Theology and Apologetics Roundtable: December 2009

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Do you really want to see God's glory??

I think sometimes Christians don't really realize what they are truly saying with the words they sing in many worship songs. Don't get me wrong.....I'm a huge sucker for some awesome praise and worship music. I love it. I need it. When it comes to songs about the glory of God and wanting to see it and be in it, I think we unintentionally don't realize the magnitude of what we are saying.

We can't see His glory. We can't stand in the midst of it. It would kill us. As long as we are here on this Earth in our imperfect, not-yet-glorified bodies, we could never survive a second in the brilliant glory of God. Remember the incident with Moses in Exodus 33 on Mt. Sinai? Moses asked to see God's glory. God couldn't show Moses His face because it would kill him. Instead, He had Moses stand behind a rock while God passed by the rock with His backside facing Moses. When Moses returned from the mountain back to the Israelites, they saw that the skin of his face glowed. It actually glowed! This is just from an encounter of God's backside while standing behind a rock!

One day, whether through physical death or the return of Christ, we will be in heaven with our new bodies standing before the face of God worshipping and perfect fellowship. What a day that will be!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Proverbs 31 Woman: Part 2

A Woman of Devotion

13She looks for wool and flax and works with her hands in delight.

She works joyfully.

14She is like merchant ships; she brings her food from afar.

She goes the extra mile to find the finest goods for her family.

15She rises also while it is still night and gives food to her household and portions to her maidens.

She is disciplined. Even though she has servants, she is a good manager by taking are of those under her authority.

16She considers a field and buys it; from her earnings she plants a vineyard.

She's an entrepreneur and prudent with her money.

17She girds herself with strength and makes her arms strong.

She is vigorous. She stays healthy.

18She senses that her gain is good; her lamp does not go out at night.

She is a good steward.

19She stretches out her hands to the distaff, and her hands grasp the spindle.

She diligently uses her skills and talents.







Friday, December 25, 2009

Proverbs 31 Woman: Part 1

A Wife of Biblical Character
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An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels.

The word excellent is translated by NASB version. Other translations may use the word noble or virtuous. The Hebrew text is chayil which denotes strength, power, dominance, and even wealth. This wife is strong in character and convictions. She is compared to jewels as rare and precious.

11The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain.

She is trustworthy. Her labor compliments her husband.

12She does him good and not evil all the days of her life.

Her motives are pure. Her spirit is kind. Her character is steady. She is dependable.

Thoughts:
Can this apply to a diversity of women today? Absolutely. Today we there are women married, single, young, and old. Some with kids. Some without. Some who work outside the home. Some who are stay-at-home moms. The biblical ideal of womanhood is a woman of strong character. She is dignified. She uses her many talents. She is trustworthy with finances. Kind. Compassionate. Sensitive to the needs of others. She is her own identity, not someone who hides in the shadow of her husband. Rather, she partners with him.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

CHRISTmas According to the Gospel of John

John 1:1-14

The Deity of Jesus Christ

1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

2He was in the beginning with God.

3All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.

4In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.

5The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

The Witness John the Baptist

6There came a man sent from God, whose name was John.

7He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him.

8He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light.

9There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.

10He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.

11He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him.

12But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name,

13who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

The Word Made Flesh

14And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.

John 8:32

and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free."

John 14:6

Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

John 18:37

Therefore Pilate said to Him, "So You are a king?" Jesus answered, "You say correctly that I am a king For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice."

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Christ’s Legacy: The Call to Witness (Acts 1:6-8)

"So when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, "Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?" He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority; but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth."

The day of Jesus return is not for us to know. The purpose of the Holy Spirit is to enable the Church to fulfill the task God has given. This statement didn’t have a big impact because they were Jews. Their concept was that God’s kingdom would be fulfilled in the Holy Land, the nations would come to them.

Apparently, they seemed to have forgotten the Great Commission Jesus left them with just before he ascended into the clouds...

Matthew 28:19 - "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit"

Monday, December 14, 2009

God is doing great things in Haiti!

 Awesome story of a voodoo witch doctor converting to Christianity!! How amazing is that? :)

http://www.maf.org/emails/miracle?em=1

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Early Church Fathers Mentorship

These early church fathers, like Cyprian who challenged believers who lapsed away from the truth and the church, and Pachomius who emphasized community and accountability as a means of spiritual of growth, were serious about the truth and knowledge they gathered from the Scriptures. One of the key principles I think anyone can take from this is the need for “community”. We are a Church…a global community of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. Cyprian believed in Christians living out what they professed. Pachomius believed in growing together as a unit. Augustine wrote letters of encouragement and theological resources to the spiritual leaders.
If I could give one central scriptural reference that is applicable to this subject it would be Proverbs 27:17- “Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another”. Paul practiced this with Barnabas, Luke, and Timothy. Our Savior practiced this. Our church fathers continued this. What excuse do we have for not continuing this today?

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Greetings

Wow I'm new to this whole blogging experience...and excited at the same time! I want to be able to have great discussions and dialogues and personal testimonies of theological and apologetic topics.

I look forward to sharing with the blogging world what God has been doing and continues to do in my life. I'm also excited about sharing the message of Jesus Christ to anyone who is willing to hear it! I love meeting new people and making lasting friendships. The best way to reach people's hearts is through love and compassion. That kind of love can only be manifested by the Holy Spirit's work in my life.