In the movie Forest, Forest Gump, there is a scene in which our hero is having a party with two women on New Year’s Eve. At one point, one of the women starts talking about how much she loves New Year’s Eve because it give everyone a chance to start over. I can remember such a sentiment as a non-believer because everyone would love a giant do over every now and then. How many of us have thought: “If I know what I know now, back then…” That is the same idea. A desire to do things with some foreknowledge in order to make things better the second time around.
Time for our year-end reviews of what has been hot over the past year as far as posts I’ve written. I already know the number post for the year without even looking at the stats. As I told Heath on his blog, it is Blue Bell Ice Cream: Top 10 Flavors. When I wrote it on July 5, 2011, I never imagined it would become my top post. Apparently, Blue Bell Ice Cream is extremely popular.
While I wasn’t surprised at that post, there were a few that did catch me off guard and had no idea they are slowly creeping up the charts. So starting with number 2, since I’ve given you number 1 already, here are the rest of the Top 10 Posts of 2013.
It’s hard to believe that Protestants have to revisit this topic every now and then, but apparently we do. Someone will read the early church fathers, circa 200-300 A.D. and come away with the idea that it is OK to pray to Mary and the other saints.
What those who argue for this are doing is arguing with apparent logic and reason to get to this point. But when you look at the Biblical evidence for praying to the saints, you cannot find any whatsoever. There is also no room for this when you look at who we are to pray to, and why, according to Scripture.
I started this post from my iPhone one day several weeks ago and could not upload it because it had a photo. The entire point of the post, is the photo. So it is just now that I have gotten to it.
I took this after church the last time I had the boys. We drove over to Texas A&M because they wanted to see the construction on Kyle Field. They saw the fountain and asked if we could stop and look at it. I said we could, but that they could not go swimming in it or I would get arrested. They agreed not to go swimming in it. I don’t think I would have been arrested, but you never know with campus cops.
I want to wish all my readers a wonderful Christmas with their friends and family. I have been blessed by getting to spend time with relatives and friends as well, and hope you share in the same blessings.
The beauty of this Christmas is that since I have so little money, I’m not buying a lot and I am able to experience the season guilt free. There is a certain freedom in not having money to spend on gifts. No false sense of obligation to the holiday.
It occurred to me while playing golf Saturday that I needed to be just as grateful for my bad shots as I was for my good ones. I was having the best game in a long time, making shots that I was not able to make the last time I went out. I even scored a par on the 14th hole. That is rare for me.
It was in one of those moments of thankfulness, thanking the LORD for giving me the ability to make such a shot, that I felt like the Holy Spirit was tapping me on the shoulder saying: “Yes, but what about the bad shots? Should you not be thankful for those as well?”***
By now, most of you have heard or read that Harold Camping has died at the age of 92. I wish we could rejoice over his legacy as a Bible teacher, but sadly, his ministry brought more destruction than it did blessing to the people of God.
If you will recall, Camping made prediction after prediction that Jesus would return. I learned about Camping while covering religion for the Times Record News in Wichita Falls, TX. His book, 1994?, landed on my desk. I guess I was supposed to read it and give a review of it, but even as a new believer I knew better than to give Camping any credence whatsoever. Jesus told us that no man knows the hour or time which the Son of Man will return. Camping was trying to say that he did, despite our Savior’s warning.
That is what I noticed first as I drove by a man who was standing next to his SUV. I was heading for the high school and out of the corner of my eye, I saw the man raise his hand trying to flag me down. When I looked, I realized that his truck was on the other side of the fence, laying on its side, and he was struggling to stand next to it.
I made a quick U-turn and parked in the grass. I looked at him as I got out of the car and realized he couldn’t be older than 16, and… there was blood running down his face and out of his mouth. I grabbed the towel off my golf clubs in the back of my car, knowing it was the only thing I had that could help stop the blood.
I let it slide for about two weeks but do so for two reasons. First, Toby B. Holt article Wedding Bells, Hell’s Bells: The Nightmare Of Being Unequally Yoked is one of those articles saying what really needs to be said about many of the marriages in the church: many are unequally yoked. Secondly, the article really helps explain the what and why of being equally yoked. Believers are ontologically different from non-believers. It is for these reasons we need the article.
I’ve really enjoyed the sermons by Voddie Baucham on Revelation, especially this three on Revelation 17. There we find the story of the beast and his counterfeit bride, the great prostitute known as Babylon.
In the beginning of chapter 17, the harlot is riding on top of the beast, at the end of 17, she is destroyed by the beast. It is almost shocking for anyone who reads such because they ask: “how is it that the beast that loved her, could destroy her?” The answer is found in the nature of the beast. The beast’s nature is to destroy and kill.
I know I’m not in the Christmas mood, and I’m certainly not going to put up a tree. This post is more about the abuse of Scripture by some to say that Christmas trees are idolatry than about Christmas itself. In other words, this is a biblical truth post, not a Christmas tree post… bah, humbug.
The thing is that there are those who have tried to use Jeremiah 10 as a screed against the Christmas tree. The following video show that if you look in the passage in context, Jeremiah 10 is not dealing with Christmas trees at all, but with those who would cut down a tree, bring it back to the house, carve and cut it into a god, cover it with gold and silver and then bow down to worship it. Sorry, Christmas trees don’t apply.
Apparently my last two posts are bringing out the Grinch in those of us who are by nature, Grinches. Stan shared with me his thoughts on Christmas via the comments section, and I just could not let these comments pass without sharing them with my wonderful readers. Yes, I know that many of you are busy hanging Mistletoe and wrapping gifts, etc., and you are all in the spirit (notice the little “s”). of Christmas. So here is something from the side of us who don’t really enjoy it.
Yes, you could say that I’ve been burned by the spirit of the Christmas party spirit. Please note the non-capitalization of the word “spirit.” That is intentional because as I review my recent Christmas party adventures, and ones even farther back than this, I’ve come to the conclusion that Christmas parties, and more broadly the celebration of Christmas itself, is not good for my spiritual well being and rarely involves the Holy Spirit.
I’m not saying it is bad for your spiritual well being. Just that I don’t think it’s good for mine. So given that stipulation and the fact that this is my blog, I’m completely and totally right on this subject… for the moment. I could change my mind with new evidence, but given the case before us, this is my position right now. (Nothing like taking a strong stand in the shifting sands of such a deep and important subject).
“How dare you bring up spiritual matters at a party! How dare you use bible verses in public. How dare you actually get passionate about things that really matter in polite company. All this, and it was at at Christmas Party! How dare you!
“Yes you can guffaw all you want about inappropriate women’s lingerie, and take the LORD’s name in vain like the best of them. You can laugh about silly stuff, and prattle on about untold manner of things. You can get drunk as a skunk, eat like a glutton and even play the fool. But don’t you ever, ever bring up things that matter.”
Watch this video from Wretched.tv, about this “prophetess” who drags a man out of the audience, starts saying that he loves the LORD and is a man of God. The man speaks briefly and tells the people not to listen to her message because she is proclaiming signs and wonders and not the gospel of Jesus Christ, therefore, she’s a false teacher.
She immediately turns on him and says he is of the devil. Wait a minute! Didn’t she just proclaim him to be a man of God. Alysa posted the perfect verse: Deuteronomy 18:20-22 But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in My name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die.’ 21 And if you say in your heart, ‘How shall we know the word which the Lord has not spoken?’— 22 when a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.
Others also pointed out 2 Timothy 4:3-4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.
Just because someone says they are from God, doesn’t mean that they are. This is why the church needs to test those who go into the gospel ministry. This woman has no business preaching.
That is the headline of a story at BleacherReport.com, that states that Texas A&M’s head coach Kevin Sumlin lobbied hard to get the job at USC before the officials at A&M gave him a raise and a six-year deal worth $5 million a year.
This is really disappointing news. I’m disappointed in Sumlin. I know that coaches want the best deal they can get, but I thought Sumlin wanted to be at A&M. I thought he liked it there. I thought there was no other place he wanted to be. That has always been the impression we’ve been given, sort of like the fact that Les Miles wants to be at LSU, and Nick Saban wants to be at Alabama. Turns out that Sumlin is using A&M as a stepping stone to his next job.