I was watching Fox News while they interviewed John Coleman, the founder of The Weather Channel. I was surprised when he spoke out strongly against what he called “the manmade global warming myth”. Coleman had written an article accusing the media of becoming propaganda activists for environmental extremists. He claims the threat of Global Warming is a crock and an example of manipulated science. He says that gullible Hollywood types, clever politicians and naïve conscientious citizens mean well but have been duped. Well, I’m certainly no expert, and therefore don’t know who is right and who is wrong. But I’m glad to hear that there is another side to “The Inconvenient Truth”. It reminds me of the proverb (18:17 “The one who states his case first seems right, until another comes and examines him.” When two experts take diametrically opposite views, how can the uninformed know who to believe? I suppose this is why there is so much cynicism regarding Christian leaders. People need to know the truth. At least there is a recognized authority on which to establish truth from error: the word of God. But even this is assailed in many circles today. This is Just A Minute.
In March of 2007 I watched John Coleman, the founder of the Weather Channel, say global warning is a crock! He was threatening to sue Al Gore and believes it is the only way the truth will ever be known. He said that the media darlings, encouraged by celebrities and pseudo-science, have jumped aboard Al’s bandwagon and are parroting his glib campaign. Coleman calls it, “the greatest scam in history.” As I think about it, the founder of the Weather Channel ought to know a whole lot more about it than a politician with an axe to grind. Global Warming is a fraud? It goes to show you that if you say something often enough and convincingly, most folks are going to believe it whether it is so or not. This is Just A Minute
Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.
Proverbs 27:1: “Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth.”
Even the calendar is cause for humility! Who knew yesterday what would be today’s final: weather result? Stock Market margins? Family sickness and death? Earthquake or storm damage? Job benefit or loss? Accident tally? Sports results?
Truly God proves to know much more than we do, for “Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?” (1 Corinthians 1:20). All we can do is “number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12), that is, realize that every day we live brings us closer to death (Hebrews 9:27). “Boasting” is talk that has no substance, in other words, the person doesn’t know what he/she is talking about! “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit;’ whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.’ But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin” (James 4:13-17). It is not wrong to plan ahead, but it is wrong to think those plans are completely within our power to bring them about! Calendar humility is a reason to “Have faith in God” (Mark 11:22).
There is nothing in Scripture that gives prior warning to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, for He taught: “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only” (Matthew 24:6); “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming” (Matthew 24:42); “Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect” (Matthew 24:44); “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming” (Matthew 25:13). ALL who have set the day or times for Jesus to return have been TOTALLY FALSE, completely discredited in their Bible knowledge of this event, and proven to not be a Prophet of God (Deuteronomy 18:21-22)!
Because we are ignorant about “tomorrow,” and the time of Jesus’ Second Coming, why not obey the Gospel of Jesus Christ today and then plan “if the Lord wills?” “He who believes and is baptized will be saved, but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16).
All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.
The Missus and I enjoyed a day at the Tenn. Bible College Spiritual Renewal Lectures last Saturday. We enjoyed meeting many brothers and sisters there and seeing friends like Weylan Deaver and son Orrin. Weylan had a great lesson, and it’s now online. I recommend it.
• Then Sunday night The Maiden and I traveled two and a half hours to Knoxville for the lectureship at the Southeast Institute of Biblical Studies. She wanted to get there early enough the next morning to hear David Shannon, whom she hears every Sunday at the Mt. Juliet TN congregation. We enjoyed the lectures and meeting new friends, among them a number of folk we know through the Internet.
• Jody and Evelyn Apple were our gracious hosts at Karns. Jody works with SEIBS. A bit of news was shared Monday night about Jody’s future work with the International Gospel Hour.
• We were also privileged to meet George and Joy Jensen in person. We followed their work in Tanzania. They’re now in Kentucky.
• A first in the history of BNc: four obituaries in a single day. They didn’t all pass away yesterday, but the stories all came together from God’s servants who have died recently: Jane McWhorter, Perry Cotham, Basil Overton, and Kyle Allen. Foy Forehand is preparing yet another obituary, of Wilson Wallace, son of Foy Wallace.
• Though our elderly saints pass on to their reward most every day, the deaths of these beloved saints within a short period highlight that the torch does pass from one generation to the next. I saw godly brothers and sisters at the recent lectureships, and I know a host more of them, who will faithfully carry on the work of the kingdom. Of course, there is always a shortage of workers in the Lord’s vineyard, and we ought to pray that he send us more.
• The older I get, the more difficult it becomes to stay away from home for extended periods of time. As much as we love our children and coddle the grandchildren, we still feel the rigors of change in weather, food, time zones, schedule, and other differences that leave a body groggy. Comes with the territory, so they say. But we have to make an effort not to get grouchy, do we not?
• Thoughts during a study of Paul’s letter to the Galatians, by way of application. In this letter Paul defends his apostleship, because his enemies attempt to undercut his message by attacking him. So it is today. To sweep away the truth in order to introduce error, people attack the messenger.
• A ladies’ Bible study class is considering options for their next subject, using study books as the basis for their discussions. The Missus heard about it and suggested they look at my book, Choose!. She’s my best advocate! Continue reading
Any saints or churches changing or cancelling their activities due to Hurricane Sandy? Romney and Biden have cancelled or rescheduled events on the east coast. We wonder about the churches in that region. What have you heard? We’d like to put something up on BNc.
• Jeremy Barrier and Will Bridges visited us Wed.-Thurs., and Jeremy presented his material on the so-called “The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife.” We had 25 people in our little living room to hear it, some eight or nine of them not in a relationship with God. Another one was out back watching the kids. People were quite impressed with the material. Jeremy had earlier given this material at Heritage Christian University. More on that, probably, in a few days, on GoSpeak.org.
• All 28 or so of those stayed afterwards to eat five pizzas that we’d ordered, plus some other goodies that friends brought. The stragglers left around 11 p.m., so it was a long night for our guests, who held up with a smile and warm attentiveness to participants.
• One down, at least three to go, assigned or agreed-upon articles for both print and online magazines. This besides other writing responsibilities. When they are published, I’ll be sure to tell you, but won’t give them away ahead of time. The editors might not like the articles, so I don’t want to have egg on my face.
• BrotherhoodNews.com has a slew of news items this month, 22 so far by the archive count. Do check them out. They’ll bring you sadness and joy. Some obituaries, others of accidents, preachers, persecution—you get the idea. If you’re not signed up to get notifications by email, you have that option in the top right column.
• In public we don’t talk, much, about the behind-the-scenes work of Forthright/GoSpeak. Time is short, for one thing. Don’t figure people are much interested in it, for another. But a couple of BNc tweets takes us back both in time and perspective. Continue reading
This is an easy nudge, for those who move slowing on Mondays.
The rain should always remind us of our good and reverend God.
“He covers the sky with clouds,
provides the earth with rain,
and causes grass to grow on the hillsides” (Psalm 147:8 NET).
Yesterday was a slow day: only one post. Where’d you go, people?
I recently wrote about our harrowing ordeal with an out of control forest fire that burned 4,035 acres and could have decimated our community. We were saved by the heroic efforts of fire fighters and emergency personnel.
That experience brought to mind two other nights where natural disasters brought death and destruction to our lives.
The first was on February 5, 2008 in Jackson, Tennessee. I arrived in Henderson, Tennessee for the Freed-Hardeman lectureship and enjoyed the day immensely. That evening I drove to my hotel in Jackson to check into my room. The weather grew worse as I got closer. I turned off my audiobook and discovered that there was a tornado warning.
At the hotel, I was unable to check in because the power was out. I was ushered into the laundry room and told to get under a blanket since a category 4 tornado was two miles away. One of my friends, Tony Fitzgerald and his family were there and we all spent the night praying that we would not be killed.
The tornado hit Union University and damaged 31 buildings, doing $40 million in damage. I finally went to my room in the early morning and slept some before waking up and checking in. The staff at the hotel were extraordinary.
Not sure if this counts or not, but an example of the result of Bible weather could perhaps be the Jordan River, which has its beginnings in 3 streams formed from the melting snow on Mt. Hermon. Maybe I’m reaching, but I was trying to come up with something unique!
In Acts 14:17, Luke records that God “did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good, gave us rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness” (cf. Leviticus 26:4; Deuteronomy 11:14; Deuteronomy 28:12; Job 5:10; Psalm 65:10; Psalm 68:9; Psalm 147:8; Jeremiah 14:22).
God “did good” by providing the weather needed to produce (1) rain; (2) fruitful seasons; (3) food. Without the changing weather patterns which produce the “fruitful seasons” (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter) none of this would be possible.
I searched on the word “weather” and this came up in the LEB: “But when neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and with not a little bad weather confronting us, finally all hope was abandoned that we would be saved” (Acts 27:20).
It’s the story of Paul’s shipwreck. The prisoner becomes the one through whom the travelers aboard the ship are saved. The minor character, in the eyes of the world, takes on the major role, because he is God’s servant. Not a bad reminder.
The link between bad weather and despair reminds us that God is in control and if we belong to him, any moment can be “weathered.”
I’ll pick the easy example of Bible weather – “And the rain was on the earth forty days and forty nights” (Gen. 7:12). The global flood was a result of global wickedness. The flood was so powerful that it had catastrophic effects on the entire planet. Guess I shouldn’t complain about the cold weather up here in Illinois, eh? It was 7 degrees (F) this morning when I got up. We’ve got a couple inches of snow on the ground.
Weather is changing, growing colder north and warmer in the south. (We’re thankful for the rain here that cools down the temperatures for a while.) So cite an example of weather or a change in the weather in the Bible, and mention the details behind it.
Any special year-end programs in your congregation? That’s a question to spur thought about some news of the saints.
I like the hot weather because I can always get under a shade tree to cool off, but in the winter months, I can never get warm. Have to wear two pair of socks every day in the winter.
One drawback of the summer months – the heat tends to slow me down – not much energy to get things done. The heat really takes your breath and energy away.
Are you hot or cold natured? You prefer warmer or cooler temps? How does that affect what you do? Now that we just passed the solstice, time to think about the change in weather and how that affects our bodies.
Below the equator, we’re now officially in winter time. And a cold front pushed the temperture down right now to 61º this morning. Low, 53, high 65. Everybody is wearing sweaters and jackets around here.
What news have you heard about the churches?
“What would a meteorologist like in the Bible?” What a strange question for the Nudge. Interpret the question as you will, answer it however you may, as long as you find the Bible connection. And cite a verse.
I’ll be in and out today, meeting with the SJC men this afternoon, probably hosting a family in our home this evening as they spend the night with us.
Have a great day today, bless many around you, speak a good word for Jesus, as one brother used to say. And chime in on TFR.
Don’t forget to share news of your corner of the brotherhood, also.