November 29, 2007
“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers; for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” (2 Cor. 6:14-18)
This passage gives utterance to a Divine exhortation for those belonging to Christ to hold aloof from all intimate associations with the ungodly. It expressly forbids them entering into alliances with the unconverted. It definitely prohibits the children of God walking arm-in-arm with worldlings. It is an admonition applying to every phase and department of our lives-religious, domestic, social, commercial. And never, perhaps, was there a time when it more needed pressing on Christians than now. The days in which we are living are marked by the spirit of compromise. On every side we behold unholy mixtures, ungodly alliances, unequal yokes. Many professing Christians appear to be trying how near to the world they may walk and yet go to Heaven.
“Be ye not unequally yoked together.” We are fully persuaded that it is disregard of this commandment, for command it is, which is largely responsible for the low state which now obtains so generally among Christians, both individually and corporately. No wonder the spiritual pulse of many churches beats so feebly. No wonder their prayer-meetings are so thinly attended; Christians who are unequally yoked have no heart for prayer. Disobedience at this point is a certain preventative to real and whole-hearted devotion to Christ. No one can be an unshackled follower of the Lord Jesus who is, in any way, “yoked” to His enemies. He may be a truly saved person, but the testimony of his life, the witness his walk, will not honor and glorify Christ.
November 27, 2007
Just a little off topic but here is the very first picture of my very first grandchild. He (or she) sure is a fine looking boy (or girl) in my unbiased and totally objective opinion. Don’t you agree?
The new mother (and my favorite daughter) tells us Baby O will make her (or his) world debut on July 17, 2008.
233 days and counting….
November 26, 2007
Holy Lord, I have sinned times without number, and been guilty of pride and unbelief, of failure to find Your mind in Your Word, of neglect to seek You in my daily life. My transgressions and short-comings present me with a list of accusations, but I bless You that they will not stand against me, for all have been laid on Christ. Go on to subdue my corruptions, and grant me grace to live above them. Let not the passions of the flesh nor lustings of the mind bring my spirit into subjection, but do You rule over me in liberty and power.
I thank You that many of my prayers have been refused. I have asked amiss and do not have, I have prayed from lusts and been rejected, I have longed for Egypt and been given a wilderness. Go on with Your patient work, answering ‘no’ to my wrongful prayers, and fitting me to accept it. Purge me from every false desire, every base aspiration, everything contrary to Your rule. I thank You for Your wisdom and Your love, for all the acts of discipline to which I am subject, for sometimes putting me into the furnace to refine my gold and remove my dross.
No trial is so hard to bear as a sense of sin. If You shall give me choice to live in pleasure and keep my sins, or to have them burnt away with trial, give me sanctified affliction. Deliver me from every evil habit, every accretion of former sins, everything that dims the brightness of Your grace in me, everything that prevents me taking delight in You. Then I shall bless You, God of Israel, for helping me to be upright.
November 25, 2007
Why would we as Christians give up our strong card which is the truth that we have? I mean we have an unfair advantage in the marketplace of ideas and that is we have have truth on our side.
We ought to be emphasizing that, we ought to be pointing people toward the confidence they can have in what it is that the New Testament tells us about the life, teaching, miracles, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
When I saw the avalanche of evidence that pointed so powerfully toward the truth of that, that is what convinced me that Jesus is who He claims to be.
Video: Is the Bible Reliable as a Historical Document?
November 25, 2007
There are at least 6 different views, or belief options, about the nature of God. Because the various Belief Options are all contradictory, logically they cannot all be true at the same time. They can all be wrong, but they cannot all be true. It is impossible, for example, for God to be personal and impersonal at the same time and in the same way. So, to say that all religions are ultimately the same shows a lack of understanding of these religions and their teachings.
PDF File: Belief Options Diagram
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November 25, 2007
It has been a long time since I’ve added a post to this web log. So I’d thought I’d jump back in by poring some gasoline on the burning embers of post-Christian America and present a timeline of the Patriarchs from Adam to Abraham exactly as that timeline is represented in Scripture.
PDF File: Patriarch Timeline – Adam through Abraham
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