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28 November 2018

Ephesians 5:1-5



A1 Scripture
B1 Therefore be imitators of God as beloved children, and walk in love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a fragrant aroma. But, you should not even talk about fornication or any form of moral corruption or insatiableness (as is fitting for saints); nor any obscenity, nor foolish talk or coarse joking (that do not belong), but rather thanksgiving. Because you can know this for sure: no fornicator, nor anyone who is morally corrupt or insatiable (actually an idolater), has any inheritance in the Kingdom of the Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of the disobedience. Therefore do not be participants with them—even though you were once darkness, you are now light in the Lord. Walk as children of light  (Ephesians 5:1-8, WPNT)
B2 Therefore, be imitators of God, as dearly loved children. And walk in love, as the Messiah also loved us and gave Himself for us, a sacrificial and fragrant offering to God. But sexual immorality and any impurity or greed should not even be heard of among you, as is proper for saints. Coarse and foolish talking or crude joking are not suitable, but rather giving thanks. For know and recognize this: Every sexually immoral or impure or greedy person, who is an idolater, does not have an inheritance in the kingdom of the Messiah and of God.  (Ephesians 5:1-5, HCSB)
A2 Outline
B1 A command—be imitators of God
B2 A respect—as dearly beloved children
B3 Walk in love
C1 As Messiah did
C2 As Messiah died
D1 A sacrifice to God
D2 An offering to God
B4 Avoid
C1 Sexual immorality
C2 Impurity
C3 Greed
C4 Irreligious talk
C5 Crude jokes
B5 Do
C1 Give thanks
C2 Know and recognize
D1 Sexually immoral, impure, or greedy (an idolater)
D2 Has no inheritance in the Kingdom of Messiah and of God
A3 Notes
B1 Imitators
C1 Not of God doing miracles, like the present days Pentecostal, word of faith, or heretics.
C2 Not willing something into existence, or any of those things that only God can do.
C3 It is referring to have the same desires, goals, attitudes as God does, and the way God deals with people, etc. This is best seen in the fruit of the Spirit. Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
C4 Is of living a certain kind of life. This is seen in the context here of Jesus' example. Ephesians 4:32 HCSB And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ. We don't compare ourselves to other Christians. We are to compare ourselves to God.
C5 Imitators
D1 Therefore I urge you, imitate me.  (1 Corinthians 4:16, NKJV)
D2 Imitate me, just as I also [imitate] Christ.  (1 Corinthians 11:1, NKJV)
D3 And you became imitators of us and of the Lord when, in spite of severe persecution, you welcomed the message with joy from the Holy Spirit.  (1 Thessalonians 1:6, HCSB)
D4 For you, brothers, became imitators of God's churches in Christ Jesus that are in Judea, since you have also suffered the same things from people of your own country, just as they did from the Jews  (1 Thessalonians 2:14, HCSB)
D5 So that you won't become lazy but will be imitators of those who inherit the promises through faith and perseverance.  (Hebrews 6:12, HCSB)
D6 In holiness: Leviticus 11:44-45 NRSV For I am the LORD your God; sanctify yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am holy. You shall not defile yourselves with any swarming creature that moves on the earth.  45 For I am the LORD who brought you up from the land of Egypt, to be your God; you shall be holy, for I am holy.
D7 The Lord Jesus is our perfect example: Colossians 3:9-10 NKJV  Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds,  10 and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him.
D8 Plus, a warning NOT to imitate the wicked: 2 Peter 3:17 NKJV  You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked.
C6 Temptation for the Ephesians would still be great. They had been living and practicing life in a very evil culture. To avoid and help overcome temptation, they were encouraged to not even talk about the sinful practices of the culture they lived in. So Wilbur Pickering translates verse 3: "But, you should not even talk about fornication or any form of moral corruption or insatiableness (as is fitting for saints)."  (Ephesians 5:3, WPNT).
B2 Beloved children—God loves us, so we are beloved children. Because God loves us, we want to imitate Him.
B3 Walk in love. Walk has the idea of living our life, our lifestyle, our thoughts, desires, words, and deeds. All this must be done in love. Truth is essential, and telling the truth is for the good of someone’s soul. It is the soul that we are concerned for. John 3:19-22 WEL This is [the reason for] the judgment, because light is come into the world and people loved darkness rather than light, because their actions were evil. 20 "Everyone who does evil hates the light and doesn’t come to the light, so that his actions may be discovered and reproved [discovered and reproved is one word in Greek]. 21 "But the one who does the truth comes to the light, so that his actions may be plainly seen that they are done for God.
B4 The love of God and His giving of Himself, for love is a choice. We understand this because:
C1 God did not have to do this.
C2 He choose to do this.
C3 He wanted to do this.
C4 Thoughts and desires are not enough. He demonstrated His love.
C5 A sacrifice was needed to atone.
D1 Good works are meaningless, because even one breaking of God's Law sends to hell. No matter how much we do the rest of our lives, it cannot make up for the evil we have done.
D2 Jesus never sinned.
D3 An everlasting death was required.
D4 This death is an separation from God.
D5 Jesus died and was forsaken by the Father.
D6 This was the full payment needed.
D7 The condition now, is to repent and trust into Jesus.
C6 The offering was a sin offering.
D1 "...just like the Son of the Man—He did not come to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”  (Matthew 20:28, WPNT)
D2 "By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all."  (Hebrews 10:10, WPNT)
D3 Dr Chafer writes: Substitution
Substitution is not a Biblical term (cf. Trinity, incarnation, etc.), but a Biblical doctrine nonetheless.
1. Old Testament Type.  
a. In general, every animal sacrifice offered during Old Testament times substituted for the offender. All this was accordingly a type of Christ dying in the room and stead of the sinner.
b. The sweet savor and non-sweet savor offerings of Leviticus, chapters 1–5, indicate that two accomplishments are to be noticed in Christ's substitution:
(1) The non-sweet savor oblations were, first, the sin offering and, second, the trespass offering. In these the perfection of the offering itself had to be insisted upon since Christ the Antitype is perfect in Himself, but of course, at the same time, the offering is invested with the sin of the offerer. They are called non-sweet savor offerings since God cannot look upon sin with allowance whatsoever. In fulfilling this type of sacrifice Christ cried, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matt. 27:46).
(2) Sweet savor offerings were three in number: first, the burnt offering, second, the meal offering, and third, the peace offering. In these were depicted an aspect of Christ's death which was a delight to His Father, as it has been suggested in Hebrews 9:14: He “offered himself without spot to God.” Here is substitution in the sense that God requires of the believer, not merely that he should have no sins (as typified by the non-sweet savor offerings), but that he indeed should have done all good. These three offerings, consequently, suggest how the perfection of Christ may be accepted of God for a Christian. They are sweet to God since only Christ's perfections are in view, and manifestly as such they could apply to the elect alone.
2. New Testament Doctrine.  Again the same twofold conception obtains. The Scriptures state the doctrine fully.
a. Sweet savor (Phil. 2:8; Hebrews 9:11–14; 10:5–7).
b. Non-sweet savor (Romans 3:23–26; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:24; 3:18; cf. Psalm 22:1; Matthew 27:46)."
(Systematic Theology by Lewis Sperry Chafer Copyright ©1948, 1976 by Dallas Theological Seminary Published by Kregel Publications, a division of Kregel, Inc., P.O. Box 2607, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49501, with special permission of Dallas Theological Seminary. All rights reserved.
B5 Fornication—any sexual activity not approved by God.
B6 Uncleanness—everything not addressed by fornication or covetousness. Finding pleasure in thoughts, desires, words, and deeds that God does not approve.
B7 Covetousness—wanting what someone else has. It can be the love of money, things, persons, or fame. It is wrong, ungodlike desire.
B8 Our speech
C1 Good speech is talk that edifies another. Bad speech is talk that destroys another. One teaches and encourages, the other abuses. Abusive speech is evil, but truth is good.
C2 Proverbs has a lot of passages teaching about this.
D1 Proverbs 12:23 GNB  Smart people keep quiet about what they know, but stupid people advertise their ignorance.
D2 Proverbs 15:2 CEV  Words of wisdom come from the wise, but fools speak foolishness.
D3 Ecclesiastes 10:12-14 NKJV The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious, But the lips of a fool shall swallow him up;  (13) The words of his mouth begin with foolishness, And the end of his talk is raving madness.  (14) A fool also multiplies words. No man knows what is to be; Who can tell him what will be after him?
D4 Proverbs 4:24 GNB  Never say anything that isn't true. Have nothing to do with lies and misleading words.
D5 Proverbs 10:32 GNB  Righteous people know the kind thing to say, but the wicked are always saying things that hurt.
B9 The inheritance
C1 Who is included or excluded?
C2 What is the inheritance?
C3 Why do we get this inheritance?
A4 Applications
B1 God has set the standard, the routine, for living a Christian life.
B2 God has defined what love is. He shows true love. We need to imitate that love.
B3 God has set the standards for sexual behavior. His rules are the only and the best.
B4 God has set the standard for our speech. Let us be careful.
B5 Greed is not to be found in God’s people.
B6 Humans don’t like God’s standard, so we and they attempt to redefine, minimize, or dismiss in some way. Let us be aware.
B7 Giving thanks is very important. We should give thanks to God and also our fellow humans.





03 June 2016

Saving Marriage

Saving Marriage

rescue

Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. (Genesis 2:24 NKJV)

 

Divorce Statistics in the USA (source)

  • Divorce Rate Statistics of 1st, 2nd and 3rd Marriages

  • Various studies on US rate of divorce show significant differences when a comparison is made in 1st, 2nd and 3rd marriage breakups in America. The marriage breakup rate in America for first marriage is 41% to 50%; the rate after second marriage is from 60% to 67% and the rate in America for 3rd marriage are from 73% to 74%. Reports also say that couples with children have a slightly lower rate of breakup as compared to couples without children. This is due to the fact that being childless is one of the prime causes behind divorce in America. Also, the children of divorced parents are prone to divorcing 4 times more than the children of couples who are not divorced.



  • Drop in Divorce rate:
    Rates have been dropping during the last few decades. Data indicates that marriages have lasted longer in the 21st century as compared to the success rate of marriages in the 1990s. Also experts believe that the current rates trend might go down more in coming years as more and more couples prefer a live-in relationship. This is a type of relationship where couples live together like partners without marrying.


 

Much could be said about the importance of marriage, the Biblical view of marriage, why be married, etc. but I wanted to share one couple’s story. You may have read this already.

 

Richard Paul Evans and his wife were having problems:

For years my wife Keri and I struggled. Looking back, I’m not exactly sure what initially drew us together, but our personalities didn’t quite match up. And the longer we were married the more extreme the differences seemed. Encountering “fame and fortune” didn’t make our marriage any easier. In fact, it exacerbated our problems. The tension between us got so bad that going out on book tour became a relief, though it seems we always paid for it on re-entry. Our fighting became so constant that it was difficult to even imagine a peaceful relationship. We became perpetually defensive, building emotional fortresses around our hearts. We were on the edge of divorce and more than once we discussed it.

 

Finally he could not take it anymore:

I was on book tour when things came to a head. We had just had another big fight on the phone and Keri had hung up on me. I was alone and lonely, frustrated and angry. I had reached my limit. That’s when I turned to God.

 

What he did

You can’t change her, Rick. You can only change yourself. At that moment I began to pray. If I can’t change her, God, then change me. I prayed late into the night. I prayed the next day on the flight home. I prayed as I walked in the door to a cold wife who barely even acknowledged me. That night, as we lay in our bed, inches from each other yet miles apart, the inspiration came. I knew what I had to do.

The next morning I rolled over in bed next to Keri and asked, “How can I make your day better?”

Keri looked at me angrily. “What?”

“How can I make your day better?”

“You can’t,” she said. “Why are you asking that?”

“Because I mean it,” I said. “I just want to know what I can do to make your day better.”

She looked at me cynically. “You want to do something? Go clean the kitchen.”

How did it turn out?

I’m grateful that my family is still intact and that I still have my wife, my best friend, in bed next to me when I wake in the morning.

 

Definitely a good read. Read all of it.

Love is a choice. We can choose to really love our spouse.

Love in the Bible--consider

  • Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends. (John 15:13 NKJV)



  • If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. (1 Corinthians 13:1-8 NRSV)

02 May 2016

Essential Truths

Essential Truths

 

The truth is that anyone who claims to be a Christian, i.e., to be a follower of Jesus Christ, needs to follow His teachings! As obvious as that should be, and as much as it is professed, fewer and fewer Christians (a group that includes many who call themselves Bible-believing Christians) truly adhere to the necessity of going by the teachings and instructions of the Word of God. Although the Bible is wonderfully profound, its fundamental truths can be readily understood by every believer who is born of the Spirit of God. God, who is no respecter of persons, does not play favorites regarding one's intellect (Acts 10:34; 1 Corinthians 1:27). He makes very clear the revelation of Himself, His characteristics, His plan for His creation, His solution for the problem of sin, the reconciliation of the lost to Himself, and other essential issues.

From 1 May 16 The Berean Call

 

http://www.thebereancall.org/content/new-age-mysticism-d-ja-vu-part-three

 

26 April 2016

Sunday School Lesson--When It All Comes Crashing Down

When It All Comes Crashing Down

sunday school

Theme: When life falls apart

Scripture: Job 1:1-2:3

A1 Outline

  • B1 The background--Job, his character, his family Job 1:1-1:5

  • B2 The accuser attacks Job--satan, job, Yahweh Job 1:6-12

  • B3 The first attack--Job loses family and all belongings Job 1:13-22

  • B4 The second attack--Job loses his health Job 2:1-10 (for our study specifically looking at Yahweh's response to satan about Job).


A2 Notes and Questions

  • B1 The background

    • C1 Uz--the general area is western Saudi Arabia. It is east of Israel.

    • C2 Job--husband, father, business, rancher, farmer, etc.



  • B2 What do the Scriptures say about Job's character?

    • C1 Blameless

      • D1 This is not sinless. Blameless would be one who strives follow God's laws. Blameless would be who asks forgiveness from God, ask for wisdom, strength, and success in doing God's will. See 2 Peter 3:14. For examples see Joshua 2:17 and Matthew 12:5.



    • C2 Upright--Being an upright person would be someone who strives to do things according to God's way of life. See Psalm 119:128

    • C3 Fears God--Fear as in afraid. Why fear? God is judge, and someday we have to give an account of ourselves (as Christians. Romans 14:12) or face the wrath of God (as non-Christian, Revelation 20:11-15)

    • C4 Shuns evil--evil is thinking and/or doing opposite of what God would do and act.



  • B3 What was Job's concern for his children?

  • B4 What is satan doing? (Job 1:6-7)

  • B5 What is God's question to satan? What is satan's answer? Why does satan answer this way?

  • B6 Was it God's decree and will for Job's children to be murdered and all possessions lost? (No) Why did God allow this?

  • B7 Job 1:16, was the witness correct when he stated, "The fire of God...?"

  • B8 Job 1:21-22, what was Job's response to his loss? How would we handle this?

  • B9 Job 1:21, did God give? Did God take away? Who did the taking away?

  • B10 Can satan kill? John 8:44

  • B11 Ever have a bad day? How do we respond?

  • B12 What are some of the most horrible things that happened in your life?

  • B13 How do we handle false witness, bullying, slander, libel, etc.?

  • B14 Do we only serve God because things are good, only to have our best life now, only to see our "seed" faith make us rich?

  • B15 Why is there evil and bad things in the world? Isn't God a god of love? Isn't He strong enough to prevent it?

    • C1 Considerations

      • D1 Challenges

        • E1 Epicurus:

          • F1 Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent.

          • F2 Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent?

          • F3 Is he both able and willing? Then whence comes evil?

          • F4 Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?



        • E2 Atheist (one version)

          • F1 A good God would destroy evil.

          • F2 An all-powerful God could destroy evil.

          • F3 Evil is not destroyed.

          • F4 Therefore, there cannot possibly be such a good and powerful God.





      • D2 What is good?

      • D3 What is bad/evil?

        • E1 Absence of good? But pain helps medical personnel make a diagnosis.

        • E2 Frustration of human values (source)?

        • E3 Breaking God's law?

        • E4 Punishment for breaking the law?





    • C2 We've covered this before, but the basics are

      • D1 God created everything good. There was no evil on earth.

      • D2 Adam disobeyed God, that is, Adam sinned.

      • D3 God punishes sin and curses the world and everything in/on it. This is the evil we face today. It is because of sin. Adam sinned, and so do all of us.





  • B16 When our world falls apart, does that mean that God is against us? (Maybe, compare Job and King David (2 Samuel 12:1-13 Psalms 51.) Both had "evil" things happen. One was righteous; the other an adulterer and murderer).

  • B17 For the believer as Job, what is to be our response to evil?

  • B18 For the believer as King David, what is to be our response to evil?

  • B19 Why would God allow satan into heaven and accuse Job?

  • B20 Why would God allow satan to bring evil on Job?

  • B21 Is all evil caused by the devil?

  • B22 Who did Job think was his accuser? Was he correct? (He thought it was God, when it reality (truth) it was satan).

    • C1 Jesus was falsely accused, Matthew 27:12

    • C2 The Apostle Paul, Acts 24.

    • C3 The end of the accuser, Revelation 12:10.



  • B23 What do we learn about accusers? How do we handle, respond to, false accusers?

    • C1 Do not blame God, for this is what the false accuser wants.

    • C2 Do not lose your composure, for this will make the false accuser happy.

    • C3 Pray.

    • C4 Tell them, "Have a good day," then leave. Most, if not all, false accusers do not want to discuss or hear the truth.

    • C5 How did Jesus handle the false accusers in Matthew 27:12?

    • C6 What did Job do? Job 1:20-22.



  • B24 According to the lesson, satan often accuses someone of their motives? How do you feel about this?

  • B25 Have you ever lost it all? How did you respond? How are we to respond?

  • B26 How much power does satan have? Is there a limit to his power?

  • B27 What is the ultimate aim of the accuser (satan)?

  • B28 Why do people blame God for their problems?

  • B29 What and who causes the injustices we see and experience in the world?

  • B30 Has God ever experience injustice, suffering, and "evil?" (Jesus died. He was sinless and innocent).

  • B31 What attitudes and actions have you and I displayed in trials?

  • B32 How do we help each other in these evil things?


 

18 April 2016

Atheism advances

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Atheism advances

I had a discussion with an atheist once, and he concluded that the only purpose for life is to pass on our genes and try to make the world a better place.

I told him you have no hope but to be a pile of compost.

He finished by saying goodbye "from one pile of compost to another."

He was a nice guy, not like some who are snarly and condescending.

Al Serrato over at please convince me has an article concerning purpose from the atheist's viewpoint.

He starts the article:

There are asedno atheists in foxholes.” Or so the saying goes. Today, that probably has more to do with the scarcity of foxholes than it does with the scarcity of atheists. Indeed, the growing ranks of atheists include some who would like the military to allow them to designate “humanist” on their dog tags and official records. Just as a Catholic would wish to be specifically labeled and not bunched with other “Christians,” they argue, so too the “humanist” wants his “positive philosophy” to properly reflect what he believes."


Later he adds:

"Atheism posits that we are accidents of evolution, with no transcendent or lasting purpose. The universe just happens to exist and we just happen to be the unintended byproduct of a string of events which were set in motion randomly untold billions of years ago. We pass our brief moments in the sun, and in the end, we simply return to dust. The quality of the lives we lived, and our desire to continue thinking and growing and… being…count for nothing. There is no ultimate arbiter of right and wrong, neither punishment for evil deeds nor rewards for the good that was done."


Truly life's purpose is pretty bleak by their view.

You can read the whole article here.

14 April 2016

Emotional abuser

Emotional abuser

What is the solution?

Repent and believe the Gospel. Mark 1:15. See Need God.


What is the Christian to do if he/she finds themselves doing this?

Repent.


"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. " (2 Corinthians 5:17, EMTV)

"But thanks be to God, that though you used to be slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from your heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. And having been freed from sin, you became enslaved to righteousness. I speak in human terms on account of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves to uncleanness, and to lawlessness resulting in more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness resulting in sanctification. For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. So what fruit did you have then of which things you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now having been freed from sin, and having become enslaved to God, you have your fruit resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life. " (Romans 6:17-22, EMTV)

This reminds me of a situation that D. L. Moody faced in his ministry. There was a woman who had a bad habit of lying. She came to Mr. Moody and asked his advice. He told her that every time she told a lie to go to the people that she had lied to and tell them that she had lied. She did this and shortly thereafter lost her habit.

I think that this would some advice to follow. Every time you abuse someone emotionally confess it and repent, that is, don’t do the emotional abuse anymore.

Some points

  1. Recognize that you abuse.

  2. Realize that you do not understand love.

  3. Confess that you enjoy causing pain.

  4. Realize that you are a coward. (I say this because most abuse occurs privately. Abuser fear that they may be arrested, fired, dealt with, etc. if they are caught publicly).

  5. Recognize that you are a bully.

  6. Realize that respect is earned and recognized by others. It cannot be demanded or commanded. Someone who demands it will be hated.

  7. Stop making excuses about your behavior.

  8. Confess that you have and are causing deep pain in others.

  9. Pray for empathy, because you have none.

  10. Pray for sympathy, because you don’t have that either.

  11. Confess your sin to God and ask forgiveness.

  12. Have a number of prayer partners. When you feel this addiction coming on stop right there call this person.

  13. Encourage those you have abused and do abuse to tell you when you are abusing. When they tell you, then stop. Remember that you are EVIL and need to quit.

  14. You will need a life time of help and assistance, because of your addiction.

  15. You also have a need to control. This is wrong. You are evil. You need to confess that you are evil (and not be proud of it).

  16. Take a walk and yell at a tree or something to get that controlling anger urge out.

04 September 2015

Ingredients for Revival

Ingredients for revival


praying for revival


A1 Definition of Revival

B1 Nebulous


C1 Stephen Olford says, "Revival is an invasion from heaven that brings a conscious awareness of God."


C2 Vance Havner once said that, "Revival is the church falling in love with Jesus all over again."


B2 Emotional


C1 A moving of the person to tears; "I love Jesus more".


C2 Short lasting. When the emotions die down, so does the "revival".


B3 Scriptural


C1 (Return to Life) Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you? (Psalms 85:6)


D1 Revive has the idea of make alive again


D2 It can be compared to a spring died up from drought, now having water again


D3 It can also be compared to spring when the dead, brown grass becomes green


D4 It carries the idea that we are dried up, brown and only have a potential for living, but with good weather and water come to life again.


E1 Water can be equated to the Holy Spirit


E2 The food and fertilizer can be equated with the Bible


D5 It is the work of God


E1 Then we shall not turn back from you; give us life, and we will call upon your name! Restore us, O LORD God of hosts! Let your face shine, that we may be saved! (Psalms 80:18-19)


E2 My soul clings to the dust; give me life according to your word!(Psalms 119:25)


C2 (Refreshing, literally "recovering of breath") Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, (Acts 3:19)


D1 Being out of breath for any reason, you can breath again


D2 Conditional


E1 Repent (change your thoughts, desires, words, and deeds)


E2 Be converted (Barnes writes: "The word means properly to "turn; to return to a path from which one has gone astray; and then to turn away from sins, or to forsake them." It is a word used in a general sense to denote "the whole turning to God."


D3 Blessings if conditions met


E1 Sins blotted out


F1 We must confess and forsake our sins


F2 Bible tells us what is right and wrong


E2 Times of refreshing, that is, revival will come


A2 Revival Happens

B1 For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: "I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite. (Isaiah 57:15)


C1 Contrite


D1 An Attitude


D2 Webster 1828 states: Literally, worn or bruised. Hence, broken-hearted for sin; deeply affected with grief and sorrow for having offended God; humble; penitent; as a contrite sinner.


D3 This is the opposite of being proud. It is seeking God instead of seeking science, counselors, or ourselves.


D4 It is praying for help, for strength, for guidance, for obedience to God's rules.


D5 It is used in the Old Testament 3 times including: At your command we die and turn back to dust, (Psalms 90:3) [You turn man to destruction, And say, "Return, O children of men." (Psalms 90:3)]


E1 It is translated "destruction" and "dust"


E2 It is an attitude of abasing ourselves, that we do NOT have all the answers.


D6 Barnes comments: The Septuagint and the Latin Vulgate render this, "Thou turnest man to "humiliation;" which, though not the sense of the original, is a true idea, for there is nothing more humiliating than that a human body, once so beautiful, should turn back to dust; nothing more humbling than the grave.


C2 Lowly spirit


D1 An humble attitude and action


D2 Toward the scorners he is scornful, but to the humble he gives favor. (Proverbs 3:34)


E1 Two positions


F1 Scorner: not a believer, but a mocker


F2 Humble: a believer,


E2 Reward in accordance with attitude


F1 Scorner gets scorned


F2 Humble gets favor


D3 But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, "God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble." (James 4:6)


D4 Wikionary


E1 Near the ground; not high or lofty; not pretentious or magnificent; unpretending; unassuming; as, a humble cottage.


E2 Thinking lowly of one's self; claiming little for one's self; not proud, arrogant, or assuming; lowly; weak; modest.


B2 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)


C1 God's people


D1 Those who are saved in the Biblical sense


D2 Those who worship the true God


C2 Conditional


D1 Humble themselves


E1 Turn to God for answers instead of themselves


E2 Realize who is King (Jesus Christ) and submit to Him


D2 Pray


E1 Plead to God for His mercy and blessing


E2 Persistent in prayer


D3 Seek my face


E1 You have said, "Seek my face." My heart says to you, "Your face, LORD, do I seek." (Psalms 27:8)


E2 Seek is to diligently look for


E3 I want to find you, Lord.


E4 I want your blessing, Lord.


E5 I want to worship you, Lord.


E6 He seeks us first, then we seek Him.


D4 Stop sinning


E1 Obedient


E2 Obeys God's laws, rules


E3 God sets the standard of right and wrong


E4 The New Testament is for the Christian


F1 There are over 1,000 rules for us


F2 We need


G1 want to obey


G2 pray for help to obey


G3 and obey His rules

24 August 2015

My Lord Keeps a Record

Beautiful song done acapella by Grandpa's Neighbors.

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My Lord Keeps A Record

Words and Music by Carl Story & William York

What a wonderful beautiful picture I have / Of a place without sorrow or fear / And I'm going to live in that city someday / For my days are all numbered down here./

Chorus: My Lord (yes my lord) keeps a record ( keeps a record)) / Of the moments I'm living (living) down here (living down here) / He knows (yes He knows) all about me(all about me) all my troubles, my sorrows, my fears (my sorrows, my fears) / I live (yes I live)/ each moment (every moment) through the mercies of God's loving grace (God's loving grace) / And some day, (yes some day) / He will call me (he will call me) / To that wonderful beautiful place (marvelous place).//

Now I want to be doing the will of my Lord / As I travel this wearisome land / So I'll not be ashamed of my record up there / When I stand at the Saviors right hand.//

Chorus

I will walk on the streets of that city of gold / I will bask in that heavenly light / And I'll look on the face of my Savior so dear / In that city that cometh no night./

My Lord (yes my lord) keeps a record ( keeps a record)) / Of the moments I'm living (living) down here (living down here) / He knows (yes He knows) all about me(all about me) all my troubles, my sorrows, my fears (my sorrows, my fears) / I live (yes I live)/ each moment (every moment) through the mercies of God's loving grace (God's loving grace) / And some day, (yes some day) / He will call me (he will call me) / To that wonderful beautiful place (marvelous place).//

12 July 2015

Biblical Illiteracy

Biblical Illiteracy


 

bible illiteracy


 

A1 The problem

B1 Many have been noticing the difficulty of Christians in living and knowing the Christian life.


B2 Professors and teachers have also seen a great decline in Bible knowledge in their students and have to teach basic facts before advancing into deeper studies.


B3 Surveys have shown an increase in the lack of Bible knowledge and facts.


C1 The State of the Bible 2014, research conducted among US adults


C2 Biblical Illiteracy in US at Crisis Point, Says Bible Expert


C3 A Bible Literacy Quiz


A2 The reason

B1 Low priority


B2 The Bible is boring


B3 It takes too much time


B4 It was written by a bunch of ignorant ancient people


B5 I know it all


B6 The Bible is not relevant in today's society


B7 I don't understand it


B8 The reverend/priest is supposed to do that


B9 I'm too busy


B10 There are too many contradictions


B11 The Bible is confusing


B12 Reading makes me sleepy


B13 The main reason, however, is that they do not want to read/study the Bible.


A3 The Bible speaks of this, too.

B1 "Behold, the days are coming," says the Lord GOD, "That I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine of bread, Nor a thirst for water, But of hearing the words of the LORD." (Amos 8:11, NKJV)


B2 "But since I speak the truth you do not believe me." (John 8:45, WPNT)


B3 "Because the time will come when they will not tolerate the sound doctrine; rather, they will accumulate for themselves a great many teachers who will tickle their ears according to their lusts —yes, they will turn their ears away from the Truth and be turned aside to fables. " (2 Timothy 4:3-4, WPNT)


A4 The problem

B1 Laziness


B2 Sometimes we get discouraged because we don't understand the Bible. ("And Phillip, running up to it, heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, "Do you understand what you are reading?" And he said, "How can I, unless someone helps me?" And he urged Philip to come up and sit with him." (Acts 8:30-31, EMTV)


A5 The solution

B1 Determine to make it a daily goal. We determine that we are going to eat food, sleep, or go shopping, so determine to read and study the Bible.


B2 Do this early in the morning or sometime when there are less people, distractions, and activities to lure you away from Bible study.


B3 Ask for God's help.


C1 Praying to God for help in preventing distractions.


C2 Pray to understand.


B4 Have some basic principles to study the Bible. ("Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who doesn't need to be ashamed, correctly teaching the word of truth." (2 Timothy 2:15, HCSB)


C1 The Bible is to be read in its plain, normal sense. Even passages as in Revelation. We may not understand or give perfect interpretation, but what is recorded by John the Apostle is what he saw and then wrote.


C2 Context. The 20/20 method is a very generalized help. It is to read the 20 verses prior and the 20 verses following the one you are studying.


B5 Have a good method.


C1 Hermeneutics


D1 Read/study the Bible in its plain, normal sense.


D2 Read the context.


E1 Horizontal


F1 This is scripture interpreting scripture. (An example can be found here)


F2 Find parallel verses.


F3 Find same/similar topics as the verse in question


E2 Vertical


F1 The verses preceding the one being studied.


F2 The verses following.


D3 Find and consider the historical background.


D4 Pay attention to grammar.


D5 Know definitions.


C2 Study methods


D1 Some on-line resources


E1 Basic Principles by Dr. Cooper Abrams (this is a .doc file)


E2 Biblical Hermeneutics and Inductive Study


D2 Godly meditation


E1 It is not going into the silence or by passing your brain or seeing visions, etc.


E2 It is actively thinking. It is thinking about each. Emphasize it as you think about it. For example


F1 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. " (John 3:16, EMTV)


F2 For God


F3 so loved


F4 Continue for each main word or phrase


B6 Some free Bible software


C1 The Word


C2 E-sword


C3 Bible Analyzer


C4 Sword Project


B7 On-line Bible study (there are many)


C1 Step Bible


C2 Blue Letter Bible


C3 Biblia


B8 Some ways to not study the Bible


C1 Seek your spirit guide.


C2 Go into the Silence.


C3 Read only commentaries or listen to videos.


A6 The need

B1 Our body needs food to live.


B2 Our soul needs food to live.


C1 "For indeed, although you ought to be teachers by this time, again you have need for someone to teach you what are the elements of the beginning of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unacquainted with the word of righteousness, for he is an infant." (Hebrews 5:12-13, EMTV)


C2 "...as newborn babes, desire the genuine milk of the word, that by it you may grow," (1 Peter 2:2, EMTV)


B3 It really is that simple.


 

A7 Jesus's thoughts

B1 "Jesus said to him, "'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.'" (Matthew 22:37, EMTV)


C1 Love


D1 The Greek word is agapao


D2 This is the highest, greatest form of love.


D3 It is the love of choice.


D4 It is not the love of passion, sex, friendship, or kinship.


D5 It is the love of loyalty, consistency, steadfast, and never ending. Read 1 Corinthians 13


D6 A few parallel passages where the same word is used.


E1 "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor, and you shall hate your enemy.' But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who mistreat you and persecute you," (Matthew 5:43-44, EMTV)


E2 "For this reason My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it up again." (John 10:17, EMTV)


E3 "So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he that loves his own wife loves himself. "


(Ephesians 5:28, EMTV)


C2 Heart


D1 The Greek word is kardia


D2 It refers to the physical heart (the pumping machine inside our chest), the deepest thoughts, desires, and motives.


D3 Some parallel verses where the same word is used.


E1 'These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and they honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far away from Me." (Matthew 15:8, EMTV)


E2 "But because I have spoken these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart." (John 16:6, EMTV)


C3 Soul


D1 The Greek word is psuche


D2 It means literally "breath" but is used mainly in the sense of our feelings and emotions.


D3 Some other verses


E1 "And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell." (Matthew 10:28, EMTV)


E2 "Behold, My Servant whom I have chosen, My Beloved in whom My soul is well pleased! I will put My Spirit upon Him, and He will announce justice to the Gentiles." (Matthew 12:18, EMTV)


E3 "Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." (1 Thessalonians 5:23, EMTV)


C4 Mind


D1 The Greek word is dianoia


D2 It means deep thought or the place of our intellect


D3 We are to use our intellect, our reason, for Bible study or a Biblical life


D4 Some other verses


E1 "This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, having been darkened in understanding, being estranged from the life of God, because of the ignorance which is in them, because of the hardness of their heart;" (Ephesians 4:17-18, EMTV)


E2 "And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled"


(Colossians 1:21, EMTV)


E3 "And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him that is true; and we are in Him that is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life." (1 John 5:20, EMTV)


A8 Some sources of Bible reading and Bible study

B1 Bible reading (There are many).


C1 Blue Letter Bible


C2
Bible Gateway


C3 ESV plans


C4 Gideons


B2 Bible study


C1 Daily Bible Study from InterVarsity. (I'm not a great fan of IV, but the Bible study might be of some use. The study link is for 10 July 15.


C2 After searching for over an hour, I can't find any more. I think this is a need for some of us to fill. Praying.