Nuggets – True Education

True Education
“For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.” (Genesis 18:19)

This is a very important verse comprising the first direct reference in the Bible to what we today would call education, and it is given in connection with God’s approving testimony concerning Abraham. Note that nothing is said concerning degrees or diplomas, the sciences or humanities, school buildings or textbooks.

It does tell us that God’s highest priority in the training of the young is that they learn to “keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment.” Such instruction is the responsibility of the home, especially the father—not of the government or some educational association. It is to be given in the context of God’s promises and plans (thus in the context of divine revelation) and is to be framed in terms of “commands.”

This is also the teaching of the New Testament: “Fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4).

The Bible never refers to “education,” but there are many references to teaching, learning, and instruction. There are no references to teaching under the sponsorship of the government, however. As far as biblical precepts and examples are concerned, teaching the young is strictly a function of the home and the church (this could no doubt include several homes and churches cooperating in the provision of advanced or specialized instruction). Most importantly, all instruction, in every subject, should be governed by biblical criteria, for “all Scripture . . . is profitable . . . for instruction. . . . That the man of God may be perfect [i.e., ‘fully prepared’]” (2 Timothy 3:16-17) for the work God wants him to do. HMM

From Institute for Creation Research

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Can you be a “proud” Christian?

I ran across a few Facebook pages recently titled “I’m Proud To Be A Christian”. Proudhumility Christian. That’s an oxymoron. As I read the Old Testament and the Gospels and Paul, I don’t read anything positive about pride. What I find, in fact, is God’s disdain for pride.

“Everyone who is proud in the heart is an abomination to the Lord” Proverbs 16:5

Jesus said,

“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves [the opposite of being proud] and take up their cross daily and follow me.”  Luke 9:23.

When you do a keyword search in the Bible for pride you get references such as arrogance, conceit, deceit, haughtiness, unregenerate heart, self-exaltation, self-will and vanity.

A fool’s mouth lashes out with pride, but the lips of the wise protect them. Proverbs 14:3

I fight pride daily. How about you? I’ve learned it’s hard to pick up my cross daily when I’m trying to solve problems and make plans and good choices from my own resources.

“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.  For EVERYTHING in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and THE PRIDE OF LIFE—comes not from the Father but from the world.”        1 John 2:15-16

No one can not be a proud authentic follower of Christ. Pride to any degree erodes our total dependence on God, which is the true definition of humility–total dependence on God.

Christ is our example of humility.

He made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself (He became totally dependent on God for every word, every decision, every act of service) by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!           Philippians 2:7-8.

Jesus had no room in his ministry for pride.  Nor do we have any room for pride in our service or dependence on Him. Instead shouldn’t we rather follow Christ’s example to the best of our ability by surrendering our will to His will every day?

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Your Love Extended

God’s mercies are anew every morning. Have we become too assuming of God’s love to us, that we forget those like us who are in need? May we be reminded to and share His goodness to us, to them.

The River Walk

Your Love Extended

Then the King will say to those on his right, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.” (Matthew 25:34-36)

Read: Exodus 28:1-43, Matthew 25:31-26:13, Psalm 31:9-18, Proverbs 8:12-13

Relate: Two weeks ago I stood on a street corner for hours and watched a panicked exodus. The fight between the terrorists (or more accurately, freedom fighters) and the police (or more accurately, terrorists) had intensified early Wednesday morning from sporadic gunfire into a running battle. The police (terrorists) enlarged their “curfew” (read “banned”) zone and five to six…

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SAY WHAT ?

Sooner or later Time

Will come knocking

With untimely reminders

Of what should or might have been

I caution you not to Look him in the eye !

Or offer respect to His proposal or critique

Should it alter your course

Or disturb the comforts of age

He has many clients who listen all too intently

Your considered response might be “Say What?’

He hates repeating himself (though He often does)

He will then imagine your loss of hearing (most absurd)

But give him, at least , one small victory

BEFORE YOU SHUT THE DOOR………..

 

 

 

 

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Tribulation – after the Rapture

The Church never goes through the Tribulation. Tribulation (for seven years) starts after the Church escapes the beginning of God’s Judgment and wrath. Biblical Tribulation is a Jewish Tribulation for rejection of Christ that begins after the Rapture of the Church. When the Church is “caught up to meet with Christ in the air” …the Anti-Christ steps in and Tribulation begins as never known before by humanity. Then all Hell breaks loose on Earth…

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When I started seeing Another woman

I received this via an email and thought I would share it . It is attributed to an anonymous writer.

When I Started Seeing Another Woman…
A little while ago I started seeing another woman. Actually, it was my wife’s idea.
“You know you love her” she told me one day, out of the blue.
“Life’s short, you should give her more of your time.”
“But I love you, dear.” I replied.
“I know, but you love her too…” she said.
This other woman my wife wanted me to see was my mother.
She has been a widow for a few years now, and because of work and my kids, I didn’t get to see her very often.
I called my mother that night and asked her to join me for a movie and some dinner.
“Did something happen? Is anything wrong?” she asked.

You see, my mother belongs to the generation that thinks that any phone call after 7pm can only mean bad news…
“I just wanted to invite you for dinner and a movie, just the two of us. What do you think?”
After a few second, my mother simply said: “I’d like that…”
I drove over the next evening after work to pick her up; it was a Friday night, and I had a feeling I haven’t had in a long time – the kind of nervousness you get before a first date.
When I got there, I saw that my mother was also excited and nervous.
She was waiting outside, wearing her beautiful old coat, her hair all done up and had the dress she wore for her and dad’s last anniversary on.
Her face was lit up with the smile of an angel.
“I told my girlfriends I’m going on a date with my son tonight and they were very excited for me!” She told me when she got in the car.
The restaurant we went to was not the most fancy, but the staff was incredibly friendly.
My mother held my arm and looked like the first lady!
We sat down, and she asked me to read her the menu (“My eyes are not what they used to be” she said). Half way through, I looked up and saw she was staring at me with a nostalgic smile on her face.
“When you were a child, I was the one who read you the menu.”
“Then allow me to return the favor, mom”
I said.

We had a lovely conversation, not about anything in particular, just sharing what’s going on in our lives and eventually we spoke so much that the conversation just trailed off…
“I’ll go out with you again, but only if you let me pay next time!” my mother said.
When I dropped her at her house, I felt genuinely sorry to see her leave.
I hugged and kissed her and told her how much I loved her.
When I came home later that night, my wife asked how the date went.
“It was wonderful, thank you for suggesting it!”
I looked at my wife and added “Much better than I could ever imagine”.
A few days later, my dear mother passed away from a heart-attack.
It was very quick and there was nothing anyone could do.
A short time afterwards, I got a letter from the restaurant we went to that last time.
The letter read:
“I’m quite sure that I won’t be able to make it to our next date, so you and your wife can enjoy each other’s company like I did with you. I paid for your next meal here in full and I want you to know just how much that night meant to me!
I love you,
Mother”
At that moment, I understood just how important it is that we let our loved ones know that we love them, and make sure we make time for them – we don’t know how long we’ll have them in our lives.
Nothing is more important in this life than family!
 
If your mother is still alive – appreciate her.
If she isn’t – remember her.
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Judgment – Dr. Hubert Lindsey – (2 parts)

I, Rick Roehm have spent 25+ years transposing Dr. Lindsey’s timeless holiness preaching into audio format. It has been a long and daunting journey for the cause of Christ – as these messages started in audio cassette format – were later transposed to CD – and then later uploaded to the Internet for the entire earth (including race, nationality, cultural, religious, and ethnic backgrounds) to enjoy. God’s hand has taken this ministry around the globe the past 5 years to people who may have never heard and who appreciate the “meat of God’s Word” as a builder of faith in Christ.

Please enjoy these audios of truth as faith builders and data to further the Gospel of Jesus Christ around the globe. This ministry is built on a long term commitment as a source and wealth of biblical information for young preachers, students of the Bible, and people who desire to get more out salvation “after the new birth”.

Listen closely and examine the Scriptures to confirm these messages for the cause of Christ.

In summary:

Hubert Lindsey preaches on Acts 5 and tells of the tragic tale of Ananias and Sapphira who lied to the Holy Ghost. How the church of the Book of Acts is the true manifestation of God in His body, the church.


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Dating, Courtship and Marriage

Listen to Paul Washer on Dating, Courtship and Marriage

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Nuggets – Keeping and Avoiding

Keeping and Avoiding
“O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called.” (1 Timothy 6:20)

Note that there are contained here both positive and negative charges. Timothy, Paul’s son in the faith, is instructed to keep certain things and avoid others. The word “keep” is a military word which might better be translated “guard.” The word “avoid” implies more than merely refraining from contact. It has to do, instead, with actively and deliberately turning away from something.

Timothy is to guard that which has been committed into his care—by inference, something quite valuable—the complete gospel of Jesus Christ. “Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost” (2 Timothy 1:13-14).

Paul knew, however, that in order to guard the truth, Timothy must actively avoid the false, and lists three specific potential pitfalls. The first is profane babbling, i.e., any of those conversations and arguments which are of a worldly, ungodly, unclean nature. Next, he is to avoid vain, empty, hollow arguments. Elsewhere, Paul teaches “shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness” (2 Timothy 2:16).

Lastly, he is to avoid the opposing arguments of false science, or knowledge. Human wisdom found to be contrary to the wisdom of God may be called knowledge by some, but if so, it is “falsely so called.” Even “some professing [Christians] have erred concerning the faith” (1 Timothy 6:21).

Paul closes with the benediction “Grace be with thee.” May we all enjoy God’s grace as we attempt to keep the true, avoid the false, and discern the difference. JDM

From the Institute for Creation Research

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JES6 – 3 Household Directions of Family Worship

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The House 
Shouldn’t our homes resemble God’s? The Puritans said that we should strive to have a church in the house. Matthew Henry’s sermon, “A church in the house,” is an incredible pinnacle of this concept.

as Church
Still though, the understanding of the church has to be more biblical. The church, in scripture, is the called out people of God. Henry understood this along with all the other fathers’ who presented this notion.

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