1.bigot: a person who strongly and unfairly dislikes other people, ideas, etc. : a bigoted person; especially : a person who hates or refuses to accept the members of a particular group (such as a racial or religious group)
That’s the dictionary definition of a ‘bigot”.
The real world definition is if you are “intolerant ” of any idea or group that I am tolerant of, you’re a bigot.
For some reason, those who label others bigots are not stained with bigotry themselves, as long as they are bigoted against the people that their group considers bigots.
It’s one of our new “weapon” words meant to inflict shame and stifle discussion.
It’s an accusation that you cannot defend yourself against with words because it requires looking at the totality of a persons life and relationships.
It’s character assassination that even the unskilled can inflict with ease.
“Bigot” used to be an important word, because it applied mainly to those who opposed segregation of the races and it was used to eliminate this wrong from the public discourse.
Today, I’m a bigot because I don’t believe I should use the womens restroom, don’t believe that gay marriage is wonderful, or that radical Islam is just a few Arabs with a bad attitude.
Those who have labeled me such have the same goal that we all had fifty years ago…to mark and eliminate people with such thoughts from the culture.
I’m not going anywhere…
2.Very few people get the Trump phenomenon. I’m here to explain it to you.
We live in a world were all things have become terribly complex and difficult to understand.
When I was a child our TV had a dial.
When you wanted to change the channel to one of the other two or three that were available, you walked up to the TV and turned the dial.
Today we have hundreds of channels that you access with a remote control that has dozens of buttons with scads of options.
Many folks have yet to figure out how they work and they are a source of constant frustration.
They wish it were simple.
Trump simplifies all the issues into black and white, good guys and bad, and he speaks what the simple, common person is thinking.
They don’t believe anyone else is.
3.When I’m reporting on some scandal in the church, I invariably get emails telling me that I should just let God handle it. My reply is that He is…God almost always works through means…even bloggers.
4.The blood moon over Medford was something to behold last night. It spoke to me of the renewal of the creation, not it’s destruction.
5.I have no desire to live in world where there is no difference between the sexes.
6.God answered some big prayers this weekend…then presented situations where even bigger prayer will be needed. God always gives you more than you can handle so that you will seek the God who can handle it for you.
7.The only defense the Christian has is sacrificial love.
8.May the Lord keep me from being known for my political opinions more than the Gospel.
9.The Sermon on the Mount is the most radical, counter cultural, document ever written. It is the “constitution” of the kingdom of God. It should be consulted before any other document when we’re deciding what’s “constitutional”.
10.Phil has laryngitis, thus no podcast today. Pray for his recovery…he talks for a living.
6Since therefore it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly received the good news failed to enter because of disobedience,
We know one thing – Jesus is always out there offering the good news
Who are those who received but failed to enter?
Why did they fail to enter – Disobedience
Disobedience here = unbelief – walking away from what they had already received.
7 again he appoints a certain day, “Today,” saying through David so long afterward, in the words already quoted, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.”
Why does David say “Today”? Some 400 yrs after the people had already entered the Promised Land.
The 1st generation did not go in – but they died off in the wilderness.
Except Joshua and Caleb – All those who entered the rest were 2nd
8 For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken of another day later on.
A bit of a strange passage
The name Joshua = Jesus
Good English translation to distinguish the difference
The Greek says Jesus in both places.
There is a Jesus who does not lead his people into rest and there is a Jesus who did / will.
Because of this we must remember that all theology is Christology.
9 So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God,
Here he begins an explanation of God’s rest.
Not referring to “after death.
10 for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his.
God rested but he is still working – Sabbath commands are “cease from your work.”
We are no longer in a works relationship with God. Jesus has relieved us of all works.
The Hebrews were thinking about leaving Christianity to go back to that works relationship.
But Jesus (somewhere) said “I will give you rest.
11 Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.
Interesting – why would he now tell us to strive in order to get to a place of rest? NIV “make every effort”
12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
The Bible is not just the Word of God, but God’s words. – Is that settled?
When you read the Bible (especially the OT), do you look for Jesus and the redemption story being told?
Is there anything else to look for? If you ever listen to another pastor teach and the message is not about Jesus and his saving work, (not just mentioning Jesus) – then you are not listening to a Christian message.
Tune in to Christian radio and give it a test. Oh, they may be teaching from the Bible and they may be doing a biblical message – just not a Christian message.
Moses – born into slavery and bondage condemned to death and thrown into the water – only to be raised up out of the water, placed in the home of the king to become a son of the king. (a Jesus story)
Look at Jacob – his mother disguised him as the first born – even to putting skins on his arms – so that he would receive the blessing promised to the first born. And Esau, who had every right to the blessing ended up with the curses. (a Jesus story)
In a similar “unfair” way, Jesus gave us his blessings and he took our curses.
Not to sound too Catholic, but who is our mother who brings us into the presence of God? The Church.
Living and Active – There is a power in the Word. Isaiah said “My word will not return void.
This does not mean that it will convert everyone – it will either convert or condemn. No one walks away unaffected.
Swords – this is more like a dagger – small and up-close – today perhaps we would say “sharper than any 2 edged scalpel.
The writer now uses 3 comparisons
(1) Soul and Spirit
(2) Joints and Marrow
(3) Thoughts and Intentions of the heart.
How many parts are we? Body & Spirit or Body, Soul & Spirit?
Are we just material and immaterial?
What is spiritual deadness?
Can just anyone pick up the Bible and make sense of it … or does God need to give you a ‘jump start’?
How would you describe a sunset to a blind person? They have never seen colors or a horizon. Is spiritual blindness the same?
A Blind person still has eyes – but those faculties do not work – they aren’t hooked up right.
This is the same with the person who is spiritually blind – he has a spirit, but it is not just impaired, but it is dead – disconnected – unconnected.
13 And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
This now switches from speaking of God’s word – to speaking of God himself.
How do you take this verse – Good verse or bad verse?
Steve Wright of CC Lake Elsinore posted this and I’m reposting for those who have a heart for India.
I will put my name (for what that’s worth) on the line and say that this is a worthy and trustworthy place to put your money.
“If you want to make a difference in the lives of the least of these in India for the sake of the Kingdom you can divert your funds from GFA to our fellowship if you so desire. I have a personal, 16+-year relationship there and if my reputation and integrity means anything around here then I place all of it on the line in saying your funds will be in good stewardship in India and that 100% of those funds, with zero overhead, will make it to the mission field there if you are so inclined.
I am available to answer any questions but the size alone of GFA, and their use of money for huge buildings and the like, even without any scandal brewings whatsoever would be enough for our church to not give them a dime. With all the smoke and deception added to the mix….well, nobody answers to me but it is a grief to me to know what great needs are in that nation and to see the misplaced priorities.”