If you want the right to murder your babies…fine…but lay off their choice to honor life…

29 01 2010

Waaa!!!….killing babies is ok….but airing a commercial celebrating life; and a choice to honor it…NOW THAT’S GOING TO FAR! Waaaa!!!!

Quit your whining because this young man has the backbone to stand up for what he believes…

What’s the world coming to when this is being targeted by special interest groups….OH THAT’S RIGHT…FREE SPEECH IS ONLY FREE WHEN IT’S PRO ABORTION.

Read the whole thing, and watch the video here….

http://jaycen.com/?p=557





Mass: We pray…the video game…this is funny

31 12 2009




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:

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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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And speaking of God…

25 09 2009

A brother and I were discussing a passage of scripture this week and we were just marveling at God’s mercy and love toward us. That got me to thinking about what God’s attributes are. As I was trying to articulate them, I remembered the Westminster Confession. I’m grateful to attend a church that is “Confessional” which is to say we “confess” (that we agree with) the Westminster confession of faith. It’s a document that was commissioned by the English parliament during the English Civil War (1642-1649) and used in the American Colonies.

The Westminster Confession was adopted by the delegates of the Congregational Churches of New England in 1648. It was their common declaration of faith. I’m thankful that God gave us these great men of faith who penned this particular document.

With that mini-history lesson finished; I’ll get right to the text of the confession itself. (I’ve deleted the scripture references; there were pages of them just for this section.)

From the Westminster Confession:

Chapter II

Of God, and of the Holy Trinity

  1. There is but one only, living, and true God, who is infinite in being and perfection, a most pure spirit, invisible, without body, parts, or passions;  immutable, immense, eternal, incomprehensible, almighty, most wise, most holy, most free, most absolute; working all things according to the counsel of His own immutable and most righteous will, for His own glory; most loving, gracious, merciful, long-suffering, abundant in goodness and truth, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin; the rewarder of them that diligently seek Him; and withal, most just, and terrible in His judgments, hating all sin, and who will by no means clear the guilty.
  1. God has all life, glory, goodness, blessedness, in and of Himself; and is alone in and unto Himself all-sufficient, not standing in need of any creatures which He has made, nor deriving any glory from them, but only manifesting His own glory in, by, unto, and upon them. He is the alone fountain of all being, of whom, through whom, and to whom are all things; and has most sovereign dominion over them, to do by them, for them, or upon them whatsoever Himself pleases. In His sight all things are open and manifest, His knowledge is infinite, infallible, and independent upon the creature, so as nothing is to Him contingent, or uncertain. He is most holy in all His counsels, in all His works, and in all His commands. To Him is due from angels and men, and every other creature, whatsoever worship, service, or obedience He is pleased to require of them.

And to that I shout a hearty Soli Deo Gloria!





Christian-Mormon Debate…part 3 of 3

19 09 2009




Christian-Mormon Debate…part 2 of 3

19 09 2009




Where was God on 9/11?

11 09 2009

Since today is the 8th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Towers; I thought it appropriate to share John Piper’s thoughts on it:

Why I don’t say, “God did not cause the calamity, but he can use it for good”

Many Christians are speaking this way about the murderous destruction of the World Trade Towers on September 11, 2001. God did not cause it, but he can use it for good. There are two reasons I do not say this. One is that it goes beyond, and is contrary to, what the Bible teaches. The other is that it undermines the very hope it wants to offer.

First, this statement goes beyond and against the Bible. For some, all they want to say, in denying that God “caused” the calamity, is that God is not a sinner and that God does not remove human accountability and that God is compassionate. That is true – and precious beyond words. But for others, and for most people who hear this slogan, something far more is implied. Namely, God, by his very nature, cannot or would not act to bring about such a calamity. This view of God is what contradicts the Bible and undercuts hope.

How God governs all events in the universe without sinning, and without removing responsibility from man, and with compassionate outcomes is mysterious indeed! But that is what the Bible teaches. God “works all things after the counsel of his will” (Ephesians 1:11).

This “all things” includes the fall of sparrows (Matthew 10:29), the rolling of dice (Proverbs 16:33), the slaughter of his people (Psalm 44:11), the decisions of kings (Proverbs 21:1), the failing of sight (Exodus 4:11), the sickness of children (2 Samuel 12:15), the loss and gain of money (1 Samuel 2:7), the suffering of saints (1 Peter 4:19), the completion of travel plans (James 4:15), the persecution of Christians (Hebrews 12:4-7), the repentance of souls (2 Timothy 2:25), the gift of faith (Philippians 1:29), the pursuit of holiness (Philippians 3:12-13), the growth of believers (Hebrews 6:3), the giving of life and the taking in death (1 Samuel 2:6), and the crucifixion of his Son (Acts 4:27-28).

From the smallest thing to the greatest thing, good and evil, happy and sad, pagan and Christian, pain and pleasure – God governs them all for his wise and just and good purposes (Isaiah 46:10). Lest we miss the point, the Bible speaks most clearly to this in the most painful situations. Amos asks, in time of disaster, “If a calamity occurs in a city has not the LORD done it?” (Amos 3:6). After losing all ten of his children in the collapse of his son’s house, Job says, “The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away. Blessed be the name of the LORD” (Job 1:21). After being covered with boils he says, “Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?” (Job 2:10).

Oh, yes, Satan is real and active and involved in this world of woe! In fact Job 2:7 says, “Satan went out from the presence of the LORD and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head.” Satan struck him. But Job did not get comfort from looking at secondary causes. He got comfort from looking at the ultimate cause. “Shall we not accept adversity from God?” And the author of the book agrees with Job when he says that Job’s brothers and sisters “consoled him and comforted him for all the adversities that the LORD had brought on him” (Job 42:11). Then James underlines God’s purposeful goodness in Job’s misery: “You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord’s dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful” (James 5:11). Job himself concludes in prayer: “I know that You can do all things, and that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted” (Job 42:2). Yes, Satan is real, and he is terrible – and he is on a leash.

The other reason I don’t say, “God did not cause the calamity, but he can use it for good,” is that it undercuts the very hope it wants to create. I ask those who say this: “If you deny that God could have ‘used’ a million prior events to save 5,000 people from this great evil, what hope then do you have that God could now ‘use’ this terrible event to save you in the hour of trial?” We say we believe he can use these events for good, but we deny that he could use the events of the past to hold back the evil of September 11. But the Bible teaches he could have restrained this evil (Genesis 20:6). “The LORD nullifies the counsel of the nations; He frustrates the plans of the peoples” (Psalm 33:10). But it was not in his plan to do it. Let us beware. We spare God the burden of his sovereignty and lose our only hope.

All of us are sinners. We deserve to perish. Every breath we take is an undeserved gift. We have one great hope: that Jesus Christ died to obtain pardon and righteousness for us (Ephesians 1:7; 2 Corinthians 5:21), and that God will employ his all-conquering, sovereign grace to preserve us for our inheritance (Jeremiah 32:40). We surrender this hope if we sacrifice this sovereignty.

Strengthening Your Confidence in Christ Our King,

Pastor John Piper from Desiring God