Category Archives: Bible Lessons – mini

Little Bible lessons under 500 words. You or your group can look up the passages, discuss the scripture and develop your own questions.

When the “flesh” rules, You know it can’t be God – SBC controversy

This article condemns the possible election of a woman to head the large  Southern Baptist Convention. We know that when sex is what motivates decisions we are on carnal grounds. According to the Bible, when natural man forms the basis for God’s people it is not God’s will. Here is the passage:

PHILLIPS For now that you have faith in Christ you are all sons of God. All of you who were baptised “into” Christ have put on the family likeness of Christ. Gone is the distinction between Jew and Greek, slave and free man, male and female—you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, you are true descendants of Abraham, you are true heirs of his promise. (Gal 3:28)

Being IN Christ means that He alone makes decisions about who is leading and what his people are doing.  It is not based on gender differences in education, race or language. This is how the New Testament Church was run and where we need to return.

http://pulpitandpen.org/2018/06/05/sbc-leaders-float-idea-of-beth-moore-as-next-denomination-president/

“And God Said It Was So”: Donald Trump Is the Spittin’ Image of Bad Theology by Carol P. Christ

Serious minded readers occasionally need to read stuff like this to remind us what real thinking and understanding is NOT. This is what happens when Self is on the throne. “The natural man receives not the things of the spirit of God.” Women too.

Carol P. Christ by Michael Bakas high resoultionI try very hard this election season to avoid reading about, watching, or listening to Donald Trump: the man is a liar, a cheat, a bully, a narcissist, a racist, a sexist, the list goes on. Yet even progressive commentators are talking almost exclusively about him. And now I am joining them–despite my best intentions.

Reflecting on why facts seem to matter so little to Trump, Patricia J. Williams characterizes his campaign as an exercise in one-way communication:

Freedom of expression is reduced to an arbitrary insistence upon one-way communication, a barked order. Making America “great again,” by this measure, is a command, not a hope. . . This assumption—the belief that communication flows in one direction only, that it is the role of some to speak and others only to listen—is a paradox that stifles rather than encourages debate.

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Patterns of Evidence (while I vacation)

By Krista Bontrager A Review of Patterns of Evidence In his film Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus, documentary filmmaker Timothy Mahoney recreates his search for the historical truth behind the Jews’ exodus from Egypt. I previewed this film at a theatrical release in February 2015. The documentary is now widely available for rent and purchase, […]

via A Review of Patterns of Evidence — Women in Apologetics

While I am on vacation…here, study guide for critical thinking

March 16, 2018 The new curriculum by Elizabeth Urbanowicz on comparative worldview helps kids develop critical thinking skills. │ LISA QUINTANA What is a great way to teach children why the Good News is, well, so “good”? 460 more words

via Helping Kids Develop Critical Thinking Skills — Women in Apologetics

Ethicists Without Borders on the Crisis in Syria

While on vacation, my readers might be interested in……..

Daily Theology

Syria

Ethicists Without Borders on the Crisis in Syria

April 17, 2018

The poison gas attack that killed and injured scores of people, including children, on April 7, 2018, in Douma, Syria, shocks our consciences. We are a group comprised mostly of ethicists representing an array of religious, philosophical, and methodological perspectives. One of the things about which we agree is that the intentional, direct killing of civilians, including children, who are noncombatants and pose no threat to anyone, is never morally justified. Chemical weapons are both immoral and illegal; their use is always indiscriminate and their effects always inhumane. The United States, the United Kingdom, and France have expressed their confidence that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his military were responsible for using these chemical weapons. All those responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Syria, regardless of their side or affiliation in this civil conflict, must be…

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The Book of Mormon (stage show) and Demonic Attack

I was innocently changing channels when I heard this song -the words, curses and demons -met my ear.  Since this is something I know about, I stopped to listen. A man is singing about how demons are attacking his mind – guilt, fear, anger, revenge, homosexuality, regret, confusion, lying, for starts. He is told to turn it off by his Mormon leader.

It doesn’t work, and it is not supposed to work.  Mental disciple is important but getting rid of demons is not only deliberate mind control.  Demons are spirit beings and must be dealt with by the Spirit of man through the Spirit of God. The answer is not in the Book of Mormon or any other man-made book.

Here are the lyrics of this song.

ELDER MCKINLEY
I got a feelin’ that you could be feelin’
A whole lot better than you feel today
You say you got a problem…well, that’s no problem!
It’s super easy not to feel that way
When you start to get confused because of thoughts in your head –
Don’t feel those feelings – hold them in instead!

Turn it off!
Like a light switch
Just go ‘click’!
It’s a cool little Mormon trick
We do it all the time

When you’re feeling certain feelings that just don’t seem right
Treat those pesky feelings like a reading light –

And turn ’em off!
Like a light switch
Just go ‘bap’!
Really, what’s so hard about that?
Turn it off!
Turn it off!

ELDER CHURCH
When I was young, my Dad would treat my Mom real bad
Every time the Utah Jazz would lose
He’d start a-drinkin’, and I’d start a-thinkin’
How’m I gonna keep my Mom from getting abused?
I’d see her all scared and my soul was dyin’!
My Dad would say to me, ‘Now don’t you dare start crying!’

Turn it off!
Like a light switch
Just go ‘flick’!
It’s our nifty little Mormon trick!
Turn it off!
Turn. It. Off!

ELDER THOMAS
My sister was a dancer, but she got cancer
The doctor said she still had two months more
I thought she had time, so I got in line
For the new iPhone at the Apple Store
She laid there dying with my Father and Mother
Her very last words were, “Where is my brother?”

Turn it off! (Yeah!)
Bid those sad feelings adieu!
The fear that I might get cancer too…

[laughter]

ELDER MCKINLEY
When I was in fifth grade, I had a friend Steve Blade (Oooh, Steve Blade…)
He and I were close as two friends could be (We could be close…)
One thing led to another, and soon I would discover (Wow!)
I was having really strange feelings for Steve…
I thought about us on a deserted island (We’re all alone…)
We’d swim naked in the sea, and then he’d try and –

Woah! Turn it off!
Like a light switch
There it’s gone! (Good for you!)
My hetero side just won!
I’m all better now
Boys should be with girls – that’s Heavenly Father’s plan
So, if you ever feel you’d rather be with a man –
Turn it off!

ELDER PRICE
Well, Elder McKinley, I think it’s okay that you’re having gay thoughts. Just so long as you never act upon them.

ELDER MCKINLEY
No, ’cause then you’re just keepin’ it down
Like a dimmer switch on “low”… (On “low”…)
Thinking nobody needs to know (Uh oh…)
But that’s not true!
Being gay is bad, but lying is worse
So just realize you have a curable curse –
And turn it off! (Turn it off!)
Turn it off!

Turn it off!

Now, how do you feel?

ELDER PRICE
The same.

ELDER MCKINLEY
Then you’ve only got yourself to blame
You didn’t pretend hard enough
Imagine that your brain is made of tiny boxes
Then find the box that’s gay and CRUSH IT!
Okay?

ELDER PRICE
No, no…I’m not having gay thoughts!

ELDER CUNNINGHAM
Alright! It worked! (Yay!)

He turned it off…
Turn it off…
Turn it off!
Turn it off! (Turn it off!)
Like a light switch
Just go ‘click’! (Click click!)
What a cool little Mormon trick (Trick trick!)
We do it all the time!

When you’re feelin’ certain feelings that just don’t seem right
Treat those pesky feelings like a reading light
And turn it off!
Like a light switch on a cord
And now he isn’t gay any –

Turn it, turn it, turn it, turn it…
Turn it, turn it, turn it, turn it…
Tuuuuuurn it…
Turn it off!
…Off!!!

First, feelings have nothing to do with it.  Demons create the negative feelings of lust, or envy, rage, the list goes on.  The devil’s purpose is to steal, kill and destroy you with evil thoughts and emotions.

How do you react?  Immediately you eliminate contact with the problem source.  If you are watching porn, then make a covenant with your eyes, a term from the book of Job, and never watch again.  You can set your compute to warn you or eliminate that.

More importantly you must recognize that the devil, the enemy of your soul, is out there looking for ways to destroy you at any point where you let evil take over your mind.  If it is music stop that too.  If you have unsavory friends, get better friends.

But the best warfare is to say out loud (the bathroom is a good place for this as others might not think this is cool) and say the following as loudly as you can.

“Satan get off my back and out of my life.  I know who you are and what you are doing in Jesus name flee from me and never come back.”  Then announce the troubles he is causing,

People ask me, why the loud voice?  Because demons will pretend to be deaf.  And if you shout, you sound mad  If you whisper a rebuke no one will take you seriously.

My daughter had a terrible stomach ache when she was in elementary school.  She went to the girls room and shouted just as I have instructed you.  You do not need to be 12 to do this; you can be any age.  The authority of Jesus’ name does not depend on your age or status.  Be aggressive.  What about “steal, kill and destroy” sounds passive to you?

Tell the devil off whenever you need and this will clean up your mind and your life.  But turning something off simply won’t work.  If it did work it would be in the Bible.

Drowning in Ignorance

American thinkers (lower case) often ask, how did we manage to have the mental giants all on the same page when they wrote our founding documents, the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution?

Because whatever it was, the body politic has lost it. Soros’ money may have paid for a decade of protest, riots and looting but why are younger generations doing it at all? Don’t they know their roots? It would never occur to Boomers or their elders to wear a vagina suit in public or question their gender.

Time has come to resurrect two mid-20th century prophets, Allan Bloom (The Closing of the American Mind – How Higher Education has failed Democracy and Impoverished the Souls of Today’s Students) 1987 and E.D Hirsch, Jr. (Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know) 1988. They defined the problem.

The Impoverished Souls once in the academy are now running the public schools and the Media

Our wise forefathers had one unifying factor – their common knowledge of the King James Bible and the works of Shakespeare.  The War of the Roses demonstrated that monarchies do not work, that succession by bloodlines leads to internecine warfare, that assorted King Richards lurk in the shadows to murder their rivals, that foreign wives are anathema as God said to King Solomon, that too much power in one group, be it the barons on the plain or the rabble beyond the pale would sound a death sentence to a Republic. To guard against any concentration of power in any section of the government they included checks and balances and a bicameral system.

Ben Franklin said we’d inherited a Republic if we could keep it.  “Ben, if you are listening, these kids don’t know what a republic is.” So when Saddam Hussein was protected in the Gulf War by a Republican Guard Democrat voters thought that was our own Republican Party?

Our forefathers also knew Plato and Socrates. The notion of a moral leader taking the political high ground from Aristotle sounds quaint today. They knew bias against color and creed in Othello, the dangers of nepotism, bad judgment and the influence of emotional instability from King Lear and Hamlet and as a final warning, Shakespeare named his historical works “tragedies” so yes, it could happen to you too. Tragedies, as defined by the Greeks, were demonstrations of how a personal moral or character flaw could destroy a person in power not the modern day definition which is little more than “oh, what a pity.”

They knew that Protestant Huguenots had been slaughtered on St. Bartholomew’s Day in 1572, so religious freedom was essential. As they wrote these documents they saw the collapse of France from unchecked monetary policy and a politicized state church, and from Elizabeth the First the bedrock need for a free press as well as free assembly, the core of the 1st Amendment, not the Second or Third but the very First. And yes – if we should perchance by accident or design inherit one of these rotten leaders, we need our firearms.

The national mind during the 19th century was held together until the end of World War 2 by the glue of the widely read Harvard Classics. This Public Religion, to use George Will’s phrase, is not a collection of “good ideas” but a record of the failure of Europe to stabilize, as it has yet to do even today. And because they were all originally from immigrant stock they knew Primogeniture and Entail were legal locks on personal and corporate progress. The EPA ties up our property instead now! The glaring millennium of mistakes in Europe created our national principles.

But millions today, thanks to redacted history books and influences from Communist writers like Howard Zinn, leave us with myriads not knowing a shred about all this. We have two or three generations of classroom teachers trained without the cultural literacy of any American assumptions. As a final nail in the academic coffin, there is neither Bible reading nor prayer in schools, so any literary reference to a Prodigal Son or allusions to the Hebrew Bible fall on puzzled ears.  The national division today is not between Republican and Democrat, black and white or rich and poor, but between those who know the origins of the past and those who have a new version of history seen through the lens of moral relativism.

Lincoln quoted Psalm 19 in his Second Inaugural Address; but who knew? Last Friday I watched a few minutes of Washington Week; I started laughing and changed the channel.  We are drowning in ignorance.

(revised.)

The Borders of the Mind

For a large troop of Americans, 2009 to 2016 was a stop action movie where figures are frozen in time waiting for something to happen, for someone to flip a switch so they could return to the business of life, or for that matter any kind of business. It reminded me of the Apple advertisement of 1984 when brain-dead sycophants goose-stepped to oblivion and technology crashed through to wake them up.

And then schazam! Candidate Trump, the exact opposite of what would be chosen by Central Casting comes on the scene slaughtering sacred cows right and left, and leaving us in the valley of decision.  This is the designated time in our personal or private history where we decide which side we are on. A parade of miscreants and arrogant managers paraded across our screens, the old panegyrics about Obama were either hotly but ineffectively defended by his supporters, and the truth about almost every conceivable misdeed for decades was exposed.  And that not by President Trump, but simply by someone “being there.” Every accuser met some kind of personal ax.

While the President was out glad-handing international power brokers and luring dissident employers back home, 20 plus Congresspersons left office and at least that many men who could not keep their zippers up or their mouths closed were cleaning out their desks. The Media, reading in unison from a teleprompter in LaLa land focused on Russian chicanery and found it in Hillary’s own documents, along with the supposedly squeaky clean FBI – like Squeaky Fromme?

We know What, and soon we will know much more, but Why? Because the voting public needs to have secure borders of their minds as well as the national jurisdiction. But for that they needs facts and truth; as the media grinds on, there appears to be fewer of them.

Everything is not good and right. Everyone is not supposed to be here. Every theology, every philosophy, every governmental system and every opinion is not equal. Every decision is not right or conversely, is not wrong. The popular relativism leads nowhere and is a mental squirrel cage of circular thinking.  Cultures are not equal, and societies and governments are not morally equivalent as any even sloppy examination would demonstrate. To abdicate responsibility is still a decision.

We must know who we are and what we are supposed to do.  We have decided not to be the world’s 911 police radio.  We have decided not to let everyone immigrate here just because they want to be Americans.  We have decided that we need to handle some problems ourselves, like the opioid crisis, like the problem of nearly one half our criminals in prison being illegals, or states that show contempt for the federal government by creating sanctuary cities, all issues which we allegedly solved at the Battle of Gettysburg.  States rights we have yes; States wrongs, no.

The next elections are not so much about Donald Trump in spite of Media hype to that effect. It is about us.  Will we accept the truth and become free, or walk away from our own generation’s responsibility. I am staying in the fight for America.  Are you?

Can You Bear New Revelation?

In John 16:12 Jesus says, “I have many things to say to you but you cannot bear them.”   The word bear here means to carry.  It does not mean tolerate, although there are many people who cannot tolerate the Bible under any circumstances.  But I am not writing to them.

He said this the day before he died, during his last meal where presumably he had important things to say.  He did not say, “Are you ready” although that is implied.  He used the verb “to bear.”  Or to carry.  To carry means that there is a responsibility for the new information, either for yourself or for others.  God put us Christians here to benefit both ourselves and others with His truth.

There is a burden involved in revelation whether it is the new Christian who suddenly finds himself avoided by all his old friends, or someone who is old in the Lord speaking something others do not want to hear.

Just 3 weeks ago my boss who is a left-wing Democrat and a supporter of abortion told me with a straight face that it was not a “baby” until the day it was born – just tissue.  I said, sarcastically, “Oh, so it is only tissue you see sucking its thumb in the womb?”  She just laughed.

Of course she would!  To take another position would forever alter her world.  She was named Democrat of the year and holds an office as party attorney.  If she changed her position she would lose all that – not to mention her husband’s views which match hers – and gain the contempt and isolation of these same people that created her identity for her.  Revelation and the support of truth cost something.  Even if she believed this she would pay a price for revealing it!  One’s identity should not be created by others= but by God.

The Bible says, “There is no defense against the Truth.”  But at the same time, there is a price to pay for advancing it.  I’ve been fired for it!  But that is a price I am prepared to pay because Jesus said,

If you deny me before men, I will deny you before the father.  So instead of changing my revelation, I changed churches.   Matt 10:33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.

But before we start counting the cost of new revelation from God, let us count the cost of not knowing the truth, a much higher price.  In an extreme form, there is Islam.  Muslims who convert to Christianity are routinely murdered, and not just in the last 10 years.  This has been common all over Asia.

Luke 14:28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it—

“My people perish for lack of knowledge” is a literal truth.  Beethoven wrote some of the finest Christian music in the western world.  He agonized over why he was losing his hearing and hoped that after his death people would learn the truth.  Some of his hair had been saved by admirers – saving hair was common in previous centuries – and it was tested a few years back.  He died of lead poisoning cause by his favorite pewter utensils.

Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.

Now we have to ask this, as a believer did the Holy Spirit ever speak to him and say, “Trash the pewter dishes?”  We don’t know, but the ignorance did kill.  We do not need to wait for secular man to learn the truth; lead poisoning was a modern discovery, but that does not hamper the Lord.  We have access to all truth!  But can we bear it?

The reverse side of this coin is that God uses ignorance to keep people in line until they can bear something new.  As mothers we tossed the young’uns in a play pen to keep them safe, and not let them get under foot as we worked.  Ignorance is God’s box for human kind.

They spin their wheels on 2nd rate issues and because they are busy with small things they fail to mess up Kingdom business.  A California seminary years back evaluated various mission programs as devised and executed by a group of denominations.  Their conclusion? Not one of these programs succeeded.  How about asking God what He wants to do?  And then doing that.  Every religious man can come up with a good idea.  But good ideas do not necessarily further God’s will; only God’s will does.

Millions waste their money on gambling, or sports or mindless TV – all boxes of ignorance that while doing them no favors, at least keeps them out of the Master’s way.  And God also used ignorance to further His own purposes.  Years ago Billy Graham’s high school girl friend was told by her mother that Billy “wouldn’t amount to anything”  so what people have to say means nothing in the end.  It is only God’s word and God’s call.

23 years ago the Lord spoke to me directly and told me I was not to explain myself. Practically everywhere I went people pressed me for information but I kept quiet.

I thought – oh well – that won’t last for ever.  But I was wrong.  I am still not permitted to do so, except with a very small number who have shown me that if I do speak, they will actually listen.  It has been, for someone who loves words, the toughest assignment of my life.  And I am still learning.

Today many churches do not even get milk – they are dying on diet coke and Twinkies.  Most other churches are on junior foods.  Can you bear something new?

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Apostate = the wrong way

In junior high I had a good Catholic friend at a time when the Roman church taught that Protestants were going to hell because they were “apostates.”  (The church gave up those notions in time.)  What the Pope meant was this – you have rejected the standards and teaching of this denomination.

Apostate comes from two Greek words – “apo,” which means away from, and “stat” the root for state, or standard from which we get words like Pakistan, and station.    Martin Luther entitled his opposition to church doctrine, Here I Stand, a new theological position.  In brief Luther’s stand was this – faith is not a body of man-made laws, or even the words and works of the finest historical minds of the Western Church.  By faith alone in God’s word we are saved – period.

So much for theology.  What does this mean in real life?  Last year a friend told me about an elderly woman who was sorry, even guilty for the shabby way she had treated her brother’s wife; she felt she had contributed to their divorce.  So now she supports the new wife as her way of compensating for her previous mistakes.

This is an example of apostate behavior.  Not doing it God’s way. (PS It is not a denominational thing at all.)

The Bible says if you have sinned against someone you go to that person and ask for forgiveness. (Matt 5:23) It is not a complicated process.  You don’t substitute kind and generous behavior to a totally different and unrelated person as a way of dealing with your own sin.  Simply put – the apostate substitutes his word for God’s and since we only have the Bible to know God’s way, we must go back to it for our standards.

There is a way that seems right to man but the way thereof is death.  (Prov 14:12) Without God’s way there are no God-results.  It doesn’t affect heaven and hell but it does improve life here and places you in line for His blessings.

Galatians says we are no longer under the law if we walk in the spirit, but we are to observe “ordinances.” There is a specific order in which things are done in a Godly manner.   A friend once said she was baptized as a child; I reminded her that the Bible says, “repent and be baptized,” (Acts 2:38) NOT `”be baptized and repent.”  She laughed and was baptized along with 100 other people in a giant swimming pool that afternoon.  Was she required to do this to be saved?  Of course not, but there are benefits in the spirit for doing things “decently and in order.”  (1 Corinthians 14:40)

2 Corinthians 13:5 says examine yourself to see if you are in the faith.  Here is a chance to read the Bible looking for Divine Order.  There may be a problem in the way things have been done in your past.  How simple to find the clues and redo it once again in the proper order.  If so, you will grow.

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