Welcome to the blog for September, 2016—the ninth month named for the number seven.
The Word for today
O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you.
My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you
in this parched and weary land where there is no water.
2 I have seen you in your sanctuary and gazed upon your power and glory.
3 Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you!
4 I will praise you as long as I live, lifting up my hands to you in prayer.
5 You satisfy me more than the richest feast.
I will praise you with songs of joy.
Why is the ninth month of the year named for the number seven?
For all you detail addicts, here is a fix: September (from Latin septem, “seven”) was originally the seventh of ten months on the oldest known Roman calendar, with March (Latin Martius) the first month of the year until perhaps as late as 153 BC. After the calendar reform that added January and February to the beginning of the year, September became the ninth month, but retained its name. It had 29 days until the Julian reform, which added a day. (Wiki)
For Labor Day
Labor or Service?
“Six days thou shalt labour and do all thy work” (Deuteronomy 5:13). The term “labor” to many seems to connote drudgery or routine, repetitive, demeaning toil. As used here in the fourth of God’s Ten Commandments, however, the Hebrew word abad means rather to “serve” and is so translated 214 times in the King James. Only one other time is it translated “labor,” and that is in the ﬁrst rendering of the commandments (Exodus 20:9). Thus, the command could well be read: “Six days shalt thou serve. . . .” Futhermore, the word for “work” (Hebrew melakah) does not denote servile labor but “deputyship” or “stewardship.”
The one whom we are to serve or act as deputy for, of course, is God Himself when we do our work. In the ultimate and very real sense, the Lord is our employer, and we serve Him, not man. Therefore, “whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men” (Colossians 3:23). Every honest occupation, if carried out for the Lord’s sake and to His glory, is “divine service,” and every Christian who holds this perspective on his or her work (be it preaching, or bookkeeping, or homemaking, or whatever) is in the Christian ministry—for “ministry” simply means “service.”
Note also that God has ordained not a four-day or ﬁve-day workweek: “Six days thou shalt labor, and do all thy Work,” He says, thus commemorating the six days in which He worked in the beginning, “for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth” (Exodus 31:17).
One day, Lord willing, we shall hear Him say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant: . . . enter thou into the joy of thy Lord” (Matthew 25:21). Then, throughout the ages to come, “his servants shall serve him” (Revelation 22:3) with everlasting joy.
Source: Henry Morris in Days of Praise
I’ve been thinking…
Some folks get bent out of shape because they don’t “get their healing” every time they feel a pain or their blood pressure rises. They usually blame a lack of faith, and some indict God for lacking compassion. Still others blame whomever they had asked to pray. If we were healed every time at the first sign of a problem, we would probably mistreat our bodies and selfishly violate this earthly temple in which we live. Why not?
Think about the situation this way. If Jesus fed the people all the time with loaves and fishes, they wouldn’t have to build boats, make nets or rods and go fishing, or pound grain to make flour and bread. No more cooking and setting food out for the family…just follow Me. If He daily kept us from the heat of the sun and sheltered us from the rain, we wouldn’t have to strive to provide those protections. If He freely handed us all the clothing we needed without our effort, and every other need was bountifully supplied without our involvement, what kind of persons would we become?
God is so wise!
(Note: the accompanying photo is not me. I don’t have that much hair.)
In case you don’t have this picture
While visiting the Creation Evidence Museum near Glen Rose, Texas, I saw this stone, which once was mud, containing the Cretaceous footprint of a man overlaid with that of a dinosaur. This strongly suggests (I refrain from saying “proves”) that the two co-existed. You may have seen this photo reproduced elsewhere, but in case you don’t have it, here it is. I just hope the man wasn’t being chased by the dinosaur. If so, he was ahead at this point. I trust he was able to get away.
Guess who’s dropping by for dinner
More reasons women outlive men:
Multiculturalism: Fact or Threat?
By Dinesh D’Souza
Research Fellow, Hoover Institution
The following is an abridged version of Mr. D’Souza’s speech at a Hillsdale College seminar in Boise, Idaho.
There has been a remarkable demographic shift that has changed the complexion of American society over the last 40 years. One reason for this change is the fact that most immigrants today come from Asia, Africa, and Latin America, rather than from Europe. A second contributing factor is birthrates: those of non-white minorities are substantially higher than that of whites. Taken together, these have led to what some have called the “browning of America.” In this sense, we can speak of multiculturalism as a fact. But it is important to distinguish this fact from the ideology that goes by the same name. The ideology of multiculturalism demands the transformation of America’s educational and political institutions in response to the new demographic reality. This ideology of multiculturalism, unlike the fact of multiculturalism, poses a threat to….(please continue reading this important article, click here)…
Also read Governor Richard Lamm on this topic at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsuA22V_zpw
Keeping our educational institutions on track
As educational institutions go, so goes the owning denominations. Every thinking person knows that.
Bobby Killmon, Dean of Theology at IBC, in his reference to Robert Bork’s classic work, Slouching Towards Gomorrah, pointed out in a recent article in Perspectives magazine that if you want to change a movement’s core beliefs, you must start “the long march through the institutions.”
Truer words were never spoken. History confirms the fact. This is why we must assure our fellowship that every instructor in our endorsed colleges and seminary are proven to be—not merely assumed to be—totally dedicated to the apostolic message, both the Bible part and the living part. If we do not pay attention to who is assigned to stand before our students in the classroom, depending only on a sheepskin on a wall, letters behind a name, or who they might be kin to, we could find that our youth and aspiring ministers are slowly being moved away from the absoluteness of our core beliefs.
Judeo-Christian evidence still in Washington
As you walk up the steps of the Supreme Court building, you see on its façade a carving of Moses holding the Ten Commandments. As you enter the Supreme Court courtroom, the two huge oak doors have the Ten Commandments engraved on them. Right above where the judges sit is a display of the Ten Commandments. There are Bible verses etched in stone all over the federal buildings and monuments in Washington.
James Madison, the fourth president and known as The Father of our Constitution” made the following statement: “We have staked the whole of our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.” The first Supreme Court Justice, John Jay, said, “Americans should select and prefer Christians as their rulers.”
The patriot and a founding father, Patrick Henry said, “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists but by Christians, not on religions but on the gospel of Jesus Christ.” Fifty-two of the founders of the Constitution were members of the established orthodox churches in the colonies.
Since 1777, every session of Congress has begun with prayer by a paid minister. An engraving of Moses graces the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives. Our coins have “In God we trust” engraved on them. Our Pledge of Allegiance has “under God” in it.
How, then, have we reached a point where everything we have done for 240 years is suddenly wrong and unconstitutional? And how long will those evidences last under the next president?
Every entity must have a capable leader
So much depends on leadership:
What ship ever sailed without a helmsman? Somebody must steer!
Where would Israel have been without Moses?
Or the impassioned warriors in Saul’s kingdom without David?
Or the apostles without Christ?
Or the cause of missionary evangelism without Paul?
Or the American colonists without Washington?
Or the Bolshevlks without Lenin?
Or the Cubans without Castro?
There must be a catalyst—someone who senses the need, who knows where he is going, who sees what others do not see. Anyone can see an axe head sinking, but only the Elishas can “see” it floating. Anyone can see the enemy surrounding us, but we need someone who can see the invisible fiery chariots on our side.
Success or failure of businesses, organizations, and churches often depend on the attitudes and abilities of one person who knows how to make things happen. Are YOU that person?
In case you didn’t know
The combined weight of all ants on the earth is about the same as the combined weight of all humans.
The possible moves in a chess game are virtually infinite.
One day’s breathing in Mumbai, India is equivalent to smoking two and one half packs of cigarettes.
The entire population of earth could fit inside Texas, and it would still be less crowded than New York City.
Maudie Hopkins was the last known widow of a Civil War veteran. She died in 2008.
Before there were clocks, there were candle clocks that burned a set amount of hours. If you wanted a reminder or alarm, you pushed a nail at the desired time length in the candle and when it melted to that point, the nail would fall and clank on the metal holder, alerting you.
Great men are not always wise
You can read this title in Job 32:9, but you can also see it played out in the strange statements of elder statesmen like ex-president Jimmy Carter. Last year he made the following statement quoted by religionnews.com 7/18/15: “I think Jesus would encourage any love affair if it was honest and sincere and was not damaging to anyone else, and I don’t see that gay marriage damages anyone else. I believe Jesus would approve gay marriage. That’s just my own personal opinion.”
Beware: the medicine man cometh
Before you get strung out on some pill a doctor suggested might be “right for you,” or invest your hard earned money in vitamins and supplements, read the September issue of Consumer Reports on medication and supplements. They are generally trusted and evidently objective. Their articles on prescription drugs and over-the-counter supplements are quite eye opening. Your health is on the line as well as your bank account.
Did God do that?
When someone has special talents and abilities, it is not uncommon for others to say of them, “God gave them that talent so they could use it as they are doing. Otherwise they wouldn’t have it.” Really?
Is it true that God gives unsaved godless persons special abilities to do what they do? Did God give extraordinary leadership skills to Hannibal, Alexander, and Napoleon? Did God specifically give inventive skills to Leonardo da Vinci, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander G. Bell, and Thomas Edison? Did God specifically give astronomical and mathematical genius to Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, and Stephen Hawking? Did He specifically choose Dr. Denton Cooley, Dr. Michael DeBakey, and James H. “Red” Duke to have exceptional skills as heart surgeons? Were Demosthenes, Cicero, Adolph Hitler, and Winston Churchill given gifts of oratory by God to be used by them as they were?
Are we humans mere dancing dolls on a string operated from above? I think not. Can God use certain skills and abilities for His glory? Of course. Did He ever give certain gifts to be used for His glory? Likely. But perhaps Solomon was an anomaly. Ordinarily, however, men continue to apply particular naturally occurring skills to tasks that bring attention to themselves. We are not obligated to either credit or blame God for men doing what occurs instinctively and spontaneously. To do so could open us up to deception through human reasoning.
People have varying personalities and levels of ambition. Opportunity and timing play a role. Henry Hartman once said, “Success comes when preparation meets opportunity.” May I add—when vision and motivation encounter need, exploits occur. Rather than wait to try to figure out what God specifically gave you to work with, do what your hands find to do. That was Solomon’s advice: “Whatever you find to do with your hands, do it with all your might, because there is neither work nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom in the grave, the place where you will eventually go” (Ecclesiastes 9:10).
The basics of textual criticism
Still puzzled about New Testament Greek, biblical manuscripts, and Bible versions? Still wondering why some Bibles read a little differently from others? I highly recommend that you take a little time to listen to someone who is probably more knowledgeable about these matters than anyone living today, Dr. Daniel Wallace. You will not regret taking the time to listen to a series of brief discussions about the Bible manuscripts. You can find them here… https://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/basics-new-testament-textual/id446655163?mt=10
or you can find them here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvR4zGnwRD0
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Review of Searching the Scriptures: Merging Truth, Texts & Translations
by Peter Connell
Having worked intimately with Jerry Ensey over several years providing detailed edits on various versions of the manuscript of this book, I feel qualified to offer comment on this latest of his many quality books, Searching the Scriptures. The author has given us a treasure of research and valuable information in this remarkable volume. Any honest student of the Scriptures is interested in truth—and this work paints the clear picture that the Bible we hold in our hands is the veritable Word of God.
In English-speaking countries we hold translations of the Scriptures that are so breathtakingly true to the original writings of Moses, the prophets, the Apostles and those close contemporaries such as Luke and Mark who penned the holy Writ—that we can place our trust in that wonderful Book of books we call the Bible. This latest volume from the author brings this salient fact out vividly—and every student of the Word should be thankful.
I should warn that this book is not a “casual read!” It will challenge you to think, and to look at the large assemblage of factual evidence presented in its pages. While he deals with what has been a controversial subject within the Apostolic movement—that of the acerbic debate of… (Continue reading this review…click here).
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How skipping church can affect our children
The Lighter Side
Reagan to Russia: “Tear down this wall!” Obama to Target:
The last shots
- There is little need in bowing the knee when we do not humble the heart.
- Most marriage problems are not marriage problems but two single problems.
- Quickly—use these words before they become obsolete: redemption, cross, virtue, judgment, truth, Hell, integrity, personal responsibility.
- Obama wants Catholic institutions to provide condoms and abortions. Does this mean he will force Muslims to serve bacon and alcohol?
- Imagine the outcry if Christians beheaded 21 Muslims.
- Bernie and Hillary’s economy: Buy one burger for the price of two and receive a second burger absolutely free!
- There have been over 800 killings in Chicago with guns this year. How many were done by NRA members? Right…zip! Liberals think conservatives are violent because they own guns. When was the last time you saw conservatives block a freeway, turn over cop cars, riot, loot, throw Molotov cocktails and burn buildings?
- In 1986 while Reagan was president, Libya killed some Americans. He bombed their leader’s house, and they were silent for 25 years. Then someone apologized.