Monthly Archives: June 2009

A Quick Word

“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.” – 2 Timothy 4:3-4

“…and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” – 1 Corinthians 2:4-5

What is “sound teaching?” I would suggest that sound teaching is that which is based on Biblical truth; teaching which is from the Bible – the whole Bible. We can’t omit parts of the Bible because it doesn’t sound positive enough. Continue reading

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“Neat Christian Guy” vs. “Godly Man”

I read what follows on a blog today while doing some reading on relationships, and it is really good. So, I wanted to share it.

Source:  Saved From Wrath

As I listened to a recent interview by Matt Chandler – this idea came up of a “neat Christian guy” vs. a “Godly man”. Matt was talking about complementarianism in the church. As I have reflected on the matter at one time being labeled a “neat Christian guy” (NCG) – my hope is that I have moved on from the fluff of that part of my life to be a “Godly man” (GM).

So, what separates the two. Here are my list of suggestions: Continue reading

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Psalm 16

Preserve me, O God, for I take refuge in You.

I said to the LORD, “You are my Lord; I have no good besides You.”

As for the saints who are in the earth, they are the majestic ones in whom is all my delight.

The sorrows of those who have bartered for another {god} will be multiplied; I shall not pour out their drink offerings of blood, nor will I take their names upon my lips.

The LORD is the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You support my lot. Continue reading

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Shocking Message

I had all this commentary I thought about writing, but this video speaks for itself. (7 minutes)

– Adam Smith

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Take My Life

Take My Life. It’s a statement, it’s a prayer, it’s a song, it’s a plea. Take my life is a worship song sung by Chris Tomlin. I first heard this song maybe 2 or 3 years ago when I was in college. I was a student at the University of Tennessee – an openly non-Christian school. UT is always on the list of the top twenty party schools in the country. At one time it made it up to somewhere in the top ten. There were fliers posted around campus with the theme of “Let’s make this the number one party school in the country.” Professors would cut class short because so that we could make “happy hour.” Professors would give extra credit for a six pack. Yeah you get my drift. Obviously this school, and the values it promotes, are not Christian. Continue reading

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Cover Me

In my continual search for awesome worship songs, I have another one (see last post). This one is titled “Cover Me” by Bebo Norman. Bebo Norman is an excellent musician; I have liked his music for a long time, and this song is no exception. The lyrics are below the video for you to look at. Enjoy the music, but really take a minute and look at the lyrics. We need God to cover us.  On a musical note, this song has some excellent layering. Enjoy! Continue reading

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With All I Am

I am always on the lookout for powerful worship songs. The song below is by Hillsong, and is titled “With All I Am.” This one really hit me when I heard it just recently. It is funny how we hear something over and over and one time it hits us so powerfully. (HT:MD) Continue reading

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Tear My World Apart

I find myself wondering why or how sometimes I can be so selfish. I have been so blessed in my life. And what do I do with those blessings? Not enough.

I have to ability to see – but I take God’s beauty in creation for granted.

I have the ability to hear – but I ignore what He tries to tell me.

I have the ability to speak – yet I don’t use that faithfully enough to spread the gospel. Continue reading

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Arminianism vs. Calvinism – Perseverance of the Saints/Conditional Salvation

The fifth of the five points of TULIP (Calvinism theology) is perseverance of the saints. This was a direct response to the Arminian view of conditional salvation. Perseverance of the saints is the idea that if you’re saved, you’re going to persevere to glory. Arminian theology says you might not; you could lose your salvation along the way.

Having previously written about this, I am going to keep this short. First, Calvinists do not believe that a person is saved “because I prayed the prayer but don’t live according to Christ.” I believe that a person whose faith does not show some sort of works is not truly saved. This is a Biblical principle (James 2:14). I am not saying, of course, that salvation is dependent on works. We are justified apart from works (Eph. 2:8-9, Romans 3:24). My point in all that being that Calvinists do not believe in salvation by “praying the prayer” and nothing else matters. Christ is in the business of not just saving lives, but transforming lives. If He abides in us, then our fruit should show evidence of Him at work within us. Continue reading

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Arminianism vs. Calvinism – Irresistible/Resistible Grace

The fourth of the five points of TULIP (Calvinism theology) is irresistible grace. This was a direct response to the Arminian view of resistible grace. Irresistible grace is the idea that when the spirit of God works on the heart of a sinner, the sinner can’t resist. Resistible grace states that God calls all to salvation, but that many people resist and reject this call.

Perhaps a more proper term for the Arminian view is prevenient grace. It is a matter of God opening the doors to heaven and a person choosing for themselves to walk through. If God does not open the door, the person cannot get in, but just because the door is open does not mean the person will walk through it. The person still has free will; this grace allows the person to choose God that would otherwise be unable to do so. Continue reading

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Arminianism vs. Calvinism – Limited/Unlimited Atonement

The third of the five points of TULIP (Calvinism theology) is limited atonement. This was a direct response to the Arminian view of unlimited atonement. I will say that I think limited atonement is the most difficult of the five points to understand. When a person first hears that term, it is almost like, “Whoa! Are you limited Christ’s atonement?” That is in fact not what we [Calvinists] are doing.

I would say that this term is better described as “particular atonement.” What we mean by limited atonement is that Christ died for the many, or for the elect. That is, it’s limited to those who believe and were chosen by God. Continue reading

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Arminianism vs. Calvinism – Unconditional/Conditional Election

The second of the five points of TULIP (Calvinism theology) is unconditional election. This was a direct response to the Arminian view of conditional election, or election based on foreknowledge.

Unconditional election is the view that God elects individuals to salvation based entirely on His will alone, not on anything inherently worthy in the individual. Paul states in Ephesians:

“even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.” – Ephesians 1:4-6

Unconditional election is basically saying “of God, by God, through God.” Conditional election, on the other hand, states that God elects individuals to salvation based on His foreknowledge of who will believe in Christ unto salvation, thereby on the condition that the individual chooses God. Continue reading

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