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What The Church Needs

“The most critical need of the Church at this moment is men, bold men, free men. The church must seek, in prayer and much humility, the coming again of men made of the stuff of which prophets and martyrs are made.” A. W. Tozer

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Yet, surely, there must be some who will fling aside the (cowardly) love of peace, and speak out for our Lord, and for His truth. A craven spirit is upon man, and their tongues are paralyzed. Oh, for an outburst of true faith and holy zeal. C.H. Spurgeon

In·trep·id adjective \in-ˈtre-pəd\
: feeling no fear : very bold or brave
Who stands up for Truth!

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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Are visits to Heaven for real?

One of the best quotes I have heard about Heaven is for real was from a blogger who said  “Heaven is for real…Well Duh”.

I have read so many reviews and articles from godly men and women who have a big problem with this book and movie.

I couldn’t pass this up, what a great article in Answers Magazine from Answers in Genesis. 

Are visits to Heaven for real?

Heaven_Is_for_Real_(Burpo_book)_coverA pastor’s book recounting his son’s visit to heaven rose to the top of the bestseller list and became a major motion picture. Christians were quick to spread the word, but could such visits be for real?

Colton’s descriptions of heaven are full of fanciful features and peculiar details that bear all the earmarks of a child’s vivid imagination. There’s nothing transcendent or even particularly enlightening about Colton’s heaven. It is completely devoid of the breathtaking glory featured in every biblical description of the heavenly realm.

Stories like Colton’s are as dangerous as they are seductive. Readers not only get a twisted, unbiblical picture of heaven; they also imbibe a subjective, superstitious, shallow brand of spirituality. Studying mystical accounts of supposed journeys into the afterlife yields nothing but confusion, contradiction, false hope, bad doctrine, and a host of similar evils.

Read the rest of the article HERE

Listen folks Proverbs 30:4 says

Who has ascended into heaven and descended?
Who has gathered the wind in His fists?
Who has wrapped the waters in His garment?
Who has established all the ends of the earth?
What is His name or His son’s name?
Surely you know!

John 3:13 answers “No one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended from heaven: the Son of Man.

Heaven is for real… Well Duh!

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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Story Book Trips to Heaven

It’s finally here, the movie about the book ( 6 million copies sold) “Heaven is for Real”. I wonder how many Born-Again Bible Believer Christians will waste their money to see this story book trip to heaven?

Then there’s the Bible version, as the real truth about heaven is revealed in the pages of Scripture. Phil Johnson from GTY writes…

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Every week, I answer e-mails and inquiries from evangelicals who are confused by the barrage of afterlife travelogues. Why Christians who profess to believe the Bible would find these stories the least bit compelling is an utter mystery, but it is a sure sign that many in the evangelical movement have abandoned their evangelical convictions. Specifically, they have relinquished the principle of sola Scriptura and lost their confidence in the sufficiency of Scripture. Why else would they turn from clear biblical teaching on heaven and seek an alternative view in mystical experiences that bear no resemblance to what Scripture tells us?”  You can read the entire article HERE

Heaven_Is_for_Real_(Burpo_book)_coverTim Challies writes “Colton Burpo doesn’t know how long he was there, but his travel diary has surpassed 6 million copies sold, with a kids’ edition accounting for another half million. Challies goes on to say “90 Minutes in Heaven and Heaven Is For Real and all the rest are not books that beautify the doctrine of heaven, but books that attack the doctrine of Scripture. The Bible insists that it is enough, that it is sufficient, that we have no need for further special revelation from God; these books insist that it is not.” Read his entire article Here

This From David Platt

The best moment of a Christian’s life is his last one, because it is the one that is nearest heaven. And then it is that he begins to strike the keynote of the song which he shall sing to all eternity. C.H. Spurgeon

Learn the Truth About Heaven

John notes in the audio clip below, the real truth about heaven is revealed in the pages of Scripture.

TheGloryofHeaven-NEOne thing is clear: it does not signal any significant upsurge of interest in the biblical perspective on eternity. On the contrary, the data actually seem to indicate that lots of people are simply making up whatever concept of heaven pleases them. We would of course expect New Age practitioners, cranks, and cultists to abandon the Bible in favor of their own dreams and fantasies. But this tendency to invent one’s own personal concept of heaven seems to be an even bigger problem in the evangelical community than it is in the world at large. The heart of our study together in this book will be an in-depth look at what the Bible says about heaven. No matter what one thinks about or wishes to imagine about heaven, the reality is different and better by magnitudes. If the inerrant biblical truth God has given us is the only reliable knowledge about heaven we have access to (and it is), then that is what should grip our hearts and minds. . . . Now let’s see why the Bible’s account of heaven is so much better than the dreams and speculations of the human mind. GTY

You can get the New Edition on Kindle or Hardcopy HERE

If one day you find yourself absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord. (2 Corinthians 5:8), I can assure you one thing, you will not want to come back to this world.

The best moment of a Christian’s life is his last one,
because it is the one that is nearest heaven.

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

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Read The Word of God

“I have not departed from the command of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food. Job 23:12

SpurgeonYou know more about your ledgers than your Bible; you know more about your magazines and novels than what God has written; many of you will read a novel from the beginning to the end, and what have you got? A mouthful of foam when you are done. But you cannot read the Bible; that solid, lasting, substantial, and satisfying food goes uneaten, locked up in the cupboard of neglect; while anything that a man writes, a best seller of the day, is greedily devoured. (C.H.Spurgeon) HT: Grace Gems

I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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The Bible is Sufficient

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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!
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Cut the Word of Truth Straight!

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 NASB

tozer-quoteI think this has to be one of the most important verses in the bible on the word of God for the edification of the body of Christ, Straightforward EXEGESIS must be the aim of all teachers of the word of God.

I can remember times before I bring a lesson to my Sunday school class and saying to myself, did I dig enough into the text and what I’m bringing is it right, is it accurate and did I do proper exegesis? It’s so important to get it right!

Especially in light of James 3:1 Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment.

There is so many things James could have started out on about our tongue and he chooses teaching… When he writes “Let not many of you become teachers”

James is not trying to discouraged teaching and teachers here, we know that gifted teachers are one of the hardest positions to fill in the Church, but James writes let not many of you become one! Why and why here in this section about the tongue? He could have started out about lying, swearing and gossip or anything our deceiving tongue does, but no, he starts out with “Teaching” And this is why…

The most serious thing that can flow from our tongue is the distorting and misrepresenting of God’s word, the Word of God is not a bendable kid’s toy to twist and bend, reading into the text or taking the TEXT OUT OF CONTEXT helps no one and will lead to our shame before God if we do so.

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Exegesis is the act of critically interpreting a text in an attempt to draw the meaning out of the text, unlike eisegesis, where one reads his own meaning into the text. Paul is telling Timothy to interpret a text in an attempt to draw the exact meaning out of the text ( accurately handling the word of truth), not to insert his own meaning into the text or quarrel about words or godless chatter 2 Timothy 2:14, 16.

Paul says to be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman, as a friend of mine recently said to me “a leader and teacher must do his due diligence before bringing us the word of God.” Wuest  says “Do your best, make haste, give diligence, hurry on, be eager to show yourself approved unto God.”

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Vincent defines the word orthotomeō (ὀρθοτομεω) (Rightly Dividing or Accurately Handling), “to cut straight,” as paths, “to hold a straight course, to make straight, to handle rightly.” He says: “The thought is that the minister of the gospel is to present the truth rightly, not abridging it, not handling it as a charlatan, not making it a matter of wordy strife (v. 14), but treating it honestly and fully, in a straightforward manner.” (Wuest)

Paul told Timothy to skillfully, diligently and accurately teach the word of God so he wouldn’t be like those who are worldly chatterers. 2 Timothy 2:14, 16

So the teacher of God’s word must teach the word consistent with God’s intended meaning and purpose, and as my dear Mother said over and over to me…

 “You won’t be popular, but you won’t be ashamed before God and that’s a beautiful thing!”

The teacher who is accurately handling the word of truth
has a deep concern for the welfare of those he’s teaching!

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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What is the Purpose of the Bible?

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness — so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Me and my Bible

jr-miller-100x113Paul has no uncertain word about the inspiration of the Scriptures. The Bible alone is the Word of God. Holy men wrote it as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. There are other good books in the world — but none like the Word of God.

  1. We ought to read the Bible reverently — since God speaks to us in its pages.
  2. We ought to believe it — for His Word must be absolutely true.
  3. We should obey it — since what God commands must be right.
  4. We may yield our whole life to its influence — to be guided and fashioned by it.
  5. Scripture is profitable for teaching — that is, for instruction in all matters that concern life.
  6. It is profitable for rebuking — it shows us our sins, our follies, our mistakes.
  7. It is profitable for correcting — to bring us back from wrong ways to right ways.
  8. It is profitable for training in righteousness — it gives us instruction for all true and beautiful living.

“So that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” The purpose of the Bible is to make complete men of us. If we follow it in everything — it will show us the right way, it will reveal to us the perfect ideal of Christian character, it will inspire us to holy living.

(J. R. Miller, “Devotional Hours with the Bible” 1909) HT: Grace Gems

So that the man of God may be
complete, equipped for every good work

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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A Pattern for Bible Study

bible_glasses.jpgOne of the earliest mistakes I made when I decided to study God’s word as a passion was failing to actual read it with purpose and reread it and reread it. Repetitious reading, the tedious repetitive reading of the word of God I believe is key to any serious bible study. You have to get to know your bible personal, you have to get to know each page intimately. It has to be you and your bible!

Right now I can tell you that Jesus walks on water in John 6 is on the right side towards the bottom of the page and 2 Timothy 2:15 one of my favorite verses in the bible is on the right side smack in the middle of the page. Isaiah 6:1 that chapter that rocked my world with the holiness of God is both bottom right and top left on next page. I say all this, not to be prideful or look what I know? I say this because I have read it a 1000 times over.

bibleThe other thing repetitious reading of the word of God does is help with memorizing scripture. I would have NEVER NEVER thought I had the capacity in my little peabrain to be able to retain anything, especially the word of God. But that’s what the word of God does to you with the help of the Holy Spirit. It illuminates your mind.  Puritan Richard Sibbes said “There must be Spirit in me as there is Spirit in the Scriptures, before I can see anything,”

whitewithblack_edited-1.jpgBut as Richard Baxter said “It is not the work of the Spirit to tell you the meaning of Scripture, and give you the knowledge of divinity, without your own study and labour, but to bless that study, and give you knowledge thereby… To reject study on pretence of the sufficiency of the Spirit, is to reject the Scripture itself.” What is he saying? After you have read the scripture, now you must interpret it and that beloved you will need help! Studying scripture is hard work, so we use the brains of other men.

It was C. H. Spurgeon who said “Give yourself unto reading. The man who never reads will never be read; he who never quotes will never be quoted. He who will not use the thoughts of other men’s brains, proves that he has no brains of his own.”

One of the helpful little books I have read on this years ago was How to study the bible by John MacArthur. You can get the kindle version Here and paperback Here

Dr. MacArthur also has a free PDF floating around called What Are the Basics of Bible Study? 

Personal Bible study, in precept, is simple. I want to share with you 5 steps to Bible study which will give you a pattern to follow.

  • STEP 1—Reading
  • STEP 2—Interpreting
  • STEP 3—Evaluating
  • STEP 4—Applying
  • STEP 5—Correlating

What Now?

It is not enough just to study the Bible. We must meditate upon it. In a very real sense we are giving our brain a bath; we are washing it in the purifying solution of God’s Word.

Download a free PDF of What Are the Basics of Bible Study? HERE which details each step.

But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and in His law he meditates day and night”
Psalm 1:2 (NASB)

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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Truth and God must be Earnestly Sought

As the new year approaches, my prayer is many will have a new desire for God’s word. Not only reading it, but earnestly seeking it. The next few posts, as we come to the end of 2013 will be some encouragements and helpful words to carry out this.

As A.B. Simpson rightly said:

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“God has hidden every precious thing in such a way that it is a reward to the diligent, a prize to the earnest, but a disappointment to the slothful soul. All nature is arrayed against the lounger and the idler. The nut is hidden in its thorny case; the pearl is buried beneath the ocean waves; the gold is imprisoned in the rocky bosom of the mountains; the gem is found only after you crush the rock which encloses it; the very soil gives its harvest as a reward to the laboring farmer. So truth and God must be earnestly sought.”

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

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

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Though your Sins are as Scarlet

 

 

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They will be as white as snow

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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