Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
Saturday, July 28, 2007
We began teaching the Crown Financial Ministries small group study several years ago. The Crown study is an absolute must for every believer, I really believe this. Much of it is plain, biblical, common sense. In the small group context, however, a greater awareness and accountability happens and this seriously assists the effectiveness of the study. This skit done on SNL a while back is a great example of something very obvious, but overlooked too often today.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
"I've actually always had a pretty cordial relationship with Barry,'' Costas said. "I have no ill feelings toward him personally. I regard him as one of the greatest players of all time who got inauthentic boost and then became a superhuman player. I wish him no ill whatsoever.''
The opening verse certainly sets the stage for how Jesus will approach this delusional religious man. He shows his misconception of what is good, but in the same breath shows his misconception about how one is granted eternal life. Verse 18 is short, but it tells us a lot. Notice what question the man poses to Jesus in verse 18 once more-
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
First off, a delusion is defined as "A false belief or opinion; a fixed, dominating, or persistent false mental conception resistant to reason with regard to actual things or matters of fact".
Delusion #1- About what is “good”
Instead of simply Rabbi, Master, or Teacher, the young ruler calls Jesus “good”. Of course, no one would quibble with the young ruler’s address, in fact, I would adamantly agree with designating Jesus as “good”. But notice how Jesus responds to the young inquirer-
What an amazing way to address an enquirer- for Jesus to be able to go to the heart of the man’s problem simply in listening to how He is addressed. Talk about quick perception! The man called Jesus good and Jesus immediately seizes upon the opportunity by asking him what he means. What’s the big deal with such an address? Why does Jesus respond this way? After all, we commonly call things good. In fact, often enough I hear people label another person as "a good person". I might say to one of my sons- "good boy". Why is it that Jesus responds to the young ruler’s choice to call him “good” teacher? Very simply, Jesus knows that a person's understanding of what is good will show much about their view of themselves, their fellow men, and God. Jesus wasn’t being rude, he was simply going for the heart of the matter. He was no small talker. As one writer has said, “the young man can’t understand anything else Jesus will tell him unless he grasps that our relative standards of goodness are much, much different than God’s absolute goodness and God’s standard of righteousness". So, without letting the man retort, Christ says-
No one is good but One, that is, God.
Jesus isn’t denying his divinity. On the contrary, He is simply seeing if the man knows with whom he speaks. Jesus' answer here is sort of like what he said to the woman at the well when he said-
Monday, July 23, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007 /Associated Pres
A doctor found five active bot fly larvae living beneath the skin atop Dallas' head.
"I'd put my hand back there and feel them moving. I thought it was blood coursing through my head," Dallas told the (Glenwood Springs) Post Independent.
"I could hear them. I actually thought I was going crazy."
Dallas said he likely received the larval infestation while on a trip to Belize this summer. Bot fly infections are not uncommon in parts of Central and South America.
Adult bot flies are hairy and look like bees, without bristles. The larvae, which are about one-third the size of a penny, were living in a pit 2- to 3- millimeters wide. They were removed Thursday.
"It was weird and traumatic," said Dallas, of Carbondale. "I would get this pain that would drop me to my knees."
"When I saw him again, it was pretty obvious something else was going on," said Dr. Kimball Spence, who could see the spots moving on Dallas' head. "There's an open pit. You see a little activity, not necessarily the larvae, but a fluctuation of the fluid in the pit."
Dallas' wife, Midge Dallas, teased him about it.
"I told him, 'I will love you through your maggots,'" she told the newspaper.
But Dallas saw little to laugh about.
"It's much funnier to everyone else," he said. "It makes my stomach turn over. It was cruel."
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Misapplication => Misrepresenting God => Misjudging people
Here are Job’s three friends. They have come to Job in order to help him out of his mess or to help him understand why he is in the predicament he is in. As Job sits or lies there in a heap, each of the three friends give a speech of sorts explaining to Job what has gone wrong. Consider just one of those speeches-
Eliphaz says that life is as simple as this- what you reap you sow. You mess up, you will die. I am sure some would agree with Eliphaz...he is right on according to biblical theology. The New Testament states clearly in 1 and 2 Corinthians, and the book of Galatians- “what a man sows, he will also reap”. Of course sowing and reaping is true. When we are entangled in sin, we are in fact sowing bad seeds that will come back to choke us. Suffering and hardship are the natural results of sin. Here's what I think Eliphaz, and many others, miss- The principle behind sowing and reaping is not that God stands waiting to zap anyone who sins, but rather that sin yields natural consequences. He fundamentally characterizes God as some kind of cosmic killjoy standing by with a huge lightning bolt in heaven ready to throw it at us as soon as we sin. Eliphaz latches on to a partial truth and applies it fully to Job without considering a very important distinction between punishment and discipline.
I think Scripture is clear, God does not ever punish his children. Let me say it again, if you are a Child of God going through a trial or suffering greatly, it is not a punishment you are receiving from God. We are all guilty of misunderstanding here. How many of us have committed some sin or some series of sin and when something bad happens to us we feel like God must be getting us back. Well he is not. He is not getting you back for your sin because Christ took that sin we committed and put it on Himself and God poured out his punitive wrath once and for all on His own Son. Punishment for the sin of believers was delivered upon Christ. God never punishes his Children. On the other hand, God does discipline His children. Why does he discipline? I don’t know. Sometimes things are going great in our spiritual lives and our walk with the Lord and the Lord allows hardship and trial into our lives to make us stronger. To build us and teach us further. Other times we are sinning and God acts to get our attention. In most cases only the person undergoing the trial and God know which of these are true. In most cases its probably a mixture of both. Eliphaz erred greatly by taking what he thought was a truth and ramming it down poor old Job’s throat. You will notice that Eliphaz says a lot of right things about God, look with me in Chapter 5, starting at verse 10-
Monday, July 16, 2007
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Friday, July 13, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
- Salvation is by grace alone through faith, and not by our own good works.
- The Bible alone is the authoritative Word of God for our lives—not church tradition or what the Pope says.
- A clergy’s blessing of the communion bread and wine do not really turn them into the actual body and blood of Christ.
- The original sinful condition in which we are born as well as our actual sins are all fully washed away by Christ’s one sacrifice on the cross.
- Prayer should be directed to God alone through Christ, not to or through "saints" or Mary.