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.
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.
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?
- First, we will look at what Jesus says in Matthew 5:33-37.
- Second, we will determine if there is any difference between oaths and vows.
Here we are again, rapidly approaching the misguided season of Lent. Lent is the made-up celebration of fasting for 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter, not counting Sundays. It’s supposedly modeled after Jesus’ time in the desert where He spent 40 days fasting., although He went without food, water, and shelter for 40 straight days, no breaks.
Living a quarter mile from Lake Texoma, my boys and I ventured down there last Saturday to go exploring. We found the water, the beach, the forrest and a fossil or two. Here are a few of the shots from our trip.
Not exactly a beach, but there were patches of sand here and there.
“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.
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.