10.20.2013

What Would Jesus Do?

This afternoon I did something I rarely do! I sat down and watched a  Christian movie. I stopped watching many of them years ago because the acting was terrible, for the most part, and the plots just didn't hold my interest.

This afternoon I sat and watched "What Would Jesus Do?" and it was a good watch for a cloudy, cool Sunday afternoon.

This movie did, however, get me started thinking about what would He do in certain situations that we find ourselves in? What do we, as Christians, do when people need help whether we know them or not? What kind of ethics do we have?

As someone who has tested these waters more than a few times I have found that the "church" itself has been lacking in the helping department when strangers are needing their help.We would rather lead people away from the church to Government institutions than to help the downtrodden ourselves. We have become more comfortable with that scenario.

I love John Schneider's speech in this movie and it is one that I have said several times. If you have time please take the time to watch this movie and think whether you personally are making decisions for the right reasons.

Click on the picture and enjoy this full length Christian movie. Enjoy the message it gives and see how we as individuals can make change.

10.09.2013

I Am Just a "Nobody" and Proud of It

Sometimes I love the way The Message Paraphrase puts words into those we can understand. Yep I am one of those!

1 Corinthians 1:18-31


The Message that points to Christ on the Cross seems like sheer silliness to those hellbent on destruction, but for those on the way of salvation it makes perfect sense. This is the way God works, and most powerfully as it turns out. It’s written,

I’ll turn conventional wisdom on its head,
I’ll expose so-called experts as crackpots.
So where can you find someone truly wise, truly educated, truly intelligent in this day and age? Hasn’t God exposed it all as pretentious nonsense? Since the world in all its fancy wisdom never had a clue when it came to knowing God, God in his wisdom took delight in using what the world considered dumb—preaching, of all things!—to bring those who trust him into the way of salvation.
22-25 While Jews clamor for miraculous demonstrations and Greeks go in for philosophical wisdom, we go right on proclaiming Christ, the Crucified. Jews treat this like an anti-miracle—and Greeks pass it off as absurd. But to us who are personally called by God himself—both Jews and Greeks—Christ is God’s ultimate miracle and wisdom all wrapped up in one. Human wisdom is so tinny, so impotent, next to the seeming absurdity of God. Human strength can’t begin to compete with God’s “weakness.”
26-31 Take a good look, friends, at who you were when you got called into this life. I don’t see many of “the brightest and the best” among you, not many influential, not many from high-society families. Isn’t it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, chose these “nobodies” to expose the hollow pretensions of the “somebodies”? That makes it quite clear that none of you can get by with blowing your own horn before God. Everything that we have—right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start—comes from God by way of Jesus Christ. That’s why we have the saying, “If you’re going to blow a horn, blow a trumpet for God.”

10.07.2013

Do Not Conform - Do Not Be Like The World

Do Not conform
Attempting to wrap my head around these Scriptures today. This seems like a tricky proposition. How do we NOT get caught up in the ways the "world" has to offer? How are we partaking in worldly ways?

1 Corinthians 6:14-17


Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?

16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

17 
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate,
saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.
Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, in order to prove by you what is that good and pleasing and perfect will of God.

John 15:19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own. But because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.

1 John. 2: 2, 15-17

15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
17 And the world passes away, and the lust thereof: but he that does the will of God abides for ever.

Gossip - A Dangerous Thing

Gossip Hurts Everyone
At study group last night the topic came up about "Gossip" and how inappropriate and dangerous it was. There was some very good commentary about the subject and how we should be aware of and not partake in gossip at all. I decided to come home and find the Scriptures that talk about this sensitive subject.

Gossip does NOT build up or edify!

 Ephesians 4:29 ESV

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

 Proverbs 16:28 ESV

A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends.

Warning not to associate with....


 Proverbs 20:19 ESV

Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets; therefore do not associate with a simple babbler.

 James 1:26 ESV

If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless.

Just in case you think the person listening is without blame:

 Proverbs 17:4 ESV

An evildoer listens to wicked lips, and a liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue.

And finally some wise words


 1 Thessalonians 4:11 ESV


And to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you,

I remembered this article I read from Last Days Ministries called simply "Gossip" by Melody Green in the 70's or 80's about this very subject and wanted to share it here. Here is a link to another article by Leonard Ravenhill called "The Taming of The Tongue."

Let's be careful not to be gossipers this week as we go through our day to day activities and remember to think before saying anything that might not be edifying.

ADDITIONAL THOUGHT - As I was putting this together I started thinking how easy it is to get involved with gossip on Social Media. If you are on Facebook, Twitter etc pay special attention to what people are saying and deem in your mind if they are gossipers.

You can, in most cases just hide any posts from them and not get caught up in the drama.

10.03.2013

Invite The Misfits - You Will Be Blessed

Misfits In Society
Luke 14:7-14

7
 When he noticed how the guests chose the places of honour, he told them a parable. 8‘When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not sit down at the place of honour, in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited by your host; 9and the host who invited both of you may come and say to you, “Give this person your place”, and then in disgrace you would start to take the lowest place.

10But when you are invited, go and sit down at the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he may say to you, “Friend, move up higher”; then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at the table with you.

11For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.’
12 He said also to the one who had invited him, ‘When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbours, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. 13But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. 14And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.’

10.01.2013

Acts 23 My Thoughts

In Bible Study this week we were discussing the first part of Acts 23. Being that it is a group of people from various denominational backgrounds I chose to not cause division but as someone who is searching and looking for answers and has a foothold in the Messianic/Hebrew Roots movement somethings I read made me think......hmmmm. My commentary in RED!

Acts 23

Amplified Bible (AMP)
Then Paul, gazing earnestly at the council (Sanhedrin), said, Brethren, I have lived before God, doing my duty with a perfectly good conscience until this very day [as a citizen, a true and loyal Jew].

Paul called his accusers Brethren
At this the high priest Ananias ordered those who stood near him to strike him on the mouth.
Then Paul said to him, God is about to strike you, you whitewashed wall! Do you sit as a judge to try me in accordance with the Law, and yet in defiance of the Law you order me to be struck?
Those who stood near exclaimed, Do you rail at and insult the high priest of God?
And Paul said, I was not conscious, brethren, that he was a high priest; for the Scripture says, You shall not speak ill of a ruler of your people.
 
This is the part that confused me! IF the law was completely done away with on the cross why then is Paul quoting it as Scripture AND as a law to be observed?

Also does this apply to us when we talk about our leaders who we know are only in place because God allows it? Are we not to speak ill of them?

But Paul, when he perceived that one part of them were Sadducees and the other part Pharisees, cried out to the council (Sanhedrin), Brethren, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees; it is with regard to the hope and the resurrection of the dead that I am indicted and being judged.
So when he had said this, an angry dispute arose between the Pharisees and the Sadducees; and the whole [crowded] assemblage was divided [into two factions].
For the Sadducees hold that there is no resurrection, nor angel nor spirit, but the Pharisees declare openly and speak out freely, acknowledging [their belief in] them both.
Then a great uproar ensued, and some of the scribes of the Pharisees’ party stood up and thoroughly fought the case, [contending fiercely] and declaring, We find nothing evil or wrong in this man. But if a spirit or an angel [really] spoke to him—? Let us not fight against God!
10 And when the strife became more and more tense and violent, the commandant, fearing that Paul would be torn in pieces by them, ordered the troops to go down and take him forcibly from among them and conduct him back into the barracks.
11 And [that same] following night the Lord stood beside Paul and said, Take courage, Paul, for as you have borne faithful witness concerning Me at Jerusalem, so you must also bear witness at Rome.
12 Now when daylight came, the Jews formed a plot and bound themselves by an oath and under a curse neither to eat nor drink till they had done away with Paul.
13 There were more than forty [men of them], who formed this conspiracy [swearing together this oath and curse].
14 And they went to the chief priests and elders, saying, We have strictly bound ourselves by an oath and under a curse not to taste any food until we have slain Paul.
15 So now you, along with the council (Sanhedrin), give notice to the commandant to bring [Paul] down to you, as if you were going to investigate his case more accurately. But we [ourselves] are ready to slay him before he comes near.
16 But the son of Paul’s sister heard of their intended attack, and he went and got into the barracks and told Paul.

Paul's nephew was the one who reported to the Centurion and the commandant. I had never noticed this before
17 Then Paul, calling in one of the centurions, said, Take this young man to the commandant, for he has something to report to him.
18 So he took him and conducted him to the commandant and said, Paul the prisoner called me to him and requested me to conduct this young man to you, for he has something to report to you.
19 The commandant took him by the hand, and going aside with him, asked privately, What is it that you have to report to me?
20 And he replied, The Jews have agreed to ask you to bring Paul down to the council (Sanhedrin) tomorrow, as if [they were] intending to examine him more exactly.
21 But do not yield to their persuasion, for more than forty of their men are lying in ambush waiting for him, having bound themselves by an oath and under a curse neither to eat nor drink till they have killed him; and even now they are all ready, [just] waiting for your promise.
22 So the commandant sent the youth away, charging him, Do not disclose to anyone that you have given me this information.
23 Then summoning two of the centurions, he said, Have two hundred footmen ready by the third hour of the night (about 9:00 p.m.) to go as far as Caesarea, with seventy horsemen and two hundred spearmen.
24 Also provide beasts for mounts for Paul to ride, and bring him in safety to Felix the governor.

Coffman has some interesting things to say re: verse 3

Then said Paul unto him, God shall smite thee, thou whited wall: and sittest thou to judge me according to the law, and commandest me to be smitten contrary to law? And they that stood by said, Revilest thou God's high priest?
God shall smite thee ... This was doubtless a prophecy put in Paul's mouth by the Lord; for it is a fact that not many years later the reprobate Ananias was murdered by his own people at the time of the beginning of the Jewish war.

Contrary to law ... It was illegal to smite a man who had not been condemned; and, as yet, Paul had not even been tried; but such nice distinctions concerning the rights of defendants had long before ceased to exist in the reprobate court known as the Sanhedrin. The final years of that once sacred tribunal were marked by every kind of vice and venality.

Revilest thou God's high priest ... ? It WAS illegal to revile an authority such as the high priest; but the Sanhedrinists were much quicker to defend that law than they were to honor the law forbidding striking a man illegally.

and verse 5

And Paul said, I knew not, brethren, that he was high priest: for it is written, Thou shalt not speak evil of a ruler of thy people.
I knew not ... There is no reason whatever to accuse Paul of blindness (or near-sightedness), as some have done, or to insist that "Surely Paul would know the high priest,"[8] or that he spoke sarcastically, as if to say, "You cannot make a high priest out of contemptible material like that!"[9]

For reasons cited under Acts 23:4, the view here is that Paul simply spoke the truth and that he did not know the high priest by his personal appearance, although he might indeed have known his name. Milligan, however, thought that Paul simply regarded Ananias "as a usurper."[10] Paul's admission of wrong and the citing of the scripture in Exodus 22:28 which he had inadvertently violated does not seem to allow the view that Paul would have said what he did, if he had known he was addressing the high priest. True enough, the current holder of the office was vile; but the office itself had long been accounted sacred.

Paul's understandable outrage and impromptu protest, in all probability inspired, had two very important results: (1) it prophesied the destruction of Ananias, and (2) it led Paul to see at once that there was not any possibility of justice for himself in such a tribunal. "There was no prospect before this tribunal of a fair inquiry and a just decision."[11] This accounts for the strategy Paul immediately employed in his defense.

[8]
H. Leo Boles, Commentary on the Acts (Nashville: The Gospel Advocate Company, 1953), p. 363.
[9] W. R. Walker, op. cit., p. 72.
[10] Robert Milligan, Analysis of the New Testament (Cincinnati, Ohio: Bosworth, Chase and Hall, Publishers), p. 396.
[11] W. J. Conybeare, Life and Epistles of St. Paul (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm. B. Eerdmans, Publishers, 1966), p. 591.

See the rest of Coffman's Commentary here


Study To Show YOURSELF Approved!!

Read The Bible
I am on a Spiritual journey which started very young in life.

I grew up in the Church and as many do walked away in my teens. I had somewhat of a Spiritual Awakening in my 20's but was pulled back into what I call my wilderness years until my 40's.

Now in my 50's I am still working on what I actually believe. After I stripped away all of the man made dogma which is not talked about in the Bible what am I left with. Primarily that my Christian Leaders as I grew up either:

a) were also following what they had been taught for years by their forefathers without actually doing the Bible Study for themselves

b) they had many lies they shared

I tend to go with option "A"


It is so easy to get caught up in what our Pastors, Teachers etc. teach us but without going home and studying or asking questions we become nothing but sheep who are easily led astray. We need to be doing our own study and research! WHY?

2 Timothy 2:14-16

14 Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit but to the subverting of the hearers.

15 Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman who needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

16 But shun profane and vain babblings, for they will increase unto more ungodliness,

I added a few extra verses to show context.

Arguing, fighting etc over Scripture whether online or off is of no consequence. Live your life and become light in the world.

By all means do the studying necessary but live your faith. Be prepared to answer questions about your faith when they come up but people will notice. I see Christians all of the time trying to argue over Scripture whether on Facebook or in Forums and the result is always the same - hurt feelings, people noticing the arguments and dropping out or worse yet non-Believers seeing the nonsense and saying I want no part in that Christian thing.

We need to stop it.