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Monday, January 28, 2013

Charles Spurgeon Movie - What You Might Not Have Known

I was listening to Paul Washer recently, and he mentioned a biography about a young Charles Spurgeon. 
Well, I didn't know what biography he was talking about, so I decided to search for one online.  I cannot say for certain that the one I found is the one that he was talking about, but I did find a very interesting one for sure!  You will see how Charles Spurgeon got his start preaching and how young he was then!

I know some of my Presbyterian friends might flinch at Spurgeon's believer's baptism, and people like me might flinch at the cigar or that the preaching might not have been verse by verse going through the Bible.

I believe that all Christians who are familiar with Charles Spurgeon will enjoy this film though. 
My only concern is whether we as Christians might tend to idolize him rather than the God who used him.  

It's an hour and nine minutes, but if you don't have that long you can easily just watch it in segments.

Friday, January 25, 2013

What Should Christian Churches Think & Do About Abortion?

John MacArthur and R.C. Sproul did a couple of shows on abortion which aired this week of the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.  They are well worth listening to.  If you missed them, please click here.

You may have watched "180" Movie in the past, but there is a new documentary coming out soon that is very promising.  It points out the lack of churches doing much about abortion:

The website for the documentary is here.

Cross Encounters Radio had a special edition on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade that covered the documentary I have shared about in this blog.  It also featured other guests who are involved in going to abortuaries and giving the Gospel, pleading with people, holding signs, praying, etc.
To go to the site where you can hear the program click here.  

The people doing the show are not responsible for the unrelated ads you might see on the page.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Beth Moore Examined Pt. 2

There is a short video clip on Beth Moore that No Compromise radio put out recently that certainly is interesting and thought provoking.
I hope that people will watch it and explore the links I am posting below the video.
Beth seems to be so popular in the Southern Baptist church, but should she be?

To see my previous blog post on Beth Moore click here.

Apprising Ministries also has some posts on Beth here.

CARM also has an article on Beth Moore that you can view here.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Fun In The Snow!

We've had a lot of rain this month, and yesterday afternoon it started to snow.  As much pain as I have, I still wanted to go out and use my toboggan.  The water from the rain closed some streets in my county, and then the snow also shut down schools, etc.  People are not used to a lot of snow here, and that's fine with me.   Even though I lived a short while a couple of times in the mountain area of California, most of my life was lived in different areas in California where it did not snow.  We would only be able to see snow looking toward the mountains or foothills.

That's probably why I'm so crazy to get out and toboggan here!


Monday, January 14, 2013

Love & Relationships

There are sometimes when it's difficult to love.
Sometimes love means forgiving or mending relationships even when the other person may be wrong.  Not always can relationships be fully restored in all circumstances, but people can be forgiven.

Other times it's admitting I could be wrong even when I don't see it, or humbling myself enough to see where I am wrong and being willing to apologize.

Then there is the kind of love that needs to let go of trying to change or control people or situations we have no authority over.  That's also a matter of realizing my need to pray and fight to trust God.

Love can be the overlooking of differences of personality, non-essentials to my faith as a Christian, cultural differences, or the food or sports teams we like as well as minor offenses.

A lot of people can relate to all of the above, but the kind of love that tells the truth that may offend or hurt other people is also one of the most important kinds of love.  This can include giving the Gospel, pointing out serious sin, dangerous situations, or heretical teaching, etc.   It is always good trying to do this with as much gentleness as possible, but sometimes firmness by sharing a link publicly in the way of caring for others who might be influenced is judged as unloving even when it is not used with any unkind personal comments.  I know I have lots of room for improvement in communication skills though!

Petra / Love from tbarrett8 on GodTube.

Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.
Ephesians 4:32 NASB

 So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. 
Colossians 3:12-14 NASB

Friday, January 11, 2013

A Woman's Perspective on Women's Role

This post is for my Christian women readers specifically.
I was reading 1 Timothy 2 today.  I once memorized the first 3 chapters of 1 Timothy, but I do not have them still perfectly in my mind.  They are still very familiar to me though, and in going over chapter 2 today, I want to address the role of women issue.

The role of women is a very controversial one in the church today, and some people try to twist the Scripture to suit their own desires.  I have found though that 1 Timothy 2 does not have qualifiers that say that it is only addressing certain women of the day.  In fact, it clearly points to creation and the deception of Eve, which is something from long before the time when I Timothy was penned.

"A woman must quietly receive instruction with entire submissiveness. 
But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet.
For it was Adam who was first created, and then Eve.
And it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. But women will be preserved through the bearing of children if they continue in faith and love and sanctity with self-restraint."
1 Timothy 2:11-15 NASB

So, it seems quite clear that women are not to teach men or exercise authority over a man not because of what the circumstances were at that time, but because of the order of creation and the fact of Eve's deception (who is representative of womankind). 
Naturally, women have pride and like to think that that only applies to certain women and not us.  We think about the fact that men can also be  deceived.  The thing is that there are consequences still from Adam and Eve's sin that affect all of us.  Since I believe that Scripture trumps personal feelings and any other experience that we have had, then I rely on Scripture as the authority over me as a woman.  Aside from that,  in recent times I have found that I have been deceived by someone online posing as different people.  I'm thankful for my Christian brothers who were there to point out the truth.

God has many roles for women to fulfill.  Even those of us who have never been married or had children can communicate with people in informal settings as Priscilla did with Aquila or serve the church by ministering in other ways.  It seems that women can teach children and mentor other women.  Do I believe that women should street preach?   I know a lot of people who believe there is an exception there too, but I do not.  There is still the order of creation and the matter of exercising authority over men. 
The reasons given in 1 Timothy 2:13-14 do not seem to be something that is negated when you step outside of a church building.
Definitely, it is a public setting where some of the audience can be Christians as well.  It is more than just explaining something in an informal setting with Christian men ready to help and correct in a discussion. 

I tend to go even further than some people in that it really bothers me when a woman reads Scripture up front in church or a woman is the head worship music leader.  I even have walked out of a service occasionally when  I have felt deeply troubled enough to not feel that I can properly worship thinking about it.
Here is a respected blogger and pastor's blog post on the subject of women and Bible reading in church:

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Josh Wilson's "Carry Me", Jovan Mackenzie and A Rebel's Cause Radio, Dead Sea Scrolls, IV His Son "What Am I To Do" Music Video

Christian musician Josh Wilson has a great new single called "Carry Me" that really hits home for a lot of people who are going through stressful situations of all kinds.  He has had struggles with panic attacks which is what the song is based on for him.  Read the full story here.
To listen to the full song on his player click here.
You can read the lyrics to the song here.

Not long ago I was listening to A Rebel's Cause radio show online and heard a guest named Jovan Mackenzy who does what I would call Christian rap (I don't know if there is a new term for it out there).  I was pretty impressed with what I heard, and if you want to listen to or download a free album click here.

The A Rebel's Cause radio show has had other interesting guests like IV His Son, Presuppositional apologist Sye Ten Bruggencate, Paul Taylor of Creation Today, etc.
A warning though that some topics may be offensive at times and there are differing views represented.  Listen and watch at 9 PM Eastern / 6 PM Pacific Thursday nights at your own risk.   The guys are pretty friendly, and I keep watching.

I saw some of the Dead Sea Scrolls quite a number of years back in California.  I went with my nephews home school group, and it was really neat to see the fragments.  I was very annoyed that they used BCE and CE instead of BC and AD for the dates.  Well, you have a chance to see the Dead Sea Scrolls for free online now.  Just click here.

Here is one song by IV His Son and Jovan Mackenzie that has both excellent lyrics and a tune that makes it acceptable to my taste.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Is Your Motivation Love For God or Benefits?

While I believe that it is also Biblical to do things with the joy ahead in mind (as Christ did - Hebrews 12:2), I do not believe that we should give money or serve God for the sake of greed of what we can get here on earth.

Too many televangelists and others have deceived people into treating giving like the lottery with themselves really as the beneficiary.

I find the Bible demonstrates that what we do should be for the Lord, in love for others, and with the life to come in view (for those who are truly Christians).

In recent times, I find myself often praying for love for God.
I feel my love is never at the level that I want it to be.
I suppose that is how it was for Simon Peter when Jesus was asking him if He loved Him.

But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment.
For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either.
1 Timothy 6:6-7 NASB

For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness.
1 Timothy 6:10-11 NASB

Incline my heart to your testimonies,
and not to selfish gain!

Psalm 119:36 ESV