How important is our spiritual perception?

I was blind but now I see. Spiritually near-sightedness. The light of the world. Clarity of sight equated to responsibility.

From the songs we sing, to the emphasis of the biblical writers we read such as Matthew, Peter, Paul and especially John (be mindful this list is not all of the authors who could be included), the way we spiritually perceive things affects numerous areas in our life. Our ability to spiritually see, to focus and to follow reveals our values, our motivations, our principals and even our attitude about self and others.

I was recently reminded about all of the above truth while watching a very secular source – an old episode of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour! I encourage you to watch the episode and see if you can figure out how the episode will end. Your conclusion, compared to the show’s conclusion, may help you better see what I’m saying … it did for me.

So He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the town. And when He had spit on his eyes and put His hands on him, He asked him if he saw anything. And he looked up and said, “I see men like trees, walking.” Then He put His hands on his eyes again and made him look up. And he was restored and saw everyone clearly.” (Mark 8:23-25 NKJV)

#sight #media #illustration

Is Genesis History? – Encore Presentations This Thursday and Next Tuesday

If you saw “Is Genesis History?” last week, then chances are, you walked away from the theater as thrilled as we were to see biblical truth taught regarding Creation and a young Earth in such a spectacular way. Thanks to people like you, the movie was the #1 film in the U.S. on Thursday. The movie was such a success that two encore showings of the film have been granted: this Thursday and next Tuesday at 7:00 PM. Check to see if a theater near you will be showing the film again. Read >>

#creation, #evolution, #media, #movies

“Is Genesis History?” the movie





A wide range of sharable advertisement materials and a “Find a Theater” tool are available here.

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Presenting the story without presenting the lesson

It seems as though, at least to me, that a certain element within Hollywood has decided to take several shots at producing Bible based media. To some people this is a good thing, but has Hollywood actually become Holywood within the last couple of years? I think not! That’s why when I take a step back and consider the source from which these “spiritual” waters are being drawn, the thing that bothers me is the duplicitous nature of these programs that the average person is completely blind to. You see, the media version is presenting the story without presenting the lesson, as their commercials and televised programs obviously reveal. Because sex, violence, betrayal and drama sells (I mean what major time-slot show doesn’t revolve around these principles?), and because the Bible contains plenty of sex, violence, betrayal and drama, Hollywood has decided to try and cash-in on what it considers to be the embarrassing, but also oh so carnally delectable and promotable, portions of the holy scriptures. It’s nothing but a backhanded compliment and attempt to exploit the very book, and the very God, that they abhor.

When someone presents the salacious story without presenting the spiritual lesson, they make their point and reveal their intentions at the same time.

“…They are clouds without water, carried about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots; raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.” (Jude 12-13)

#abcs-tv-series-of-kings-and-prophets, #hollywood, #media, #tv

Glorified Violence and the Disrespect it Shows for Life

We live in a blood thirsty culture, or so it seems anyways. If it’s not “reality TV” at the top of the charts then it’s a show that reeks with violence. Examples abound but examples aren’t worth the effort to type.

With Halloween around the corner the adoration for bloodshed will only increase with “haunted houses, mansions, prisons and woods” and whatever else you can think of that will charge an admission fee to expose an untold number of minds to things that should not be entertaining in any way!

Glorified violence shows a blatant disrespect for life and it should not be celebrated in the human heart under the guise of excitement or drama.

Do you want to see the true horror of violence? Look at the pictures that were taken by the Nazi’s during the holocaust! Look at the pictures taken during a real life war! Situations like these reveal the horrible nature of violence in a way that can’t be ignored! And if these aren’t enjoyable then why should any scene that recreates such horrors find anymore pleasure in our heart?

I read a sad and heart-wrenching story this morning on a congregation’s newsletter about a sister in Christ who was beaten to death by her husband because she had converted to Christianity. And now the man is promising the same fate to anyone else who converts. It hurts my heart to think of what that woman, who was created in the image of God, endured during the last moments of her life. And how could any person who’s living without a numb heart not feel the same way? But yet there will be a TV show on tonight here and around the world that will glorify such behavior and people are going to enjoy it. Why?!

Whatever a culture consumes for entertainment will consume that culture, and in case you haven’t noticed there’s no lack of disrespect for human life on the airwaves so why should we expect anything different to show up on our spiritual EKG?

He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment, And who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; For the transgressions of My people He was stricken. And they made His grave with the wicked—But with the rich at His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was any deceit in His mouth.” (Isaiah 53:7-9 – NKJV)

#culture, #heart-and-mind, #human-life, #media, #tv, #violence

Guest Article: A “Timely” Reply by Joshua Gulley

The following is an email sent by my friend and brother in Christ, Josh Gulley, to “Time Magazine” in response to an article written by a religious figure in which the word of God was deceptively twisted in an attempt to change the will of God before the eye’s of his readers.

Dear Time:

I was a little shocked after reading Gene Robinson’s commentary entitled “The Pope’s Baby Step on Gays” in August’s issue. I was downright horrified by his last sentence, and I’ll get to that shortly. The gist of his article was that the Pope’s comment, “Who am I to judge?” is a baby step forward for the Catholic church in becoming up-to-date, meaning accepting gay people and their activities as righteous. He seems to think the Catholic Church needs to get with the program and take a strong stance that the gay lifestyle is an acceptable one.
The increasing acceptance of the gay lifestyle within the Catholic Church and Christianity at large is a very bad sign. It’s even worse that men who approve of this lifestyle are being appointed as leaders. Men who wear the title “Bishop,” “Pope,” “Pastor,” “Preacher,” “Evangelist,” etc. are supposed to be characterized by a devotion to faithfully interpret the words of the Bible, which they believe to be the word of God and therefore authoritative over anything any man anywhere says. So it must be the case that former Bishop Robinson, who seems to consider it a tragedy that Christians everywhere have not embraced homosexuals and their actions, has never read passages like 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, 1 Timothy 1:8-11, Romans 1:18-32, and a handful of other Scriptures which condemn the actions of homosexuals along with a host of other actions which society still considers bad–like murder; and some which strike a lot closer to home–like gossip.
I find that hard to believe, though, since Robinson must have gone through some biblical training before being elected as a bishop in the Episcopal Church. But perhaps it’s true, given the way he misused the two Scriptures he quoted. The first was a quotation of Jesus saying, “Judge not, that you be not judged,” which Robinson implies to mean that actions which Scripture clearly condemns should not be considered sinful. So, to be consistent, we must apply this standard to all the actions which Scripture condemns. When someone robs a bank, we should turn the other cheek; when someone murders their spouse, we should ignore what happened; when someone sets off a bomb in a hospital, we may frown, but we should not seek punishment upon them. Continue reading

#commentary, #false-teacher, #gene-robinson, #guest-article, #homosexuality, #media, #religion, #reply, #time-magazine

Little Swings that the Media Loves to Take at God

Last night, Mariano Rivera, a beloved and retiring pitcher in professional baseball, entered the game to a lot of fanfare to play in his last MLB All-Star game. The rest of the players even came off of the field to allow Mr. Rivera to be the lone player and recipient of a standing ovation. Even the reporters clapped for him during the post-game interview! I’d call that a sign of respect, wouldn’t you?

After the game, Mr. Rivera said, “I would like to thank God for this, my wife, my kids, my family, you guys, the fans, are the best. It’s been a privilege, it almost made me cry. I cannot be more happy than that.” I don’t personally know Mr. Rivera at all, but it seems to me as if he wanted to show some respect in turn to others who had an effect on his life.

As a minimal fan of professional baseball that would’ve been the end of my interest in the story, but then I read a story this morning on the ole’ Huff-n-Puff that quoted Mr. Rivera as saying, “I would like to thank god for this….” Now again, I don’t personally know Mr. Rivera at all, but I think I may be safe in assuming that he was not thanking the god of baseball grass, the god of electric lights or even the god of baseball itself – but rather he was thanking the one God of Heaven and Earth. Even though this scenario was true, the writer of the story decided to insert himself into Mr. Rivera’s words due to his personal beliefs, or his editor’s, to take a little swing at God by using the lowercase g to describe what Mr. Rivera was saying.

It’s too bad that the same respect shown to Mr. Rivera’s performance on the field wasn’t shown to the words he said off of it; but little does that writer realize that he was the one who actually struck out last night, for God was still in the same place after the game that He was in before the game ever began – reigning from Heaven as the One living true God.

I am the LORD, and there is no other; there is no God besides Me.” (Isaiah 45:5)

#baseball, #current-events, #god, #major-league-baseball-all-star-game, #mariano-rivera, #media

Giving Away Four Tapes of Preaching by Andrew Connally

I have four different tapes (yes, the VHS kind) filled with sermons preached by Andrew Connally during various lectureships and I’m looking to unload them if someone can put them to good use. You can take one or all four if you like.

The first tape contains the topics of:

  • Hell
  • The Challenge of Matthew 19:9
  • The Challenge of Developing Teenagers as God Would Have Them
  • Matthew 16
  • Paul’s Mode of Preaching and Practice (1 Thessalonians 2:1-12)
  • 1 Corinthians 1:10 – God’s Plan for Solving Problems
  • 1 Corinthians 1:21 – God’s Plan for Evangelism
  • 1 Corinthians 3:1-9 – Is God Pleased When We Fail to Grow?

The second tape contains the topics of:

  • Worldliness in the Church
  • How to Build a Strong Church
  • An Exposition of Revelation Twenty
  • The Spirit of Compromise
  • In the Strength of His Might
  • I Came to Cast Fire on the Earth
  • Freedom Through Repentance
  • Mightily Grew the Word of God and Prevailed

The third tape contains the topics of:

  • Joseph, the Optimist Who Sorrow was Turned to Joy
  • Book of Joshua
  • Book of Joshua
  • Book of Joshua
  • Book of Zephaniah
  • God is Not the Source of Evil, but of Good (James 1:13-18)
  • The Inspiration of the Bible
  • The Words Which I Have Spoken Shall Judge You

The fourth tape contains the topics of:

  • Will Your Children go to Heaven
  • The Kind of Preaching Jesus Wants
  • The Judgment and the Great Invitation (Matthew 11)
  • The Family as God Would Have It
  • Knowledge of Faith
  • Book of 1 John
  • Book 2 John
  • Book of 3 John

I’ll keep these around for a few weeks incase someone takes the offer, so if you’re interested leave a reply.

#andrew-connally, #free-offer, #lectureships, #media, #sermon, #vhs

Read free chapter, ‘The Sexualization of America’

From Joel Wells, at Focus Press:

As many of you know the issue of sexuality in America seems to be at the front of everything from marketing to movies. Most people aren’t aware of the damaging consequences and of the trail of pain that is left behind. I invite you to click on the attached link and read a free chapter from the book – Game Plan – on this very issue.

The chapter is titled, “The Sexualization of America.”

#media, #sex

Magnolia Messenger on Bible versions

The April-June edition of the Mississippi-based Magnolia Messenger carries a longish article by Cecil May, Jr., in his “Bible Questions Answered” column on Bible versions. It’s a very balanced article, much of it a defense of the NIV, although he doesn’t use that version himself.

The paper can be downloaded in PDF format at its website.

#bible-versions, #english-standard-version, #greek-manuscripts, #media, #new-international-version

My social media habits are mostly on Twi…

My social media habits are mostly on Twitter and Facebook. Both of these sites are good for promoting your blog or for getting the latest news reports. When Eddie Watkins and Kevin Cauley first began The Preacher’s Files site, I was very active on their Bible study forum, but due to my work commitments, I became less involved on that site. I am registered on but rarely go there.

As far as the latest area church news, there are many brethren who are gone on vacation, the results being a lot of empty pews. Guess that’s one drawback of the summer months.

#blog, #forum, #habit, #media, #news, #promote, #report, #social