Joel Osteen is a Caricature Of Himself

Every time I visit worthless books O million, I have to venture over to the religion and Christian living sections to see what they are peddling. Many of my readers know that I’m in the habit of saying that if you buy a book on religion from a book store, especially a Christian bookstore, outside of the Bible, you just wasted your money. Bookstores rarely sell Christian books worthy of being read. So it’s my habit to take a look and see what they are peddling.

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Photo of the Week:Ice Storm

In the world of ice storms, this one was rather mild. Nonetheless, we were without power for 27 hours, which meant we would go on drives in the car just to warm up. I know these photos are not the best. But when the rain is blowing in your face…well, you get the picture.

The Danger of Lent

A reminder of R. Scott Clark’s great quote on Lent:

In other words, the very practice of Ash Wednesday and Lent are simply made up observances and this is the problem. It is not that one might not learn something valuable by abstaining from this or that for 40 days or that there is no value in gathering on Wednesday 40 days before Easter to remember the suffering and death of our Savior. The problem is that the human heart is an idol factory (Calvin). Once it is given license to create and impose Christian observances, it never ends. What begins with good intentions becomes a form of bondage.

Read the rest here.

Here is a great resource of articles and quotes showing Lent for the falsehood that it is.

Photo of the Week:Fallen Hero

 

In honor of fallen Richardson Police Officer David Charles Sherrard. I would write more…but words elude me. I’m grateful I was able to attend his funeral. May the LORD bless and comfort his wife and two daughters, his extended family, and the men and women who so proudly served with him on the Richardson Police Department. Hear the last radio dispatch to him here.

I know I should say more, but truly am having a hard time finding the words. I’ve tried several times, and after attending the funeral, this was the best I could do.

 

Calvin on Wives Submitting to Their Husbands

I’m preaching through 1 Peter and decided to read Calvin’s Sermons on Ephesians for the corresponding passage dealing with wives submitting to their husbands. I love reading commentaries from men of Calvin’s generation in helping me understand how the text has been viewed in history given that our culture is so completely inundated with the idolatry of the individual, also known as radical feminism.

I was going to use the following quote but decided that it was too controversial in nature. Heidi told me it was what we call a “parachute illustration.” That comes from a fellow pastor, Grover Gunn, who used an opening sermon illustration that was so horrifying in its description that, I didn’t hear the rest of his sermon. That illustration involved a man who was parachuting with a group of others and his job was to film everyone else. As they were descending, one after another pulled their chute and he continued to fall. After the last of the group opened his chute, the view from the camera became erratic, and it started spinning. The man who was filming the others, forget to put his shoot on before jumping out of the plane. He fell to his death. But alas, the camera survived and we have this horrible story to share with our congregations.

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Is Taking a Vow In Joining the Church Forbidden By Christ?

Question: Since Jesus seems to be prohibiting the taking of oaths in the Sermon on the Mount, then how can we as believers, take vows when we join a church?

This is another great question to consider, especially since our church requires that people becoming members take membership vows before the LORD. Are we asking them to go against what the LORD has said?

  1. First, we will look at what Jesus says in Matthew 5:33-37.
  2. Second, we will determine if there is any difference between oaths and vows.

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Did Evil Already Exist Before Adam Ate of the Tree?

“Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

 

The question came up in a recent Bible study: Since Adam was told in Genesis 2, not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, didn’t evil already exist? In other words, for him to understand the command, did not evil already exist in the garden?

This seems like a logical question. In order for us to not be involved with something, shouldn’t we know what that something is? Not necessarily. When we have such questions posed, the only solution is to look at Scripture and make necessary inferences from what we find there.

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Prayers for Todd Pruitt, Laments for the PCA

Todd Pruitt needs to be commended. He also needs our prayers. Pruitt took a bold stand and came out last week, calling on gubernatorial candidate Mark White to repent of his position on abortion and a woman’s right to murder her unborn child. White is a Democrat running for governor in the state of Texas, and I don’t believe he has a chance of winning. So why did Pruitt call out this Democrat? Is it not the standard for the party-of-death candidates to advocate for the death of the unborn? It is. What makes this case unusual, but not as unusual as we think, is that White is also a ruling elder at a PCA church in Houston.

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Photo of the Week: Big Daddy’s Roadhouse Barbecue

Last night, we were in Lavon, TX around dinner time so we decided to eat out. The restaurant of choice was Big Daddy’s, which was established in 1999. I say that because they worked real hard to give the inside of the restaurant the atmosphere of something that was quite antiquidated as far as barbecue restaurants are concerned. In other words, the walls were covered with photos of John Wayne, and country singers that only the greyest of country music fans would know. It kind of worked. The atmosphere of the restaurant was quite nostalgic for the good old days when men were men, and they loved their women and no more. Sadly, I didn’t take any photos from inside the establishment, so you will have to venture there yourself.

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