Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Rev 22:17 NKJV - And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.
The Spirit and the Bride say "Come!" - It is one of the ministries of the Spirit to bring people to Christ. The Bride, who in Rev is adorned in white prepared for the wedding feast (she is mature and lovely) says "Come!" this is neither instruction or exhortation. It's a statement of fact. She preaches the Gospel of Reconciliation.
And let him who hears say "Come!" - This is instruction, to the one who is JUST saved to preach the Gospel of Reconciliation. Every Christian is to reach out to the lost and to be as though God is pleading through us for them to be reconciled to Himself. 2 Cor 5:20 Not just the mature Christians and the Evangelists.
And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely. - Oh Blessed Truth!!! That Salvation is free! He who is dying come receive Eternal Life!!
What really got me was "And let him who hears say "Come!" there is just so much that this affects. From the fact that even the babe in Christ has the ministry of reconciliation, to the fact that if the Gospel is not clearly presented that this ministry can not take place. I think especially about the ideas of the "crossless repentanceless gospel" where one simply believes some guy named Jesus for Eternal Life. Instead of identifying Who He is, and what He has done, they put their faith in their belief, not in Christ. How then can a babe in Christ, if such a gospel could produce salvation, tell others Who He is? The babe would not be able to, and shortly in every real way imaginable "another Jesus" would be being preached... 2 Cor 11:4 as though that wasn't the case from the beginning with such a gospel.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
All this Calvinism and Anti-Calvinism is really starting to bug me. Am I alone in this? Am I the only one who's really starting to get irritated by it?
There is no such thing as a Calvinist. It's a label that some men put on some men. It does not make them so..
There is the old creation, and the new creation. That is it. Either unsaved or saved. There is fellowship among the saved, there is no fellowship with or among the unsaved.
If a person is a Christian they ought to preach Christ, and live the Scriptures. I used to understand, or thought I understood anyway, the need for labels. Now they get under my skin. Need I identify my theological system? Need I even HAVE a theological system? Even the systems I have identified with seem to be distant from me now.
If we are Christians, ought we not enjoy fellowship in what actually gives us fellowship? Ought we not sit at the Savior's feet, worship and read the Scriptures together? Ought we not wrestle with Scripture and not "theology"?
Ought we not identify ourselves first, and ONLY as Christians? What other banner have we? Has Paul died for us? Has Appollos? Has Kevin? Has Calvin? What has any man ever done that he should have any name over ours?
Is not the Name of Christ above all names?
I'm tired of it friends and brothers. Are you my brother in the Lord? I love you. Are you something else? Then do I know you? Be nothing else. Let us be willing to discuss every point as to the Lord. Unafraid to take the time to read line by line.
I'm a Calvinist... No you're not your a super-duper-Calvinist... who cares? Seriously BRETHREN, who cares? Will there be even a mention of that term at the Judgment Seat of Christ?
Shame on me for identifying my Lord's Beloved as a title given by man. Brethren, I pray I will identify you as I so desperately need to be identified by God when He sees me - as Christ alone and nothing else. My Brethren I see you and I see our Elder Brother, as does the Father when He sees you.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Well here's a picture of this week's episode of TCC Radio complete inside of SONAR 7 Producer Edition.
I've still got a fair amount to learn in order to get the sound quality up, but there is an improvement from working in Audacity already. This is due to the fact that SONAR 7 Producer Edition comes bundled with some pretty high end audio plugins.
One of the main advantages will be realized in the weeks and months to come is that I now have a template built for the show. This template includes all the effects and processing. So now I need only drop in the clips and adjust for time. No more producing each clip individually... one effect and/or plugin at a time.
You'll see that this episode has 15 tracks in this window. There are two interview sections which each had 5 or 6 tracks as well.
The show air's tomorrow night and will be available for download AFTER we broadcast on GraceFM at 7pm EST.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Unfortunately the show will be SILENT if I can't get SONAR to work.
So now it's what about 2.5 years later. Full deliverance has not been realized for me yet. Daily I pray for it. But for months now there has been a new growing realization in my prayer-life, and study, even in the fellowship I enjoy. Deliverance, by it's self, is not enough.
Key the dramatic music right? I mean what a mellow dramatic post so far! Not even. I'm telling you God has allowed incredible pain and suffering in my life and that of my family for some time now. He's sustained us through it, even prospered us beyond what makes any kind of sense to the natural mind. He's been showing me, and other men around me, that His presence can be the only desirable end result of any importance. See if God had set me free in Oct of 2005, I wouldn't know Him half as well as I do now.. OK let's be honest I frankly would hardly know Him at all. I surely would not be thirsty for His tangible presence in my life. And His purpose would not have been accomplished. We've all heard it quoted many times, for many reasons. But listen to the Lord again with me now. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
The Lord's emphasis is on the giving of Life. Not the removing of peril. What would it look like if He just came, died on the Cross was buried and rose again up to heaven and left us here to live simply free of our sin debt? Would we have life? Or would we still be as lonely, broken and confused as ever with no hope or purpose? Even if we were freed from the wages of sin, would we not still be desperately thirsty if the freedom didn't come also with the free gift of God? What is Eternal Life? John 17:3 says And this is Eternal Life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. The word translated "know" is the Greek word ginosko and it's a deep knowledge with experience. Such is Eternal Life. It's not just the absence of death, it's experiencing God, relating with Him.
Another often quoted verse is this; Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. The Helper is the Holy Spirit, sent by God the Son to dwell with us forever. The Lord was on His way to the Cross to suffer the debt payment for the cost of our sin. He was going to die in our place, so that we could live instead of die. The expectation He wanted us to have was - look what is coming for you! Not - Look what you can now avoid! Oh precious truth that because He died and rose again, any who call on Him can avoid making their own just payment for sin. But the Lord's promise was of better things! Of living with and in Him! Any who are thirsty are offered free access to drink the Living Water.
Above I asked what it would look like if the Lord had only delivered us from our sin. He describes it Himself in Mat 12:43-45
If one is simply cleaned out of the things they have done and the things they are suffering and they remain empty they will suffer even worse things later! Deliverance is not enough.
43 “When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. 44 Then he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order. 45 Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first. So shall it also be with this wicked generation.”
All of this is posted here in hopes that you can start thinking past your present situation, and your future. Listening to a preacher last night left me with this true little tidbit. Hope is future, faith is present and love is eternal. The Apostle Paul said "But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. We are told what love is through the Cross, as the Apostle John says in 1 John 4:10. Hope is future, it is sure because of the sure faith we have right now. True hope can only be built on present faith. For faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
So I will continue to pray for deliverance as is well and good to do. But more than deliverance I will now pray for His tangible presence in my life. Deliverance is not enough because it is not freedom from death and situations that we ought seek, but Eternal Life.
Friday, April 11, 2008
At 44 seconds in the person admits "Now, I haven't seen the movie yet because it's not out." This is just plain funny. Of course presupposition blinds us all if we let it. This person has decided what this movie is and what's in it before he's even seen it. That's kinda like the sort of "science" that leads to "proof" of Evolution.
As for if Creation Scientists understand science and the "scientific enterprise" I suggest contacting the schools and organizations that have credentialed these scientists to speak with them about it.
I have only commented on the portion of the video I have actually watched. I found it so amusing I couldn't wait... sorry. :) I'm looking forward to other's comments on these two vids. I'll post more in the comments myself if I find the rest of this video as amusing as the 1st minute is.
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death, is the man who deceives his neighbor, and says, “I was only joking!”
Did you take part in April Fools Day? Now that you know it probably wasn't the wisest thing for you to do I would be remiss if I did not offer you the solution to the problem you've just realized you have.
Here are the questions;
If God is in control of Satan and is more powerful than God why did He let Satan exist in the first place?
Why does God allow Satan to roam the world destroying lives?
Here's the answer I gave;
Thank you for passing this question on to us. They are valid, and common. I have to admit I've been back and forth on what to cover to help you all. Seriously, there are people who have devoted years of their lives to studying and writing on the topics of Angelology and Demonology.(Demons are simply Angels that followed Satan in his rebellion in Heaven). After spending a couple weeks with this question, I really hope this answer will satisfy and inform. There is a great deal of information about Angels (and so demons) here. To answer your questions I'm going to have to build a bit of a foundation.
You'll need a Bible with you, if you've received this and don't have one beside you visit http://www.biblegateway.com/ where you'll be able to read the passages I reference for free.
Angels worshiped God and served Him before God created Time. Satan also "fell" or rebelled before Time. We are not told why God allowed an Angel who would rebel against Him to exist in the first place but it does seem to be God's character to honor any freedom and/or authority He gives. God, as evidenced by His interaction with mankind, seems to want worship from beings who want to love Him. This by definition leaves room for rebellion, because some of these beings may not want to love Him.
To understand why God allows Satan to continue to exist right now we must understand what happened the moment Satan rebelled, and the demons with him. Satan's fall is recorded in Isaiah 14:12-15, and we also see his foreordained destruction. This occurred in Heaven and Satan's rebellion even made Heaven unclean as recorded in Job 15:15.Heaven became unclean because of sin, and there is no forgiveness of sins without the shedding of blood as we find in Hebrews 9:22. So from before time, redemption had to occur in order for God to have a pure dwelling place.
We know that God purposed for this redemption to happen before He ever created the world. In fact, since God can not lie Titus 1:2 and the things He says will occur Isaiah 46:9-10 when God says something it is as good as having already happened. Thus we see that Christ was crucified since before Time began. We know this because Rev 13:8 says so, and also because God defines how He has shown His love towards us as having given Christ on the Cross for our sins, and that He loved us before Time. 1 John 4:9-10 and John 14:24.
So far the we see that Satan's rebellion made Heaven unclean and that God so planned to redeem His creation since before Time by using Christ's sacrifice as a propitiation or appeasement for all sin as the basis of forgiveness and redemption. There is an incredible book on God's plan for History, with a special focus on future History or Prophecy called "Maranatha: Our Lord, Come!: A Definitive Study of the Rapture of the Church" This book will explain the concept of a "kinsman redeemer" which is a member of the family who can repurchase land that a person has given away. The Lord Jesus Christ is our Kinsman Redeemer, and the redemption price is His own blood. In Genesis 3 we see the recounting of the History of man giving away the authority and ownership of the world that God gave us to Satan. The Lord had to become a family member (a kinsman) and to do that He had to become a human being, and pay the redemption price in order to "redeem" all of Creation back to Him.
This gets us to the part of your question we experience every time we look around our little world. Why does God continue to allow Satan to exist and cause problems. Is it because God has been overpowered by Satan? Surely not. No, God is a gentleman, and He can not lie.Revelation 3:20 So He will not go against the authority that He has given Adam over this world. Adam surrendered that authority to Satan in the Garden of Eden. In 2 Peter 3:9 The Apostle Peter is answering a question similar to yours about God. See, if God came back today to judge Satan and destroy him, God would have to judge and destroy all of Satan's family. His family is made up not only of the demons who followed him in rebellion, but every single unsaved person over all history. The Lord indicates that the unsaved are part of Satan's family in John 8:44. But as the Apostle Peter explains God is not willing that any should perish, but that all would come to repentance and faith in His Son Jesus Christ. We see that the Lord's current program for the Church will carry on until the "times of the gentiles are fulfilled" in Luke 21:24. God is not going to stop saving Christians until the last one is saved, and then He will be finished and the gate will be closed leaving those who thought they had forever to choose waiting outside the gate. Luke 13:22-30
The reason why God allows Satan to continue to exist and cause so much suffering in the world is actually His incredible mercy. The Apostle Paul tells us that today's sufferings do not even compare to the glory of Heaven. Romans 8:18 God allows suffering now, because suffering fora while is better than suffering for all eternity in the Lake of Fire,which is what would happen to every single unsaved person if God came to judge Satan today. Revelation 20:15 God has also provided for our Eternal Salvation in Christ Jesus, there is no reason why anyone has to live in this life with no hope. God has provided for our Salvation as we read in the Gospel of Jesus Christ 1 Cor 15:1-11 and so anyone who will call on Him can be assured of Eternal Life in a place of unspeakable glories with Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Romans10:13
It is the thing that makes very little sense to the world, to people who haven't met Jesus yet, and surely to Satan and his demons. Satan tempted the demons, and mankind with his evil desires. We fell and became guilty. We deserve to die eternally for our own rebellion against God. If God were not the God He is, Satan would have won an incredible victory. He would have stolen all of Creation from God.See, Satan was counting on God being a God of Justice and Vengeance only. And as much as God is those things, Satan never saw that God is Love as well. That God so loved mankind that He sent His only begotten Son to come, humble Himself to the point of taking on our own sins and die in our place on the Cross. John 3:16 Philippians 2 Satan couldn't imagine that kind of humility and love, because he is a self-serving liar.
I hope this is enough of an answer for you to understand that it is God's mercy towards us that stops Him from destroying Satan today.This restraint will not last forever. Judgment Day is coming and you can be absolutely sure that Justice will be served, because God Who cannot lie has said it will be done.