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Illustrations

We are going to post a few illustrations while we are away. These are not meant to be seen as an easy way out as we have taken the time to select specific ones which carry a good point. For example in the first story, Backbone, this is a message to all believers to stop being wishy-washy and altering the Bible and its message or changing God when a little opposition and resistance comes their way.
Believers today, need a backbone to stand with God and preach his message unaltered. They need to learn what true love is then minister to others accordingly.

 

Backbone
A preacher in this part of the country had recently given him what is
called a pounding. When the people had come and gone, and the pastor
with his family went in to view and classify the parcels on the dining
table, they found one bundle in brown paper of a long and slender form.
On it was pinned a white paper bearing the preachers name. Opening the
package the pastors eyes were confronted with a most respectable-sized
backbone that had been freshly dressed and purchased at the meat market.
On the inside of the wrapper were the words, You need this.

Living Illustrations By B. Carradine
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This one is in response to the modern Christian reputation that believers tend to shoot their wounded instead of flocking to his or her aid.
Bearing Others Burdens
It is related of Leonardo da Vinci, that in his boyhood when he saw caged
birds exposed for sale on the streets of Florence, he would buy them and
set them free. It was a rare trait in a boy, and spoke of a noble heart full of
genuine sympathy. As we go about the streets, we find many caged birds
which we may set free, imprisoned joys that we may liberate, by the
power that is in us of helping others. Naturalists say that the stork,
having most tenderly fed its young, will sail under them when they first
attempt to fly, and, if they begin to fall, will bear them up and support
them; and that, when one stork is wounded by the sportsman, the able
ones gather about it, put their wings under it, and try to carry it away.

 

These instincts in the bird teach us the lesson of helpfulness. We should
come up close to those who are in any way overburdened or weak or
faint, and putting our own strength underneath them, help them along; and
when another fellow-being is wounded or crushed whether by sorrow or
by sin, it is our duty to gather about him, and try to lift him up, and save
him. There is scarcely a limit to our possibilities of helpfulness in these
ways.

 

Miller From Present Day Parables by J. Wilbur Chapman

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The title in this one says it all
Discernment Of False Professors
While in a large Western city lately, holding a meeting, I noticed in passing
from the hotel to the place of preaching, what at first appeared as a very
large gray dog chained in front of a livery stable. The fact which first
struck me was that all other dogs that came around gave this big leadcolored
canine a wide berth. Usually there were five or six of the species
lying about, but I noticed that while they had their heads turned toward
him, and regarded him with deep interest, they kept fully twenty feet
between themselves and the central figure. This occasioned considerable
wonderment in my mind, until one day I saw the gray animal, while
sitting on his haunches, suddenly lift his head, point his nose in a straight
upward line to the sky and give a prolonged, mournful howl, which made
the blood fairly tingle in the veins, for the double reason of the weird,
melancholy sound, and a memory which flashed like lightning over the
mind. What I thought to be a dog was a wolf

How the recollection rushed to my mind of stories I had read of snowcovered
Russian plains, or dark forests, with gallant horses flying along
the road with a sleigh filled with precious human lives while a pack of
wolves pressed on close behind with red mouths and lolling tongues, and
giving forth the dreadful howl, which presaged death, and froze the hearts
of the listeners with despair.

I understood now at once why the dogs around town would not have
fellowship with the gray animal who was chained in front of the stable. I
thought he was a dog, but he was a wolf. The dogs of the city knew him
better than I did. They did not take to him. They heard his testimony
through, long and mournful as it was, but there was no response on their
part. I listened and not a single one said amen. I studied their faces
closely, and I saw they did not believe one particle in him. By some
strange instinct or intuition they saw there had been no change of heart or
nature with him. They were ready to grant that the strange brother looked
somewhat like them; but his voice was against him, and his experience put
forth in that high-sounding way, seemed to freeze every one of them up,
and there was not the slightest indication of a hand-shaking being
inaugurated or a brotherly kiss exchanged.

Who has not had something like this to occur in his life? Who has not
listened to testimonies and been confronted with individuals who claimed
to be one of us and one with us in the Christian life and holiness
movement, and we found it impossible to fraternize or feel at rest with
them. We battled with the feeling as being a senseless prejudice, unworthy
of ourselves and unkind and unjust to the person in question. But the
same strange shrinking from the individual remained. We prayed against
the impression, but there was a kind of crawly feeling in the soul
whenever the party testified in public or affected cordiality in private.

 

There was something in the voice that failed to awaken an echo in our
spirit. When he or she gave forth the public declaration, pointing the face
upward to the sky, it did not have the genuine ring, and it did not sound
exactly right. There was a certain confusion in the Canaan language. All
through there was an approximation but never a culmination.

 

Some weeks, months or years afterward, we discovered that the individual
was a wolf. He became not only a personal enemy, but an enemy to the
holiness people at large with whom he had tried to train and run. Worse
still, we have known some such to turn out perfect frauds, humbugs and
impostors.

 

Johns explanation of them is in his first epistle, where he says, They
went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us,
they would no doubt have continued with us; but they went out, that
they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.

 

But the great lesson of this parable of the gray wolf is, will God give an
instinct to dogs to protect them in their swift recognition of an enemy;
and will he not vouchsafe spiritual discernment to his children to deliver
them from false friends, religious shams, and all their soul adversaries?
Whether they come from earth or hell; attack us in open fight from the
world, or stand up as secret foes in meeting, and lifting the face to the
sky, give an experience as long as the one hundred and nineteenth psalm;
will not the Lord deliver and save us?

 

We for one believe God will thus help us, and has helped us; and this is
the reason why, with nothing but kindness of soul to all men, and with
pity and Christian love for the apparently right brother, we are strangely
kept back by an inner restraint from opening up the heart life and home to
some slick-tongued, smooth-mannered newcomer who points his face to
the sky, and speaks out so well in meeting. God would by a spiritual
instinct or moral intuition save us from the mistake, and even the lifetime
disaster of getting up a gush, and falling on the neck of old Mr. Gray
Wolf, who was trying to pass himself off among us as Brother Simon
Pure Sheep.

 

Living Illustrations By B. Carradine

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Posted by on June 28, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

An Evangelistic Tool

If you haven’t thought of it already, here is an evangelism tool that may be helpful in sharing the gospel with unbelievers.
Then he called his twelve disciples and
gave them authority to cast out unclean spirits and to cure every kind of
ailment and disease. (Mt. 10:1)
Doing good works does more to help the church make an impact for God than anything else.

 
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Atoms & God

Unbelievers accept the existence of atoms even though they have never seen one, they only see the results of the work of an atom. Unbelievers reject God because they have not seen him and they do not accept the results of his work telling them of his existence.

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Jesus’s Wife

If you have not heard the papyrus is a fabrication and the Atlantic magazine has a wonderful story on the whole affair. You can use the following links to get caught up on the scandal and get to that article:

http://ntweblog.blogspot.kr/2016/06/the-owner-of-gospel-of-jesus-wife-is.html

http://ntweblog.blogspot.kr/2016/06/gospel-of-jesus-wife-last-chapter-round.html

 

 

 

We Will Be Gone

taking care of personal business for awhile. We have to travel and we might not take the computer with us. We will try to post something when we can

 

 
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Posted by on June 23, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Some Christians In The News

#1. http://www.christianpost.com/news/tim-tebow-explains-why-he-didnt-give-up-nfl-qb-position-to-extend-career-165314/

“I think one thing that’s really important in life is that we pursue our passions. You pursue what’s on your heart,” Tebow said on Larry King Now. “You pursue what you’re passionate about and for me, in the game of football, it’s the position of quarterback. I’ve loved it since I was a little boy looking up to Danny Wuerffel at the University of Florida.”

Of course he loved the position, it is a position of authority. But that passion does not mean he is good enough or even wise enough to be a quarterback. Passion does not qualify a person for any position. One still needs talent and ability and his talent and ability do not match up with those who play that position. Sometimes one needs to sacrifice their passion and see reality.

#2. http://www.christianpost.com/news/what-candace-cameron-bure-eats-to-stay-in-good-shape-165362/

The 40-year-old actress recently revealed a few secrets that could be the key to how she stays so healthy-looking and fit.

“Like most women, I fuss about a few things I wish I could change,” Bure recently told Cosmopolitan.com. “I am at my best weight and fitness level considering my lifestyle.”

In a nutshell, Bure maintains a vegan diet — beans, whole grains, nuts and seeds — except for a rare piece of fish, egg whites, and times when vegan options aren’t available

Her star status does not make her diet more spiritual or even spiritual than any other diet. we do not care what she eats as we look at the quality of her faith and her doctrine to see if she truly is a Christian or not. Her diet does not make her a better Christian than anyone else. People are free to eat as they wish as long as it is done biblically–in moderation and not following the world’s desire for the wrong foods.

Biblical verses granting permission for a little wine do not allow for believers to partake in other alcoholic beverages or give them excuses to do so. People need to order their diet that is nourishing to their bodies and glorifying to God. This doe snot mean we cannot have pizza or some other foods that may be on the greasy side of diet, we just need to be smart about what we eat and get our desires under control when it comes to food and avoid the sin of gluttony.

#3. http://www.christianpost.com/news/ken-ham-previews-noahs-ark-replica-ark-encounter-christian-outreach-164960/

“I’m thrilled to announce that one month today the most authentic re-creation of Noah’s Ark in the world opens to public at the Ark Encounter, and it will be a great reminder of God’s Word and the Gospel,” Ham wrote on Facebook Wednesday.

I think that religious leaders who get a lot of press should be very careful in how they speak and on what they speak about. They may be God’s people for their organizations and different issues but sometimes one gets the impression that all the press and fame they receive goes to their heads. For example that line where Mr. Ham says ‘most authentic re-creation…’ he doesn’t know if it is or not since we have no idea what the ark looked like in specific details other than one window, one door, 3 floors and some dimensions. Since Mr. ham did not use gopher wood, he cannot make that claim.

Ham has explained that the Ark Encounter will be a means through which to show people the Good News of the Bible, and said that even though there will never be another global Flood, as retold in Genesis, another kind of Ark is needed to show people the way.

This is another reason why we think his fame and leadership role has gone to his head. We do not need another ark to spread the good news, we need true believers living as Jesus instructed to plant seeds, water them and then when the harvest is ready go out and reap. This new ark cannot do any of that since the story of Noah is taught to both believing and secular children when they are young. The ark has done its job and we do not need a new one to replace the human factor in spreading the gospel.

The ark cannot meet the needs of hurting people, it cannot bring food to the hungry nor water to the thirsty and it cannot mourn and comfort those who lose a loved one. Somewhere along the line Mr. Ham has become confused about how the gospel is to be spread and he is losing his credibility.

#4. http://www.christianpost.com/news/kirk-franklin-invites-westboro-baptist-church-to-protest-his-concerts-after-picketing-orlando-victims-funerals-165455/

“So a church from Kansas called Westboro is planning on picketing the funerals of two men killed in the Orlando massacre. … Let me address,” Franklin tweeted to his 1 million followers on Friday. “Whoever your pastor is, he is the dumbest, most hateful ignorant man to ever lead ANY church. There is NO form of Godliness in this act … and a continuing issue of why the world sees us as hateful and judgmental.”

It is not always wise to address those groups of people who think they are acting in God’s name in the same manner that that group behaves. Proverbs tells us not to answer a fool after their own folly (paraphrased) and we need to be careful when we do answer foolish people.

Phelps cited Micah 6:9, Amos 3:6 and Luke 13:2-5 to defend his beliefs. “Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”

Yes but that doesn’t mean that this mass shooting was an example of those verses. Christians get killed in mass shootings as well so what evil did they not repent of to deserve such a  death? Being wise is better than foolishly speaking out and this goes for Mr. Franklin as well

“He’s not exegetical. He isolates the text and doesn’t include the heart and character of Christ,” Franklin responded. “His anger was ALWAYS against leaders. Not the sheep.”

We only have to point to the sin of Achan in Joshua 7 to see that Mr. Franklin is in error as well. There are other examples where God deals directly with the sheep for their sins. The sheep do not get a pass on disobedience but Mr. Franklin in his progressive religious state does not see those facts. We could point out how hate-filled and judgmental Mr. Franklin is being towards Westboro but that would be stating the obvious.

Be wise in dealing with those who are foolish so you do not look foolish or unbiblical as well.

 
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Posted by on June 23, 2016 in academics, Bible, church, comparative religions, controversial issues, faith, General Life, leadership

 

Why We Are Not Talking About Trump, Clinton

http://www.christianpost.com/news/trump-evangelical-leaders-clinton-defending-religious-freedom-165517/

While many of them said they still weren’t ready to endorse him for president, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump appears to have sufficiently convinced a gathering of more than 900 conservative Christian leaders that he is the best choice for protecting religious freedom.

At a press conference after the private meeting in Times Square, New York, between Trump and the leaders billed “A Conversation About America’s Future with Donald Trump and Ben Carson,” Kelly Shackelford, president and CEO of First Liberty Institute, said religious freedom was the top concern among the group and Trump’s conversation on the issue was “genuine.”

One reason is that in the past few election cycles, the only thing the candidates were fighting for was the presidential office. They had no other ideal or enemy spurring them to be great and they had no solution for the people of America and their problems. Their goal is merely to obtain the status that comes with being president, and in Hillary Clinton’s case, to be the first woman and former first lady to become President (both aspirations do not qualify her for such high office).

She brings less to the office than Trump, sorry women but that is the basic facts about Hillary Clinton. Being a woman does not make you presidential material, neither does being rich and the owner of a multi-billion dollar empire. if you compare the great leaders of the past, you will see that they had something our modern candidates lack, not just character and integrity but they had causes which refined them and made them stand up and lead.

Today’s candidates have no such higher purpose motivating them to succeed the outgoing president. The latter included in the modern group we are talking about now. Modern candidates do not have the purpose, the character or any other aspect that sets them apart from their fellow-man and declares that yes they are leaders. Too many have personal agendas which also are not qualifications for the presidential office. These personal agendas tend to alienate people not lead them to a better way to live.

Another reason we do not talk politics, aside from what we have written in the past, is that politics is now just a game which requires money to enter. No longer is the office special requiring great men to fill its vacancy as it has been reduced to a sales item at Macy’s bargain basement outlet.Everything that made that office great has been removed or shunted aside to allow the unscrupulous to purchase it at reduced prices. Sorry but a billion dollars is a discount when character, integrity, honesty and other great virtues are sacrificed in the pursuit of being President.

People need real leaders, not snake oil salesmen who will bottle their magic formula for leadership and sell it to them via sideshow acts.

Christians need to make a choice and you cannot serve both God and man thus they should be siding with God when it comes to any election, not just picking someone because they are on the same party or close to what they believe. They need to select those candidates who will not sacrifice virtues for status. Then they need to avoid any compromise.

Leadership is not a game nor is it a bargain item at the local thrift store. It is serious business because God’s creation is affected by their decisions. God has said that governments and leaders will have to give an account of their leadership  which is something that Christians have forgotten to tell the candidates for the past 30 years or so.

Presidents have a higher authority they are responsible to and they need to be reminded of this fact.Maybe then we will get candidates who are worthy to hold such power and authority.

 
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Posted by on June 22, 2016 in academics, Bible, church, controversial issues, faith, family, General Life, history, leadership, politics, theology

 
 
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