I have had the privilege for the last 3 1/2 years to be working as an consulting archaeologist for researcher and author L.A. Marzulli along with a team of others in our pursuit of the genetic history of the Paracas people. We are going to be presenting our research at a press conference on February 2, 2018 in Los Angeles. Here is a short video highlighting the last few years worth of work.
There have been many tributes to R.C. Sproul who passed away on December 14, 2017. I have posted a couple of them here. Just click the links.
I, personally, became introduced to R.C. Sproul as a new believer back in the early 1990s. The first book of his I read was “Chosen By God” and since that book I have never been the same. My relationship and ministry were forever changed in proclaiming the sovereignty and love of the holy God. I loved his apologetics and lengthy history of philosophy series on cassette tapes. I would devour these as I worked nights and grew in my understanding of the God who surely deserves all our worship. I also listened to his radio program “Renewing Your Mind” everyday at 6am and gleaned numerous truths that only R.C. could illuminate. He had a style that was deep, theological, philosophical, but most importantly, Biblical and always exalting the majesty of God.
R.C. Sproul was truly a gift by the Lord to the church and will be sorely missed (Eph 4:11-12). ~Mondo
You can check out some of his classic teachings here:
We have much to be thankful for during this season. Most importantly, the gift of Jesus Christ, God’s Son! Paul writes to the Ephesians,
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of his great love with which he loved us, even though we were dead in transgressions, made us alive together with Christ– by grace you are saved!” (Eph 2:4-5)
We have the privilege of sharing the love of God through our annual Thanksgiving Dinner Giveaway. This is happening on Tuesday, November 21, at 3pm where we will be distributing Turkeys or Hams along with the fixings for a great dinner.
It is our prayer that the people in our community not only enjoy a hearty Thanksgiving Dinner, but that all of us will give thanks to the God who loves us and continually invites us to know Him through a relationship with Jesus Christ, our Savior!
I had the privilege to meet some of the team today that are providing free health services in our area from the people at Life Choices Community Pregnancy Clinic out of Carson. They are about ready to wrap up the there services here in the Tahoe area for the winter, but they are doing great work. They are blessed with a state of the art mobile vehicle which allows them to do free ultra sounds, pregnancy tests, and other services in various areas. You can check them out at their website:
Some of their services include:
- Pregnancy Tests
- Options Counseling with trained peer counselors
- Pregnancy Verification for Social Services
- Limited Ultrasound for dating of pregnancy
- “Earn While You Learn” Parenting Mentorship Program
- Abortion Recovery Assistance
- Ongoing Support and Friendship
Here is a picture of their mobile van that we took today. It is located on Kingsbury Grade in the Shoreline of Tahoe and Mott Canyon Bar and Grill parking lot. Please keep them in prayer as they continue to save lives and provide education each week!
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.
Watch the trailer here:
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?
Enjoy these videos!