Thursday, July 14, 2005
What are you trying to show me Lord?
I see people every day that pick up cans, junk iron or anything else to make a living.
My eyes have been opened up and my heart sees this part of society in a way I never had before.
What are you showing me Lord and what am I suppose to do? My life back in Oklahoma is far removed from this and I am having new questions on what is just? I don't deserve one solitary thing that I have in my life and see now how unfair life on this fallen planet really is. God have mercy on me for ever complaining about anything. The plight for the people in this part of town is tragic, but its not as tragic as those in other parts of the world, but it is still all the more tragic. I need help! What have I done with my life? What do I need to do with it now? Guilt is creeping in and I need to deal with it. Lord have mercy on me and don't let me deal with it by hardning my heart though.
I will post more on this issue as my time down here increases.
Monday, July 11, 2005
What is a Pharisee?
I would like to define what a modern day Pharisee is, but can I truly define or judge a person to be a Pharisse without being of the same spirit as one myself?
A little history here before I continue. The Lord opened the eyes of my heart to the Gospel in 1988 & I was a changed man. I attended The 1st Baptist Church in my hometown and was living by grace for about a year. During that time I attended about every conference and activity that our county and state assoc. had and listened to bible teachers on the radio. Slowly my happiness and joy left me has I tried to live by the teaching I was listening to. I was slowing turning from living by grace to living by the law or so called traditions or law invented by the flesh by "learned" teachers out of seminary schools. Now I'm not saying all the teachings I was listening to was wrong but a little leaven infects the whole lump. I'm also not trying to put all the blame on the teachers, it was my fault to for not seeing if what I was learning was what the bible really taught. I finally quit going to church in 1995 and didn't return till 2004. I am the one responsible for my sins not these teachers.
Ok now back to the reason I started this semi rant. It seems when anyone writes a new book that has some popularity to it, several people usually from southern baptist schools try to pick apart every detail of the book and discredit it. Some times their right but most of the time I think they are being like the pharisees were in early church times and think they are doing God a service thinking they know more than others especially those who have not been to school and feel the need to tear down everything that doesn't match up to their interpretation. These are the same people who most likely would say that those who have fallen back into sin were never really converted to start with. They could have said that about me when I became frustrated with giving in to temptations and looked for help from these same people that I think satan uses to confuse true believers and drive them away from a law demanding God without making sure no one misses grace of God (Hebrews 12:15). I was totally living a life apart from Christ but something was different living this life after I had experienced the grace of God. I was not liking it, I knew what I had before and wanted it back but I couldn't get it back as long has I was looking for my performance according to the law to get me there. So needless to say I hate legalism and need grace to keep me from becoming more bitter toward those who, out of ignorance or not, spread this teaching thinking they know God. I have one scripture that stands out in my mind that has helped me get back on track and might help those who are legalist to get honest with themselves. Its John 5:39 You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me; Salvation and living the Christian life is not about law. Its about God Himself revealed through Jesus Christ His Son and the law is what points us to Him.
Thursday, July 07, 2005
Its time for even the pacifist to humble themselves and keep quiet to see if our Lord will avenge these acts in part now or after the end of this age. But be certain they will be avenged because vengence does belong to the Lord Jesus Christ and that is a most certain promise. If the terrorist humble themselves before the Lord then God will put His vengence on His Son. If they don't then vengence will come upon them with no hope. My flesh wants the latter to happen. Grace is needed for my spirit to want these lost souls to humble themselves. Are any of us that far from the way Jonah felt?
1. How many books have I owned?
Not sure my guess would be around 300
2. What was the last book you bought?
I think it was Counerfeit Revival by Hanagraff.
3. What was the last book you read?
Counterfeit Revival but I am currently listening to one of my favorites on cd, Mere Christianty
4. What are FIVE books that have meant a lot to you
Sit, Walk, Stand by Watchman Nee
Mere Christianty by Lewis
Desiring God by Piper
Combat Faith by Hal Lindsay
Bible...... I know but it really is one of my top 5.
Does the Bargain Post or Auto Trader count?
5. Sorry I don't really know five bloggers that haven't already been tagged well enough to "tag"
I travel alot and audio books have become my main source of new material to read with my ears going down the road. I don't really read fiction. I figure I get enough of that on TV and movies.