Nearly two hours on the program today (not live streamed due to our computer issues), first hour in response and review of the Francis Chan clip that surfaced yesterday about the Supper and church history, the second hour in response to Leighton Flowers and Romans 3.
Started off with some exciting news about the upcoming Rome/Israel/Athens/Ephesus cruise in September (see the previous article here on the blog). Then we looked briefly at Jemar Tisby’s comment about James Cone before looking at a very, very odd piece from Facebook identifying Yahweh as Satan (yes, Marcion still prowls the earth). Then we got into the heart of the program by looking at a recent video by Jay Dyer on why he is no longer a Protestant. I challenged the Reformed in the audience to really know what they believe so that they can recognize these kinds of arguments. Lots of reading recommendations provided as well. Get a deep seat in the saddle for this one!
Goodness the world is a mess. Wars and rumors of wars, dangers abound. Yet how many are in any way truly seeking the Lord at times like this? In times of trouble in the past men prayed. How many pray today? How many acknowledge God’s kingship, His purpose?
I am working on my G3 sermon, which is coming up fairly quickly. We are speaking about worship this year, and I hope and pray everyone who will be attending is preparing their hearts to truly worship. I am afraid many of us will just come stumbling in, expecting a miracle, and it is exactly a miracle that would be required, since our minds will be filled with worldly thoughts and cares, if we are not careful! In any case, consider the fact that in Scripture a few times we are given a glimpse of heavenly worship. How often do we thank the Lord for these revelations? What if we had no idea? Think about Isaiah 6, and the glorious vision given to John in Revelation 4 and 5. Have you ever considered what it means that while men are murdering and plotting and scheming upon earth, the greatest creatures God has ever made are enthralled in constant and uninterrupted worship of Yahweh in heaven? There is no tumult, no turmoil, in the presence of the thrice holy One. All the schemes and weapons and atrocities of men do not interrupt the worship of God upon His throne. Think about all the things this should communicate to us. Just a few to ponder:
If God were actually in the job of reacting to mankind rather than working out His sovereign decree, would He not be most disturbed at what man is doing, most distracted?
The priorities of the greatest of God’s creatures are the proper ones: they recognize their creatureliness, and hence the necessity of their worship of their Creator. Does this not tell us how far removed we are from a true and proper recognition of ourselves as God’s creations, and hence He, as our Creator?
There is so much more, but tonight as I hear of tumults and attacks and war, I am reminded that in the heavenly realms all is calm, and is as it has been since the dawn of time. Turn off the television, shut down the Internet, and see if you cannot hear, with the ears attuned to Scripture, the echoes of glory itself:
Ἅγιος ἅγιος ἅγιος κύριος σαβαωθ, πλήρης πᾶσα ἡ γῆ τῆς δόξης αὐτοῦ.
Holy! Holy! Holy! Yahweh of Hosts! All the earth is full of His glory!
Amen and amen, let it ever be.
OK folks, I know late September sounds like a long way off, but it really isn’t. I know the phrase “once in a lifetime” is way over-used, but if there was one trip it would be properly applied to, this would be it. So we have some new details and, if you were sort of thinking about it, but hadn’t decided yet, maybe this will help.
First—Rome. Two pre-cruise tours, led by yours truly, visiting the Vatican and other key locations right in the heart of Rome. It is one thing to talk about Roman Catholicism, the Reformation, etc., it is another to actually see the locations. On the second day other key sites, including (most importantly for me) the Coliseum will allow us to really focus upon the perssing issue we face today—how the early church interacted with the Roman Empire, how following the Lordship of Christ related to the demands of Caesar. How many of our brothers and sisters stained the floor of that building with their blood? Important things to think about, and having the location in mind can bring some serious clarity of thought.
Then, off to Israel. We will have time for preparation on the cruise over, as well as fellowship, teaching, and worship. Once we arrive we will be hitting two major areas, the region around (and including) Jerusalem, and then moving on to the Galilee area, as well as Qumran, the Dead Sea, and (this is really exciting for me), Masada! I did not think we would get to do Masada. I will try to remember to bring along my DVDs of the Masada mini-series for the cruise over! Anyway, regular folks will take the cable cars up, but I, and anyone else who thinks they can do it in less than 35 minutes, will charge up the infamous Snake Path (weather permitting of course). I have some unfinished business with that mountain! Of course we will likewise be taking time to study the Scriptures in Capernaum, next to the synagogue where Jesus delivered the words recorded for us in John 6. We will also see the synagogue at Migdal, which is from the first century. The stones we will see heard the Son of God preach. That particular location really touched me when I visited in 2018.
When we head back to sea we will still have some incredible sights ahead of us: Ephesus and Athens. Mars Hill. The city Paul used to establish a key church through which to evangelize Asia Minor. I wish I could tell you what things will look like, but this will be my first visit to both locations, personally. Our guides tell me Ephesus, especially, is simply stunning as far as the ruins to be found, surpassing any other location. I cannot wait to see it myself.
So if you have been thinking about joining Jeff and I for this adventure, you really need to jump on board, especially before the end of January. We really hope to see you as we meet in Rome and set sail for Israel! See the banner ad above or just click here.
Sorry folks…we were all set up and ready to go when our primary webcasting program’s configuration file evidently became corrupted and…boom, need to reset it and build it back up from the ground, I guess (I have no idea how to do the stuff on the technical end, not that I don’t do technical stuff, but I am sorta focused upon other things during the program). So instead of trying to patch something together we will just reschedule for tomorrow, same time, same bat channel. Or sub-space frequency. Or whatever you prefer.