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Liver Shivers, “God told Me” Redux (Tridux?)

Posted in challenging human thinking, Communion w/ God, discernment, Spirit-gifting by Sam Hendrickson on 26 February , 2015

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There is a certain thrill, be it self-satisfaction, even self-aggrandizement, or something similar found in seeking “revelation,” “messages,” “prophecies,” “prophetic words,” “anointed words,” “spirit of prophecy,” or similar non-scriptural, and extra-scriptural sources. (more…)

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“Respect the Office, Not the Person”, Kevin Bacon and our Doxological-Gospel Purposes

Living the Good News to the Glory of God and Interacting with Everyday People and Politicians

In the Scriptures, the Holy Spirit instructs us to make the glory of God our highest priority (1 Cor 10:31) even down to our motivations for consuming food!

Elsewhere He also exhorts us to live in such a fashion as to discern wisdom from folly, and good from evil. In matters that regard our political leaders, (more…)

Two Good Articles on Blood Moons…

The blood moons are in the news and on the minds of people within Christendom. So, I thought it might be worth posting some articles that will discuss the matter from a biblical standpoint. The articles will critique the ideas of two men, John Hagee and Mark Blitz. * Here are the articles: Tim Challies and Answers in Genesis.red moon

The people promoting the present importance of the blood moons generally have to do a lot of “proof-texting” in order to make their case. Additionally, they take upon themselves (more…)

Is Your Faith and Practice Apostolic (and Thus “Christian)?”

Posted in America's spiritual crisis, Communion w/ God, discernment, run on sentences by Sam Hendrickson on 21 January , 2014

“Christianity” is not only a religion (and it is that certainly!) but it is specifically a trust in God through Jesus Christ which works out in the whole being of a person (Faith and Practice). The understanding of what to believe (the object of faith) is found in the New Testament Scriptures, and is based on prophecy, promises and teachings from the Old (Luke 24:27). The way of practicing that faith is largely found in the Acts, and the Epistles (wherein the Apostles give us “the mind of Christ” with commands, principles, guidelines and even the examples of the Apostles).

So, is the life I have that I call “Christianity,” formed by the Scriptures ( properly understood) as an attempt to continue the faith and practice handed down from the Apostles? Or is it phenomenally influenced by or even specifically founded in the thoughts, writings, visions, (or whatever) of someone else?

If one’s belief and practice is founded in the writings, visions, thoughts of someone else since the Apostles, why would I trust that person–those people? Paul was deeply concerned for the church of Corinth in that they are in danger of straying from the Good News (faith and practice) he brought to them. His concern is expressed throughout both Epistles, but is clear in 1 Cor 2:1-5. Are you putting faith in the “power of  God” or in something dreamed up (often quite literally these days) by a non-chosen, non-Apostolic, non-messenger of God?

Thinking of the some of the themes from:

Colossians 2:18-19  18 Let no one keep defrauding you of your prize by delighting in self-abasement and the worship of the angels, taking his stand on visions he has seen, inflated without cause by his fleshly mind,  19 and not holding fast to the head, from whom the entire body, being supplied and held together by the joints and ligaments, grows with a growth which is from God.  NASB95

Also in terms of the force which Apostolic teaching must have:

1 Corinthians 11:1-2  Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.  2 Now I praise you because you remember me in everything and hold firmly to the traditions, just as I delivered them to you.

1 Corinthians 11:16  16 But if one is inclined to be contentious, we have no other practice, nor have the churches of God.

2 Thessalonians 2:15  15 So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us.

1 Thessalonians 4:1  Finally then, brethren, we request and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us instruction as to how you ought to walk and please God (just as you actually do walk), that you excel still more.

2 Thessalonians 3:6  6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from every brother who leads an unruly life and not according to the tradition which you received from us.

1 Corinthians 11:23 23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you,

1 Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures

Galatians 1:12 For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.

“Jesus Said…” [So, Case Closed?]

Posted in Context context context!, discernment, Outreach by Sam Hendrickson on 5 January , 2014

We are not called to obey everything Jesus has said–because…(are you ready for this?) He did not say everything to you specifically in your personal contImageext.

Example: I hear this often from Christians–it goes something like this: “I don’t try to waste my time in evangelizing that person anymore because in Matthew 10, Jesus told His disciples to shake the dust off their feet and abandon people who either rejected Jesus or would not help them in their mission.”

I even heard a person recently use this to defend the notion of not needing to forgive someone (who, by the way was just one of the many on a list of that person’s “unforgivable” people).

A simple question: If you are going to obey Jesus’ instructions in Matthew 10:13-14, are you also going to obey what He says in the same speech in verse 5 “Matthew 10:5-6  Do not go in the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter any city of the Samaritans;  6 but rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel?”

Defense of Marriage Act

So, DOMA is struck down. This decision makes clear that for those who oppose same-gender marriage and related matters there is tough sledding ahead.doma

Our ultimate hope is not in governmental or societal change, it is in Christ. Any effort we might make (more…)

Tick-tock-tick-tock…

Of course there is some value to seeing themes of redemption, grace and the like in popular media (songs, books, motion pictures and in television programs). The Spirit of God does indeed open our eyes to see our world’s messages differently. But let us never forget that He does so by means of His Word.

Let’s say a Christian reads his Bible 5 min/day, https://i2.wp.com/www.hourplace.com/store/images/catswingtail.gif (more…)

Sin & our Past

With apologies to my friends who are More Educated on Automotive Computer Systems than me–this is not a perfect analogy, so don’t miss the point.https://i1.wp.com/us.123rf.com/400wm/400/400/gudella/gudella1202/gudella120200047/12650881-old-dirty-car-engine.jpg

My brother-in-law says he knew a German mechanic who talked about Mercedes engine problems this way: (more…)

A Teaching of Christ That is Difficult–but is for Us…

Posted in challenging human thinking, discernment, Lordship by Sam Hendrickson on 25 March , 2013

Luke 14:26  26 “If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple. NASB95

Think of that: Christ calls us to be His disciples and to obey Him, even if it means we have to choose to follow Him over choosing  our own families, our own spouse, our own children, our parent(s), or sibling(s).

Really?

Yes–really. Jesus made that choice Himself; this is evident in the Gospels. His Father’s “will” is what drove Him, moment by moment.

In this sermon, John Piper attempts to connect this teaching with Psalm 78, to speak to Gospel-living in areas of marriage, singleness and how parents are to view their children. It’s worth a read or a listen–for all of us. (With the usual caveats for areas where he differs in matters of faith/practice.)

http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/sermons/raising-children-who-are-confident-in-god

False and True Believers–Jonathan Edwards Style…

Posted in America's spiritual crisis, discernment, Holiness, Pastoral concern by Sam Hendrickson on 18 March , 2013

Therefore if there be no great and remarkable abiding change in persons that think they have experienced a work of conversion, vain are all their imaginations and pretenses, however they have been affected. Conversion is a great and universal change of the man, turning him from sin to God. A man may be restrained from sin before he is converted; but when he is converted, he is not only restrained from sin, his very heart and nature is turned from it unto holiness: so that thenceforward he becomes a holy person, and an enemy to sin. If, therefore, after a person’s high affections at his supposed first conversion, it comes to that in a little time, that there is no very sensible, or remarkable alteration in him, as to those bad qualities, and evil habits, which before were visible in him, and he is ordinarily under the prevalence of the same kind of dispositions that “I would not judge of the whole soul’s coming to Christ, so much by sudden pangs as by inward bent. For the whole soul, in affectionate expressions and actions, may be carried to Christ; but being without this bent, and change of affections, is unsound.” Religious Affections 126 – 127