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Lifestyle changes

Anonymous said... I was perplexed a couple of weeks ago when it was announced that Ray Boltz, Christian singer and songwriter and father of 3, had divorced his wife of 33 years and had "taken up" the homosexual lifestyle. As a pastor, how would you deal with that situation if he were your "brother in Christ"?
The first question to address is whether Mr. Boltz sees his lifestyle as sin or not. If he does, he should be admonished to turn from it, and back to God. If he does not, I would need to show him in God's Word where the homosexual lifestyle (and the divorce) are shown to be sinful. Then, admonish him as a believer to turn from it. I would continue in prayer for him, but this is not a situation where there is a lot to meet and discuss. It's right or wrong. That being said, woe to the churches in America that have allowed people to come and be members without teaching them God's righteousness. We compromise so much that we are no different from…

Another politics post

I went ahead and copied some more of Mike Huckabee's thoughts on some issues. I agree mostly with what he says, these are some things we need to think about. This election needs to be about issues and solutions, not about anyone's children or church, not about gender or race.

Lipstick on a PigWednesday, September 10, 2008 at 11:38pm by Mike Huckabee

Last night, while on Hannity & Colmes I cut Barack Obama some slack on his reference to "lipstick on a pig." Now I personally don't think he was referring to Gov. Palin, but if he was he should apologize immediately.

Almost twenty four hours into this new controversy and the accusations are continuing to fly from both campaigns. That's too bad.

Let's shift back to the issues. Barack Obama released an education proposal yesterday that has plenty of faults. Lets talk about it instead. Republicans have been arguing correctly for choice in our schools and adding accountability. Lets spend our time and energy f…

From Mike Huckabee

Does it matter?

Several things in the past weeks have put a concern in my heart over how we as believers handle truth. It seems that we are getting to a point where we accept the idea that truth doesn't really matter. We'll say, for example, that the Bible is completely God's Word, and totally true. Then we'll start picking parts that we aren't as sure of, and say they aren't quite as good of truth as other parts.

It's one thing to see the lost world try and pick and choose. You see it in actions by certain groups that want to elevate, for example, 'God is love' above the rest of Scripture and say that if 'God is love' is true, then we have to accept anything under the label of 'love.' But you can't do that. God is love, but He is also a jealous God, a righteous God, a holy God, and an exclusive, unique God. There is none like Him, and to discount His righteousness to emphasize His love is trying to change Him.

There are other areas, where…

Service and Time

This is not to try and endorse or defame our current President.  I will be glad to share with you my opinion.  For those of you who don't like him, I want you to consider, if he is a bad president or terrible human being, but still takes time, how much more should you?



Commentary - The Value of Service
The Value of Service
The Value of Service
Lt. Col. Mark Murphy, 354th Maintenance Group deputy commander.


Commentary by Lt. Col. Mark Murphy
354th Maintenance Group deputy commander

8/15/2008 - EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- I learned a big lesson on service Aug. 4, 2008, when Eielson had the rare honor of hosting President Bush on a refueling stop as he traveled to Asia.

It was an event Eielson will never forget -- a hangar full of Airmen and Soldiers getting to see the Commander in Chief up close, and perhaps even shaking his hand. An incredible amount of effort goes into presidential travel because of all of the logistics, security, protocol, etc ... so it was remarkable to see Air F…

My knee hurts

I was just sitting here at my desk, looking at the piles of stuff in various locations. Yes, so far, I'm still organized by 'piles.' There's the 'stuff that I know I need but don't know where to put' pile, the 'stuff that I know where to put' pile, the 'stuff to be gotten rid of'' pile, and the 'stuff that needs to be given to someone else' pile. Oh, and the 'stuff that I know where it goes but can't put it there because there's a pile of stuff in the way' pile. The upside is that I have 3 very neat file drawers in my desk....hmmm, maybe I should do something with that?

Anyway, since I have the freedom to do it, and since the weather was nice, I walked to the office today. It was good, I had a great prayer time as I went. I listened to a good sermon as I went home for lunch, had a great praise time as I went back. All this, and still got across 425 without getting splatted. But as I sit here, I'm notic…

Again from Dr. Turner

There's a reason he is the primary voice of Arkansas Baptists. He's got good things to say! We need to be careful, and allow the Word of God to speak freely, rather than take all of our knowledge and try to massage the text to fit it! Just because we don't like it doesn't mean it's not true.

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Faulty Translations…
Posted on Friday, September 12, 2008
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The King James Version of the Bible was severely criticized during its first century for catering to King James’ superstitions, being theologically unsound, and being too political. In the 1950’s the Revised Standard Version was criticized for referring to the “virgin” in Isaiah 7:14 as a “young girl”. A recent translation has been rejected for being “gender neutral” and rightly so.



But common and current usage also translates the Bible. When our practice “shapes” our interpretation of Scripture we are guilty of producing a biblical text for our own usage. Lately I have obs…

Blank posts

Computers are dumb. They only do what they are programmed to do. So, when you accidentally click 'publish' on a blank post, you get a blank post. It's like the computer wastoo foolish to know I made a mistake!!!!

Politics again

I'm becoming a little more politically vocal, but to try and balance the responsibilities of pastoring with sharing political frustrations, I'll keep most of it on the blog. I've added a gadget that will show you the rising national debt. This is how much the US Government is in the red, and doesn't count how badly the average American is drowning. It's a problem!

From Emil Turner

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Points for Christian Workers
Posted on Friday, September 5, 2008
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About 100 years ago George W. Noble published a little book entitled Book of Points for Christians and Personal Workers. In a section about “Don’ts for the Inquiry Room”, Noble gives some advice for people who witness to lost people. The advice is targeted for revival “after meetings” which were popular at that time, but some of it is timeless…



Work from the command to “go to every creature” rather than waiting on impressions about witnessing.



Don’t talk too loud.



Don’t eat onions. “This may seem an unimportant matter but it is really important”.



Don’t talk down.



Don’t argue. “God sent you to declare the Word, not to prove it.”



Don’t quote the Scripture. “Open your Bible and let inquirers read for themselves.”



Don’t keep seekers on their knees too long. “Sometimes a sinner’s knees are more tender than his heart. When I knelt as a seeker, the first three minutes I thought of m…

Education

If speech is free, why is it going to cost me a lot of money to go to school for it?

That's my attention getting line for this post...one of my goals in life is to, someday, finish both a Master's and Ph.D. in Communications, and teach college students. Maybe part-time, then spend my 'retirement' doing that. One of mentors in college, Dr. Roy Buckelew, did just that. He preached and led churches, and then slowed down to being a full-time teaching professor until he passed away. He loved every minute of it, and was always a great challenge.

Anyway, UAM doesn't offer graduate study in that area, and doing 'wood utilization' for Dave Patterson doesn't really appeal to me. I know how to use wood: burn it for warmth, nail it for building, pulp it for paper. So, I was looking for an accredited, respectable, distance-learning approach. It's hard to find. Most schools want you to live there, and many of the schools that only require you to email in …

Thoughts about the past...

I was listening to the radio this morning, well, not the real radio. I was listening to an internet radio station from last.fm. It's a music player that I can run through Firefox, which is my web browser. More on that else where.

Moving forward, one of the songs that played was the Garth Brooks tune 'Every Now and Then.' It's in the signature at the end of this post. The song goes through the emotion of remembering the past and comparing it to the life the singer now has. The singer has made choices that have brought him to a certain point, and he sees things that remind him of what his life might have been.

Now, the song is not a weeping or lamenting over either the current life or the one that he missed out on. It's just a reflection on the fact that life is filled with choices, and sometimes we wonder what might have happened. The point I want learn from this is that nostalgia and wondering isn't bad. But I cannot undo anything, and that the life I h…

Power

You know, true power only comes from God.

Which is a good thing. Because Entergy's been a little short for 2 1/2 days now. We don't know if we'll get it tonight, since it's getting dark and they've been working all day. I know these crews need some rest, so hopefully we'll get power sometime tomorrow.

Meanwhile, we're praying extra hard for our friends the Choates on the mission field. They won't have electricity or even indoor plumbing! Pray for them, follow the link with their name to learn about them. Follow this link to see the work they do: Wycliffe Bible Translators.

Politics

For those of you who haven't registered to vote in the next elections, I recommend a visit here:

I Vote Values

There is information here about how to vote, as well as links to info about candidates, parties, and issues in multiple levels of elections.

I won't tell you who to vote for, because I'm not God. I would challenge you to pray before you vote, and don't automatically go elephant or donkey. Be an informed voter and use your head and Bible to guide you.

Are any candidates for president truly going to turn our nation to God? Probably not, because that's something we have got to do ourselves. But, we should look to bring someone into office who will fulfill the responsibilities of the office in a Godly manner.

Nothing to ask?

Remember that you can post anonymous questions if you don't want anyone to know it was your question. It can be relational, emotional, practical, spiritual, theological, historical or sports!

Just don't ask me when I'll get my electricity back. Not even Entergy knows. Basically we have 3 preachers in Monticello that are just being kept in the dark :-) I think the Lord expects us to be learning patience.

I'm still annoyed

I'll admit it. I'm annoyed with my lack of electricity. I understand that there are people worse off, but it's still frustrating to have no power when people right down the road have it!!! Of course, I could do so much better running the power company!!!

Sure I could. I would make sure no one was annoyed by the fact that people on a different part of the grid had power when they didn't. I'd shut off the whole state every time there was an outage. Then, when it was fixed, everything would work right!!

This reminds me of a song by Wayne Watson. It's titled "If I were You" and it's about how we might handle being on God's throne. The basic gist is that we are all a little to self-centered and self-righteous to have God's power. And he's right.

All that leads me to be convicted that I'm alright without electricity. But I'm still annoyed.

It's not fair!!!

For the record, life's not fair!!

People 3 houses down from our street have electricity, and are at home calmly watching TV while I'm moving frozen foods to the church so they don't spoil!

Oh wait, not everyone is sleeping their own bed tonight. Sorry, Donnie. I guess life's more unfair to you.

Oh, and there are people trapped away from home. Sorry evacuees, I guess my life is a little less bad than I thought.

Oh, and I will be with my family tonight. To our soldiers, marines, airmen, and sailors, words cannot express how much better it is for me because of you. Sorry, and thank you...

And then there's the fire department, EMS, ER workers, police, sheriffs, National Guard....

There's people without houses....people without power that can't put their stuff in church freezers....(I'll move some of mine. We'll make it fit!)

And then there's God's love for me, for which I'm not worthy, but Jesus Christ has died to give me anyway.

Ultimately, …

Planning and Prepartion

One of my favorite reads when I was growing was The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Now, I haven't seen the movie, so I don't know if it's any good. And I am quite aware that the religious beliefs of the author, the late Douglas Adams, are fundamentally different from my own. However, one of the key themes of the book is rather on point these days.

The book is about a group of individuals (can't use people, some of them are aliens. Actually, 2 of the 4 are aliens), who are bouncing around the galaxy. One of them, whose name is Ford (this is his writing pseudonym. Upon reaching earth, he determined to take a name to blend in, not realizing that cars aren't the dominant species) is a writer for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, essentially a travel book about, well, the galaxy. The cover of the book has in big words:

DON'T PANIC!

The reason I think this is appropriate these days is that we need to learn to plan, prepare, but even when those thi…

Of Hurricanes and Such

Well, the weekend saw Hurricane Gustav come in from the Gulf, and had many of us spend Labor Day watching water splash over the levee at the Industrial Canal in New Orleans.

Now, the rain has moved over north LA and south Arkansas, which is good for the water table, but now we have trees swaying and falling around us.

If now isn't a good time to preach repentance and turning back to God, when will be?