Friday, October 31, 2008

Iraq Vet Weighs in on Election

3,000 Year Old Hebrew Text Found

Archaeologists have found a Hebrew text that they say dates to the time of King David. Click here for story. It was found near the Elah Valley where David killed Goliath. I was in the Elah Valley in June and was moved by the experience as it is one of the few places in Israel where no one has built a church on the site.

If the story is accurate it just gives further confirmation to what we already know. It further confirms the accuracy, and trustworthiness of the Holy Scriptures. Though it doesn't appear to be a biblical text, it does show that the Hebrew language was used during this time period which some may want to dispute.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

LA Times No More?

I have tried to restrain myself and not put much political stuff on my blog. However, the blatant bias of the media this year is appalling and the massive cover-up for Obama is numbing.

The Los Angeles Times has decided that it will protect Obama at all costs. It is now hiding a video that knows would be extremely damaging to the Obama campaign. Click here to learn more. This is apparently a party of people who are opposed to Israel. I am here calling upon Americans to contact the LA Times and demand they release the video immediately, and to never again purchase the LA Times if they do not do so.

1-877-554-4000 and nancy.sullivan@latimes.com and readers.rep@latimes.com

What is taking place this year is journalistic malpractice. If news organizations are willing to take such extreme measures to keep the TRUTH from us, then they are not worthy of our business.


Monday, October 27, 2008

The UnTruth Quote of the Week

What is wrong with this quote?

"What, then, is truth? A mobile army of metaphors, metonyms, and anthropomorphisms--in short, a sum of human relations, which have been enhanced, transposed, and embellished poetically and rhetorically, and which after long use seem firm, canonical and obligatory to a people: truths are illusions about which one has forgotten that this is what they are: metaphors which are worn out and without sensuous power; coins which have lost their pictures and now matter only as metal, no longer as coins."

- Friedrich Nietzsche, as quoted in The Hermeneutical Spiral, p. 483.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Give This Lady a Pay Raise and a Promotion

My wife says I shouldn't be so political on my blog, but I think this is hilarious. This lady asks what many people think. Too bad we don't see more of this type of questioning to get the truth out of some of these Democrats and Republicans. After next week I'll try to keep any political posting to a bare minimum.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

I Voted!

My wife and I voted yesterday! We filled out our absentee ballots and mailed them off to the State of California. There were some very important items on there to vote for in addition to the various candidates (i.e. homosexual marriage, an abortion amendment, and some spending measures).

Don't take this election for granted and assume anything. Go vote!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

No Prayer in Jesus Name?

World Net Daily has reported that the governor of Virginia, Tim Kaine, has forbidden chaplains from praying in Jesus' name. He, seeking to establish a non-sectarian form of prayer, is discriminating and persecuting those who pray in Jesus' name. As a result of his orders six chaplains have been forced to resign their positions. Kaine's government intervention in the words that chaplains use in their prayers is over the top and violates the separation of church and state.

There will be a protest/rally/prayer service in Richmond on November 1. It's aims is that this government mandated form of prayer will be overturned. When the government starts telling you how to pray, what words to use, and to not pray in Jesus' name that is scary. What will they demand next?

If you would like to contact the governor to voice your opinion, here is his contact information:

To email the governor click here.
Other contact information click here.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Hank Williams Sings "McCain-Palin Tradition"

Truth Quote of the Week

Here is a quote by Jan Hus who was driven out of Prague for preaching the truth.

“I fled, in order that impious priests might not prohibit the preaching of the word of God, and that you might not be deprived, on my account, of the Divine truth, for which, by the grace of God, I am ready to die.”

- Jan Hus

- p.50 – Letter XI – Letters of Hus - Mackenzie

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Trusting God in Difficult Times

My posting has slowed as of late. I just experienced the most stressful week I've had for a couple years now. But I take great comfort in Psalm 115, which I'll preach this Sunday. In this psalm the psalmist shows that God is superior above all gods. Though the nations may say "Where is their God?" We can answer with verse 3: "But our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases."

There is no need to despair. This verse is a great comfort to me personally. Though there's nothing we can do to change our circumstances, we can trust Him and call upon Him in prayer knowing that God does whatever He pleases. The contrast in this psalm is with the gods of the nations...idols. Unlike them, our God can hear, and see, and speak, and act. We just need to trust Him and watch Him do great and mighty things which we know not.

Whether you are stressed because of spiritual attacks, family problems, problems at work, stressed over the political situation, discouraged by things at church, or whatever; in the end we can take comfort in the fact that God does whatever He pleases. His plan is far greater than ours and far more perfect. He will do that which is right. We just need to trust Him and trust that He will reward the righteous as He has promised.

Rest in His sovereignty. Trust Him to do only that which is good. Take comfort in the victory that comes only in Him. He is working behind the scenes where we cannot see.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Youth Conference Pics

Here are a couple pics from the youth conference. I'm a bad picture taker, but I took two pictures and someone took one of me with my camera. It was a great conference as we had more than double the usual number of youth that come to the regional conference. We had about 150 there, and we praise the Lord for that. The kids heard some great messages and were challenged to be doers of the Word and not hearers only.

I had the most controversial lecture of the conference, "what does it mean to be charismatic?" It was given to me by the guys who organized the conference, so I take it that I got the topic no one else wanted! Nevertheless, I think it went well and maybe some heard things for the first time.

They wanted my seminar to be more focused on being charismatic in the sense of having charisma for Christ. But I did throw in some things there about charismatic theology (i.e. Spirit baptism and the filling of the Spirit) to feed the interest that the title probably aroused.

Now we are all recovering from a crazy week! I think our pastor is going to take a vacation to recover from the thing.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Moravian Youth Conference

I have had a crazy two weeks. The busiest of the entire fall semester. Today begins the Regional Youth Conference, which means the youth from the Moravian churches of the Baptist Union. There will be a couple other churches participate in the conference though, and we are expecting our facilities to be maxed out.

The pastor was telling me that there are usually about 50-70 youth at the regional conferences, but the one we are hosting already has over 110 youth signed up and that doesn't include our church. We are praying that the Lord will use this conference to spiritually awaken the youth for His glory.

I will have a seminar at the conference and have been given the topic, "What is a Charismatic." I think it is the topic no one else wanted. However, the emphasis I have been asked to focus on is in the sense of being excited for Christ. So, we'll see how it goes, and I'll hopefully post a few pics in a couple days.