Visited by Timothies

October 19, 2008

Josh, Angela, Georgie and myself have all been greatly encouraged by a visit from a great group of guys from South Australia, the Timothy Fellowship. Thanks Daniel, Nathaniel, Nathin and Chris for your encouragement and passion for the gospel of Jesus Christ. You have refreshed us in every way, welcome any time!

If you want to catch up with the guys from Timothy, check out their blog.

Oops, would have been great to have gotten a photo to share in this post, but we were too busy talking about the things of God, our concern for His Church and the proclamation of the gospel. I personally feel reignited to engage in street evangelism and blogging, but to always keep my steady preoccupation upon Jesus Christ.


Evolution and Playschool

April 17, 2008

I am starting a campaign here in Australia to get the ABC (our public broadcaster) to stop playing their week of Playschool episodes themed around dinsoaurs. It presents evolution as fact to preschool children, when they are at their must vulnerable and will believe ANYTHING that a Playschool presenter tells them is true, particularly when it is presented in an easy-to-remember song form.

These episodes seem to be broadcast far more frequently than other episodes. I believe that this should stop. They are not presenting any other religious material, and if they think that evolution is not a religious view they are mistaken. It takes a great deal of faith to believe in the dodgy pseudo-science of evolution.

If you agree with me, please email a complaint to the ABC at www.abc.net.au/contact

The specific episodes in question are the dinosaur episodes. Have at them people! This should not be allowed to go on unchallenged, it is teaching misinformation to tiny tots ARG!!!!!!

Read on for a copy of the text I emailed to the complaints department…

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12 Days of Christmas 1: Hasn’t science debunked the bible? It’s just a book made up by people, it’s flawed and it contradicts itself…

December 27, 2007

Now isn’t that a very common topic now days!
Lets open it up and see how that type of argument stands after some scrutiny.

  • Hasn’t science debunked the bible?
  • Isn’t it flawed?
  • Written my man?
  • Contradictory?

It may surprise you but YES. Science has debunked the bible many times over the years!
Only to have their “findings” changed by other people who have either more or better information or maybe less bias. Just as today we have an evolutionary world view that clashes with almost all the bible, from its account of creation to the point of existence itself.

People keep bringing up the points that always get brought up, eg: “The water turning to blood in Exodus was just an algae!
Earth being made in 6 days. You shall not eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. For in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die. Yet they did not die that same day! How can Jesus walk on the water?” On and on it can go.
So instead of getting bogged down in 10000 points of the Bible that non-believing people don’t want to understand. I would rather be offensive as opposed to defensive by letting what the Bible says very clearly speak for itself! The lovely gems as I call them, that the attackers have to explain away! So lets look at some bible Gems and let them shine this Christmas.
Ask yourself “If the bible is man made, how can the writers know something that no man could know by normal physical non-modern scientific means?”

Lets go to the oldest book in the bible Job. With a little Proverbs. Floating and rotating spherical earth… Job 26:7 He… hangs the earth upon nothing. Job 38:14 It [earth] is turned like clay under a seal… Pro 8:27 When He prepared the heavens, I was there; when He set a circle upon the face of the deep; How can a man, regardless how smart Job could have been, 3500+ years ago, know that the earth was a sphere and spin while hanging in nothing? We only worked that out 200 years ago, but even then, we only REALLY knew it once we went up in to space and looked back at the earth. Only two words are needed: divine revelation

Eve. Gen 3:20 The man Adam named his wife Eve because she would become the mother of all who live. The bible is very clear about all humans having 1 original birth mother: Eve. Today science has clearly discovered that there is mitochondrial DNA that only comes from the mother, passed on to the next generation, you me and the woman next door all have the same mitochondrial DNA that could only come from the previous woman, going all the way back to the First woman. EVE…
Pleiades and Orion.

Job 38:31 Can you bind the bands of the Pleiades, or loosen the cords of Orion? Can a man 3500+ years ago be expected just by looking up at the stars to know that Pleiades and Orion are constellations of stars that are different from all other stars around them, but also have intricate knowledge about them without even a telescope? We have only just discovered via our high technology that in ever so minuscule amounts all stars in the constellations that we see in the sky are spreading apart bit by bit. Yet out of all known constellations Pleiades is not moving apart at all [bound] and Orion is moving apart very fast [loosed], so much more than all other constellations that it will soon fall apart and no longer be a constellation in the future. Yet it cannot be detected by the human eye or normal observations. I have two words once again “divine revelation”! Anyway, why would 40+ men over a period of 1500 years on three different continents, in three different languages often never knowing each other, “make up” something that is so out of this world, over and over and end up getting it right every time?

There is not single fact in the bible that is incorrect, not one part can be proved to be wrong. Yes people have thought that parts were wrong, yet once “real” science caught up and used unbiased observations and thinking, the bible stands strong time and again. Think about it, if there were any “real” discrepancies in the bible, we would never hear the end of the detractors. The only reason why people today do not want to except the bible as TRUTH is because they don’t want it to be TRUTH. They are willingly blind to it. I think that there is a good verse covering that! If they can just push the bible to a small corner and reduce it to a “fable” then they can continue to justify their sinful lifestyles and will never bend the knee to God. So blessings this Christmas and all the best with reaching your family’s over this festive season!
From Scott.

And remember ”Human knowledge is ultimately man boasting about himself.” That is a hollow boast isn’t it!


Every Idle Word – On The Wagon

November 24, 2007

 

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Is entertainment, fun and play hurting your walk???

Like every other Christian who is reading this, once becoming born again I was put on a path of cleaning up my life, “the sanctification wagon” could be a good term.

It is called the process of sanctification, getting all the sharp edges knocked off, all the pot holes filled in, get all my selfishness, addictions, time wasting , evil desires, lusts, greed, anger, vengeance, lying, etc… all turned down, filled in, rubbed off and replaced with love, peace, joy, hope, faithfulness, obedience, patience and love.

In other words becoming more and more conformed into the image of Christ every day.

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Lead up to Reformation Day! 3 days to go…

October 28, 2007

Angela and I are both very excited and chuffed about Reformation Day coming up this Wednesday. We never though such a thing would be celebrated till we saw a special notice in our Church bulletin informing us of a Reformation Day service this Wednesday night. It has really hit our funny bones – in a good way. If you have never heard of the reformation or reformation day, here is an extract from wikipedia that might help:

On this day in 1517, Martin Luther posted a proposal at the doors of a church in Wittenberg, Germany to debate the doctrine and practice of indulgences. This proposal is popularly known as the 95 Theses, which he nailed to the Castle Church doors. This was not an act of defiance or provocation as is sometimes thought. Since the Castle Church faced Wittenberg’s main thoroughfare, the church door functioned as a public bulletin board and was therefore the logical place for posting important notices. Also, the theses were written in Latin, the language of the church, and not in the vernacular. Nonetheless, the event created a controversy between Luther and those allied with the Pope over a variety of doctrines and practices. When Luther and his supporters were excommunicated in 1520, the Lutheran tradition was born.


Osteen bashing

October 25, 2007

I’m using the term ‘bashing’ in an Australian colloquial way: “to relentlessly criticise or pursue, eg; bible bashing means to forcefully evangelise.” So please don’t be offended by my controversial title – I hope Joel is doing well.

 

I don’t really have a lot to say about Joel. I’ve never met the guy, but thanks to 10 years experience in ‘Word Faith’ I do understand where he is coming from and why he says what he says. I now know that this ministry is something worthy of being concerned about. I want to share an article that could be most helpful if you’ve managed to see the 60 Minutes story on JO. Please focus on the practical implications of his popularity and poor gospel message.

 

The full article is available at the Westminster Seminary:

 

“Law-Lite”: Salvation From Unhappiness By Doing Your Best

There is no condemnation in Osteen’s message for failing to fulfill God’s righteous law. On the other hand, there is no justification. Instead of either message, there is an upbeat moralism that is somewhere in the middle: Do your best, follow the instructions I give you, and God will make your life successful. Read the rest of this entry »


“Non-Essential Doctrine Doesn’t Impact Evangelism,” is this satement true?

October 22, 2007

Can we afford to rope-off sections of the bible as being “non-essential” and declare those areas as being not-relevant to evangelism? Find out to what degree this may or may not be true in the following video from Cross TV:


Big Picture Evangelism

October 20, 2007

I think it is safe to say that the ministry of WOTM TV/Radio has sparked new action in personal evangelism and street evangelism in many places in the world. Reproducing what you see and learn on the TV series is a great way to start out in evangelism. I still use the ‘good test’ and many principles of evangelism I have learnt from Ray and Kirk. As I have continued to practise personal evangelism I have discovered that there is definitely a need for God’s gifting and wisdom. Everyone has a different set of understandings, circumstances and concepts and there is much good that can be done for the lost by discovering where they are coming from. Here is an extract from an article from The Third Millennium:

When it comes to specific gospel methods, Reformed theologians affirm many different approaches. Basically, any method that tells the truth about Jesus and man’s plight, and that freely offers the gospel to all who repent, is a biblical method, and may be used. In fact, many times we have to invent new methods to reach new kinds of people. Read the rest of this entry »


The tulip

October 15, 2007

 

The Five Points of Calvinism are easily remembered by the acrostic TULIP

 

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Total Depravity (Total Inability)

Total Depravity is probably the most misunderstood tenet of Calvinism. When Calvinists speak of humans as “totally depraved,” they are making an extensive, rather than an intensive statement. The effect of the fall upon man is that sin has extended to every part of his personality — his thinking, his emotions, and his will. Not necessarily that he is intensely sinful, but that sin has extended to his entire being.

The unregenerate (unsaved) man is dead in his sins (Romans 5:12). Without the power of the Holy Spirit, the natural man is blind and deaf to the message of the gospel (Mark 4:11f). This is why Total Depravity has also been called “Total Inability.” The man without a knowledge of God will never come to this knowledge without God’s making him alive through Christ (Ephesians 2:1-5). Read the rest of this entry »


Bold is good, accurate is better

October 14, 2007

Act 18:26 He (Apollos) began to speak boldly in the synagogue, but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him and explained to him the way of God more accurately.

In the previous verse we see that Apollos was speaking accurately about what he knew of Jesus, but he only knew the baptism of John.

More carefully …More accurately than he already knew. Instead of abusing the young and brilliant preacher for his ignorance they (particularly Priscilla) gave him the fuller story of the life and work of Jesus and of the apostolic period to fill up the gaps in his knowledge. It is a needed and delicate task, this thing of teaching gifted young ministers. They do not learn it all in schools. More of it comes from contact with men and women rich in grace and in the knowledge of God’s ways. He was not rebaptized, but only received fuller information. RWP

It was great that Apollos went out there speaking faithfully what he had previously learned. In my own (very limited) understanding of the ‘Baptism of John’ is that it was a baptism of repentance and was intended to prepare the way of the Lord and Apollos had knowledge of some of Christ’s teachings. Repentance is an essential response of those coming to Christ. Perhaps what was missing was information on Christ crucified for sinners and the call of salvation by grace alone through faith alone. Read the rest of this entry »