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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
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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!
Soli Deo Gloria
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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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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
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Learn the Truth About Heaven

TheGloryofHeaven-NE John notes in the audio clip above, the real truth about heaven is revealed in the pages of Scripture.

One 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 HERE or on Kindle HERE

“Alas! how we forget that we are but strangers and pilgrims on the earth; that we are journeying to our eternal home, and will soon be there!” Octavius Winslow

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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Authentic love “rejoices with the truth”

philjohnson_sm_ezrAs Christians, we need to understand love from a biblical perspective. Authentic love “rejoices with the truth” (1 Corinthians 13:6). Love and truth are perfectly symbiotic, and each virtue is essential to the other. Love without truth has no character. Truth without love has no power. Phil Johnson

Read more from Phil Johnson Here

Here Dr. MacArthur is saying the same thing!

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Authentic love “rejoices with the truth”

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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Boldness and Truth

jonathan_edwardsThere is a false boldness for Christ that only comes from pride. A man may rashly expose himself to the world’s dislike and even deliberately provoke its displeasure, and yet do so out of pride… True boldness for Christ transcends all; it is indifferent to the displeasure of either friends or foes. Boldness enables Christians to forsake all rather than Christ, and to prefer to offend all rather than to offend Him. (Jonathan Edwards Religious Affections.)

 

 

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Soli Deo Gloria
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Who Buys Truth, And Does Not Sell It?

Buy truth, and do not sell it, Get wisdom and instruction and understanding. Proverbs 23:23

intrepidtruthI read those words this morning during my time in the word and I couldn’t help but to think of my Mom who always told me to, with great eagerness examine the Scriptures Acts 17:11, to diligently present myself before God as a workman, work hard at it, as not to be ashamed before God. 2 Timothy 2:15.

To grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 3:18.  It should to be desired more than honey and pure gold Psalm 19:9, 10. To be a God pleaser and not a man pleaser… but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who examines our hearts.  1 Thessalonians 2:4

Do we buy it with money? No, I can tell you it’s free… I believe here it means to get it at any cost.

What are the cost? That depends on you and how far you are willing to go to obtain truth, wisdom. instruction and understanding. Are you willing to sell everything to get it Matthew 13:44-46, to lose friendships and offices to keep it, to have contempt poured on you Luke 4:28, 29?

Are you willing to be picked on and pointed out as a closed-minded, dogmatic, antithetical non-conformist?

Are you willing to be that one intrepid who stand up for truth in the face of opposition?

If you are, then

Buy truth, and do not sell it

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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What I Learned In Church This week

It was Alistair Begg in a recent sermon I listen to who said “Take away the belt of truth and the Armor of God falls off.” At first it was a little comical as I pictured a man with trousers to big for him and they were constantly falling to his ankles in utter shame. He was referring to Ephesians 6:14 where in the NASB it says “Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH,” The ESV says “Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth”

After I left church I couldn’t help thinking about truth and the Christian and the stance we’re called to have, so it’s not surprising that its the first piece of the armor mentioned, “girding the loins with TRUTH” It was a symbol of readiness to fight, you see when ever I am discouraged, confused and feel a little downcast, when ever I am lethargic or lazy or stuck in mediocrity, I fight back by girding my loins with truth, or as the ESV says fastening on the belt of truth.”

That is Jesus Christ for He is Truth and God is faithful, Jesus said in John 14:6 I am the Way the Truth and the Life. Vincent says Truth is “The state of the heart answering to God’s truth; inward, practical acknowledgment of the truth as it is in Him: the agreement of our convictions with God’s revelation.” So I stand firm in the truth of God’s word, with the readiness to battle!

I couldn’t imagine not having the truth of God and His faithfulness, truth is not based on our feelings or opinions but on the Word of God, and as He is faithful to me, I will stand firm and be faithful to Him. We have as Christians so much stuff and things of the world that we let stop us from being faithful to Christ, wether it be in our reading of His word, where we are fed, or prayer where we come boldly to the throne of God or in our daily walk with Christ. Paul says in a sense to tuck every hinderance that might stop us under this belt of truth an be ready to battle in the war for TRUTH.

The only way to combat the schemes of the prince of this world Satan is to renew your mind with the word of God Romans 12:2. We need to stand firm in His truth and He will be faithful, so let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, Hebrews 12:1. Where do we get our strength and courage to do that? By fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith. Hebrews 12:2 Gird up your loins and get ready for battle and fight the good fight.

We are called to be ready for the battle, to fight the good fight or we can be discouraged and live in mediocrity allowing the schemes of satan to hold us down, kind of like the picture of that man in my head where his pants keep falling down in utter shame!

By fixing our eyes on Jesus,
the author and perfecter of faith.

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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Turning Fifty and the word of God

Yesterday was my birthday, not just any birthday but my Fiftieth one… I guess its special to turn the big 5-0, but for me it was just another day, it so happened to fall on the Lord’s Day, I know that sounds cliché, but for me to spend it with my wife of almost 30 years and some dear friends was enough for me, to get text from my family was enough to know I’m loved… I know I’m boring, but it’s true, the happy birthdays I did receive in church yesterday were great, I thank you and I loved them, but the simple fact is it was the Lords Day and I have the honor and privilege to teach Sunday school and that’s a beautiful thing!

But you hear the questions how does it feel to turn fifty? So the only answer is, the same as I was when I was 49.

So now I’m 50 plus, you want to know what changes I feel?

Well after reading things like this Most Churchgoers Do Not Read Bible on Daily Basis from the Christian Post my sense of urgency to spread the truth of God’s word is overwhelming!

The survey says…….

When asked how often they personally (not as part of a church worship service) read the Bible.

  • 19 percent respond “every day.”
  • 26 percent say a few times a week.
  • 14 percent say they read the Bible “once a week.”
  • 22 percent say “once a month” or “a few times a month.”
  • 18 percent say “rarely/never.”

Pontius Pilate asked Jesus What is truth?

The sad fact was, truth was staring right in his face.

For professing Christians truth is staring right in your face with the word of God and you don’t even know it!

We might as well have a blank bible, I was talking to my Sunday school class how we should have an intimate relationship with our bible. Like to be able to know right where a certain scripture is in your bible, what side of the page right or left, what part of the page top, middle or bottom.

A man of God once said “You will know the spiritual condition of the Christian by the condition of their bible, a bible falling apart usually, generally belongs to a person that’s not”

Peter said in 2 Peter 3:18

but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

That is not going to happen with a blank Bible.

To the leaders of churches, yes we can love people to death, but unless the TRUTH of God’s word is the engine that pushes it… it is useless!

Paul said it the best in Ephesians 4:15

but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ,

We lead by example, from the Sunday school room to behind the pulpit to home studies and private mentoring, unless we elevate the word of God and speak the truth in love we might as well be teaching out of a blank Bible.

Truth Matters, it matters a lot!

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

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