Which Bible looks more like your Bible? Continue reading
Editor’s Note: I ran across this post on Writinggomer’s blog and wanted to share it with my readers. Greg has some of the same issues I have expressed on this blog before about the state of the church today. Is the church more like a harlot or the Bride of Christ?
Published on his website: Believing God Today
How would you like your eggs today, over-easy, scrambled, fried, sunny-side up, soft-boiled, hard-boiled, poached, or shirred?? How about your steak; rare, medium rare, medium, medium well, or well done?? Choice of potatoes? This sounds like questions for a meal in a restaurant right?
Can you relate the above questions to today’s Church? Depending on the meal you choose when eating in a restaurant, you, the patron, sometimes have Continue reading
“But you, Bethlehem, Ephrathah, though you are small among the tribes of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from old, from ancient times.” Micah 5:2
Even in the Old Testament we read signs of the coming of Christ. The Old Testament signs even today give us cause for Continue reading
Editor’s Note: I appreciate all the comments our posts receive. Comments let us bloggers know what readers think about what we write. Many comments are good. Some not so good. But I make a valiant effort to answer ALL the comments I receive.
Here are two interesting comments I received last week after my post, Are We Really A Christian Nation?
The world keeps acting like the world and highlights God’s Word told to us in 2 Cor 4:4. The world is blinded by the deceiver and destroyer. Instead of wringing our hands, finding fault, complaining and throwing our money toward candidates or causes that we think will turn our nation toward God (How’s that working for you?), we need to be about the business of changing hearts. Of course, that will only come as a result introducing people to Jesus. We just need to follow in the footsteps of our Lord by fulfilling The Great Commitment – PRAYER (1 Tim 2:1-4); The Great Commandment – CARE (Matt 22:39); The Great Commission – SHARE (Matt 28:19-20). JUST DO IT!
You can read Hoosierdags good words on his Hoosierdags Blog.
Then Mel Wild had this to say:
Amen. We can only imagine the revolution that would happen if we started acting like the Church instead of trying to make everybody else behave. 🙂 Good word, brother.
You can read Mel’s good blog stuff over at his place: In My Father’s House.
Both blogger’s words and insights will bless you.
Click here to read “Are We Really A Christian Nation?” post.
By John Ed Mathison
John Ed Mathison Leadership Ministries
Health inspectors give a report each week on restaurants in the River Region indicating a numerical score for how clean they are. The report ends with Mark Bullard giving a robust “Clean Up!” But what about the food the restaurant serves? Is it pure – untainted?
The Chinese have now developed a pair of “smart chopsticks” that will help you gauge the quality of the food you are about to consume. These chopsticks have been developed by the Chinese tech giant Baidu and they were recently displayed at a technology conference.
These chopsticks feature built-in sensors that “can detect oils containing unsanitary levels of contamination.” They have named the chopsticks Kuaisou, and they link to a smartphone app, which displays a “good” or “bad” reading depending on the quality of the food’s cooking oil. The smart chopsticks will also record temperature, nutritional information, and calories.
Evidently the Chinese markets have had some challenges with food quality scandals such as “gutter oil,” or cut-rate cooking oil made from recycled garbage and sewage that is used by some street vendors. These smart chopsticks will help determine the quality of the food.
We can see where external things are clean or not. But we sometimes have real difficulty seeing how pure and untainted ideas, philosophies, opportunities, etc. are. How do we discern that?
One way is the use of our conscience. The problem with the conscience is that it is oftentimes based on education, values taught as a child, etc. and cannot be totally dependable. The conscience can also be dulled.
I like the definition of the conscience by a little boy who said, “It’s a three-cornered thing in my heart that stands still when I am good, but when I am bad it turns around and the corners hurt a lot. If I keep on doing wrong the corners wear off and it doesn’t hurt anymore.” Another kid defined conscience as “something that makes a kid tell his mother before his sister tells her.” You can’t depend on your conscience.
We need God’s divine help. His desire is to help us discern where there is evil, even though it is well disguised. We are tempted to consume a lot of things intellectually that are “gutter oil” and recycled from garbage and sewage. Check out some of the things we watch on television or see at the movies.
God’s spiritual chopsticks come from a close relationship to God like Paul had when he wrote, “It is no longer I who lives but Christ who lives in me.” (Galatians 2:20) This relationship causes sensors to go off when we are about to consume something that would be unhealthy for us morally, intellectually, or spiritually. The Chinese app is new. God’s app has been around for thousands of years and it is the smartest app you can ever receive.
Eating food that is unclean can make you sick for a while. Consuming things that are impure for our minds and souls can do permanent damage.
Do you have your “spiritual chopsticks” yet? They carry with them a “life-back” guarantee that includes this life and eternal life.
By Dr. John Ed Mathison
John Ed Mathison Leadership Ministries
We all sin. The Bible teaches that very clearly and we know it. What do we do with sin? One of the most crippling diseases is to harbor that sin and let it grow bigger and bigger. We feel guilty. We become tied up with emotions that are unhealthy. We try to rationalize why we did it. We try to avoid thinking about it. We make excuses. None of that works. The only answer is to confess sin. It is the only healthy way to deal with our sin.
Elwin Wilson was raised in the South. He joined the Ku Klux Klan years ago to stop racial integration. John Lewis was a black Freedom Rider who tried to enter a “whites only” waiting room at the bus station in Rock Hill, SC in1961. Wilson and several of his racist friends beat him unmercifully. That memory haunted Wilson. It ruined his life. He harbored that sin. Lewis became a prominent member of the U.S. Congress. One day Wilson got an appointment and went to his office to personally apologize. He said, “My daddy always told me that a fool never changes his mind and a smart man changes his mind. Will you forgive me?”
Wilson became a national symbol for reconciliation and redemption. He made a lot of public appearances with Lewis. He tells of this change of heart. He has publically said, “All I can say is that it has bothered me for years, all the bad stuff I have done.” He said that his ultimate decision to renounce racial hatred and confess to John Lewis was because of the faith that he had come to experience. He said he knew “there is no way I could be saved and get to heaven and still not like blacks.”
Alabama Governor George Wallace became an icon of segregation when he stood in the schoolhouse door at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. He ran for public office. He was elected Governor of the State of Alabama on a platform of racial segregation. His famous statement, “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever” echoed throughout the nation for a lot of years.
In his later life Governor Wallace began to see that he was wrong. Some people accused him of changing his mind for political reasons. He publically began to confess to African-American people and ask them to forgive him.
He watched our Frazer worship services on television. He stayed home and turned the TV up really loud because following the attempted assassination on his life, his hearing had become greatly impaired. He asked me to come see him several times. He always wanted to know if God would forgive him. He knew that people had forgiven him, but he wanted to be sure that God had forgiven him.
I, along with some others, repeatedly assured him that God’s promise is true that “if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins.” (I John 1:9) I remember well visiting with him not long before he died. He would use a blackboard and chalk to write. Some of the best words I have ever seen written were when Governor Wallace wrote “I know I am forgiven.”
The only way to deal with sin is to confess it, and God’s promise is that He will forgive. The Good News is that God’s confession booth is always open!
John Ed’s blog posts appear each week in For His Glory.
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In 1 Corinthians 13, Paul tells us agape love is patient and kind.
Patience is a by-product of tribulation; it’s not granted, it’s earned. Don’t ask God for patience. He will remind you that you earn a degree of patience as you plow through each trial in life.
We have lived with mental illness (our trial) in our family for years. If I hadn’t earned a mega dose of patience along the way I would have had my own psychotic break by now.
Granted, you can’t earn patience driving in Interstate traffic. Or when the snack machine eats your money. But you can learn to change your responses when impatience triggers occur.
Speaking from experience, things go much better for me in life if I do two things when impatience triggers occur. 1) Stop, take a deep breath and count to ten; and 2) say the Serenity Prayer to myself.