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Goodbye God?

I grew up being told that God was kicked out of school on June 25, 1962 with the Engle v. Vitale case. I even remember my dad sporting a t-shirt at the beach on year that read, “They kicked Him out in 1962”. Statistics are given how school violence increased, along with immorality, and education began its steady decline. You can see this exemplified here. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2013 in Christian Life, Culture

 

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What about Bob?

Growing up, a lot of emphasis was placed on our duty to tell others of the gospel. There would be set times that people would meet together and head out in groups with the intended purposes of knocking on doors and telling others about the gospel. This is an odd way to present need for evangelism. To me, it was taught as something I should do. Yes, I should want to do it, but the primary emphasis was placed upon how I OUGHT to do it. If it wasn’t done, I was to feel guilt at my utter failure in not fulfilling my duty.  Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2012 in Christian Life, Evangelism

 

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There’s Always Tomorrow, Right?

I was driving home from work one day last week, and the thought hit me – in all probability my Dad will die before me. This sobered me. I began to cry as I couldn’t imagine my life without my dad in it. My thoughts turned to times when I had been angry with my dad and abruptly ended a conversation or said words that were hurtful. I didn’t immediately turn and apologize as I knew time would help me calm down and I could go to him later and restore things. How foolish is that?! I was living under the assumption that tomorrow is guaranteed to him and me. While thinking of this, I wanted to call and talk to him, tell him I love him and appreciate him. Why? All of a sudden, the reality that time is fleeting hit me. Urgency set in. See, I had been born into this world and my dad was already in existence. Since he has been here my whole life, it is natural to assume that he will continue to be. I know death is real, I was a pallbearer at my Grandmother’s funeral, I saw my dad weep in my Maw-Maw’s back yard the day after his mother’s funeral. The truth is though, we just don’t look at those we love and think, “One day they won’t be here.” Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2011 in Evangelism, spiritual growth

 

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Daily Bread

Briefly, I’d like to mention two things concerning the request for bread that our LORD has commanded us to pray.

We are to look to God for our daily sustenance – physical and spiritual. Jesus Christ is the bread of life and we are to live our life desperately needing to “feed” on Him daily. Just as the disciples has to go back to Jesus to get more bread to disburse to the more than 5,000 people seated around awaiting their lunch, so we must go to Jesus for our daily spiritual food. Yet, we are not to loose sight of the very real necessity of physical sustenance. Something Jesus has been doing through this entire prayed is inextricably linking the physical and the spiritual. God is concerned with both. He has created man a physically spiritual being, a spiritually physical being. The Greeks held to a dualistic mindset that relegate the spiritual as superior to the physical. Sometimes even to the point that physical was evil. Jesus is negating that idea, telling us to call God “Father” and work with Him in bringing His heavenly kingdom to really bear on the earth. He then tells us to ask God for daily bread.

Jesus, having shown us what bringing that kingdom looks like, also fed the poor (one instance has been referenced already in the feeding of the 5,000). So as we ask God to give us our daily bread, both physical and spiritual, we should be mindful of those in the world who do not have that bread. We should ask God to provide for them, and seek to be used of Him to bring them that bread, both physical and spiritual.

 

The majority of the world lives with no bread on a consistent basis. They lack life giving sustenance – physical and spiritual. Have you asked your Father what He would have you do about it?

 

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Your Kingdom Come

When Jesus Christ said this He was reaffirming once more that the kingdom of God is not just some spiritual realm to come, but was a real kingdom that He was bringing on earth. It is a spiritual and physical reality, this is clearly seen when Jesus said “Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (emphasis mine). When Jesus came, He came as a king – remember how Scripture accounts king Herod killing all the boys 2 years old and under in hopes of slaying the new born king of Israel? Jesus even blatantly told the Jews that the kingdom of God was right in their midst.

 

Yet, in balance with this, we also are told to pray, “Your kingdom come…” so although the kingdom of God was instituted in the first advent of Jesus Christ, it was not brought in it’s fullness. We are to take part in the kingdom advancement. As we go out into the world, we are to bring Christ and His kingdom with us. This takes us back to calling God – our Father. We follow His command. As He sent Jesus into the world – the Kingdom bringer – so we have been sent into the world. This means we are to be kingdom bearers.

 

What does this look like for us? Look at Jesus. He came into a world, not just tainted, but absolutely consumed with sin – the very thing He hated. He was surrounded by evil at every turn. He welcomed the sinners, the tax collectors and prostitutes. He fed the hungry, healed the sick, helped the poor AND preached the gospel to them all. Evangelism and the addressing of social issues – Jesus took them both in hand as they are both on the kingdom agenda. In doing kingdom work, we are not to exclude either one over the other. We, as kingdom-bearers, are called to face sin head on (as well as the effects of sin) through the power of The Holy Spirit and advance the cause of Jesus Christ in this world. We are to hold true to our commitment in calling God our Father, keeping our eyes trained on Him and go about walking in the same manner as our LORD Jesus – carrying the kingdom banner wherever we go.

 

So how exactly does this look like for you, personally? Ask The Father.

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on November 30, 2010 in Christian Life, Culture, Evangelism

 

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Image (Bearing) Is Everything

Anyone who has talked with me much concerning the Christian’s task in the world can attest that I firmly think that all the evangelism, social action, care-taking of our possessions, can be wrapped up in one phrase – Image Bearing.

Jesus Christ came and manifested The Father to us. He only did what He saw The Father doing. We, as sons/daughters of God The Father must also be about our Father’s business. Many times we only pay attention on one thing The Father is doing and then we set out to do it with all our might. This is admirable, but still faulty. We are not bearing God’s image as we should if we are only imitating Him partially. For example, some get all caught up on social action. They are concerned with feeding the starving, providing medical help to the sick, helping raise the level of clean living for the poor while neglecting the gospel. Others are all for giving the gospel, but are unwilling (or fail to see the importance) to give of themselves to make needed changes socially. Both sides who are exclusive to their own view are not fully imaging God as His people are to do. For us to image God, we must be constantly watching Him, which is difficult. It’s far easier to get an agenda and then take our eyes of God and put them on the task at hand. As soon as we do that, we begin to reflect ourselves more than our Savior.

I believe N.T. Wright gives a good illustration of what it is to be God’s image bearer. So here it is.

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2010 in Christian Life, Culture, Evangelism

 

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By THIS shall all men know…

The thing that Jesus said would boldly declare to the world that we are His disciples is not the fighting we have among ourselves over petty issues such as Bible translation and musical style, nor is it by separating over the finer points of one’s definition of election. Rather, our LORD said that the defining factor that the world will see and know that we are followers of Jesus is the love that we have one for another.

Johnny Hunt has some encouraging words, in my opinion, and I would like to share them with you. There are two issues he mentions and I intend to address the second one on this coming Monday. The one I want to emphasize today is one that has been on my mind lately – Calvinism vs. Arminianism/non-Calvinism. Can we still be friends, and work together in kingdom work? And if we can, should we? Of, Must we continue to argue over election? I believe that the answer to questions 1 and 2 is “yes”, and the answer to 3 is “No”. Not saying we cant have our discussions among each other and lovingly listen to the other side, being willing to change if convinced by Scripture; but to name the opposing view “heretical”, I’m just not sure that’s warranted.
What say you?


 

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