The Free-Will song…uh…did you forget something?

15 11 2009

Defending the truth put this video up and I thought it was very well done.

The exaltation of the free will of man in the church today has risen to Idolatrous proportions, and as this video shows…this…libertarian free will is a baseless assumption.





For all you sinless perfectionists out there….

11 11 2009

I don’t think I could have said it better….

 





Sometimes you just gotta shake your head…

9 11 2009

This is truly astounding…..grab some popcorn, your favorite beverage and let the belly laughs commence…





A snippet by Pastor Jim McClarty…

8 11 2009

You may not know who Pastor Jim McClarty is, but you should. He’s the Pastor of Grace Christian Assembly that I posted about right before this.

I found this on his Q&A page…it’s just a small snippet..but it’s insightful.

Long ago, God proclaimed His absolute supremacy over all things, causing the prophet Isaiah to write:

“That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else. I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.”
(Isa. 45:6-7)

Jehovah of Scripture describes Himself as being the Creator, the cause, the purpose and the final end of all things. When He calls Himself El Shadday, or God Almighty, certain implications become axiomatic. For instance, if God is indeed omnipotent, or all-powerful, then there is no residual power separate from Him. No event empowers itself in a universe ruled by one who has “all power.” That is why God declared His absolute authority over light and dark, peace and evil. The Lord does all these things. Without Him nothing is formed, nothing exists, nothing occurs.

“All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”
(John 1:3)

But, even beyond the fact that all creation was manufactured by God, it is equally true that all creation was formed for God. It all serves His purpose.

“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”
(Rev. 4:11)

All things that are, or which have ever been, find their purpose in the glorification of God. God empowers all things; therefore all things happen in accordance with His will and good pleasure. The events of history, playing out in time, serve God’s greater purpose: the revelation and glorification of Himself.

But — For some inexplicable reason, human beings think that God’s absolute supremacy stops at the doorstep of their “free will.”

With almost unimaginable hubris, the creature stiff-arms the Creator, shoving His hand in the Almighty’s face and announcing, “I will decide for myself how much influence I will allow you to have over me!”





Free book download: “By Grace Alone” by Pastor Jim McClarty

8 11 2009

I’ve read this book several times, and given my last copy out.

I stumbled across the free PDF online and so I thought you’d like to check it out. If you like what you read here (and you can read the whole book if you wish) then buy one from Pastor McClarty; Pastor of Grace Christian Assembly…and thereby support a solid ministry. This is a time when any crackpot can spread whatever false doctrine they wish, but in this, you’ve found a gem; Pastor McClarty writes clearly and engagingly. He supports every point with clearly explained scripture.

Here is an excerpt:

As a Bible teacher, I am often asked, “What does your church believe?” It
hardly suffices to answer, “We believe the Bible.” Most Christian churches
would say the same. So, the purpose of this book is to clarify what we at
Grace Christian Assembly believe and why we believe it.
I am not the first writer to attempt presenting these doctrines in the
contemporary forum. But these are weighty subjects. So, far too often,
this material is presented in a manner so full of theological jargon that
the average layman is left as perplexed at the last page as he was at the
first. Therefore, it is my hope and intention that this presentation is clear
and concise and fully accessible to every reader “with eyes to see.”
The first rule of Bible interpretation has always been: The Bible says
what it means and means what it says. The second rule is like the first:
Scripture interprets Scripture.
It is not at all uncommon for preachers to “hunt and peck” through
Scripture, searching for out-of-context verses that appear to support the
particular theology, tradition, or “philosophical presupposition” the man
or his denomination holds dear. But, the Apostle Paul warned –
Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain
deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the
world, and not after Christ (Colossians 2:8).
For this reason, we have supported each of these doctrines with a
variety of Scripture references. But, we are quick to point out that this is
far from an exhaustive study. When it comes to considering the work and
nature of Christ, even the apostle John had to conclude “…if they should
be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain
the books that should be written” (John 21:25).

 

Check it out HERE





Bible Study Reimagined…Logos V4 is here!

2 11 2009

Unless you’ve been living on another planet, you know that Logos Bible software is on the VERY short list of premier bible software packages that exist. Sure you can use the free stuff, or the cheaper stuff, and if all you want to do is to read a passage in a public domain bible, using a public domain commentary, then you’re probably good…BUT if you want to really study the word of God, to really get DEEP…then you have to see this…

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Yes…the wait is over…Logos V4 is here!

Bible Study for Everyone

You probably think that an ultra powerful bible study package like Logos is overkill for the layman, but nothing could be farther from the truth. Logos 4 is robust enough for seasoned pastors and scholars, but accessible to Bible students of all levels. With its powerful, intuitive tools, Logos 4 gets you into the Word. Whether you’re preparing for next Sunday’s sermon, working on your dissertation, or having your daily devotional time, Logos 4 is the tool for the task.

For example: When you launch Logos V4 you are greeted with the following Homepage:

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As you can see; it’s laid out like a newspaper. Different articles, pictures, devotional readings, excerpts from your favorite reference volumes. Click on an article and instantly be taken to that article and it’s corresponding bible passage from your favorite bible!

Once you have Logos V4 opened; there are many avenues you can go down…one way is to have Logos do all of the heavy lifting for you in their “Passage Guide.” It’s like having a tireless research assistant at your beck and call…check this out:

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The guide is set to: Matthew 8:5-13; the account of Jesus and the Centurion. In this particular screen shot you are seeing JUST the commentaries and Biblical Places section of the guide; there are many more. For example; while reading Ephesians 6 about the armor of God,  click on the “Biblical Things” section of the passage guide and get this:

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Amazing isn’t it?

How about if you’re more a “hands on” type of person? You like to  “do it yourself?” Well you can. For instance; you can open two different Greek / English translations and compare them side by side:

02_reverseInterlinears_james4.1_cropped_B750pxNotice that not only do you see how each version has translated the same Greek word, you have direct access to parsing information, and Strong’s numbers.

Is your Greek and Hebrew a little rusty? No problem…just right-click and choose Bible Word Study and this is what you get:

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Notice that now you have access to your favorite Lexicons, Grammars, and as you can see from the graphic, you can see at a glance how a word has been translated; the larger the color, the more common the rendering from the original language!

How about the history and culture surrounding your passage? Well with V4 you have access to a whole host of contextual resources like “Biblical People”

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Each node is clickable to supply you with loads of information on the person being studied.

Also, you can study the geography relevant to  your passage:

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All maps are clickable with hyperlinked information pertaining to your passage.

Wow!

Here is a real life example. This is a screen shot of a recent study that I did on the phrase “The righteousness of God.” I set up Logos as follows:

Highlighters on the left, search results next, then an “Exegetical Guide,” and then my text on the right.

If you look close you can see that my search took less than half a second! it took much longer to type the word in than it did to return the results!

Notice also that the results are aligned and easy to understand and process. You can see all of the references to God that Logos returned.

Notice the Exegetical guide…it parses each word in your verse and gives you links to your favorite Lexicons, and resources. If you look close you can also see that it will pronounce the word also..very cool!

Lastly, notice the translation that I have open; the ESV; English Standard Version, it’s one of several “Greek-English Interlinear” bibles  that Logos offers, and this particular one retains the English word order. Notice the wealth of information that you get at the bottom of the ESV…the English gloss, the Greek Manuscript form, the Lemma, the Transliteration, and also the Louw-Nida information…

Man! Information overload!!

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And all of this information is displayed at lightening speed! Searches in Logos v4 are FAST with many taking less than ONE SECOND!

Amazing, truly amazing.

I could go on and on for pages but I’d just like to say that Logos has outdone themselves with Version 4…they’ve taken bible study to a whole new level…check it out, click the picture below to be taken to the Logos website for a tour!

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Interesting chat with a couple of Mormon missionaries…

1 11 2009

This is an interesting conversation that “mormondoctrinedotnet” had with a couple of Mormon missionaries at mormon.org.
Sadly, this is pretty typical of the conversations that I’ve had with Mormons also…