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It read: “Pray for Obama. Psalm 109:8.”
When we got home my wife got out the Bible and opened it to the scripture. She started laughing and laughing. Then she read it to me. I couldn’t believe what it said. I had a good laugh, too.
Psalm 109:8 – “Let his days be few, and let another take his office.”
[I will assume that the first part of the verse is referring to his days in office being few. – jre]
Contradicting the contradictors
Unbelievers are always trying to find contradictions in the Bible to discredit it so they won’t feel responsible to the God who gave it. One of the examples they bring up is the health of Moses.
Some claim that the descriptions of Moses at 120 years old in
Deuteronomy 31 and 34 are contradictory.
And Moses went and spake these words unto all Israel. And he said unto them, I am an hundred and twenty years old this day; I can no more go out and come in: also the Lord hath said unto me, Thou shalt not go over this Jordan (Deuteronomy 31:1,2).
So which is it? Was Moses unable to “go out and come in,” or was he hale and hearty at 120? If the latter, how? First let’s look at the surrounding context to see if there is anything that might be helpful in solving our riddle. The first verse of chapter 34:1 credits Moses with hiking “from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah.” This was quite the feat for an old man, especially one of 120 (at least by today’s standards). So it would appear there is a contradiction. After all, how can a man incapable of “going in and coming out” be described as vigorous?
This supposed contradiction is a false dilemma. As revealed by the context of Scripture, the phrase “go out and come in” has nothing to do with physical fitness. We can see in Numbers 27 that it was used to describe the leadership given to Moses.
“Let the Lord, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation, Which may go out before them, and which may go in before them, and which may lead them out, and which may bring them in; that the congregation of the Lord be not as sheep which have no shepherd” (Numbers 27:16-17).
We can also see this phrase later used by Solomon:
“Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this thy people, that is so great?” (2 Chronicles 1:10).
In neither of these cases does the phrase “go out and come in” refer to the physical rigors of life. Rather, it refers to the leading of the people. And so, the picture becomes clear, which is why the context says that the Lord said Moses would not cross over the Jordan with them.
The Israelites were at the border of the Promised Land—a land which Moses could not enter (per the punishment God decreed in Numbers 20). It was time for Joshua to take the reins and lead the people into the inheritance God had promised them. When Moses said he could “no longer go out and come in,” he simply meant that God had revoked his right to lead the people.
The question then becomes, how could Moses really be physically fit enough to climb a mountain at 120 years old? Exodus 6 actually explains this rather handily, as it lists the lifespans of Amram (the father of Moses), Kohath (grandfather), and Levi (great-grandfather). According to those records, Amram lived to be 137, Kohath reached 133, and Levi also lived to 137. When this information and all the miraculous events surrounding the life of Moses are taken into account, it actually seems more amazing that he died so young!
– Kyle Runge in Demolishing Supposed Bible Contradictions Vol. 2 (See book section below)
The Ant and The Grasshopper
The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away. Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed. The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.
Moral of the story:
Be responsible for yourself!
The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away. Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be warm and well fed while others are cold and starving.
CBS, NBC, ABC and CNN show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food. America is stunned by the sharp contrast. How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so? Kermit the Frog appears on MSNBC with the grasshopper, and everybody cries when they sing, “It’s Not Easy Being Green.” Jesse Jackson stages a demonstration in front of the ant’s house where the news stations film the group singing, “We shall overcome.” Jesse then has the group kneel down to pray to God for the grasshopper’s sake.
Left-wing leaders, in every media outlet they can find, exclaim that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper and call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share.
Finally, the EEOC drafts the Economic Equity and Anti-Grasshopper Act retroactive to the beginning of the summer! The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the government.
Hillary Clinton gets her old law firm to represent the grasshopper in a defamation suit against the ant, and the case is tried before a panel of federal judges that Barack Obama appointed from a list of single-parent welfare recipients. The ant loses the case.
The story ends as we see the grasshopper finishing up the last bits of the ant’s food while the government house he is in, which just happens to be the ant’s old house, crumbles around him because he doesn’t maintain it.
The ant has disappeared in the snow. The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who terrorize the once peaceful neighborhood.
MORAL OF THE STORY:
Be careful how you vote in 2012!
Smoking and drinking
It needs to be said again: Pentecostals were right on the issue of smoking and drinking. We must never compromise our stand on these sins just because there seems to be “bigger” issues that face our people today. There are 80,000 deaths every year in America alone directly related to alcohol. There are over 400,000 deaths due to smoking every year. That is almost one-half million folks taken down by these habits every year.
It makes the front page headlines when one or two persons are killed by goofy gunmen, while no media outlet wants to point to the hundreds of thousands dying every year from nicotine and alcohol. It shows the power of the almighty dollar. The only entity that will take a stand on this issue is the church. Are we becoming lethargic regarding these sins?
Folks once knew when they came to an altar that one of the things they were to repent of was “smoking and drinking.” When they were converted, they were delivered from these practices. Today, it is more of a “try to overcome them over time” approach because they never heard it mentioned before coming to the altar. Perhaps we should not be so hard on Joel Osteen or Rick Warren if we become so sophisticated that we never mention those things that folks need to walk away from at the altar.
From The Best of E. L. Holley
Fear torments! Fear of failure. Fear of rejection. Fear of forces outside us. Name it and we must readily admit that “fear hath torment” (I John 4:18).
The fear of failure can paralyze us, causing us to never try. We thereby suffer the greatest of all failures! This happens when we think of ourselves as failures because we’ve failed. But there is a great difference between having failed and being a failure!
Some of our greatest missionaries suffered defeat after defeat before they broke through to great victory. Saints of God have been bolstered in the faith through apparent ability to exercise simple faith for simple things. Few great soul-winners win every soul, but they reach beyond their ability to reach some who will reach others. Somehow, they fail to acknowledge failure in their pursuit of the possible!
Rejection is one of life’s bitterest cups! No one has taste buds for it. Consequently, some of us refrain from offering ourselves. It’s safer that way. Rather than feel the chill that accompanies the refusal of our offer we tend to withhold ourselves.
Yet some of life’s greatest rewards are bestowed upon those who come to grips with a simple but profound truth: we will never be rejected as Jesus was rejected until we offer ourselves as He offered Himself Because it was in the seedling of His rejection that the offering of Himself was acceptable! Can it be any different for us? Does not genuine acceptance on the basis of righteousness far outweigh the momentary experience of rejection, no matter how bitter?
Sometimes it seems that we are so very vulnerable to forces beyond to our control. Everything seems to collapse around us. Feelings of helplessness tend toward various forms of hopelessness. Fear magnifies and twists small and insignificant facts into formidable mountains laden with disaster.
Fear of the unknown can only be overcome by acquaintance with the known! While it is true that we know not what can befall us, it is also true that there is a place where there is no fear. And, in the absence of fear there is no torment!
There is no fear in love: but perfect love casteth our fear (I John 4:18). Let us seek the inner security and peace found in real love. This is both our privilege and responsibility. It will enable us to love God and our neighbor. Is not this the identifying hallmark of His disciples?
Failure is no threat to a person filled and motivated by the love of God. Rejection does not haunt our thoughts. We see ourselves in His stead. And, if He was rejected, why shouldn’t we be? Nothing from without can crush that which is within when love houses our souls!
Let each of us share the truth of our salvation in love. Thus, we cannot fail. He will accept us, and those whom He calls will as well. And nothing that is formed against us shall prosper.
There is victory in love!
What’s a psychology degree worth?
Some of our Apostolic ministers and laymen have expressed a desire to go to college to get a psychology degree. Perhaps they are thinking that it would recommend them for a big salary somewhere. Well, here are the facts about the top 15 college majors with the highest unemployment rates:
Number 1: clinical psychology
Number 5: educational psychology
Number 7: Organizational and industrial psychology
Number 8: Miscellaneous psychology
Number 12: Social psychology
In other words, four out of the top 10 and five out of the top 15 occupations that are hard put to find employment are those with psychology degrees. Before you start throwing darts at me, these statistics have been put together by Lynn O’Shaughnessy and they appear at http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505145_162-57325132/25-college-majors-with-the-highest-unemployment-rates/. It is from his list, published at this site, that the statistics were drawn.
O’Shaughnessy said, “The worst nightmare of a college student has got to be graduating without a job. And the college major that a student selects can actually increase his or her chances of getting stuck in an unemployment line. College majors that are hampered by high unemployment rates include a variety of psychology degrees, fine arts and architecture. The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce delved into U.S. Census Bureau statistics to determine the employment rates of 173 college majors. I crossed them against a list of the most popular college majors. Five of the college majors with the worst job prospects on this list are related to psychology. Ironically, psychology is the fifth most popular college degree.”
If God called you to preach, preach! Study preaching. Study the Word. Major in ministry and serving. Learn principles of the Word. Trust God. He will take care of you. If He called you to preach, He called you to preach the Word, not some theory put together by shamans, mystics, and pagans. It is best to leave the theoretical philosophies to the secularists, humanists and atheists. That is where they like to hang out. “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy…” (Colossians 2:8).
So what’s a psychology degree worth? Mostly, to be able to say, “I have one.”
Is Christianity the only path to Heaven?
Some pastors don’t think so.
By Katherine Weber, Christian Post Reporter
April 13, 2012|8:45 am
A recent survey conducted by LifeWay Research found that while a majority of Protestant pastors believe Christianity is the only way to obtain eternal life, there is a small percentage who strongly feel other religions offer eternal salvation as well.
The survey asked 1,000 Protestant pastors the question, “If a person is sincerely seeking God, he/she can obtain eternal life through religions other than Christianity.”
Seventy-seven percent of the pastors questioned said that they strongly disagree with the statement and seven percent somewhat disagreed. Another seven percent somewhat agreed and five percent strongly agreed. Three percent said they are not sure.
The educational level of the pastor played a role in their decision making. Pastors with a graduate degree were more likely to strongly agree with the statement, and less likely to strongly disagree, compared to pastors with a bachelor’s degree or less. [Is there a message here? – ed]
The study also found that evangelical Christians held stricter views on the universality of eternal salvation compared to mainline pastors. According to LifeWay, 85 percent of evangelical pastors were more likely to strongly disagree that there are other ways to eternal life other than Christianity than mainline pastors at 57 percent.
Only two percent of evangelical pastors strongly agreed with the statement, while 11 percent of mainline pastors strongly agreed.
Region also played a role in the survey results. The survey found that 11 percent of pastors in large cities strongly agreed with the statement. Only four percent of small city pastors agreed.
Four percent of pastors in suburban areas strongly agreed, while three percent in rural areas said the same.
The question of exclusivity and universality has been a long disputed issue in the church. As noted by Ed Stetzer, president of LifeWay Research, “Rob Bell’s book Love Wins kicked off a discussion about the exclusivity of the Christian gospel. But most pastors are more in line with historic Christian beliefs than Bell, who suggested that other faiths lead to heaven.”
Bell, former pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville, Mich., started somewhat of a firestorm in the evangelical community when he questioned whether the Bible teaches that there is an eternal hell. His 2011 book, Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived, prompted a bevy of responses from evangelical leaders who released their own books to counter Bell’s claims.
[If ministers—regardless of their religious affiliation—do not believe the Bible, and reject the clear teaching of Jesus and the apostles, they should go sell shoes and stop deceiving others. – jre]
More craziness from “shoot from the hip” preachers
You think English is easy??
1) The bandage was wound around the wound.
2) The farm was used to produce produce.
3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
4) We must polish the Polish furniture.
5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.
6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
10) I did not object to the object.
11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
13) They were too close to the door to close it.
14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.
15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
18) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
19) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
20) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?
Let’s face it—English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren’t invented in England or French fries in France. Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren’t sweet, are meat. We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from guinea nor is it a pig.
And why is it that writers write but fingers don’t fing, grocers don’t groce and hammers don’t ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn’t the plural of booth, beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices? Doesn’t it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?
If teachers taught, why didn’t preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell?
How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which, an alarm goes off by going on.
English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race, which, of course, is not a race at all. That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.
PS. – Why doesn’t “Buick” rhyme with “quick” ?
Source: Anonymous (whoever that is).
The progress of national stupidity
High School 1959 vs 2012. What a difference a few decades can make.
Jack goes quail hunting before school and then pulls into the school parking lot with his shotgun in his truck’s gun rack.
2012 – School goes into lock down, FBI is called, Jack is hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors called in for traumatized students and teachers.
Johnny and Mark get into a fist fight after school.
1959 – Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up buddies.
2012 – Police called and SWAT team arrives. They arrest both Johnny and Mark. They are both charged with assault and both are expelled even though Johnny started it.
Jeffrey will not be still in class, he disrupts other students by talking.
1959 – Jeffrey is sent to the Principal’s office where he is scolded and threatened with a paddling. He then returns to class, but sits still and does not disrupt class again.
2012 – Jeffrey is prescribed large doses of antidepressants. He becomes a zombie. He is diagnosed with ADHD. The school gets extra money from the state because Jeffrey has a “disability.”
Billy carelessly puts a dent in his neighbor’s car and his Dad gives him a spanking for playing where he was told not to.
1959 – Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college and becomes a successful businessman.
2012 – Billy’s dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy is removed to foster care and joins a gang. The state psychologist is told by Billy’s sister that she now remembers being abused herself and their dad goes to prison. Billy’s mom has an affair with the psychologist.
1959 – Mark shares his aspirin with a friend who has a backache.
2012 – The police are called and Mark is expelled from school for drug violations. His car is then searched for drugs and weapons.
Pedro fails high school English.
1959 – Pedro goes to summer school, passes English and goes to college.
2012 – Pedro’s cause is taken up by the state. Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for graduation is racist. ACLU files class action lawsuit against the state school system and Pedro’s English teacher. English is then banned from core curriculum. Pedro is given his diploma anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he cannot speak English.
Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from the Fourth of July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle and blows up a red ant bed.
1959 – Ants die.
2012- ATF, Homeland Security and the FBI are all called. Johnny is charged with domestic terrorism. The FBI investigates his parents and all siblings are removed from their home and all computers are confiscated. Johnny’s dad is placed on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.
Phillip falls while running track and sprains his ankle. Mary, the women’s gym coach happens to be nearby at the time. Mary helps him up, steadies him as they walk to the gym, arm in arm, for splints and an Ace bandage.
1959 – In a short time, Phillip feels better and continues his classes.
2012 – Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces 3 years in State Prison. Phillip undergoes 5 years of therapy.
How far we have come!
Evangelical Evolutionists Meet in New York
A conference of Biologos, an organization that espouses the evolutionary process as God’s method of creation, held in New York on March 20-22 drew a number of prominent “Evangelicals.” Among them were such luminaries as N. T. Wright, Alister McGrath, John Ortberg, Tim Keller, Scot McKnight, Os Guinness, Joel Hunter, and Andy Crouch, Darrel Faulk, and Francis Collins. Prominent scientists attended included Ian Hutchinson of MIT and Jennifer Wiseman, senior project scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope. Forty-one pastors and parachurch leaders participated. Wheaton College Old Testament professor John Walton was lauded for his new understanding of Genesis 1–2, interpreting it as the inauguration of the earth as God’s temple.” How deep. How brilliant.
It was noted in the meeting that very few seminaries teach young earth creationism. No surprise there. They also are targeting homeschoolers for marketing their theories on evolution.
I felt that you deserved to know who some of the “Evangelical evolutionists”—an oxymoron—were who subscribe to evolution. How careful we need to be when selecting books and authors!
Cure as bad as the problem?
The “People’s Pharmacy” column in the 1/2/12 Houston Chronicle carried a reader’s question about Chantix, the quit smoking drug that has become so popular. The side effects are some of the worst of any drug on the market. The question:
My mother has taken the stop-smoking drug Chantix for nearly a month. She no longer has any desire to smoke, but she has had severe side effects. They were nausea, a bad taste in her mouth, stomach cramps, gas, bloating, irritability, vivid dreams, extreme sleepiness but inability to stay asleep, chills, increased appetite, mild confusion and aches all over. She also had dreams that continued a few minutes after she woke up, and she was convinced they were real. She’s had vomiting spells, audio hallucinations and tinnitus. I just found out that if there are signs of anger, depression, confusion or hallucinations, the drug should be stopped immediately. I also read online that people with heart problems should not take this medicine. My mother’s doctor must not be aware of this problem. How worrisome is it?
The doctor’s answer:
All of the side effects your mother experienced have been reported with Chantix. Some studies also have raised concerns about an increased risk of heart attacks, irregular heart rhythms, congestive heart failure or heart-related death (Canadian Medical Association Journal, Sept. 6, 2011; Drug Safety, Jan. 1, 2012). We think doctors should be cautious about prescribing this medicine for smokers with heart problems. Your mother should discuss her symptoms with her doctor.
Three thoughts came to me as I read this:
First, who are these people? Obviously, they are totally at the mercy of anyone who claims a medical degree—lambs among wolves, gullible people who never read the back pages of drug ads. Perhaps their education failed to make readers out of them. Or they don’t care. Medical ethics direct doctors to avoid criticizing or second-guessing other physicians. All the questioned doctor would say was, “Your mother should discuss her symptoms with her doctor.” Duh.
Second, such people turn to Chantix and similar drug because they do not want to take personal responsibility for their own actions. They really don’t want to stop, and yet they know for their health’s sake they should, so they put the responsibility on the drug rather than make the decision themselves. They want the drug to take away the struggle involved in doing the right thing. This is a primary reason our entire culture is drug dependent.
Third, when will users of alcohol, nicotine and other “addictive” substances understand that consumption of those drugs is, at the bottom line, a choice. If one wants to quit smoking, all he or she has to do is don’t put a cigarette in their mouth. If they don’t want to drink, stay away from the stuff. That they cannot help themselves is propaganda from the pits of Hell—and from those doctors who are sold out to the pharmaceutical industry. “We have made a lie our refuge and falsehood our hiding place” (Isaiah 28:15 NIV).
“Oh, that’s too simplistic,” you might say. “You just don’t understand.”
Perhaps Dr. Jeffrey A Schaler’s book, Addiction Is A Choice would shed some light on the subject for detractors. Or Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave by Edward T. Welch might help our understanding. I have read and recommend them. Rather than continuing to give all our confidence to the doctors who want to feed us popular drugs that are debilitating an entire generation, why not give God’s Word a chance: “The unfolding of your words gives light” (Psalm 119:130).
For many people, the decision to stop was made after years of smoking or drinking or drug use. They found the motivation—perhaps the surgeon general’s proclamation or their spouses ultimatum—and were able to make the choice not to continue. Others found both the motivation and the help to make the hard decisions at an altar of prayer. When one is truly converted, he wants to please the Lord. To continue to be a slave to alcohol or tobacco does not please God: “I will not be brought under the power of any (KJV)…I will not be mastered by anything (NIV)…I must not become a slave to anything (NLT)…I will not be mastered by anything (NASB) (I Corinthians 6:12). “The fruit of the Spirit is…self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23 NIV).
I believe faith plays an important role in such decisions. Where there is faith, there is power; where there is power there is victory. Where there is ignorance there is slavery.
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and self-discipline” (II Timothy 1:7 NIV).
Wright, as in Jeremiah Wright, strikes again. In a recent posting on the net, he delivered one of his scathing attacks on all things sacred to Americans. After lambasting Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly of FoxNews, he started in on Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and his Christian faith. He said, “And I’m not talking about black and white…some of ya‘ll think I’m talking about white folk,” he said. “There’s a whole lot of folk who look like you who are worshipping some other God—somebody shout Clarence Thomas. Hallelujah!”
He continued: “The god of racists is not the God of righteousness. The god of the greedy is not the God of grace. The god of Wall Street is not the God of Main Street,” Wright proclaimed. “Those are two different gods and I ain’t talking about Allah and Yahweh. Those are the same names for the same God.”
Wright also tackled racial issues, while waging a bizarre accusation at Thomas Jefferson, calling him a pedophile. “The ignorance and arrogance of white supremacy have the movers and shapers of world policy living in a different world from people of color all together,” Wright raged on. “And the sooner you realize that the better off you’re gonna be.”
Great stuff, huh? Plenty of fodder for the Black Panthers who are predicting “blood in the streets” soon.
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Crooked by nature is never made straight by education. –Erasmus, 1523
No one can forge good swords from faulty iron. –Sadi 1258
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