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Gen 3 Part one

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Hello all!

I have been away for some time now. I don’t know that I’ll be back or not. Things have been very busy for me. In fact a lot has changed in the months that I have been away.

 

Maybe we will get into that later. Right now, I want to see if I’ll get any bites. So… I am posting a video file that compares the KJB with other versions such as the NIV, ERSV, NASV and NKJV.

 

Here is a question for you.

 

Do you believe that Jesus was born of a virgin?

 

If so… why do you believe that?

 

Is it because someone said so?

 

Is it due to scientific fact and research?

 

Is it because your Bible said so?

 

What if your Bible didn’t say so?

 

Here is an example of what I mean to say…

 

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A few months ago I was visiting a church in which I had preached. After the services one of the men and I were talking about this, that, and the other thing. Then our children came up in the course of the conversation.

This man also has a handful of small children, so he thought that I would be able to relate to his situation. He asked me if our family has “family devotions” and if so, how? This has been a question of mine for sometime as well. I would speak with parents who have been where I’m at and the advice has been all over the spectrum. Good advice mind you, but ultimately they would all end up leaving me where I started. Then the Bible provided the answer. So, I would like to share with you some of this conversation and what my thoughts on this subject is, based on God’s Word.

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I recently received a questionnaire from a church that was looking for a new Pastor. They have been given my résumé from another source. I took the time to fill out the questionnaire and have yet to hear back from them. After some thought about it, I realized that this would be a good subject for my blog.

Keep in mind that I was asked to answer these questions in a paragraph form. Thus, some of these answers were not expounded upon as they could have been. I might take the time later on to give more insight to these questions on a more individual level, but for now, I will post them here just as I answered them. Also, please be aware that if you intend to look up the scripture references that I gave, you may want to do so with the King James Bible. Whether you believe it or not the “version” you use may change the interpretation of the scriptures. This is one of the reasons I stick with the trusty Old King James, but that is for another topic all together.

If you don’t have a King James, you can link to it here. Bible Gateway

Now on to the questionnaire…

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I recently preached this message at Chicago Baptist Academy. CBA is a Christian school for inner-city children.  

To understand why I made some of the statements that I made in this sermon, I feel that it is necessary to give you some background on the school and those that attend it. 

First off, I ask that you consider the fact that these children are surrounded by the Devil’s stronghold. They are living in a battle zone, both physically and spiritually. They come from homes where the majority of the men have been incarcerated at least once. They deal with living in homes where their life is in danger at any moment. Their neighborhoods are infested with gangs and drugs and prostitution. Sometimes even within the very walls that they call home. 

Although many have made decisions for Christ (some of the young men have surrendered to preach, many have surrendered to the mission field, and most have put away worldly living), they are constantly bombarded by the world, the flesh, and the Devil. They make strong and sound decisions that can, and should last a lifetime. Yet, they are constantly challenged by those whom surround them. I dare say that not many Christians could survive the circumstances that these young people face. They are powerless (humanly speaking) to change their environment. But, as I challenged them, I believe they can make a great impact through the power of God.  

Only if they’d dare to be a Daniel. Oh that all of us would dare to be a Daniel. 

Listen and enjoy: 

Daniel’s Decision
Daniel Chapter One 

WARNING: This sermon may be considered, by some, to be “Hard Preaching”. If you don’t like preaching where the preacher “tells it like it is”, then maybe you aught not listen. I will be posting Bible Studies later on that deal more with teaching. 

Comments are welcomed. Please do not criticize the delivery. Feel free to comment on the subject. 

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I came across a list of Do’s and Don’ts of “How to be a woman” today. This article was written from a secular perspective, but I found that there were some Biblical principles involved. I would like to share that with you but first off let me explain the process that led me to writing this article…

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There I was, minding my own businness checking out another blog. I made a simple comment about the article and what do you know… a small debate ensued. So what got everyone in an uproar? Let me tell you. John at RWN posted an article written by Right Thinking Girl entitled “How to be a woman”. I then made the following comment:

RTG,
This is a great list. Outside of some of the profanity, you'd be surprised that much of this list is very Biblical in nature.

As to Wino and Murtha, they wouldn't be happy if they didn't have something to moan and bewail…by More_Than_Right on 2006-06-14 11:21:51

Then a poster by the name of President Freeman spoke up. Here is his statement and my response:

Hmm… interesting. I was just thinking that part of the reason I really like this list is because it is about mutual respect, not Biblical misogyny (granted, Paul seems to have invented a level of misogyny all his own, a trait we never see in Christ).by President_Friedman on 2006-06-14 11:40:40

Hey Pres… The Bible is full of respect and protection for women. In fact the Bible places some hefty penalties on those who would harm a women, ie misogyny.

I’m sure that you’ll pull up some reference that will be taken out of context to try to prove otherwise…by More_Than_Right on 2006-06-14 11:51:40 

Now, I admit that I was a bit argumentative with that last sentence. The Pres. went on to say… 

and I honestly didn't mean that last comment to be inflammatory… I just strongly disagree that RWG's suggestions are Biblical (modern Christian, maybe… but certainly not Biblical).by President_Friedman on 2006-06-14 11:43:37

Which was followed up by Wino…

I need to find where in the bible it says, "whereth thy shortest skirt soeth thou might be seen as thy village's whore"
by Wino on 2006-06-14 11:59:36

To which I replied…

You won’t find it… actually women are supposed to dress modestly and not try to entice men sexually. Men don’t need much help in that area anyway… Then after marriage and only for their own husbands they are supposed to be available in every sense of the word. In fact neither husband or wife is to defraud their spouse of their bodies.

My body belongs to my wife and her body belongs to me.

For what it’s worth, I said most of the list not all, and you know very well that you misrepresented my post.

As to the biblical perspective I will be posting on my blog (I’m sure that you don’t want this to be turned into a Bible study here) later today the comparisons. I’ll let you know when it’s done.by More_Than_Right on 2006-06-14 12:17:36

So, it is the intent of this article to show our readers that the list in question does have some Biblical merit. To see the unedited version (I cleaned some of it up for the sake of this blog and changed the order to group points in similar categories) you may go here.

On to the list… 

* Do not nag him. He doesn’t need to hear your whiney little voice complaining about something he doesn’t want to change. Just sssshhh!

* Dress like a girl. They like us because we’re girls, not miniature boys.

Titus 2:
3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

* Never, ever talk badly about your man. Whatever fight you had, it’s between you two. Don’t tell your girlfriends, your boss, or God forbid, your mother.

* Don’t embarrass him in front of his friends. There’s a social order to everything and if you bark at him in front of his friends, it emasculates him. Treat him like the prince he is, even if you’re seething with rage.

Regarding a virtuous woman:

Proverbs 12:
4 A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.

Excerpts from Proverbs 31:
10Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.

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23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.

**The word "gates" is referring to a seat of authority in the city. He has a good report partially because the wife speaks good of him and is a good testimony.

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26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

** Kind words… kind words…

27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

** She’s not a lazy slouch sleeping all day

28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.

** Well look at that. I praise my wife constantly, and she is honored by our children

29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.

** That she does… I am blessed with the best!

30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

** Looks like hubby isn’t the only one receiving praise in the gates.

* Men don’t like complainers, especially if there is nothing to be done about it. Guys want to help, and if you give him a problem he can’t solve (ie, you have blisters and there’s no bandaids and you refuse to take off your shoes) it makes him feel like a failure.

* PMS is not an excuse to be mean to him. Don’t be short with him or be rude. Nicely tell him you feel bad and you’re much more likely to get what you need.

* Do not be a strident, anti-man voice screeching at him that he’s oppressing you. Men don’t like women who don’t like them. They also don’t like seeing their babies aborted but most of them are so terrified of the whole thing, they go along with it to keep you happy. Their fears are justified, but they need to stand up for themselves.

Proverbs 21:
9 It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.

19 It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.

Proverbs 25:
24 It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman and in a wide house.

Proverbs 27:
15 A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike.

* Seduce him. Often. He’ll feel awesome and that can only be good for both of you.

* Work out. They like our bods for a reason. Give them lots of reasons.

I Corinthians 7:
4 The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife.
5 Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.

** My body is my wife’s and my wife’s body is mine. We seek to please each other in everything.

Well you probably get the point by now… The key thing is that we should endeavor to be what our spouses need us to be, and by that I obviously mean within the realm of morality. My Wife completes me. I am not whole with out her.

This article did not address the man’s responsibility in the relationship, but suffice it to say that there is plenty of scripture that could be addressed on that subject, that however is for another time.

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Psalm 8:4
What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

Psalm 103:14
For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

I was riding in the backseat of a friend’s car the other day. While we were going a long, a small winged insect landed on my open window. Without even a thought I flicked the bug off the window.

How often do you find yourself harming an insignificant insect without even showing the least bit of emotions? I’d say it is most likely a weekly activity. Not in the since that we plan out our next attack, but rather that it’s a natural occurrence. We don’t even think about it. It just is as it is.

Seriously, do you shed a tear or show concern when you realize that you just stepped on an ant pile? Not likely. For that matter you have probably spread insect poison in your yard to purposefully get rid of them. Just a couple weeks ago I dug up an old stump in our yard that was infested with some kind of red insect with wings. Do you know that I went out and spent $7.45 for pellets that I could spread over the stump area and throughout the yard? I even bombed the inside of our home for safe measure.

Now, what did these insects ever do to me? Were they a threat? Not much of one.

Lest you think that I am advocating for PETI (People for the Ethical Treatment of Insects) or that I’ve become some loon that believes killing insects can be equated with murder. Let me say without hesitation, that I am NOT!

But, there is a point to my ramblings…

I was perusing one of my favorite political blogs a bit ago, and there was this article about two views on God. Basically, John of RWN fame wrote a response to an article that questioned the existence of God. The premise for the article in question was that if indeed there is a God, why would He have allowed the Holocaust or Rwanda, or any other vile act for that matter? How could He allow the devastation of New Orleans? Therefore Mr. Cohen (the author of the article in question) came to the conclusion that since these events did occur and since God surely would not have allowed these events to occur, the only explanation must be that God does not actually exist. Therefore, no intervention = no God.

Here are some quotes from the article that John brings in question:

Now, though, Benedict has actually said something. He said more or less what I did after visiting Auschwitz/Birkenau — and before that, Treblinka, and afterward, Buchenwald and Terezin. He said what I said after reading a shelf of books on the Holocaust and listening to the stories of survivors: "Why, Lord, did you remain silent? How could you tolerate all this?'' Only I put it differently. Where were you, God? I don't think you were silent. I don't even think you were there. Religious people can wrestle with the pope's remarks. What does it mean that God was silent? That he approved? That he liked what he saw? That he didn't give a damn? You tell me. And what does it mean that he could "tolerate all this''? That the Nazis were OK by him? That even the murder of Catholic clergy was no cause for intercession? I am at a loss to explain this. I cannot believe in such a God.

This is a God who was away from his desk or something and did not notice the plumes of human ash reaching to the heavens themselves. Is that what the pope wants us to believe? No, I think it is something even worse: If God was silent, who could blame the church for being silent, too? Is that what Benedict is saying? If so, he is continuing the tradition of saying nothing.

I know Holocaust survivors who are religious. I don't understand it. I know others who feel that Auschwitz is proof that there is no God. I understand that. I am sure there are people who feel that way about Biafra or Rwanda or even Hurricane Katrina. I can understand all of that, too.I give Benedict some credit. Not from him do we get the inane god of American optimism, the deity of American politics who is always compassionate and on our side and will make everything just wonderful if only we put our faith in him." 

Let’s put some things in perspective. As I sat in that car and without thought flicked that bug as if it meant nothing, the glorious grace of God dawned upon me. Do you realize that we are but dust? We are insignificant in many ways. In comparison there is not much difference between the ratio of an ant to a man, and the ratio of a man to God. Actually God is much more higher than us than we are to an ant.

And that my friend is the beauty of it all. Even though we can not compare with all that God is, God has still chosen to make us to be in His image. God still allowed Himself to become a man so that He could die in our place. God has elevated us above all his creation and a little lower than the angels.

How many of you, would allow yourself to take the form of an ant so that you could die in their place? How many of you would run out in the rain and protect an anthill from being washed away? How many would defend the ants or other insects from their predators?

If you and I who are higher beings than an insect, would not inconvenience ourselves for the insect, would it be safe to say of us that no intervention = no existence? If an ant could think on these lines, do you suppose that they may think that since we (who had the power to do so) did not intervene to save 1,000’s of helpless ants in the rain last night, that we must not exist? I suppose they might, but they would be wrong. Just as Mr. Cohan is wrong about God and what appears to him as a lack of intervention in New Orleans. Furthermore it could be argued that many saw the wonderful grace of Jesus throughout the catastrophe of that hurricane.

Even still, the fact that God does visit His creation, that He does intervene from time to time is a greater statement, not just of His existence, but of His grace. For we truly are but dust. “What is man that thou art mindful of him…?”

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