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?
Pastor Mark Driscoll is on to something here, When I was very young in the faith I got plugged into ministries at our Church, I’ve never regretted it.
Tahoe Community Church is not a country club, we’re an extension of God’s love to this community. The Body of Christ, his bride, the church is the most important group of people we belong to.
Do you love your brothers and sisters in Christ? Really? I’m not guilt tripping anyone, it is far more important then a guilt trip, your very soul depends upon love. This love for each other is important to God our father. His desire is for us to be true-born again children wanting to hang out with his other children….because if the love of the father is in us we will so want to be in the body, because that is where the father is.
1 John 3:11-24
11 For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. 12 We should not be like Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother’s righteous. 13 Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you. 14 We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death. 15 Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.
16 By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. 17 But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? 18 Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.
19 By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; 20 for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. 21 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; 22 and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. 23 And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. 24 Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us.
So it is our desire for all members of TCC to get involved. We have an idea that if there is a clear way to connect to the church then through this process we can sharpen and disciple the body for God’s glory. Ministry leaders will present an outline of the ministry on Sunday morning, one ministry per week, a clip board will be hung in the church entry so those interested in connected to that ministry. Seek God and find out how he’s made you to serve in this body for his glory.
Mens Men of Honor Simulcast
Men of Honor Simulcast Saturday June 16th 2pm Followed by Family BBQ at 5pm then stay and watch the Movie “Courageous”
The whole family is invited with the focus on being Christ centered fathers.
Child Care avalible
Four men, one calling: To serve and protect. When tragedy strikes home, these men are left wrestling with their hopes, their fears, their faith, and their fathering. Protecting the streets is second nature. Raising their children in a God-honoring way? That’s courageous.
Men of Honor Simulcast Saturday June 16th 2pm “Courageous Men of God”
2 Thessalonians 2:8-10
8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of his coming. 9 The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, 10 and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.
Pastor Scott Rodriguez
Brothers, several have been asking for some backstory/context on these videos. Mrs. Muldoon set her tent up across the street from our church (it is still there until Sunday 5/20.) I received a call from one of our people that some families that attend our church were sitting in her audience. Others were there to pray and share the gospel afterwards with people leaving. They had been accosted by a young man named Devon, (the managers son) on the evening before when he overheard one of our young men talking with someone after the service about the call of Pastor being reserved for men.
I came out at the end of her Saturday night service and spoke with her, and her manager Dennis about their perspective on what had occurred. They felt that they were being heckled. I asked what they were preaching in order to get a better idea about their ministry, and explained to them that we, as a Gospel preaching church, would be extremely sensitive to a ministry that came off as strange as hers. She then claimed to be preaching the same message I described to her: that Christ came in the flesh to die upon a cross for the sins of man; that he was buried and rose again 3 days later; and that people are commanded by God the Father to turn from sin and put their faith in His Son’s finished work on the cross in order to be saved; and finally that there is no other way of salvation. She claimed that this was her message too, but that she also believed in miracles – which I agreed are still done today according to the will of God. I shared with her that if she would give me some materials to look over to her affirm her claims about her message, I would come back the next day and say a quick word to people from our Church about the need to refrain from being disruptive, disrespectful, and to hold any questions or disagreements until after her service to be voiced with her or her leaders. After some more discussion she said that would be acceptable to her.
I came back the next evening. She didn’t call me up as we’d discussed. Had she, I honestly don’t know what I would have said. I sat through about an hour of what I’d classify as normal charismatic preaching quite off-base, but nothing overly shocking. However, there was a transition after her message into various fraudulent acts of “ministering in the “Holy Spirit” that range from her laying hands on people who would respond by gyrating, shaking, screaming, flapping arms like being in a strong wind, knocking over chairs, throwing themselves down (not falling) on the floor. She prophesied over 3 girls that she said were seated where the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit were, that would be getting married in June – she acted as if she knew nothing of their personal lives, but one of them was the attorney for the ministry that I’d met the night before – the other two were her friends. She said angels were there and that there could be voices of angels heard in her music because they followed her wherever she went. Then she scared a 3 year old little girl when she called her mother up – girl in arms, and began laying hands all over her body (the Mom’s).
Finally, I thought it was over, but she walked up to me where I was seated on the front row, and began “prophesying”. She said, “Young man spit your gum out and face me”. I got up (probably should have just walked out), and she began telling me how I thought I had come as a peacemaker, but was really there because God had used the hecklers to get me to her tent because He had something to give me through her. Then she went on and on saying all kinds of stuff, including that I said or thought that her ministry was a work of God, and that she was doing good and trying to help people. That was a lie. I never led her to believe any such thing. At that point I felt I needed to make it clear that I didn’t agree with her message or ministry, and that’s what I tried to do. Sadly I think it appears more as though some guy got in a prayer line or requested prayer and then seized on the opportunity – which isn’t true.
My greatest desire is to see God’s people warned, but I don’t feel I did things perfectly. Here’s why: I knew the right thing to do was to seek my Senior Pastor’s approval, but as a matter of convenience I did not. He is a man of God, and would have helped find a more godly way of approaching this, but in a moment of passion I acted and entrapped myself. Please don’t misunderstand, I believe once in the circumstance the worse thing I could have done is simply remained quiet, but I just feel as though Jesus would have done it differently. So while I stand behind my words to Mrs. Muldoon and would plead with people to flee from any ministry that replaces the Blood stained Gospel of Jesus Christ with a pursuit of miracles, I ask forgiveness of the Lord and my brothers for any way in which I got ahead of the Spirit of God or acted independently. Finally, please know that I’m not the bold man some think I am, I’m a man who is inconsistent and struggles with the fear of man like everyone else – we all desperately need the Cross, myself included.
P.S. I don’t use face book – maybe if people know that my wife can get some sleep.
The Full Video showing “Dayna’s” false prophesy concerning Pastr Scott, concidering she then rebukes him as a devil later
Well done Brother Scott, the events recorded here are a great way to see the deciption of false prophets. Do you know that if you speak for God, you can not get it wrong…. Deuteronomy 18:18-20
18 I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. 19 And whoever will not listen to my words that he shall speak in my name, I myself will require it of him. 20 But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name that I have not commanded him to speak, or[a] who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.’
21 And then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe it. 22 For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform signs and wonders, to lead astray, if possible, the elect. 23 But be on guard; I have told you all things beforehand.
You are invited to an interdenominational worship experience on the mountain sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Tahoe City. Our ski chaplains are volunteers from a variety of churches and denominations. Our purpose is to provide a Christian worship experience in a beautiful setting. Our hope is that you will experience the glory and majesty of God in the worship service.
Church services are held every Sunday at each of the ski areas below.Services begin each season the Sunday before Christmas and continue through Easter. At each location, you will see a cross in the snow. This is where the services areheld. Each service begins at 2:00 p.m. and lasts 15-20 minutes.
Top of Links Chair
Top of Roundhouse Chair
Top of Vista Express Chair
Top of Lakeview Chair
Top of Lakeview Chair
Top of Madden Triple Chair
Sierra at Tahoe
Top of Grandview Chair
For further information, to become a chaplain, or to make a donation
to help support the ministry, contact:
Debbie Wohler, Tahoe Resort Ministries
PO Box 7452, Tahoe City, CA 96145
Phone: (530) 583-2925 Fax: (530) 583-9071
Please email either myself (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Elder Bob Daly (email@example.com) if you notice any bugs with this blog or any other part of our website. I’m working on some things and resulting from these changes, you may notice that something’s broken.
Each year George Fox hosts a film festival featuring the best productions from students over the course of the past two semesters. The festival committee puts on a great event at Bauman Auditorium where students dress up, walk the red carpet, and get awards for their amazing work. Each year that I have attended the films have gotten better and better. This year was no exception. Writer/Director Natalie Daly came away from the night with several awards for her short film “Through the Mailbox”. She says, “My cast and crew were great and committed to the project. We had a few 16-hour shooting days, but everyone had a great attitude about it. The editor and I pulled a few all-nighters to get the project ready for the festival.“ The film was one of three made as part of the Advanced Production Workshop course under the Cinema and Media Communication major at George Fox.
Hi all, by a matter of quick introduction, I’m Bryce Leinan and I’m for lack of a better term, the “geek” of Tahoe Community Church. I wanted to introduce a couple of new features for the Tahoe Community Church blog:
1) Yes, we’re not actually technological neophytes in Tahoe, we have a podcast now! You can mosey on over to iTunes in the next couple of days and search for “Tahoe Community Church” and you will find Pastor Paul’s teachings there. Of course, you’ll also see them come up in the blog RSS feed as well, and there is a direct link to download the sermon at the bottom of every post.
2) If you have a handy-dandy iPhone, Blackberry, ‘Droid, or some type of other smart phone, you can visit www.tahoecommunitychurch.org/wordpress and you’ll see an smart-phone optimized version of our blog.
If any of the above scares you, or you have questions / complaints / flames, etc. please feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org