Putting Feet to Their Faith

Jesus Said...Ministries of Akron Ohio praying before they do their weekly Saturday morning street witnessing......photo from the Jesus Said....Ministries website
Jesus Said…Ministries of Akron Ohio from their website

This morning I was trotting off to the library and like the tool that I am I forgot the library doesn’t open until 10am. I’m glad the library was closed as I got to witness Christianity in action.

Feeding the hungry and clothing the naked. I think that’s in the Good Book somewhere.

That’s what I saw this morning in the Plaza right next to the Akron Public Library. Apparently these kind Christian folks from a ministry called Jesus Said…Ministries meet there just about every Saturday morning feeding the hungry and clothing the naked.

It was a bit chilly with a brisk breeze this morning but that didn’t deter the dozen or so volunteers from putting feet to their faith and doing what they feel the Good Book is telling them to do. It was refreshing to see.

Like I said it was cold out there but Jesus Said…Ministries had a bit of everything going on. They had a bit of live music, plenty of food, clothing and a bit of street preaching as well. They even brought their own kneeling bench so folks wouldn’t have to get dirty praying for salvation.

It’s always nice to see folks putting feet to their faith or in this case clothes on backs and food in bellies. Just in case you were wondering the Good Book says the following;

 (John 21:15-17)  When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.”He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. ESV from E-Sword

Strong words from the Lord and Savior especially in light of the fact Peter had just denied Jesus. A reminder of what he had done (hence the three separate commands) and then forgiveness.

The street preacher from Jesus Said…Ministries used the same approach to the crowd of about 150 that Jesus did with Peter reminding them they are sinners and then showing them the way to forgiveness by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

I’d say a job well done and if you reading this are in the Akron Ohio area you should check out Jesus Said…Ministries and see if you can either volunteer or maybe donate some food, clothing or even your time and put feet to your faith.

You’ll be happy that you did.

Jesus was mistaken yet still is God?

Sometimes I don’t know what to think about the Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) industry. I don’t want to paint the entire industry with a broad brush but lately it’s been difficult for me not to think that a good portion of the industry hasn’t the foggiest idea what the Good Book actually says.

Case in point; there is a “worship band” named Gungor with a lead singer named Michael Gunger who’s floating around the idea that Jesus may have been wrong about Adam and Noah.  Specifically he said the following;

“And even if He was wrong, even if He did believe that Noah was a historical person, or Adam was a historical person, and ended up being wrong, I don’t understand how that even would deny the divinity of Christ. The whole idea of the divinity of Christ being fully human and fully God, that God lowered Himself to become a human being with a human brain, in a human culture with human language and human needs and human limitations,”

Jesus Christ, the God Man, the Son of God, one third of the Trinity, was wrong about Adam and Noah? Here’s one thing Mr. Gunger missed when or even if he’s ever even read the Good Book;

(John 1:1-3)  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.

Jesus is eternally divine and to believe otherwise is a serious mistake to make. To even insinuate that somehow God made a mistake or got His facts wrong denies what the Good Book says about Him.

I can’t believe a Christian would even entertain such a thought let alone say something like this publicly but Gunger also believes in “theistic evolution” as opposed to biblical creation so this really shouldn’t surprise anyone.

The strange bit, at least for me, was claiming that Jesus somehow being wrong wouldn’t be denying his deity. The Good Book has something to say about this as well

(Isaiah 40:28)  Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.

(Psalms 18:30)  This God—his way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.

(Job 12:7-10)  “But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you; or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.

(Num 23:19)  God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?

The Numbers quotation sort of brings this thing home doesn’t it? I can see how standing alone one could run with this and get into trouble because it does say “God is not a man” but when you look a little deeper and add the following to it alongside the John 1:1 reference it all becomes crystal clear.

(Philippians 2:5-11)  Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

I probably just confused you didn’t I? I’ll try and tie this up real nice and put a bow on it for you.

The answer is real simple. Jesus is the same yesterday today and forever. He was with God in the beginning and is the creator of all things now and forever. To even insinuate that Jesus was mistaken about the very thing He created denies what the Good Book says about Him, the Father and the Spirit of God. Anyone teaching such a thing is teaching against the eternal divinity of Christ and that dear friend is blasphemy.

Furthermore; just because Jesus took the form of a man and became man for our sins doesn’t mean he stopped being God. It only means He was being obedient to the Father, even unto death. Denying that denies the entire plan of Salvation which is actually denying Christianity.

Geesh. Mr. Gunger is a mess and I hate to say it but he isn’t alone. The CCM is littered with misinformed people spouting off about things they should just stay silent about. Especially something as grievous an error as what Mr. Gunger has committed.

Finally, today is Wednesday and this is the day we remember Pastor Saeed Abedini by changing our Facebook profile picture to something like the one below. Abedini is the Pastor falsely imprisoned in Iran for being a Christian. If you are unable to do this please pray for him and his family.

 

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Understanding New Testament Eschatology Part 4: The Timing Statements

Tonight Mrs. Dee Dee Warren continues her series on Understanding New Testament Eschatology with a look at some easily misunderstood timing statements that lead some to believe that the Great Tribulation is a future event .

To listen to the program from the site please click the link provided below. To save this program to your portable listening device please right click the link below and select “save as”.

http://phillyflash.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/understanding-new-testament-eschatology-part-4-timing-statements.mp3

Part 1 of this series is here, part 2 is here and part 3 can be found here.

Making Disciples of Christ!

Until about two years ago or so I was passionate about the following;

Matthew 28:19-20

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.”

Making disciples of Christ is one of the most enjoyable rewarding experiences that any Christian could ever possibly do.

It can also be one of the most difficult of all of Christ’s commands to accomplish.

I stopped caring about those things because I was too busy fighting battles that had nothing to do with me or the work that was and is done here. Continue reading

It’s Wednesday!!

It’s a crisp Wednesday morning in beautiful Corfu Greece. Autumn came in with a bang thanks to a two day massive wind and rain storm that basically shut down practically everything on the Island.

I think the guy who invented generators had Corfu in mind and if you ask a Greek they’ll more than likely tell you that the generator was invented in Greece!

You do know that everything, and I do mean EVERYTHING, has its origins in Greece, right?

I know that was a line from the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding but in reality some Greeks actually believe this to be the truth. Continue reading

Blessed Assurance Jesus is Mine!

Blessed assurance is a classic hymn and one of my all-time favorites.

I don’t see how anyone believing that somehow they had something to do with their salvation could honestly sing this song…..how could they ever be sure they wouldn’t wind up ultimately rejecting God?

The Arminian believers sure do puzzle me.

Are you blessedly assured that your salvation is secure?

Is your eternal destiny something that concerns you? Are you certain that you are indeed truly saved?

I know these are tough questions for a Friday.

Tough questions usually produce tough answers and the Apostle Paul desired the Corinthians, and us, to do the following; Continue reading

Book Review: The Jesus Inquest: The Case For and Against the Resurrection of the Christ by Charles Foster

I just finished reading The Jesus Inquest: The Case For and Against The Resurrection of Christ by Charles Foster and published by Thomas Nelson as part of the BookSneeze blogger review program. I was given this book as a gift and was not asked to give a positive review in exchange for said gift. Continue reading