Jottings – Theological Arguments

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I beg leave, in my turn, to give you a few advices,

 

1. Be calm. Do not venture into the field again till you are master of your temper.

 

2. Be good-natured. Passion is not commendable; but ill nature still less.

 

3. Be courteous. Show good manners, as well as good nature, to your opponent, of whatever kind.

 

4. Be merciful. When you have gained an advantage over your opponent, do not press it to the uttermost. Remember the honest quaker’s advice to his friend a few years ago: ‘Art thou not content to lay John Wesley upon his back, but thou wilt tread his guts out?’

 

5. In writing, do not consider yourself as a man of fortune, or take any liberty with others on that account. Men of sense simply consider what is written; not whether the writer be a lord or a cobbler.

 

6. Lastly, Remember, ‘for every idle word men shall speak, they shall give an account in the day of judgment.’ Remember, ‘by thy words shalt thou be justified; or by thy words shalt thou be condemned.’

 

John Wesley, “Some Remarks on Mr. Hill’s Farrago Double Distilled,” quoted in Luke Tyerman, The Life and Times of the Rev. John Wesley, Vol. 3. (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1871), 162.

 

Thanks Keith!

 

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Jottings – Ministers While Employed in Watching Over Others Are So Solemnly Warned Against Neglecting Themselves

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If we study Divine subjects merely as ministers, they will produce no salutary effect. We may converse with the most impressive truths, as soldiers and surgeons do with blood, till they cease to make any impression upon us. We must meditate on these things as Christians, first feeding our own souls upon them, and then imparting that which we have believed and felt to others; or, whatever good we may do to them, we shall receive none ourselves. Unless we mix faith with what we preach, as well as with what we hear, the word will not profit us. It may be on these accounts that ministers, while employed in watching over others, are so solemnly warned against neglecting themselves: ‘Take heed unto yourselves and to all the flock,’ &c.—‘Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them; for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself and them that hear thee.’”

 

Andrew Gunton Fuller, “Sermon LXIX: Preaching Christ,” in “Sermons & Sketches” in The Complete Works of Andrew Fuller: Memoirs, Sermons, Etc., ed. Joseph Belcher, Vol. 1. (Harrisonburg, VA: Sprinkle Publications, 1988), 501.

 

Thanks Keith!

 

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Hitting The Sanctification Gym

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My good friend Keith Keyser recently posted on his blog an excellent exhortation entitled Becoming A Spiritual Heavyweight.

In the article brother Keith addresses the need for intentional self discipline. Drawing heavily on scripture, Keith demonstrates that the way in which we live our daily lives not only impacts our Christian life now, but also throughout eternity.

Keith’s call to a disciplined life is highly relevant for the digital sojourner. The digital world is a deadly minefield… one misstep online can easily destroy one’s testimony.

I encourage you to check it out…

 

Link: Becoming A Spiritual Heavyweight

 

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True Protection From Internet Pornography Requires A Minimum of 3 Essential Components


 

Lego Scream

 

I just post a new article over at the Why We Web blog detailing the three essential components of internet protection.

The three components are: filtering software, accountability software, and router level protection.

For full details check out the original post…

Link: True Protection From Internet Pornography Requires A Minimum of 3 Essential Components

 

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1 Corinthians 5:9-13 Christians- Be Careful Who Your Friends Are

 

 

“I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators: Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.” 1 Corinthians 5:9-13 KJV

 

Paul is still discussing in this section the purity of the local church but as a by-product he talks about who Christians have as their friends.

It’s an important lesson. Hope it helps you.

 

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This is the 32nd video in a series of teaching videos on the book of First Corinthians.

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1 Corinthians 3:1-4 – Big Fat Baby Christians

 

 

And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. 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 3:1-4 KJV

 

Why do christians squabble sometimes?

Grow up you say! Exactly, this is what the Bible teaches. Christians sometimes are still just big babies. Listen to what Paul has to say about this in this week’s passage.

 

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This is the 19th video in a series of teaching videos on the book of First Corinthians.

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WWW Wednesday: So Virtual Reality Minded You’re Of No Earthly Good

Eve Online screenshot

My regular WWW Wednesday blog post is now available over at the Why We Web blog.

This week’s WWW post explores the modern day phenomenon of virtual reality gaming and some of the dangers that it poses– along with some helpful thoughts.

Link: So Virtual Reality Minded You’re Of No Earthly Good

 

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WWW Wednesday: It’s Internet Phishing Season and YOU are the fish

 

My regular Wednesday post over at the Why We Web blog was just posted.

This week’s post recounts my recent experience with someone attempting to trick me into divulging my login information and some lesson we can learn from my experience.

Link: DANGER: It’s Internet Phishing Season and YOU are the fish

 

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WWW Wednesday: DO NOT Skype Another Missionary Until After You Read This

DO NOT Skype Another Missionary Until You Read This-- The Chinese government is monitoring your instant messages

My regular Wednesday post over at the Why We Web blog was just posted.

This week’s post explores recent reports of how China is exploiting Skype’s instant messaging feature to monitor what they consider to be potentially subversive speech.

What they are looking for and how they are going about it – reveals that believers in China could be put at ask if we are not careful. Oh be careful little fingers what you type!

Link: DO NOT Skype Another Missionary Until After You Read This

 

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WWW Wednesday: Digital Redux: Your Sin Will Find You Out

David Petraeus with his right hand on a Bible held by his wife being sworn in as the Director of the CIA by Vice-President Joe BidenMy regular Wednesday Post on the Why We Web Blog is now available.

Over the last week the United States has been rocked by the shocking revelation of Gen. David Petraeus affair and subsequent resignation from his position of Director of the CIA.

His misdeeds apparently came to light because of something as mundane as email. There are many lessons for the child of God from this sad tragedy… In the Digital Age God’s Word is as relevant as it has always been: “your sin will find you out” Numbers 32:23 NJKJ.

Link: Digital Redux: Your Sin Will Find You Out

 

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