Round Up

ImputationI am one who is grievously in debt. I come from a family of debtors. I am a chronic debtor, in a word, a debtor by nature. And the debt that I have accumulated has been acquired foolishly and irresponsibly.  I owe immense sums of money and my debt continues to grow. Payment is long overdue.

God’s Eternal Decree and Man’s Evil Deeds – Did God decree the Holocaust? Has God, from before the beginning of time, predestined the kidnapping of 200 Nigerian girls by Boko Haram? Did God foreordain the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 by Russian trained rebels in the Ukraine? Is the current Middle-Eastern chaos going according to God’s eternal plan?

5 Insights Into Idolatry – There are certain themes in Scripture that tend to beat you over the head with their persistence. Idolatry is one of those. It’s such a prominent theme in Scripture that some have said it is the central theme of the entire Bible.

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There are no prerequisites to faith in Christ. God does not tell sinners they must know this or that doctrine before they can believe. God does not tell us that we must experience certain feelings before we can believe. God does not tell us that we must pass through great times of darkness before we can believe. God does say in his Word, to poor, lost, ruined, doomed, damned sinners, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved!” – Don Fortner

 

Daily Roundup Single

This is my first Daily Roundup Single link post.  I’ve thought about doing it before, but I ran across a post today that I felt was so important that I just wanted to give it single billing!  It is by Eddie McKiddie and as far as I am concerned, this is a Grand Slam to end the game for you Baseball fans, a touch-down with 2 point conversion to win in overtime for you Football fans, or a half-court buzzer beating 3 pointer for you Basketball fans.  Idolatry is commonplace in the world.  Unfortunately it runs rampant in the church too.  We are all susceptible to it and because of the flesh and and our own spiritual blindness, it is hard to see in ourselves.  Greg Beale states:  “you resemble what you revere, either for ruin or restoration.”  Read this article by Eddie and start applying it to your own life.  I’ll be working on mine, that’s for sure.

How To Turn From Your Idols

Museum of Idolatry

Extra, Extra, Read All About It – Spiderman kiss recreated at Church by the Glades in Florida.

I bet Chris Rosebrough is apoplectic over some of the stuff he puts on his Museum of Idolatry website.   The lengths Pastors (cough) will go to to be relevant to their congregations is just astounding to me.  Check it out at this link if you dare.

Our Resources in Christ

Over the past couple of weeks I have been studying the book of Ephesians.  It is an amazing book full of a richness that our human minds can’t even begin to fathom.  What I find so fascinating about the book is the ebb and flow that it has caused in my own heart and mind.  It seems like I’ll be studying along towards the end of chapter 1, only to come across a thought or idea and have to go back to the beginning of the chapter to dig out something that I missed the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th time through the chapter.  It is incredible to think that God has so much richness to reveal to us that I haven’t even proceeded beyond the 1st chapter of the book of Ephesians in 2 weeks of study.  Who does that anymore?  We expect our Pastor’s to dig into the Word of God and feed us, but do we take the time to dig in for ourselves?  Do we have the desire to know for ourselves and not just take the word of someone else, a “professional” who is supposedly trained to teach us the Word of God?  It has been my experience that very few people, and this indictment even includes many Pastors, take the time to plumb the depths of Gods Word to grow in “…the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.”  (Ephesians 1:17b-23)

Is it any wonder that the Evangelical Church (notice that I did not say the True Church as there is a difference), of today has to resort to shenanigans that 20 or 30 years ago would have been condemned as shameful, and in some cases, outright heretical?  If you doubt what I am insinuating, just head on over the the Museum of Idolatry and check out a few examples of things that are going on in supposed church’s near you, or, maybe even in your own church.  The way we live for Christ is determined by our understanding of who we are in Him.  I contend that our understanding of God, our position that He has purchased for us, Continue reading

Chris Rosebrough’s Museum of Idolatry

Obviously not for the faint of heart, but it is what the evangelical community has had to resort too since it can’t be the true Church.  With songs and preaching like this, it won’t be long before the evangelical church’s have to resort to even more vile things to draw a crowd.  These video’s were inducted into the Museum of Idolatry from Ignite Church in Joplin, MO, and they certainly deserve the induction.