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Posted on November 12, 2016. Filed under: A Theology of Patriotism, American History, An American Catechism, Book Reviews, Culture Matters, Uncategorized |

 

Books, Readings, Movies and Music Celebrating Americanism, Freedom, the Christian Faith, Godly Virtues, and Western Civilization

Introduction: The Great Election of 2016 for the President of the United States is now over and the 45th President will be Donald Trump of New York, a businessman, not a politician. This election will be the subject of studies for the foreseeable future because it was so very different in many ways from all the elections preceding it. Perhaps the strangeness of the election will not be fully known until after the Trump presidency has had a chance to actually do some things that were promised in the campaign.

This election has clearly demonstrated what many of us have known for a long while: this nation is very divided. In my studies as an amateur historian I would say that our nation is more divided than at any time since the 1850’s- 1860’s. The slavery crisis was a complex issue that touched on what it means to be a human being, what the Bible says about slavery, what the Founders thought and wanted, as well as the sheer economics of slavery and the political divide the issue caused including the issue of states’ rights and individual property freedoms. It took the worst war in our history, a war that killed more Americans than any other war, to settle the issue and the lingering issues of race and racism linger still and will likely never go away. But today we are at least just as divided and maybe more so.

The issues that divide us today are just as fundamental as the issue of slavery. Is an unborn baby a human being with rights? Should men be able to marry men and women marry women? What is marriage? What is a family? Can people switch genders and declare themselves a different gender from what they were born with and then force society to recognize them for who and what they are pretending to be? If you have a religious belief that contradicts the liberal sexual mores can you be persecuted and prosecuted by the State and coerced to act against your religion in order to accommodate those with whom you disagree? Do homosexual rights trump religious freedom? Is Islam compatible with any of our western values? What is a nation? Should we not have borders or an official language? Should we purge our history of inconvenient facts because the public’s values have changed?

For the last hundred years or so conservatives and the religious right have slowly surrendered one part of our culture after another despite winning many elections. Our culture is no longer slouching towards Gomorrah, we are going at breakneck speed off the cliff to Gomorrah. And yet we, the religious right and conservatives in general, have just won another election. Sort of. Trump is problematic at best for purebred conservatives.

While political movements, elections, and policies are important, they are just one part of what we must do to reclaim the culture. I would say, boldly even, that the greatest single cause of the decline of our culture is that we have forsaken Christ and His Inspired, Inerrant, Infallible Word. The Church has failed to hold to sound doctrine and failed to pass the faith down to the next generation, and the next, and the next…. We have failed to proclaim the pure gospel and evangelize the lost, failed to claim every part of our culture for the glory of Christ, and failed to lead our world with a consistent and biblical worldview. We have retreated to our Christian ghettos and have been compromised by the world.

Along with the decline in the Church, the next big reason for the fall of our civilization is that we have ceded control of Education to the pagan Left. From the local elementary schools to the school boards, the teachers’ unions, the Teachers’ Colleges and Universities, to the Dept. of Education, our education system is failing and falling short. Our literacy rates are in decline but our athletics are outstanding. The classics are unread, untaught and forsaken but we are computer literate. Americans no longer are even teaching math at university, immigrants are. The Liberal Left and atheists do not and will not, cannot, teach patriotism and moral values anymore. It is now controversial to require students to say the pledge of allegiance, it is not unusual for the Mexican flag to be more prevalent on campus than the American flag and kids cannot sing Christmas carols during Winter Holidays (it used to be called Christmas!)

In short, the American education system is all about keeping children ignorant of the greatness of our country, ignorant of the biblical basis for morals and values, and is more interested in turning out world citizens who cannot think or reason and know not from whence they came, than they are about turning out moral citizens who think critically and cherish their nation’s heritage.

The same can be said for the American entertainment establishment. Gone are the days when sports heroes and movie stars also served in the armed forces and fought in our wars. Today the sports heroes take a knee when the National Anthem is played and the movie stars threaten to move to Canada when their candidate and political party loses an election. One of the biggest Olympic heroes of all time, Bruce Jenner, has made himself a woman. Sort of.

And the News Media, the so-called journalists of our day…are simply disgusting. Useless. Communists. It took an outlaw set of computer hackers, Wikileaks and Anonymous, to break the decisive stories that revealed how crooked the demoncratic party is. They did what the Main Stream Media used to do.

If our government does not address these issues in our education, media, and entertainment systems then all of our political actions and ideals will come to naught.

So what can I do? What can WE do? One tiny thing I am going to do is to promote good books, movies and music that point us in the right direction. If the education system, modern news media and entertainment industry does not promote Americanism, Patriotism, Western Civilization, Virtue and Good Morals, and the Christian Faith, then I WILL. The lists that I will produce are from my personal library and are books/movies/music that I think are important and share a good message that will build up the Church, build up America and Americans, and fight the overwhelming tide of evil that assaults us every day.

I am inviting you to educate and inform yourself through these resources. Certainly we should exchange ideas, discuss the books and the issues. And have fun!

I. History: the Record of Freedom and Oppression, Greatness in Western Civilization

     A. General Histories of America: Here are some general histories of America that I have either found to be outstanding or look very promising with good, strong recommendations.

  1. A History of the American People, by Paul Johnson. HarperCollinsPublishers: New York, 1997 (1088pp.) Johnson is British and the book was originally published in Britain. This is an outstanding, conservative view of the history of America. I would say that if you could read one volume on the history of America, read this book!
  2. Modern Times: The World from the Twenties to the Eighties, by Paul Johnson. Harper&Row Publishers: New York, 1983 (817pp.) While this is a world history, it deals a lot with America and her impact on the world, so I am including it here as a companion volume to the one above. I have read this big book twice it’s so good! Even though it is now a bit out of date, if you want to read a great, conservative account of most of the twentieth-century, this is the book.
  3. The Growth of the American Republic, Volume One, sixth edition, by Samuel Eliot Morison, Henry Steele Commager and William E. Leuchtenburg. Oxford University Press: New York, 1969 (921pp.) The original edition of this classic came out in 1930. Volume Two, seventh edition, 1980 (923pp.) I read these two classics back in 2000 over about 5 months- that fast for such a large work indicates how much I enjoyed these books! The authors tell the story of America in a rich, invigorating manner.
  4. America, The Last Best Hope Volume I:From the Age of Discovery To a World at War by William J. Bennett. Nelson Current: Nashville, TN 2006 (673pp.) The portions of this book I have read are outstanding! Volume II: From a World at War to the Triumph of Freedom 1914-1989 Thomas Nelson: Nashville, 2007 (592pp.) This two volume set may be better in some ways than the previous set listed above because Bennett does deal with some modern trends in American History that are liberal and deconstructive. Bennett takes on controversial subjects like Columbus and sets the Liberals straight! If you can afford the time for a big 2 Volume history of America, go to Dr. Bennett.
  5. A Patriot’s History of the United States From Columbus’s Great Discovery to the War on Terror, by Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen. Sentinel: New York, 2004 (928pp.) I have read parts of this book and am quite impressed! It seems that it started out as a one volume work but the following volumes have been added. A Patriot’s History of the Modern World From America’s Exceptional Ascent to the Atomic Bomb: 1898-1945, Larry Schweikart and Dave Dougherty. 2012 (490pp.) A Patriot’s History of the Modern World Vol.II From the Cold War to the Age of Entitlement: 1945-2012 by Schweikart and Dougherty. 2013 (671pp.)
  6. The Americans: The Colonial Experience by Daniel J. Boorstin. Vintage Books: New York, 1958 (434pp.) This is an outstanding three book series that takes a series of connected snapshots to lay out the history of this great nation. This is not your normal, straight chronological history; Boorstin’s writing is unique and scintillating. The Americans: The National Experience. 1965 (517pp.) The Americans: The Democratic Experience. 1973 (717pp.) This inexpensive paperback set would be a great addition to any family’s library. The way Boorstin writes and organizes his book is that you can open it to any chapter at random, read it, and feel good about your country and learn a lot. You do not have to read it all the way through, first to last, although that is certainly the recommended way.
  7. The Oxford History of the American People, volume I: Prehistory to 1789, Samuel Eliot Morison. Mentor: New York, 1972 (422pp.) Volume II: 1789 Through Reconstruction. (540pp.) Volume III: 1869 to the Death of John F. Kennedy 1963. (521pp.) Morison is one of my all-time favorite authors and this series is outstanding. I also have the one volume, hardback edition which can still be purchased: The Oxford History of the American People, Oxford University Press: New York, 1965 (1151pp.) Morison is an old school conservative who is a delight to read. By conservative I do not mean a partisan, rather, an accurate historian who is passionate about our story and seeks to tell it with grace and dignity.
  8. B. Discovering the Americas: Stories of Adventure, Courage & Greatness: Every American should get to know Christopher Columbus. He has fallen out of favor these days and is blamed for the near extermination of the Native Americans, Indians, and Aboriginal Peoples. I believe that we should celebrate Columbus and his great accomplishments as he had a great faith in God, a sense of divine calling in his life, and he was the most courageous and talented mariner in our American story. Simply put, if Columbus had not persevered in his quest, which was a religious quest, America would not be here.

The study of Columbus does have a particular relevance to our lives today in that he was seeking a way to deal with the problem of Islam in his day. That’s right, Columbus did NOT just sail west because it was there, he did not set out on his journey simply for fame, glory, and riches. He believed God had called him to this task in order to enrich the Spanish Crown and fund a Crusade to reconquer the Holy Land from the Muslims and open new trading routes since the Muslims had blocked the direct route. Along the way he discovered a New World.

  1. The Log of Christopher Columbus, translated by Robert H. Fuson. International Marine Publishing Company: Camden, Maine 1987 (252pp.) An excellent prime source that demonstrates his faith in God and personal courage.
  2. The Four Voyages of Christopher Columbus, Edited and translated by J.M. Cohen. Penguin Books: New York, 1969 (320pp.) This book is an Excellent prime source and contemporary account. This is an inexpensive paperback and should be in every American’s home!
  3. Columbus and the Quest for Jerusalem, Carol Delaney. Free Press: New York, 2011 (319pp.) An excellent biography that sheds much light on the religious motives of Columbus. If you can’t read Morison’s lengthy biography of Columbus, read this one!
  4. Admiral of the Ocean Sea, A Life of Christopher Columbus, by Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison. Little, Brown and Company: Boston, 1942 (680pp.) This Pulitzer Prize winner is one of my top biographies. If you could only read one book on Columbus, read this one.
  5. The Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus, Two Volumes in One, by Washington Irving. Cosimo Classics: New York, 2011, originally published in 1893, (489pp., 515pp. respectively). Did you catch the author’s name? Yes, that Washington Irving, the famous 19th century author of The Last of the Mohicans, and The Deerslayer. One Great American writing about another. While I have not read this massive 2 volume biography yet, this classic promises greatness. Morison does quote from Irving several times in his books, but there are some inaccuracies in the book that Morison ferrets out.
  6. The European Discovery of America: The Southern Voyages A.D.1492-1616, by Dr. Samuel Eliot Morison. Oxford University Press: New York, 1974 (758pp.) This outstanding book tells the stories of the brave, the cruel, the greedy, and the amazing men who led other men in the very dangerous journeys of early trans-Atlantic sailing to the Americas. The book focuses on Columbus, Magellan, and Drake but includes others. These men should be revered as heroes by every American, but, sadly, their stories have fallen on hard times to our great loss.
  7. The European Discovery of America: The Northern Voyages A.D. 500-1600, by Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison. Oxford University Press: New York, 1971 (712 pp.) This Harvard Professor and U.S. Navy Admiral begins his story with ancient myths of islands and lands west of Gibraltar and the English Isles and then covers in detail the great mariners like Leif Ericsson, John Cabot, Jacques Cartier and Sir Walter Raleigh. These great men, and the adventures they pursued, should be common knowledge today, but have, sadly, been long forgotten. In my lifetime the only men that come close to these heroes are the astronauts of the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs which also are now nearly forgotten.
  8. B. Conquering and Colonizing the Americas
  9. Of Plymouth Plantation: Bradford’s History of the Plymouth Settlement 1608-1650, by Governor William Bradford. The Vision Forum, Inc.: San Antonio, TX 1998. Originally published 1856 after being lost and in private possession for over two-hundred years. This edition updated into modern English in 1909 by Harold Paget. (353pp.) I have read this book twice and believe that every American should read this book! Condensed, paperback editions are available.
  10. Love and Hate in Jamestown: John Smith, Pocahontas, and the Heart of a New Nation, by David A. Price. Alfred A. Knopf: New York, 2003 (305pp.) This outstanding book needs to be read in conjunction with Plymouth Plantation listed above. The two books give you both sides of the founding of this great country- a search for wealth and adventure as well as a search for freedom to worship.
  11. A Land as God Made It: Jamestown and the Birth of America, by James Horn. Basic Books: New York, 2005 (337pp.) Jamestown is so important that a second book is worthy of your reading.
  12. Captain John Smith: Jamestown and the Birth of the American Dream, Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, New Jersey, 2006 (274pp.) To understand, love, and appreciate America you must read biographies of the great men and women who founded and built this great country. John Smith was a great man, and here is a worthy biography.
  13. John Winthrop: America’s Forgotten Founding Father, by Francis J. Bremer. Oxford University Press: New York, 2003 (478pp.) Surely Winthrop deserves the title of a Founding Father, and this biography brings back this forgotten giant of our history.
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Brief Review of “Thy Word Is Truth by E.J. Young

Posted on April 21, 2015. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Thy Word Is Truth, by E.J. Young. The Banner of Truth Trust: Carlisle, PA; William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. :Grand Rapids, MI 1957 (280pp.) Read 09-18-14 to 04-21-15 ( I read a couple of other books on this topic while reading this one- see above). This was an outstanding book, the classic in this topic of the doctrine of inspiration and inerrancy. This was not an easy read by any means. Dr. Young’s arguments are very precise with multiple biblical texts exegeted for each point. He discusses in depth the arguments from the other side and tears them apart. You could make a charge that he is somewhat repetitive but it is more likely that he is just being careful to be understood and to dissect every aspect of the topic. If you want a book that covers this topic in detail, and you have the patience for it, this is THE book. This may be a bit over the heads of many, but if you are willing to work hard, this book will be a serious blessing to you. Although it was written almost 60 years ago, it is extremely relevant to the discussion today. The arguments of the age do not change at their core, just the dressing changes.

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The Walker Library: The Doctrine of the Word of God Inspiration, Authority, Inerrancy and Hermeneutics

Posted on November 28, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Berkouwer, G.C. Studies in Dogmatics: Holy Scripture. William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company: Grand Rapids, MI. 1975 (377pp.)

Blomberg, Craig. The Historical Reliability of the Gospels. Inter-Varsity Press: Downers Grove, 1987 (268pp.) Purchased fall 1989 at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Bruce, F.F. The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? 5th Revised Edition. Inter-Varsity Press: Downers Grove, IL 1960 (128pp.) Purchased 08-29-95.

Ibid. The Canon of Scripture. Inter-Varsity Press: Downers Grove, IL 1988 (349pp.) Purchased May 1998 BHBC.

DeYoung, Kevin. Taking God at His Word, Why the Bible is Knowable, Necessary, and Enough, and What that Means for You and Me. Crossway: Wheaton, IL 2014 (138pp.) Purchased Nov.2014.

Dockery, David S. Christian Scripture, An Evangelical Perspective on Inspiration, Authority, and Interpretation. Broadman&Holman Publishers: Nashville, TN 1995 (257pp.) Purchased Aug. 1995 at BHBC.

Fee, Gordon D. and Stuart, Douglas. How To Read the Bible for All Its Worth, A Guide to Understanding the Bible. Academie Books, Zondervan Publishing: Grand Rapids, 1982 (237pp.) Spring 1988 at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Geisler, Norman L. Editor. Inerrancy. Academie Books, Zondervan: Grand Rapids, MI 1980 (516pp.) Purchased Nov. 1986 SWBTS.

Jensen, Peter. Contours of Christian Theology, The Revelation of God. Inter-Varsity Press: Downers Grove, IL. 2002 (304pp.)

Mathison, Keith A. The Shape of Sola Scriptura. Canon Press: Moscow, Idaho 2001 (364pp.)

Montgomery, John Warwick, Editor. God’s Inerrant Word: An international Symposium on the Trustworthiness of Scripture. Bethany House Publishers: Minneapolis, MN 1974 (288pp.) Received as a Christmas gift from my wife, Dawn, Dec. 25, 1986. Read in 1998 at Burton Hill Baptist Church.

Packer, J.I. Truth & Power, The Place of Scripture in the Christian Life. Inter-Varsity Press: Downers Grove, IL. 1996 (191pp.) Purchased 04-20-02 at Burton Hill Baptist Church; read October 2014.

Ibid. Fundamentalism and the Word of God. William B. Eerdmans Publishing: Grand Rapids, 1958 (191pp.) Purchased 04-13-06 at BHBC.

Ibid. God Has Spoken, Revelation and the Bible, Third Edition. Baker Books: Grand Rapids, MI 1994 (174pp.) Purchased 12-29-97 and read in June of 1998.

Saucy, Robert. Swindoll Leadership Library: Scripture, Its Power, Authority, and Relevance. Word Publishing: Nashville, TN 2001 (297pp.) Purchased July of 2002, BHBC.

Sproul, R.C. Knowing Scripture, Revised Edition. IVP Books: Downers Grove, IL. 2009 (152pp.) Purchased Sept. 2014.

Ibid. Scripture Alone, The Evangelical Doctrine. P&R Publishing: Philipsburg, NJ. 2005 (210pp.) Read Sept. 2014.

White, James R. Scripture Alone. Bethany House: Minneapolis, MN 2004 (221pp.) Purchased Nov.2014.

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The Walker Library: John Knox and the Reformation

Posted on October 16, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Every year at our church, Redeemer Church in White Settlement, Texas (Fort Worth), we celebrate Reformation Day on the last Sunday of October. Even though we are Baptists we celebrate this day because the Reformation brought many biblical doctrines back to the Church, restoring the gospel message to its New Testament purity. Learning a bit of church history and sound doctrine is a good thing. This year the topic is John Knox, the famous Scottish Prophet of the Reformation, so here are the books in my library that are helping me in my research. I have mixed in general Church Histories along with the specific books about Knox.

Bainton, Roland. The Reformation of the Sixteenth Century. Beacon Press: Boston, 1952 (278pp.)

Baker, Robert A., Revised by John M. Landers. A Summary of Christian History. Broadman&Holman Publishers: Nashville, TN 1994, originally published in 1959. (435pp.)

Chadwick, Owen. The Penguin History of the Church 3: The Reformation. Penguin Books: London, 1964 (463pp.)

Dickens, A.G. The English Reformation. Schocken Books: New York, 1964 (374pp.)

Donaldson, Gordon. The Scottish Reformation. Cambridge University Press: London, 1960 (242pp.) Purchased 10-16-14 for Reformation Day at Redeemer Church, Fort Worth, TX.

Estep, William R. Renaissance & Reformation. William B. Eerdmans Publishing: Grand Rapids, MI 1986 (331pp.)

Heinze, Rudolph W. The Baker History of the Church, Reform and Conflict, chapter 9 “The Scottish Reformation and the Elizabethan Settlement), pp.226-254. Baker Books: Grand Rapids, MI 2005.

Howie, John. The Scots Worthies. The Banner of Truth Trust: Edinburgh, 1870, but originally published in 1775 (627pp.) Purchased 10-16-14 for Reformation Day at Redeemer Church, Fort Worth, TX.

Innes, A. Taylor, (1833-1912). John Knox. Bibliobazaar: Charleston, S.C. 2007, originally published in Scotland in 1896. (146pp.)

Knox, John. Edited by C.J. Guthrie. The Reformation in Scotland. The Banner of Truth Trust: Edinburgh, 1898 (364pp.) Purchased October 2007.

Knox, John. The Select Practical Writings of John Knox. Banner of Truth Trust: Edinburgh, 1845 (295pp.) October 2014 for Reformation Day at Redeemer Church, Fort Worth, TX.

Kuiper, B.K. The Church in History. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing and Christian Schools International: Grand Rapids, MI 1951 (412pp.)

Kyle, Richard G. and Johnson, Dale W. John Knox, An Introduction to His Life and Works. Wipf & Stock: Eugene, Oregon 2009 (208pp.) Read for Reformation Day 2014 at Redeemer Church, Fort Worth, TX. 09-26-14 to 10-15-14.

Lang, Andrew. John Knox and the Reformation. Wipf and Stock Publishers: Eugene, Oregon 2003, (281pp.) originally published in 1905 in Scotland.

Latourette, Kenneth Scott. A History of Christianity, Volume II: A.D. 1500-A.D. 1975, Revised Edition. Harper & Row, Publishers: New York, 1975 (1552pp.)

Lloyd-Jones, D.M. and Murray, Ian H. John Knox and the Reformation. The Banner of Truth Trust: Edinburgh, UK 2011 (130pp.) Read for Reformation Day at Redeemer Church, Fort Worth, TX. 09-15-14 to 09-18-14.

MacCulloch, Diarmaid. The Reformation, A History. Viking: New York, 2004 (792pp.)

Marshall, Rosalind K. John Knox. Berlinn Limited: Edinburgh, 2000 (244pp.) Read for Reformation Day at Redeemer Church, Fort Worth, TX. 09-15-14 to 09-25-14.

Mitchell, Alexander F. The Scottish Reformation. Black Oyster Publishing Company: 2012 but originally published ca. 1899. (236pp.) Purchased 10-16-14.

Payton, James R. Getting the Reformation Wrong, Correcting Some Misunderstandings. IVP Academic: Downers Grove, Illinois 2010 (272pp.)

Renwick, A.M. The Story of the Scottish Reformation. Christian Focus Publications: Fearn, Scotland 1960 (219pp.) Purchased 10-16-14 for Reformation Day at Redeemer Church, Fort Worth, TX.

Sheldon, Henry C. History of the Christian Church Volume 3 The Modern Church Part One. Hendrickson Publishers: Peabody, Maine, 1988, originally published in 1895 (612pp.)

Woodbridge, John D. and James III, Frank A. Church History Volume Two: From Pre-Reformation to the Present Day. Zondervan: Grand Rapids, MI 2013 (862pp.) This massive book is noted for not mentioning John Knox once and including a scant 2 pages on the reformation in Scotland; see pp.248-250.

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Commentaries on Exodus and the Ten Commandments

Posted on July 22, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Exodus Commentaries as of 07-22-2014

Preaching the Word: Exodus-Saved for God’s Glory, Philip Graham Ryken. Crossway Books: Wheaton, Ill. 2005 (1247pp.).

Old Testament Library: The Book of Exodus, Brevard S. Childs. The Westminster Press: Louisville, KY. 1974 (659pp.).

Be Delivered: Finding Freedom by Following God, Warren W. Wiersbe. Victor Books: Colorado Springs, CO. 1998 (211pp.).

Gleanings in Exodus, Arthur W. Pink. Moody Press: Chicago, Ill. 1981 (b.1886-d.1952) (384pp.).

Mastering the Old Testament: Exodus, Maxie Dunnam. Word Publishing: Dallas, TX. 1987 (395pp.).

Great Lives From God’s Word: Moses, Charles R. Swindoll. Word Publishing: Nashville, TN. 1999 (376pp.).

Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries: Exodus, R. Alan Cole. Inter-Varsity Press: Downers Grove, Ill. 1973 (239pp.).

Daily Study Bible Series: Exodus, H.L. Ellison. The Westminster Press: Philadelphia, PA. 1982 (203pp.).

The New Century Bible Commentary: Exodus, J.P. Hyatt. Marshall, Morgan & Scott Pub. Ltd: London, 1971 (351pp.).

The Bible Speaks Today: The Message of Exodus, J.A. Motyer. Inter- Varsity Press: Downers Grove, Ill. 2005 (327pp.).

Understanding the Basic Themes of Exodus, John I. Durham. Word Publishing: Dallas, TX.. 1990 (132pp.)

Moses: The Journey of Faith, F.B. Meyer (1847-1929). AMG Publishers: Chattanooga, TN. 2001 (200pp.).

The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Genesis-Deuteronomy, John H. Walton & Victor H. Matthews. Inter-Varsity Press: Downers Grove, Ill. 1997 (pp.82-141).

The NIV Application Commentary: Exodus, Peter Enns. Zondervan: Grand Rapids, MI. 2000 (620pp.).

Word Biblical Commentary: Exodus, John I. Durham. Word Books: Waco, TX. 1987 (516pp.).

The New American Commentary: Exodus, Douglas K. Stuart. Broadman & Holman: Nashville, TN. 2006 (827pp.).

The Expositor’s Bible Commentary vol.2, “Exodus” Walter C. Kaiser. Zondervan: Grand Rapids, MI. 1990 (pp.285-498).

The Broadman Bible Commentary, vol.1, revised, “Exodus” Roy L. Honeycut, Jr. Broadman Press: Nashville, TN. 1973 (pp.289-456).

Exodus, Volume 1, Chapters 1-18, John D. Currid. Evangelical Press:
Darlington, England 2000, (415pp.)

Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture, Old Testament vol.III: Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joseph T. Lienhard, ed. Inter- Varsity Press: Downers Grove, Ill. 2001 (pp.1-162).

Welwyn Commentary Series, Travelling Homeward, Michael Bentley.
Evangelical Press: Darlington, England 1999 (352pp.)

Understanding the Bible Commentary Series, Exodus, James K. Bruckner.
Baker Books: Grand Rapids, 2008, (348pp.)

Exodus, An Exegetical Commentary, Victor P. Hamilton. Baker Academic:
Grand Rapids, 2011 (721pp.)

Christ Centered Exposition series, Exalting Jesus in Exodus, Tony Merida.
Holman Reference: Nashville, TN 2014 (244pp.)

The Pulpit Commentary, Volume 1 Genesis-Exodus, “Exodus” by George
Rawlinson (415pp.)

Books on the Ten Commandments

Calvin, John. Institutes of the Christian Religion, Volume 1. Edited by John
T. McNeill, Library of Christian Classics, Volume XX. Translated
and Indexed by Ford Lewis Battles. The Westminster Press:
Philadelphia, PA MCMLX (pp.348-423, Chapters VII-VIII).

Christian, C.W. Covenant and Commandment, A Study of the Ten
Commandments in the Context of Grace. Smyth&Helwys: Macon, Georgia 2004 (187pp.)

Douma, J. Translated by Nelson D. Kloosterman. The Ten Commandments,
Manual for the Christian Life. P&R Publishing: Phillipsburg, New
Jersey, 1996 (1992 in Dutch) (410pp.)

Harrelson, Walter J. The Ten Commandments for Today. Westminster John
Knox Press: Louisville, KY 2006 (103pp.)

Horton, Michael S. The Law of Perfect Freedom. Moody Press: Chicago,
1993 (288pp.)

Kennedy, D. James. Why The Ten Commandments Matter. Time Warner
Book Group: New York, 2005

Reisinger, Ernest C. Whatever Happened to the Ten Commandments? The
Banner of Truth Trust: Carlisle, PA 1999 (109pp.)

Rooker, Mark F. NAC Studies in Bible and Theology series, The Ten
Commandments, Ethics for the Twenty-First Century. B&H
Academic: Nashville, TN 2010 (234pp.)

Ryken, Philip Graham. Written in Stone, The Ten Commandments and
Today’s Moral Crisis. Crossway Books: Wheaton, Ill. 2003 (240pp.)

Sailhamer, John H. The Pentateuch as Narrative, A Biblical-Theological
Commentary. Zondervan: Grand Rapids, 1992 (pp.281-288).

Watson, Thomas. The Ten Commandments. Banner of Truth Trust: Carlisle,
PA 1965 (originally published in 1692) (245pp.)

Zondervan Counterpoints Series, Five Views on Law and Gospel. Greg
Babnsen, Walter Kaiser, Douglas Moo, Wayne Strickland, Willem
VanGemeren. Zondervan: Grand Rapids, 1996 (416pp.)

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America’s Most Biblically-Hostile U. S. President

Posted on July 7, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized |

 
David Barton – 02/29/2012
 

When one observes President Obama’s unwillingness to accommodate America’s four-century long religious conscience protection through his attempts to require Catholics to go against their own doctrines and beliefs, one is tempted to say that he is anti-Catholic. But that characterization would not be correct.

Although he has recently singled out Catholics, he has equally targeted traditional Protestant beliefs over the past four years. So since he has attacked Catholics and Protestants, one is tempted to say that he is anti-Christian. But that, too, would be inaccurate. He has been equally disrespectful in his appalling treatment of religious Jews in general and Israel in particular. So perhaps the most accurate description of his antipathy toward Catholics, Protestants, religious Jews, and the Jewish nation would be to characterize him as anti-Biblical. And then when his hostility toward Biblical people of faith is contrasted with his preferential treatment of Muslims and Muslim nations, it further strengthens the accuracy of the anti-Biblical descriptor. In fact, there have been numerous clearly documented times when his pro-Islam positions have been the cause of his anti-Biblical actions.

Listed below in chronological order are (1) numerous records of his attacks on Biblical persons or organizations; (2) examples of the hostility toward Biblical faith that have become evident in the past three years in the Obama-led military; (3) a listing of his open attacks on Biblical values; and finally (4) a listing of numerous incidents of his preferential deference for Islam’s activities and positions, including letting his Islamic advisors guide and influence his hostility toward people of Biblical faith.

1. Acts of hostility toward people of Biblical faith:

  • April 2008 – Obama speaks disrespectfully of Christians, saying they “cling to guns or religion” and have an “antipathy to people who aren’t like them.” 1
  • February 2009 – Obama announces plans to revoke conscience protection for health workers who refuse to participate in medical activities that go against their beliefs, and fully implements the plan in February 2011. 2
  • April 2009 – When speaking at Georgetown University, Obama orders that a monogram symbolizing Jesus’ name be covered when he is making his speech. 3
  • May 2009 – Obama declines to host services for the National Prayer Day (a day established by federal law) at the White House. 4
  • April 2009 – In a deliberate act of disrespect, Obama nominated three pro-abortion ambassadors to the Vatican; of course, the pro-life Vatican rejected all three.5
  • October 19, 2010 – Obama begins deliberately omitting the phrase about “the Creator” when quoting the Declaration of Independence – an omission he has made on no less than seven occasions. 6
  • November 2010 – Obama misquotes the National Motto, saying it is “E pluribus unum” rather than “In God We Trust” as established by federal law. 7
  • January 2011 – After a federal law was passed to transfer a WWI Memorial in the Mojave Desert to private ownership, the U. S. Supreme Court ruled that the cross in the memorial could continue to stand, but the Obama administration refused to allow the land to be transferred as required by law, and refused to allow the cross to be re-erected as ordered by the Court. 8
  • February 2011 – Although he filled posts in the State Department, for more than two years Obama did not fill the post of religious freedom ambassador, an official that works against religious persecution across the world; he filled it only after heavy pressure from the public and from Congress. 9
  • April 2011 – For the first time in American history, Obama urges passage of a non-discrimination law that does not contain hiring protections for religious groups, forcing religious organizations to hire according to federal mandates without regard to the dictates of their own faith, thus eliminating conscience protection in hiring. 10
  • August 2011 – The Obama administration releases its new health care rules that override religious conscience protections for medical workers in the areas of abortion and contraception. 11
  • November 2011 – Obama opposes inclusion of President Franklin Roosevelt’s famous D-Day Prayer in the WWII Memorial. 12
  • November 2011 – Unlike previous presidents, Obama studiously avoids any religious references in his Thanksgiving speech. 13
  • December 2011 – The Obama administration denigrates other countries’ religious beliefs as an obstacle to radical homosexual rights. 14
  • January 2012 – The Obama administration argues that the First Amendment provides no protection for churches and synagogues in hiring their pastors and rabbis. 15
  • February 2012 – The Obama administration forgives student loans in exchange for public service, but announces it will no longer forgive student loans if the public service is related to religion. 16

2. Acts of hostility from the Obama-led military toward people of Biblical faith:

  • June 2011 – The Department of Veterans Affairs forbids references to God and Jesus during burial ceremonies at Houston National Cemetery. 17
  • August 2011 – The Air Force stops teaching the Just War theory to officers in California because the course is taught by chaplains and is based on a philosophy introduced by St. Augustine in the third century AD – a theory long taught by civilized nations across the world (except America). 18
  • September 2011 – Air Force Chief of Staff prohibits commanders from notifying airmen of programs and services available to them from chaplains. 19
  • September 2011 – The Army issues guidelines for Walter Reed Medical Center stipulating that “No religious items (i.e. Bibles, reading materials and/or facts) are allowed to be given away or used during a visit.” 20
  • November 2011 – The Air Force Academy rescinds support for Operation Christmas Child, a program to send holiday gifts to impoverished children across the world, because the program is run by a Christian charity. 21
  • November 2011 – The Air Force Academy pays $80,000 to add a Stonehenge-like worship center for pagans, druids, witches and Wiccans. 22
  • February 2012 – The U. S. Military Academy at West Point disinvites three star Army general and decorated war hero Lieutenant General William G. (“Jerry”) Boykin (retired) from speaking at an event because he is an outspoken Christian. 23
  • February 2012 – The Air Force removes “God” from the patch of Rapid Capabilities Office (the word on the patch was in Latin: Dei). 24
  • February 2012 – The Army orders Catholic chaplains not to read a letter to parishioners that their archbishop asked them to read. 25
  • April 2012 – A checklist for Air Force Inns will no longer include ensuring that a Bible is available in rooms for those who want to use them.26
  • May 2012 – The Obama administration opposes legislation to protect the rights of conscience for military chaplains who do not wish to perform same-sex marriages in violation of their strongly-held religious beliefs.27
  • June 2012 – Bibles for the American military have been printed in every conflict since the American Revolution, but the Obama Administration revokes the long-standing U. S. policy of allowing military service emblems to be placed on those military Bibles.28

3. Acts of hostility toward Biblical values:

  • January 2009 – Obama lifts restrictions on U.S. government funding for groups that provide abortion services or counseling abroad, forcing taxpayers to fund pro-abortion groups that either promote or perform abortions in other nations. 29
  • January 2009 – President Obama’s nominee for deputy secretary of state asserts that American taxpayers are required to pay for abortions and that limits on abortion funding are unconstitutional. 30
  • March 2009 – The Obama administration shut out pro-life groups from attending a White House-sponsored health care summit. 31
  • March 2009 – Obama orders taxpayer funding of embryonic stem cell research. 32
  • March 2009 – Obama gave $50 million for the UNFPA, the UN population agency that promotes abortion and works closely with Chinese population control officials who use forced abortions and involuntary sterilizations. 33
  • May 2009 – The White House budget eliminates all funding for abstinence-only education and replaces it with “comprehensive” sexual education, repeatedly proven to increase teen pregnancies and abortions. 34 He continues the deletion in subsequent budgets. 35
  • May 2009 – Obama officials assemble a terrorism dictionary calling pro-life advocates violent and charging that they use racism in their “criminal” activities. 36
  • July 2009 – The Obama administration illegally extends federal benefits to same-sex partners of Foreign Service and Executive Branch employees, in direction violation of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. 37
  • September 16, 2009 – The Obama administration appoints as EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum, who asserts that society should “not tolerate” any “private beliefs,” including religious beliefs, if they may negatively affect homosexual “equality.” 38
  • July 2010 – The Obama administration uses federal funds in violation of federal law to get Kenya to change its constitution to include abortion. 39
  • August 2010 – The Obama administration Cuts funding for 176 abstinence education programs. 40
  • September 2010 – The Obama administration tells researchers to ignore a judge’s decision striking down federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. 41
  • February 2011 – Obama directs the Justice Department to stop defending the federal Defense of Marriage Act. 42
  • March 2011 – The Obama administration refuses to investigate videos showing Planned Parenthood helping alleged sex traffickers get abortions for victimized underage girls. 43
  • July 2011 – Obama allows homosexuals to serve openly in the military, reversing a policy originally instituted by George Washington in March 1778. 44
  • September 2011 – The Pentagon directs that military chaplains may perform same-sex marriages at military facilities in violation of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. 45
  • October 2011 – The Obama administration eliminates federal grants to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for their extensive programs that aid victims of human trafficking because the Catholic Church is anti-abortion. 46

4. Acts of preferentialism for Islam:

  • May 2009 – While Obama does not host any National Day of Prayer event at the White House, he does host White House Iftar dinners in honor of Ramadan. 47
  • April 2010 – Christian leader Franklin Graham is disinvited from the Pentagon’s National Day of Prayer Event because of complaints from the Muslim community. 48
  • April 2010 – The Obama administration requires rewriting of government documents and a change in administration vocabulary to remove terms that are deemed offensive to Muslims, including jihad, jihadists, terrorists, radical Islamic, etc. 49
  • August 2010 – Obama speaks with great praise of Islam and condescendingly of Christianity. 50
  • August 2010 – Obama went to great lengths to speak out on multiple occasions on behalf of building an Islamic mosque at Ground Zero, while at the same time he was silent about a Christian church being denied permission to rebuild at that location. 51
  • 2010 – While every White House traditionally issues hundreds of official proclamations and statements on numerous occasions, this White House avoids traditional Biblical holidays and events but regularly recognizes major Muslim holidays, as evidenced by its 2010 statements on Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr, Hajj, and Eid-ul-Adha. 52
  • October 2011 – Obama’s Muslim advisers block Middle Eastern Christians’ access to the White House. 53
  • February 2012 – The Obama administration makes effulgent apologies for Korans being burned by the U. S. military, 54 but when Bibles were burned by the military, numerous reasons were offered why it was the right thing to do. 55

Many of these actions are literally unprecedented – this is the first time they have happened in four centuries of American history. The hostility of President Obama toward Biblical faith and values is without equal from any previous American president.

 

   
 
 
 
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Mary Travers, 1936-2009, of Peter, Paul & Mary

Posted on September 17, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

One of my favorite folk singers passed away yesterday, Mary Travers of the group Peter, Paul and Mary died of leukemia in Danbury Hospital, Connecticut. Peter Yarrow was among those with her in her closing moments.

Mary and the other members of the group were leaders in the folk music boom of the the 1960’s. The growth of folk music, largely due to Mary’s serene vocals, was not just a musical movement, but was wedded to the social activism and political liberalism of the turbulent 1960’s. Opposing the Viet Nam War and racism, their music not only entertained, it affected change in society. The protest songs helped motivate and encourage the protestors.

Although even as a young child I opposed much of the liberal agenda, except the Civil Rights movement, I still loved the music of the protestors. One of my earliest childhood musical memories is of “Puff the Magic Dragon”. I first heard the song on the children’s TV show, “Captain Kangaroo”. I have no idea if the version I heard was the one recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary, but I have always associated that song with them. I even had a children’s record player and one of the very few 45rpm records I owned was of that song. I can truthfully say it is in my top ten all time favorite pop songs and is the first pop song I remember from my childhood.

But there are so many songs from P,P&M: “If I Had a Hammer”, “Leavin’ on a Jet Plane”, “500 Miles”, “Blowin’ in the Wind”.

Mary was a beautiful lady as well as talented.

I am just greatly saddened here and words fail me.

P,P&M gave another folk singer some help along the way, Gordon Lightfoot, another one of my favorites.

I have no idea of where Mary was in her spiritual life, whether she was a Christian or not.

Not many famous people who die affect me like this. Sadness.

news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090917/ap_on_en_mu/us_obit_mary_travers

music-mix.ew.com/2009/09/17/mary-travers-rip/

www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music/2009/09/17/2009-09-17_pete_yarrow_on_mary_travers_final_hours_partner_in_peter_paul_and_mary_calls_her.html

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Travers_(singer)

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Acts 3 “Times of Refreshing-an Easter Sermon”

Posted on April 12, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Acts 3 “Times of Refreshing”

Easter Sunday 4-20-03 AM

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Outline:

Intro.

I. The Beggar

            1.Crippled from birth and our being natural born sinners

            2. Asking for alms- when new life is available; for what are you asking?

            3. Receiving unexpected new life and jumping for joy

            4. All the people were filled with wonder

II. The Ministry of New Life

            1. The ministers- a team of eyewitnesses

            2. Humility- it’s not about us!

            3. A Faith rooted in history- begin with the familiar

            4. We killed Jesus

            5. But God raised Him

            6. By faith in the name of Jesus

            7. Repent then and turn to God

            8. Else you be cut off

III. Times of Refreshing

IV. Followed By Times of Persecution

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Introduction: In recent weeks we have been studying the message of the cross, the meaning that the crucifixion of Christ has for us. In the story of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice Isaac we have seen the death of Christ as our substitute whom God has provided so that we don’t have to die for our own sins. In Exodus we saw Christ as our Passover Lamb, slain so that the judgment of God upon sin passes over us for we have been covered by the blood of the lamb. We have been delivered from the slavery of sin and set free to worship God. The book of Ruth showed us that our saviour is our kinsman redeemer and the book of Mark showed us that Jesus called himself the ransom price for our sins. In the death of Christ on the cross we have been redeemed, we have been reconciled and we have been justified.

            This morning we will examine this beautiful story in the book of Acts and see the message of the cross and resurrection of Jesus preached, proclaimed and explained by Peter. This morning we will be confronted with the gospel that says we are powerless to save ourselves but that God is eager to save us. Here is a gospel of power, an historical gospel, a gospel of grace and of forgiveness. Are you in need this morning of times of refreshing to uplift your soul? Are you in need of receiving new life? This Easter morning may be the most important day for your eternity if you will listen to and respond to the gospel of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.

 

I. The Beggar- Read Acts 3:1-10

            1.First of all notice that this beggar was crippled from birth. We don’t know if this was a birth defect or an injury sustained during birth but the bottom line was that this man never knew what it was like to walk. He had to be carried wherever he went. In those days there were no corrective surgeries, no miracle drugs, not even any wheel chairs. Apparently he was not even taught a skill that he could perform with his hands; therefore, he was completely dependent upon the alms of those who saw him. There would be no social security, no social programs, only the humbling life of a beggar.

            In a way, this man represents all of us who are natural born sinners. We are born spiritual and moral cripples, unable to live the kind of life that would please a Holy God. Now I know that folks generally don’t like to be called a sinner anymore than a handicapped person of today likes to be called a cripple. But sometimes we can pretty up our language so much that we lose something important. We try to pretty it up today by saying “well, nobody’s perfect” or “to err is human” or “I’m only human and make mistakes”. But as nice sounding as all these sayings are, what they are basically admitting is that I am not perfect, and the logical inference of that is that there is a perfect standard by which I measure myself, and I admit that I don’t measure up. That perfect standard is Jesus.

            If we are to ever receive the spiritual riches that Christ wants to give us, salvation, we must begin by admitting that we are sinners by birth, by nature and by choice. Paul writes in Rom.3:23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. I am a sinner and I cannot change myself. Like the crippled man in the story, I am at a serious disadvantage and in God’s eyes I need a miracle.

            2. This man was placed at the temple gate so that he could beg for alms. As Peter and John were passing by he asked them for money. He was asking for what he was used to and for what he thought he needed. No use in asking to be cured, that was impossible. He knew no better. He may have heard of the miracles of Jesus, and maybe even talked with some fellow cripples who had been healed. But he was never in the right place at the right time to be healed. He was still looking for mere silver and gold. He did not know who Peter and John were in all likelihood nor was he aware of what God could do for him and was going to do for him this day. He was asking for baubles when true riches were right before him.

            What are you seeking in this life? It may be that in this room this morning there is someone who has experienced some of life’s worst disappointments. It may be that inside of you is a terrible secret, an awful hurt, that is just eating away at you, defeating you, dragging you down so that emotionally you are very similar to this cripple. Maybe in life you have been so beaten down that you expect only the worst. Maybe you have tried to reform your ways time and again but to no avail. Maybe you are asking for things like this beggar, things that make sense considering the pain in which you live, but you are in reality asking for the wrong things. Jesus, in a conversation with the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4 said to her “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

            So much of life is wasted because we ask the wrong questions and seek to satisfy that which is not eternal. We are too easily satisfied with what this world has to offer. We want alms when spiritual healing, redemption and eternal life are right in front of us!

            3. The beggar, though he did not even ask to be healed, was instantly, miraculously and completely healed by God. He received unexpected new life and began jumping for joy! Here we see not just a miracle of healing of the spinal column, a healing of the leg muscles and bones, the nerves and tendons. This is also a miracle of learning because he who had never learned how to walk instantly knew how to walk, run and leap for joy! God completely replaced all that was missing.

            This is what it is like to be born again as Jesus told Nicodemus in John 3. This is being born from above in a powerful and unexpected way. It caught the cripple by surprise; he had not expected it, asked for it or nothing! This is how grace from God works. It comes in His timing in His way to a person who is not seeking it or deserving it in any way. Like physical birth, the spiritual birth happens to you, you are passive, and God powerfully acts upon you out of mercy, even when you are asking for the wrong things.

            Most of us in this room may have been raised in the church and becoming a Christian was pretty much of a normal, natural thing in our experience. But some of the folks in this room were not saved until they were older and they had experienced much sin and hardness of heart. They can really relate to the experience of the crippled man in regards to the suddenness and unexpectedness of God’s saving grace.

            Once the man was healed did he stay on his beggars mat? No! He got up and walked and it says he was even jumping! So too when a person gets born again he or she will not stay passive, they will exercise their faith and start walking with Jesus by faith and jumping out of sin in repentance. The initial aspect to being healed or born again is passive, but brother when you are truly born again you cannot contain yourself, you will express that faith that God has given you and you will be trusting in Jesus.

            4. All the people were filled with wonder. When folks see a miracle they are amazed, it draws a crowd, people are curious. Imagine how the people felt who had known this beggar all of his life! I imagine there may have been some skeptics or critics in the crowd who saw this and said “I knew that guy was faking it all this time!” But the Bible says “they were filled with wonder and amazement” This was a bonified, certified, eye witnessed miracle of supernatural healing of someone who had a birth defect. Quite a bit different from most of the so called miracles you see on some of those religious TV shows. Now mind you I believe that God still heals, miracles do happen, but I think a lot of what we see today are in the category of unseen or unproven miracles and maybe some of them are pure phonies and frauds. But this one this day at the temple gate was a mighty act of God that all could attest to.

            Folks, the greatest miracle of today, or of anytime, is when a sinner, a lost, hell bound sinner, is born again by the power of the Holy Spirit and is saved to walk in newness of life! When God changes a heart of stone for a heart of flesh, a spiritually dead heart for a spiritually alive heart, that is a mighty miracle and that is exactly what God does by his grace. That is what God wants to do for someone here today.

 

II. The Ministry of New Life

            1. Let’s look now at the two disciples through whom God worked this miracle. First of all it is interesting that Peter and John were working together in this situation. Before Jesus’ death we saw the disciples have some arguments and they weren’t exactly working together. Now, after the resurrection they are a team of ministers. They support and encourage each other.

            Being a Christian involves joining a family, a team. There are not to be any Lone Ranger Christians. Look at Ecclesiastes 4:9-12. Do you want to be a part of God’s team of ministers, being used of God for his glory?

            2. Notice the new found humility of this team of apostles. They sense that the crowd wants to credit them for this miracle but they quickly divert the attention to God in v 12f. Again we see the doctrine of God’s grace in this story and in our salvation. It’s not all about me folks, it’s not about us. It’s not about what we can do on our own. It is all about Jesus and what he has done! When you are serving God it is by his grace for his glory that ought to be our attitude and motivation. Christianity is not a self help religion; it is the only grace filled religion in the world. The beggar received grace; Peter and John were the vessels of Gods grace for healing and preaching. It is all about Jesus! They used the man’s need for healing to bring about the preaching of the gospel with power. Felt needs were met in order to bring out the real need for God’s grace to be poured out on religious sinners. Do you want to be a conduit for Gods grace to others?

            3. Notice that in this sermon Peter uses what these people are familiar with to build up to the gospel. He roots his message of God’s grace in the history of the Jewish people referring to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The gospel is rooted in history and our faith has the overwhelming evidence of history to back it up. No other religion is rooted in eyewitness historical testimony as Christianity.

            Too often today the gospel is rooted in personal experience at the expense of its historicity. Our experience should be judged by the objective nature of Gods word. When we submit ourselves to the Resurrected Saviour and become a Christian we are not merely experiencing something in the here and now, we are joining a river of God‘s grace that stretches back thousands of years and goes on to eternity. We are part of a kingdom, the Kingdom of God.

            4. Notice that as part of the gospel we have the bad news that we are responsible for the death of Christ. Peter says “You killed the author of life”. We must understand that Jesus did not only die for us but he died because of us. We have guilt, real guilt before God for this. Only when we confess our sin to God and admit our great sin against Him can we be forgiven.

            Too often today we hear a sugar coated gospel that does not deal effectively with our sin and guilt. Consequently a lot of people think that getting saved is a lot like playing monopoly, you pass GO, you get $200, you die and you automatically go to heaven because God loves everyone. That is a dangerous misunderstanding of the gospel.

            Friend, have you dealt with the realities of your sin before a holy God? Have you confessed your sin to God?

            5. But God raised Him- what sweet words. We killed him, but God raised him. The message of Easter is that Jesus died but was raised again, proving that he is the Son of God and that salvation is assured in his name. We have hope for being born again because Jesus was raised. We have hope for eternal life and being raised on resurrection day because Jesus was raised.

            6. How can I have this new life and this forgiveness of sin? By faith in the name of Jesus. Believe in who he is and what he has done. Trust in him to save you since you cannot save yourself. Commit yourself to his care and follow him in a trusting relationship of obedience.

            7. Repent then and turn to God says v.19. To repent is to change your mind about Jesus so that you lay aside your self wil,l your sins  and selfishness and follow Jesus. To repent is to follow Jesus by faith, leaving your former life behind. It is a change in your priorities and attitude so that now you are focused on Jesus in every area of life. You are on the road to becoming a Christ centered person.

            8.In vv.21-23 we see the hope for Jesus’ return and the threat of being cut off. Part of the gospel is that Jesus is coming back and if you are not ready you will indeed be cut off, that is separated from Christ and his people, cast out of the kingdom into the outer darkness. This is nothing else than a threat of hell fire. I know that people don’t like to hear about hell these days, but the Bible teaches that hell exists and it burns hot for those who have rejected the salvation that is offered in Christ.

III. Times of Refreshing

            In v.19 we are offered times of refreshing. Where are you spiritually this Easter morn? Are you in a spiritual wasteland, a desert where there is no shade, the only breeze is a hot wind that sucks the life out of you? That is how this world can be without Christ. If you want new life, refreshing life, come to the savior this morning. Look at Psal 63.

 

IV. Followed By Times of Persecution

            I can’t tell you this story without giving you a hint of what happens next. Look at Acts 4:1-4. Coming to Christ is on the one hand free, Jesus paid it all and God’s grace is totally free. On the other hand we come to Jesus and pick up his name and a cross to bear. It is a costly choice. I would not try to persuade you to come to Jesus without warning you that it is costly and requires all of your life.

            But thousands responded that day. Will you?

 

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Mark 6:31-44 “Like Sheep Without a Shepherd”

Posted on March 24, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Mark 6:31-44 “Like Sheep Without A Shepherd”

Sunday 26 March 2000 PM

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Introduction: As we get ready for revival we must learn a few things, or, relearn them more likely. Tonight’s passage is sooo full of good stuff it could probably be turned into 3-4 sermons, but instead we will do a verse by verse study to see the scope of what Mark was doing and the brilliance of the Lord who orchestrated the whole thing. The key principles we will find do point us toward revival. The main idea is that Christ provides abundantly everything we need because he is the good shepherd and we must not trust in our small resources, rather, we must trust in Christ who will take our smallest offering and use it for his glory.

 

I. God Provides Food For His People.John 6

            The problem: disciples were needing to get alone with Jesus, did not even have time to eat; now they have a crowd and no food! The day is drawing to a close and there is a huge need. A boy with 5 barley loaves and 2 fish is all the food they have. But through the power of God the food is multiplied and everyone eats their fill and there are 12 baskets left over.

            Exodus 16- manna and quail.

            Num. 11:21ff

            1Kings 17:8ff Elijah; 2Kings 4:42ff Elisha

            Isa. 55:1-2 contrast with Herod’s birthday feast.

            Ex. 18:21,25 Organization

            Jesus is shown here to be greater than Moses.

 

II.Rest in the Desert Place/Green Pastures

            Psalm 95:7-11; Isa 63:14; Jer.31:2; Heb.3:7-4:13

            Psalm 23; Isa 40:10-11; Jer 23:3,4; Ezek 34:11-31

            Worthless shepherds- Jer 23:1,2; Ezek 34:1-10; Zech 11:15-17

 

III. Looking Forward to the Last Supper and the Wedding Banquet

            6:41 matches 14:22

            Rev.19:6-9 with Psa 23:5;

 

Conclusion: The task before this church is impossible in our power. We have so few resources! Yet, if we offer all we have to Christ, he may very well multiply our offering in such a superabundant manner that there is no doubt that it is God at work. Our task is to surrender all to Christ and be satisfied in Him alone.

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These are just the notes, an outline really of this Sunday night sermon. As a bi-vocational pastor I often did not have the time to do a full manuscript for my Sunday evening sermons…which is probably a good thing as most people found the evening sermons to be more lively.

 

 

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Mark12ministries Taking a Break

Posted on January 11, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Sunday, January 11, 2009– For those of you who are regular readers here at Mark12ministries you will notice that there have not been many new posts lately. I have been ill the last few weeks and just haven’t been able to do much of anything.

I am on the road to recovery, but it is a slow process. I hope to post some more articles soon, but it just depends on my energy level.

Pray for my son Luke, in Iraq. His unit has had a tough go of it recently. When the news is made public I will add more.

Sickness and various trials makes me thankful for the Lord and for my wife, sons and church.

I have been able to spend some time in the Word looking at Isaiah 45 the past 3 weeks. What a blessing!

That’s all for now….

Bryan

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