Welcome to the February blog. If you love truth, freedom, and the Word of God, we think you will enjoy the offerings of the blog this month.
Shake hands with David
My experience in and study of archaeology has given me a deep appreciation for the accuracy of the Bible in reporting events and recording history. Virtually everything they are digging up in the Holy Land is serving as a confirmation of the biblical account. Every student of the Bible should do some research in the discipline of archaeology. Your faith will be enhanced. You will know—if God said it, you can take it to the bank!
Excavations near the walls of present day Jerusalem are uncovering some very interesting things. Archaeologist Eilat Mazar has been conducting the dig at Ophel where the City of David stood in the tenth and ninth centuries B.C. If you are interested in ancient artifacts, stones and walls, pottery, etc.—even a fire pit—that David or Solomon might have seen and used, go to the website below and see some of the excavating still going on there.
“There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when it is convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.” – Kenneth Blanchard
A person who knows little thinks he knows everything and wants to tell everyone. A person who knows much also knows that there is much more he doesn’t know. That is why he speaks only when necessary.
– Jean Jacques Rousseau (Paraphrased)
I guess that is why we recognize that education is basically the discovery of ignorance. – JRE
We do not need a church that will move with the world; we need a church that can move the world.
Prayer is not a spare wheel that you pull out when you are in trouble, but it is a steering wheel that allows you to stay on the right path through life.
I like it
Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution: “Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States.”
Too long Washington’s pundits have ridden the finest Quarter horses, with silver-studded saddles and bridles while the common man is having to straddle a burro bareback with nothing but a hackamore. What is good for the goose is good for the gander.
Here comes [gun] control
The President’s gun control proposals are meant to increase control, not lessen gun violence. Socialist governments cannot trust its law-abiding citizens to have guns. Even if it means trashing the Constitution, which is what is happening, they insist that they be the only ones with the guns. The only reason the Japanese invaded China was because China had confiscated the guns from its citizens. The only reason Japan did not come on and invade the U.S. after Pearl Harbor is because they knew American citizens had guns. Write it down—guns are the only difference between us and slavery!
Do you find it as amazing as I do that Obama trusts the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt so much that he is giving them 200 M-1 Abram tanks and four F-16 fighter jets but can’t trust you and me with a 12-round clip for our guns?
“Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not.” – Thomas Jefferson
“Those who trade liberty for security will have neither.” – John Adams
For the best PowerPoint presentation I have seen on this issue, click on Firearms.
Would I shoot someone?
As for me: If government agents come to my door to confiscate any weapons I might have, would I be justified in shooting them?
Absolutely not. The Bible is pretty clear about obeying the magistrates, and crystal clear on the act of murder. So, as Christians, let’s put fighting the feds in the streets over gun control out of our minds. It would be a losing battle.
I do believe that citizens of America have the right under our laws to keep and bear arms against the possibility of armed conflict, such as an invasion by warring powers. Gun owners have kept Americans safe and I offer no condemnation of them for it. We might be speaking Japanese right now if someone had not taken up the sword when Pearl Harbor was attacked in 1941. Armed citizens have preserved our freedoms to worship and pray and preach as we see fit. That seems to be no violation of Romans 13.
Should a Christian defend his home and family against intruders who seek to do harm? Again, he would receive no condemnation from me. Most Christians would prefer to see some home invader lying on the floor hurting, shot in the leg or clubbed on the head, than to see some member of his family harmed. Be sure that it is some burglar or evildoer before you swing or shoot. Regret is not a comfortable companion.
When things turned bad for the early church, they prayed “God, give us boldness to stand and to speak in spite of the persecution.” In other words: “Fix us in our hearts so we can take anything they dish out and keep on witnessing to your amazing grace and power!” That would be the best course of action for the church today.
A Positive Spin
A testimony from an anonymous individual:
Tour boats ferry people out to the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii every thirty minutes. We just missed a ferry and had to wait thirty minutes.. I went into a small gift shop to kill time. In the gift shop, I purchased a small book entitled, “Reflections on Pearl Harbor “ by Admiral Chester Nimitz.
Sunday, December 7th, 1941 – Admiral Chester Nimitz was attending a concert in Washington D.C. He was paged and told there was a phone call for him. When he answered the phone, it was President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on the phone. In the context of discussing the Pearl Harbor attack, he told Admiral Nimitz that he would now be assigned as the Commander of the Pacific Fleet.
Admiral Nimitz flew to Hawaii to assume command of the Pacific Fleet. He landed at Pearl Harbor on Christmas Eve, 1941. There was such a spirit of despair, dejection and defeat—you would have thought the Japanese had already won the war. On Christmas Day, 1941, Adm. Nimitz was given a boat tour of the destruction wrought on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese…. Big sunken battleships and navy vessels cluttered the waters every where you looked.
As the tour boat returned to dock, the young helmsman of the boat asked, “Well Admiral, what do you think after seeing all this destruction?” Admiral Nimitz’s reply shocked everyone within the sound of his voice.
Admiral Nimitz said, “The Japanese made three of the biggest mistakes an attack force could ever make, or God was taking care of America . Which do you think it was?”
Shocked and surprised, the young helmsman asked, “What do mean by saying the Japanese made the three biggest mistakes an attack force ever made?” Nimitz explained:
Mistake number one : the Japanese attacked on Sunday morning. Nine out of every ten crewmen of those ships were ashore on leave. If those same ships had been lured to sea and been sunk, we would have lost 38,000 men instead of 3,800
Mistake number two : when the Japanese saw all those battleships lined in a row, they got so carried away sinking those battleships, they never once bombed our dry docks opposite those ships. If they had destroyed our dry docks, we would have had to tow every one of those ships to America to be repaired. As it is now, the ships are in shallow water and can be raised. One tug can pull them over to the dry docks, and we can have them repaired and at sea by the time we could have towed them to America . And I already have crews ashore anxious to man those ships.
Mistake number three : every drop of fuel in the Pacific theater of war is in top-of the-ground storage tanks five miles away over that hill. One attack plane could have strafed those tanks and destroyed our fuel supply. That’s why I say the Japanese made three of the biggest mistakes an attack force could make or God was taking care of America.
I’ve never forgotten what I read in that little book. It is still an inspiration as I reflect upon it. In jest, I might suggest that because Admiral Nimitz was a Texan—born and raised in Fredricksburg , Texas—he was a born optimist. But anyway you look at it, Admiral Nimitz was able to see a silver lining in a situation and circumstance where everyone else saw only despair and defeatism.
President Roosevelt had chosen the right man for the right job. We desperately needed a leader that could see silver linings in the midst of the clouds of dejection, despair and defeat.
There is a reason that our national motto is, IN GOD WE TRUST.
Why have we forgotten?
The Immersion Version
Did you know there was an “immersion version” of the New Testament that was published in 1850? A Baptist minister named Spencer H. Cone noted that the Greek word baptizo was merely transliterated as baptize in the Bibles in common use. It was obvious to him that a transliteration of a form of bapto (to dip, plunge, immerse), was ambiguous and accommodating to the Catholic doctrine of infant baptism. Infant baptism had many advantages for the institutional state church, even though it was not biblical. In the process of producing Bible versions in medieval Europe, neither secular nor church authorities wanted to make it sound as if immersion was the mode the supported in Scripture.
Cone and a friend named William H. Wyckoff decided to correct the problem by publishing a revision of the KJV, substituting “immersion/immersing” for “baptism/baptizing” in the text. They tried to get Baptist organizations to sponsor the new revision with only a minimum of success. Campbellite groups were all for the changes, but in the end, the Baptist denominations reneged, not wanting to rock the proverbial boat or be aligned in any way with the Campbellites. Also, they just couldn’t bear hearing that the Bible they used had any shortcomings or mistranslations. One Baptist leader intoned from a conference floor, “Think you that the associations of two hundred and forty years can thus be erased? Think you that Christians who have learned to lisp their Saviour’s name from this book, can thrust it aside and take up with a new version? Dear old English Bible! We will not forsake thee.” Tradition ahead of truth. So they could not bring themselves to endorse the correction, although its need was obvious to even the most humble scholar. How many have refused immersion because the word was not properly translated into English in the Sacred Text?
Cone and Wyckoff found funding and proceeded to publish a relative few copies through the American Bible Union. If you know where one is located, please inform us.
One of the most fulfilling and satisfying experiences of my life has been to receive the reports from those who have taken the course, Christian Counseling From Scripture. To hear how the “lights” have come on in their minds about counseling methodology is truly rewarding. That was the purpose! Too many Apostolic believers had been drinking at the cisterns of secular theories rather than discovering “what saith the Scripture” (Galatians 4:30). Hundreds have now turned from those fountains of doubt and unbelief to trust God’s way of dealing with human problems. For that we truly praise the Lord!
Several of our Bible colleges have made use of the counseling course over the years. Who knows what impact was made on those students? At least they will know there is a better way.
Seeing the obvious, that the humanistic way of seeking peace within, and developing harmonious human relationships does not work, has caused many to reach out for biblical understanding to assist them in preparing for a ministry of helping people God’s way.
Eleven years ago, we founded the Institute of Soteric Counseling. Since then, we have witnessed a sea change in the way many view Christian counseling. We can all remember when humanistic psychology was virtually the only path open to a ministry in this field. Today, almost every Apostolic realizes that there is an alternative—the Bible way, the soteric way!
Now ISC is being transferred to the Apostolic School of Theology in Sacramento, CA. Initially, the course was introduced to the students at Patton At the Rock College in Sacramento, the forerunner of AST. Brother Nathaniel Wilson and I were brainstorming one day about the project and he actually coined the name “soteric.” It will now be integrated into the AST curriculum. Brother Jason Carr, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, is on the staff at the school, which is still headed by Brother Wilson, so it will be in good hands there. They have assured us that those who have been certified through ISC will be acknowledged and given appropriate recognition, even college credit at AST or its subsidiaries, whenever that becomes possible. The course materials will be worked into their curriculum to whatever extent practical, and the designation “soteric counseling” and the course Christian Counseling From Scripture will continue to be used in some form in counseling studies at the college and/or its extensions.
We have been blessed to have good help along the way from those who have come to sincerely feel as we do. To try to name them all would almost guarantee I would miss some. Sister Lynda Doty was on the team early, and joining her was Sister Ilene Dewar, Shelia Jones, Denene Pelkey, Jason Carr and other key people who have made a significant contribution over the years.
To our counselors who are certified and those in the process of certification—if you have questions about the future of your standing, the course itself, or any aspect your involvement with ISC, please contact AST after February 1. I am sure they will be happy to assist you.To have served you in this way has been one of the true joys of our lives. Please continue to study ways to apply God’s Word to the maladies of the human family. It works!
LifeWay Research conducted a survey back in November the results of which were recently released. The organization asked respondents, “Do you believe homosexual behavior is a sin?” Forty-five percent of the American public said that it is not, with 37 percent answering affirmatively, and an additional 17 percent saying that it did not know which side to select.
These findings paint a starkly different picture when compared to the results from the same question that was asked by LifeWay in its 2011 survey. At that point, 44 percent believed that homosexuality was sinful and 43 did not, with an additional 13 percent stating that they were unsure.
Silence from Christians, the liberal media’s promotion of the behavior, and the government’s support are combining to change the minds of our youth.
Lookout, Sodom, here we come!
Bible study continues to impact thousands
The interactive version of the Into His Marvelous Light Bible study is now on the websites of 427 churches in 40 states in the U.S. and another 34 church sites overseas. That is a total of 461 churches that have downloaded one of the versions of IHML. Churches can download either a KJV or NIV version of the study.
IHML has been one of the most effective and easy-to-use Bible studies for soulwinners for three decades. The colorful and inexpensive booklet has been the path to truth for thousands of converts. There is also a follow-up study for new converts—Guide For Living—same size, same price.
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Earth to Ms. Feinstein
The former U.S. Marine who penned a blistering letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) in response to her strict gun control proposals is continuing to speak out in defense of the Second Amendment. Speaking on “Fox and Friends” Monday, Joshua Boston warned that history repeats itself, saying in the “Third Reich” no one “saw [gun control] coming until it was too late.”
Boston also referenced the former Soviet Union’s Joseph Stalin and how he implemented gun control in order to expand his power. “[I]t’s something we’ve seen happen time and time again in history,” he added.
Feinstein thinks the Second Amendment has only to do with hunting and sporting activities. Nay. The war with England was too fresh in their minds. They knew that tyrannical leaders could foment other circumstances where the people would have to defend themselves against oppressive governments.
Perhaps the most memorable portion of Boston’s letter to Feinstein read: “I am not your subject. I’m the man who keeps you free. I am not your servant. I’m the person whom you serve. I am not your peasant. I’m the flesh and blood of America. I’m the man who fought for my country. I am the man who learned. I am an American.”
Why cool kids are reading Executive Orders
Lindsey Burke / Fox news
A war of words is brewing. But this one doesn’t involve slinging insults. It’s a battle over what forms of writing—novels, poems, and non-fiction—will define English instruction for millions of American schoolchildren in the years to come.
Sparking this war is the Common Core Standards push— an effort to nationalize the standards and assessments upon which every public school in America would base its curriculum. The Obama administration has poured billions of dollars into the effort via federal “Race to the Top” grants.
As always when it comes to federal largesse, there are strings attached. And in this case, it’s pulling the rug out from under classic literature.
Literacy experts point out that The Common Core denigrates the value of teaching literature in the classroom. Instead, English teachers are being told that 50 percent of their course material must be derived from “informational texts.” (Actually, the informational text requirement starts at a “mere” 25 percent of reading material for kindergarteners. It rises to 70 percent for high school seniors.)
What, exactly, meets the definition of informational texts? Among those recommended on the national standards list we find The Federal Reserve Bank’s “FedViews,” “The Evolution of the Grocery Bag,” and “Health Care Costs in McAllen, Texas.” And, roll over “For Whom the Bell Tolls” it’s time to make way for that GSA classic: “Executive Order 13423: Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management.”
Eschewing great literature for ghastly technical reports doesn’t make much sense to those charged with getting young people to read—hopefully with some degree of enthusiasm. And there’s a total lack of research suggesting that education will be advanced by a forced march to Executive Orders.
The University of Arkansas’ Sandra Stotsky argues that an emphasis on informational texts actually prevents children from acquiring “a rich understanding and use of the English language” and “may lead to a decreased capacity for analytical thinking.” Dry government documents such as those recommended in the Common Core’s are “hardly the kind of material to exhibit ambiguity, subtlety, and irony,” she observes.
Fiction authors try to describe phenomena in a way they haven’t been described before. They use figurative expression to convey abstract ideas. These are writers who create art and expression in a way that tackles difficult philosophical questions in a palpable format; in a way that gets to the root of all things. This is the kind of reflection that trains citizens capable of self-government.
Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Washington Irving, Edith Wharton, James Joyce, Sinclair Lewis—all achieved that complex goal. And all are absent from the Common Core list. Inevitably, teachers will have to jettison great literary works to ensure children consume the government’s minimum daily dose of executive orders.
No wonder columnist Alexandra Petri refers to the Common Core as “the great Purge of Literature.”
The good news is: states can end this war of words. Instead of abdicating responsibility for standards and assessments—and ceding more control over education to Washington and national organizations—state leaders can extricate their teachers and students from this national standards boondoggle.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/12/27/why-all-cool-kids-are-reading-executive-order-13423/#ixzz2GpdXObrt
Can pigs dance?
Last month I urged those who would and could to consider serving on local school boards. Exert influence where you can. When that is not a practical idea for you personally, consider pulling your kids out of public school altogether. Homeschool them, or put them in a Christian school operated by an Apostolic church.
Deuteronomy 6:6-7, Malachi 4:6 and II Corinthians 6:17 seem to provide a mandate for giving our children an education separate and apart from the influence of state schools. Charles F. Potter, a signer of the Humanist Manifesto, said, “What can theistic Sunday school, meeting for an hour once a week, do to stem the tide of a five-day program of humanistic teaching?” Not much, I’d say. Is that one of the reasons we are losing such a high percentage of our young people to the humanistic worldview?
Ray Moore, being interviewed for the documentary film, Indoctrination, observed that reforming public education in America right now is like teaching pigs to dance. You get dirty and they get mad.
On the bane of social media
“I have been asked why Honey Pie and I choose to supervise/restrict social media/internet/media for our kids. This is our reason, adult tools are for adult use. Children do not get handed chainsaws, machine guns and chef’s butcher knives for a reason. As they mature, they grow into the ability to handle adult tools, until, children’s tools will do. I’ve listened to far to many adults, who accidentally stumbled onto porn/sexual perversion/bloody brutality or other abuse as a child, express anguish that their parents had not guarded the better. A bullet can kill you once. A sexual/brutal addiction will kill you a million times over.” – Rachel Coltharp
PS: Check out Dr. Keith Ablow’s observation of how we are raising a generation of narcissists here: http://video.foxnews.com/v/2081478293001/are-we-raising-a-generation-of-deluded-narcissists
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Pastoral Leadeship For Manhood and Womanhood
by Wayne Grudem and Dennis Rainey
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Seducers Among Our Children
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Demolishing Bible Contradictions Vol. I and Vol II
by Ken Ham
This book is based on many of the most-asked questions about supposed Bible contradictions and errors. Most of the topics are drawn from questions submitted via our extremely popular website.
Demolishing Supposed Bible Contradictions is an exciting, lay-friendly resource designed to give quick yet thorough answers to questions about more than 40 of the most common supposed mistakes in the Bible. Edited by Ken Ham and co-written by ten leading apologetics speakers and authors, a few of the dozens of supposed contradictions include:
- In the Old Testament, God wipes out entire cities and unleashes great suffering. Yet the Bible teaches that God is all-loving.
- God warned Adam not to eat the forbidden fruit or he would die. But when Adam disobeyed and ate, he lived a full life.
- Scripture claims that pi equals 3. Any high-school math student knows that’s not true.
- A prostitute is praised for lying in James 2, yet the Ten Commandments forbid it.
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Take a moment to laugh
An armed man is a citizen; an unarmed man is a subject.
Assault is a behavior, not a weapon.
64,999,987 gun owners in America killed no one yesterday.
Confiscation of guns merely creates victims and slaves, not a crime-free society.
What part of “shall not be infringed” do our politicians not understand?
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