Is understanding Genesis as history important? This is a super important question and the ramifications are astounding at how anyone answers this question. I realize that what a person believes specifically about the historicity of Genesis 1-11 does not determine specifically determine if has someone has salvation. Jesus didn’t go around preaching that to be saved one must believe in the normal plain reading of Genesis 1-11 and six 24-hour days of creation. However, it doesn’t mean that its not important. If Jesus is the 2nd Adam and was Jesus was/is “real”, then why would we not affirm that the 1st Adam was “real”?
Many New Testament authors write of the historical person of Adam (Luke 3:38; Rom. 5:14; 1 Cor. 15:22, 45; 1 Tim. 2:13-14; Jude 1:14) and not a single time are they implying that Adam was “figurative”.
Last night on Netflix I watched the well done movie put out in February 2017 showing the evidence for Genesis as history. There is now another movie premiering on November 13. TCC has reserved some tickets to this very important movie. If you are interested, please let me know.
Ok… this really didn’t happen, but I think there is plenty of evidence today for God to do such a thing. What do I mean by this? Defamation has the idea of misrepresenting or slandering someone’s character or words through publication or some other form of communication. Also, when I speak of the church, I speak of the church in general throughout all of America. How has the church defamed God’s Character? In answering this question it is absolutely essential to understand accurately what the character of God is. God has revealed to using the Bible exactly what His character or attributes are and when the church, which bears the full responsibility for proclaiming this to the world, begins to depart from what He has revealed, we defame Him.
The Bible tells us that in the last days, the church “will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their owndesires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their earsaway from the truth, and be turned aside to fables” (2 Timothy 4:3-4). I think we are seeing this fulfilled in our
present time. We live in a time when the “church” in general has departed from the authoritative teaching ofGod’s Word and instead turned aside to a style of preaching that is not meant to proclaim sound doctrine. Infact, “doctrine” has become a dirty word in many churches and the Bible tells us that people will not endure
sound doctrine, but will turn away from the truth. John MacArthur comments on this trend when he says, “There are plenty of gifted communicators in the modern evangelical movement, but today’s sermons tend to be short, shallow, topical homilies that massage people’s egos and focus on fairly insipid subjects like human relationships, “successful” living, emotional issues, and other practical but worldly—and not definitively biblical—themes. These messages are lightweight and without substance, cheap and synthetic, leaving little more than an ephemeral impression on the minds of the hearers.”
We find God’s response and instruction to this in 2 Timothy 4:2, where we are commanded to preach the Word and nothing else. Well… how does this work for those who aren’t pastors? Let me encourage you to be bold in sharing the truth of the Gospel personally. I don’t believe this verse applies only to pastors, because the word
“preach” means to proclaim. How are you doing in your proclamation of the gospel to those around you? Let me give you a concrete example. I was listening to a Christian radio station the other day and they were proclaiming the “gospel”. Yet what I heard was a misrepresentation or distortion of who God is. They spoke rightly of the love of God and also that God has a plan for our lives, but the person stopped there. That is not the full explanation of the gospel. I felt cheated. There was no proclamation of God’s holiness, our sinfulness, and God’s wrath to come. No call for repentance on the part of the sinner to avoid God’s punishment. The church is misrepresenting God and the gospel when we take away those things that are deemed offensive. The gospel is offensive (Matt 10:34; Gal 5:11) and we need to share about who God is. Have you noticed that people spend more time talking about God’s love than His holiness or justice? The Bible never proclaims that God is “loving, loving, loving”, but instead “holy, holy, holy” (Isaiah 6:3; Rev 4:8). Is God loving? Of course He is (1 John 4:8), but Jesus spoke more of repentance and fear of God (Matt 4:17; 10:27-28) than of the love of God. Let’s get back to the Biblical example and model. When Jesus presented the gospel to people, He did not speak directly very often about the love of God, but instead on the person’s sin and need for repentance. The fact that they get a chance to repent is evidence of God’s love. Examine the book of Acts when Peter or Paul present the gospel and you will not find a reference to God’s love, but instead a command to repent (Acts 2:38; 3:19; 8:22; 17:30; 26:20). This is a biblical call to the church, both leaders and lay people (myself included), to make sure we don’t defame God, by proclaiming all of who He is, the good and the severe (Romans 11:22).
We started a series a few weeks ago getting into the cultural background of the Gospels. We have entitled the series “Essential Jesus: Understanding the Man, the Mission, and the Message”. Part of the glory of going to the land of Israel and studying the life of Jesus in its original context is seeing the gospel narratives in 3D. These videos below from sourceflix.com are helpful in seeing the way in which we as God’s sheep are prone to wander. Thankfully, we have Jesus, our good shepherd (John 10:1-28) who seeks after us when we wander off. Are you following Him?
Tahoe is one of God’s most beautiful places on the earth, so how could anyone, commit suicide here? Tragically Tahoe isn’t immune to suicide, it by some accounts is growing. Our community has a newly founded group meeting monthly to address this growing problem.:
The Suicide Prevention Network has formed a new Survivors of Suicide loss support group that will meet at 6:00 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at the Barton Health Public Relations office located at 2092 Lake Tahoe Blvd. Suite 400 in South Lake Tahoe…..South Tahoe Now .Com
Before you finish reading this, one individual will have ended their life by suicide—because they think they have no other choice. According to the World Health Organization, a massive 800,000 people take their lives every year—one death every 40 seconds. That’s over 2,000 a day. For millions who suffer from deep sadness and despair, “EXIT” points to a better way. This compelling movie shines a powerful light in the darkness and offers true hope to those who think they have none. Someone you know may be secretly considering their exit. Please join us to increase your understanding about the struggle many face, and learn about the high ground that has eluded many who are in despair.
IF YOU ARE STRUGGLING WITH SUICIDAL THOUGHTS, we encourage you to remember four very important things:
1. YOU HAVE WORTH. You are not a cosmic accident; you are not here by chance. The Bible says God formed you in your mother’s womb. You are special, unique, and handcrafted by the Creator; and because of that your life has meaning. No matter where you’ve been, what’s happened, or what you’ve done, nothing can ever erase the incredible value God has placed on you as His creation.
2. YOU ARE LOVED. The Bible says, “God is love.” He not only knows your turmoil and pain, He cares deeply and promises that if you draw near to Him, He will draw near to you. You can be adopted into His family as His beloved child.
3. THERE IS HOPE. The Bible tells us that by trusting in Jesus we have a “living hope,” a hope that is an anchor for the soul. If you don’t know God personally, you can, through genuine repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. Your sins will be washed away. His Spirit will come to live within you and will never leave you, and you’ll be given a new heart with new desires. The meaning and purpose of your life is to truly love God and walk with Him. You can find healing, forgiveness, and hope in Christ.
4. HELP IS AVAILABLE. Like a mold of the soul, severe depression grows in the cold dampness of isolation. Please, open up and reach out for support. You can:
• Tell those closest to you. Confide in a parent, relative, friend, or school counselor, or find a respected Christian psychologist. Dragging a heavy load by yourself can be overwhelming, but if you let someone help carry your burden, it becomes far lighter.
• Call a hotline. You can call the “Suicide Prevention Lifeline” and talk with someone right now. It’s free, confidential, and available 24/7. You can call them at 800-273-8255 or visit them online at http://www.SuicidePreventionLifeline.org
• Speak with a local pastor. If you don’t attend a Christian church, visit http://www.TheEXITmovie.com and click on the “HELP” tab to help you find a church in your area.
Whatever you do, please, please don’t end your life.
Life Choices 2017 Annual Fundraising Gala May 5, 2017
“You are the light of the world” (Matt. 5:14)
Our 2017 Spring Gala Dinner will be held at the Atlantis Resort Casino in Reno. Joining us this year as our guest speaker is Ray Comfort, Founder and CEO of Living Waters.
Registration begins at 6pm. Enjoy appetizers and a no host bar on the Terrace. Dinner and Program 7pm – 9pm.
The Atlantis Resort Casino, Reno NV (in the Paradise Ballroom located on the second floor in the conference center)
Tickets $25 per person.
Dinner includesyour choice of entree: Chicken ParmigianaorHerbed Fresh Salmon. To help us in planning, please be sure to list your preference in the box below when registering! If there are more than one of you, and you each have a different choice please add the quantity number with the choice. Ray is the Founder and CEO of Living Waters and the best-selling author of more than 80 books, including, Hell’s Best Kept Secret,Scientific Facts in the Bible, and The Evidence Bible. He co-hosts (with actor Kirk Cameron) the award-winning television program “The Way of the Master,” seen in 200 countries. He is also the Executive Producer on the movies “Audacity,” “180,” “Evolution vs. God,” and others, which have been seen by millions. He and his wife, Sue, live in Southern California, where they have three grown children.
Who doesn’t love Paul Harvey, the sound of his voice, time travels me back to my childhood. He’s a master story teller, Christian, married 68 years, everyone loves Paul Harvey! We all waited for his famous “Good day!” or “that’s the rest of the story” on his radio show, so this blog over all is very positive about the man known as Paul Harvey. I’m not judging him as either being a christian or not. As far as I can tell he was a true believer.
Made up stories are fun and for the most part harmless, Paul could tell a story like no one else, but he wasn’t a theologian, a good story masterfully told that didn’t line up with scripture can misrepresent God.
Parables are difficult to write, each character must match perfectly to the intended person or deity we are to learn about. So without telling you the short comings of this story, listen carefully, pay attention to the positions applied and see if they line up with the biblical positions we find in God’s word. Listen also for any applications and see if they match scripture. Then post your corrections here, and may-be we’ll call you a theologian.
Think about it, the fact that Christianity exists, is a very strong argument that Christ did resurrect. So I took this idea to the chairlift to see if it this line of logic owned the high ground or not. Watch and see that it does, Jeremy, resorts to the postmodern response “But you see I look at it” This reduces the conversation to subjective truth not objective, He couldn’t logically answer how we have Christianity today so he had to lean on his own truth not ultimate truth.
Will the world come to know the King who gave these saints the power to become like steel? Their testimony has been seen for centuries, foretold in the scriptures, the Church in Smyrna… Revelation 2:8-11, To the Church in Smyrna 8 “And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: ‘The words of the first and the last, who died and came to life. 9 “‘I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich) and the slander[a] of those who say that they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 10 Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life. 11 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who conquers will not be hurt by the second death.’ In Heaven they ask the Lord how much longer… Revelation 6:9-11 9 When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne. 10 They cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” 11 Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been… Then we see in Revelation 20:4…Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands.They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years… Is the Lord surprised? Caught of guard? Is He thinking of a plan? No Church, He is lovingly waiting for His Bride to finish proclaiming the Gospel. God even has a complete number, so get busy church, living and dying for His truth.
Easter Sunday…Ok the term “Easter” comes from those nasty pagans, but Christ conquered death and BOOM! trumped the living daylights out of that pagan date..
Have you been resurrected? Do you realize that upon being born again by the power of the Holy Spirit, you have crossed over from death to life? Join us this Sunday at 10:30am to worship the risen King!