Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Feeling little shakey, a little nervous about life? Wondering why you are going through a storm in life? Thinking about turning back to the way you were before you encountered God and a relationship with Him through Jesus Christ?
I read this chapter this morning as I had "coffee with God" and found it very encouraging to me.
Hope you do as well.
1 Keep me safe, O God, for in you I take refuge. 2 I said to the Lord, "You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing." 3 As for the saints who are in the land, they are the glorious ones in whom is all my delight. 4 The sorrows of those will increase who run after other gods. I will not pour out their libations of blood or take up their names on my lips. 5 Lord, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure. 6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. 7 I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me.
8 I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. 9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, 10 because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay. 11 You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
Is your "heart glad" today? Do you know real security?
Put your faith, your trust, in Jesus as your Savior, the one who died for your sins and you will know the peace described in the above verses.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
Core Truth's You Must Know For An Unshakable Faith
Core Truth #2 – Virgin Birth
Christians Believe Jesus was Born to a Virgin Named Mary.
This week and next we will look at Core Truth #2 – The virgin birth of Jesus Christ.
• The Virgin Birth was Predicted in the Bible
This belief is a core truth of Christianity and if found throughout the Bible, Jesus’ birth was the first sign that He was set apart from he rest of humanity—His birth was a complete miracle, a supernatural event.
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”—which means, “God with us”.
God is the father of Jesus.
• Why the Virgin Birth Matters
An unshakable faith rests on the Bible’s truthfulness about the virgin birth of Jesus Christ. The virgin birth is central to establishing that Jesus is God.
His virgin birth is vitally important to understanding why he came to earth and died on the cross and rose from the grave. Everything that is supernatural about Jesus is dependant upon His supernatural entry into the world.
There are lots of verses in the Bible that point to virgin birth. Check out Genesis 3:15.
“her seed,” or Eve’s offspring, is an unusual reference to children. Normally in ancient times children were referred to as, “the seed of the man”. But Jesus was no product of a human father.
Isaiah 7:14 – Isaiah wrote this 700 years before the birth of Christ.
Do your friends believe in the virgin birth of Jesus Christ?
Do they believe that Jesus is a real person?
How can you back up your belief in the Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ?
Spend some time together with a commentary or do an online search on crosswalk.com on the subject of the virgin birth and see what you can come up with in the way of Old Testament prophecies of Jesus Christ.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
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Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
This is the second installment of "How do I know it's real?".
Evidence #2 – There is Unity in the Bible
*Did you know 40 men wrote the Bible over 1500 years time?
These writers included Amos ( a farmer), a doctor (Luke), ministers such as Ezra and James, political leaders (David, Solomon), political prisoners (Daniel, John), a musician (Asaph), a fisherman (Peter), and a tax collector (Matthew).
Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible and he grew up in Egypt, became a fugitive, worked herding livestock, and eventually led a nation.
Paul, who wrote 13 books of the New Testament, professionally trained in religion, in theology, philosophy, and before he trusted Jesus as Savior was a professional hunter of Christians.
The Bible writers came from all sorts of economic backgrounds all sorts of careers and lifestyles; some were educated and some not so educated.
So you take all these different writers with different points of view, different backgrounds and yet the Bible contains a unified and consistent message. The agreement in all 66 books strongly argues in favor that the Bible gets its origin from God in heaven.
Here is your big Bible knowledge tid bit for the night.
The Canon of Scriptures is the collection of documents that make up the Bible. There were some canonicity tests for the books of the Bible.
Authorship (who wrote it)
Acceptance by the Church (remember these early Christians were eyewitnesses of Jesus Christ and the disciples.)
Acceptance by church leaders – some of the church leaders actually walked and lived with Jesus Christ
Spiritual Value – was the content of the book useful for helping Christians grow.
During the early church era there were some books that didn’t pass the canonicity tests and so the church rejected them.
Evidence #3 – Archeology evidence
The past couple centuries the science of archeology has advanced our knowledge of the people, places and culture of Bible times.
Read 2 Kings 9 & 10
Example: This is cool. King Jehu was an early king of Israel found in 2 Kings 9-10.
An obelisk was discovered in 1846 with information about Israel’s defeat and capture by an Assyrian king. Up until this discovery the only evidence of King Jehu’s existence was found in the Old Testament. Many discoveries have meshed perfectly with the Bible.
Evidence #4 – The Bible has fulfilled prophecy
Now some of you might say, “every religion has had prophecies so what makes the prophecies of the Bible any different?”
The answer is very simple; the Bible’s prophecies have been fulfilled, they actually happened as the Bible said they would. The other religions have nothing but unfulfilled prophecies.
Sometime between AD 30-32 Jesus predicted that the Jewish temple would be reduced to nothing but rubble. Now the Jews of the day thought that was impossibility. The Jewish leaders thought of this an unthinkable occurrence. There was no way their massive temple would be destroyed. Yet in AD 70 the temple was totally destroyed.
In the book Isaiah written more than 700 years before the birth of Christ predicted that Jews would return to Israel. At one point the skeptics pointed to this prophecy as on that wasn’t fulfilled but since Israel became a nation once again in 1948 there has been a steady increase of Jews returning to Israel.
These are just a couple examples of fulfilled prophecy.
Why Inspiration Matters?
If the Bible is God’ Word and what it says was true when it was written, it is still true today and will be true tomorrow and forever. In the most crucial issues of life—I’m talking about subjects like God, human nature, right and wrong, sin, forgiveness, death and eternity—you can’t afford to guess what is true. Your life now and in eternity, depends on whether or not what you believe is, in fact, true.
Nearly 500 years ago the great reformer Martin Luther gave us his take on God’s Word:
“In the Bible God speaks. The Scriptures are His word. To hear or read the Scriptures in nothing else that to hear God Himself.”
Parent/Teen Discussion Questions:
Have you ever thought there were some discrepancies, contradictions, or mistakes in the Bible?
If your son or daughter say “yes” ask what they think is the contradiction or mistake?
If he or she comes up with one and you know the answer or explanation please spend some time helping them understand. If it is one that stumps you please write it down and say, “That’s a great question, let me see if I can find the answer to that one because I don’t know the answer off the top of my head.”
Better yet, spend some time digging in some commentaries or study Bibles together searching for an explanation.
*information in italics is taken from Alex McFarland's book Stand.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008
>departed at 1:45
Today we leave for the Lawrenson/Kirschner hole. We will be spending the weekend with Nate, Tricia and baby Rose at Duke. Ty's excited about the trip we hope he will be happy just seeing Nate and the aquarium, doubt he would get to see baby Rose and Tricia.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
"Dad, how do I know that what the Bible says is real?"
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
When I was deer hunting I used a high powered rifle with a scope. The purpose of the scope was to zero in on my target, the deer. (Its been a long time since I have deer hunted and as a matter of fact I have lost all desire to hunt. And all the Bambi lovers shouted, "Hallelujah!) I would look through the scope and place the cross hairs on the deer, that was my focus, I focused the scope on nothing else.
Monday, January 14, 2008
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Thursday, January 10, 2008
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
>Rebecca has trusted Jesus Christ as her Savior! Totally fantastic! (see "thought rolling through my head" post below)
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