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The Night before…

THE NIGHT BEFORE JESUS CAME
Twas the night before Jesus Came and all through the house
Not a creature was praying, not one in the house.
Their Bibles were laid on the shelf without care
In hopes that Jesus would not come there.

The Children were dressing to crawl into bed
Not once ever kneeling or bowing a head.
And mom in her rocker with baby on her lap
Was watching the late show while I took a nap.
When out of the east there arose such a clatter,
I sprang to my feet to see what was the matter.

Away to the window I flew like a flash
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
When what to my wondering eyes should appear
But angles proclaiming that Jesus was here.
With the light like the sun, sending forth a bright ray,
I knew in a moment this must be The Day.

The light of His face made me cover my head
It was Jesus returning just like He had said.
And though I possessed worldly wisdom and wealth,
I cried when I saw Him, in spite of myself.
In the Book of Life which He held in His hand
Was written the name of every saved man.
He spoke not a word as He searched for my name,
when He said “It’s not here” my head hung in shame.
The people whose names had been written with love,
He gathered to take to His Father above.

With those who were ready, He rose without a sound.
While all the rest were left standing around.
I fell to my knees, but it was too late:
I had waited too long, and thus sealed my fate.
I stood and I cried as they rose out of sight.
Oh, if only I had been ready tonight.
In the words of this poem, the meaning is clear:
The coming of Jesus is drawing near.
There’s only one life and when comes the last call,
We’ll find that the Bible was true after all. Author Unknown

 

The Elephant in the Room

And He said, “What comes out of a man, that defiles a man.” “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness.” “All these evil things come from within and defile a man.” Mark 7:20-23 N.K.J.V.

Pride, huperephania, Strong’s #5243 Twelfth on the list of thirteen inner vices, the word means haughtiness (blatantly and disdainfully proud) arrogance (an attitude of superiority manifested in an overbearing manner) ostentatious pride bordering insolence, and disdainful attitude toward others.

It is a pharisaical sin characterized by superiority of attitude. It is a state of pride that is the very opposite of Jesus’ claim for Himself, meek (praotes) and lowly (tapeinos).

When the Elephant in My Room is Pride

The Bible is clear on pride.  Pride is not from God but from the world (1 John 2:16).  Pride will bring us down (Prov. 29:23; 16:18) and bring disgrace (Prov. 11:2).  Jesus said that it is one of the defiling expressions of a heart opposed to God (Mark 7:22).  It is one of those pervasive heart problems that can drive a life like few other struggles can. It can even drive good things we do in ministry.

Any thoughts?

Are you in need of calming, then Praise Him!

O God, You are my God;                                         

Early will I seek You;

My soul thirsts for You;

My flesh longs for You

In a dry and thirsty land

Where there is no water.

So I have looked for You in the

Sanctuary,

To see Your power and Your glory.

Because Your lovingkindness is better

than life,

My lips shall praise You.

    Psalm 63 N.K.J.V.

     Praise, shabachStrong’s # 7623: To commend, praise; to adore; to glory in something; to still, quiet, or pacify someone. Shabach goes in two directions, “praising” and “calming.” The verb occurs 11 times in OT, 8 of these having to do with speaking words of praise. The other 3 references speak either about calming the tumultuous sea (Psalm 65:7; 89:9) or about hushing up things within one’s heart (Proverbs 29:11). There appears to be a connection between “praising with words” and “soothing with words,” as any aggrieved person offered words of honor can testify.

Spoiled by Uncleanness.

The Ermine

In the forests of northern Europe and Asia lives a little animal called the ermine, known for his snow-white fur. He instinctively protects his white coat against anything that would soil it. His fur is so fine; nothing is more beautiful on the fur markets of the world. In some countries, the state robes of judges are lined with it, the white being emblematic of purity and honor.

Fur hunters take advantage of this unusual trait of the ermine. They don’t set a snare to catch him, but instead they find his home, which is usually a cleft in a rock or a hollow in an old tree. They smear the entrance and interior with grime and filth. Then the hunters set their dogs loose to find and chase the ermine. The frightened animal flees toward home, his only place of refuge, but doesn’t enter because of the filth. Rather than soil his white coat, he is trapped by the dogs and captured while preserving his purity. It is better that he be stained by blood than spoiled by uncleanness. For the ermine, purity is more precious than life.

Lunch with a Scream

This is a repost of an old story from my growing up days in “Baghdad By the Bay,” The tag is from Herb Cain of San Francisco  Examiner.

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Lunch with a Scream.

by Mannyr

He came out of the water, from a distance looking like the creature from the Black Lagoon minus the scales and fish lips. Trudging up the embankment past the kelp and seaweed he dropped to the sand and rolled over several times. Having shed his coat of water he took on his namesake of sand. The Sandman of Aquatic Park sat with legs folded watching the small but turbulent wave’s crash upon the shore, meeting their destiny. The waves went quietly in contrast to the ever-squawking garbage collectors of San Francisco Bay. The gulls were the airborne offenders of unsuspecting tourists, but in all fairness, they usually gave a good squawk before delivering a well-placed deposit. His nose took in a mixture of salt air mixed with the pungent aroma of chocolate roasted at Ghirardelli Square along with the putrid stench of rotting seaweed which drug up a smile on his face. He, like so many before him, found great inner peace and a sense of deep fulfillment in his eccentric life style, cast in his role as a modern-day recluse living out his days as a caste member of the elite untouchables.

After an hour of listening to the rhythmic clanging of the Cable Cars coming to rest at end of Hyde Street’s turntable he headed for a quick nap at his sleeping quarters beneath the wooden pier where the 1886 three-masted schooner sat anchored. He awoke to the spray of saltwater slamming into the pylons surrounding him.

He set out for a quick shower at the Maritime Museums bathhouse. Having run a brush through his hair and choosing to wear his only patterned shirt he headed for lunch at Fisherman’s Wharf. He found himself swept up with the tourist crowd on the narrow sidewalk leading to the street vendors hawking their fresh crab, lobsters and shrimp. He bought a fresh sourdough roll and had the vendor slice it open and pour a large container of fresh crab meat in butter sauce.

Sandwich in hand he stood leaning against the street pole on the corner of Taylor and Jefferson waiting for the vendor to cook a fresh batch of crab, this would mark a high point in his day. He’d taken two bites of his sandwich when it happened. The vendor lifted the lid on a huge boiling pot and slid the unsuspecting crabs into it. Holding the lid the burly vendor waited till the familiar scream came from the crabs.

The Sandman walked toward the park reflecting on the sights and sounds of his world. Not attentive of where he placed his bare feet he stepped into a large deposit from one sick gull.

 

Let’s all head to the Shack.

Berean Research“Guard Yourselves in “The Shack” to be the next blasphemous blockbuster film

posted by Amy Spreeman on December 2, 2016 in Emergent Church 63

Let’s cut right to the chase:  Are there heresies in The Shack?  Yes. Scroll down. There are more than a dozen of them. Movies about God always make big bucks at the box office, and the film adaptation of The Shack will more than likely be a top ticket seller when it hits the big screen. Now the official trailer is out, and the emotional impact in just this two minute clip already seals the deal that this film will be a blockbust

The film hits Theaters March 3, 2017.
I can already imagine The Shack Bible studies, sermon series and of course the social media hype, not to mention busloads of small groups fellowshipping and praising “Papa” for another opportunity to share Jesus. But which Jesus? We know that the Jesus of the Bible is very different than the one author William P. Young wrote about in his mega-bestseller.

Yes, I know it’s fiction. And I get that the story of forgiving a heinous, unspeakable crime against a child is powerful. I never tell people what not to read or what movies they shouldn’t see. That’s your business. But here’s the thing. If you’re looking for the God of the Bible in this book, or thinking that this is a great film to give your kids a “whole new perspective on God” (we hear that one a lot), then I’m going to speak up and say that there are some things you ought to know about how and where this story veers off track into dangerous waters.

First there is the matter of Universalism. Everyone gets into heaven in Young’s story. No sin or repentance, no need for a savior, and no need for a Gospel at all. Last year we interviewed an old colleague of Young’s, James B. De Young, professor of New Testament Language and Literature at Western Seminary in Portland, Ore., who wrote the book, Burning Down The Shack: How the “Christian” Bestseller is Deceiving Millions.

You may also want to check out the Thirteen Heresies in The Shack, written by Michael Youssef. Here is what he wrote about those 13 concerns along with what the Bible says about them:

  1. God the Father was crucified with Jesus.

Because God’s eyes are pure and cannot look upon sin, the Bible says that God would not look upon His own beloved Son as He hung on the Cross, carrying our sins (Habakkuk 1:13Matthew 27:45).

  1. God is limited by His love and cannot practice justice.

The Bible declares that God’s love and His justice are two sides of the same coin — equally a part of the personality and the character of God (Isaiah 61:8Hosea 2:19).

  1. On the Cross, God forgave all of humanity, whether they repent or not. Some choose a relationship with Him, but He forgives them all regardless.

Jesus explained that only those who come to Him will be saved (John 14:6).

  1. Hierarchical structures, whether they are in the Church or in the government, are evil.

Our God is a God of order (Job 25:2).

  1. God will never judge people for their sins.

The Word of God repeatedly invites people to escape from the judgment of God by believing in Jesus Christ, His Son (Romans 2:162 Timothy 4:1-3).

  1. There is not a hierarchical structure in the Godhead, just a circle of unity.

The Bible says that Jesus submitted to the will of the Father. This doesn’t mean that one Person is higher or better than the other; just unique. Jesus said, “I came to do the will of Him who sent me. I am here to obey my Father.” Jesus also said, “I will send you the Holy Spirit” (John 4:346:4414:2615:26).

  1. God submits to human wishes and choices.

Far from God submitting to us, Jesus said, “Narrow is the way that leads to eternal life.” We are to submit to Him in all things, for His glory and because of what He has accomplished for us (Matthew 7:13-15).

  1. Justice will never take place because of love.

The Bible teaches that when God’s love is rejected, and when the offer of salvation and forgiveness is rejected, justice must take place or God has sent Jesus Christ to die on the cross for nothing (Matthew 12:20Romans 3:25-26).

  1. There is no such a thing as eternal judgment or torment in hell.

Jesus’ own description of hell is vivid … it cannot be denied (Luke 12:516:23).

  1. Jesus is walking with all people in their different journeys to God, and it doesn’t matter which way you get to Him.

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life, and no one will come to the Father but by me” (John 14:6).

  1. Jesus is constantly being transformed along with us.

Jesus, who dwells in the splendor of heaven, sits at the right hand of God, reigning and ruling the universe. The Bible says, “In Him there is no change, for He is yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 11:1213:8James 1:17).

  1. There is no need for faith or reconciliation with God because everyone will make it to heaven.

Jesus said, “Only those who believe in me will have eternal life” (John 3:153:365:246:40).

  1. The Bible is not true because it reduces God to paper.

The Bible is God-breathed. Sure, there were many men through 1,800 years who put pen to paper (so to speak), each from different professions and different backgrounds, but the Holy Spirit infused their work with God’s words. These men were writing the same message from Genesis to Revelation. If you want to read more about the place of Christ in the Scripture, read “We Preach Christ” (2 Timothy 3:16).

P.S.

Here we are presented with that old liberal logo Universal Salvation.

Some of my friends respond like this , “Lighten up. It’s only fiction!” Or, “It’s only a novel!” Folks, novels teach an author’s point of view, either subtly or overtly. It is no different for Christian novels.

 

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