Tuesday, August 26, 2008

My Least Favorite Thing

My least favorite thing on planet earth is taking place over the next few days...we are moving! So, hopefully it won't be too long before we get settled in, get internet connection, and are functional again.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

A Charismatic Awakening?

I posted an article about false teacher and heretic Todd Bentley back in June. One of his followers sought to attack me for what I wrote, but now other charismatic leaders are pointing out the same things I mentioned about Bentley. Not only are they also calling him a heretic and false teacher, but they even acknowledge that most of his "healings" are not real healings. That comes as no surprise, but may be to many in the charismatic movement.

The Baptist Press is now reporting that Bentley and his wife are separating. We do not take joy in this, but are not shocked by the news based on what we have seen on television. The Baptist Press (BP) article also mentions the moral failure of other charismatic leaders in the past, but then speaks of the growth of the ministries of those who fell! Unbelievable! Bentley has apparently acknowledged that he and his wife have been receiving counseling for three years, and will take a year off from his ministry to receive counseling, and we hope salvation.

J. Lee Grady, a charismatic leader according to the BP, is basically calling for discernment among those in the charismatic movement. He says that ministers should have been much slower to endorse Bentley, and that many people are so spiritually hungry that they will eat anything.

The BP quotes Grady as saying, "Godly leaders are supposed to protect the sheep from heresy, not spoon feed deception to them. Only God knows how far this poison traveled from Lakeland to take root elsewhere. May God forgive us for allowing His Word to be so flippantly contaminated."

Praise God that some can see the forest through the trees. May the Lord use Grady to help lead a charismatic movement back to the Scriptures and to Christ.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Liberal Judge Creates His Own Truth For California Students

The San Franscio Chronicle states, "A federal judge says the University of California can deny course credit to applicants from Christian high schools whose textbooks declare the Bible infallible and reject evolution." Apparently U.S. District Judge James Otero of Los Angeles believes he is the determiner of what is truth and what isn't, and has sought to force his views of science and history upon the students of Christian schooling who seek to study at universities in California. His ruling rejects scientific courses that contain religious influence.

This is a move to try to remove the Creator from all teaching of science, and to impose a secular standard of education in the scientific field that the secularists want taught in Christian schools. The Chronicle quotes Jennifer Monk of Advocates for Faith and Freedom: "Science courses from a religious perspective are not approved," she said. "If it comes from certain publishers or from a religious perspective, UC simply denies them."

The Chronicle also quotes Judge Otero as saying, the text "'Biology for Christian Schools,' declares on the first page that 'if (scientific) conclusions contradict the Word of God, the conclusions are wrong.' Thus, he and others have rejected this as a legitimate textbook.

It would be interesting to match these kids' SAT scores to those from non-Christian schools. It is interesting that often homeschoolers are among the elite students in spelling bees, science fairs, and other such venues.

The secularists won't stop until they completely remove God from everything. Then in 100 years there will be a move to bring God back into the picture after our grandchildren and great-grandchildren see that God cannot be left out of the picture. In the meantime, lets be faithful to proclaim the truth that God created the world, and planned the end from the beginning.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Resting in His Sovereignty

We have been searching for a place to live for about 3 or 4 months now and haven't found anything. We have 2 weeks to move and there is nothing on the market that would work for our family. Today we roamed the streets of Kromeriz looking for a place to live, and came home with no leads.

So we entirely rest in the sovereignty of God. It will be interesting to see where we will be moving two weeks from today or what our situation will be. One thing for sure is that the Christian life isn't always easy, but we at least have confidence in knowing that God has the perfect plan for us even if it means we enter great difficulties. We know this from experience and from His Word. In the end I trust we will look back with great thanksgiving for whatever road the Lord would have us to take.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Home Sweet Home

There's no place like home! We had a great family vacation and are now back in the saddle. We haven't taken such a vacation in 4 years, so it was good to take off for 8-9 days and have no agenda other than playing with my kids and spending time with my wife. We did have a 3 day or so vacation back in December, but this was much longer and more relaxing.

I intentionally did not take my computer so as to not have anything that would compete for my time. And I survived. In fact, it was great not having it. All those people who wanted me to email them back had to wait, and it was fun to tell them why I didn't. :-)

Next on our agenda? Moving! Yes, my least favorite thing on planet earth. But it is God's will for us to move and we are thankful for it. Please pray for us as we have about 17 days to move and we still do not have a place to live.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Vacation Time

I know, I know. I am always on the road. At least it seems. The last 6-10 weeks have been absolutely crazy. Nevertheless, I'll be away from the computer for at least another week as I go on a one-week vacation with my family. The last time we did this was about 3 or 4 years ago. This time though, we are taking a tent.

Our family has grown and the dollar has fallen and we can no longer afford B&B's/motels. So we thank George Bush for his generous tax return that has made it possible for us to at least take a vacation in a tent. We have never done this before, but I bought a tent in the winter that can house 8 people! I got it for about $25, and now we will put it to the test!

So, all this to say I'm sorry I won't be posting for at least the next 8-10 days, but my family certainly deserves this time away. Especially since I was away for the last month doing ministry.