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Today’s Technology Brings Bad Theology

December 11, 2008

Today’s Technology Brings Bad Theology

Birken-im-Herbst-find-the-fly-mushroom“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let that person be under God’s curse! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let that person be under God’s curse!” –Galatians 1:6-9

There had been a lot of work done. Paul gave up the best years his life in order to spread the true gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus spent three years spreading the kingdom of God, mentoring disciples, and then He died on the cross so that we could have a chance to be saved by His grace through our faith. But now somebody had come into a community of believers and spread vicious propaganda about how Jesus wasn’t good enough. Jesus was no longer the way to be saved. Does this sound familiar?

With today’s technology we gain bad theology. Each day we are hit with false gospels. We view this on television and internet or we hear it on the radio. It seems so subtle that we may not even notice we are being taught ideas contrary to Christ teachings. Take commercials for instance. They teach us to want what we do not have. As a Christian we are to strive at being content with what we have. Is it okay to own nice materialistic objects? Sure, but they shouldn’t be our main focus in life. Our focus should be the same as Jesus’: Spreading His kingdom here on earth through loving kindness, while teaching others to do the same.

Following false gospels will have dire consequences! Those who preach a false gospel will be under God’s curse. Doesn’t sound fun, right? But you know what? God doesn’t want to put anybody under His curse; that is evident with the sending of His Son. In fact He leaves the option up to people of whether or not they will receive grace or receive a curse. If one preaches a false gospel or if they follow a false gospel they will ultimately be under God’s curse.

Good advise: If you hear some body say, “Jesus was a good man but…” there are a few things you could do. If you are watching television just hit the power button. If you are being spoken to by an individual ask them why they believe what they believe and be ready to explain why you believe what you believe. If you can, try and help the misguided teacher avoid God’s curse. If they will not listen, offer up a silent prayer to God that He would soften this person’s heart and then just walk away.

Remember what Jesus did for all of humanity on the cross. He came to set us free from the curse. We avoid the curse by choosing to accept God’s grace through our faith. Keep on in the faith of the true gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Sons Of Scotland

December 9, 2008

Sons Of Scotland

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“I am William Wallace. And I see a whole army of my countrymen,
here in defiance of tyranny! You have come to fight as free men. And
free man you are! What will you do without freedom? Will you fight?”
“Two thousand against ten?” – the veteran shouted. “No! We will
run – and live!”
“Yes!” Wallace shouted back. “Fight and you may die. Run and you
will live at least awhile. And dying in your bed many years from now,
would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that for
one chance, just one chance, to come back here as young men and tell
our enemies that they may take our lives but they will never take
our freedom!”

That is my most favorite speech ever!  After hearing it I feel like picking up my sword and fighting off the English… sorry England.  Most men today do not have a chance to fight off oppression.  If you live in America then more than likely you have never been oppressed.  We are more like the church in Laodicea in that we are well-to-do.  Even if you are living in poverty in America you are rich in comparison to the rest of the world.  We live better than most kings throughout history.  And most of us feel like all the battles have been fought.  Guess what.  All the battles haven’t been fought.  1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”  As Christians this is our main battle.  Satan and his angels attack us everyday.  So be on your guard and ready to fight.  How do we fight?  Through prayer and with God’s word.  Get His word in your heart.

One last thing.  Wouldn’t it be nice if scripture had its own William Wallace?  It has so much more!  I recommend reading through Nehemiah each day this week.  Pay close attention to his integrity.  He was a man who stayed close to God, and God’s people.  He also gave some speeches that would even make the heads in Hollywood turn and take notice:

“And all this time our enemies were saying, ‘They won’t know what hit them. Before they know it we’ll be at their throats, killing them right and left. That will put a stop to the work!’ The Jews who were their neighbors kept reporting, ‘They have us surrounded; they’re going to attack!’ If we heard it once, we heard it ten times.

So I stationed armed guards at the most vulnerable places of the wall and assigned people by families with their swords, lances, and bows. After looking things over I stood up and spoke to the nobles, officials, and everyone else: ‘Don’t be afraid of them. Put your minds on the Master, great and awesome, and then fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes.'” –Nehemiah 4:12-14

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Gmail Server Down… Please Hold

December 4, 2008

Gmail Server Down… Please Hold

baum-treeColossians 3:12, “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”

It seems that nobody has enough time for patience these days.  Take communication for example.  It started with the phone.  Well I guess it started with yelling but I thought I would move us ahead a few thousand years.  At one time you could leave your house and you were phone free.  You would get home and there was no answering machine to check… until the answering machine was brought to the scene.  Do you remember call waiting? Click, Click… “oh could you please wait while I check to see if there is somebody more important on the other line?”  It was never said that way but maybe should have been.  Then there was the cell phone.  The stylish ones at least.  Do you remember when you used to actually talk on a cell phone?  Now you can text, check email, and water your plants with them.

Do you find yourself losing patience when these great technologies don’t work right?  How attached are you.  Just a little while ago I was trying to write an email and google informed me that I would have to wait because their server is down.  Wait!?  What do they mean wait?  I want it to work now!  Why do I want it to work now?  Because I have not practice the spiritual discipline of patience.  If you find yourself running thin on this attribute why not ask God to lend you some.

PS: Not responsible for difficult situations you may find yourself in once God gives you an opportunity to develop patience.

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Imperfections In Motion

December 3, 2008

Imperfections In Motion

Beautiful TreeActs 15:36-39, “Some time later Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us go back and visit the brothers in all the towns where we preached the word of the Lord and see how they are doing.”  Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them, but Paul did not think it wise to take him, because he had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in the work.  They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company….”

Last summer I had the opportunity to go on a month long missions trip.  My spouse and I had spent a lot of time training and raising money so that we would be fully prepared to go.  The meetings were exhausting and it seems that there were a lot of people who would rather pray for us than to donate from their resources.  After many exhausting months we were ready to go.  We boarded the flight with our teammate and headed for our destination.

After arriving we dove into our work and were really enjoying it but I was beginning to notice a problem.  Our teammate and myself kept butting heads.  I think that we were to much a like in too many ways.  I really desired the best for my teammate but in the end I was unable to gain his trust.  We still talk from time to time but I think we both realize it is better for us not to be around each other.

Is it okay for Christians not to get along?  I think it depends.  What is the motive of each individual?  Are they being selfish or have they really tried to see each others view?  I tend to believe that Paul and Barnabas tried to settle their disagreements but, in the end, were unable to do so.  They parted company and both had terrible ministries afterwards, right?  Wrong!  God was able to use both of these men and an argument may have actually contributed to spreading the gospel quicker.

If you are currently not seeing eye to eye with a fellow brother or sister in Christ I want to encourage you to remember that things like that happen.  Sure you need to check your motive and ask God to soften your heart but just remember that not everyone , Christian or not, is going to get along with you.

Do you believe that God still chooses to use us despite our imperfections?

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