s speech.” So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of the whole earth; and they stopped building the city. Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of the whole earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of the whole earth. Continue Reading Genesis 11:1-9…

What has Jesus done for me? (long)

April 22, 2011 at 11:08 am | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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It seems that more and more these days people are asking one simple question. It may take a few different forms, but at it’s root, it’s all the same: “What has Jesus done for me?”. Sometimes it comes out in the attitudes, sometimes in actual words but it’s there none the less. Man’s pride puts himself at the top of the pyramid with everything else beneath him. Even family and friends are often under self. Some that ask this question, do so because they can’t see how Jesus has done anything for them. They think that they are responsible for their own success. Ironically, they always seem to blame God for their failures. Continue Reading What has Jesus done for me? (long)…

Genesis 9:8-17

April 5, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Posted in Bible Study | Leave a comment
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Then God spoke to Noah and to his sons with him, saying, “Now behold, I Myself do establish My covenant with you, and with your descendants after you; and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you; of all that comes out of the ark, even every beast of the earth. “I establish My covenant with you; and all flesh shall never again be cut off by the water of the flood, neither shall there again be a flood to destroy the earth.” God said, “This is the sign of the covenant which I am making between Me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all successive generations; I set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between Me and the earth. “It shall come about, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow will be seen in the cloud, and I will remember My covenant, which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and never again shall the water become a flood to destroy all flesh. “When the bow is in the cloud, then I will look upon it, to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” And God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is on the earth.” Continue Reading Genesis 9:8-17…

Genesis 3:14-19

November 22, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Posted in Bible Study | Leave a comment
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The LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, Cursed are you more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you will go, And dust you will eat All the days of your life; And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel.” To the woman He said, “I will greatly multiply Your pain in childbirth, In pain you will bring forth children; Yet your desire will be for your husband, And he will rule over you.” Then to Adam He said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat from it’; Cursed is the ground because of you; In toil you will eat of it All the days of your life. “Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you; And you will eat the plants of the field; By the sweat of your face You will eat bread, Till you return to the ground, Because from it you were taken; For you are dust, And to dust you shall return.” Continue Reading Genesis 3:14-19…

Genesis 1:1-5

August 23, 2010 at 9:10 pm | Posted in Bible Study | 2 Comments
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With us beginning a new schedule for our blog and adding a Bible study, we believe that the best place to start at is the book of Genesis. This book is one of the most controversial of all those in the Bible. The book of Genesis provides the foundation of so many different doctrines that an understanding of this book is essential to anyone wanting to know the origin of Christian beliefs. In the book of Genesis, we find the Creation, the Fall, the Flood, the Tower of Babel, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph. The history in Genesis spans about 2,200 years of history. It includes a number of things that will be followed throughout the rest of scripture. Continue Reading Genesis 1:1-5…

Tea party in the church?

April 12, 2010 at 4:16 am | Posted in Christianity | 2 Comments
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The climate of the US has changed dramatically in just over a year. Where there was talk of “hope and change”, there is now talk of disappointment and disgust. Where there was talk of a better tomorrow, there has been more of the same. The politicians that supposedly lead this country have shown themselves, for the most part, to be incompetent at even the most basic of tasks. They can’t do the things that the Constitution gives them the power to do and they still try to grow beyond the limits the Constitution places on them. Some of them don’t even know basic geology (Guam, or any other island, cannot capsize and sink…). Enter the Tea Party. The Tea Party has been mocked as an “Astroturf” type of movement that is all fluff and no substance. Those who support the Tea Party have been labeled as “right-wing extremists”, “terrorists”, and “racists”. They have made their voices heard as they stand up for truth and integrity from our so-called leaders. They share the same principles that our God-fearing founders did. All of this started with the people… Continue Reading Tea party in the church?…

Is it not enough?

January 18, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Posted in Christianity | 2 Comments
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As I continue to hear about the church in America, I am struck by some things that I just don’t understand. I keep talking about the church “in America” because it looks different from the church outside the US. The problems that American churches face are nothing like the ones faced by the churches in other countries. While American churches worry about new “growth” methods and how to better entertain churchgoers, Christians in other countries are hiding in basements worshipping God with the single page of scripture that they’ve been able to smuggle with them. While American churches work on “branding strategies” and marketing efforts, Christians in other countries are dying just for naming the Name of Christ. Is it just me or is something out of whack here?

God has set aside His church to accomplish certain goals the way He wants them done. When the church fails to do this, they are in rebellion to God. I was reading in Numbers 16 this morning and it brought all this together. In Numbers 16 Korah, Dathan, and Abiram as well as 250 others go up before Moses and Aaron and express their anger and frustration. They accuse him of “exalting himself” as their leader when “all of the congregation is holy”. These men who accused Moses weren’t just any men though. They were men of renown, chosen from among the assembly. Korah was a son of Levi, the tribe who was set apart for service to the Lord as His portion. This wasn’t enough for them though. They wanted the same prestige that Moses had. They wanted the power that he had without the burden or the approval of the Lord. They felt that they should be just like the priesthood and decided to tell him boldly and arrogantly. They told Moses that he had “gone far enough” in exalting himself over the people.  Continue Reading Is it not enough?…

Thankful

November 23, 2009 at 4:33 pm | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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This Thursday, Americans will celebrate Thanksgiving. I can only wonder how many will actually know that it is a Christian holiday. I am guessing that the numbers are few because most people are thinking about being with family and watching football. Then, they will get up at some unGodly time in order to be the first to have some new-fangled device that they don’t need and probably can’t afford. They will gorge themselves on food and then take naps before their favorite teams play.
 
Our nation owes everything to the God of the Bible. The Christian God is the source of everything that this nation is and has. When the people came over here so that they could worship Him the way they desired (instead of the way the king – and church – said) He protected them. When they fought for their freedom against the tyrannical power of the British throne, He saw them through. When they came together to be united States and founded the country on clearly Biblical principles, He prospered them. The founding fathers feared God and gave thanks to Him because they knew He was worthy. If our country would let go of its pride, self-righteousness, and arrogance and begin to give thanks to the Almighty God who created the universe, things would change. If Americans feared God again, and understood what He has done for them, they would rejoice to see the moral fabric renewed.
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Joe Wilson and the church

October 5, 2009 at 3:29 pm | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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A few weeks ago, Republican Senator Joe Wilson made the news when he shouted “You Lie!” during a speech given by the President to Congress. The news media was all over this and, because they are pretty much a liberal bunch that blindly follows the current administration, made a lot of noise about what Senator Wilson did. To them, it was an “outrage” that anyone would do that to the President of the United States. Of course they forgot how the Democrats treated George W. Bush while he was in office, calling him a “liar” and other derogatory terms without respect for his office or remorse after they did it. I can’t say that I’m surprised that this is how they looked at it, but that’s not what I want to talk about. Continue Reading Joe Wilson and the church…

The rebellion of creation

February 23, 2009 at 4:25 pm | Posted in Christianity | 2 Comments
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I’ve heard many people who talk about the rebellion of creation. They talk about how all of creation rebelled when Adam and Eve sinned against God. In the beginning, God created everything in six 24-hour days about 6,000 years ago. At this time, there was no death, disease, or thorns. All of creation was obedient to God and seen as “very good” by God Himself. Adam and Eve were told that they could eat of any tree except the tree of knowledge of good and evil. When they ate of the tree, they rebelled against God and God’s judgment (which He had told them before) came to pass. Because of the sin, the entire earth was cursed. Some call this the rebellion of creation. All of creation groans because of sin, but it’s not all of creation rebels. As a matter of fact, there is only one aspect of creation that has rebelled against God and that is man.

Even though all of creation has been affected by sin, it still obeys God. The earth still revolves around the sun. It still spins on its axis at just the right angle to host life on the planet. Seasons still happen at their appointed times. Plants still go through their own life cycle as they always have. They are all obedient to the way that God said they should be. Animals still obey God’s plan for them. All of the physical laws of nature still work according to the way that God set them up to work. Because of sin, all of these things are affected and may not work as well as they used to, but they still work in obedience to God.

Man is the only one that doesn’t do this. We are the only ones that rebel against God. We do not operate according to what God says but instead we go our own way. Yes, I understand that our body still works according to the way God made it. But, as an active, moral agent with free will we all go our own way. When man was first created, it was in God’s image. We are NOT little versions of God! We have many of His characteristics. The one part of creation that rebels against God is the one that has been made in His image. We make our own idols instead of worshipping God. Sometimes, these idols are made of wood. Other times, the idols are just in our mind and they represent something different than how God described Himself. We deny the death of Christ on the cross and instead try to work our way to heaven. We put ourselves in charge (not really) and live our lives contrary to His commands and have the unmitigated gall to still ask for His blessing!

There are problems that I see happening if this continues for much longer. I fear for the future. Our children continue to grow up in a world that is drawing them further from God. The fear that I have is that they are not being told about their faith and they are not being taught how to defend it or apply it to their lives. In Exodus 12, the Israelites were told that they were to explain the Passover to their children when they asked about the lamb, the slaughter, and the blood. Many people and churches are doing this and the reason I know this is because it shows. I look at the children coming through the public schools and those coming through the churches and see them unable to defend even the most basic tenets of Christianity. Why? Because their parents and their pastors can’t do it either. They have moved from biblical Christianity and have embraced the entertaining, soft, weak message that many have run to in order that their churches might be filled.

Our nation continues to profess God with its lips while their hearts are far from Him. Many in our nation profess to believe in God and many claim to be Christians. Sadly, many of these people deny that Jesus is the only way to heaven, even though He said so Himself. They claim that there are other ways to heaven when there are not. They live their lives in sin (many openly) and therefore mock the truth of the One they profess to follow. This is evident in the fact that many who go out and witness to others or open-air preach the true gospel often talk about their hardest critics or opponents are those who profess Christ. Many of those who profess Christ while living in sin are doing so more aggressively and vocally leading others to do the same and drawing them away from salvation.

The Bible says that there are many who will stand before the Lord and be turned away from Him because He never knew them. He calls them workers of iniquity. When many stand before God on the Day of Judgment, it will be the first time that they actually believe in Him. They will be on their face before a holy, righteous God who is not going to be bribed by their good works or be moved by tears. They will not be able to tell God their sorry and gain heaven, they will not shake their fist at Him, and they will not “gladly go to hell”. They will not even be able to plead for mercy because it will be too late. Those who think that they will do these things really have no understanding of who God is. They see Him as a doting daddy or as only love and nothing else. These people obviously haven’t read their Bibles. All it takes is a cursory reading of the Bible to see that God is neither of these things. He is not a doting daddy. The Bible says that we can call Him “Abba”, but many people take this in a way that they shouldn’t. He’s also not all loving. He is love, but He’s not just love. If anyone holds either of these views, then they don’t understand the true God and have embraced an idol.

As Christians, we should be warning people of what’s to come. We should be speaking the truth even if people don’t like it. We need to stop watering down the gospel. We need to show people they are rebelling against God and lay out what the consequences are. If we don’t do these things, then we are rebels just like those we’re supposed to reach.

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