Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A Thanksgiving Message From Abraham Lincoln

"We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven.    We have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity.    We have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown.     But we have forgotten God ... We have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.  Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us! (1)
~Abraham Lincoln

"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above,
coming down from the Father of lights with whom
there is no variation or shadow due to change. "
James 1:17

May we humbly pause today to  thank God  who is the true source of all our blessings.  

 To all of my American friends, 
Happy Thanksgiving!


Painting: "The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth"
By Jennie A. Brownscombe (1914)
(1)  Abraham Lincoln: Washington, D.C. March 30, 1863   Proclamation Appointing A National Fast 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Mary Did You Know?

Sung by Jubilant Sykes - Grace Community Church
Sun Valley, California 

Mary Did You Know?
Lyrics by Mark Lowry 
Music by Buddy Greene

Mary did you know that your baby boy will some day walk on water?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?
This child that you've delivered, will soon deliver you?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will calm a storm with his hand?
Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
And when your kiss your little baby, you have kissed the face of God.
Oh Mary did you know
The blind will see, the deaf will hear, the dead will live again.
The lame will leap, the dumb will speak, the praises of the lamb.
Mary did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary did you know that your baby boy would one day rule the nations?
Did you know that your baby boy is heaven's perfect Lamb?
This sleeping child you're holding is the great I am.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The New/Old Battle for the Inerrancy of Scripture

Friends, the church is in trouble and it’s not just coming from the obvious Joel Osteens' and TD Jakes’ out there.    We have serious  problems brewing within the  halls of academia that are attempting to redefine the meaning of inerrancy while claiming to adhere it.   New critical scholars are chipping away at the literal interpretation of Scripture in the same way they did 100 years ago when  Princeton went kaput and J. Gresham Machen  helped to lead  a rebellion by establishing Westminster Seminary. 
This is important stuff.   It’s subtle and it’s coming to a church near you,  if it hasn’t already.

 Below are lectures given  November 8, 2014 by Dr. David Farnell from the Master’s Seminary and Dr. Norman Geisler  at the Veritas Evangelical Seminary 2014 National Apologetics Conference.    
   “The Battle for the Bible: 
 Responding to the New Attacks on Scripture.”  
Dr. David Farnell 

 "Does the Bible Have Error?"
  Dr. Norman Geisler
Three reasons the Bible cannot err:
(1) God the Father; (2) God the Son; (3) God the Holy Spirit.

From the website  Defending Inerrancy

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