HAHAHAHA!!

Just a funny post…Phil Johnson is hillarious! Just got this post from him and rolled!!
One day I will be as funny as him…one day!!

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“Voice of God”

Tim Challis posted this link today on his blog, about people claiming to hear the voice of God. I read a book a couple of months ago on this topic called “Finding the Will of God: A pagan notion”, and it really made me re-evaluate how i make decisons (usually BIG decisions)on issues with my life (job, marriage, church, car,etc). Here are some excerpts from the article by Gary Gilley.

The final court of appeals determining the identity of the voice of God, if it is such, must be the direct instructions or at least the examples found in Scripture. The Scriptures claim to be the Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:20, 21). They are inspired, once for all, by the Holy Spirit, enabling prophets and apostles, using their own personalities, to write God’s words as He intended (Hebrews 1:1,2; 2:3,4; Acts 5:12; 2 Corinthians 12:12). I believe with the closure of Scripture, direct, infallible, authoritative revelation from God has ceased for this age (Revelation 22:18, 19; Ephesians 2:20; 3:5; Jude 3, 4; 2 Peter 3:2). It is instructive to note when Paul wrote his last epistle to pastor/friend Timothy about leading the church of God, he did not encourage Timothy to focus on new revelations, impressions, feelings or hunches. Rather, he continually turned him to the Word of God and the doctrines contained therein (2 Timothy 2:2-14, 15; 3:15-17; 4:2-4).

Of course, the current bent toward the subjective rather than the biblical is nothing new. In each age it seems there are pockets of God’s people (sometimes bigger pockets than others) who want to go beyond Scripture for their spiritual experiences.

This kind of problem has not faded into the past and is almost identical to the teachings found within various elements of the charismatic movement today. For example, compare what Jack Deere, a leading Vineyard theologian writes:

God can and does give personal words of direction to believers today that cannot be found in the Bible. I do not believe that he gives direction that contradicts the Bible, but direction that cannot be found in the Bible.

Noncharismatic evangelical Christianity has definitely taken on a mystical bent in recent days as well. While never denying the authority of Scripture as such, many, from people in the pew to key evangelical leaders, regularly point to mystical experiences as the basis for much of what they do and believe. We must be concerned that this weak view of the Scriptures will ultimately cause great harm in the body of Christ.

Abraham, for example, definitely heard the voice of God at times. God speaks to him in Genesis 15 and again in Genesis 17. But there was at least a 14 year gap between the two utterances from God and possibly 20 years or more (compare 16:16 with 17:1). It seems to us that God was talking to Abraham all the time but the fact is that many years would go by with no communication from God at all – even to Abraham the friend of God and father of the Jewish race. This leads to the next observation: when God did speak it was almost always to prophets and key players in the biblical story, not to the common man or woman. There may have been a few exceptions to this, but if so, it was rare. Yet, many today act as if God speaks to everyone all the time, and they attempt to prop up this view through biblical accounts. But the Scriptures simply do not support this idea.

This is a great article for alot of us today. We MUST run to scripture for our guidance and not on personal revelation or gut feelings. My feelings change from one moment to the next, but God’s Word has lasted thousands of years and will last till the end of the world.

This Sunday’s song list

I am playing for the first time in a long time this Sunday at church, so I have been practicing the song list. I thought I would post the lyrics to them and see what everyone thought. Even if you do not leave a comment, maybe you can think about the lyrics this week as you go about your daily errands and think of the power of the cross.

Jesus Cast a Look on Me

1. Jesus cast a look on me,
Give me sweet simplicity
Make me poor and keep me low,
Seeking only Thee to know

2. All that feeds my busy pride,
Cast it evermore aside
Bid my will to Thine submit,
Lay me humbly at Thy feet

3. Make me like a little child,
Of my strength and wisdom spoiled
Seeing only in Thy light,
Walking only in Thy might

4. Leaning on Thy loving breast,
Where a weary soul can rest
Feeling well the peace of God,
Flowing from His precious blood

5. In this posture let me live,
And hosannas daily give
In this temper let me die,
And hosannas ever cry!

O Love That Will Not Let Me Go

1. O Love that will not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in thee;
I give thee back the life I owe,
That in thine ocean depths its flow
May richer, fuller be.

2. O light that followest all my way,
I yield my flickering torch to thee;
My heart restores its borrowed ray,
That in thy sunshine’s blaze its day
May brighter, fairer be.

3. O Joy that seekest me through pain,
I cannot close my heart to thee;
I trace the rainbow through the rain,
And feel the promise is not vain,
That morn shall tearless be.

4. O Cross that liftest up my head,
I dare not ask to fly from thee;
I lay in dust life’s glory dead,
And from the ground there blossoms red
Life that shall endless be.

O Worship the King

1. O worship the King,
all glorious above,
And gratefully sing
His power and His love;
Our Shield and Defender,
the Ancient of Days,
Pavilioned in splendor,
and girded with praise.

2. O tell of His might,
O sing of His grace,
Whose robe is the light,
Whose canopy space,
Whose chariots of wrath
the deep thunderclouds form,
And dark is His path
on the wings of the storm.

3. Thy bountiful care,
what tongue can recite?
It breathes in the air,
it shines in the light;
It streams from the hills,
it descends to the plain,
And sweetly distills
in the dew and the rain.

4. Frail children of dust,
and feeble as frail,
In Thee do we trust,
nor find Thee to fail;
Thy mercies how tender,
how firm to the end,
Our Maker, Defender,
Redeemer, and Friend.

The Church’s One Foundation

1. The church’s one foundation
Is Jesus Christ her Lord,
She is His new creation
By water and the Word.
From heaven He came and sought her
To be His holy bride;
With His own blood He bought her,
And for her life He died.

2. Elect from every nation,
Yet one over all the earth;
Her charter of salvation,
One Lord, one faith, one birth;
One holy Name she blesses,
Partakes one holy food,
And to one hope she presses,
With every grace endued.

3. Though with a scornful wonder
Men see her sore oppressed,
By schisms rent asunder,
By heresies distressed,
Yet saints their watch are keeping;
Their cry goes up, “How long?”
And soon the night of weeping
Shall be the morn of song.

4. The church shall never perish,
Her dear Lord to defend
To guide, sustain and cherish,
Is with her to the end
Though there be those that hate her,
And false sons in her pale
Against a foe or traitor,
She ever shall prevail

5. Mid toil and tribulation,
And tumult of her war,
She waits the consummation
Of peace forevermore;
‘Til, with the vision glorious,
Her longing eyes are blessed,
And the great church victorious
Shall be the church at rest.

6. Yet she on earth hath union
With God the Three in One,
And mystic sweet communion
With those whose rest is won.
O happy ones and holy!
Lord, give us grace that we
Like them, the meek and lowly,
On high may dwell with Thee.

Jesus is not my girlfriend

For those that have talked to me in depth over the past year or so know that I have shifted in my view of modern praise choruses (or 7-11 songs) and towards more hymns.

Today a friend of mine sent me some lyrics to a praise song by the Vineyard church.
Read these lyrics

I can see You
You can teach me
I can feel You
When I am alone with You
Alone with You
I can be me
You can free me
I can know You
When I am alone with You
Alone with You

You are everything to me (You are everything to me) And in Your presence I a’m complete (There’’s nowhere else I’’d rather be) Than in this place alone with You (There’’s nothing else I’’d rather do) Than be right here alone with You

This sounds like something that would be sung on a wedding day, not to the Holy God!!

I was listening to another song the other day called “Draw me close” and again it sounded like something that would be sung at a wedding and not in a deep meaningful expression of gratitude and plea for forgiveness.

Draw me close to you
Never let me go
I lay it all down again
To hear you say that I’’m your friend

You are my desire
No one else will do
‘Cause nothing else could take your place
To feel the warmth of your embrace
Help me find the way, bring me back to you

You’’re all I want You’’re all I’’ve ever needed You’’re all I want Help me know you are near

These are just two examples of a so called “Jesus is my girlfriend”” movement. Reading these lyrics makes me think more of my make out days than on the price my savior paid when he died on the cross.

We must realize that when we enter the sanctuary of God’’s holy temple we must come with reverence and humility, not as some teen age crush.

Our songs must be Cross centered and Christ glorifying. In a mode reverence and adoration

Valley of Vision

Covenant

Lord Jesus,
Grant me the favour of being led by thee,
under the directions of thy providence
and thy Word.

Grant me thy blessings with bitter things,
to brighten and quicken me,
not to depress and make me lifeless;

Grant me, like Gideon of old, way tokens,
by removing things that discourage me;

Grant me succour beneath the shadow
of thy sympathy when I am tempted.

Accept my unceasing thanks
that I am not cast off from thy hand
as a darkened star or a rudderless vessel.

Suffer not my life to extend beyond my usefulness;

Cast me not under the feet of
pride, injustice, riches, wordly greatness, selfish oppression of men;

Help me to wait patiently, silently upon thee,
not to be enraged or speak unadvisedly.
Let thy mercy follow me while I live,
and give me aid to resign myself to thy will.

Take my heart and hold it in thy hand;
write upon it reverence to thyself with an
inscription that time and eternity cannot erase.

To thy grace and the care if thy covenant
I commit myself, in sickness, and in health,
for thou has overcome the world,
fulfilled the law,
finished justifying righteousness,
swallowed up death in victory,
and taken all power everywhere.

Mark this covenant with thine own blood
in the court of forgiving mercy;
Attach unto it thy name in which I believe
for it is sealed by my unworthy mortal hand.

For the readers in the group…

Yesterday I mentioned the great website of Theopedia for anyone wanting definitions of for anything dealing with theology and Christianity in general.

But, today I wanted to mention a great website that goes more in depth with issues and trends. Monergism is almost a central hub for any of the reformed issues. The lay out is very easy to navigate and there are tons of articles for every subject.

There are a couple of “dead” links, but overall the URL’s are active (dead meaning the article being linked doesnt exist or has been deleted).

Monergism also has a great bookstore for those looking for solid doctrinal books and music. I have went into every Christian bookstore in Mobile, and can never find any of the books I am looking for. In fact I had to go to Barnes and Noble just to find Wayne Grudem’s “Systematic Theology”. MonergismBooks also carries music and dvd’s….They have the entire Indeliable grace series ( Indeliable Grace, Pilgrim Days, and For all the Saints), which takes older hymns and puts them to modern music.

So check Monergism and MonergismBooks out and be prepared to spend hours going through different subjects and issues.

Theopedia

There are alot of “big” words in the Bible ( White Horse Inn tackled alot of those words a couple of weeks ago). Not only words but doctrines and practices that may be a little hard to grasp.

Yesterday i found a website that helps out in these areas. It is called Theopedia. Theopedia is an online encyclopedia for theology/religion.

you can search for almost anything (even pastors or movements)

Propitiation

Limited Atonement

Transubstantiation

John Macarthur

R.C Sproul

Prosperity Gospel

The one thing to remember about Theopedia is that it is an always changing site. The information can come from anyone.