Quotes - Charles Spurgeon

"As soon as a man has found Christ, he begins to find others." Charles Spurgeon "I will not believe that thou hast tasted of the honey of the gospel if thou can eat it all to thyself." Charles Spurgeon From: http://www.christianquotes.org/

Insights on the Crystal Cathedral and the "Hour of Power"

Check out the blog post by Dr.Al Mohler regarding the recent developments between the Schullers at the Crystal Cathedral and the "Hour of Power" broadcast.  
"So Much for Positive Thinking" by Dr. Al Mohler
"The gospel of self-esteem is a false gospel that, like every other false gospel, breaks down under pressure.

That's why we so desperately need the real Gospel -- the Gospel of Christ.  This is also why we need the church.  Possibility thinking obviously has its limits." - Dr. Albert Mohler

Voter Guides

Here is a video from http://www.valuevotersusa.com/
Here are some helpful resources for Party, State, and National Voters Guides:
(Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention)
  • For Kentucky - this is pretty detailed on candidates at the state races for Kentucky

ESV Study Bible

Ever have a hard time understanding things when you read your Bible? My new favorite Bible was just released last week and will eventually replace (if Santa brings me one) my John MacArthur NASB study Bible (also an excellent Bible that I have GREATLY benefitted from in the past 2.5 years).
The ESV Study Bible was released October 15th and I got to thumb through it and take a look at what it has to offer. Here are some of its benefits and features:
  • Section summaries are highlighted for easy location throughout the notes. Summaries provide an overview of each main section and correspond to the outline shown in the introduction for each book.
  • Over 200 full-color maps printed throughout make events and places in the Bible come to life.
  • 20,000 notes focus especially on understanding the Bible text and providing answers to frequently raised issues. Words from the Bible text are printed in bold for easy reference.
  • Over 80,000 cross-references provide easy access to key words, passages, and themes throughout the Bible.
  • Numerous diagrams bring fresh understanding to key places and events in the Bible, based on the best, most recent historical and archaeological research.
  • Over 200 charts provide concise, “at a glance” summaries of important themes and teaching.
  • My favorite part? THE NOTES: For examples, check out this explanation on John 1:1, a passage that is mistranslated by Jehovah's Witnesses in order to justify their corrupt doctrines:

    “From the Patristic period (Arius, c. A.D. 256-336) until the present day (Jehovah’s Witnesses), some have claimed that “the Word was God” merely identifies Jesus as a god rather than identifying Jesus as God, because the Greek word for God, theos, is not preceded by a definite article. However, in Greek grammar, Colwell’s Rule indicates that the translation “a god” is not required, for lack of an article does not necessarily indicate indefiniteness (“a god”) but rather specifies that a given term (“God”) is the predicate nominative of a definite subject (“the Word”)…” from sample online

    Although there are in-depth notes, there are also many about basic culture, wording meaning, context, and relationships with other texts that are helpful for all ages.
    They have 20 videos to introduce this Bible online, and list out the 95 contributors to this project. They also have 8 formats in order to accomodate personal preferences. You can preview many pages and features of the ESV Study Bible here.
    Don't just take it from me...here are some worthwhile endorsements:
    “The ESV is a dream come true for me. The rightful heir to a great line of historic translations, it provides the continuity and modern accuracy I longed for. Now the scope and theological faithfulness of the ESV Study Bible study notes is breathtaking. Oh how precious is the written Word of God.”
    John Piper, Pastor for Preaching and Vision, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, MN
    “Outstanding! The ESV Study Bible is a treasure—a beautiful volume, filled with a wealth of resources. It will be just as useful for the seminarian and long-time pastor as it will be accessible to the brand-new Christian.”
    R. Albert Mohler Jr., President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY
    “I was privileged to act as General Editor of the English Standard Version, and now that I look back on what we did in producing that version, I find myself suspecting very strongly that this was the most important thing that I have ever done for the Kingdom, and that the product of our labors is perhaps the biggest milestone in Bible translation in certainly the last half century at least, and perhaps more. And now, as Theological Editor of the ESV Study Bible, I believe that the work we have done together on this project has set an altogether new standard in study Bibles.”
    J. I. Packer, Professor of Theology, Regent College, Vancouver, Canada
    “The ESV Study Bible is an invaluable and inexhaustible resource—for those who already know and treasure God’s Word, as well as for the new generation of Bible students who have yet to discover the wonder and wealth of Scripture. I especially love the way the notes and articles highlight the great redemptive story and ‘connect the dots’ between the various portions and themes of Scripture. Full of rich insight, scholarly yet accessible—I am deeply grateful for this magnificent work.”
    Nancy Leigh DeMoss, author, host of Revive Our Hearts Radio
    “The ESV Study Bible is accessible, comprehensive, theologically sound, beautifully and helpfully formatted, chock full of maps, charts, well-chosen cross-references, and illustrations. I’m confident that it will be an instant and reliable help to growing Christians; high school, college, and seminary students; busy pastors; and Bible teachers. In short, the ESV Study Bible is an edifying, state-of-the-art resource that I highly recommend and will use with joy!”
    Ligon Duncan, Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, MS; President, Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals
    “Wow! Concise, lucid, enlightening—the ESV Study Bible is an amazing resource. With its textual fidelity, doctrinal substance, and artistic beauty, the ESV Study Bible will be an immense help to all who hunger for God-breathed Scripture. I wholeheartedly recommend this exceptional resource.”
    Randy Alcorn, bestselling author of Heaven and Money,Possessions, and Eternity

    Funny Video - Baby Pastor

    Had to share this...too funny!

    Gay Marriage - Part Two

    "So What's Really at Stake in Gay Marriage - Part Two" by Dr. Mohler is now posted.
    Here are some excerpts: 
    "Same-sex marriage is, for now, legal in three of fifty states in the United States.  Beyond our borders, it is legal in the Netherlands, Spain, Belgium, South Africa, Canada and Norway.  This represents a very small percentage of the world's population.  Same-sex marriage is, by any measure, the exception rather than the rule."
    " First, note that the paper describes efforts to normalize homosexuality have included 'creating and cultivating a theology' that would serve their purposes."
    "Second, observe the fact that the paper recognizes that those on opposing sides of this debate 'use dramatically different lenses to interpret the Bible.'"
    "Third, note that the reporter explains that conservatives 'say the Bible describes marriage as only between a man and a woman.'"
    "Fourth, on the other hand, note that liberals pushing for the normalization of homosexual behaviors and relationships are described as believing that 'divine revelation can come from many places, even outside the church.' "

    D.L. Moody Quote

     "There is no better evangelist in the world than the Holy Spirit." D.L. Moody

    Why Should Christians Vote?

    “Why Should Christians Vote?” By Duayne Hastings 1. Christians should vote because Jesus tells us in the Bible to be a part of the process, not apart from it. 2. Christians should vote because our liberties were secured by the blood of our forbearers in faith early in our nation’s history and have been preserved by the vigilance of brave men and women who time and time again have defended our freedoms. 3. Christians should vote because Jesus urged His followers to render unto Caesar what was Caesar’s (Luke 20:19-26). 4. Christians should vote because Christ compels us to voice our biblically derived convictions at the ballot box, as well as through the mailbox and atop the soapbox. 5. Christians should vote because the innocent, the indigent, and the unborn need a defender. 
    6. Christians should vote because as we exercise our civic right we have the opportunity to advocate policy positions that signal our faith in the providential care of God. 7. Christians should vote because as we involve ourselves in the electoral and public policy process, we pray for our leaders. “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth” (Col. 3:2) “He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” (Micah 6:8).

    C.S. Lewis quote

      "Jesus Christ did not say, 'Go into the world and tell the world that it is quite right.'" C.S. Lewis

    From www.christianquotes.org  

    Values and Voting

    How do you decide who to vote for? Do you look at the candidate's character? personality? stance on issues? For most of us, we use some sort of subjective mix and prioritizing of a candidates qualities. When we evaluate their stances on issues we, consciously or unconsciously, choose to prioritze the importance of issues. What issues are most important to you? The economy? The war? Social issues? Moral issues? When I evaluate a candidate or party, values issues rise to the top of my priority list. I want to know where they stand on important moral/ethical issues (not necessarily in this order) such as:
    • Abortion
    • Marriage
    • Euthanasia (killing the old, sick, and terminally ill)
    • Stem Cell Research
    • Cloning
    • Gambling

    We must always keep in mind that there is no perfect party or candidate (or human, we are all sinners!).

    http://ivotevalues.com/ is a great resource for keeping informed on the issues, political parties, and politicians.

    When you vote over the course of this next month (I hope and pray you will excercise that right), what issues will you choose to prioritize and evaluate candidates on? I vote values. (and did so today!) “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for everyone—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness” (1 Tim. 2:1-2) “For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men” (1 Pet. 2:15)

    Three Courts, Three Strikes Against Marriage

    Three Courts, Three Strikes Against Marriage "The nation’s third smallest state has just found a prominent place on a withering social landscape: Connecticut now becomes the third state to legalize same-sex “marriage.” Not surprisingly, the egregious decision was made not by the will of the people but by the judicial fiat of a court."
    "The courts can—and undoubtedly will—continue to strike against marriage. The only sure means to keep courts from reducing marriage to rubble is to pass an amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Until that day, pro-family Americans should lend their support to the passage of state marriage amendments. Some can vote in November. Others can give toward those efforts. All can pray." Posted using ShareThis
    Dr. Albert Mohler comments on the gay marriage trend, expanding more on California's Proposition 8 to "define marriage as the union of a man and a woman -- period" and a recent field trip of San Fransico 1st graders to participate in their teacher's lesbian wedding.
    Some other troubling developments this week...
    Chicago is planning on opening the "School for Social Justice Pride Campus" for its gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students.
    A woman music elementary school teacher in California returned to campus this Fall with surgery and other superficial attempts to appear to have a new gender as a man. The school failed to inform any parents because of "privacy rights."

    Cell Phones vs. the Bible

    I seldom forward emails, but received one this past week that really struck me and wanted to share (without forwarding or creating ultimatums for sharing :))

    Ever wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat our cell phone? What if we carried it around in our purses or pockets? What if we flipped through it several time a day? What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it? What if we used it to receive messages from the text? What if we treated it like we couldn't live without it? What if we gave it to kids as gifts? What if we used it when we traveled? What if we used it in case of emergency? This is something to make you go....hmm...where is my Bible? Oh, and one more thing. Unlike our cell phone, we don't have to worry about our Bible being disconnected, because Jesus already paid the bill. Makes you stop and think about where are my priorities? And no dropped calls!

    Parents, Protect Your Sons!

    Are you confident that your son is prepared to handle the sexual temptations that face him every day in middle and high school? "Training Sons to Overcome Sexual Temptation" by Brian Kennedy is a great article that help start or continue that process.

    Read what Brian writes:

    "If so many of us struggled as young men to stay pure (and some of us are still struggling), then don’t we all the more have to commit ourselves to equipping our sons so they can resist sexual temptation? We must prepare them, especially since we know that promiscuous sex has the power to endanger their lives and even their souls (Proverbs 7:24-27; Matthew 5:27-30). " "We need to get over the awkwardness of having real talks about sex with our sons." Proverbs 22:6 is a great general truth of wisdom (not a promise or guarentee) from God "Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it."

    Homosexuality: What does the Bible say?

    Are you aware of the Biblical passages that speak to homosexuality as a sin? Do you understand God's purposes in sex and its intention for existing within the heterosexual marriage relationship alone? I have been extremely surprised at the number of people I have met who justify or tolerate homosexuality as natural and not sin, and who have no idea what God says about it. Instead of seeking, following, and trusting God's Word, they have decided to listen to and follow the cultural "norms" of the day. I am currently writing a research paper on the main homosexual church in America(Metropolitan Community Church=MCC) and have (as I expected) found many disturbing things in the process. In both speaking with homosexuals and reading their interpretations of these passages, it amazes me the ignorance and lack of intellectual honesty that is found in their dealing with the Scriptures. The current moderator of the MCC, Nancy Wilson, goes so far as to state and imply that Biblical characters such as David, Saul, Jonathan, Ruth, Naomi, John, & Paul are homosexuals (Our Tribe: Queer Folks, God, Jesus and the Bible , p.149,153,157, & 163). She even goes so far as to describe Jesus by saying "I believe that the most obvious way to see Jesus as a sexual being is to see him as bisexual in nature" (Our Tribe, 147). Nancy Wilson's book is so full of feminist and homosexual rhetoric that it is hard to believe that anyone could seriously follow her as a "spiritual leader." The MCC itself convolutes Scripture and maligns the cultural context of the day in a ridiculous attempt to justify the sin of homosexuality to themselves. Interestingly enough, they will affirm the Apostles and Nicene Creeds only to later twist and discredit the Scripture they are based upon. Their low view of Scripture is evidenced in their stated beliefs by failing to regard Scripture as inerrant or infallible. Nancy Wilson even states "the Bible is an elastic, resilient friend who bounces back and even talks back when I question it" (Our Tribe, 75). The Scriptures are clear, whether reading the original Hebrew, the original Greek, or any academically faithful English translation; homosexuality is a sin. Anyone who states otherwise is simply placing their personal opinions and judgments over God's inspired, inerrant, and infallible Word. See for yourself what God has to say about homosexuality... Romans 1:24-32
    Romans 1:24-27, 32 " 24Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen. 26Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. 27In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion...32Although they know God's righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them. "
    The best news available though, to homosexuals and all of humanity (we have all sinned), is that God's grace is sufficient to forgive us and cleanse us, should we choose to repent and turn away from our sins!
    1 John 1:9-10 "9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives."

    Church Membership - Charles Spurgeon

    "If I had never joined a church till I had found one that was perfect, I should never have joined one at all; and the moment I did join it, if I had found one, I should have spoiled it, for it would not have been a perfect church after I had become a member of it. Still, imperfect as it is, it is the dearest place on earth to us.” Charles Spurgeon on church membership from his 63 volume sermon series, 2234.633

    The Pursuit of God - A.W. Tozer

    Do you thirst for God? Do you desire to grow closer to God and want nothing but Him? In contrast to The Shack, A.W. Tozer's The Pursuit of God is an outstanding Biblical description of God and how our lives should be radically transformed in our relationship with Him. I am only through three chapters of it (listening to an audio version), but can already tell you what an amazing handling and exposition of Scripture He does in a convicting and inspiring manner! If you want to be convicted of the weakness of your own walk with God and invigorated with a passion to pursue God more, read or listen to this book! James 4:7-10 "7Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up."

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