Sunday, March 29, 2009

They Had Clean Escaped

"For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error." II Peter 2:18

What does it mean to have clean escaped from those who live in error? We will examine this text to understand what God is saying to us here.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Why Is Life So Hard?

Why is Life So Hard?

The bottom line is because there is a spiritual battle going on for the souls of men. If you are somewhat familiar with Christianity, then you likely know how Satan was cast down from Heaven based on his rebellion against God. Since then, he has been driven with a desire to supplant God. While he cannot do this literally, the next best thing thing is to replace God as Lord in the hearts of God's creation. He seeks to destroy and replace God in the very creation God made in His image.

He sets out to deceive man into getting out of communion with God, which first occurred in the Garden of Eden. The main result of the fall reflected in the story of Adam & Eve is that man became selfish. Although Adam & Eve were created to be God's representative on earth, they abdicated that position when they disobeyed God. Why did they disobey? Because they wanted to be gods themselves.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

A Great Falling Away

An Apostasy

Is it possible to fall away from God after one has been saved?What really is an "apostasy" and to whom does this term refer?

Thursday, March 12, 2009

The Greatest Story Ever Mistold

You Fool! Jesus Christ Was Just a Myth.

Have you heard of The Zeitgeist Movie? It uses the work of 19th Century writers to illustrate that Jesus Christ never existed; He was just a myth.

Those who make these claims go further to say that the story of Jesus Christ - His birth, life, death, and resurrection - were all borrowed from other world religions. Jesus is, according to them, the Jewish manifestation of ancient sun-god worship.

Some may dismiss these claims as obviously ridiculous, but the film has been the recipient of numerous awards and has been one of the most watched videos on the Internet. More importantly, people are taking the "facts" in this film as "Gospel" and a growing number of people - under the guise of being shown the "truth" - have now been indoctrinated in the Zeitgeist religion without even knowing it.

When hearing reviews of the movie, it is not uncommon to hear such terms as: Shocking! Eye-opening! Disturbing! Revelatory! The Greatest Story Ever Told! Surely, this is enough to pique anyone's interest.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Feast of Purim


Today is the Feast of Purim. It is a time of commemoration and rejoicing as God delivered the Jews from the hands of their enemies. It is an amazing story of God's salvation that is relevant even to us today.

In the Book of Esther, a young Jewish girl named Hadassah (who had taken on the name of Esther) is adopted and raised by her Jewish uncle, Mordecai. When King Ahasuerus of Persia sends out for virgins from which to choose his next wife, Esther is taken to the king's palace. She is given favor by the Lord and the king chooses Esther to be his bride. Through all of this, her heritage is kept hidden.