Study to Show Thyself Approved

SeekingBiblicalI have posted these two videos before, but sometimes I have to be reminded why I spend so much of my time in bible study.

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15

My mom use to say to me over and over “You won’t be popular, but you won’t be ashamed before God”

Hermeneutics comes from the Greek word hermeneuo, which means to explain or interpret, it is the branch of theology that focuses on identifying and applying sound principles of biblical interpretation. While the Bible is generally plain in its meaning, proper interpretation requires careful study and is not always an easy task.

It was D.L Moody who said “Merely reading the Bible is no use at all without we study it thoroughly, and hunt it through, as it were, for some great truth.”

You won’t be popular, but you won’t be ashamed before God

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
Lenny

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A Text Without a Context is a Pretext

Dr. John MacArthur“The Bible is not a random collection of verses that may be interpreted in isolation. To properly understand any passage one must interpret it in light of the paragraphs immediately preceding and following it, the chapter or section it is in, and the book containing it. Context provides the flow of thought in which any given passage of Scripture exists. To ignore context is to sacrifice a proper interpretation; it has well been said that a text without a context is a pretext.” (John MacArthur James, Moody Publishers, 1998, p. 274.)

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Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
Lenny

 

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New Life in Christ

I love this video posted by Phil Johnson on YouTube, its clear that the message of Jesus Christ and His saving power never changes over the years.

A 1979 film produced in and around Grace Community Church by Family Films. Vintage John MacArthur with long, open collars and teardrop glasses. Plus: special appearances by Jubilant Sykes. Styles and hairdos have changed dramatically, but the message hasn’t. Then, as now, it was biblical, honest, gospel-centered, and clear.

“Styles and hairdos have changed dramatically, but the message hasn’t.”

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
Lenny

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Put Your Troubles Here!

“Cast your burden on the Lord—and He will sustain you.” Psalm 55:22

SpurgeonCast your troubles where you have cast your sins; you have cast your sins onto Jesus—cast your troubles there also! As soon as the trouble comes, quick, the first thing, tell it to your Father in heaven! Remember, that the longer you take telling your trouble to God—the more your peace will be impaired. The longer the frost lasts—the more likely the ponds will be frozen.

Oh! It is a happy way of smoothing sorrow, when we can cast our burden upon the Lord. Oh, you agitated Christians, do not dishonor your religion by always wearing a ‘frown of concern’. Come, cast your burden upon the Lord. I see you staggering beneath a weight, which He would not feel. What seems to you a crushing burden—would be nothing but a bit of dust to Him. See! The Almighty bends His shoulders, and He says, “Here—put your troubles here!” (Charles Spurgeon) HT: Grace Gems

“Cast all your cares upon Him—because He cares about you!” 1 Peter 5:7

Come, cast your burden upon the Lord

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
Lenny

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Never Stop Praying!

“When a Christian shuns fellowship with other Christians, the devil smiles. When he stops studying the Bible, the devil laughs. When he stops praying, the devil shouts for joy.”  Corrie ten Boom

“Storm the throne of grace and persevere therein,
and mercy will come down.”~John Wesley

Never Never Never Stop Praying!

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
Lenny

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A Proud Christian!

SpurgeonChristian, be humble. If you know anything, you have been taught it by the Holy Spirit. If you possess anything, it has been given you by God. You are a charity child. The clothes on your back are furnished by the Lord’s favor. The bread in your mouth is the provision of his love. A proud Christian is a contradiction in terms. “What makes you better than anyone else? What do you have that God hasn’t given you? And if all you have is from God, why boast as though you have accomplished something on your own?” 1 Cor. 4:7” (Spurgeon, “Grace for Grace” #2087)

Christian, be humble!

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
Lenny

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Every Speck, Spot, and Stain of Sin is Gone

 

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“See how red your guilt is. Mark the scarlet stain. If you were to wash your soul in the Atlantic Ocean, you might incarnadine every wave that washes all its shores, and yet the crimson spots of your transgression would still remain. But plunge into the “fountain filled with blood, drawn from Immanuel’s veins,” and in an instant you are whiter than snow. Every speck, spot, and stain of sin is gone, and gone forever.”~ C.H. Spurgeon

Every Speck, Spot, and Stain of Sin is Gone!

FOREVER!

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
Lenny

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The Progression of SIN

The Progression of SIN

Soli Deo Gloria
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The Love of the World

worldweb“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” 1 John 2:15 If the love of the Father is in us, we will not love the world–nor will the world love us! If your heart and spirit are still in the world and you are not separated from . . .

  • its society,
  • its amusements,
  • its pursuits,
  • its pleasures,
  • its delights,
  • its men,
  • its maxims,

You certainly lack any evidence of a divine change having been wrought in your soul. “Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.” James 4:4 (J. C. Philpot, “Evidences Sealed and Open” 1869)

Soli Deo Gloria
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Reasons Not to Sin

sinMost of us have become so familiar with sin that we no longer see it as a deadly monster. Sin is more dangerous than wild bears, more deadly than blazing forest fires. Ask Nebuchadnezzar, who lost his mind because he refused to deal with his pride. Ask Samson, who was reduced to a pathetic shred of a man because he never got control over the lusts of his flesh. Ask Achan and Ananias and Sapphira, who all lost their lives over “small,” secret sins. (Nancy Leigh DeMoss Holiness, The Heart God Purifies, Moody Publishers, p. 79.)

Here is a list from Jim Elliff  and the Reasons Not to Sin:

1. Because a little sin leads to more sin.
2. Because my sin invites the discipline of God.
3. Because the time spent in sin is forever wasted.
4. Because my sin never pleases but always grieves God who loves me.
5. Because my sin places a greater burden on my spiritual leaders.
6. Because in time my sin always brings heaviness to my heart.
7. Because I am doing what I do not have to do.
8. Because my sin always makes me less than what I could be.
9. Because others, including my family, suffer consequences due to my sin.
10. Because my sin saddens the godly.
11. Because my sin makes the enemies of God rejoice.
12. Because sin deceives me into believing I have gained when in reality I have lost.
13. Because sin may keep me from qualifying for spiritual leadership.
14. Because the supposed benefits of my sin will never outweigh the consequences of disobedience.
15. Because repenting of my sin is such a painful process, yet I must repent.
16. Because sin is a very brief pleasure for an eternal loss.
17. Because my sin may influence others to sin.
18. Because my sin may keep others from knowing Christ.
19. Because sin makes light of the cross, upon which Christ died for the very purpose of taking away my sin.
20. Because it is impossible to sin and follow the Spirit at the same time.
21. Because God chooses not to respect the prayers of those who cherish their sin.
22. Because sin steals my reputation and robs me of my testimony.
23. Because others once more earnest than I have been destroyed by just such sins.
24. Because the inhabitants of heaven and hell would all testify to the foolishness of this sin.
25. Because sin and guilt may harm both mind and body.
26. Because sins mixed with service make the things of God tasteless.
27. Because suffering for sin has no joy or reward, though suffering for righteousness has both.
28. Because my sin is adultery with the world.
29. Because, though forgiven, I will review this very sin at the Judgment Seat where loss and gain of eternal rewards are applied.
30. Because I can never really know ahead of time just how severe the discipline for my sin might be.
31. Because my sin may be an indication of a lost condition.
32. Because to sin is not to love Christ.
33. Because my unwillingness to reject this sin now grants it an authority over me greater than I wish to believe.
34. Because sin glorifies God only in His judgment of it and His turning of it to good use, never because it is worth anything on its own.
35. Because I promised God He would be Lord of my life.

Jim Elliff  35 Reasons Not to Sin, Christian Communicators Worldwide, www.CCWtoday.org.

I promised God He would be Lord of my life

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
Lenny

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