Christianity is evidence that Jesus rose from the dead

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.

Forgiveness Incarnated by the Bible Society of Egypt

Forgiveness Incarnated from The Bible Society of Egypt on Vimeo.

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.

Resurrection “Easter” Service, Tahoe Community Church, Sunday April 16th

Have you been resurrected?

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!

Elder’s Children….What if?

Titus 1:5-9 Appointing Elders Who Love What Is Good
5 The reason I left you in Crete was that you might put in order what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you. 6 An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. 7 Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. 8 Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. 9 He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.

1 Timothy 3:4-5 4 He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. 5 (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?)

So How do we understand this in light of the call for children to believe and be obedient and not wild? Churches vary on how to apply this to the church, is it only for Children in the home or is it life long? Is this achieved by our children being good citizens but not necessarily Christian? Would it vary depending upon culture? Can we grade on a curve? These questions and many more come to mind when we look at this passage. The black and white view is yes children are children for life, and God is clear on what the fruit of a christian looks like. Many churches simply govern their churches this way. Others have considered more variables, like the adult point or culture. It is important for Elders to have a determination before an issue comes up. To come to a conclusion while facing an issue will put the elder board in a position to be pragmatic instead of biblical.

We are still struggling in the flesh, Romans 7 gives us a clear confession from the apostle Paul’s struggle. So do we then attempt to judge the severity of the sins? Which always seems to be legalistic any way you cut it? Are the children of elders given less grace? How about this thought, are all children of elders automatically part of the elect? If not, then this can’t be black and white. We clearly see God save families, but it is never an absolute rule that all in a Godly family will believe. is it fair to say in Matthew 13:24 The Parable of the Weeds, there will be some unbelievers in the family and the church?

Titus 1:5 “The reason I left you in Crete was that you might put in order what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you.”
Consider the context here Titus is assigning the task of choosing elders, upon choosing an elder the family is seen in time, a snap shot so to speak, an elders family at that moment would look to be saved, but consider what Jesus taught in Matthew 13:1 The Parable of the Sower, Some do follow for awhile, but in time turn back to following the world.

Titus 6:6 If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly. KJV
“Having faithful children” (v. 6b). Faithful means “believing.” The bishop’s children should be Christians. After all, if a servant of God cannot win his own children to Christ, what success can he expect with outsiders? The Bible exposition commentary
This commentary puts the “winning” into the hands of the elder alone. We proclaim, plant water and pray! It is God that does the winning.

it’s most likely true that many daughters of elders have lost their virginity and no one knows. If they get pregnant, and know their dad will lose his position in the church, they may go off and get an abortion and no one knows. If she gets pregnant keeps the baby then it’s known, the witness of the church is tarnished, But what about the daughter? The failure of the elder to impart to his daughter how serous sin is to God needs to be shown. The elder should be disciplined or suspended for the sake of the body, but for the daughters sake, the punishment should not be a complete disqualification from the elder board, so her guilt isn’t overwhelming. Efforts to minister to the daughter must also take place.

Don’t ask don’t tell, comes to mind, some children are sexually active without the churches knowledge. It would be up to the elders to discern what kind of relationships their children are having, and for that matter what other sins they may be enslaved to. It would be reasonable for the elder of an adult child to continue to express God’s standard and their disapproval of their lifestyle. They’re always going to be your children and they should always honor you so it will go well for them. (Deuteronomy 5:16)

Here’s our conclusion, We go forward only, which is to say, over time the Church leadership should improve if the high ground of Holiness continues to be preached and lived out. Since Elder’s children are either born again, on the path to becoming born again or unregenerate it would be reasonable to view Titus 1:6 as the preferred high ground rather then a black and white command. Please understand, as an Elder board we will pick elders that have believing children, but in time we will choose grace first with a prayerful look and what discipline we may apply to the elder if his child were to go wayward.

Church leadership is judged more severely and likewise their children are held to a higher standard. So continue to pray, counsel and raise up the children of the church in the ways of the Lord. Consider giving grace when wayward children of elders are examined.

The Merciful Death of Sam Kinison

Sam Kinison, use to drive me nuts. How could this wretched sinner call himself a christian? Raised in the church, a former preacher, then a stand up comedian? Who drank, drugged, and womanized?…..But look at the mercy of God for his children even when sin abounds, Sam’s death was merciful, God’s grace for Sam was shown, through God’s discipline….                            1 Corinthians 11:29-32

"Sam Kinison

Wild Things are not beyond God’s love

“29 For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves. 30 That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep. 31 But if we were more discerning with regard to ourselves, we would not come under such judgment. 32 Nevertheless, when we are judged in this way by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be finally condemned with the world”

So am I saying all those who just say they believe, can party on?  Dope not at all, it looks like Sam had a true relationship with Jesus. His inner self knew Christ, He never denied Christ, He maintained his belief in Christ to save him.  The account of his death, looks like he’s talking to angels or God, I believe their story, because of the deaths of Moses, Ananias, Sapphira and those in Corinth.  Think about it, Moses upset God by displaying anger when he struck the rock, this misrepresented who God is. So…

Numbers 20:12 But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.”

Moses’s punishment is that he’ll die and not go into the promised land, When we hear promised land we often think “Heaven” why? because it is a metaphor for Heaven.

Where do we next see Moses?  The Transfiguration

Matthew 17:1-3  1 After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. 2 There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. 3 Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.

Moses was not forbidden entrance to Heaven, His punishment was to not get into the promised land here on earth.

Ananias and Sapphira, did they belong to Christ?  In Acts 4:32  it says “All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had.”   So in Chapter 5 the mention of what Ananias and Sapphira did includes them as believers, who choose to sin against the Holy Spirit.  Which is just another sin covered by the blood of Christ, but it was a Sin that lead to physical death.

1 John 5:16-17 “If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask and God will for him give life to those who commit sin not leading to death. There is a sin leading to death; I do not say that he should make request for this. 17 All unrighteousness is sin, and there is a sin not leading to death,”

There is no absolute consensus on what this means. But, most conclude that there are sins that God’s Children can commit which God takes seriously enough so as to end their lives.

Amazing Grace, comes to mind when we understand God’s Love, Mercy, and Patience.

1689 London Confession of Faith

So why such an old confession? Isn’t newer better? Not always, The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) and the Savoy Declaration (1658), was written by Puritans who wanted that their particular church organisation reflect what they perceived to be Biblical teaching. The Puritans Have always gotten a bad rap, they didn’t have a good PR department. In most cases when you mention the puritans many people think of “the scarlet letter” A made up story portraying the puritans as graceless christians, looking to shame anyone who sinned. When you read what they wrote, you come to realize that they committed themselves to the studying of God’s word completely, producing doctrines of faith that to this day are still being used today. The 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith, also called the Second London Baptist Confession, was written by Particular Baptists, Who saw the early confessions lacking some important details regarding the sovereignty of God. The Particular Baptists brought to their confession the full weight of God’s doctrines of grace. The other confessions although being completely biblical left open for misinterpretation some points regarding baptism. So the 1689 London confession of faith gives the world a complete Baptist perspective.
1689 London Confession of Faith

Early Christian Creeds
Apostles’ Creed
Nicene Creed (325 A.D.)
Athanasian Creed (500 A.D.)
Chalcedonian Creed (451 A.D.)
Canons on the Council of Orange (529 A.D.)
Statement of faith of the 3rd Council of Constantinople (681 A.D.)
Reformation Confessions
Luther’s 95 Theses (1517 A.D.)
Augsburg Confession (1530 A.D.)
Belgic Confession (1561 A.D.)
Heidelberg Catechism (1576 A.D.)
Canons of Dort (1619 A.D.)
Westminster Confession (1647 A.D.)
Westminster Shorter Catechism (1647 A.D.)
Waldensian Confession (1655 A.D.)
Second London Baptist Confession (1689 A.D.)
Contemporary Statements
Chicago Statement on biblical Inerrancy

The Tabernacle in Timna Park, near Eilat, Israelites…May help make Israel Jealous

The tabernacle tour was a fantastic surprise! The Presenter “Allison Marshall” did such a great job connecting Christ’s life and teachings to the tabernacle symbols. Jesus did come and tabernacle with mankind, John chapter 7 and 8, He fulfills the actions and elements performed in the tabernacle. He is our High Priest.
Hebrews 2:17 Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.

It’s awesome that many of God’s first chosen people have heard Allison’s presentation, I can’t help but think they would walk away felling jealous because of how God has continued without them. So lets pray for the Jewish people who chose their tradition over the truth that Jesus came to die once for the sins of the world.

Romans 11:11-12 (ESV)
11 So I ask, did they stumble in order that they might fall? By no means! Rather, through their trespass salvation has come to the Gentiles, so as to make Israel jealous. 12 Now if their trespass means riches for the world, and if their failure means riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their full inclusion mean!

Share the Gospel where ever you go…

I don’t film witness encounters much any more, it is a great way to get people talking, it also helps as a coach, you can watch it and see the things you could have said that would have made the encounter more God glorifying. Micah was very open to talk, I could have talked longer with him in hindsight. As you watch this think of what you would have said. After the football game many arm chair quarterbacks come alive with all sorts of opinions of what should have been done.

When I watched this the biggest, “I wish I would have said this” was when Micah said there is going to be a vegetarian only sacrifice system in the future for Israel, but here is what the Bible says, Exodus 30:9-11 (ESV) 9 You shall not offer unauthorized incense on it, or a burnt offering, or a grain offering, and you shall not pour a drink offering on it. 10 Aaron shall make atonement on its horns once a year. With the blood of the sin offering of atonement he shall make atonement for it once in the year throughout your generations. It is most holy to the Lord.” and Hebrews 9:21-23 (ESV) 21 And in the same way he sprinkled with the blood both the tent and all the vessels used in worship. 22 Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins. 23 Thus it was necessary for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these rites, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.

So take a peek, think of what was good about the witness, and of what could have been better, and above all pray that Macah will continue to seek the truth, and be open to Jesus being the messiah.