Theology and biblical study can be overwhelming. I am the furthest thing from an expert but I do want to share with you some tips on how to form your theological opinions.
Truth is a lot of times we can form opinions on scripture prior to even reading scripture. We hear someone take a position and tell us why that is true in the Bible and that version sounds good so we resist anyone else’s take on scripture because our mind is made up already.
Don’t put any theologian on a pedestal no man has it exactly right, only God has full knowledge. You can be a Lutheran or a Calvinist or a part of any other denomination while disagreeing with the person who started the denomination or the person the denomination is named after. As a matter of fact you should disagree with them on occasion as they’re a…
The past couple of years I have made posts on Dr. Martin Luther King on MLK Day, well this year I have decided to share my blog entry from 2021 as I really like the content in the entry and the online service my church did for that week.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr was an amazing man. Every time I have heard him speak in videos he gives me goosebumps. I have to admit I do not know enough about this man. But he was a true a hero and treasure to America and to the Kingdom of God.
Here are a few quotes from the great Dr. King I saw on an article (I will post the link to the full list of quotes below)…
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
“Always be sure that you struggle with Christian methods and Christian weapons. Never succumb to the temptation of becoming bitter. As you press on for justice, be sure to move with dignity and discipline, using only the weapon of love.”
It is a New Year that means for many it’s a new opportunity to change their lives. We hype this time of the year up as if it is magical but in reality many fail in their resolutions. I stopped doing New Year’s resolutions as I always failed them and it made the New Year very stressful. They’re just not for me, if they are for you then great, I wish you luck and I’ll be praying for you.
Many may mock you but it is because they’re stuck in their ways and wish they could change.
The truth is though, you all out there can be successful in change, even the ones that scoff and mock. Just because you failed in the past doesn’t mean you will fail today.
Throwback Thursday Post from 2018. In the past three years Messianic Judaism has grown more and more, praise God. There is a wonderful Messianic Jewish organization in Israel called One For Israel, feel free to check them out. https://www.oneforisrael.org/
There seems to be a new debate on whether or not Christians should celebrate Hanukkah or other Jewish Holidays. I personally am fascinated by the celebrations from the Old Testament and Judaism. Jesus of course followed the traditions of His heritage.
The Gospel of John even mentions Jesus entering the temple for the “Festival of Dedication”, which is Hanukkah.
Throwback Thursday. This post is from 2019. It is more relevant for me today than it was two years ago. I have gotten more and more into Biblical Study and Apologetics in the past two years and I have seen more extreme angry than ever before towards God and those who argue for Him and His Word.
I see many questions about God from atheists who have anger in their hearts.
They want evidence, they want proof and they demand answers.
Now the truth is I have seen many Christians ranging from your average person to highly educated apologetics present many different types of evidence from archaeological to scientific to historical to even personal accounts but they are never believed.
Often times when you do present your views they become angry and say harsh things and take a nasty tone to God. Many are upset that we even had answers to their questions.
They call their views “rational” and say they have “logic” and “reason”.
Which even in a polite conversation when you use those words to describe your atheist views we can assume since our beliefs are the opposite of the atheist that they believe our views are, “irrational”, “illogical” and “unreasonable”.
As we all know or at least hear Evangelism is very important. Today I am going to discuss why that is.
First and foremost, salvation comes through faith alone so it is our job to play our part in bringing the Gospel to the unbeliever.
No man can save themselves it is only Jesus Christ who saves, therefore we must we show this to the world.
No good deeds, no personality traits or even moral beliefs can save you.
Someone can believe that all the things God tells us is righteous is good and they can believe all things that are wicked to be wrong but if they don’t believe in God then they’re just as hell bound as anyone else.
But some might ask why even bother? Can’t God just save who He wants to save?
The answer is simple because it is a direct order from God Himself.
Even if you’re a Five Point Calvinist you would point this out. It is what we are called to do.
So there can be no debate about the importance of Evangelism.
Last week I wrote about how it is easy to focus only others and not self.
However this week I am going to drop the “UNO Reverse Card” and switch it up.
One of the easiest things a Christian can do is NOT focus on the sins of others and faults.
If you read last week’s blog you may be confused or think I am contradicting myself. But I am not, let me explain.
If you see someone in sin or see their faults that are damaging themselves or others and choose to do nothing then you’re taking the easy route.
Because it is easy to do nothing, even easier than overly focusing on others.
Now one of the hardest things a Christian can do IS focus on the sins of others and faults.
It is difficult confronting people, they’re many reasons and motivations to not want to confront someone and I get there is times when it is not a good idea for you personally to do so but a lot of the times we don’t because it is hard.
It takes bravery, it takes compassion, understanding, patience and love. It takes God to help you do it.
But as I said last week do what is hard not what is easy.
It’s interesting reading this blog from 2017. I would change some wording here especially the part where I said, “everything made sense”. Not everything made sense and I still four years later have a lot to learn. But I did finish the NIV, I recently very slowly read the NKJV Dr. David Jeremiah Study Bible and now I read from the ESV. I love my journey through God’s word.
I was finally taking my Christianity seriously, that’s what I told myself. I was looking for a NIV Bible but hadn’t taken the time to actually go out and get one. What I did take time to do was go to Rita’s for the free Italian Ice day. Myself and my fiance (now wife) got our a treat and while eating we noticed a little thrift store right next to it. We decided to go inside, they had all different kinds of things, we walked around and then I noticed there was a trunk full of Bibles, NIV in fact. I asked how much one cost and the man told me he just keeps them here to give out to people. I thanked the man and quickly grabbed one after my fiance and I paid for our items we picked out.