Fostering an Eternal Perspective

How can we foster an eternal perspective in our broken world?

John gives us a beautiful picture of the centrality of God throughout the book of Revelation, here is where we see the wonder of an eternal God.  The Triune God communicates with one voice and one purpose.  We see in Revelation all the themes of the Bible converge and display the glory of God, as well as His plans and purposes for #HIStory.  His plan to redeem people who faithfully reflect and live with Him is woven throughout Revelation. The redemption and return of Jesus is our hope. The wonder of God’s Word gives us an eternal perspective, so along with hope, we find stability for life’s journey along with a renewed worldview while we wait for His return.

How will you be encouraged as you long for Christ’s return and at the same time wait for it with an eternal perspective?  An eternal perspective keeps #Jesusatthecenter and believes #GodWins.

As we #WalkinVictory, we see the goodness and greatness of God and find hope and stability for our life’s journey.

When we open the book of Revelation we look at a world that is broken.  The early church faced persecution from the political, social, and economic realms of their culture.  Emperor worship was required, neighbors rejected “the Way,” and financial hardships were faced by believers.  Soon they would have to compromise, or would they?  Followers of Jesus had a choice to make, would they stand for the Truth that Jesus spoke or would they abandon it?  The gospels had been written and letters from the apostles had been circulated what else did they need?  God wanted to comfort His people and give them a message about hope so He put John on an island in the Aegean Sea in a prison.  Comfort and Hope found in a prison?

God spoke to John in a series of visions.  Right away He revealed Himself:

Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne,  and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.” (Revelation 1:4b-5a)

We don’t completely understand the centrality of God but He greets us as we open the pages of His Word.  The Bible helps us understand God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit as we try to relate the three persons of one Godhead without misinterpretations or misrepresentations.  We see right away that God is Great and Personal.  His perfect essence is displayed in the revelation of Himself to His Creation.  We sometimes express God the Father as the planner of all of #HIStory, God the Son realized God’s plan of Redemption at the Cross and consummates it when He returns, and God the Holy Spirit revealing Truth to God’s Creation and especially to those who belong to Him.

So we learn to #WatchtheLamb, and when we see Jesus, we see the vision coming together of our own eternal destiny.  It is here that we find hope and renewal while we wait for Him to return as a Conquering King.

As we #WatchtheLamb what will we see?  We will see a wounded Lamb worshipped and glorified as the Creator, as the Sovereign King, and the Judge of the Universe.  We will understand and see the deepest holiness and mercy of God revealed as a Lamb.  The Lamb is Redeemer, and Judge, and Conquering King.  The Lamb is the Lord Jesus Christ who “takes away the sin of the world.”  The Lamb is the heart of God.  Revelation unveils the beauty of the Lamb.  So how will you “take to heart” what the Bible says as you learn to watch the Lamb?  Will you see your destiny come into focus?  If so, what side do you find yourself on?  Will you find hope and transformation as you wait?

Revelation focuses our minds and our hearts on the Wounded Lamb and Conquering King..

Where will your life be anchored in the midst of a broken world?

In a broad sense prophecy means to communicate God’s truth with God’s power.  The joy of studying prophecy is realizing that God is confiding His Truth to you for your good and His glory.  Jesus Christ, God’s Son stands at the center of all prophecy.  The revealing of Him is found throughout the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation.  Revelation is the consummation of God’s story.  He has entrusted His words to you so that your life might be anchored in Him in the midst of a broken world.

God gives us prophecy so that we would understand our #HIStory, keeping #Jesusatthecenter, and be able to face the Future. God reveals enough to give us a reasonable faith.  We can have confidence in God’s Word and live by it because #GodWins..  When we look at prophecy we see our past, our present, and the promise of our future.

God reminds us that His Word is true when we look at #HIStory and understand that the One who determines world events is the same One who has the power and authority to make them happen.  #HIStory confirms that the Bible is true. The Bible is a perfect book, about a perfect God, explaining perfect Redemption to an imperfect people.  The idea of Redemption is at the center of world events, because Jesus is at the center of #HIStory.

Over and over in the Bible we see God speaking.  He is the source of prophecy.  The Holy Spirit guided human authors.  These writers were given God’s very words in their mouths to speak or in their minds to write.  The prophet Isaiah says this in Isaiah 50:4, “The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed.”  A prophet sometimes would speak into the present and at the same time predict the future.  Prophecy is telling or proclaiming as well as foretelling or predicting. God created time, He stepped into time, and time as we know it will end and unity will be achieved. (See Isaiah 46:9-10Galatians 4:4-5, and Ephesians 1:8b-10)  Where do you find the anchor for your soul, in world events or in the God who controls them?

As we wait for the return of Jesus to the earth, will you find your anchor in Him?  Prophecy proves that God is in control of my past, my present, and my future.  How will you look at your past, your present, and your future knowing that it has been orchestrated and satisfied in the Architect and Author of #HIStory? What might change in your world if by faith, you suddenly found yourself anchored in God’s care and love, as well as the truth of His Word, knowing that He has entrusted it to you, confided to you, and revealed Himself and His perfect plan for you?.

How will you keep #Jesusatthecenter of your Bible study?

How will you keep #Jesusatthecenter of your Bible Study?

The Bible reveals God so that His people can know Him and worship Him.  When you open your Bible to study, do you know you are connecting with the God of the Universe, the One who created you, and the One who loves you deeply? Bible study ceases to feed our soul when we pursue only knowledge or answers instead of God Himself.  How will your daily study reflect that you are pursuing God Himself?

The Bible is one magnificent inclusio.  An inclusio is a literary term that reminds us that there is a beginning, a middle, and an end to its story.  It also tells us that the same idea that was given at the beginning is also found at the end.  The Bible begins with God’s Creation.  We find God’s perfect world and His intention for the Universe in the first two chapters of Genesis.  Read Genesis 1 and 2 with this in mind.  The Bible is a perfect book about a perfect God redeeming an imperfect people. Why do we need redeeming?

This idea brings us to the middle of God’s story.  You see God reveals His character in the Bible.  His character is Holy.  His holiness sets Him apart from all of His creation.  He is Infinite, He has no boundaries, nothing contains Him.  He is Triune and personal.  This means that He reveals Himself as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, yet He is One and cannot be divided.  He is Sovereign and rules His entire creation.  So, how does a holy, infinite, personal, and sovereign God allow His world to be broken?

God created everything to reveal Himself and His Glory to His creation.  This is His world and #HIStory.  The entire world became broken when Adam and Eve ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, the only thing in all of creation that was forbidden to them, and their sin was catastrophic not only for them but for all humanity and all creation. However, our lives can be transformed when we encounter the Living God in His word and submit ourselves to Him.  So how will your daily study of the Bible reflect that you are searching for God Himself?

Are you looking at it through your broken glasses?  Sin brought death and destruction.  Jesus, God’s Son, brings life and eternity.  He reversed the brokenness, He reversed the curse for all who trust in Him, the Living Savior.  Jesus was in the beginning and the Bible reveals that He is the Living Savior.  The Bible tells the story of God’s Son who is the center of all things.  Jesus is the center of the Bible.  Jesus lived, died, was resurrected and ascended into heaven.  Jesus is coming again!

Will you surrender to the Living Savior?  What does surrender look like?  First. it means to be real with God.  He is your Creator and it is His purpose for you to know Him.  Frame reality through His eyes, recognize Him at work around you. Seek to understand Him.  When you begin to look with His eyes, you will find that you are imperfect and He knows what is best.  Repent from the illusion that you have control and then ask Him out loud for instruction on life.  Worship Him for who He is.  He is holy, infinite, personal, and sovereign. The Bible reveals God so that His people can know Him and worship Him.

Be Real with God. Look at reality with a biblical worldview.

Be Repentant. Repent from any illusions you have that you are in control.

Be Open for God’s instruction.

Be Worshipful. Know that God is the Author of your life.

Be Humble. God is Sovereign.

The Bible tells One Story, God’s story and His story gives direction and purpose to our stories.  As we look through time we see all along and at the end that #GodWins!  Jesus redeemed creation at the cross and in the book of Revelation we see the consummation of #HIStory.  At His first coming Jesus fulfilled the Law, lived a sinless life, died on the cross to pay the penalty for sin, was resurrected and ascended to sit at the Father’s right hand.  At His second coming, Jesus will raise all those who have surrendered their lives to Him to eternal life and judge those who reject Him.  He will usher in the new heavens and the new earth, where He will reign and live with His people forever.  The Bible is a perfect book about a perfect God, explaining the perfect redemption of an imperfect people, one grand story, one magnificent inclusio and it includes you and it includes me. God wants to fix our brokenness.  He loves you and He wants you back!

How will you keep the Person of God and your search for Him in His Word be the center of your daily study?

Learn to read the Bible as if for the first time…

Read Thoughtfully. When you come to the Bible put your thinking cap on.

Read Repeatedly. Read over and over… use different translation… listen to audio.

Read Patiently.  Be patient with the text… and with yourself.

Read Selectively. Selective Bible reading involves asking the Who? What? Where? When? Why?

Read Prayerfully. Before reading, during reading, and after reading…

Read Imaginatively. Approach the Bible with enthusiasm. Clothe the facts of the passage with fascination.

Read Meditatively. Allow God’s Word to filter through your mind and into your life.  It calls for quiet thinking.

Read Purposefully. Purposeful reading looks for the aim of the author.  No scripture is there by accident.  Discern meaning.

Read Telescopically. Telescopic reading means viewing the parts in light of the whole.

Read Acquisitively. Eager to get and keep something… Read to pursue a relationship with God Himself…

God’s story includes His provision of redemption for His people.  How will you seek Him as you ponder the truth of His word as you study the Bible each day? The Bible reveals God so that His people can know Him and worship Him.


Revelation Realities

What realities are found in the Book of the Revelation?

A reality is an actuality, real life, or the Real World.  Are they in the Book of Revelation?

A revelation is something that God discloses that cannot be discovered by mere reasonings of the human mind, the revelation comes from God the Father… God does not hide Himself.  He clearly tells His creation that He exists and He is personal.

“Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.”

Revelation 1:3


Abraham: Following God’s Promise

What does it mean to step out in Faith?

Faith in God as He has revealed Himself in the Bible is not without evidence.  Hebrews has told me that I am to be confident of the hope I have in Christ and to know the evidence of what I cannot see.  Since I cannot see God except in the person of Christ then I rely on what He has said as well as those who came before Him and believed He existed.  I find this spelled out for me in His Word.  Abraham was a man who knew God and his faith was credited to him as righteousness.  Abraham’s life was filled with the evidence of the existence of God and the frailty of men.  God took Abraham on a journey and Abraham moved with Him.

There are many Bible Studies available for us to use to learn and grow in our relationship with God…. This summer I worked through a unique study that was developed by LOGOS Bible Software and edited by Michael R. Grigoni.  It is perfect for a small group or a larger group.  The study is divided into eight lessons which is perfect for a church or a Christian school.  For the pastor there are preaching and sermon resources. For the small group leader/teacher there are preparatory materials that include Objectives, Videos, Slides for teaching, and integrated scripture.  As you read the commentary and the scripture you can work on integrated study questions that encourage understanding as well as action on the learner.

The framework for the study has six parts: Setting the Stage, A Closer Look, Throughout the Bible, Beyond the Bible, Application, and Further Reading.  Study Questions end three of the sections.  A Closer Look walks you through the main passages that concern Abraham’s life.  Throughout the Bible takes you to other places in the scripture that correspond to the period in Abraham’s life that is being studied.  Beyond the Bible gives you the extrabiblical historical evidence to grow your trust in the reliability of the Bible.  The Application section guides you through challenging truths to think about while you contemplate what you will do.   Further Reading points you to several annotated resources for your further understanding.  This structure assures your efforts of working with the Bible will grow you up in faith in God and His Word.  You will grow closer to Him by following God’s Promise with Abraham.

Who doesn’t need their faith to grow?.

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The Rest of the Story

A violent earthquake shook the earth, and an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and rolled away the stone that covered the burial place of Jesus.  The appearance of the angel frightened the Roman soldiers that were guarding the tomb, so much so,  that they shook and became like dead men.  It was early on the first day of the week and still dark when Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came and found the stone rolled away from Jesus’ tomb. Mary Magdalene noticed that the stone had been rolled away and ran to warn the disciples and tell Peter.  Mary Magdalene was afraid the body of Jesus had been taken.  The other women arrived just after sunrise with spices they had prepared.  On the way they wondered who would roll the stone away.  They found the stone rolled away and the tomb empty. While they were wondering about this, suddenly they saw two men in bright clothes.  They gleamed like lightening.  They were terrified and bowed down with their faces to the ground.  The men told them not to be afraid.  An angel spoke to them. He said, “Do not be afraid.  You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene who was crucified.  Why do you look for the living among the dead?  He is not here; he has risen!  Remember how He told you while He was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’  Go quickly and tell His disciples and Peter.  “He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee.  There you will see Him, just as He told you.”  Then they remembered His words.

The women were frightened beyond words after this angelic encounter.  They were afraid, yet filled with joy, and ran to tell His disciples.   Mary Magdalene had found Peter and John and they were both running to the tomb.  John reached the tomb first.  He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there.  No one would have taken the time to unwrap Jesus body if they were taking it.  John took all this in and believed.  Peter also saw the empty tomb and the burial cloth that had been around Jesus’ head lying there folded.  Puzzled but convinced that something unusual had happened Peter and John returned to their lodgings.

Mary Magdalene returned to the empty tomb, probably with tear-filled eyes wondering what had happened to the One who had freed her from seven demons.  She stood outside the tomb for a while, but when she looked inside she saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.  They asked her why she was crying.  Mary said, “They have taken my Lord away and I don’t know where they have put Him.”  All of a sudden she felt someone approach her from behind.  With tear-filled eyes she turned around, Jesus was standing there.  Mary did not realize it was Him.  He spoke, “Woman why are you crying?  Who is it you are looking for?”  Mary thought this must be the gardener and that he would know where Jesus was.  She spoke, “Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have put Him, and I will get Him.”  Jesus only spoke her name, “Mary.”  She knew it was her Lord and cried out to Him, “Rabboni.”  Mary wrapped her arms around Him and did not want to let Him go.  Jesus told Mary not to hold on to Him, but to go and tell “my brothers.”  By now the other women were returning to the empty tomb.  They were filled with joy because they had heard the announcement of the angels.  Then the resurrected Jesus appeared to them.  They also clasped His feet and worshiped Him.  He told them to go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, where He would appear to them.

Mary Magdalene ran to the disciples to tell them she had seen Jesus and what He had told her.  The other women also told the disciples but they did not believe them.  News of the disappearance of Jesus had reached the chief priests.  They gave the soldiers a large sum of money to say that the disciples had stolen the body of Jesus.  This was a widely circulated story.

Two of Jesus’ disciples were on their way to Emmaus when Jesus appeared to them.  He kept them from recognizing Him.   One of them was named Cleopas.  Cleopas and his companion talked about the events of Jesus’ death and spoke about the empty tomb.  Jesus walked with them and explained what was said in Scripture about Himself.  As they were arriving at the village they stopped to eat.  While Jesus was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them.  Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him.  He disappeared from their sight.  Cleopas and his friend returned to Jerusalem and reported to the Eleven and the others what had happened.

Later that first day, Jesus appeared to the disciples.  While they were talking He stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”  They were startled and frightened.  They thought they had seen ghost.  Jesus showed them His hands and His feet.  He allowed them to touch His body, and to show that He was not a ghost He ate with them.  They were overjoyed that they had seen Jesus.  Jesus breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” (This event would take place at Pentecost.)  Thomas was the only disciple who was not there. He doubted the appearance of Jesus to the disciples.  Unless he could touch the marks in his hands and put his fingers where the nails had been, and put his hand into His side he would not believe.

A week later his Jesus’ disciples were in the house again and Thomas was with them.  Through locked doors Jesus appeared in the room.  He specifically went to Thomas and answered his request.  “Put your finger here; see my hands.  Reach out your hand and put it into my side.  Stop doubting and believe.”  Thomas believed and exclaimed, “My Lord and my God!”

Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go.  When they saw Him, they worshipped him, but some still doubted.  Jesus continued to teach them, explaining all that was in Scripture about Him.  He opened their minds so they could understand.  Jesus spent forty days with His followers training and teaching them.

Back in Jerusalem Jesus continued to teach.  They would be his witnesses to the world.  They were to go out and make disciples of all nations and preach the good news.  Believers would be baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Then they would teach others to be obedient to the His teachings.  Jesus promised that He would be with them to the very end of the age.  He led them out to Bethany and lifted up His hands to bless them.  While He was blessing them, He left them and was taken up into heaven.  They worshipped Him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy.  They went to the temple and continuously praised God.  They waited in the city until the power of the Holy Spirit was given to them.  Then they went out as Jesus commanded..

the journey to calvary

Jesus began His journey to Calvary long before He was ever born, but the last week of His life culminated with His cruel crucifixion and the beginning of my life rose with His resurrection. Jesus left the beatings and taunting of the Roman soldiers with the burden of a heavy wooden cross, as he was handed over to be crucified. As they led him away, Jesus struggled with the cross, and the guards seized Simon from Cyrene, who was in Jerusalem for the Passover. A large crowd of people followed behind Jesus, including women who mourned and wailed for Him. Jesus turned to them and told them not to weep for Him, but to weep for themselves and their children. He warned them that because of His rejection, they would face persecution. Jesus’ message was being rejected while He was physically present. How much more would it be rejected in the coming ages! Two others, both criminals, were also led out with Him to be crucified.

It was early in the morning when Jesus came to Golgotha (The Place of the Skull). They offered Jesus wine mixed with myrrh but after tasting if, he refused to drink it. They crucified him, along with the criminals, two revolutionaries. One was on his right and the other on his left. It was about 9 o’clock in the morning when he was nailed to the cross. Pilate had prepared a notice of his crime. It read: Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews. It was written in three languages Aramaic, Latin, and Greek. All that passed by that day read it. The chief priests of the Jews did not like what it said, so they protested to Pilate. Pilate was firm and kept the sign above Jesus’ head.

When the Roman soldiers began nailing Jesus to the cross He said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” These soldiers then took His clothes and divided them by casting lots. His undergarment was seamless, woven in one piece. Prophecy was fulfilled. Jesus was left to hang on the cross, naked. The soldiers kept watch while Jesus hung on the cross. People passed by Him. They sneered and him, hurled insults at him, some shook their heads and said, “So you who are going to destroy the temple in three days, save yourself! Come down, if you are the Son of God.” They constantly mocked him and laughed at him. One of the criminals who hung there also hurled insults at Him: “Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us!” But the other revolutionary rebuked his friend. “Don’t you fear God since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then the criminal made an amazing request. He asked Jesus to remember him when He came into His kingdom. Jesus responded, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”

Also standing near the cross was Mary the mother of Jesus, His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Dear woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” Jesus took care of His mother by putting her in John’s care. At about noon darkness came over the whole land and remained until three o’clock in afternoon. The sun stopped shining. Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Some thought He was calling out for Elijah. Jesus knew that all was about to be completed and called out, “I am thirsty.” Immediately one of those nearby filled a sponge with wine vinegar and lifted it to His mouth. The others wondered if Elijah would come to take Him down from the cross. When He had received the drink, Jesus called out with a loud voice, “It is finished.” Then He said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When He had said this He bowed His head and gave up His spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn into two pieces. It ripped from the top to the bottom, not by human hands. The holy of holies was revealed and the earth shook. The earthquake broke open many tombs and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus’ resurrection they went into Jerusalem and appeared to many people.

These events terrified those who were guarding Jesus. The centurion who had heard His cry and watched Him die exclaimed, “Surely this man was the Son of God.” Many people who had gathered to witness the crucifixion beat their breasts and went away. Those who knew Him, including women who had followed Him from Galilee, (Mary the mother of Zebedee’s sons and Salome) stood at a distance. It was Preparation day and the next day was a special Sabbath, and the Jews did not want dead bodies left on crosses during the Sabbath. Roman soldiers were sent out to break the legs of those on the cross, but when they got to Jesus he was already dead. They pierced His side with a spear instead of breaking His legs. This was part of the fulfillment of Scripture. Jesus was taken off the cross and buried in a borrowed tomb. The journey to Calvary was completed.


What is prayer?

Prayer is a gift from God that He gives so that His children may enter the Holy of Holies.  Prayer is communicating with God.  Communication includes talking to God and listening to God.  God speaks through His Words.  He teaches the meaning of the Words through His Holy Spirit.  Communication is a two way conversation, not just a list of my needs.Let me ask you some questions about prayer…When do you pray?   When is your appointment to meet with God each day?  Find 10 minutes, at a minimum, for your spiritual nourishment..  Morning, noon, evening… What are some proper titles to use to address God? Heavenly Father… Holy Father… Righteous Father… What are some kinds of prayer?  Blessings and intercessory… There are many… Some formats that might be helpful include:

Worship- Focus on the attributes of God… Compassion, Grace, Patience, Faithful, Loving, Forgiving, Just, Wrath…. Goodness…
Thanksgiving- Gratitude for the things God has done in your life and around you.
Petition- Your needs and the needs of others.

Acrostic for private prayers…

Postures of prayer:
Standing, sitting, walking, kneeling, flat on your face… eyes closed, eyes covered, eyes lifted up to heaven… eyes open

Is prayer always only you talking out loud? No… it can be many things… such as: Reading through Scripture and writing down your thoughts while reading.
You can be prepared for your prayer time with pre-written prayers, using Scripture, and/or a hymnal. Sometimes reading through other Christians prayers such as medieval mystics like Thomas’a Kempis or Saint Teresa of Avila. The mystics became pietists after the Enlightenment and continued to write down their prayers…. What a lovely legacy to leave behind.

Do you use a prayer list and journal? (I have found the following structure helpful in organizing my prayers.) I use a three ring binder and five divided tabs with notebook paper. You can decorate the cover if you would like. On each tab write Praise, Daily Petitions (Permanent), Daily Petitions (Temporary), Weekly Petitions, and Thoughts to Ponder.

My Journal

Praise– Write out special Bible verses, names of God and why they are important to you, God’s attributes that He has taught you recently, etc…

Daily Petitions (Permanent)– Give each family member a page and write out your prayers for them here.

Daily Petitions (Temporary)- Write out prayers that are given to you by someone who asks you to pray for them.

Weekly Petitions– Have one sheet of paper for each day. Pray accordingly.
Sunday: Your local church and the Universal church.
Monday: Relatives
Tuesday: Bible Study Fellowship or a Bible study you attend
Wednesday: Those in authority: City, County, State, and National Government
Thursday: Missionaries
Friday: Friends
Saturday: Your Pastor and His family

Thoughts to Ponder– Write down what God teaches you when you pray or things you want to remember.

Don’t forget to record God’s answers to your prayers!

How can we discipline ourselves to pray?

If you consider prayer to be the key to entering God’s presence, then you will make it a point to rely on this gift more and more… The more you are in His presence the better your part of the relationship will be… You will be ready to face what ever comes up in life… and you will face it with a supernatural peace knowing that God is in complete control…

What is a Worldview?

Everyone has a way in which they view the world, to try to define “it” or to teach “it” can become confusing.  There are many perfectly good books and websites out there that it becomes an overload of information.  Sifting through various curriculums, reading various books, and taking different courses I still become confused.  Two good texts for the everyday reader would be “The Universe Next Door: A Basic Worldview Catalog” by James Sire and  “Making Sense of Your World: A Biblical Worldview” by W. Gary Philips, William Brown, and John Stonestreet.  I prefer the latter because of its simplicity.  All worldviews fit into four main categories these are: Theism, Naturalism, Transcendentalism, and Postmodernism.  In “Making Sense of Your World” these are defined, explainied, and evaluated.  Over the next few posts I will try to give some insight into each category.  My concern is that according to the Barna Research Group 19% of “born again” Christians have a biblical worldview.  Since I believe that the Bible is the inerrant and complete revelation of God to the world, I am disturbed by this.  I understand that when a person becomes justified before God they are secure in their eternity, but we miss so much that God has to offer because we do not study, for ourselves, His Word.  We have anti-intellectualized Christianity.  We forgot about our minds.  Jesus told His disciples that we are to love Him with all our heart (emotions), all our soul (personality),  all our mind (intellect) and all our strength (physical).  According to Webster’s 1828 Dictionary our minds are  “The intellectual or intelligent power in man; the understanding; the power that conceives, judges or reasons.”  Reason and Faith are the intellect and conviction of my mind.  Biblical Christianity has shown me over and over the best explanation for reality.  Barna’s questions follow, can you answer yes to them?

  • Do absolute moral truths exist?
  • Is absolute truth defined by the Bible?
  • Did Jesus Christ live a sinless life?
  • Is God the all-powerful and all-knowing Creator of the universe, and does He still rule it today?
  • Is salvation a gift from God that cannot be earned?
  • Is Satan real?
  • Does a Christian have a responsibility to share his or her faith in Christ with other people?
  • Is the Bible accurate in all of its teachings?

If you can not answer yes, then will you decide today to find a church or bible study that will teach the Truth and train you to develop a Biblical Worldview..

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finding a voice…

Today I have been thinking about my voice. Have you ever lost yours? Elephants recognize each other by their voices… Sheep recognize their shepherd by their voices… I recognize my loved ones by their voices. There are various ways to define voice… as a noun…it can be a sound produced physically and uttered through your mouth (definitely a naturalist definition), it can be a particular opinion or attitude expressed, it can also be an ability to speak (rhetoric) or sing. As a verb, it is the act of expressing something in words… usually it concerns an expression. I am going with expression.

That brings me back to my voice. My voice is the expression of who I am. It identifies me to others, So how can my voice influence others and show them who I am? My text voice should be as easy to identify as my speaking voice. My voice needs to communicate my opinion about my life and ideas. How do I find my voice? I must know what my ideas are and be able to articulate them. (Wow that was a mouthful!)

God used His voice in the beginning and throughout time with His words. He stepped into time in the person of Jesus. After He made the expanse on the second day of His creation and separated water from water, He continued to use His voice to gather the water under the sky and form the elements together into dry ground or land. He also gathered the waters together and called them seas… It was good. God continued to paint His world into existence by bringing the lemon plants and orange trees out of the earth.He then made the squash and zucchini, the roses, the calla lilies, the peanuts, the “chocolate” plant, etc… Can you believe God’s Voice! I want that… Since I belong to Him, I can reflect Him. I can be creative and capture the World with the Truth and watch how His creative power transforms it. .

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