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A Very Nice Testimony

Posted by Job on September 19, 2009

It opens:

I want to tell you about how the Lord is restoring my life.

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A Hard Life Lesson On Why Being Thankful To God In All Circumstances Is Required

Posted by Job on November 14, 2008

Please read link below for this heart rending story. It is yet another example of why children should be targeted for evangelism.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 – give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

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In Worship And Praise Of Our Sovereign Lord

Posted by Job on November 14, 2008

Please click on this link to read this excellent devotional. You will be sorry if you do not!

Exodus 15:18 – The LORD will reign forever and ever.

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Why Jews Reject Jesus Christ As The Messiah

Posted by Job on October 2, 2008

From Fancied Freedom.

Why Jews don’t believe Jesus Christ is the Messiah

What stood out the most to me was one of the responses from the Conservative Jewish rabbi. He explained his reason, and I suppose other Jews’ reasons, for not believing that Jesus Christ is the Messiah. I was able to record the conversation, for professional purposes, so here is his exact quote:

I think it had not to do with the issue of resurrection because the issue of resurrection was a very solemnly-held Jewish belief. If there hadn’t been the doctrine of resurrection then the claims made or the faith that he was resurrected would not have been accepted by anyone, it would have been just discarded as silliness. So, it wasn’t on the issue of resurrection – it was really on the issue of whether or not he was coming to fulfill the beliefs the Jews had in terms of what the Messiah was supposed to accomplish – that was a radical change in the existence of the world. The world was supposed to be at peace, there was supposed to be a cessation of violence, blood shed and pain and hunger and so forth. And there was supposed to be a messianic era, not internally but physically, in the real world. And clearly that hasn’t happened and so the Jews were very skeptical of that and did not follow in that way.

He goes on to explain the other reason Jews do not believe that Jesus Christ is their Messiah:

There was a very difficult part of this in comprehending the claims of Jesus having some divinity. And I think the reason is if you look through biblical text you’ll see that there’s prohibitions against all sorts of things that represent hybrids. So you can’t muzzle an ox and a donkey together, you can’t throw different kinds of seeds in the same field, you can’t with your garment put two different kinds of threads in here, intermarriage was prohibited. So anything that was hybrid…all this was prohibited. If you think about it as a theological extension then Jesus would be the ultimate hybrid between human and God. And so, for Jews, we’re strict monotheists, there could not be that kind of crossing of that line of envisioning anything of the flesh having that kind of divinity associated with it. That’s where we are.

As soon as the rabbi finished speaking, my mind (more specifically the Holy Spirit) immediately brought me to Isaiah 9:6-7 which says:

For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness from then on and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this.

As for Jesus’ purpose on earth and the claim that the Messiah was expected to bring peace to existence, here is what He, the Anointed One, said in Matthew 10:32-39:

Therefore, everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven. Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth; I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I came to set a man against his father and a daughter against her mother and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household. He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take up his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who has found his life will lose it and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it.

Is it possible for Jesus to be the Prince of Peace but say that He did not come to bring peace on earth? Yes, for He also clearly said that this world is not His. The ruler of this world is the devil. There will come a time when there will be no end to Jesus’ peace and that will the day when every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that He is Lord. Until then, we can expect to not have peace on earth but we do have the promise of peace in OUR lives despite our circumstances (Philippians 4:4-7) when Christ is our Lord and we take up our cross and FOLLOW HIM.

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When Unanswered Prayer Is An Answer To Prayer

Posted by Job on October 2, 2008

From Fancied Freedom

Is unanswered prayer an answer to prayer?

A funny thing happened to me tonight…as I was cleaning the kitchen I began to pray about a situation. I came down with some kind of flu-bug or maybe just a bad cold, and will be unable to cover a meeting Monday night for my writing job like I usually do (but I’m obviously not sick enough to forgo blogging!). So, my editor said she’d try to find someone to fill in for me. Well, I prayed that this guy would be available, and after cleaning, I went to the computer, checked my e-mail and my editor replied with a message saying he can cover for me! Praise God!

That was definitely a fast answer to prayer. And there have been several others like that happen to me. But there have also been plenty of times when the answer or response from God is nowhere to be seen. I’ve even wondered if He heard me or if I forgot to say,”In Jesus’ Name,” at the end of the prayer.

After reading a devotional on prayer by Amy Carmichael several years ago, I realized that oftentimes God’s silence to our prayers is not always an unanswer (is that word? If not, I’m still using it.) Oftentimes His answer could be, “No,” “Not now,” or “Wait.” But aren’t these still answers? Scripture shows us numerous times where God has prolonged responding to His people’s prayers (Job, anyone?) for numerous reasons.

A specific time in my life when God left me wondering about my future only helped increase my faith and understanding in God’s awesome plan. He knows best, truly He does. But even during those times of uncertainty, when I’m wondering when or if the prayer will ever be answered, I am quickly reminded of one of the most encouraging stories in the Bible about prayer. It’s a parable Jesus told about a persistent widow and is way too good to not include in its entirety:

Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart, saying, “In a certain city there was a judge who did not fear God and did not respect man. “There was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, ‘Give me legal protection from my opponent.’ “For a while he was unwilling; but afterward he said to himself, ‘Even though I do not fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow bothers me, I will give her legal protection, otherwise by continually coming she will wear me out.’”And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge said; now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them? “I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:1-8

Enough said.

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Scriptural Evidence That Pope Benedict Is Wrong

Posted by Job on October 2, 2008

Another good one from Fancied Freedom!

Pope is sadly mistaken

As a former Catholic, I can attest to the fact that a statement made by Pope Benedict XVI claiming that other Christian churches are not true churches is completely inaccurate.

In a statement approved by the Pope, the Vatican asserted that Christ established only one church (being the Roman Catholic Church) and the other communities (Protestant churches) “could not be called churches” because they don’t have apostolic succession, or the ability to trace their bishops back to Jesus’ original apostles.

Not only that but the document also claims that the Catholic Church “has the fullness of the means of salvation.”

Let me correct a few things:

There is only one name under heaven by which we can be saved – that is Jesus Christ. (see Acts 4:12) Not the Catholic Church, not a pope, not a priest. The one and only High Priest, Christ.

Ephesians 5:23 says that Jesus Christ is the HEAD of the church. The church is the body of believers – the saints who have been called out according to God’s purpose. CHRIST is the head of the church – not a pope.

Despite these outlandish claims, I will pray for Catholics, most of whom are deceived, as I once was. However, the true God of the Bible was able to use my former Catholicism to show me the right path of life.

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Seeing God in everything…even Hurricane Ike

Posted by Job on October 2, 2008

From Fancied Freedom!

Seeing God in everything…even Hurricane Ike

However, at one point during the aftermath of the Category 2 storm, I wondered if sometimes a hurricane or other natural disasters are used, maybe even needed, to get people to put priorities into perspective. Tons of people lost their homes and possessions. Crawling and digging through rubble, residents in Galveston and other beach-front properties tried to put some semblance of their lives back together. Even if they could only salvage a fork and a spoon, at least it was theirs. If they have nothing, then what do they have?

People who were without power for days and weeks found new ways to cope with significant amounts of time, much of which was spent during hot and humid days. But God was gracious in providing some cooler weather. But what thoughts raced through people’s minds as they were kept back from watching TV or using the Internet due to no electricity? What did they ponder upon? What changed?

There is no immediate way to determine how the hurricane has impacted people’s lives, other than those who are completely homeless. Many people seemed to remain hopeful in spite of the loss but deep down what questions were being held inside? How will I get through this? What will happen next? What if I don’t get my next paycheck? Where will I live? Where is God? Personally, I never heard Paul’s words in Philippians 3:7 more clearly:

But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ.

Only a few days after Hurricane Ike, I read my devotional for September 17 and was amazed at how God could be so timely. Only in His perfect and infinite wisdom could He have known that the words written so long ago in Streams in the Desert for that day would be needed for this day. Focusing on seeing God in every circumstance and situation in life, the message says:

To see HIM, and to be sure that His wisdom cannot err, His power cannot fail, His love can never change; to know that even His direst dealings with us are for our deepest spiritual gain, is to be able to say, in the midst of bereavement, sorrow, pain and loss, “The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”

And what truly spoke to my heart and made these words of seeing God in all of life’s trials and tribulations even more applicable was a poem written by A.E. Finn that followed the devotional and I’ll post it here (the last one is MY favorite):

“Give me a new idea,” I said,
While musing on a sleepless bed;
“A new idea that’ll bring to earth
A balm for souls of priceless worth;
That’ll give men thoughts of things above,
And teach them how to serve and love,
That’ll banish every selfish thought,
And rid men of the sins they’ve fought.”

The new thought, came, just how, I’ll tell:
‘Twas when on bended knee I fell,
And sought from HIM who knows full well
The way our sorrow to expel.
SEE GOD IN ALL THINGS, great and small,
And give HIM praise whatever befall,
In life or death, in pain or woe,
See God, and overcome thy foe.

I saw HIM in the morning light;
He made the day shine clear and bright;
I saw HIM in the noontide hour,
And gained from Him refreshing shower.
At eventide, when worn and sad,
HE gave me help, and made me glad.
At midnight, when on tossing bed
My weary soul to sleep HE led.

I saw HIM when great losses came,
And found HE loved me just the same.
When heavy loads I had to bear,
I found HE lightened every care.
By sickness, sorrow, sore distress,
HE calmed my mind and gave me rest.
HE’s filled my heart with gladsome praise
Since I gave HIM the upward gaze.

‘Twas new to me, yet old to some,
This thought that to me has become
A revelation of the way
We all should live throughout the day;
For as each day unfolds its light,
We’ll walk by faith and not by sight.
Life will, indeed, a blessing bring,
If we SEE GOD IN EVERYTHING.

Yes, we can see God in everything because ALL THINGS can be used for His glory, for our refinement and for others’ encouragement. Yes, even a hurricane. For life will indeed a BLESSING bring if we see God in EVERYTHING!

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All Scripture Is Profitable And Inspired? Even The Really Hard Ones?

Posted by Job on January 9, 2008

See link:

All Scripture? Are You Sure? But What About the Hard Parts?

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O Magnum Mysterium 3: Word of the Father Now in Flesh Appearing

Posted by Job on January 1, 2008

From Sharper Iron. Read Part 1 and Part 2.

If Jesus Christ were not truly and perfectly God, He could not be our mediator. If Jesus Christ were not truly and perfectly human, He could not be our mediator. This much, Scripture makes clear. Our problem is that we have absolutely no experience with divine-human beings other than Jesus Christ. He is absolutely unique, the only one of His kind. For that reason, Christians have struggled to find words to express just who Jesus is.

With the Athanasian Creed we affirm that, as to their deity, the Father and Son are equally glorious, eternal, uncreated, incomprehensible, and almighty. Yet they are not two Gods, but one. So we confess. Nevertheless, we also confess that we do not comprehend what we affirm. While the relationship of the Father to the Son involves no logical contradiction, it is inexplicable and impenetrable to the human mind. It rises above reason. We do not understand how such a thing can be.

Already bewildered, we then encounter the full humanity of the Son. Here we discover a person who, as to His deity, is coequal, coeternal, and consubstantial with God the Father, but who, without ceasing to be fully God, also becomes fully human. We are asked to believe that a person who is equal with God is also one of us.

Not everyone agrees. Often, people reject what they cannot explain. Worse yet, they modify the truth to fit some human explanation. So they have done with the person of Christ. Some have denied His full deity. Ebionites saw Jesus as a good man, a teacher, and a prophet who kept the law. Arians explained Jesus as God’s first creation, so highly exalted above others that He could be called “a god,” but who was still not properly “God.” Adoptionists (Dynamic Monarchians) understood Jesus as a human who was elevated to divine status by some act of God.

Some have denied the distinction of the Son from the Father. The Sabellians (Modalistic Monarchians) affirmed that Father, Son, and Holy Spirit were simply three modes in which God presented Himself and not actual personal distinctions. As the same man might appear as husband to his wife, as teacher to his students, and as peer to his fellows, God presented Himself at one time as Father, at another as Son, and at another as Holy Spirit. Ultimately, however, the Trinity is a mask, and God is one and only one person.

Others have denied Jesus’ complete humanity. Docetists believed that the human body of Jesus was a mere phantom projected by the divine Christ. Apollinarians taught that Jesus possessed a human body and soul, but that the place of the rational, human spirit was taken by the divine Logos (in other words, Christ was 3/3 divine but only 2/3 human). Eutychians affirmed complete divine and human natures but saw the human nature as so recessive as to be almost completely overwhelmed by the divine—rather like a drop of honey in an ocean of water. Still others have rejected the integrity of the person of Jesus Christ. Cerinthians believed that the divine Christ descended upon the human Jesus, only to abandon Him before the cross. Nestorians affirmed the full deity and full humanity of Christ but divided those two natures into two distinct persons, joined rather like Siamese twins.

The equal and opposite reaction was for others to affirm the unity of the person by denying the distinctiveness of the natures. Monophysites collapsed the divinity and humanity of Christ into a single nature. In principle this nature was supposed to be both divine and human, but in practice the divine so overwhelmed the human that Monophysitism became a reaffirmation of Eutychianism. A more subtle form of denying the distinction between the natures is Monothelitism, which denies that Jesus had a human will. De facto, this belief is a denial of the completeness of the human nature of Jesus.

These are not merely ancient heresies. They have had a tendency to reappear throughout church history. The Jehovah’s Witnesses are unreconstructed Arians. Mormonism applies Adoptionist principles, not only to Christ, but to all humanity. Many liberals have regarded Jesus simply as a human teacher or prophet, and contemporary biblical scholarship is witnessing a resurgence of interest in Gnostic understandings of Christ. Modalistic Monarchianism shows up in the teachings both of Witness Lee and of the so-called “Jesus Only Movement,” represented by the United Pentecostal Church. The Coptic Orthodox Church still defends Monophysitism and condemns the Council of Chalcedon as “divisive.”

Our understanding of the person of Christ has been hammered out in opposition to these heresies. Each new heretical theory forced Christians to return to the Scriptures in order to test the theory against the text. At each new controversy, Christians erected a new barrier against heresy. They were forced to say, “Scripture teaches this but not that. We may say it this way but not that way.” This process resulted in the adoption of several public summary statements, each of which was more specific than the one that preceded it.

At the end of the day, here is what we must affirm. If Jesus Christ were not true God, He could not be our savior. If Jesus Christ were not true human, He could not be our savior. If Jesus Christ were not one person, he could not be our savior. If the person of Christ were divided, then He could not be our savior. If the natures were combined or transmuted, then He could not be our savior. All of this belief is summarized and elaborated in the formula of Chalcedon.

Nothing is more important to Christianity than the incarnation of Jesus Christ. A false step here can lead us to deny the gospel and plunge us into apostasy. We learn about the old heresies so that we may confront the new ones. We confront the new ones so that we may keep the gospel pure. We aim for precision in our understanding of Jesus Christ so that we may trust Him and worship Him as He is, rather than worshiping a false Jesus whom we have manufactured in our own idolatrous hearts.

In one sense, we are indebted to the heretics. Everything that we need to know about Jesus Christ is in the text of Scripture. If we had not been challenged by the heretics, however, we never would have studied the Scriptures as they deserved to be studied. We never would have noticed the depth and texture and richness of the biblical teaching concerning the incarnation. The heretics have forced us to discover exactly what Scripture says and what it forbids us to say.

We cannot explain the incarnation. We cannot fully comprehend the notion of a theanthropic person. But we can learn to be precise in saying who He is and who He is not. We can know Him. We can trust Him. We can love Him. We can worship Him. Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing: O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.

Christmas Carols Christina Rossetti (1830-1894)

Lo! Newborn Jesus
Soft and weak and small,
Wrapped in baby’s bands
By His Mother’s hands,
Lord God of all.

Lord God of Mary,
Whom His Lips caress
While He rocks to rest
On her milky breast
In helplessness.

Lord God of shepherds
Flocking through the cold.
Flocking through the dark
To the only Ark,
The only Fold.

Lord God of all things
Be they near or far,
Be they high or low;
Lord of storm and snow,
Angel and star.

Lord God of all men,—
My Lord and my God!
Thou who lovest me,
Keep me close to Thee
By staff and rod.

Lo! newborn Jesus
Loving great and small,
Love’s free Sacrifice,
Opening Arms and Eyes
To one and all.

This essay is by Dr. Kevin T. Bauder, president of Central Baptist Theological Seminary (Plymouth, MN).

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