Having already weighed in on the positive side earlier today, let me share one for the negative side…
Silence is NEVER good on TFR!
Can I get an “Amen” Randal? :)
P.S. I appreciate this “place.” Thanks for inviting me & for all who post.
Having already weighed in on the positive side earlier today, let me share one for the negative side…
Silence is NEVER good on TFR!
Can I get an “Amen” Randal? :)
P.S. I appreciate this “place.” Thanks for inviting me & for all who post.
Journal Entry #28 – There are three dominant traits in every Paraguayan, (according to some advice given me by one of the local’s who was nice enough to share his thoughts). They have special names for every trait, but I will spare you the lengthy, indigenous Indian vernacular that they apply to it.
First, there is the “Avoid Any Responsibility” trait. This means that even in the middle of a conversation between two people, if the Paraguayan suddenly feels uncomfortable, he might say, “Are you talking to me?” Second, there is the “Do As Little As Possible” trait. The reasoning is this: why do a job all the way if you can get away with doing less and still get paid? Then finally, there is the “I’m Always First” trait. It doesn’t matter that you were already standing in line, when I am ready to order I will walk in front of you. After hearing these explanations from the kind gentleman, I couldn’t help but think that I am sure I have seen these same characteristics somewhere else. I find it interesting that all of these traits have been in existence in EVERY culture (more in some, less in others) since the beginning of time. They certainly exist in America because I have seen it and dealt with it personally. They are also described in the Bible and God provides the perfect way to help us learn how to remove these traits from their lives. I can only be thankful that I have His Word and wisdom to pass on to my concerned friend.
At a funeral when we have that deep need to say something, silence is sometimes the best answer. At my parent’s funerals, I remember several people saying such things as, “God loved them so much He wanted them to be close to Him.” or “God needed another angel.” etc… Not the best thing to say to a child.
I understand that people have a need to say something during uncomfortable times but sometimes the least we say is the best. :)
When silence is good? How about when I am tempted to speak against the message of truth (James 1:18-19).
James 1:19-20. Someone once said we have two ears and only one mouth, so we ought to understand the wisdom behind God’s construction and listen twice more than we speak. As Abraham Lincoln once said, “Remain silent and the world may think you a fool; speak and remove all doubt.” I often say that preachers have one overwhelming occupational hazard: they keep their mouths open too long.
Silence is always good. When speaking, one should only say that which God may approve (1 Peter 4:11)
Seven Chosen to Serve (6:1-7). The disciples continued to grow in number (see 2:41; 4:4; 5:14). But with growth come problems. The Greek-speaking Jews complained that their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. The apostles devoted to prayer and the ministry of the word, advised the disciples to select seven men – well-attested, full of the Spirit and of wisdom – who could be put in charge of this necessary task. Among the seven were Stephen (see 6:8-7:60) and Philip (see 8:4-40). Thus, the word of God continued to spread and the number of disciples in Jerusalem increased greatly (see 6:1).
Stephen is Arrested (6:8-15). Stephen full of grace and power was performing wonders and signs among the people (see 2:17-22, 43; 4:30; 5:12). Nevertheless, some men from the Synagogue of the Freedmen began to argue with Stephen. Unable to resist the wisdom and the Spirit with which he spoke. They secretly instigated some men to say, “We have heard this man speaking blasphemous words against Moses and God” (6:11). This incited the Jews to seize him and bring him before the council. But to the dismay of his accusers, he stood before the council with an angelic glow on his face.
Two practical lessons to consider: (1) Great leadership requires wisdom. (2) No ministry is unimportant.
I believe this sums it up:
The Lord is in His holy temple.
Let all the earth keep silence before Him.
Keep silence before Him.
What I think about what God says has no bearing on what He says. When God speaks, we should keep silent and listen.
Stephen Covey writes about the significant pause between a stimulus and one’s reaction to it. In that space lies the key to a proper response and creative solutions. It’s a time for thinking and considering, a silent pause, if you will.
When is silence good? Under what circumstances and in what situations can silence be recommended? Scripture is always welcome in replies.
I’m so late today I’m surprised Daniel out west hasn’t popped in by now. I’m two time zones east of Eastern, though with DST, I’m only an hour ahead of Richard. Joy has us all beat, in the zones.
Tomorrow I’m off to the Christian camp so that Friday morning we’ll be present for the beginning of the National Christian Workers Encounter, which will last until Saturday. I hope to be home Saturday night. There’ll be no Internet access there, because it’s out in the boonies. You’ll have to scrape by without me. Hard, I know. No partying, hear?
Do you bring us news, O Wide of Ears and Upturned Lips?
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Yesterday, we started a discussion about the Godhead (i.e., the Divine Nature composed of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). We emphasized the point that God is one. Now, let us consider a similar statement with a different emphasis.
THERE IS ONE GOD
James 2:19 tells us – “You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe-and tremble!” There is one God, period. Or perhaps more accurately, there is only one true and living God–only one real God. People often create their own gods, but they are not real or genuine. Idolatry is alive and well today (cf. Col. 3:5), but there is not a plurality of true, living gods.
Some have the mistaken notion that there are three Gods in the Bible–the Father, Son, & Holy Spirit. This cannot be true for James plainly says that there is one God, not three! There is one God–one Divine Essence shared by three distinguishable Individuals: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Let us consider some Scriptures that show Their distinguishable nature. These are passages where all three Members of the Godhead are listed separately:
(1) Matthew 3:16,17 – At Jesus’ baptism, the Father, Son, & Holy Spirit are all involved in a different action. As Jesus comes up from the water, the Holy Spirit is seen descending like a dove, and the Father’s voice is heard from heaven. Thus, these three cannot be the same Individual; They are distinguishable.
(2) In Matthew 28:18-20, instructions are given for baptism to be done in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Admittedly, there is no Old Testament passage that uses this terminology, but glimpses of the three Individuals of the Godhead can be seen in the Old Testament (e.g., Isa. 48:12-16). It is true that the Old Testament is not very clear on the subject of the Godhead. God’s will on this subject was progressively revealed. There are other doctrines like this in the Scriptures. For example, the Old Testament says very little about the resurrection, but you do see glimpses of it (Dan. 12:2). The fact is that the doctrine doesn’t burst into full bloom, so to speak, until God’s completed revelation is set forth in the New Testament.
(3) In John 14:16,17, Jesus says He will pray to the Father to send another Comforter (i.e., the Holy Spirit). Jesus is an intercessor. The Father is the giver who will authorize the sending of the Spirit. The Spirit is the comforter; in fact, He is another comforter, not the same comforter as Jesus. Again, we see three Individuals in three different roles. Some hold the false doctrine that there is no such thing as the Godhead. They believe that there is only one Individual (not three) who possesses the Divine Nature and that sometimes He manifests Himself as the Father, at other times as the Son, and still at other times as the Spirit. This passage (and many others), shows this concept to be ridiculous. Who did Jesus pray to–Himself? Who did Jesus ascend back to–Himself (cf. John 14:12)?
(4) Ephesians 4:4-6 lists seven “ones.” One Spirit, one Lord, and one Father are included on the list. They are not the same, just as the one baptism is not the same as the one hope or the one body, etc. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are distinguishable, yet they share the same Divine Nature.
Here are some other passages worth considering on this subject: I Corinthians 12:4-6; II Corinthians 13:14; I Peter 1:2; Jude 20,21.
Often in the Scriptures, the Father is called God (John 6:27). But sometimes Jesus is called God (Heb. 1:8; John 20:28), and sometimes the Holy Spirit is called God (Acts 5:3,4). The question is: How can we explain this if there is only one God? If the Father is God, if the Son is God, and if the Holy Spirit is God, then how is there only one God? Admittedly, that is difficult to satisfactorily explain to our finite minds. The only conclusion I can draw is what I suggested earlier: there is only one Divine Essence (Godhead or Godhood) shared by three distinguishable Individuals. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are all designated as God because all three possess the divine nature–they possess that which makes them deity. Truly, God is one and there is only one God.
The Fellows were really popping out the posts until the afternoon, then … silence. Only Mike R. has chimed in. And here I was preparing a list of times that posts had been made throughout the day to show how good this was working. Counting my chickens before …
Ever think of food as a mood enhancer? Makes a difference to your mood what you eat, so with good diet you may be able to exert less mental effort to control those clouds over your head. I’m doing a bit of research here, wondering why I felt so good today, more than most days, for no apparent reason. Or maybe it was just cooler today than normal?
I sometimes kid Brazilians that I like the cold better than the heat, so I should have moved to Siberia or Alaska. They just give me a weird look. Nobody around here likes cold weather.
Some of our folk in the church who live here, transplanted from the northeast where the heat is oppressive, have gone back to visit family and come back complaining of the heat. I like to hear that, and kid them about it. But the heat in our part of the country hasn’t been mild this past summer. And though we’re into Fall, it shows little sign of abating.
Have been thinking of magazines lately, since they’ve been much in the news, as well as items closer to home. How to revamp the one I do here. How to consider what’s needed in English also, if any. How to pull together some options. Just thinking. Barbara and I do have a little plan up our sleeves, if we can ever settle down and pull it off. Just thinking …
Conservative syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin has posted a received e-mail from a US census worker. This is how our government is a government of waste and inefficiency:
Additionally, I can personally attest to the inefficiency and waste of our local school district here in El Paso. It’s a sad state of affairs, to say the least. In my view, term limitations are in order for all elected officials.
Got to grab this time-limited offer quick, but you can get the New Living Translation offline for your iPhone and iPod, whatever those are. (I live in another world.)
The offer comes through YouVersion.com, which has other versions available for mobile devices as well.
Every person is committed to something. There are many areas of life where commitment is important. The Christian should strive to be the best citizen, best parent, best worker, etc. If we put Jesus first in our lives and are willing to live a life that will bring Him glory, He will bless us beyond measure.
We must be willing to take the Gospel to the lost and seek to strengthen the saved. We must be an encouragement to each other as we journey along our earthly pilgrimage. The Apostle Paul, writing to the Romans, gives us this great teaching about Christian commitment. In Romans 12:1-2, we read, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” My fellow Christians, it is the mind that we decide how we are going to act. We have the Holy Spirit indwelling us. Let’s allow Him to work in our lives. If we do, we will grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ!
The best job I’ve ever had is the one I began nearly 25 years ago – being a help-meet to my husband, and then later a mother to our children. This is the best job I could possibly have, because it was given to me by God. Like many jobs, it requires flexibility and often challenges me to add new dimensions to my job description. It has been quite an interesting journey so far! :)
Ananias and Sapphira (5:1-11). This married couple conspired to deceive Christ’s community by pretending to give all of the proceeds from the property they sold. Instead of being filled with the Spirit (see 2:4; 4:31), Satan filled their hearts provoking them to lie to the Holy Spirit (see 5:5 and 5:9 where the Holy Spirit is described as God and the Spirit of the Lord). The consequence of their falsehood was death and great fear gripped the whole church and all who heard about it.
Signs and Wonders (5:12-16). It appears that one of the main purposes of Acts is to prove the fulfillment of Joel’s prophecy (mentioned in 2:17-21; see also 2:22, 43; 4:30). Here Luke continues his case by recording that many signs and wonders came about through the hands of the apostles. As a result, many believers were added to Christ’s community (see 2:41; 4:4).
Further Trouble for the Apostles (5:17-42). Filled with jealousy the high priest and the Sadducees arrested the apostles and put them in public jail. The apostles were strictly charged not to teach in the name of Christ, but they replied, “We must obey God rather than people” (5:29). Such courage propelled the apostles to continue witnessing for Jesus (see 1:8, 22; 2:32; 3:15; 4:20, 33) by teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ.
Is Satan or the Spirit of the Lord influencing you? When people examine your life, what do they see? Do they see a witness for Jesus or something else?
My article today continues my study of the Trail of Tears and how we can learn from the experiences of the Cherokees. My main point today is that the Cherokees became just like the White settlers and were still driven out of their lands. Why do we think that Satan will be any different when we pursue worldliness, hoping that the world will finally be “nice” to us? Read more on the Trail of Tears (2)
Brethren, I hope we’re all availing ourselves of the opportunities to teach the truth to those in Catholicism in light of the recent headlines concerning pedophilic priests. There is a whale of debate going on the news Web site message boards about it, and people in the Catholic church are at the least upset and at most ready to leave. They’re looking for the truth, and we have an opportunity to give it to them. I’ve posted some of the news articles on Facebook, because I wanted my Catholic friends to see what was going on warts and all. They don’t like it, and a couple have clicked me “off,” but if they can see the inconsistency and evil involved, perhaps they can search for and find the truth.
The words of Matthew 7:13-14 are often applied to others, others outside of self. Instead, we should apply them to ourselves. Rather than look at how others are wrong, always apply 2 Corinthians 13:5
Without a doubt, preaching the gospel isthe best job I ever had. Even though there are no tax advantages, even though some of the brethren can be very difficult (if not impossible) to work with, my worst day preaching is better than my best day doing anything else. I also believe there are eternal benefits involved that far outweigh the unavailability of health and life insurance.
What do you know about the Godhead? Could you define the term or explain the concept to someone else? The word “Godhead” is used in three passages:
Acts 17:29 – “Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature [or Godhead - KJV] is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man’s devising.”
Romans 1:20 – “For since the creation of the world His [i.e., God's] invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.”
Colossians 2:9 – “For in Him [i.e., Jesus] dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.”
“Godhead” is a reference to the divine nature or essence of deity. It is nearly synonymous with the word God, but it contains a strong emphasis on what constitutes the Divine Nature. If that seems to be confusing, think of it this way: There are certain human qualities that define what manhood is; if a being has these qualities, he is a man. Likewise, there are certain divine qualities that define what Godhood (or Godhead) is; if a being has these qualities, He is God.
The Scriptures teach that God is one and that there is one God . There is a subtle difference between these two phrases. Today we will focus on the former phrase; tomorrow we will consider the latter.
GOD IS ONE
Deuteronomy 6:4 says – “Hear, O Israel! The LORD our God, the LORD is one!” Jehovah is one; God is one. What does that mean? It seems to be referring to the combined unity of the Godhead. Consider the marriage relationship. The Bible speaks of husband and wife as being one, but this doesn’t mean they are one in an absolute sense. Husband and wife are one in purpose and mission; they are to be united. If married couples literally blended from two people into an absolute one, then they could do some neat things. For instance, if my wife and I were an absolute one, I could get sick, she could take the medicine, and I would get better! Of course, we all know it doesn’t work that way. There is a oneness in marriage, but it is a combined oneness of unity, not an absolute oneness of being.
I believe similar things can be said about God. The Hebrew word used in Deuteronomy 6:4 to teach that God is one is used elsewhere in the Old Testament. It is used in Genesis 2:24 in reference to the oneness of marriage. It is also used in Genesis 11:6 to describe the people working on the tower of Babel. Another good example is seen in Exodus 26:6,11 regarding the tabernacle. In each of these uses of the Hebrew word, you have two or more people or things being brought together as a combined one, not an absolute one. It is the same way with the Divine Nature. There are three individuals (the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) who share attributes of deity, thus, they are one or united. They are also one in the sense that they all share the same purpose and mission. We can see the unity of the Godhead even in the first chapter of the Bible. Genesis 1:26 – “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…’” Note the plural pronouns used therein.
As we are discussing the unity of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, I want to address another term used by many when discussing the Members who possess the divine nature (i.e., the Godhead). This other term is the word “Trinity,” which refers to the unity of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The word “Trinity” is perhaps better known than “Godhead”, though it is not used anywhere in the Scriptures. While it would be going too far to say that it is wrong to use the word “Trinity,” nevertheless, I would discourage such for two reasons: (1) The Scriptures use the word “Godhead” ; why would we desire to use a different term? (2) I Peter 4:11 teaches – “If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God…” We ought to be striving to speak as accurately as we can in all things, especially in things religious. Let us endeavor to carefully guard and consider our every word. We will conclude our study of the Godhead tomorrow.
[if I can remember to post it! :)]
Ha! I totally missed the “how do you face Mondays” nudge, and now it is Tuesday. But, if I may be permitted a belated answer, I, like Don, face Mondays “head on.” I’d rather get right back to work Monday morning after preaching Sunday night so that I can take off Fridays. You need to get a sermon written on Monday.
The best job, of course, is preaching the gospel. And I’ve high hopes the best place I’ve ever worked is the one to which we’re about to move (cf. Ron’s treatment of the is-the-grass-greener question [if the grass were not greener--at least in appearance--I would not be moving]). A fellow could object that you can’t pick a place you’ve not actually lived yet. In that case, the place I am right now in Fort Worth has been a great job. One summer back in the 80′s, as a teenager, I got to mow Thomas B. Warren’s yard–that would rank high on the list.
As for Randal’s request for news, you won’t find this on Fox News, but yesterday Cheri and I drove to Denton to visit with the property inspector after he looked at the house we’re in process of buying. A few minor issues to deal with, but things are moving ahead and we should be living there, Lord willing, by the end of May.
Following are the best-selling Bible, based on unit sales, of CBA bookstores, through Feb., 2010. So some Bibles like the NET won’t ever show up even if they become popular. Somewhere there ought to be a list or pie chart showing percentages.
1 New International Version – various publishers
2 King James Version – various publishers
3 New King James Version – various publishers
4 New Living Translation – Tyndale
5 Holman Christian Standard Bible – B&H Publishing Group
6 English Standard Version – Crossway
7 Reina Valera 1960 (Spanish) – American Bible Society and licensees
8 New American Standard Bible update – various publishers
9 The Message – Eugene Peterson, NavPress
10 New International Readers Version – Zondervan
The best job I ever had was working for a gas transmission company as an administrative assistant to a manager. Worked for the company for 18 years until 550 of us were laid off in 1996 – just days before several of us could have retired.
Is the grass greener? Some think so, but it is, generally, just as brown as the current location. Brown grass, however, turn green when it is spring.
My best job is the current one. My family has been in Illinois for 12 years (never thought I would live here). The church treat us as well as one could hope to be treated by fellow-Christians. There are the occasional bumps, aggravations, mis-steps, and poor decisions that come along, but with all that it is still good.
It is good because the congregation trust me (as their preacher). They expect me to do what I am supposed to, and I try to do as well as I can. After 12 years, they have come to know – very well – all my failings and inabilities. Nevertheless, they overlook them and as a team we work together. In all the years of my preaching I have never had a written contract; there is a honor bound agreement that is held precious. I have been very upfront with the elders in all things pertaining to the church and in matters pertaining to my wife and I staying with the church in east central Illinois.
To me, these simple things make for an important working environment. I have a good situation in Illinois. Even though, on occasion, I think they need a new preacher here, still it is good.
What’s the best job you ever had? asks the Nudge today. Of course, we’re interested in knowing why you thought — or think — it the best job.
It must have been the rain during the night, but I slept hard and well, more so than usual. I’m a good sleeper, but last night seemed to be especially good. Raring to go today.
And I should be, with my long to-do list, getting my book finished and in to the printer, getting ready to travel, yet again (sigh), to the U.S. for fund-raising, getting even a bit of work done around here as the church looks for another meeting place and takes care of other details and the inevitable red tape of life.
For all that, yup, I got the best job of all, serving the Lord according to my capacities.
News? News? News? (Did you see that I just asked for news, three times?)
Michel Lotito once ate an airplane. He was a French entertainer, famous for eating strange items. He billed himself as Monsieur Mange-tout, “Mister Eat Anything”. He ate such things as a shopping cart, a bicycle, and of course the Cessna 150. The last he managed to consume over a two year period. He finally died in 2007. I suspect indigestion! Why did he do it? Recognition! Some folks will do most anything for notoriety and fame. But there is a day coming when it won’t matter if your name is in Who’s Who, the Guinness Book of Records, or the Congressional Report. The question then will be, when the roll is called up yonder, will you be there? This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess
My previous post was the first tag for the third person of the Divinity.
It’s not like we’ve not written about him and his work or mentioned him in our posts — I checked. But we’re not tagging any of our posts with “Holy Spirit.”
I want to encourage you to do that.
Even the Godhead as a whole suffers, since we’re talking among Christians and often assume, one might suppose, that the conversation is about God. So the tags don’t always reflect the emphasis of our posts.
Take this as a call, if you like, to tag the Godhead, and especially the Holy Spirit, more.
The hope is to fill out these talking points, used in the pulpit Sunday morning while a baby screamed, and post it on my weblog. This week looks dismal for it, however. So here it goes in cryptic form.
1. General Application: “repent”. Third person plural. Applies to all. Luke’s special interest (Lk 13:1-5; 24:47). Needed emphasis today.
2. Personal commitment: “each one of you be baptized”. Third person singular, imperative. Has to be an individual decision. Baptism means becoming a disciple, being a part of the group (2:41, 47). The end of sin, the beginning of service.
3. Messianic mandate: “in the name of Jesus Christ.” By his authority. As if he were here — Luke wrote about what Jesus began to do and teach; here, he continues teaching and saving.
4. Purpose: “for the forgiveness of your sins”. Sin separates from God, forgiveness permits fellowship with him. Jesus wants us to know why we do what we do. Same construction as found in Matt. 26:28. “Baptism now saves us.”
5. Result: “you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit”. A difference between purpose and result. Gift is the Spirit (think, a present of a shirt). He is the power for transformation of life and service of proclamation.
How do I face Mondays? I used to take a major part of the day off, because I always heard that is what the old time preachers did, but it did not work for me. So, I started going in to my office late, but that did not work either. Now, I just go in the same time I do every other day of the week. I hit my work head on.
Can someone tell me whether, “Your,” and “You,” in Judges 6.17 are plural in the Hebrew?
How do I face Mondays? One minute at a time. I also agree with Ron – a full pot of coffee. No, in all seriousness, I enjoy Mondays. Like Ed mentioned, for preachers it’s a fresh start.
WITH A FULL POT OF COFFEE!!!!
In truth, I face Monday’s with pleasure. I enjoy my time in the office. I enjoy reading, studying, pondering, and offering a number of devotional prayers to the Lord (not that there is a such a thing as “doctrinal” prayers).
Each day of the week is a good day for me; the only time that will change is when I exhibit my failings begin to surface.
Journal Entry #27 – Weekend activities at the Spradlin household: mowing the lawn, washing clothes, minor household repairs, grocery shopping, fixing dinner, and reading the newspaper. Sunday included a wonderful day of worship and a nap. This may sound like an average American weekend to you, but to us, it was a grand triumph! You see, we have been “in transition” for more than three months, which means we’ve had no place or time to do any of these things. That’s because we had to get here, learn the culture and the language a little bit, find a place to live, then figure out how some of these things are done – in South America! It has taken a considerable effort just to get to this point.
Part of the culture shock phases are a loss of “tangible anchors,” that is, things that we easily recognize and/or are capable of doing ourselves. When one is thrust into a strange culture, not knowing the language and everything is done differently, or has a different name, it causes one to lose a sense of balance. It becomes difficult to complete the most elementary task because we just don’t know where to start. That is why this past weekend was such a grand triumph for us. We feel we are finally starting to assimilate into South American life. I don´t know how to explain it any better than that within the scale of the culture shock progress, but I can tell you this, it has made a world of difference for my own psyche!