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The Church is Not Your Mother: Part 1

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“But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their sense exercised to discern both good and evil.” (Hebrews 5:11-14)

With all the talk of spiritual gifts these days, the most neglected gift is discernment.

Discernment is the practice of testing or determining what is in the spiritual waters. It is based on the commands we have been given to differentiate between good and bad teaching.

Which implies that everything has a spiritual source.

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Socialism and Guilt

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I think there are two major reasons that people embrace socialism.

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Without Faith It Is Impossible

Kings Canyon Mtn

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)

For quite some time, I’ve wanted to deal with the statements that Andy Stanley made over a year ago during one of his “talks”.

Although he has made other videos since this one to explain his controversial statements (also on YouTube), he has not put out the fire he started. Instead he has only succeeded in bringing his ministry and his beliefs into serious question.

To understand what he said, please, check out the following video; making special note of the 4:00 to 8:00 minute section. It is this area that I am specifically focusing on in this post.

YouTube of Andy Stanley

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A Terrible Distraction

PInk Sunset Ray

Recently, there was an article from CNN about Stephen Hawking. In his final book, Brief Answers to Big Questions, Stephen said, “There is no God. No one directs the universe.” You can read this for yourself in one of the first chapters of that book dealing with God. In the last paragraph of that chapter, he makes his final, clear statements on God, eternal life, and heaven.

Final Quotes from Stephen Hawking

So, Stephen stepped into Eternity trusting that whatever was within in him was sufficient. That he could face God (or no God) on his own terms. Based on his own self righteousness.

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.” (Psalm 14:1)

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The Seduction of Latent Power

Valley Bridge Arches

“For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.” (II Corinthians 4: 8-12)

The world is full of many strange things.

Various religions demonstrate their powers through levitation, bizarre physical abilities, appearances of disembodied forms and many other apparitions that are shockingly real.

The question is, “What is the origin of this power?” Is it from power drawn from within these mystics, gurus and shamans?

Some teach that this is power which is latent within man. That is resides in all people but lies unharnessed by most. Others believe it comes from a source outside of man.

The Bible teaches that these manifestations are the workings of demonic entities attempting to deceive these mystics and those who follow them.

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Bible Preservation: Part 2 The Written Language of Eden

Worden Park Face Carving

I have listened to many sermons and studied many articles and books about Old and New Testament textual history.

One of the things that continually puzzles me is why many supposed experts believe that written biblical texts were not created until the time of Moses. That, until then, the words of God were only passed by word of mouth for the thousands of years since Adam.

How does that make any sense?

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Love’s Purest Joys Restored

Keuka Lake Sunset

One evening recently, my wife and I went to the local drive-in theatre. It has been a tradition for us to get there at least once every summer. It’s always a double-feature. So you are bound to get one good movie out of the experience.

And, if you are fortunate, have a nice evening under the stars. Which we did.

The movie was Christopher Robin. Which is the re-uniting of Winnie the Pooh and his friends with a grown-up Christopher Robin. It was very well done.

Without going into the details of the film, let me just say what really moved me. It was the relationship between Robin and Pooh. The deep love between a talking, stuffed animal and a man.

The innocence of the relationship between Christopher and Pooh caused me think about the nature of Heaven. Of the innocence and purity that awaits us there. Of the joy, the beauty and intimacy we will know with the Lord and with each other.

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Bible Preservation: The Old Testament

Floating Branch in Clouds

In the synagogue, Jesus stood up and read from the book of Isaiah saying,                                           “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,                                                                                                                                    To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.”                                                                                                                              (Luke 4: 14-30)

A few things to note here:

  1. Jesus read from the written words of God.
  2. He accepted these as the correct words of God.
  3. He demonstrated that these words were the pure, accurate, specific words passed down from the pen of Isaiah.
  4. He demonstrated His confidence in the way that the words of God were presented and maintained.
  5. He believed in the perfect preservation of the Old Testament.

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The Fallacy of Biblical Criticism Pt 2: Back to Basics

Hampton Hills Path

Since writing The Fallacy of Biblical Criticism: Part 1, I’ve given a great deal of thought to how to proceed on this issue.

My concern is not with the foundation of my belief but with how to honestly approach this so that the reader gains more than my own personal cheerleading effort to promote the Textus Receptus and the KJV.

In order to justify the time you invest when reading these articles.

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