Friday, October 06, 2006

Fresh Meat

Wow, what a find. I was playing with the idea of downloading some music from MSN for our trip this weekend and I stumbled on to a wealth of sermons available for download or streaming to your PC/MAC (isn't a mak just a PC?)

Check it out Sermon Audio and be sure to listen to the sermon God's Sovereignty vs. Man's Responsibility back up the hay wagon and unload the hay. Lots and lots of good teaching on here ... and some people that just don't quite grasp reality. ?Ah Discernment? :-)

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Biblical definition of 'foreknow'

What is the Biblical definition of 'foreknow' in Rom 8:29
Romans 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate [to be] conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Foreknow in the greek "proginosko" => to have determined beforehand. To foreknow those whom God elected to salvation. To determine in advance those that God had chosen.

Examine at I Peter 1:2
I Peter 2:1 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.

In I Peter 1:2 the word foreknowledge in Greek is prognosis or to pre-arrange.

Somehow some christians take these verses out of context and use and apply it in their doctrine with devistating results. The consequences of saying that God looked down and saw man's good choice to select God and then God elected them is a works based salvation. Man did something good (chose God) and God rewards him for his actions with Salvation

Christians, preachers and teachers, learned men of God cling to this wrong teaching. Saved by Grace through Faith but you still throw out this definition of foreknowledge you just threw out the Sovereignty of God and put man in Control of Salvation.

An Unlikely Disciple

This morning I read this in my devotions .... "And after five failed marriages and living with a man not her husband, the woman at the well (John 4:5-42) must have seemed to others to be an unlikely disciple. Still, her testimony brought the entire village to hear Jesus, and many believed his message. No one is too young, too old, too "muddied" by sin, or too damaged by life to do God's work. God wants to use all believers to serve in the kingdom; we need only be willing."

I spent years of my christian life believing that some people are unfit to serve God. Recently I was called into account for that past belief and looking back at it I have to admit I was wrong (pick my wife up off the floor). Although I can think of positions of service that perhapse should be guarded I can think of nothing finer than an "experienced sinner" getting the opportunity to minister to other sinners.

What is this oportunity that God has given us to share his word with the entire world. Love that is so strong to pull us from our sinful way and lead us to God's arms. Who are we to say who should and should not serve, who are we to say who should and should not worship.

One verse that I have been going over in the process of "working out" my salvation (Phl 2:12-13) uses the word "ALL."

2Pe 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

The word "all" is all without exception. All that God has given to Jesus for salvation will be saved. It doesn't matter what we think about the person that God chooses for salvation, even the unlikely disciples that are among them. There is a song by Casting Crowns that has an interesting tag line to the last chorus.

Jesus paid much too high a price
For us to pick and choose who should come
And we are the Body of Christ.
If We Are The Body by Casting Crowns

What a start to the day.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

No more calls

The National Do Not Call Registry is up and it will keep a lot of calls from telemarketers away from your phone and messing with your supper time.

Please register your numbers.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Correcting Error

So the question has becomes, "Can I tolerate people who are willfully ignorant to the Truth?"

Now it isn't "every day people" that I am having a hard time. It is people in leadership that are driving me nuts. The bad part is the "understanding" of the lie is based on an unstudied part of scripture. There isn't even a logical argument; it is just lack of education enhanced by incorrect doctrinal teaching that leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth.

So I got myself here ... do I want to get out? My options seem very limited. It isn't even a "Paradise Lost" experience...

Sadness, mitigated with hope.