Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Redeem the time

I boosted this from Jim at Old Truth. It seemed so relevant that I feel it needed to be linked to. Click above on the blog title. Remember what paul said in Ephesians 5:15-17

15See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is

Thursday, July 20, 2006

A catechism for your kids

I found this link above over on Slice of Laodecia and thought it would be good for those of you that have kids.With the ever increasing six flags over Jesus theme the message sometimes gets lost, therefore we need to guard our kids and this seems like a good map to use. Also I am including another link to Old Truth where there are some articles that all dads should take the time to read. May God bless you during this reading.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Old Testament Conversions

Here is a study on O.T. Conversions. There is an attack on historical Christianity that says man can get to heaven apart from Jesus. Let's defend this historical truth that Jesus is the ONLY way period!!!


Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Guide to Biblical Interpretation

This comes from James White's website Alpha and Omega www.aomin.org

I. Background of the passage

A. Main theme of the book?
B. Author’s purposes?
C. Author’s background?
D. Historical setting?
E. What kind of literature is this? Parable, poetry, apocalyptic, teaching?
F. Reader’s Understanding/Context - To Whom Written?
G. Usage of Other Scriptural Concepts - Quotations?

II. Immediate Context

A. Read passage in at least three different translations.
B. What immediately precedes and follows the passage?
C. Are any definitions provided by the immediate context?
D. What is the main argument of the entire chapter?
E. What is the main point of the passage itself?
F. What is the consistent understanding of the passage in this context?

III. Broad Context

A. Does my interpretation make this passage contradictory with

1. the author himself?
2. other Biblical passages?
3. common sense?

B. What other passages in Scripture bear directly on the issues raised in this passage?

The above steps are normally sufficient for most purposes of interpretation. However, should further study be needed, the following steps are helpful:

I. Identification of Key Terms

A. List the “key” words in the passage.
B. Are their meanings clear? How do the translations differ at this point?
C. Consult a concordance for the meaning of the words in the original languages.
D. Examine the usage of the word (in original language) by the author, then in other books.
E. If a NT passage, see how terms were used in OT. If OT, see how concept is picked up by NT.
F. Determine if the phrase is an idiom of the language.

II. Word Studies/Syntactical Studies

A. Consult linguistic dictionary on usage of term in Scripture/secular literature.
B. Study occurrence of each word in context each time it is used in Scripture.
C. Study possible cognate terms (Greek-> Hebrew/Hebrew->Greek) and relationships.
D. Examine the grammatical form of the word in the context, and determine syntactical relationships.

III. Textual Studies

A. Consult a critical text of the passage in the original languages.
B. Examine any textual variants that effect meaning.
C. Determine possible effect of acceptance of various readings.

There are numerous resources available for the performance of all of the above steps - the trick is finding them and learning how to use them. An exhaustive concordance is a must, a good Bible dictionary is very helpful. Always try to work through the passage on your own before turning to the commentaries. Many good commentaries are available, but they are never infallible. They are meant as aids only. The best commentary on the Bible is the Bible itself, particularly the Bible as it was originally written. If Greek and Hebrew are unavailable to you, invest in at least three different translations for comparative purposes.

For a more indepth treatment please visit here. There are notes and a four part lecture series to go along with the notes.



Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Make the Most of EVERY opportunity

This comes from Gospel for Asia's website

07/05/2006: Unseen Evangelist Preaches Powerful Message

In the state of Chhattisgarh, India, Abhay was preparing to conduct open-air meetings at a three-day event held last month in a rural village. But some of the villagers and their leaders came to stop him.

"If anyone attends these meetings," one leader told the Gospel for Asia missionary and his team, "they will be fined 1,000 rupees" (about US$22, the equivalent of two weeks' wages).

Fearing this repercussion, the villagers who were gathering to hear the message returned to their homes. But another village leader, a Christian, proposed a compromise.

"If the villagers are not allowed to come together for the meetings," he stated, "they should at least be able to hear the message through a loudspeaker."

The other leaders agreed to this condition, so Abhay tied a loudspeaker to a tall tree in the center of the village and turned up the volume.

Although none of the villagers ventured out to the meeting, more than 200 people from neighboring villages gathered in an open space near the center of the settlement. And from inside their homes, the people of the village heard Abhay's message clearly from the loudspeaker.

After the three days of preaching, as Abhay was heading home, a man from the village approached him and embraced him joyfully.

"I listened to your messages every day, and they changed my life!" the man exclaimed. "I was going through a lot of problems and did not have any peace in my mind. When I heard the Word of God, peace and joy filled my heart. I surrendered my life to the care of God and received Jesus Christ as my Savior."

Abhay was excited and encouraged. He praised God for allowing His Word to be heard by the people, even if they could not see his face.

Abhay requests prayer that the whole village would come to know the Lord.

Monday, July 10, 2006

49 Commands of Christ

49 General Commands of Christ
What are 49 Ways to Love God and Others?
The theme of all Scripture is to love God with all of our hearts and to love one another. (See Matthew 22:40 and John 13:34.)

Repent—Matthew 4:17—Humility
Follow Me—Matthew 4:19—Meekness
Rejoice—Matthew 5:12—Joyfulness
Let Your Light Shine—Matthew 5:16—Generosity
Honor God’s Law—Matthew 5:17–18—Love
Be Reconciled—Matthew 5:24–25—Responsibility
Do Not Commit Adultery—Matthew 5:29–30—Self-Control
Keep Your Word—Matthew 5:37—Truthfulness
Go the Second Mile—Matthew 5:38–42—Deference
Love Your Enemies—Matthew 5:44—Creativity
Be Perfect—Matthew 5:48—Sincerity
Practice Secret Disciplines—Matthew 6:1–18—Faith
Lay Up Treasures—Matthew 6:19–21—Thriftiness
Seek God’s Kingdom—Matthew 6:33—Initiative
Judge Not—Matthew 7:1—Discernment
Do Not Cast Pearls—Matthew 7:6—Discretion
Ask, Seek, and Knock—Matthew 7:7–8—Resourcefulness
Do Unto Others—Matthew 7:12—Sensitivity
Choose the Narrow Way—Matthew 7:13–14—Decisiveness
Beware of False Prophets—Matthew 7:15—Alertness
Pray For Laborers—Matthew 9:38—Compassion
Be Wise as Serpents—Matthew 10:16—Wisdom
Fear God, Not Man—Matthew 10:26—Boldness
Hear God’s Voice—Matthew 11:15—Attentiveness
Take My Yoke—Matthew 11:29—Obedience
Honor Your Parents—Matthew 15:4—Honor/Reverence
Beware of Leaven—Matthew 16:6—Virtue
Deny Yourself—Luke 9:23—Determination
Despise Not Little Ones—Matthew 18:10—Tolerance
Go to Offenders—Matthew 18:15—Justice
Beware of Covetousness—Luke 12:15—Contentment
Forgive Offenders—Matthew 18:21–22—Forgiveness
Honor Marriage—Matthew 19:6—Loyalty
Be a Servant—Matthew 20:26–28—Availability
Be a House of Prayer—Matthew 21:13—Persuasiveness
Ask in Faith—Matthew 21:21–22—Patience
Bring in the Poor—Luke 14:12–14—Hospitality
Render to Caesar—Matthew 22:19–21—Gratefulness
Love the Lord—Matthew 22:37–38—Enthusiasm
Love Your Neighbor—Matthew 22:39—Gentleness
Await My Return—Matthew 24:42–44—Punctuality
Take, Eat, and Drink—Matthew 26:26–27—Thoroughness
Be Born Again—John 3:7—Security
Keep My Commandments—John 14:15—Diligence
Watch and Pray—Matthew 26:41—Endurance
Feed My Sheep—John 21:15–16—Dependability
Baptize My Disciples—Matthew 28:19—Cautiousness
Receive God’s Power—Luke 24:49—Orderliness
Make Disciples—Matthew 28:20—Flexibility