Jottings – Why God Wrote The Bible

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“God did not write a book for us to read once a year. God wrote the Bible so we can know Him.”

Mike Stoudt in a message given at the 2013 Greenwood Hills Labor Day Conference.

 

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Jottings — Knowing God’s Will

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Do you want to know God’s will for your life? Read the Book!

Joe Reese at Greenwood Hills 1st Family Conference 2013

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Penn — Of Penn & Teller Fame — Receives a Bible and Shares His Challenging Thoughts


 

 

In this video Penn, of Penn & Teller fame, retells the story of someone giving him a Bible. Penn also shares his thoughts about the experience. Very, very interesting.

Penn is clear that he is an atheist, however he is very complimentary of the gift and the one who gave it to him. He concludes by challenging all Bible believing Christians to be intellectually honest— if we really believe there is a hell and those who die in their sins will suffer for eternity then it is pure hatred NOT to share the gospel message with all urgency.

 

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vlog: 1 Corinthians 2:13 – Spiritual Communication

 

 

Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 1 Corinthians 2:13 KJV

 

How do bible teachers get all that knowledge and the ability to communicate the truth?

A lot of hard work I hear you say! Nights of commitment burning the midnight oil! You are right – all of that and more. The ‘more‘ is the most important bit of the equation. You could study all you like but if you do not walk with God, spend time with God and let the Spirit of God speak through you it will all be a waste.

This latest video teaching blog explains how the Spirit of God equips the bible teacher to teach. I trust that it is helpful.

 

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This is the 18th video in a series of teaching videos on the book of First Corinthians.

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Jottings – The Revelation of God and from God

Commenting on John 1:14-17, 28-43; 1 John 2:23:

 

“In order that we might truly and really know God and the Father, there was a twofold kind of revelation necessary — not only one kind, but two kinds. That is to say, we needed a revelation of God, as really as we needed a revelation from God. We need both. A revelation from God we have in all its precious blessedness in the written word, which we call the scriptures; but the revelation of God we have in the incarnate Word, the Lord Jesus Christ. And therefore it is that no one can really know God or the Father except in the Son. To be without the Son is to be without the Father.”

 

W T Turpin, The Revelation of God and from God. An address delivered in London, October 1885.

 

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YouVersion Now Offers Darby’s 1890 Translation

YouVersion Bible App IconYouVersion is one of the most popular electronic Bibles available today. The YouVersion website and mobile apps (for virtually every mobile device) are simple, powerful, seemlessly cloud synced, and best of all– free. What’s not to love?

This afternoon I noticed for the first time that YouVersion now offer’s J N Darby’s 1890 English Translation and Darby’s French translation of the Bible. (For the record I do not speak French!)

Unfortunately, YouVersion has not integrated Darby’s very helpful translation notes. Nevertheless, Darby’s translation even without the footnotes is a very welcome addition to YouVersion.

Enjoy!

 

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NT Tuesday: Be A Good Berean

Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. Acts 17:11 ESV

You may have heard the expression “be a good Berean” — but what exactly does this mean? To answer this we must look at the story of Paul and his travels throughout the ancient world proclaiming the Lord Jesus Christ.

As Acts chapter 17 begins we find Paul traveling on what would come to be known as his second missionary journey. Paul and his traveling companion Silas arrived in the city of Thessalonica (Acts 17:1), and in keeping with their pattern of ministry they went to the local synagogue to demonstrate from the Scriptures that Jesus Christ was in fact the long promised Jewish Messiah. (Acts 17:2-3). Their ministry was fruitful as ‘some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a great many of the devout Greeks and not a few of the leading women.’ Acts 17:4.

Because some had turned to Christ, the local Jewish leaders grew jealous and instigated a riot against the Christians (Acts 17:5). The rioters violently attacked the believers– falsely accusing them of acting against the decrees of Caesar (Acts 17:6-7).

That night the believers in Thessalonica sent Paul and Silas to the nearby town of Berea. Once again, upon arriving at the city they went to the Jewish synagogue and boldly declared Jesus Christ as the Messiah (Acts 17:10). As was the case in Thessalonica, their ministry was once again fruitful as many believed (Acts 17:12).

However there was something different about the Jews in Berea for which the Scriptures commend them. We are told that they were ‘more noble’ than their counterparts in Thessalonica. What was the difference? What made them ‘more noble’?

We are clearly told what that difference was in Acts 17:11 ESV. The Bereans:

  • received the word – they listened to what Paul and Silas were saying.
  • with all eagernessthere was a difference in their attitude— they received what Paul and Silas were teaching with eagerness.
  • examining the Scriptures – they examined the Scriptures. This clearly implies more than just reading God’s Word. The original Greek word used here means to ‘to scrutinize, investigate, interrogate, discern or search’. This is how the Bereans approached God’s Word…they went considerably deeper that a cursory reading— they actually interrogated the Scriptures.
  • daily – ’nuff said. This was not something that happened just once… this was the Bereans’ daily habit. This was their modus operandi, their pattern of living, it was how they ‘rolled’– they interrogated God’s Word DAILY.
  • to see if these things were so. – the Bereans had a goal. They had an objective in their interrogation of God’s Word… they wanted to know if Paul and Silias’ teachings were true. The Bible, God’s Word, was their standard– it was their measuring stick. They determined what was true by what God’s Word said and by nothing else.

So what is meant by the phrase ‘be a good Berean’? It means to follow the example set by Bereans. To judge everything by the sole standard of God’s Word, the Bible, with a good attitude on a daily basis to determine if it is so.

Because of the Berean’s noble approach to Paul and Silias’ teaching it is no surprise that ‘many of them therefore believed’.

Be a good Berean!

One more thought: if you happen to go to a church, or associate with some group, where you are discouraged from judging their teachings with God’s Word then you should leave that group! If you are ever told that you are not capable of understanding the Bible yourself… or you have not had the proper training to understand… or that you need their teachers or their literature to know what the truth is, you should leave that group immediately. A true teacher of God’s Word would never feel threatened if their students compared their teachings with God’s Word. In fact, a true teacher of God’s Word will welcome and even encourage you to challenge their teachings with God’s Word. After all, THAT is EXACTLY what the Bereans did and they were called ‘more noble.’

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Jottings – The Priesthood of Christ

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Regarding Hebrews 4:11-16: “If the Word of God has full play in our understandings and consciences we shall become very conscious of our own insufficiency, and our weakness in the pilgrim way. How delightful then to turn to the second thing brought before us here — the priesthood of Christ.”

F.B. Hole, Hebrews, electronic ed.

 

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My Creator: The Bible Part 1

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Last month we looked at the thought that we can’t get to a moral law or society without a moral standard outside of us. The recent events in Connecticut and China have reminded us that evil is very real in our world. Today I’d like to consider another subject that gives me evidence of a creator and more specifically, the God of Christianity. That subject is the Bible. The Bible remains the number one read book of all time by a landslide. It has sold almost 5 times more copies than the next best seller.

Now the Bible has been used and abused for many generations so my goal is not to address all the ways in which the Bible has been mistreated (and misinterpreted) to come up with weird and dangerous practices. I will be concentrating on some areas that are simply stated plainly and testable. There’s several ways the Bible shows evidence and in this post, part 1, I will be looking at the Bible and science.

The Bible doesn’t claim to be a science book. It is a book of God’s dealings with humanity over the course of many centuries culminating in the giving of His Son Jesus to rescue our souls from sin and the establishment of His church. However this does not mean that there isn’t science in the Bible and it’s upon this evidence that we turn to for a few moments.

The Bible makes scientific claims that are supernatural. They are supernatural in that they were written centuries before scientists had any idea about them. There’s too many to write them all in this post but here are a few that will adequately show what I mean.

  1. Job 36:27-28 “He draws up the water vapor and then distills it into rain. The rain pours down from the clouds, and everyone benefits.”  This was written about 4300 years ago long before scientists discovered the very truth in this verse.
  2. Ecclesiastes 1:7 “All the rivers run into the sea, yet the sea is not full; to the place from which the rivers come, there they return again.”  Solomon writes the words to Ecclesiastes roughly 950 BC or about 2700 years prior to scientists being able to prove the source of the world’s precipitation.
  3. Proverbs 6:6-8 ““Go the ant, you sluggard, consider her ways and be wise, which, having no captain, overseer or ruler, provides her supplies in the summer, and gathers her food in the harvest.” Notice the fact that the writer Solomon refers to the worker ants in the feminine. Notice also the details about what the female ants do and how they work. It wasn’t until the 1700’s that scientists discovered that ALL worker ants are female and that the patterns of activity in this verse are accurate.
  4. Genesis 2:7 “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.”  We are told that we are made from the earth. This was written thousands of years ago. Chemists only discovered in the past few hundred years that we have 59 elements that make up our bodies. Every single one of them can be found in the elements of the earth.
  5. Isaiah 40:22 ““It is He (God) who sits above the circle of the earth.” This was written about 700BC. It wasn’t proven scientifically until 230BC.
  6. Job 26:7 ““He stretches out the north over empty space; He hangs the earth on nothing.”  Again this was written over 4000 years ago. Centuries before it was scientifically proven that the earth does indeed sit on nothing but empty space.

There are dozens more examples that could be given.  Again none of these in isolation proves anything. But as you start to take the evidences together, so far moral and science, you can see how a case for God is not only very credible but very likely.  As we get into more evidences the proof becomes even greater.

 

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Entry Level Theological Truth [26]

The Rock of Gibralter

“Then the serpent said to the woman, ‘You will not surely die.’” Genesis 3:4

After beginning subtly, the adversary changes tactics by directly challenging the Word of God. From an implied undermining of the Almighty’s goodness Satan’s argument now proceeds to specific contradiction of the Creator’s authority. Eventually the enemy always unmasks himself in opposition to the Lord’s revealed mind in the Scriptures. Ultimately, everyone must decide: “Does God’s Word have authority in my life?” Whether one realizes it or not, disbelieving or disobeying the Bible flouts the power, holiness, and sovereignty of the Most High God.

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