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Two Points To Consider

#1. Do Your Best

We have all heard this phrase at one time or another and while at times it can be sage advice as all we can do in certain circumstances is our best, it can also be a very destructive and lazy ideology.

These words become sage advice when after giving good instruction to someone, who just can’t learn how to master what they are trying to do so the instructor throws up their hands and exclaims, ‘just do your best.’ In other words the person being told this is not grasping the finer details of the action at hand and the only thing they can do is their best and then hope for the best/

But this ideology becomes destructive when it permits a person to be lazy, incompetent and avoid learning. The laziness aspect is on the instructor’s side as well as they do not want to get involved and provide proper guidance to another person. They do not want to give them the instruction they need in order to master the task at hand and this laziness allows for incompetency to rule not skill or proper knowledge.

The ‘do your best’ ideology also encourages students to avoid learning the right and wrong ways of doing something. They do not have standards to follow except do their best effort even if it is wrong and error-prone. This ‘encouragement’ allows for people to avoid growing as it gives them a false sense of achievement. It also leaves them with no real direction to follow

When this happens then the person is left vulnerable to ridicule, teasing and bullying as they show to everyone that they do not know what they are doing and are stumbling around in the dark lost.

Believers need to remember that ‘do your best’ is not a biblical instruction or teaching. God’s words in Timothy tell us to study and other verses tell us to educate and be educated. These instructions are not placed in the Bible because nothing better would fit God’s theme.They are there because while God wants us to do our best, he knows that to accomplish that goal we need to be properly trained, properly educated, properly guided and given the proper direction. Laziness, ignorance and incompetence is not part of God’s kingdom.

He also does not want to leave us vulnerable to ridicule, teasing and bullying so he knows that we need to receive the right instruction so that we know what we are doing, that we know what we are talking about and that we can bring honor, not shame, to the cause of Christ and to Christ himself. Once properly trained and we have the knowledge that we need and how to properly implement that knowledge, we then can go out and really do our best.

#2. All’s fair in love and war

We have also heard this phrase spoken many times throughout our lives and usually by those who are very selfish and want to control and possess people we may cherish. Again, this phrase has no biblical foundation as it removes all ethical guidelines from both activities and basically says ‘anything goes.’ God doesn’t see it that way as he has not made an exception to his rules for these two pursuits.

In war we need to be as godly as we are in peace and do unto others as we would like to have done unto us. While we fight to protect our loved ones and nation we do not resort to those tactics that are evil. We do not fight fire with fire (another non-biblical ideology) as the Bible provides for us clear rules of engagement, even to the point where we give shelter and aid to the enemy.

When it comes to love this phrase can be used to justify hindering someone we do not like or think is deserving of the person they should be with and as an excuse to steer our friends to more ‘favorable’ mates. Love has rules but it is not a competition, it is not a battle, it is not something that is trivial or subject to ‘may the best man win’ mentality.

Too often we treat romantic love as a game and interfere far too much in the lives of those who are in love which undermines what God has planned for those two people. Too often we bring discouragement, ‘there are other fish in the sea’ or ‘don’t lock yourself in to one person too early check out what is available’ and on it goes. We may have good intentions with using those ideas, as we want people to avoid our mistakes but they may not be making a mistake and God may want them to be together, even early in their lives for his purpose.

Most people do not check with God before they move to ruin a budding romance.  They rely too much on their own understanding and ignore the spiritual reasons why a couple should be together.

One of the dangers of the ‘all is fair’ mentality is that it opens the door for people to ‘move in’ on a married couple and target one spouse, and getting them to divorce their mate simply because  the first person wants to be with the husband or wife. We make relationships, marriages vulnerable to destruction by using this secular way of thinking. Marriage loses its sacredness with this mentality.

A man and woman are not a prize to possess nor a goal to be achieved and romance is not trivial but sadly with the trend to pursue evil, the purpose of romance, real love and marriage are eradicated and all meaning of being together is lost.

Christians need to be careful in this area and while there are dangers to avoid and we can warn about those dangers we do not adopt secular ideology and make it our central counseling theme. We need to be wise, understanding, honest, caring and other biblical traits as well as look for God in the mix so we do not interfere with his plans for the couple.

We may not understand right away why God wants two people placed together but in time we will if we follow the leading of the Holy Spirit when we get involved with the lives of others. We need to be spiritual and let the world see that ‘all is fair’ is not the right way to go and that there is a better way to live.

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Posted by on November 29, 2015 in academics, controversial issues, family, General Life, leadership

 

A Point to Ponder

We delayed our travel plans by one day so I decided to get back on the internet and do some research as well as read in between sessions.  One of the books I am reading right now is Mark Gabriel’s Culture Clash Islam’s War on the West and it is quite good but that is not why I am writing this point to ponder.

Throughout the book Dr. Gabriel quotes from the Quran and as I read those quotes God has shown me that ‘Allah’ never speaks for himself. His words are always spoken by Mohammad. So how does the Muslim know their ‘Allah’s’ true words? Mohammad can say anything he wants to and attribute his words to ‘Allah’ and no one would know since ‘Allah’ never speaks to anyone else.

That is one good thing about God. If a person he anoints to be his speaker starts going off the rails, God speaks to others to help get him back on track but the Muslim has no safety net. They are at the mercy of what Mohammad or some 7th century or 8th century successor has claimed to be ‘Allah’s’ word. Like the Mormon’s Joseph Smith, who came after Mohammad, no one can verify his translation of the golden plates because only he could operate the stones to help him translate the golden plates and only he saw the golden plates. No one else gets to learn to use the stones or translate the plates to see if Smith got it correct.

That is another good thing about God and the Bible, everyone gets to look at the Hebrew or Greek or Aramaic if they want to and learn the language then translate the Bible themselves. They get to verify other people’s words and work. God is an open God not a secretive one like the ones represented by Islam and Mormonism. All people have access to God and his word so they can know for themselves that his words are true and no one has to take some prophet’s word for it or what God has said. His words are spoken by him and they are their for all to study.

God speaks for himself, no one speaks for him.

 
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Posted by on November 29, 2015 in academics, Bible, comparative religions, faith, leadership, theology

 

Another Update!!

We have added two more pages to http://www.dakotascba.com

http://dakotascba.com/The-Catacombs.php

http://dakotascba.com/The-Temple.php

We have decided to turn that website into a resource for believers to use and we will be adding more pages as time goes on. We hope to reach 100 in total. If you have some ideas as to what you would like to see let us know in the comment section

 
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Posted by on November 29, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Forgot To Mention

that we posted a lot of pictures of Korea on our facebook page. I do not know how to link to the page but type in the words Feeding Flock and Davao City in the search box and you should find it. we put up over 20 of them from different parts of that country.

we will be traveling next week and not sure when we will get back online

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Why Do Non-Christians Think…

…they know the Bible better than believers, can tell believers what scripture they are to follow and think they know the Bible at all.

Case in point:

http://robertcargill.com/2015/11/17/dear-every-person-on-earth-claiming-to-be-christian/

DEAR EVERY PERSON ON EARTH CLAIMING TO BE CHRISTIAN:

EXACTLY WHAT PART OF MATT. 25:45 DON’T YOU UNDERSTAND?

What unbelievers do not realize is that our marching orders do not come from them and that we are not to blindly act when unbelievers deem the situation important. Or why do they think one verse in scripture trumps another one? Or that other verses do not apply to the refugee situation instead of the one quoted above?

Somewhere atheists, like Cargill, unbelievers and skeptics think they know more about the Bible and how it is applied than believers do. While there are exceptions to this the refugee i snot one of them. Yes we should help them but blindly bringing them into one’s home country may not be the right solution or the action God wants.

A wiser move would be to help relocate them in their own country or their own neighboring environments like the surrounding Arab nations. Wisdom and understanding need to be applied to this issue not the bullying of atheists and their fellow unbelievers

If you claim to be Christian, and you cannot even abide the central tenet of the judgment scene before the Son of Man, what the hell good is your faith to anyone?

Such words are empty when we see that Cargill does not chastise all those atheist groups who are using the establishment clause to bully schools, churches and people’s personal religious actions. Where are his posts rebuking his fellow atheists as they bully others and force their ways upon those who believe and act differently than an atheist.

His arrogance blinds him  and makes him accuse people of crimes that are not actual crimes but some imaginary injustice he has concocted in his brain. Christians do not jump when atheist say jump and while we need to help others, believers need to do it biblically not the atheistic way.

This, this right here, is why the world is turning away from Christianity: you’re not doing the ONE thing you were put here to do: care for the least among us.

Cargill’s words simply prove my point. he does not understand Christians, the Bible, Christianity or God and his ways. Christians were not ‘put here’ we had to be rescued by Jesus and there is more than one thing we are to do but Cargill misses that fact because he wants his accepted action to be done and not God’s will.

And this, this right here, is why Americans loathe right wing Republican Christian politicians: the hypocrisy spews forth from them like projectile vomit when they appeal to the Bible to discriminate against some Americans, but then completely ignore its core teachings when it comes to actually “helping our neighbors.”

Here are more words proving my point. People hate Christians, republican or otherwise because they hate Christ not because the Republican, conservative Christian doesn’t bow to the atheists’ demands. he also doesn’t know the core teachings of the Bible for he thinks ‘love’ means giving handouts to anyone and everyone regardless of the situation of those involved.

No, believers need to help people in trouble but the least of these is not limited to only the atheist idea of who the least of these are and they need to follow God’s leading the demands of those who reject God and never will believe no matter what the Christian does. So we please God rather than man even in the refugee issue.

EXAMPLE #2:

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/formerlyfundie/a-middle-ground-to-being-a-christian-on-black-friday/

A Middle-Ground To Being A Christian On Black Friday

Do we really need a ‘middle ground on black Friday’ or other sale days? Do we need one suggested by someone who rejects much of the Bible and ignores its teachings on sin and evil? NO. But that doesn’t stop people who do not know Christ yet claim to be Christian from offering one.

Historically speaking, I’ve been someone who has been anti-materialism, anti-consumerism, and by extension, anti-Black Friday.

The verse ‘love not the world nor the things in the world’ does not mean we have to be revolutionary or reactionary or even fervently opposed to what the world offers. It means we keep everything in perspective and while we can use certain items, like sales, we do not seek these things out and hold them dear to us. We especially do not place them above God or Jesus or even the Bible.

After setting aside a day to be thankful for what we have, thousands of us actually leave the Thanksgiving table and set up camp in the Walmart parking lot prior to the annual stampede to get the newest gadget? It makes sense that so many people would push back against that kind of hysteria.

We do not ‘push back’. We believers can state that certain actions may not be appropriate, in this case, or sin but we do not force our ways upon the unbelieving world. We choose not to participate but if it really isn’t sin, we should not be getting up on our high horse and making claims to the contrary.  We should be praying for the businesses and corporations of the world instead of revolting against their business plans.

But he sees the light!!

You see, money was really tight for us and I desperately needed a new winter coat before the cold weather hit. I had been stretching the years with my old one, but it was certainly time to replace it. When Black Friday came, we saw an advertisement where the jacket I really needed was on sale. It was quality made and would last me several years, a style that would work for both casual and more formal situations, and it was a really, really good deal. It was a $280 dollar jacket (which I never could afford or justify owning at label price), but between the Black Friday deal and a coupon we used, I was able to get the jacket I needed for under $30.

As I looked at the receipt and went through the breakdown of discounts, I realized that my hard-core stance against Black Friday had missed a critical component: sometimes, shopping on Black Friday could actually be the right choice, and a godly way to manage one’s finances.

Sales are a way to be a good steward of one’s finances and lo and behold he saw that truth. The fact that he thinks no one else knows this is off-putting. {Some people may charge me with that idea but I simply place information and teaching here in hopes that someone who doesn’t know will find it and learn} Christians need to learn to be careful for non-believers and alternative believers will come across different truths and use it to their advantage or to deceive others into thinking they are believers in God when in reality they are far from him.

Discernment is important to the believer’s life and a solid knowledge of God and his ways, words as well.

I believe that God wants us to live generously, and one of the primary ways we accomplish this is by wise stewardship of how little or how much we have. Sometimes, using our money wisely so that we have more resources to give away, means we might actually get in our car at 5:00am and go shopping on Black Friday (as much as my first instinct is to cringe at that statement).

The bold words highlight one of the problems with his thinking. While we are to give away certain funds, we still have to make sure that we have enough to take care of ourselves and our families. We do not make ourselves a burden on society and add to its woes simply because we followed someone’s unscriptural advice blindly or biblical instructions foolishly.

Yet, as Black Friday arrives, I would caution fellow Christians from considering only two extremes: consumerism or abstinence.

There is in fact, a third-option, and a middle-ground to being a Christian on Black Friday.

There is actually more than 3 options for using Black Friday and sales but we will let him figure those out for himself. the key is that unbelievers and alternative believers really have no right to teach, tell, instruct or demand  believers anything for they know not God, what he has instructed or told his people what to do nor do they know the context of the words they hold over the heads of believers while demanding that the believer stop pleasing God and please them.

We also do not need unbelievers or alternative believers telling us how to use sales or live life for the same reasons. We already have those instructions from God and do not need to hear them from deceived and blind people. We do not ‘walk in the counsel of the ungodly’.

 

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2015 in academics, Bible, church, controversial issues, faith, family, General Life, history, leadership, theology

 

A Few Comments- 32

#1. Too much God talkhttp://christiannews.net/2015/11/25/too-much-god-talk-rob-bells-progressive-successor-steps-down-from-leading-mars-hill/

I’ve felt restless, but I’ve always felt restless and a bit homeless when it comes to church and when it comes to God talk,” he explained. “When I hear too much God talk, I start to feel like (shudders) [it’s] too much religion. I don’t know; it gives me a restless feeling. A lot of times I feel like an outsider at my own party.

Two things about this. First, I have found that it is difficult to have a normal conversation with other believers because maybe they are afraid to have one and not mention God or what we already know about him. It is like they are afraid to grow and feel that God will punish them if they do not repeat certain terms or ideas in each conversation or that they feel they are not Christian if they go past square one.

Second, it is nice to see he recognizes he does not fit as a pastor because given his comment, he probably doesn’t believe God or the Bible any more.

#2. I am tired of seeker-sensitive ideologyhttp://christiannews.net/2013/09/30/pastor-says-church-scks-for-focusing-on-sin-adds-katy-perry-maroon-5-songs-to-services/

A minister in Oregon has a launched a sermon series entitled ‘Church S*cks,’ and is announcing seeker-friendly changes to his Sunday services, as a way to attract people who dislike church.
Tony Crank, who leads One Love Church in Eugene, claims that churches talk too much about sin, and are not welcoming enough to visitors.

How will people know where they stand if the church does not talk about sin? This ‘seeker-sensitive’ ideology seems to be coming from personal beliefs and not scripture.  I wonder if his changes are God led or human led?

“I just like to have a conversation with everyone, just like I do at the coffee shop if we were talking one on one,” he told KTMR

Church is not a coffee shop and there are ways to preach without preaching at people. I wonder if Pentecost would have taken lace if Peter did what this preacher is doing?  When it comes to church, we need to remember to follow God’s leading for it is his church not the pastors’.

#3. Just when you think you have seen it all http://christiannews.net/2015/11/24/reality-show-preachers-of-atlanta-to-feature-pastor-who-hands-out-cigarettes-condoms-on-street/

The television network Oxygen has announced the second round of its controversial preacher reality show, this time following five Georgia ministers, including one rap artist, a female preacher with a rocker hairdo and tutu, and a Grammy Award-winning gospel singer who admits that she passes out cigarettes and condoms on the streets

There are people like this who take center stage. I get the feeling that too many people claiming to be pastors may be deceived and lean to their own understanding and do not humbly follow God and what he wants to see done. Too many people confuse their ideas with God’s leading and we end up with people making a mockery of the church, the pastorate, Jesus and the Christian life.

We do not need to identify with the unbelievers because we were once unbelievers ourselves, we found a new way to live and need to communicate that so others will know of a better way to go. Saying we are ‘just like them’ sends the message that our new way is not better than their way.

“Preachers of Atlanta features a young, vibrant group of pastors who are pushing the envelope and tackling real-world issues in their communities, creating thought-provoking dialogue,” Rod Aissa, Executive Vice President of Original Programming and Development at Oxygen Media, said of the new series in a statement

‘Pushing the envelope’ is not biblical teaching but sinful worldly ideology that has no place in the Christian’s life. Christians need to follow the Holy Spirit, not the secular world.

#4. Just when you think you have seen it all- 2http://christiannews.net/2015/11/11/blasphemous-play-depicting-jesus-as-transgender-woman-to-be-presented-in-northern-ireland/

A blasphemous play depicting Jesus Christ as a transgendered woman is set to be performed at a homosexual festival in Northern Ireland.
“The Gospel According to Jesus Queen of Heaven” is scheduled for showing on Nov. 15 at the Outburst Queer Arts Festival in Belfast. It was created by Jo Clifford, a man who identifies as a woman.

Words just cannot describe how wrong, blasphemous, heretical this really is.

#5. I do not see the controversy in this photohttp://christiannews.net/2015/11/07/preacher-paula-white-rocker-husbands-halloween-wolf-riding-hood-photo-stirs-controversy/

Controversy is stirring over a photo posted on Instagram on Sunday by megachurch leader Paula White, which shows the author and speaker dressed up for Halloween with her husband Jonathan Cain of the rock band Journey

Maybe some people are putting their own spin to other people’s actions

“By dressing up for Satan’s holiday, you are praising him,” one commenter wrote. “This is righteous judgment, not pointing a finger. The enemy needs to be exposed openly.”

I disagree that it is righteous judgment and lean towards, ‘don’t do it because I do not like it’ mentality. i can see far more controversy coming from her life than this photo. Then some people delude themselves:

“Every church had a party or something … on October 31. But you [think we] are to be above having fun,” another said in response to those who rebuked White. “Pastor Paula, you rock and are the best pastor there is! The world is jealous of God’s chosen.

She isn’t really and doesn’t and no one is jealous of her. While i do not observe Hallowe’en nor dress up for it, I see nothing controversial about the photo. I may see misguided people but no controversy.

#6. Not worried about her divorces...– http://christiannews.net/2015/11/03/juanita-bynum-twice-divorced-prophetess-who-spoke-at-homosexual-ordination-to-be-made-bishop/

A self-proclaimed “prophetess” who divorced her second husband in 2008 and raised concern in 2009 after it was found that she spoke during an ordination service for a homosexual minister is set to be promoted to the position of bishop

Divorce is over-blown and too many people over-react towards those who suffer the experience. God’s words to Peter just before the Gentiles arrived on his door step apply to the Church concerning divorced people– “what I have called clean thou shalt not call unclean”. (paraphrased) Too many divorced people have been cleansed by God yet suffer from the condemnation of those humans who have not accepted or acknowledged God’s cleansing of the divorced person.

What bothers me is her claims, her acceptance of homosexuals and their ordination and her taking a position in the church she cannot possess. Those are actions far worse than being divorced. As is her ideology. The church needs to get back to God’s rules and stop allowing deceived people in the pulpit.

#7. It’s the United Church, this does not surprise mehttp://christiannews.net/2015/10/27/massachusetts-united-church-of-christ-hosts-blasphemous-drag-gospel-festival/

A United Church of Christ congregation in Massachusetts recently hosted what it called a “Drag Gospel Festival” in support of the homosexual and transgender members in its assembly

When the church disobeys God, do not expect the sinners to change.

#8. They say ‘a picture says a 1000 words’http://christiannews.net/2015/10/18/apostate-clergy-bless-ohio-abortion-facility-thank-god-for-abortion-providers/

A group of approximately 15 apostate United Methodist, Episcopal and Jewish clergy recently gathered outside an abortion facility in Ohio to “bless” its services and to “thank God for abortion providers.”

the picture at that link starts with, arrogance, unbelief, blasphemy, heresy and continues on down to accepting evil till the thousand negative words are used up. Why would people of a church raise God for allowing the killing of those who have done nothing wrong? Or that it is okay to lead people to sin?

Abortion is not the unforgivable sin so women and men who have endured a loss to this procedure can find forgiveness and relief from shame but we do not bring that relief , that forgiveness, that grace through sinful actions, messages or messengers.

 

 
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Posted by on November 27, 2015 in academics, Bible, church, controversial issues, faith, family, General Life, homosexuality, leadership, theology

 

A Few Comments- 31

#1. Compromise is not of Godhttp://www.christianpost.com/news/christian-club-chi-alpha-california-state-university-leadership-religious-requirements-150843/

Chi Alpha was reinstated last week as an official student group at California State University, following a compromise over its standards for club leadership.

Christians are going about this all wrong and compromising is not the answer. You do not see Jesus compromising his leadership or modify his rules to meet secular approval. The end does not justify the means.

#2. Where did this word ‘affirm’ come from?http://www.christianpost.com/news/evangelical-theological-society-annual-meeting-focuses-on-affirming-biblical-sexuality-150576/

We affirm that all persons are created in the image and likeness of God and thus possess inherent dignity and worth.
We affirm that marriage is the covenantal union of one man and one woman, for life.
We affirm that Scripture teaches that sexual intimacy is reserved for marriage as defined above. This excludes all other forms of sexual intimacy.
We affirm that God created men and women, imbued with the distinct traits of manhood and womanhood, and that each is an unchangeable gift of God that constitutes personal identity

It sounds and makes a believer look weak and not really believing God or his word. it certainly doesn’t carry the weight that the word ‘believe’. it is out-of-place and should not be part of the believer’s vocabulary when it comes to truth.

#3. You are either a believer or you are not– http://www.christianpost.com/news/lifeway-nae-four-beliefs-define-evangelical-christians-150570/

After a two-year collaboration, NAE and the Christian research organization LifeWay Research have developed a standard definition for what it means to be an Evangelical

Evangelicals and other groups delude themselves into thinking that their labels mean anything to God. They do add to the confusion the word experiences when they see so many different categories and confusion is not of God. maybe evangelicals should stop with the labels and get back to God’s label- you are a believer or you are not.

God’s label may sound harsh but it is clear and sends distinct and unconfusing message to the world.

4. Motivating others??http://www.christianpost.com/news/religious-freedom-tony-perkins-no-fear-13-christians-bible-gay-marriage-abortion-149739/page3.html

13 Christians Who Risked Everything to Defend Biblical Truth

Sorry but as some commentators under that article have expressed, these people did not ‘risk all’.   They may have made sacrifices and stood up for what they have believed and aid a price for it but they did not risk all. Let’s tell the truth instead of distorting what took place no matter the reason for the distortion. Paul tells us not to lie to each other and distorting something is not telling the complete truth.

 
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Posted by on November 27, 2015 in academics, Bible, church, controversial issues, education, faith, General Life, leadership

 
 
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