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The Bible?

Today, 08:15 AM

I was reading about a famous woman who was reported to have embraced Christianity later in life. I wanted to learn a bit more about her conversion, located her own statement of faith, and was saddened. In "About My Faith” she wrote about when her “journey” was made public. Yes, I have picked a tiny portion that spoke to me, but it says a lot:
"I had no intention of going public about my spiritual journey and in no way wanted to be tagged with the fundamentalism that Born-Again Christianity has come to be associated with. I found myself having to defend my action before I was entirely sure what it meant. I did feel reborn, I couldn’t deny that, but it had nothing to do with the perceived doctrines of fundamentalist Christianity."
Her perceptions appeared clarified a bit later:
"Words like ‘Thou Shalt,’ ‘Salvation,” ‘Lord,’ and ‘Repentance,’ drowned out one of my favorite Sufi poems by Hafiz" where the refrain has God knowing only four words, "Come dance with Me."
She stopped Bible study classes and comes to the conclusion that "experiencing the divine was more important than mere belief in the divine":
"From time to time, there have been the awakened ones, conduits of perception, who, by fully embodying Spirit, have shown us the way—Jesus, Muhammed, Buddha, Allah, and others."
However, she continues to feel like a Christian:
"Some will say that because of all this I am not a true Christian. So be it. I feel like a Christian, I believe in the teachings of Jesus and try to practice them in my life. I have found Christians all over this country who feel as I do. They may not have been ‘saved’ yet they hum with divine spirit."
It reminded me of another woman, a fellow blogger, who spent time studying God’s word, called herself “Christian” but now disavows that label in a continued spiritual search.

It is my concern that both instances are defined by rejecting the Bible as God’s word.

I’ve spent several years encouraging people to read their Bible. I do not have the education or background to point to theological studies that indicate the Bible is what it says it is. I know I agree with Bereans and Peter that scriptures need study and may be hard to understand.

From other writings I’ve not included here, I believe both of these ladies set limitations on their expectations. I also believe that the Bible must be approached with an open mind. It needs to be viewed as any study – there is much to be learned. Some will be easily understood, but questions will remain to be chewed over later. As with feeding infants, meat comes later. There will come a time when we should be teaching, not rejecting:

For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. (Hebrews 5:12-14 KJV)

Yesterday’s blog on the importance of prayer for missionaries applies here, too. Please add these two unnamed ladies to prayers for those seeking God.

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:6 KJV)

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The Names Of God

Today, 03:00 AM

“And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in.” (Genesis 7:16)

Many stirring books have been written on the general subject of the names of God. Most of the names make use of one or two of the three primary names. The first is Elohim, meaning “mighty one.” It is a uni-plural... More...6wkL0MhxXYI

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Way Of Life - The Beatles

Today, 01:57 AM

In 1969, Lennon said: “If people can’t face up to the fact of other people being naked or smoking pot … then we’re never going to get anywhere” (Penthouse, Oct. 1969, p. 29, cited in Noebel, The Legacy of John Lennon, p.

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Paul Chappell - The Way Back: 7 Basics Of Revival

Yesterday, 05:17 PM


For the Bible-believing Christian, anything that could be called a true advancement will be in a direction leading to basic, New Testament Christianity. So in a sense, it will be going back.

If we will see revival, we must get back to the basics:

1. Back to Prayer

Prayer is one of the most talked about, but least practiced, spiritual disciplines in the ministry.

We know that God moves through prayer. We know that prayer precedes revival.

Even the verse we often speak of when we discuss our longing for revival, is a prayer:

Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?—Psalm 85:6

If we want to see revival, we must pray—faithfully and fervently.

2. Back to Biblical Preaching

God choose preaching.

For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.—1 Corinthians 1:21

A simple read through the book of Acts reveals that preaching was a staple early churches—both in declaring the gospel and maturing believers.

Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.—Acts 8:5

And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.—Acts 10:42

Paul also and Barnabas continued in Antioch, teaching and preaching the word of the Lord, with many others also.—Acts 15:35

And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.—Acts 20:7

I have read the studies about dialog versus dogma, and I believe there is a place for dialog. I believe in personal mentoring through discipleship. I believe in relationships. I believe in listening and investing and ministering. I believe in hospitality and fellowship. These were all practices in first-century churches.

But I don’t believe they should replace or be viewed as conflicting with preaching.

I was called to preach.

Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.—2 Timothy 4:2

Along these lines, our preaching must be biblical (i.e. we must preach the Word), but it also must be regular.

Don’t lose interest in preaching—as a preacher or as a listener.

Remember, God chose preaching.

3. Back to Purity

One of the early convictions of the independent Baptist movement was an adherence to the doctrine of separation—ecclesiastically and personally.

Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,_2 Corinthians 6:17

This doctrine is rooted in the holiness of God and in the fact that God Himself called us to holiness in our lives based on His holiness.

But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.—1 Peter 1:15–16

True revival always leads to greater purity. In the days of Hezekiah, national revival was predicated by Hezekiah cleansing the land of idolatry (2 Kings 18:4). In the days of Ezra, revival resulted in God’s people cleansing their lives of sin (Ezra 10:12).

A fresh glimpse of God always calls us to a greater hunger for God-focused holiness in our lives.

4. Back to Personal Evangelism

One indicator of a healthy local church is its fervency amongst the congregation to reach the community. A healthy church is not content to let the pastor and the staff do the work. It is a church family that has owned the Great Commission as a church.

Some of the earliest churches in Acts were started before the first missionary journey of Paul. Common laymen—not the apostles—were scattered by persecution and shared the gospel everywhere they went (Acts 8:1).

Two chapters later, we see there were churches established in these very cities:

Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.—Acts 9:31

Personal soulwinning—sharing the gospel one-on-one with another person—is a staple of first-century Christianity. And it is vital that our churches make personal evangelism a priority.

5. Back to World Evangelization

Of course, a church that owns the Great Commission personally will see beyond its community to “all nations.” It is a missions-minded church.

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.—Matthew 28:19–20

6. Back to Participation with the Brethren

Could I just say it bluntly? We have too much isolationism amongst churches and polarization around schools and personalities.

I know, I know. There are good reasons to separate from some and to keep a distance from others.

But does it not seem that when we agree with another leader on every single doctrinal point and have the same basic ministry philosophy but share a different alma mater or are associated with a different leader, we could still enjoy fellowship together? And perhaps we could still learn from the other?

Let’s guard against elevating personalities and institutions as our test of fellowship. Again, to put it bluntly, it’s carnal.

For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?—1 Corinthians 3:3–4

7. Back to the Local Church

I’m grieved to see large metropolitan cities, especially here on the West Coast, with few to none Baptist, gospel-preaching churches. I’m grieved to see churches around the nation sitting empty or closing their doors.

And frankly, I think the Lord is grieved as well.

…Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;—Ephesians 5:25

A basic of the basics for New Testament Christianity is the local church—its doctrine, its polity, its leadership, its adherence to truth, and its propagation.

Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.—Acts 20:28

I love the local church, I pray for a revival of church planting—here in the United States and around the world.

The Way Back

If we long for Acts-type blessings through our witness and in our churches, we must return to Acts-type practices of obedience to God’s Word and submission to God’s Spirit.

If we will see revival, we need to get back to the basics.

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Review Of New Movie: “Exodus: Gods & Kings”—The Interspiritual Moses And New Age Ji...

Yesterday, 01:00 PM

By L. Sharp Free-lance researcher and reporter The Interspiritual Moses: New Age Jihadist The movie begins by introducing Moses (played by Christian Bale) as a trained army general, part of the current Pharaoh’s ruling family, preparing to attack a Hittite army with his “brother” (Pharaoh-in-waiting Ramses). This is an early indicator that this movie is […]

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