Something that came to mind last night:  To an unbeliever, Science and God are polar opposites. “You…

Something that came to mind last night:  To an unbeliever, Science and God are polar opposites. "You believe in God, while I believe in Science," is a fairly common claim that they would make. What they are saying is that science and God are in conflict with one another so that one or the other may be true, but not both. 

That's a false choice that we need to dismiss out of hand. Science and Faith are not in conflict at all! What the unbeliever is really saying is that science is only valid if it helps support their presuppositions of no sovereign creator or law giver. It is indicitave of their ongoing quest to suppress the truth in their unrighteousness.

So what's the Christian response? 

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Something that came to mind last night:  To an unbeliever, Science and God are polar opposites. “You believe in God, while I believe in Science,” is a fairly common claim that they would make. What they are saying is that sci…

Hard work is not the opposite of grace, it is the result of experiencing grace

Hard work is not the opposite of grace, it is the result of experiencing grace

Philippians 2:12-13
Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. 

I used to err on the side of this verse that my sanctification was God's job and not mine. After all, it was Him working in me, right? So if I was participating instead of being carried along it was works-righteousness, right?

Wrong. In Christ, we are empowered to participate in our sanctification. And it is not for us to neglect that holy calling. You will not drift toward holiness. Instead, obey the Holy Spirit and dive into the word of God. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly and be a conduit of grace to a dry and weary land where there is no water. 

And do all of this in the power of God, who is working in you to accomplish all that you were meant to do and to be.

Hard work is not the opposite of grace, it is the result of experiencing grace.

D. A. Carson explains:

People do not drift toward Holiness.
Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith,…

Discipleship Guide(lines)

Matthew 28:18-20  

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

These are the last instructions given to us by Jesus before His ascension. Everything we learn in the Bible is important, but the Great Commission is the final instruction from Jesus of what we are to be doing while we wait for His imminent return. Let’s break it down:

1. We remember that all authority belongs to Jesus. All authority. No matter what nation you are visiting, what circumstance you are in, how you feel, it is all subject to Jesus.
2. Because all authority is Jesus’, we have the mandate to go! And as we go, we are to make disciples among all people groups, regardless of political or social or other points of differentiation.
3. These disciples that we make are to be baptized. Which in my tradition means that they are in the faith or will come to the faith.
4. These disciples that we make are to be taught to observe all that Jesus has commanded. And this is more than the red letters in your Bible. All of the Bible is written about Jesus. (Luke 24:44-45)
5. As we go and do these things, Jesus again reminds us that we will never go alone. He will be with us always, to the end of the age.

Out of these five observations, many Christians see #3 as one that is reserved for the church to carry out in a more formal ceremony, as this is one of two sacraments given to us. I don’t intend to argue in either direction at this time. #1 and #5 are bookend reminders to us that we will be working in the power of Jesus for the purposes of Jesus and that He will stay with us. #2 is a reminder that we are to go. But how? #4 is the how. We disciple by teaching others to observe Biblical truths and to apply them to their lives. Sounds easy enough, right?

I was recently invited by +Bob Stouffer to attend a discipleship seminar led by Scotty Kessler (http://scottykessler.com/). OK, recently may not be the best word to use as it has been a few weeks now. Nonetheless, I have been ruminating about the materials presented there and plan to digest some of this information on here.

Online Resources for Intercessory Prayer, Discipleship, Missions, and Competing Biblically

I was at a local +Family CHRISTIAN bookstore today, a mine field of error with a few good selections…

I was at a local +Family CHRISTIAN bookstore today, a mine field of error with a few good selections mixed in, looking for a larger print Bible. Not seeing much of a selection in the ESV translation, I asked for help.

The employee told me that there are several books of the Bible that the current bibles omit, and proceeded to tell me about the gnostic gospels that her live-in boyfriend prefers.

I cautioned her, and asked her to read the last chapter in Revelation in regards to adding to the Bible after the closing of the canon and she looked at me like I was the out of touch nut job.

I guess it's "buyer beware" when shopping for bibles. ESPECIALLY at the Family Christian bookstore.