Preaching: Truth Divorced From Life

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.—James 1:22

There is scarcely anything so dull and meaningless as Bible doctrine taught for its own sake. Truth divorced from life is not truth in its Biblical sense, but something else and something less….

No man is better for knowing that God in the beginning created the heaven and the earth. The devil knows that, and so did Ahab and Judas Iscariot. No man is better for knowing that God so loved the world of men that He gave His only begotten Son to die for their redemption. In hell there are millions who know that. Theological truth is useless until it is obeyed. The purpose behind all doctrine is to secure moral action….

Any man with fair pulpit gifts can get on with the average congregation if he just “feeds” them and lets them alone. Give them plenty of objective truth and never hint that they are wrong and should be set right, and they will be content.

On the other hand, the man who preaches truth and applies it to the lives of his hearers will feel the nails and the thorns. He will lead a hard life, but a glorious one. May God raise up many such prophets. The church needs them badly. Of God and Men, 25-28.

“Lord, I want to be one of those bold prophets, faithfully declaring Your word, no matter the consequences. Enable me, by Your Spirit, I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Suprisingly…

on the bus, a few days ago, i shared with someone that it has been 6 years in Christ.

This person’s deameanor slouched, “Oh, then you are a baby in Christ.” they said, monotoned.

My deameanor never faultered, “Yes, yes, i am.”

pause

“But i’ve done more in these past 6 years than i’ve done ALL my life!” 😀

“How old are you?”

“48.”

“Oh, i thought you were 34, thirty…(something)”

A short time later i mention how i’ve read through the Bible once and now i do it in audio, with my phone, Bible Gateway.

“Hold up, you read through the Bible…(already)?”, the person said with a gulp as i verified, with a nod.

“Yes, i’ve read through the Bible once, and i’m going through it again, this time auditorily, with Bible Gateway App.”

i didn’t ask how long he’s supposedly been in Christ, because

  1. It is irrelevant
  2. it was obvious He was barely Christian

His surprise has me wondering why?

Did he think it was impossible? He never thought to try?

Why?

Even if a person is a very slow reader, plod along.

This is also why i mention often that the Bible can be listened to for free.

Doen’t mean you have to sit there and pay attention!

Doesn’t mean you can’t hear while sleeping either!

In fact, i highly recommend, that a person turn the volume down to a barely understandable volume, and go to sleep!

With headphones, or your speaker murmuring in the background!

Have The Bible be your podcast, your meditative session, your positive affirmation session.

It will enter your subconcious easier sleeping.

(You can have the Audio Bible playing while you clean house, audible or blasting! This is why i love headphones! 😀 To work, going home, in the car, stepping off the bus! I listen on the bus too, waiting for it…)

We need our tapes cleansed! Replaced with the Lord.

Easy way to do that is, by hearing the Bible everyday, on your own time, away from “church”.

It is not enough to read parts of the Bible, everday, for eternity!

Make it your duty to read the entire Bible! (Old & New Covenant included)

Pick a way!

i choose to alternate between the Old Testament & The New Testament.

i keep track of where i left off (currently Gal 6 & 2 Kings 9). i update the number each day, updating the chapter when it is time to do so.

i use to track the date i did it, that i stopped.

i also use to think, ‘Oh, i have already read a chapter for today.”

Stopped those thoughts with, irrevelant!

Now, that problem i was having about reading the Bible, is being circumvented, by these things.)

Bible Gateway has more versions in audio, than any other i know of, yet there are other audio Bibles.

Bible Gateway is online as well (for those who do not have smartphones).

No computer? Library.

Don’t want to?

Record the Bible in your own voice!

Using your phone!

If you have access to a tape recorder, do it!

There are coloring books of bible verses!

i tell myself that i can draw a verse or chapter (this always shuts up the negativity towards reading or listening to the Bible for some reason, very quickly and almost permanently.

i attempted it once, desiring to expand my time with Christ.)

You can read the whole Bible yourself! On your own, without a ‘meeting’ or other people.

Just like praise & worship.

You can do both alone,, without going to ‘church’.

Church is a place to go after having done the above!

(Morning services may prevent that)

Christians do not just listen to verses at church.

There are many Bible reading/study programs to follow, for free.

i made up my own, for reminders are stressful (annoyed & guilty).

Reading a Children’s Bible COUNTS!

Picture Bibles!

i use apps designed for Children & Christ, when the Lord designates a fast time for me (usually the 24 hour ones.)

i fast from anything not directly related to Christ.

This is what i do on Oct 31st, fast like this, and i pray.

i can add other activities centered on Christ.

We have stuff like this for children, not for Adults.

I want Action Bible for Adults! i’ll even try out Veggie Tales for Adults!

Currently use Superbook! 🙂 For it has awesome games, centered on Christ.

There are those who would disagree with how some of it is applied, i say, make your own then!

i have been trying to think up some Christian games on my own.

It is a lot harder than it looks!

Unless you already are creatively thinking/making up games, it is.

After a couple of years of occasionally praying about this (increased to multiple times every month lately though), Christian entertainment…

Finally achieving a more concrete idea! 😀

i do desire an app, but a physical version will be just fine.

For i get bored or too stressed, i want to take it easy!

So far Christianity for Children, are the only ones who do!

They try to make it fun!

Most adults look down on you if you do not behave like it is…fun.

This creates an environment of hypocrisy!

Leave Puritan Christianity behind!

And follow Christ by yourself in your heart!

Break free from convention and get creative in Christ!

By putting Yeshua into everything you do!

(ie: tis why we have Psalm 112:7 Tech/Info/News Ministry.

Millions use tech. Start using every bit of tech for/with/in Christ!

Let’s create our world!

me? won’t cross into virtual reality, yet hopefully, someone in Christ is.

The Internet, tech is territory, ripe for conquering in Yeshua’s holy name!

Hallelujah !

(P.S. Someone has made a Virtual Bible! Can you imagine that?) 😀

The Holy Spirit At Work

Kefa Sempangi was pastor of the large Redeemed Church of Uganda. Easter Sunday 1973 was his first serious brush with death at the hands of Idi Amin’s goons.

After an all-day worship service he went exhausted to the vestry to change clothes—too exhausted to notice the five strangers (government secret police goons) following him into the room:

They stood between me and the door, pointing their rifles at my face.

For a long moment no one said anything. Then the tallest man, obviously the leader, spoke. “We are going to kill you,” he said. “If you have something to say, say it before you die.” He spoke quietly but his face was twisted with hatred.

I could only stare at him. For a sickening moment I felt the full weight of his rage. We had never met before but his deepest desire was to tear me to pieces.

My mouth felt heavy and my limbs began to shake. Everything left my control. They will not need to kill me, I thought to myself. I am just going to fall over dead and I will never see my family again.

From far away I heard a voice, and I was astonished to realize that it was my own. “I do not need to plead my own cause,” I heard myself saying. “I am a dead man already. My life is dead and hidden in Christ. It is your lives that are in danger; you are dead in your sins. I will pray to God that after you have killed me, He will spare you from eternal destruction.”

The tall one took a step towards me and then stopped. In an instant, his face was changed. His hatred had turned to curiosity. He lowered his gun and motioned to the others to do the same. They stared at him in amazement but they took their guns from my face.

Then the tall one spoke again. “Will you pray for us now?” he asked. I thought my ears were playing a trick. I looked at him and then at the others. My mind was completely paralyzed.

“Father in heaven,” I prayed, “You who have forgiven men in the past, forgive these men also. Do not let them perish in their sins but bring them into yourself.”

RESPONSE: Realizing I am dead in Christ brings boldness to proclaim truth even in fearful situations.

PRAYER: Lord, help me to trust You in times of fear and challenge and allow Your Spirit to take control of every situation.

1. F. Kefa Sempangi, A Distant Grief, Glendale, CA: G/L Publications, 1979, pp.119-120.

He Owns It All

He Owns It All

“Everything under heaven belongs to me.” Job 41:11

When I (JCD) was a four-year-old boy, my grandmother gave me a one-dollar bill. I thought I was fabulously rich. Two days later, my mother asked me if I was going to give God His “tithe” on the money. That was a new idea for me. I dutifully placed a dime in the offering plate that Sunday and learned a valuable lesson. It was the beginning of a lifelong policy of giving God a portion of every dollar I’ve ever earned.

Do you do the same? Have you taught your children about tithing? Do they see you give regularly? It’s not that we owe 10 percent of our income to God, and the other 90 percent belongs to us. He owns the 90 percent, too, and what we do with those resources is a spiritual decision. The book of Malachi (3:8–9) tells us that a person who doesn’t tithe is actually robbing God!

Tithing can be likened to exercise that stretches and strengthens our generosity. It doesn’t represent the limit to our giving, but rather, a starting point that helps us grow. Paul said, “See that you also excel in this grace of giving” (2 Corinthians 8:7). Let’s steward God’s resources in ways that are wise and pleasing to Him.

Before you say good night…

Do your children truly understand that God owns everything?

Are you tithing? Could you give more? How about your kids?

How can you best teach them to give back to the Lord?

Forgive us, Jesus, for living at times as if our money is our own and not a gift from You. We need to grow in these things, just as in every other area of our lives. Thank You for Your patience with us and for daily walking at our side. Amen.

  • From Night Light For Parents, by Dr. James & Shirley Dobson
    Copyright © 2000 by James Dobson, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

When You go to church give your 10%!

Whether you like the church or not!

Some churches are not using the money in the way they should (to help save folk and help provide for the needs of the congregation (beyond just administrative needs).

GIVE ANYWAY!

For you ARE NOT giving the money to them, you are giving it to Elohim and concentrate on that EACH TIME you give! and i will guarantee you that if the funds are being misused, Elohim will take care of it in His own way and in His own time…

When you give regularly, with this kind of trust towards Elohim, you will see doors/opportunities open for you like never before!

For i was at a church i didn’t like, anymore…yet i was still going there, and i continued to pay my tithes, every month. I didn’t have money for offerings, etc and sometimes food was scarce sometimes at the end of the month…but the Lord had a sister from the church come by and help me out, and some how, some way the food i bought LASTED LONGER!

Indeed a miracle, it was like the lady and the jars of oil! (from the bible-great story by the way).

GIVE to the church you go to, not to that International Feed the children or the local Animal Shelter!

One can still give to these places, its just THEY ARE SECONDARY to the place you go every week.

Even if its less than that (or more) GIVE to THAT church before you give elsewhere.

Money is tight for many people…find a penny? Give that.

One time i had $5 only and i debated long about to give it or buy food, i gave it and literally found $5 in the street when i left the building! <me finding $ is EXTREMELY rare! Except for the occasional change <which i am gonna have to start collecting>

You can also give to Romans 8:12 Mother Ministry at: https://www.givesendgo.com/romens812

THANK YOU for supporting those who work for Christ! 😀

C.S. Lewis Daily

September 30, 2017

Today’s Reading

On doubt

As far as you (and I) are concerned I have no doubt that the fear you mention is simply a temptation of the devil, an effort to keep us away from God by despair. It is often the devil working through some defect in our health, and in extreme cases it needs a medical as well as a spiritual cure. So don’t listen to these fears and doubts any more than you would to any obviously impure or uncharitable thoughts. . . . Of course, like other evil temptations, they will not be silenced at once. You will think you have got rid of them and then they will come back again—and again. But, with all our temptations of all sorts, we must just endure this. Keep on, do your duty, say your prayers, make your communions, and take no notice of the tempter. He goes away in the end. Remember I John iii, 20 “If (=though) our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart.”

From The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume III
Compiled in Words to Live By

The Collected Letters of C. S. Lewis, Volume III: Narnia, Cambridge, and Joy 1950-1963. Copyright © 2007 by C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers. Words to Live By: A Guide for the Merely Christian. Copyright © 2007 by C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers.

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How To Live the Bible

how to live the bible

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Knowing the Bible is important, but living the Bible is the real goal of a life of vital faith.

n October author and pastor Dr. Mel Lawrenz, who previously wrote the series How to Understand the Bible and How to Study the Bible, begins a new weekly email series called How to Live the Bible. These practical lessons will help any believer understand how to apply the truth of Scripture to everyday life and how our lives can be shaped and transformed.

Everyday life includes highs and lows, accomplishments and failures, gains and losses. Whatever our circumstances, we need what James called “the implanted word” which can rescue us (James 1:21). We are to be “doers of the word, and not hearers only.” Or, as Jesus said, “Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock” (Matthew 7:24).

But how do we do that? How do we get over our hesitations? How do we know what God wants us to do in response to the word?

(Dr. Mel Lawrenz has written 17 books—most recently Spiritual Leadership Today)

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Bible Gateway Plus

via Bible Gateway Plus

Was trepidatious about this Bible Gateway Plus, for i have had the free version in the past on my phone (not much space with Androids that aren’t Samsungs) and i was NOT that impressed.

Today though i found out that Bible Gateway Plus allows access to The NIV Bible Encyclopedia of Difficulties-which asked some very good questions while i was doing my Bible Devotion for today.

Studying 1 Samuel 27 by listening to the audio, i had to rewind to hear again the last part of Chapter 27…then i had to see the words by looking up the NASB version on Bible Gateway and then pulling out my NASB Living Application version to see what it had to say, which led me all the way to 1 Samuel 30! 🙂

Questions like:

First Samuel contains several instances of lying and deceit on the part of God’s chosen servant David and of Samuel the prophet (1 Sam. 16202127). Did the Lord really condone lying and…

In the light of his dealings with Bathsheba and her husband, Uriah, how could David be regarded by the Lord as a servant whose heart was “perfect” before Him (cf. 1 Kings 11:415:3Acts…

Wonderful! 🙂 Now i’m impatient to see their answers! A 30 day free trial, then $3.99 a month? Oh yeah!

Also i am interested in checking out the New Spirit-filled Bible Versions!

Elohim says, “My people are destroyed from the lack of knowledge.” Hosea 4:6

Help that NOT be you! For you have not time, for you DO NOT MAKE time for the Lord! #romens812