Monthly Archives: April 2009

Biblical Dating – An Oxymoron? Part Four

In case you missed them, here is part 1, part 2, and part 3.

Picking right up where I left off from in part three, the third difference between modern dating and Biblical dating is in methods. Here is the big difference: in modern dating, intimacy precedes commitment, and in Biblical dating commitment precedes intimacy.

Here is a sample of what a modern dating process looks like (From Scott Croft’s article, if I remembered the link I would share it): Continue reading

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So…Joel Osteen released a Bible huh?

I actually wish this was a joke, but sadly it is not.  Joel Osteen has written the “Hope for Today Bible.” Here is part of the description from the publisher:

“We are who the Bible says we are, we can have what it says we can have, and we can do all that it promises we can do.”

Well, as I see it, the Bible says that I am a sinner who has fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23), and what I deserve is death (Romans 6:23), but because God is a just God of mercy, He sent His Son to die for me so that I might live (John 3:16, Romans 5:8). Yes indeed, Christ became sin for us so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21).  However, to receive this gift of life that we don’t deserve, we have to deny ourselves and follow Him (Mark 8:34). We have to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 16:31). Continue reading

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How Big Is God?

Have you ever really considered just how big our God is? God really is a mystery, but we can know about Him. He has revealed Himself through His written word.

“Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand and marked off the heavens with a span, enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure and weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance? Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket, and are accounted as the dust on the scales; behold, he takes up the coastlands like fine dust.”

– Isaiah 40:12, 15

God is the creator of the universe, the almighty ruler of the nations. With one phrase, the earth was created (“let there be light”). Continue reading

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Biblical Dating – An Oxymoron? Part Three

In part two of this series I mentioned that there were three areas in which modern dating differs from Biblical dating, or courtship. There are differences in motive, mind-set, and methods. The first one is a difference in motive. What are some reasons why a person would want a boyfriend or a girlfriend? I have compiled a list of ten reasons that I could come up with:

1. A cure for loneliness / afraid of being alone
2. To make my significant other into “the perfect one”
3. To find out what I like
4. To have fun Continue reading

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Biblical Dating – An Oxymoron? Part Two

Now that you’ve read the first part of my article, are you trying to justify what you have now with your boyfriend / girlfriend is in fact courtship and not dating?

Now, let me clarify the two terms that were discussed in part one – dating and courtship. Am I saying that we should just throw the word dating out of our vocabulary? No, it is important here not to get too caught up on the words themselves. It is the principles behind each that make it either Biblical or unbiblical. Continue reading

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Biblical Dating – An Oxymoron? Part One

Yes, biblical and dating are two words that do not belong together – if you look at dating the way the world looks at it today.

First, I’ll start off by offering a definition of dating, as given by Scott Croft, “Dating begins when either the man or the woman initiates a more-than-friends relationship with the other, and then they conduct that relationship outside of any oversight or authority. Dating may or may not have marriage as its goal.” Adding my own comment here: if dating does not have marriage as its goal, then it is based on lust. Continue reading

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The Faith of Job

…Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?…

– Job 2:10 (NKJV)

I was reading in Job today (part of a new Bible reading plan that I am doing), and the above verse really stuck out to me. I usually quote verses on here using the ESV version, but I am using NKJV for my study and so I will use that one.

People (when I say people, I mean me) are so very quick to accept good and blessings from God, but are just as quick to not trust in Him during the bad times or times that are difficult. Continue reading

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Responding to “Does Satan Exist” (Video Debate)

This blog is longer than I had originally intended, but I think it is a good read if I say so myself.

Here is the youtube link to the video. It was a “debate” among four people that was featured on ABC Nightline. It would probably be worth watching for you. It is about an hour long though, so be prepared for that.

Anyway, the issue was to examine if satan exists. That is actually not the main point I want to respond to with my writing today. The question I want to respond to was presented by the host of the debate. He asked, “how do you square the notion of a loving God with the existence of a devil?” Continue reading

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That’s My King

I was doing what I do best late at night… surfing youtube of course! You thought I was going to say sleeping didn’t you? Silly person!  Anyway, this is a video I came across and it is amazing! Make sure you watch the whole thing… it seems to get more awesome at the end. Continue reading

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What Defines Me?

Speaking from a guy perspective, there are certain things that define us (guys). We can be defined by the friends we have, what kind of activities we are involved in, or even our status in the community. Mostly though, I think we are defined by our job. We tell people what we do, and that is pretty much who we are.

I know that I have always been defined by my job – or so I thought. If someone asks me what I do, I wouldn’t tell them that I work at this place ___ (fill in the blank). I would always say that I am a ___ (profession – fill in the blank). That’s what I am, it’s not just that I work at a certain place. Continue reading

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