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  • John T. Polk II 9:52 pm on 2015-09-28 Permalink | Reply
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    9-22-2015 Evolutionary Contradictions 

    Repeating a lie doesn’t make it true. “The prophet Jeremiah said to Hananiah the prophet, ‘Hear now, Hananiah, the LORD has not sent you, but you make this people trust in a lie’” (Jeremiah 28:15 NKJV). The false doctrine of “Evolution” causes people to exchange “the truth of God for the lie” and worship and serve “the creature rather than the Creator” (Romans 1:25 NKJV). There is no scientific fact to prove it, and it contradicts Scripture and scientific facts! God will reject the immoral and “whoever loves and practices a lie” (Revelation 22:15 NKJV). “Evolution” cannot account for: amazing design and detail; a human’s emotional heart; cell DNA; faith and hope; an eternal soul; or life, itself. It substitutes primordial goo for God; survival of the fittest for mercy; and outer comparisons for inner connections.

    This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

     
  • Ed Boggess 7:45 am on 2014-08-22 Permalink | Reply
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    Opinions are like noses, everyone has them and they are often poked out front in places where they don’t belong. One of our adult classes is viewing a video series made by one of our brethren. In the series he takes a number of positions that can at best be categorized as his opinion, yet he treats each as if they are a “thus says the Lord”. There is nothing new about this. For decades and more people have been unable to separate their studied judgments from scripture from the scripture itself. While I agree with those studied judgments that make sense to me, I find those that do not make sense outrageously offensive and samples of flawed human reasoning and the pushing of opinions. The trouble with this is no one wants to put me in charge of separating which opinions we should respect as scripture and which to reject. Therefore duly chastened, I suggest we stick to a “book, chapter and verse” “thus says the Lord” approach to what we know is right and wrong and recognize and admit that beyond that we enter the realm of opinion and studied judgment, treat it as thus and allow others room to think for themselves. This is Just-A-Minute.

     
  • TFRStaff 7:28 am on 2014-01-05 Permalink | Reply
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    The New Testament 

    A good summary statement on “The New Testament as Scripture” by Francis Van Tate, in New Testament Survey, by Don Shackelford, ed.

    The New Testament was given by inspiration of God and has been transmitted down through the ages and restored in a trustworthy fashion; therefore, when it is correctly translated and properly interpreted, its message is the exclusive doctrine of Christ and God’s required moral standard” (p. 39).

    Are there any parts you might tweak?

     
  • Eugene Adkins 6:33 am on 2013-09-30 Permalink | Reply
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    A Song and Scripture Outline: Notes from Revelation 

    I believe I’ve mentioned before that on 5th Sundays at Keltonburg we have a song and scripture service in the evenings. It consists of a topic/theme with the reading of scriptures pertaining to the theme and the singing of songs that go along with the scriptures that are read. The theme that we used yesterday was: Notes from Revelation. It was a play on the word “notes” to include the singing as much as the scripture when it comes to reminding us about the overall theme of the book.

    Here’s the outline in case you’re interested:

    • Revelation 1:10-20 / God Holds the Future in His Hands
    • Revelation 4:1-11 / Holy, Holy, Holy
    • Revelation 5:5-14 / Worthy Art Thou
    • Revelation 7:9-17 / Beautiful
    • Revelation 11:15-19 / The Kingdom is Spreading
    • Revelation 12:1-11 / Hide Me, O My Savior, Hide Me
    • Revelation 14:1-7 / We’re Marching to Zion
    • Revelation 20:7-15 / There’s a Great Day Coming
    • Revelation 22:1-5, 12-17 / There’s a Fountain Free
    • Paradise Valley

    It’s a pretty good outline as far as covering 22 chapters with 9 scripture readings and 10 songs goes, but a person can definitely add to it or take away from it as they see fit…the outline that is, but not the book (Revelation 22:18-19).

     
    • marciasettles 9:36 am on 2015-04-07 Permalink | Reply

      What a wonderful idea! We have a 5th Sunday Song Service which we share with other regional Churches of Christ. We take turns hosting it. We usually sing congregationally and have a special or two by individuals. I really like that you add the Scripture reading. I’m going to share this with my dad, who happens to be the minister of the congregation I attend. I think he’ll like it too .

  • Richard Mansel 11:27 am on 2013-07-18 Permalink | Reply
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    Views on Inspiration 

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    In R.C. Sproul’s book, Can I Trust the Bible? he discusses the issue of inspiration and whether it was dictation or whether each writer was allowed to express their own personality/writing style.

    He summarizes with this:

    “We do not know the process by which inspiration was given. But because of inspiration, no matter how God brought it about, every word of Scripture carries the weight of God’s authority.”

    1. Do you agree with him?

    2. Can we truly know how it was done?

    3. What are your views on this issue?

     
    • preachercarter 11:57 am on 2013-07-18 Permalink | Reply

      I certainly agree with the idea that no matter the way God chose to inspire the same weight should be applied. Having said that I firmly believe that God used the personality of the authors rather than dictating word for word.

    • Joseph Richardson 12:20 pm on 2013-07-18 Permalink | Reply

      It’s clear that every writer of Scripture had his own personality and style.

    • Ron Thomas 3:33 pm on 2013-07-18 Permalink | Reply

      Agreeing with both above, I would add this – the Scriptures are inspired, but not every word is of the same weight. Compare John 8:58 with 11:47.

    • Scott Shifferd Jr. 5:48 am on 2013-07-19 Permalink | Reply

      I cannot agree that we do not know the process. We know that God revealed the message to the Apostles and prophets, which Truth is to be understood when we read (Eph. 3:3-5). We observe that each man expressed the influence of Christ’s Truth and the Christian spirit in their own words (1 Thess. 1:1-4). This is much like David and the OT prophets. We know that in writing in their own words after receiving revelation that they were further guided by the Spirit without error (1 Pet. 1:12, 2 Pet. 1:21, 1 Thess. 2:13). According to 1 Corinthians 2, every word revealed to the Apostles to every word communicated is from the Holy Spirit even the personal ones (2:13). There is no revelation of scripture that is from one’s own interpretation (2 Pet. 1:20). The scriptures are thus inerrant in this process because otherwise the Gospel would be perverted (Gal. 1:6-9, 2 John 9).

    • Eugene Adkins 6:22 am on 2013-07-19 Permalink | Reply

      I was going to refer to several of the verses that Scott referred to. Let’s see if I can word my response a little differently 🙂

      It’s clear that the writers/speakers didn’t always clearly understand everything they were teaching (1 Peter 1:9-12, Daniel 7:15, Acts 2:39 – think the attitude still shown toward gentiles with the Acts reference).

      But there was something about the process that seems to be recognizable to those who were miraculously prophesying for God (1 Corinthians 14:32,37; 2 Peter 2:10, 1 Timothy 4:1, 2 Chronicles 24:20, Ezekiel 11:5).

      Since God used people with emotions and various experiences in life these things definitely led to their personality being involved in the process. Just think about all of the experiences of David’s life that became types and shadows of Jesus’ experiences recorded in the Psalms. The same could be said about Moses and others who penned many of God’s books for His people.

      Great questions.

  • Stephen R. Bradd 9:07 am on 2013-03-18 Permalink | Reply
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    I’ve got a semantics question fellows after seeing… 

    I’ve got a semantics question, fellows, after seeing this recent FB post:

    “The Bible does not contain the Word of God; the Bible is the Word of God. There is a difference.”

    *What is your definition of “the Bible”?*

    For me, I actually prefer the statement “the Bible contains the word of God.” I define the Bible as Genesis through maps. 🙂 There are lots of things in our modern Bibles that are not the “word of God” (e.g., concordance, chapter & verse divisions, footnotes, etc.). If the imitation leather cover says “Holy Bible,” then everything inside is a part of the “Bible”, right? Thus, is it not better to say: “The Bible contains the word of God”? (I actually prefer lowercase “w” on “word” when not referring to the Logos, but I won’t go in to that right now… 🙂

    Even some things within Scripture itself (like Satan’s lie in Gen. 3:4) is not really the “word of God,” is it? I understand that Gen. 3:4 is an accurate account of what Satan said AND that the Spirit inspired Moses to make a record of it, but how can a LIE be “the word of God”? I find this terminology troubling. Gen. 3:4 IS Scripture, but is it the “word of God”?

    Your thoughts are most welcome.

     
    • Richard Mansel 9:10 am on 2013-03-18 Permalink | Reply

      There are those on the Left who have used the phrase, “The Bible contains the Word of God,” to mean that not all of it is inspired. That is also contains some error, which is absurd.

    • J. Randal Matheny 9:16 am on 2013-03-18 Permalink | Reply

      As Richard mentioned, the phrase appears to counter a type of claim about biblical inspiration. Barth maintained that the Bible becomes the word of God in our encounter with the text to lead us to Christ. Whether the text was factually or not, didn’t matter to Barth. One brother has more here:

      https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/1450-the-bible-word-of-god-or-mere-words-of-men

    • J. Randal Matheny 9:21 am on 2013-03-18 Permalink | Reply

      Geisler and Nix summarize: “”The orthodox believe the Bible is God’s Word; liberals believe the Bible contains God’s Word; neo-orthodox hold that the Bible becomes God’s Word”. Quote from this site:

      http://www.dougandmarsha.com/essays-seminary/ch21_inspiration%20of_scriptures.htm

      • Stephen R. Bradd 9:50 am on 2013-03-18 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the replies & links. This is a semantics matter with me. Lest anyone misunderstand my initial post, I believe in verbal plenary inspiration.

    • preachercarter 11:34 am on 2013-03-18 Permalink | Reply

      Well, you might be pulling hairs but good points are made. Our Bible is really a record of God’s self-revelation. It has history, poems and other literary styles. Every Word or word is God ordained and has to be taken as absolute. In fact there are many ungodly things recorded in Scripture yet God is seen throughout the text. And, God’s infallible Word actually refers to the original texts. But, that is a whole other story.

    • John T. Polk II 1:17 pm on 2013-03-18 Permalink | Reply

      Is there any time “the word of God” occurs in Scripture that it is NOT “the word of God?”
      Where does the word “Scripture” occur in the Bible that it is NOT “Scripture” given by God?
      Since the word “Bible” doesn’t occur within “the Word of God,” or “Scripture,” then whatever the volume of “Scripture” (a.k.a. “the Word of God”) is called, it is the utterance from God accurately recording everything essential to “the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). Both sin and righteousness, salvation and condemnation, God’s truth and man’s lies are accurately recorded, verbally inspired (but that is another discussion).

    • Stephen R. Bradd 7:25 am on 2013-03-19 Permalink | Reply

      Perhaps we can all agree with the following…

      As I said initially, Gen 3:4 IS Scripture.
      The lie that Satan told is NOT Scripture, but God’s record of it (via Moses) IS Scripture.

      In fact, what God communicated to Moses was “the word of God.” Thus, God’s record of Satan’s lie IS the word of God.

      So, in general, the lie itself is NOT the word of God, but the inspired RECORD of the lie is.

      What do you think?

  • John T. Polk II 10:38 am on 2013-02-12 Permalink | Reply
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    Where Was “Vatican Smoke” In The New Testament Church?. 

    Please read Acts 15:1-31, then read the following:

    1. There was NO appeal to Peter, but to “apostles, elders” and the “whole church” gathered to hear Acts 15:2, 4, 6, 12 (“all the multitude”), 22

    2. EVERY speaker proclaimed only the Word of God (Oral & Written):

        (1) Acts 15:2-4:  Paul and Barnabas proclaimed what God had been doing among Gentiles (before Acts 13-14 had been written);

        (2) Acts 15:5-11: Peter reminded them of the events of Acts 10-11 in selecting Gentiles to be saved (before it had been written down);

        (3) Acts 15:12-21: James preached God’s Prophecy about the goal of bringing in Gentiles, quoting Amos 9:11-12, THEN gave HIS “judgment”;

        (4) Acts 15:22:  THE CONCLUSION WAS INSPIRED ENTIRELY BY GOD’S WORD (A.K.A. “SCRIPTURE”), AND IT WAS UNANIMOUS – LIKE NO Roman Catholic Church COUNCIL!!!!

    3. The letter sent to the Gentiles with this Apostolic preaching (Acts 15:23-31) was an Apostolic “letter” (Greek: epistole). When copies are actually distributed to the Christians of a Gentile background (Acts 16:4), they are termed “decrees” (Greek: dogmata): The “DOGMA” was necessary and delivered immediately to the Gentiles!!!!  Refer to Acts 15:1-16:5 and notice that:

    (1) The church didn’t wait hundreds of years to know “dogma.”

    (2) This was an epistle of Scripture from the Apostles, and NOT from a Roman Catholic Church “Magisterium,” or “Vatican Council,” or “College of the Cardinals,” or announced by “smoke!” When Peter and the REAL Apostles of Jesus Christ taught and wrote Scripture, it was in writing that WAS “Scripture,” based upon Scripture, NOT the result of political “in-fighting” and out-maneuvering ,as is continually practiced by the Roman Catholic Church. People who “blow smoke” are NOT Apostles of Jesus Christ!

    (3) “So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and increased in number daily” Acts 16:5. The churches of Christ are always strengthened by Scripture and always apostatize when following human commandments (1 Timothy 4:1-5; 2 Timothy 4:1-5). Wrong attitudes always produce and defend wrong doctrines(1 Timothy 6:3-5)!

    4. THERE WAS NO VOTE TAKEN, NOR SUCCESSIVE SESSIONS OF THIS COUNCIL!

    5. There was NO: supremacy of Peter, voting on doctrine; waiting hundreds of years to deal with controversy; multiple sessions to arrive at a conclusion; opposition to the views expressed; PRESENTATION OF ANY OUTSIDE “TRADITION;” “COMMENTARIES;” OR PREVIOUS “COUNCIL” CONCLUSIONS; BUT ONLY SCRIPTURE (BOTH WRITTEN & UNWRITTEN)!

    6. This was the ONLY council gathering like it in Scripture.

        (1) The gathering to replace Judas Iscariot (Acts 1:13-26) did nothing to replace James the brother of John
    when Herod killed him (Acts 12:1-2);

        (2) The gathering to disprove Jewish heretics sent Gentiles their “dogma” (Acts 15:1-31) and never met again!

    —–John T. Polk II

     
  • Richard Mansel 7:34 am on 2012-03-08 Permalink | Reply
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    Social Media and Fellowship 

    What role does social media have in Biblical fellowship? More specifically, what does it do to the lines between sound and unsound brethren? In the past, I have received Facebook friendship requests from false teachers who have dozens of sound brethren as “friends.”

    Should we be Facebook friends with false teachers? Do we need to examine the Scriptures on fellowship through the prism of social media? I look forward to the discussion.

     
    • Chris Gallagher 7:53 am on 2012-03-08 Permalink | Reply

      Richard,

      What an interesting question, I will open the flood gates of discussion regarding this question. There are people on my Facebook and Twitter list with whom I strongly disagree. I go further and have joined groups with those in which I strongly disagree for a couple reasons:

      (1) I want to see how I can influence them for good through posting articles, links, material and even joining in discussions.

      (2) I want keep up with the current thoughts of those with whom I disagree. I learned growing up that examining the others side of an issue many times will aid me in strengthening my foundation for my beliefs.

      I appreciate the discussion and look forward to it.

      Thanks,

      Chris

    • John T. Polk II 10:58 am on 2012-03-08 Permalink | Reply

      Richard, thanks for bringing up the point for discussion. What Paul bound in 1 Corinthians 5 deals with (1) a local situation known to the local brethren; (2) involved purging out the “leaven” of observing our “Passover” (in the Lord’s Supper?); (3) and dealing with brethren who refused to repent when chastised; then surely we must deal with those whom we know to be in sin in such a way as to try to bring them to repentance.
      What then is impressed by Paul on Timothy (and us!) in dealing with false teachers is not designed to bring them to repentance as much as it is to preserve us from the error of their doctrine(s) in 1 Timothy 6:1-5. This tells us (1) the doctrine is set; (2) anyone teaching anything contrariwise is false; (3) we must remain “withdrawn” from them.
      That said, “social networking” blurs this distinction by allowing false teachers to continue to have influence over their acolytes. However, this electronic media works both ways! That’s why I have posted my debate charts with two false teachers on our website to keep the “marked” and refute their unscriptural doctrines that divide churches of Christ. One of these advocates the false doctrine that church-funded benevolence is for “saints only” (http://doverchurchofchrist.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/RELIGIOUS-DISCUSSION-At-Northside-Church-of-Chri3.swf), the other advocates the false doctrine that brethren cannot eat meals in the church building (http://doverchurchofchrist.info/wpcontent/uploads/2011/10/PolkDonahueDebate.swf).
      This permits false teachers and their false doctrine(s) to be easily identified and refuted!
      Thus, when “social media” continually keeps the error of their doctrine before them (which is why I post these links on my “Facebook” page), others may be warned, also.
      God help us to maintain the Biblical lines clearly drawn by the Bible in our “postmodern” age! “Preach the word.”
      John T. Polk II

      • John T. Polk II 10:47 am on 2012-03-09 Permalink | Reply

        Correction: the weblinks have been corrected and should work, now. Sorry for the inconvenience.

        Richard, thanks for bringing up the point for discussion. What Paul bound in 1 Corinthians 5 deals with (1) a local situation known to the local brethren; (2) involved purging out the “leaven” of observing our “Passover” (in the Lord’s Supper?); (3) and dealing with brethren who refused to repent when chastised; then surely we must deal with those whom we know to be in sin in such a way as to try to bring them to repentance.
        What then is impressed by Paul on Timothy (and us!) in dealing with false teachers is not designed to bring them to repentance as much as it is to preserve us from the error of their doctrine(s) in 1 Timothy 6:1-5. This tells us (1) the doctrine is set; (2) anyone teaching anything contrariwise is false; (3) we must remain “withdrawn” from them.
        That said, “social networking” blurs this distinction by allowing false teachers to continue to have influence over their acolytes. However, this electronic media works both ways! That’s why I have posted my debate charts with two false teachers on our website to keep the “marked” and refute their unscriptural doctrines that divide churches of Christ. One of these advocates the false doctrine that church-funded benevolence is for “saints only” (http://doverchurchofchrist.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/RELIGIOUS-DISCUSSION-At-Northside-Church-of-Chri3.swf), the other advocates the false doctrine that brethren cannot eat meals in the church building (http://doverchurchofchrist.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/PolkDonahueDebate.swf).
        This permits false teachers and their false doctrine(s) to be easily identified and refuted!
        Thus, when “social media” continually keeps the error of their doctrine before them (which is why I post these links on my “Facebook” page), others may be warned, also.
        God help us to maintain the Biblical lines clearly drawn by the Bible in our “postmodern” age! “Preach the word.”
        John T. Polk II

    • Stevelucas 5:41 pm on 2012-03-08 Permalink | Reply

      Chris,

      You are so spot on with your thoughts. If we do not engage those with whom we disagree, then before long we simply love those who love us and never know what are the concerns or issues of those who have yet to put on Christ. And oh yes, occasionally we learn a more perfect understanding of God’s Word which otherwise may never have been discovered.

    • Eugene Adkins 6:04 pm on 2012-03-08 Permalink | Reply

      Great questions, Richard.

      This is something that I’ve thought about before. I believe that one can be a “friend” to someone without “fellowshipping” with them. For the most part I enjoy talking to others about things even when I do not agree with them biblically or socially. I think that’s all a part of our dialouge process…at least if we wish to have one.

      Jesus definitely at with people that He did not agree with. While I know that a distinction can be made between “friending” someone and having a conversation with them, I also know that a person will never hear what you have to say if we always keep them at arms-length.

      While there are no doubt exceptions to what I’ve said, I believe if a person can show themsleves friendly in the “real” world then they should be able to do the same in the “digital” one.

      Just for clarification sake, I don’t have a face book account 🙂

    • J. Randal Matheny 5:05 am on 2012-03-09 Permalink | Reply

      I try to avoid the pushers, those who actively promote progressive doctrine. I don’t want to give them access to people. Others, I may befriend in hopes of influencing.

      • Eugene Adkins 6:58 am on 2012-03-09 Permalink | Reply

        I believe that would be one of my “exceptions” that I referred to, but I often take the chance to use it for a discussion without the use of the “like” button on the wordpress side of things.

  • Richard Mansel 10:22 am on 2012-02-14 Permalink | Reply
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    The Implanted Word 

    I am preaching through James and this Sunday morning, my text will be James 1:21, “Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.”

    What a great passage! What thoughts do you have on the implanted word and this passage in general? Thanks! I look forward to reading your great comments.

     
    • Patrick Medlock 11:24 am on 2012-02-14 Permalink | Reply

      Richard, James’ words harmonize well with other areas of the NT regarding the word as seed analogy. The seed is living Heb 4:12-13, John 6:63; enduring I Pet 1:23 as well as soul-saving your text, Rom 10:13-15, & I Thessalonians 2:13. The successful engrafting of the word shows itself in exercise of our will to follow the spirit’s lead Gal 5:22-23, as opposed to allowing the flesh by default to quench the Spirit which permits an unsaved state of being to prevail Gal 5:19-21. Just a couple of third.

    • Eugene Adkins 7:58 pm on 2012-02-14 Permalink | Reply

      Hello Richard,

      I always think of the parable of the sower in Luke 8. I also think of the emphasis that James placed in how we are to receive the word – with meekness. This is really powerful in light of the previous two verses that talks about our attiude toward the correction and admonition of God’s word. Most of the time we use the verses in relation to our relationship with others when the context is actually about our relationship with God’s word. The parable of the sower doesn’t say much about anger choking out the fruitfulness of God’s word but James sure does. Preach on!

  • J. Randal Matheny 10:34 am on 2011-08-16 Permalink | Reply
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    No divine truth fails to apply 

    No divine truth fails to apply to man’s need and service. All doctrine finds usefulness in daily faith. What God says always makes a difference to his creatures. “Every Scripture is … useful.” As well, no faith can be exercised apart from truth. Every spiritual movement springs from an oracle of the Lord. We are God’s evangelists, all of us, and his words, all of them, bring life, create meaning, provide strength, establish purpose, and issue forth in fellowship with his glorious presence.

     
  • Larry Miles 3:46 am on 2011-05-21 Permalink | Reply
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    The Products of Truth (2nd John 4-6) 

    Christianity is a religion of action. We take what the Bible teaches and put it into practice in our lives. We make application to and from God’s Word in our daily lives. If we are truly living for the Lord a change in our lifestyle must be evident. Others, Christians and non-Christians alike must be able to ascertain that difference. We must be found “practicing what we preach (believe).

    One of the words used for the Christian’s life is the word “walk.” Walking denotes that we are making progress. In the spiritual realm it denotes growing in Jesus. All of us grow up in Christ differently. What the Lord desires is spiritual growth.

    The Apostle John writes about spiritual growth in 2 John 4-6 where he stresses “walking in Christ’s commandments.” He says that there must be evidences of our conversion that is visible to others.

    John rejoiced greatly when he found some of the “Elect Lady’s” children walking in the way of truth. This shows that these folks were growing in Christ and were active in His service.

    John MacArthur writes, “The word ‘walking’ has reference to continual walking in the truth, i.e., making obedience to the truth a habit in one’s life.”

    The Word of God continually tells parents that it is their responsibility to teach the Bible principles to their children. It also exhorts all Christians to study and obey God”s Word and to teach others about the importance of the Scriptures.

    In 2 John 5 we read John’s words ofcommendation to the way the Elect Lady had raised her children. She had led them in the way if truth. But they had to continue to walk in truth even when they were outside her influence.

    This is the passage where John talks in verse 6 about making the Christian life a continued way of love, establishing habits that will last us eternally and enable us to live for Him in all situations we come across.

    I John 5:2-3 reads as follows: “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep His commandments. For this is the love of God that we keep His commandments: and His commandments are not grievous.”  So, let’s always strive to “grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus!” Let’s be found as a people who look to God”s Word for our guidance and always be living for Him!

    -Larry Miles, May 18, 2011

     
  • Larry Miles 3:45 am on 2011-05-20 Permalink | Reply
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    Lessons From 2 John 

    The Passion of the Truth (2 John 1-3)

    The word “truth” is one of the Apostle John’s favorite words. It is used 27 times in the Gospel of John; 10 times in I John; 5 times in 2 John and 5 times in 3 John.

    John had a passion for the truth. The word “passion” simply refers to string feelings or emotions. John  had a passion or great love for truth. Of course, this was transferred to those who loved truth as he did. He loved the truth and hated every false way (Psalm 119:138). He loved those who loved truth and hated those who didn’t (Psalm 139:21-22).

    In 2 John we have the account of the “Elect Lady.” This is either referring to an individual or to the Church. It is my view that it is an individual or it could refer to both.

    John had a great love or this sister and her children because they loved the truth as he did. He loved them because of the common love they shared.

    We must love the truth of the Scriptures. We must, as God told Joshua back in Joshua 1 not only to read the Word of God, but to study it, meditate upon it, and live in it and be able to share it with others. Let’s make it a practice to regularly read and study God’s Word.

    -Larry Miles, May 18, 2011

     
  • Ron Thomas 5:09 am on 2011-04-06 Permalink | Reply
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    Will the Holy Spirit Say this of You? 

    Every time I read Acts 13:27, I can’t help but to think of all those who are guilty of this same sentiment expressed by Paul to the Jews in his day. “For those who live in Jerusalem and their rulers, because they did not recognize him nor understand the utterances of the prophets, which are read every Sabbath, fulfilled them by condemning him” (ESV).

    The Scriptures are read every Sabbath, but those present, because of certain assumptions, refused to hear anything from the Lord (cf. John 5:39-47). Today, we have much the same. It is easy to encourage people to read the Scripture, but at the same time it has a challenging quality associated with it. Just recently I had a discussion with two women about their disappointment in and with “church.” Their disappointments stemmed from the failings of people within the community they spoke. I encouraged both to go to the Scripture and put every word that is spoken (in a religious, biblical context) to the test. The passages that I encouraged them to look at were John 12:48; Acts 17:11; 1 John 4:1-6; and Jude 3 (among others). What they will do with that, I do not know. It was easy to encourage, but there is a challenge in getting them to do so. Hopefully, they will search. I know one did because she said as much.

    If we would not be guilty of exactly that which Paul said the Jews of his day were, then it is incumbent on us to search the Scriptures daily, not only to measure everything the preacher says, but also to understand the Lord’s word and implement it into our lives. It would be sad if the Holy Spirit said of you, what Paul said of the Jews in his day.

     
    • Clayton McCool 6:18 am on 2011-04-06 Permalink | Reply

      If we all would but die to our flesh and commune with God in our spirits and then stay in step with God’s Spirit we would all do well. Some of us are still confused on worship in spirit and truth. We simply MUST grasp the best thing to do with our FLESH is crucify it and grasp that our flesh, our physical being is not even capable of leading us in worship to God each day.

      The Apostle Paul explained it like this:

      Romans 12

      A Living Sacrifice

      1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. 3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.

      • Ron 6:28 am on 2011-04-06 Permalink | Reply

        It is true that our physical being – in and of itself – is not capable of leading us in worship to God because the best the physical flesh can do – apart from God’s revelation – is guess. OTH, with God’s revelation, then John 8:31-32 applies. Thanks for the words.

  • J. Randal Matheny 7:03 pm on 2011-03-08 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Gluckel of Hameln, , Scripture   

    'All that we need for our journey' 

    From the first page of The Memoirs of Gluckel of Hameln, a widowed Jewess in the 17th century:

    … we have our holy Torah in which we may find and learn all that we need for our journey through this world to the world to come. It is like a rope which the great and gracious God has thrown to us as we drown in the stormy sea of life, that we may seize hold of it and be saved.

    Think she understand the purpose of Scripture?

     
  • Larry Miles 9:58 am on 2011-01-19 Permalink | Reply
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    Standing On The Faithful Word! 

    Text: II Timothy 3:16 – 4:4  (16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. 1 I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: 2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. 5 But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

    * Introduction: Standing On The Promises! It is our prayer that all will be like the Bereans, whom we read about in Acts 17. They were commended because they had a great love for the Word of God. We’re told that after hearing Paul, they went and “searched the Scriptures daily.” If we have this kind of love for the Bible, we will always be found “standing on the promises.” We can count on God, can He count on YOU?

    What Kind of Foundation Do YOU Have? We build our lives on all kinds of foundations. Jesus spoke of those who build their lives on the sand, a life that has no permanent foundation. He contrasted that with one who built their lives on a solid foundation. The one who built on the sand had all kinds of problems in life. The one who built on the right foundation (Jesus) enjoyed the blessings of God. (More …)

     
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