Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. - John 1:14

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Chasing Away Christmas

Chase Bank forced a branch to remove a Christmas tree from its lobby. They said the tree was offensive to some customers.

Well, my wife wanted me to open a couple accounts with them since some relatives have an account there. But after being offended by their anti-Christmas/Christmas tree policy I have decided to open our accounts elsewhere.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Southern Gospel Music

My postings will pick up again after my dissertation is finished, but I am compelled to comment tonight.

I was just flipping through the channel guide on the TV and saw "Gospel Music" as a program on one of the channels. So, I turned it on! However, I was quickly turned off by what I saw!

I grew up listening to Southern Gospel Music and I love it! I'll never forget the Kingsman Concert in the Roanoke Civic Center in Roanoke, VA back in 1995/1996. It was absolutely fantastic. In fact it wasn't really a concert. It was more of a worship service. I remember leaving there feeling as though I was leaving a worship service at church. The singers seemed genuine and I don't remember them trying to put on a show.

However, what I saw tonight was disgusting to me. One of the singers was one of my favorite singers from the Cathedrals years ago. He has now formed a new group of his own and they were on there giving a tribute to the Cathedrals of old. But it was appalling. After watching for about 2 minutes I thought, "What a bunch of clowns!"

These guys were dancing around, making goofy faces, seeking to be in some way comical, and etc. This is contrary to the words they were singing. The song they were singing could have been worshipful, but their behavior turned it into a show. The focus was taken off of Christ and put on them and their acting. How disgraceful!

Sadly the audience was in standing ovation and clapping their hands. I don't believe this is what we'll see in heaven. The focus will be on Christ and no one will be parading on stage to make people laugh and tickle their ears.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Go Vote!

It is "Vote-the-Bums-Out-of-Office Day."

Go join in the fun and celebration!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Preacher - A Man of God

This was taken from a message John MacArthur gave at what I believe was a graduation. This speaks of the work of a pastor in becoming a man of God.

Fling him into his office. Tear the office sign from the door. Nail on the sign, "Study." Take him off the mailing list. Lock him up with his books and his typewriter and his Bible. Slam him down on his knees before texts and broken hearts, and the flick of lives and a superficial flock and before a holy God. Force him to be the one man in our surfeited communities who knows about God. Throw him into the ring to box with God until he learns how short his arms are. Engage him to wrestle with God all the night through, and let him come out only when he's bruised and beaten into being a blessing.

Shut his mouth forever spouting remarks, and stop his tongue forever tripping lightly over every nonessential. Require him to have something to say before he dares break the silence, and bend his knees in the lonesome valley. Burn his eyes with weary study. Wreck his emotional poise with worry for God. And make him exchange his pious stance for a humble walk with God and man. Make him spend and be spent for the glory of God. Rip out his telephone. Burn up his ecclesiastical success sheets. Put water in his gas tank. Give him a Bible and tie him to the pulpit and make him preach the Word of the living God.

Test him. Quiz him. Examine him. Humiliate him for his ignorance of things divine. Shame him for his good comprehension of finances, batting averages, and political in-fighting. Laugh at his frustrated effort to play psychiatrist. Form a choir and raise a chant and haunt him with it night and day, "Sir, we would see Jesus."

When at long last he dares assay the pulpit, ask him if he has a word from God. If he does not, then dismiss him. Tell him you can read the morning paper and digest the television commentaries, and think through the day's superficial problems, and manage the community's weary drives, and bless the sordid baked potatoes and green beans better than he can.

Command him not to come back until he's read and reread, written and rewritten, until he can stand up, worn and forlorn, and say, "Thus saith the Lord."

Break him across the board of his ill-gotten popularity. Smack him hard with his own prestige. Corner him with questions about God. Cover him with demands for celestial wisdom, and give him no escape until he's back against the wall of the word. And sit down before him and listen to the only word he has left, God's word. Let him be totally ignorant of the down-street gossip, but give him a chapter and order him to walk around it, camp on it, sup with it, and come at last to speak it backward and forward, until all he says about it rings with the truth of eternity.

And when he's burned out by the flaming word, when he's consumed at last by the fiery grace blazing through him, and when he's privileged to translate the truth of God to man, and finally transferred from earth to heaven, then bear him away gently and blow a muted trumpet and lay him down softly. Place a two-edged sword on his coffin and raise the tomb triumphant. For he was a brave soldier of the word and ere he died; he had become a man of God.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Preach Jesus Christ

My blogging has slowed as of late with all my travel and working on my dissertation. And so I post something now to hear instead of read. I don't have many sermons recorded in English and don't know of many posted on the web, but I thought I would point you to one I recently did at The Master's Seminary chapel - "Preaching Christ."

Click here to download. Click here to listen.


Monday, September 13, 2010

Wholly Laughter or Wholly Depraved?

The McClure United Church in Edmonton, Canada, made headlines because the pastor and some other folks decided to dress up like clowns and have a "worship service." The pastor, Jim Lochhead" said, "So often in our lives we live behind masks that are not immediately apparent...I think putting the makeup on in some way allows us to bring out a side of ourselves that we don't let out at other times."

He speaks as though the whole chicanery is a positive expression of worship. If this is so positive and worshipful, then why do they not do it more often? Is this a model that churches should duplicate around the globe, because it "allows us to bring out a side of ourselves that we don't let out at other times?" Is this a side of ourselves that lifts up the name of Christ, gives glory to God, and attributes to God all that He is worthy of?

Lochhead must be insane. This is mockery of all that worship is to entail. It is devoid of truth and Satanically driven. The attention is taken off of Christ and placed on a clown all for the price of a laugh.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Weird Thought, but True

It was pointed out to me tonight that in China you can only have one kid. That means that no one has a brother, a sister, an aunt, an uncle, or a cousin! And that means no family get-togethers! The only family reunion is with your grandparents!!!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Truth Quote of the Week

John MacArthur who doesn't believe in the modern-day speaking in tongues said last night, "It is better to speak in tongues than to gossip, because nobody knows what you're talking about when you speak in tongues."

LOL! How true!

Monday, August 23, 2010

A Nation Without Truth

Today is the first day without travel or activities for me for the last couple months. It is also the first day I've been able to really focus on my dissertation. I'm sitting here perplexed praying and asking the Lord how to proceed forward.

My project proposal was accepted by the seminary, but rejected by the Czechs. It was to be a book focused on preaching the truth. But all my Czech friends tell me that a book having to do with truth is of no interest to Czechs. Interesting since that was how the Czech reformation began many moons ago. Preaching truth. Now, it's no longer in vogue. Sad.

So, how to approach this project/book and what to do? Praying.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Ministry in the Czech Republic

Here is a video a friend put together from his visit with us.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

What is the Truth about Ergun Caner?

Ergun Caner, who I call "Erogunt" Caner is being questioned for lying about his Islamic background. He is the dean of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has made many contradictory statements about his background, which he used to promote himself and sell books. The evidence is rather overwhelming that he has exaggerated his background for personal gain.

What is sad about the whole ordeal is that Liberty University (of which I'm an alumni) did not want to open an investigation to the contradicting statements Caner made until it hit the national media. Dr. Elmer Towns tried to brush it aside by saying that Caner's contradictory statements "were not an ethical or moral issue." Interesting since in the Bible lying is a moral and ethical issue. But the news became too big for them to squash. And so in response they decided to launch an inquiry.

It seems that Liberty University is drifting farther and farther away from the truth. Mormon Glenn Beck was their speaker at graduation this year as they seek to place more importance on social issues than on the gospel itself. And now Caner, in spite of his habitual lying, is being slapped on the wrist by not having his contract extended as the dean of the seminary while at the same time being allowed to remain as a professor at the school. Truth is not in vogue at Liberty these days.

A sad day I never thought I would see come so quickly.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Truth Under Attack in Dearborn, Michigan!!!

A group of police swarm 3 converted Christians in Dearborn, Michigan for distributing copies of the Gospel of John!

What happened to religious freedom in America?

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Church Retreat

I'd appreciate your prayers for this weekend. I'll be preaching at a church retreat for the Zlin Baptist Church.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Joel Osteen a False Teacher and a Deceiver

Paul describes the character of a false teacher in 1 Timothy 6:3-10. In verse 4 he says they "understand nothing." Listen to Joel Osteen to see if he falls into this category.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Truth Quote of the Week

"Every time we pick up the Bible, we pick up the truth."

- John MacArthur

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Oh So Busy

I'm buried beneath a pile of books. Studying and working on several messages. I could use your prayers at the moment.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Pastors' Meeting

I just returned from the Czech/Slovak Baptist pastors' meeting in Slovakia. It was a great time. I was greatly encouraged by the passion of some of the preachers there, their commitment to the Scriptures, and enjoyed God's amazing creation there in the High Tatras.

Praise the Lord!!!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Truth-Seekers or Self-Deceivers?

Some people will do anything to have an experience with God in our day and time. If you don't think so, watch this video.

These people would probably profess to be seeking the truth. They are obviously seeking an experience with God. But it can't be done apart from His Word, the Word of Truth. Experiencing God is not a dance. It is a relationship that takes place through communion with Him in prayer and in the study and meditation of His Word. Whereby the Holy Spirit opens the heart and eyes to see and understand His truth through which He moves your will to do His will and walk in His ways. That is experiencing God.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Who Should Serve on the Mission Field

Here is a quote I came across a while back that we should all ask ourselves.

A missionary society wrote to David Livingstone and asked, "Have you found a good road to where you are? If so, we want to know how to send other men to join you."

Livingstone wrote back, "If you have men who will come only if they know there is a good road, I don't want them. I want men who will come if there is no road at all."

Friday, April 30, 2010

Quote of the Week

This quote comes from the teaching of Acts 8:1-8.

"The devil can't destroy what God wants to build."

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Speaking the Truth Costs Popularity

Hurray for Franklin Graham who's invitation to the Pentagon's National Day of Prayer was rescinded. He spoke out against the teachings of Islam and the god of Islam and had his invitation rescinded.

Unfortunately this demonstrates the sad state of our nation, our army, and our world. Pluralism reigns, toleration of all error is considered noble, and anyone speaking the truth is marginalized and ostracized.

Such has been the case throughout history. May true believers today stand firm as Franklin Graham has done. He would not cave to worldly pressures to dilute the truth by "admitting error" with his words. To do so would be to deny the truth itself.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

How to Discipline Children in Schools?

The Washington Post reports that a school district in Texas has brought back corporal punishment (paddling), and the behavior of the students has greatly improved. Yet psychologists, the ACLU, and others are seeking to ban it altogether nationwide.

Here are some verses from the Bible that describe how to deal with disobedience. This method was used in schools when I was a kid. If I remember correctly I think I got "it" once!

Deuteronomy 8:5 "You should know in your heart that as a man chastens his son, so the LORD your God chastens you.”
Proverbs 19:18 Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.
Proverbs 22:15 Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; The rod of correction will drive it far from him.
Proverbs 10:13 Wisdom is found on the lips of him who has understanding, But a rod is for the back of him who is devoid of understanding.
Proverbs 10:13 Wisdom is found on the lips of him who has understanding, But a rod is for the back of him who is devoid of understanding.
Proverbs 26:3 A whip for the horse, A bridle for the donkey, And a rod for the fool's back.
Proverbs 29:15 The rod and rebuke give wisdom, But a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.
Proverbs 29:17 Correct your son, and he will give you rest; Yes, he will give delight to your soul.
Proverbs 23:13 Do not withhold correction from a child, For if you beat him with a rod, he will not die. 14 You shall beat him with a rod, And deliver his soul from hell.
Proverbs 13:24 He who spares his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him promptly (diligently).

Unfortunately not many people believe that anymore. They think that man-made ways of trying to change behavior are better. However, I can say that I can give many examples of families who use the biblical method and families that use other methods, and the families that use the biblical method overall have much more obedient children.

It must be remembered though that the ultimate goal in child-rearing is not behavior modification, but that the child's heart is right before God.

Friday, April 9, 2010

John Piper Invites Rick Warren to Conference

It is no secret that John Piper has invited Rick Warren to speak at his conference in October. Phil Johnson of the Pyromaniacs and The Spurgeon Archive has written an excellent article in response to Piper's decision. Click here to read the article.

Monday, April 5, 2010

He is Risen! Jesus is Alive!

"If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain...and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins." 1 Cor. 15:14, 17.

But hallelujah Christ arose!

That's why the angel said to those looking for Jesus at the tomb, "Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen!" Lk. 24:5-6

Friday, April 2, 2010

Exposé of Today's False Teachers

Check out this overview of Justin Peters and his ministry. He offers a 4 hour seminar/DVD series calling out some of these modern heretics for who they really are.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Truth Quote of the Week

"I thirst for truth, but shall not reach it till I reach the source."

- Robert Browning

Friday, March 26, 2010

How Can God Allow Suffering?

How can God allow suffering and evil in the world? from A Passion for Life on Vimeo.

Monday, March 22, 2010

The Roots of Amillennialism

Click here to hear a seminar by Professor Nathan Busenitz (a premillenialist) on the historical roots of Amillennialism.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Paul Washer with Slovak Subtitles

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

More Persecution of Students in US Colleges

Once again a student was verbally attacked and abused by his teacher for giving a speech on his Christian beliefs. The court ruled that the student's speech was "hateful propaganda" while issuing and injunction against the school.

Any stand for truth today is labeled some sort of propaganda, or as offensive, or hateful. Jesus said it would be costly to follow Him. Should we expect anything less?

Monday, March 15, 2010

Bible Humor

A friend sent me a list with some biblical humor. Here is one from the list:

Q. Who was the greatest female financier in the Bible?

A. Pharaoh's daughter. She went down to the bank of the Nile and drew out a little prophet.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Misconceptions about Dispensationalism

Here is a message by what I consider to be one of the up and coming theologians of our time in regards to eschatology, Dr. Michael Vlach.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Benny Hinn's Wife Files for Divorce

One of the greatest heretics of our time is now in the midst of a divorce. USAToday reports that Hinn's wife is filing for divorce after 30 years of marriage listing "irreconcilable differences."

Monday, February 8, 2010

Thought for the Day

If it really took millions or billions of years to create the first heavens and earth, how long will we have to wait for the new heavens and new earth after the old is destroyed? If the second can be instantaneously created, why not the first?

- Dr. William Barrick

Monday, January 18, 2010

Back Home

After a trip to California for my last D.Min class I returned home to feet of snow in the driveway and an injured back. The doctor thinks I have a herniated disk. I tweaked something in the airport and could not move for a couple days afterward.

But I'm slowly getting better and got a lot of work to get done in the next few weeks. Gearing up for a biblical counseling course we'll offer next week as Pastor Bill Shannon comes to teach.