March 11, 2010
Recently a blog post went up here http://5ptsalt.com/2010/03/10/rappin-god/ it has cause a mild stir among some people I know. I’m not a scholar but I’d like to address the issues I’ve seen raised. Please understand, I am addressing the arguments and not the people themselves. I respect all parties involved and just hope to bring a bit of peace. God willing all my arguments will be Scriptural and logically sound.
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March 2, 2010
The same God who led Israel out of Egypt led them into Egypt.
The same God who empowered the armies to crush the inhabitants of Cannan also empowered foreign armies to crush the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
The same God who made the earth and called it good also allowed it to be cursed.
The same God who raised up Nebuchandezzar as great king also humiliated him as a beast.
The same God who showed justice at the cross also showed mercy at the cross.
The same God….
And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.”
February 9, 2010
Or he told a mistake. One of the two. Perhaps, “mislead his flock by not studying to show himself a workman approved by God” would be better. I mean, that’s not news to most of us who strive to understand what Scripture says, with a basic understanding of theology, etc. So… do you remember when Joel Smiley said thus? Read the rest of this entry »
January 11, 2010
Many of us have heard Joel Smiley’s opening. It goes a little something like this:
This is my Bible. I am what it says I am. I have what it says I have. I can do what it says I can do. Today I will be taught the word of God. I boldly confess my mind is alert, my heart is receptive; I’ll never be the same. In Jesus name, God bless you.
Yeah. Way too superficial don’t you think? Let’s try cleaning it up a bit. First, one for the unsaved in the crowd:
This is a Bible. I am what it says I am, a filthy, wretched, God-hating sinner. I have what it says I have, a corrupt heart capable only of despising the Lord who made me and sustains me. I can do what it says I can do; works that even the best God sees as a used menstrual pad. Today I will be taught the word of God, but my hard heart will have none of the truth unless the grace of God should intervene. I boldly confess my mind is corrupt, my heart is depraved; I’ll never repent! In Jesus’ name, God bless you.
Now, the one for those few who watch Joel Smiley who are actually saved:
This is my Bible. I am what it says I am: a wretched sinner saved by the grace of God alone. I have what it says I have, a new nature, a new disposition, and eternal life. I can do what it says I can do: kill sin by the Spirit, grow in holiness, and do truly good works. Today I will be taught the Word of God. I boldly confess my mind is being renewed by the Word working of the Spirit, my heart is leaping for joy in the presence of the Word; I’ll never be forsaken as Jesus paid the price for my sins. In Jesus’ name, God bless you.
Well… there you have it! Seems much more clear and suited to the various needs of the congregation.
December 25, 2009
Top 10 Post-Church Worship Songs
10. Shout to the Waiter
9. Come Thou Meet at Cracker Barrel
8. How Great Wal-Mart
7. Draw Me Close to a Parking Space
6. Jesus Paid The Tip
5. How Deep the Father’s Wallet
4. Here I Am to Eat Chips
3. Come Just As You Are, Since You Are Already Dressed Up
2. A Mighty Hunger
1. Hallelujah! (The Parking is Amazing)
((Got any more??))
December 11, 2009
THUS SAYS THE LORD!
The word of the LORD came to me: “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel; prophesy, and say to them, even to the shepherds, Thus says the Lord GOD: Ah, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding yourselves! Should not shepherds feed the sheep? You eat the fat, you clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fat ones, but you do not feed the sheep. The weak you have not strengthened, the sick you have not healed, the injured you have not bound up, the strayed you have not brought back, the lost you have not sought, and with force and harshness you have ruled them. So they were scattered, because there was no shepherd, and they became food for all the wild beasts. My sheep were scattered; they wandered over all the mountains and on every high hill. My sheep were scattered over all the face of the earth, with none to search or seek for them. Read the rest of this entry »
August 8, 2009
What follows and with all “Notes from the SoD [Slough of Despond]” are the writings of someone with seriously whacked out brain chemistry. Now, more then ever, compare against the Holy Word of God everything I write.
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14“And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation.
15“‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! 16So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. 17 For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. 18I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. 19 Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. 20Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. 21The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.'” Read the rest of this entry »
July 21, 2009
What can I say. I’m a sucker for God’s Word and a sucker for FREE. Put ’em together and ya got me.
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July 15, 2009
1 Jn 2:1-6
Last week we spoke of heavy things, and it was for the most part, dark. Our main focus as guided by the section of 1 John we looked at was facing the reality of sin and how walking in sin is proof that one is not a Christian and anyone who does walk in sin while wearing the label “Christian” is deeply deceived. This week we look at the other side of the coin. We will review John’s reasons for writing to “us” and look at one of works of the resurrected Christ, that of advocate. Further we will examine what “propitiation” is and to what human extent that work of Christ applies. Next we will look at the positive side of what we discussed last week in regards to how we “keep his commandments.” Briefly we will discuss what it means to have “perfected love” and then understand what it means to walk as Jesus walked. I hope this message will be an encouragement and joy to you all.
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July 6, 2009
1 John 3:4-10
This did not come about with much wrestling. This did not come without much pain. I have prayed that what is said here, as long as it lines up with Scripture, will do the work of a skilled surgeon in removing any cancerous growth of sin in your life. I do not bring this to cast any unnecessary doubt on your salvation. I bring this section of scripture to you because it is here. Because it is the inspired, inerrant, infallible, plenary, sufficient Word of God. Because “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,…” (2 Tim 3:16). This message challenges those who confess Christ yet live in patterns of sin. John tells them plainly, “You are not Christian. You are not saved. You are not God’s children. You are the devil’s children.” Now I must ask: What are you? What does your practice make you?
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