Is It REALLY All About Him?

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I don’t blog often – I prefer to write when I have a message which I believe should remain in print.  No doubt, the best thing I could do would be to just post Scripture, since the Word of God is characterized as dynamite (“power” in Romans 1:16), a sledgehammer and a blast furnace (Jeremiah 23:29), a floodlight (Psalm 119:105) and the cycle of rainfall on the earth (Isaiah 55:10-11).

In fact, I was meditating on the former passage when it set my mind to working…

Isaiah 55:8-11, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”

God doesn’t think like us, and most of the time, unfortunately, we don’t think like Him.  This is what has been troubling me lately as I have seen quotes like this repeated in various forms from many believers: 

“The Westminster Shorter Catechism says: ‘The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.’  John Piper says it might be more accurate to say: ‘The chief end of man is to glorify God BY enjoying Him forever.’”

The Case For The Authorized Version

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I read a rather fascinating statement the other day by a brother who believes the English Standard Version to be far superior than the King James   He declared that any view which teaches preservation has occurred in only one family of texts, in one Greek text or in one translation bears the scriptural and/or historical burden of proof.

Now, common sense would dictate that when an individual deviates from the standard or norm, the burden of proof to validate why he is straying or erring from the original point of reference actually lies upon the one departing.  Our position on the KJV is essentially the same as that of most "orthodox Christians" for nearly three hundered years.

True To His Word

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I am very excited about the theme we have chosen for our church in 2013, "True To His Word."  It is a multi-faceted theme which has a myriad of applications.  

Christians should also build their faith upon the conviction that God's Word is true - even the very essence of truth.  John 17 records for us that God's Word is truth.  The same book refers to Jesus Christ as The Word.  It also records for us that He said He is The Way, The Truth and The Life.  To be true to His Word is to live and walk in truth; to be different than the norm - to be a true Christ-follower, a true disciple.

Patience...Boring, Old Patience

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Have you ever had a song or a tune "stuck" in your head that you can't seem to shake?  It keeps coming up at the strangest times and in the weirdest situations.  Not too long ago I had the theme from the old "Brady Bunch" song echoing through my mind.  Now, I have not seen an episode from that show in years - nor do I remember even hearing the song recently.  Yet I found myself humming that tune in a hospital elevator, in my vehicle driving on 270, even as I was studying in my office for my sermon last week.  Last week I probably found myself humming or singing that old tune over 40 times in just one day.

Absent From Politics

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I can't remember a time when I had missed voting in an election.  I have voted in every general election since I was old enough to pull that first lever in 1980.  It is entirely possible that I may have missed a couple of special elections held here or there in the past 32 years, but generally I am present in the polling place every chance I get.  Too many Americans have spilled their blood to preserve this precious opportunity over the decades for me to treat voting so lightly.  Additionally, apart from being out of state when I was in college, every vote which I have cast has been in Ohio.