Aug 242015

ring-kissing1-croppedWhat do you do when your own website contains conflicting and damaging information?

If you’re Gospel For Asia, you just go hack yourself.

I’ve seen this before…

Warren Throckmorton has all the details…

Aug 242015

Calvin's Corner headerPhil and I discuss what the most neglected doctrine of the church is today… I don’t think it’s what you think it is.

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Aug 242015

thinking_man_ape_wood_3d_sculpture_thinker_think-480x3251. The general reaction to the Planned Parenthood videos has been strange in that they haven’t made much of an impact outside of Christian and conservative circles.

The videos have been “debunked” and the practice of abortion defended by people who on other issues have been known as thoughtful and intelligent.

It is as if they do not, truly cannot, see the grim and vicious procedure for what it is.

My only frame of reference for such blindness was my own grandmother.

I was a hellion as a teenager, a drunken hellion at that.

Everyone knew this as I never made any attempt to hide it.

My grandma did not believe this wicked report and even when I would arrive at her home too drunk to stand she would deny what her eyes showed her.

She loved me too much to believe the truth…the truth would be what she believed no matter the evidence.

My only question now is this.

What is it that abortion supporters love so much that they choose to be blind to the truth?

2. While my liberal friends have rightly noted that if one is pro-life they must be pro-life after the the child is born, the reverse must be true as well. I’m not sure how this escapes them…

3. No matter how hard I try, I still cannot develop a taste for fiction in literature. I’m sure that this is to my detriment.

4. Who would have ever thought that Oregon wouldn’t get enough rain?

5. I got an email the other day asking me what I thought about the “shemitah” teachings. I had to look it up. It seems that the prophecy wonks have a new wagon to load with money from people who love sensationalist eschatology. I guess that’s what I think about it….

6. I think from now on I’m going to call eschatological sensationalism “end times porn”. Yes, I think I will…

7. Tullian Tchividjian filed for divorce. Evidently, radical grace has it’s limits too…

8. In the 14th century, approximately 50% of Europe died from the plague. Oddly enough, it was not a ‘sign of the times”…

9. Today on Calvin’s Corner Phil asked me what the most neglected doctrine in the church is today… what do you think it is?

10. The specific details of the Older Testament law are not binding on the Christian…the principles are.


Aug 232015

bible-word-of-god_thumbHebrews 2:5-9

For it was not to angels that God subjected the world to come, of which we are speaking.

  • Back to the angels – Interesting Deut 32:8 “When the Most High gave to the nations their inheritance, when he divided mankind, he fixed the bordersof the peoples according to the number of the sons of God.”
  • LXX – “…according to the number of the angels of God.”
  • The writer makes a striking point when he throws in ‘the world to come’.
  • ***The world to come – there IS a new world to come***
  • This existence, this world, what we go through is not God’s final world.
  • ***Read Rev 21*** – “No more Tears –No more Death – No more Mourning – No more Crying and No more Pain.

It has been testified somewhere, “What is man, that you are mindful of him, or the son of man, that you care for him?

  • I love the way the writer says – ‘somewhere’ – somewhere in the Bible.
  • Verses 6-8 – the quotation from Psalm 8: 4-6
  • What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?
  • Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;you have put all things under his feet,
  • *** Who is the Psalmist Speaking of?***
  • The Psalmist is writing about Adam
  • *** Who is the writer to the Hebrews Speaking of?***
  • The writer to the Hebrews sees Jesus in his earthly state.
  • Man = Mankind – which today = Person kind – he / she kind
  • What we see here are references to ***God’s sovereignty and providential care of the Human Race***
  • And placing humans over the earth.
  • ***Son of Man – Dan 7:13*** “I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him.”
  • Son of man = his deity not his manhood.

You made him for a little while lower than the angels; you have crowned him with glory and honor.

  • When was Jesus made lower than the angels?
  • Verse 9 makes it clear that the writer has moved from Adam to Jesus.
  • What is the relationship between Adam and Jesus?
  • Jesus is the 2nd & greater Adam
  • Romans 5:12-21 – v12Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned… v18 Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. 19 For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous..
  • Verse 19 – what do you think about it?
  • Who did Jesus do this for? Everyone or just the Elect?
  • Is everyone going to heaven? NO!
  • Is everyone rising again to Eternal Life? YES!

putting everything in subjection under his feet.” Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him.

  • ***What is included in EVERYTHING?***
  • Everything means everything – and that includes the angels.
  • ***Who controls EVERYTHING?***
  • Nothing is outside the control of Jesus.
  • Putting everything in subjection under his feet
  • Do we see that now? No, just look at the world – but it is true.

But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

  • It took this long into the book to name Jesus by name.
  • ***Made lower than the angels***
  • This is just an emphasis on his humanness – when Jesus came to earth be took on a body just as we have, with all its problems and limitations.
  • Jesus is NOT God in a people suit – The Movie Cocoons
  • What are some limitations we have with bodies?
  • Think about the decision to become man – it was for a period of time here on earth – to accomplish something.
  • But it was for all time, Jesus is fully God and fully man forever.
  • Crowned with glory & honor – this is his current state.
  • ***Tasting death for everyone***
  • This is the purpose of the death of Jesus.
  • There was a Rabbinic saying “Taste the cup of death.”
  • What was said to James & John when they wanted a special position?
  • “Can you drink of the cup I will drink of?”
  • Jesus didn’t just make this up – this was backed by a whole Jewish tradition.
  • What was in the cup? Death!! Jesus did not just sip at this cup – he gulped it down – he gulped down death for all.
Aug 232015

thumbnail.aspxOur Father, Your children who know You delight themselves in Your presence.  We are never happier than when we are near You.  We have found a little heaven in prayer.  It has eased our load to tell You of its weight; it has relieved our wound to tell You of its hurt; it has restored our spirit to confess to You its wanderings.  No place like the mercy seat for us.

We thank You, Lord, that we have not only found benefit in prayer, but in the answers to it we have been greatly enriched.  You have opened Your hidden treasures to the voice of prayer; You have supplied our necessities as soon we have cried to You; yes, we have found it true: “Before they call I will answer, and while they are yet speaking I will hear.”

We do bless You, Lord, for instituting the blessed ordinance of prayer.  What could we do without it, and we take great shame to ourselves that we should use it so little.  We pray that we may be men and women of prayer, taken up with it, that it may take us up and bear us on its wings towards heaven.

And now at this hour will You hear the voice of our supplication.  First, we ask at Your hands, great Father, complete forgiveness for all our sins and shortcomings.  We hope we can say with truthfulness that we do from our heart forgive all those who have in any way trespassed against us.  There lies not in our heart, we hope, a thought of enmity towards any man.  However we have been slandered or wronged, we would, with our inmost heart, forgive and forget it all.

We come to You and pray that, for Jesus’s sake, and through the virtue of the blood once shed for many for the remission of sins, You would give us perfect pardon of every sin of the past.  Blot out, O God, all our sins like a cloud, and let them never be seen again.  Grant us also the peace- speaking word of promise supplied by the Holy Spirit, that being justified by faith we may have peace with God through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Let us be forgiven and know it, and may there remain no lingering question in our heart about our reconciliation with God, but by a firm, full assurance based on faith in the finished work of Christ may we stand as forgiven men and women against whom transgression shall never be mentioned forever again.

And then, Lord, we have another mercy to ask which shall be the burden of our prayer.  It is that You would help us to live such lives as pardoned men should live.  We have but a little time to live here, for our life is but a vapor; soon it vanishes away; but we are most anxious that we may spend the time of our sojourning here in holy fear, that grace may be on us from the commencement of our Christian life even to the earthly close of it.

Lord, You know there are some that have not yet begun to live for You, and the prayer is now offered that they may today be born again.  Others have been long in Your ways and are not weary of them.  We Sometimes wonder that You arc not weary of us, but assuredly we delight ourselves in the ways of holiness more than ever we did.  Oh! that our ways were directed to keep Your statutes without slipping or flaws.  We wish we were perfectly obedient in thought, and word, and deed, entirely sanctified.  We shall never be satisfied till we wake up in Christ’s likeness, the likeness of perfection itself.  Oh! wake us to this perfection, we beseech You.  May experience teach us more and more how to avoid occasions of sin.  May we grow more watchful; may we have a greater supremacy over our own spirit; may we be able to control ourselves under all circumstances, and so act that if the Master were to come at any moment we should not be ashamed to give our account in His hands.

Lord, we are not what we want to be.  This is our sorrow.  Oh! that You would, by Your Spirit, help us in the walks of life to adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.  As men of business, as work-people, as parents, as children, as servants, as masters, whatever we may be, may we be such that Christ may look on us with pleasure.  May His joy be in us, for then only can our joy be full.

Dear Savior, we are Your disciples, and You are teaching us the art of living; but we are very dull and very slow, and beside, there is such a bias in our corrupt nature, and there are such examples in the world, and the influence of an ungodly generation tells even on those that know You. O, dear Saviour, do not be impatient with us, but still teach us at Your feet, till at last we shall have learned some of the sublime lessons of self-sacrifice, of meekness, humility, fervor, boldness, and love which Your life is fit to teach us.  O Lord, we beseech You to mold us in Your own image.  Let us live in You and live like You.  Let us gaze on Your glory till we are transformed by the sight and become Christlike among the sons of men.

Lord, hear the confessions of any that have backslidden, who are rather marring Your image than perfecting it.  Hear the prayers of any that are conscious of great defects during the past.  Give them peace of mind by pardon, but give them strength of mind also to keep clear of such mischief in the future.  O Lord, we are sighing and crying more and more after Yourself.  The more we have of You the more we want You; the more we grow like You; the more we perceive our defects, and the more we pine after a higher standard to reach even to perfection itself.

Oh! help us.  Spirit of the living God, continue still to work in us.  Let the groanings that cannot be uttered be stilled within our Spirit, for these are growing pains, and we shall grow while we can sigh and cry, while we can confess and mourn; yet this is not without a blessed hopefulness that He that has begun a good work in us will perfect it in the day of Christ.

Bless, we pray You, at this time, the entire church of God in every part of the earth.  Prosper the work and service of Christian people, however they endeavor to spread the kingdom of Christ.  Convert the heathen; enlighten those that are in any form of error.  Bring the entire church back to the original form of Christianity.  Make her first pure and then she shall be united.  O Savior, let Your kingdom come.  Oh! that You would reign and Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

We pray You use every one of us according as we have ability to be used.  Take us, and let no talent be wasted in the treasure house, but may every dollar of Yours be put out in trading for You in the blessed market of soul-winning.  Oh! give us success.  Increase the gifts and graces of those that are saved.  Bind us in closer unity to one another than ever.  Let peace reign; let holiness adorn us.

Hear us as we pray for all lands, and then for all sorts of men, from the Sovereign on the throne to the peasant in the cottage.  Let the benediction of heaven descend on men, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


Aug 212015

smiley-zipping-mouth“They hate him who reproves in the gate, and they abhor him who speaks the truth. Therefore because you trample on the poor and you exact taxes of grain from him, you have built houses of hewn stone, but you shall not dwell in them; you have planted pleasant vineyards, but you shall not drink their wine. For I know how many are your transgressions and how great are your sins— you who afflict the righteous, who take a bribe, and turn aside the needy in the gate.

Therefore he who is prudent will keep silent in such a time, for it is an evil time.”

(Amos 5:10–13 ESV)

I’m learning to be prudent.

I would love to offer my take on any one of a number of issues, but have no desire to pay the current going price for having a thoughtful and researched opinion about anything.

We don’t debate issues and facts anymore.

We take a position and demonize and vilify all those who differ.

If you happen to have some sort of prominence in social media (our otherwise), your private life and person will be the subject of manic scrutiny to shame and discredit you.

Character assassination has replaced good, old, traditional, assassination as a means of silencing the opposition.

The currency of the day is anger, whether the issues and people we are angry with have done anything in reality to merit it.

Our leaders, both in church and the political realm, are using fear to create more anger and the things they say are not always true.

We are not being informed, we are being manipulated.

No one is seeking solutions or the common good, they are seeking election, influence, and cash.

We live in a terribly and wonderfully complex world and all our issues and solutions will be terribly complex as well.

They will require thought and discernment and probably sacrifice.

We seem to be content with finding someone to blame and doing them in.

The people of God have a great advantage in such a time…the indwelling mind of God in the Holy Spirit.

We should be leading the way in bringing truth to the table and bringing all to sit at that table and find solutions.

Instead, many are leading in harshness and invective that will divide and defeat us all.

We are almost over the edge.

The people you disagree with on a given issue are not stupid, evil, or bent on the destruction of the country.

They are probably not committed to bringing about Armageddon.

They have real reasons for believing what they believe just as you do.

If we’re going to find real answers, we have to hear each other.

I would say more, but I’m choosing to be prudent…

Make your own application…

Aug 202015

ashley_madisonJosh Duggar is the first to go down…

So, I got an email asking if I was going to go through 32 million email addresses to see who I could nail.

That would be… no.

I would think that most people using a site like this would use a pseudonym and would be difficult to trace.

My guess is that we might see some high profile divorce papers filed in the next few months without details being released.

This is just another tragedy that shows us the depths of sin in our collective souls and the need for revival in the land.

A lot of people are going to be hurt, a lot of families broken, and a lot of healing and counseling needed.

The truth will come out…we just have to be ready to deal with it.




Aug 202015

411ODgemlWL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Leon Morris from the book…

“Then, too, unless we give a real content to the wrath of God, unless we hold that men really deserve to have God visit upon them the painful consequences of their wrongdoing, we empty God’s forgiveness of its meaning.

For if there is no ill desert, God ought to overlook sin.

We can think of forgiveness as something real only when we hold that sin has betrayed us into a situation where we deserve to have God inflict upon us the most serious consequences, and that it is upon such a situation that God’s grace supervenes.

When the logic of the situation demands that He should take action against the sinner, and He yet takes action for him, then and then alone can we speak of grace.

But there is no room for grace if there is no suggestion of dire consequences merited by sin.”

Storms, Sam (2015-06-30). Packer on the Christian Life: Knowing God in Christ, Walking by the Spirit (Theologians on the Christian Life) (p. 35). Crossway. Kindle Edition.

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