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"A people of promise..." Acts 2:39
"What is the problem of evil?" "What does it mean to be pro-life?" "Is there such a thing as a Reformed Pentecostal?" For the next several weeks, the pastors, elders, and staff of Covenant Baptist Church will be discussing questions like this, and along with others that have been submitted by you that deal with faith, science, culture, etc. 1 Peter 3:15 challenges Christians to have an answer for the reason why one has hope. So, if you are interested in finding answers and would like to learn more, please join us on each Wednesday evening at 6:30pm in the Sanctuary for the discussions. We hope to see you then!
Good morning from Mexico! Currently it’s 5:50 a.m. and I have never been up this early on a Saturday. As a lay in bed my thoughts are all about school. Tossing and turning I pull out my phone to make notes of things I need to print off for the kids. Few minutes later I remember something else. Then again and again until I decided to get up and start my day.
Ask the average American about the Protestant Reformation and you will undoubtedly be met with puzzlement. Mention Martin Luther and someone will ask, “Wasn’t that the Civil Right s leader?” No, that is Martin Luther King, Jr. Despite our cultural confusion and ignorance, our church is celebrating the Protestant Reformation this entire month. Now that invites a question. Why are we commemorating the Reformation when so many churches are not? ...
Normally my Sunday mornings begin around four o’clock with a large pot of fresh coffee reviewing lessons to be taught that day and making final preparations for our worship services. Later, I take on my role as the enforcer making sure the children get ready per mom’s orders so we all leave the house on time. January 22, however, was no normal Sunday.
There are many things I enjoy. I enjoy my wife, my children, theology, the outdoors and all the other things that my Christian brothers and sisters who will critically read this think I must include, but let me cut to the chase; I enjoy listening to Merle Haggard’s music.
...In the last post I gave examples of how understanding the Bible requires some intellectual expertise ... I would like to continue in this theme and explain a few more fallacies that we see in our day in the evangelical-American Church.
This past weekend, David, Michael, and I went to Washington, DC, to attend a "Weekender" at Capitol Hill Baptist Church... A Weekender is a special conference for elders to come to CHBC and to be exposed (immersed really) into the inner workings of their church and elder leadership... We were greatly impressed and challenged by what we saw and learned there...
In the previous posts, I have introduced the indispensable nature of academic study for the development of our Christian faith. In this post I would like to demonstrate how underlying attitudes can contribute to inaccurately interpreting the Bible.
In my last post, dated Oct 15, 2013, I explained my desire to make the following case: Why Christian education is a non-negotiable in the life of the believer individually and in the life of the church corporately. I also stated, “There is a prevailing attitude in many evangelical churches that devalues rigorous study and scholarship in the local church.” In this post, I would like to expound on this problem among the laity.
Last month we looked at the humility of Elijah and how, after so much success, he might have “believed his own press” and thought he was responsible for so many miraculous things. Instead, he humbly trusted in the Lord to do His holy will. I noted then that it was not his stature before men that was important; it was his posture before God. But, as we saw in Moses’ case (in sermons on Numbers 11), the most humble and godly people can grow weary, fainthearted and even seem faithless...
17 “Thus says the Lord God: Are you he of whom I spoke in former days by my servants the prophets of Israel, who in those days prophesied for years that I would bring you against them? 18 But on that day, the day that Gog shall come against the land of Israel, declares the Lord God, my wrath will be roused in my anger.
Ezekiel 38 English Standard Version (ESV)
38 The word of the Lord came to me: 2 “Son of man, set your face toward Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him 3 and say, Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I am against you, O Gog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal.4 And I will turn you about and put hooks into your jaws, and I will bring you out, and all your army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed in full armor, a great host, all of them with buckler and shield, wielding swords. 5 Persia, Cush, and Put are with them, all of them with shield and helmet; 6 Gomer and all his hordes; Beth-togarmah from the uttermost parts of the north with all his hordes—many peoples are with you.
Ezekiel 37:21-28 (NASB)
21 Say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I will take the sons of Israel from among the nations where they have gone, and I will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land; 22 and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king will be king for all of them; and they will no longer be two nations and no longer be divided into two kingdoms. 23 They will no longer defile themselves with their idols, or with their detestable things, or with any of their transgressions; but I will deliver them from all their dwelling places in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them. And they will be My people, and I will be their God.
The Davidic Kingdom
24 “My servant David will be king over them, and they will all have one shepherd; and they will walk in My ordinances and keep My statutes and observe them. 25 They will live on the land that I gave to Jacob My servant, in which your fathers lived; and they will live on it, they, and their sons and their sons’ sons, forever; and David My servant will be their prince forever. 26 I will make a covenant of peace with them; it will be an everlasting covenant with them. And I will place them and multiply them, and will set My sanctuary in their midst forever. 27 My dwelling place also will be with them; and I will be their God, and they will be My people. 28 And the nations will know that I am the Lord who sanctifies Israel, when My sanctuary is in their midst forever.”’”
Ezekiel 37 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
37 The hand of the Lord was upon me, and He brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of the valley; and it was full of bones. 2 He caused me to pass among them round about, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley; and lo, they were very dry. 3 He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord God, You know.” 4 Again He said to me, “Prophesy over these bones and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.’ 5 Thus says the Lord God to these bones, ‘Behold, I will cause breath to enter you that you may come to life. 6 I will put sinews on you, make flesh grow back on you, cover you with skin and put breath in you that you may come alive; and you will know that I am the Lord.’”