Sunday, December 9, 2018

#9 of 10 REASONS I BELIEVE THE BIBLE IS THE WORD OF GOD


# 9 of Ten Reasons Why I Believe The Bible Is The Word Of God by R. A. Torrey
NINTH, on the ground of the fact that as we grow in knowledge and holiness we grow toward the Bible.
Every thoughtful person when he starts out to study the Bible finds many things with which he does not agree, but as he goes on studying and growing in likeness to God, the nearer he gets to God the nearer he gets to the Bible. The nearer and nearer we get to God's standpoint the less and less becomes the disagreement between us and the Bible. What is the inevitable mathematical conclusion? When we get where God is, we and the Bible will meet. In other words, the Bible was written from God's standpoint.
Suppose you are traveling through a forest under the conduct of an experienced and highly recommended guide. You come to a place where two roads diverge. The guide says the road to the left is the one to take, but your own judgment passing upon the facts before it sees clear evidence that the road to the right is the one to take. You turn and say to the guide,
"I know you have had large experience in this forest, and you have come to me highly recommended, but my own judgment tells me clearly that the road to the right is the one we should take, and I must follow my own judgment. I know my reason is not infallible, but it is the best guide I have."
But after you have followed that path for some distance you are obliged to stop, turn around and go back and take the path which the guide said was the right one.
After a while you come to another place where two roads diverge. Now the guide says the road to the right is the one to take, but your judgment clearly says the one to the left is the one to take, and again you follow your own judgment with the same result as before.
After you had this experience forty or fifty times, and found yourself wrong every time, I think you would have sense enough the next time to follow the guide.
That is just my experience with the Bible. I received it at first on the authority of others. Like almost all other young men, my confidence became shaken, and I came to the fork in the road more than forty times, and I followed, my own reason, and in the outcome found myself wrong and the Bible right every time, and I trust that from this time on I shall have sense enough to follow the teachings of the Bible whatever my own judgment may say.

Proverbs [GW] 1:1-7; 32:8-9 The proverbs of Solomon, David's son who was king of Israel, given to grasp wisdom and discipline, to understand deep thoughts, to acquire the discipline of wise behavior- righteousness and justice and fairness- to give insight to gullible people, to give knowledge and foresight to the young- a wise person will listen and continue to learn, and an understanding person will gain direction- to understand a proverb and a clever saying, the words of wise people and their riddles. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge. Stubborn fools despise wisdom and discipline. … The LORD says, "I will instruct you. I will teach you the way that you should go. I will advise you as my eyes watch over you. Don't be stubborn like a horse or mule. They need a bit and bridle in their mouth to restrain them, or they will not come near you."

Friday, December 7, 2018

PROOF OF INSUFFICIENCY?


PROOF OF INSUFFICIENCY?
Friday, December 7, 2018

   Mark [ESV] 12:24 Jesus said to them, "Is this not the reason you are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God?
   2Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.

  A number of contemporary polls indicate the failure rate of Christian marriages is not much different than non-Christian. Some tout this as proving the insufficiency of God’s Word in these modern times.  Not true, for it is as ridiculous as claiming Lifebuoy brand soap no longer will cleanse people. The failure being in non-application. Then there’s the matter of how surveyees deem themselves Christian; Biblically or some such believing in the God of their convenient understanding apart from “Thy Word is Truth”? {Jn.17:17]
  Has “Thou shalt not steal.” ever stopped thievery without submissive application? No more than traffic signals control drivers.
EBB4

Thursday, December 6, 2018

SUFFICIENCY?


SUFFICIENCY?
Thursday, December 6. 2018

   Isaiah 44 [MKJV]  … So says Jehovah, your Redeemer, and He who formed you from the womb, I am Jehovah who makes all things; who stretches out the heavens alone; who spreads out the earth; who was with Me? … who brings to nothing the signs of the liars, and makes diviners mad; who turns the wise backward, and makes their knowledge foolish; who makes the word of His servant sure, and makes good the counsel of His messengers; …
   John 17 [Jesus said] And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine; and I am glorified in them. … I have given them Your Word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I do not pray for You to take them out of the world, but for You to keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify [to purify and make holy] them through Your truth. Your Word is truth. As You have sent Me into the world, even so I have sent them into the world. And I sanctify Myself for their sakes, so that they also might be sanctified in truth….
   2Peter 1:2-4 Grace and peace be multiplied to you through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, according as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who has called us to glory and virtue, through which He has given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, so that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

  I believe the doctrine most under attack in the church today is the sufficiency of God’s Word; the spreading belief that in these modern times there are wiser ways of “Doing church.” This is akin to the serpent’s better way of and by knowing more than God’s way; in practice inadvertently (or in some cases, deliberately) directing people away from God’s sanctifying Truth.
  As I reviewed today’s Scripture and other related passages I’m reminded that churches propagating and emphasizing psychology, marketing schemes, entertainment et al are being contrary to Biblical life and godliness; godliness in manhood, womanhood, confidence, relationships, marriage, parenting, church growth, church discipline,  leadership, ministry, philosophy, wisdom, honor, decency and much more pertaining to life here and thereafter.
  To say the knowledgeable ways of God’s Word is insufficient in these modern times is a yeast problem. (Gal.5:1-9)
EBB4

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

GAINING AND MAINTAINING A BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW


GAINING AND MAINTAINING A BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

   Romans [MKJV] 12:1-3  I beseech you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, pleasing to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, in order to prove by you what is that good and pleasing and perfect will of God. For I say, through the grace given to me, to every one who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think. But set your mind to be right-minded, even as God has dealt to every man the measure of faith.
   2Timothy 4:1-4  Therefore I solemnly witness before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who is going to judge the living and the dead according to His appearance and His kingdom, preach the Word, be instant in season and out of season, reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine. For a time will be when they will not endure sound doctrine, but they will heap up teachers to themselves according to their own lusts, tickling the ear. And they will turn away their ears from the truth and will be turned to myths.
   Hebrews 5:12-14  For indeed because of the time, you ought to be teachers, you have need that one teach you again what are the first principles of the oracles of God. And you have become in need of milk, and not of solid food. For everyone partaking of milk is unskillful in the Word of Righteousness, for he is an infant. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, even those who because of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

  Gaining and maintaining a Biblical worldview requires dedicated Romans 12:1-3 worship beyond Sunday singing, praying, hearing bulletin announcements, a sermon, and enjoyable potluck fellowships. Though daily devotional moments are beneficial, it requires more than that for when faced with philosophies other than God presents in His Word, we must be able to recognize the distinction and at least in our own heart be equipped to refute, and hopefully also do so publically.
  I consider expository teaching/learning important, but how often in daily living are we challenged in this way. Most of our challenges, especially from non-Biblical and/or anti-Biblical people will be topical; about a particular subject.
  To this end I encourage acquiring topical lists that you can access and study. A favorite tool of mine is WHERE TO FIND IT IN THE BIBLE, The Ultimate A to Z Resource to Over 3,700 Topics, by Ken Anderson. This helpful book simply, without commentary, lists Bible verses by topic. Recently an inmate requested that I mail her a personally helpful short list. The last few days I’ve been working on compilation of a few pages available for postal mailing and other use. For your exercise and input here’s what I have so far:

GOD’S YELLOW PAGES
CHRISTIAN VIRTUES & CHARACTER; MATURATION

Abstinence: 1Cor.7:1-5; 1Thes.5:6-8

Abundant life: Ps.31:19; Jn.10:10-18

Accountability: 2Sam.12:1-15; Mt.25:14-30; Lk.12:48; 19:11-27; Rom.14:12

Ambition: Ps.119:1-5; Pr.10:5; Eph.6:10-18

Brotherly love: Jn.13:34-35

Chastity: Pr.2:10-22; Col.3:5; 2Tim.2:22

Cheerfulness: Jn.14:1-3; Heb.13:5-6

Citizenship: Mt.22:17-21; Rom.13:1-7; Tit.3:1

Cleanliness: Ex.40:32; 2Cor.7:1

Concentration: Ps.119; Neh.5:16; Job13:17; Pr.4:25; Act1:14; Heb.2:1-3; 3:1; 1Pet.10-12

Confidence: Ex.14:5-14; Num.14:8-9; 1Sam.2:9; 17:32-39; Ps.11:29-40

Conscious of sin: Pr.28:13

Consecration: Eccl.12: 10-14; Rom.12:1-2

Consistency: Mt.7:16-20, 24-27

Contentment: Phil.4:11-13; 1Tim.6:6

Courage: Ps.27:14; Phil.1:27

Diligence: Mt.24:43-51; Lk.2:49; Rom.12:11

Discretion: Rom.12:1-3; Eph.5:15-17

Duty: Lk.20:21-25; Jn.9:4

Endurance: Lk.21:9-19; 2Tim.2:3

Enthusiasm: Ex.35:21; Ps.24

Faith: Mt.8:5-13; Mk.11: 22-24

Faithfulness: Mt.25:23; Mk.13; 34-37; Lk.19:13

Forgiveness: Mt.18:21-35; Mk.11:25-26; Eph.4:31-32

Fortitude: Gal.6:9

Freedom: Jn.8:31-36

Friendliness: Rom.12:15-16

Friendship: 1Sam.18:1-4; Jn.15:12-15

Fruitfulness: Jn.15:1-8

Generosity: Lk.6:38

Gentleness: Gen.33:1-11; Mt.5:5; 2Tim.2:24-26; Tit.3:1-2; Jam.3:13, 17

Godliness: Tit.2:11-14

Gratitude: Phil.4:6

Happiness: Mt.5:3-12; Jn.15:11

Holiness: Gen.6:9; 1Pet.1:13-16

Honesty: Mt.21:28-31; 2Cor.8:21

Honor: Ex.20:12; Mt.15:4; Jn.19:25-27; Eph.6:1-3; 1Pet.2:17

Hope: 1Pet.1:13; Tit.2:11-14; 1Pet.1:3

Humility: Gen.2:7; Pr.22:4; Mt.18:4; 23:12; Lk.18:9-14; Phil.2:3-11; Jam.4:6-10; 1Pet.5:5-6

Influence: Ruth4:11; Mt.5:13-16

Integrity: Jn.3:18-21; 1Cor.15:58

Intelligent spirituality: Ps.1; Proverbs; 1Cor.2:10-16; Jam.1:5-7

Joy: Lk.10:20; Jn.15:11

Judging spiritually: 1Cor.2:12-16

Justice: Rom.13:7-8

Kindness: Col.3:12-13

Labor: Jn.9:4

Liberality: 2Cor.8:9

Love/charity: Ex.20:6; Duet.5:10; Lk.10:27; Jn.14:15, 23; 15:10; 1Cor.13; 1Jn.4:7-12

Loyalty: Rev.2:2-3

Marriage: Mk.10:2-12

Meekness: Mt.5:5

Mercy: Mt.5:7

Obedience: Mt.7:21-27; Jn.14:15-24; Acts5:29; Rom.1:13:1-7

Overcoming: Jn.16:33; Rev.2:7; 3:5

Patience: Heb.10:36-37

Peacefulness: Jn.14:27; Rom.12:18

Perseverance: Mk.13:5-13; Heb.3:14

Piety: Tit.26-8

Prayerful: Ps.4; 42; Lk.11:1-13; Jn.17; Eph.6:18; 1Jn.5:14-15

Protected: Ps.18:1-3; 34:7

Prudence: Jam.1:19-20

Pure thinking: Phil.4:8

Purity: Mt.5:27-32; 2Tim.2:22

Reading God’s Word: Ps.1; 119; Mt.24:35; Jn.5:39

Resolution: Eph.6:10-18

Reverence: Ps.89:7

Righteousness: Mt.5:6; 6:33; Jn.3:13-21; 16:7-11

Saved/sealed: Jn.3; 5:24; Rom.10:9-11; 2Cor.1:20-22

Sincerity: Mt.7:15-29; Phil.1:9-10

Steadfastness: 1Cor.15:58

Stewardship: 1Cor.4:2; 2Cor.9:6-7

Sympathy: 1Pet.3:8-9

Temperance: 1Cor.9:25-27; 1Thes.5:6-8

Thankful: Ps.100; iThes.5:18; Heb.13:5

Trust: Ps.37:3-5; Pr.3:5-6

Truth: Jn.14:6; 17:17; Eph.4:14-15

Truthfulness: Eph.4:14-15

Victory: Job13:15; Jn.16:33; 1Cor.15:57; 1Jn.5:4; Rev.19:11-21

Watchfulness: Mk.13:34-37

Worship: Lk.2:41-49; 4:16; Jn.4:23-24

Zeal: Jn.2:13-17; Rom.12:11


TEACHINGS ABOUT LIFE’S PROBLEMS

Adultery: Ex.20:14; Pr.7:6-23; Mt.5:27-32

Adversity: Lev.26:14-16; Deut.28;45-48; 32:24; Mt.10:16-39; Rom.8:28; Heb.12:5-11

Afraid: Ps.4:8; 34:4; Mt.10:28; 2Tim.1:7; Heb.13:5-6

Anger: Mt.5:22-24 (DT file available)

Anxiety: Ps.46; Mt.6:19-34; Phil.4:6; 1Pet.5:6-7

Backsliding: Ps.51; 1Jn.1:4-9

Bereaved: Mt.5:4; 2Cor.1:3-4

Bitter/critical: 1Cor.13

Conceit: Lk.18:9-14

Covetousness: Mk.7:21-23

Crime: Mt.15:11, 17:20

Death: Lk.16:19-31; Jn.11:25-26

Deceit: Mt.23:27-28

Defeated: Rom.8:31-39

Depravity: Jn.3:19-21

Depressed: Ps.34; Phil.4:4-10

Disaster threatens: Ps.91; 118:5-6; Lk.8:22-25

Discouraged: Ps.23; 42:6-11; 55:22; Mt.5:11,12; 2Cor.4:8-18; Phil.4:4-10

Divorce: Mk.10:2-12

Doubting: Mt.8:26; 14:28-31; Heb.11; 13:5

Drunkenness: Lk.21:34-36

Enemies: Mt.5:43-48

Excuses: Lk.14:15-24

Extravagance: Lk.12:16-31; 1Tim.6:7-12

Facing crisis: Ps.121; Mt.6:25-34: Heb.11

Faith failing: Ps.42:5; Heb.11

False confidence: Mt.6:22-24

Fault finding: Mt.7:1-5

Fear: Lk.12:5

Flesh: Rom.13:14

Friends fail: Deut.13:6-9; Ps.41:9-13; Lk.17:3-4; Rom.12:14-21; 2Tim.4:16-18

Godliness (lacking): 1Tim.3:5

Greed: Mt.16:24-27; Lk.12:15-31

Hatred/enemies: Mt.5:43-48

Hypocrisy: Mt.23:27-28

Influence (bad): Ex.23:2; Deut.23:4, 29-32; 18:9-13; Jer.16:10-12; Mt.13:24-30; 18:6; Mk.9:42

Intemperance: Lk.21:34-36

Judged by the law of liberty: Jam.2:12

Judging egocentrically: Mt.7:1-5

Leaving home: Ps.121; Mt.10:16-20

Licentious: Gen.39;6-18; Pr.6:27-29; Eph.4:19

Lip service: Mt.7:21

Lonely: Ps.23; Heb.13:5-6

Lust: Mk.4:18-19

Lying: Mt.26:69-75

Needing God’s protection: Ps.27:1-3; 91; Phil.4:19

Needing guidance: Ps.32:8-9; Pr.3:5-6

Needing peace: 14:1-4; 16:33; Rom.5:1-5; Phil.4:6-7

Needing rules for life: 10 Commandment; Beatitudes; Rom.12

Overcome: Ps.6; Rom.8:31-39; 1Jn.1:4-9

Revenge: Mt.5:43-48

Salvation: Jn.3; 5:24; Rom.10:9-11

Self-exaltation: Lk.14:11

Self-righteousness: Lk.18:11-12

Sick/in pain: Ps.38; Mt.26:39; Rom.5:3-5; 2Cor.12:9-10; 1Pt.4:12-19

Sin: Jn.8:24, 34-36

Sorrowful: Ps.51: Mt.5:4; Jn.14; 2Cor.1:3-4; 1Thes..4:13-18

Submission: 1Pet.2:13-17

Swearing: Mt.5:33-37; Col.3:8

Tempted: Ps.1; 139:23-24; Mt.26:41; 1Cor.10:12-14; Phil.4:8; Jam.4:7; 2Pet.2:9-17

Traveling: Ps.121

Tribulation: Jn.16:33

Trouble (in): Ps.16 & 31; Jn.14:1-4; Heb.7:25

Truth (wondering): Jn.14:6

Weary: Ps.90; Mt.11:28030; 1Cor.15:58; Gal.6:9-10

Worldliness: 1Jn.2:15-17

Worried: Mt.6:19-34; 1Pet.5:6-7


Reminder: Please don’t treat this list as complete. It is far from being complete topically in addressing the topics listed herein, plus there are many many more Bible topics to be referenced. If interested in further study of a topic(s) whether listed here or not, write me and ask and I’ll provide list of Bible verses.
EBB4

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

THE SOURCE


THE SOURCE
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
1Corinthians 2:12-16 [GW] Now, we didn't receive the spirit that belongs to the world. Instead, we received the Spirit who comes from God so that we could know the things which God has freely given us. We don't speak about these things using teachings that are based on intellectual arguments like people do. Instead, we use the Spirit's teachings. We explain spiritual things to those who have the Spirit. A person who isn't spiritual doesn't accept the teachings of God's Spirit. He thinks they're nonsense. He can't understand them because a person must be spiritual to evaluate them. Spiritual people evaluate everything but are subject to no one's evaluation. "Who has known the mind of the Lord so that he can teach him?" However, we have the mind of Christ.

  Has anyone ever blessed you with some variation of “The Source be with you!” or the old way of wishing others “Good luck!”? There’s a Source teacher airing on PBS that is drawing crowds in person and as viewers. As I watched the TV cameras scan the auditorium I saw spellbound expressions, but not one skeptical countenance.
  Everyone has a source they rely on for how they see and act in life and react to life’s joys and trials, including death. For professing Christians this should be centered in the Word of God, living (Jn.1:1, 14), and written (Mt.4:4; 2Tim.3:16-17). The Bible should never ever be one of several in a Christian’s kit!
EBB4

Monday, December 3, 2018

WISDOM AND PEACE


WISDOM AND PEACE

1Kings 5:12 And the LORD gave Solomon wisdom, as he promised him: and there was peace between Hiram and Solomon; and they two made a league together.

  Isn’t strange that we human beings can acquire knowledge, we can study and earn degrees and diplomas and still not gain wisdom.
  In 2Timothy [2:15-16], Paul tells us “Study . . . and rightly divide” the words of truth. This world may never know peace until Jesus comes, but the wisdom we gain by following Paul’s advice will give us an inward peace that separates us from the world.
Leslie Nivens

Sunday, December 2, 2018

#8 of 10 REASONS I BELIEVE THE BIBLE IS THE WORD OF GOD


# 8 of Ten Reasons Why I Believe The Bible Is The Word Of God by R. A. Torrey

EIGHTH, on the ground of the inexhaustible depth of the book.
Nothing has been added to it in eighteen hundred years, yet a man like Bunsen, or Neander, cannot exhaust it by the study of a lifetime. George Müller read it through more than one hundred times, and said it was fresher every time he read it. Could that be true of any other book?
But more wonderful than this-not only individual men but generations of men for eighteen hundred years have dug into it and given to the world thousands of volumes devoted to its exposition, and they have not reached the bottom of the quarry yet. A book that man produces man can exhaust, but all men together have not been able to get to the bottom of this book. How are you going to account for it? Only in this way-that in this book are hidden the infinite and inexhaustible treasures of the wisdom and knowledge of God.
A brilliant Unitarian writer, in trying to disprove the inspiration of the Bible, says: "How irreligious to charge an infinite God with having written His whole Word in so small a book." He does not see how his argument can be turned against himself. What a testimony it is to the divinity of this book that such infinite wisdom is stored away in so small a compass.

Isaiah [MKJV] 40:1-8 Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God. Speak lovingly to the heart of Jerusalem, and cry to her that her warfare is done, that her iniquity is pardoned; for she has received of Jehovah's hand double for all her sins. The voice of him who cries in the wilderness, Prepare the way of Jehovah, make straight a highway in the desert for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low; and the crooked places shall be made level, and the rough places smooth; and the glory of Jehovah shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of Jehovah has spoken. The voice said, Cry! And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the beauty of it is as the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades, because the Spirit of Jehovah blows on it; surely the people is grass. The grass withers, the flower fades; but the Word of our God shall stand forever.
1Peter [MKJV] 1:24-25 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of men as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls out, but the Word of the Lord endures forever. And this is the Word preached as gospel to you.