Author Archives: Billy David Dickson

Billy is a writer , Bible college student, radio show host, and youth worker. He has worked with young people for over ten years. His work includes teaching children youth in Bible studies, and Sunday School classes.
He currently does a radio show everyday at 6:19 E.T. on KCRO radio 660 A.M. in Omaha, Nebraska.

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Truth or Love
Trick or treat for pot on HALLOWEEN
She was raped but trusted and said yes to life
15 year old girls
Christian apologist: Obama ignoring truth about Islam
Seven reasons not to enroll in ObamaCare
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Never quit ( a thought on the Bible )

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Truth or Love

Some churches and some people have love but no truth and some have truth but no love.
2 John 1
4 I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as we were commanded by the Father. 5 And now I ask you, dear lady—not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning—that we love one another. 6 And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it. 7 For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist. 8 Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we[a] have worked for, but may win a full reward. 9 Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, 11 for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works.

Walking in the truth means…
A. Focus on the doctrine where there is no room for debate:
1. Jesus has come in the flesh.
2. Jesus is God, and the only way to heaven.
3. The Bible is the inspired word of God and can be trusted in all matters.
4. All have missed God’s mark and have sinned but forgiveness of sin is possible for all through Jesus.
5. There is a real heaven and real hell.
6. Jesus died for our sins, and God raised him from the dead.
Today there is a lot of talk of unity and bringing all faiths and churches together. In my home town they are putting together a tri-faith campus. The goal on that campus is to have a church along with a mosque, and a synagogue. I got a letter in our local paper to do with the tri-faith campus. Here is the letter.
“The majority members of Countryside Community Church who voted in favor of looking into joining the tri-faith site might want to check out the Bible which says the duty of every follower of Jesus is to proclaim that all need to embrace Jesus as Lord. Yes we should be friends with those of other faiths or of no faith but we must always be willing to share the truth. However according to a Michael Kelly column ( World Herald June 26 ) there is to be no telling Muslims or Jews of their need for Christ on the tri- faith campus. That doesn’t sound like tolerance for us who follow the Bible. Romans 1:16 in the Bible commands us not to be ashamed of the good news. If there is no truth there can’t be unity.
Followers of Christ can disagree on non key doctrine. Such as church government, and the gifts of the spirit.
B. Obey God’s commands:
Matthew 22:37 says to love The Lord your God with all your heart, and mind. Obeying God’s commands means to put The Lord first. Some folks today want Jesus as their savior but reject and want nothing to do with the Lordship of Christ.
What are the commands of God..
1. Make disciples: what does it mean to make disciples. Too often today we put the focus on making converts not disciples.Matthew 28:19-20 says 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
To make disciples means..
To teach the word. New believers need to hear the words of Christ. There are spiritual leaders today that are preaching false doctrines and rejecting the word of God. One lady who co Pastor’s a church with her husband said this in a sermon. “I just want to encourage every one of us to realize when we obey God we’re not doing it for God — I mean that’s one way to look at it,” she said from the pulpit. “We’re doing it for yourself, because God takes pleasure when were happy. That’s the thing that gives him the greatest joy this morning … just do good for your own self. Do good because God wants you to be happy.” What would this so called preacher say to somebody who has cancer, somebody who has lost their job. The chances are they are not going to be happy. God wants us holy and not happy.
So what does it mean to love others.
C. Accept others as they are: This is not to imply that sin is ok. We need to let God take care of the sin in others. By the way sin is not what man defines it as. Some churches and believers have made it a sin to go to the movies. Some have made it a sin to listen to music that is not Christian. We need to call sin what God has called sin. We don’t need to add to God’s list of sins. If God didn’t make the rule forget the rule.
Romans 14 reads…
14 As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. 2 One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. 3 Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. 4 Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master[a] that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand.
So how do you accept others..
1.Allow difference of convictions on non key issues.
2. Discern essentials from non essentials.
A non key issue might be the day you worship. There is a group of people who believe Christians should worship on Saturday instead of Sunday. They will attack those who worship on Sunday. I think the key is not what day you worship but the key is having a day to worship.
D. Address issues of sin with those you are close to: If somebody you know or are close to are in known sin address it with him. People may say you are not to judge but we are to judge others or make judgements which we do everyday. We have a right to judge sin and that comes from the Bible.
How do we address sin in the lives of others..
1. Speak the truth to them in love.
2. Show them what the Bible says about the way they are living. The issue is not one’s feelings. The issue is what the word of God teaches.
3. Remind them because of the power of Christ they can turn away from sin in their lives. Give them verses from the Bible they can claim
4. If they are a true believer in Jesus the issue is not if they have a relationship with Christ the issue is there fellowship with God. I don’t believe a true child of God can lose their salvation but they can lose their fellowship with God.
5. Commit to pray for the person in sin. Sin is a spiritual battle. The battle is not with the person but with the devil.
Addresses sin in the lives of others is an act of love. What kind of parent would not deal with the wrong his or her child had done. We who are believers should act the same way far as our brothers and sisters in Christ goes.
Inclosing let me say we should love others but above all we need to love the truth which is Jesus Christ and his word.
Lord help us to know your truth and to love others above all help us to submit ourselves to the Lordship of your word. Amen.

Billy David Dickson All Rights Reserved, 2014

This blog may be reproduced in whole or in part with a full attribution statement. Contact Billy or read more commentary on current issues at http://billydteacher.wordpress.com/.

Trick or treat for pot on HALLOWEEN

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She was raped but trusted and said yes to life

Lauran Bunting faced a bit of culture shock when she headed to public high school as a freshman after being homeschooled. Having been raised Christian, she had morals that she wanted to stay true to, but she admits letting them slip a bit with the desire to fit in at school. By the time she would graduate, she would be nine months pregnant. But her story isn’t one anyone was expecting.

As a senior, Lauran fell for a sweet guy who showed her a great amount of respect. She explained to her new boyfriend that she was waiting to have sex and he told her he was fine with that and seemed completely understanding of her wishes. Her parents didn’t want her dating him, but she went and saw him anyway.

“A week later we were hanging out,” she explains, “We were playing basketball. We went in the garage for a quick drink and that’s when he decided that he didn’t care. He wanted to have sex and I begged and pleaded with him but he forced me into this closet and forced me to have sex with him.”

Devastated, Lauran went home immediately but didn’t tell anyone about what had happened out of fear. Her family had experiences with men who were physically abusive and that history was in the back of her mind, plus her parents had told her not to date the boy. So she kept the rape a secret.
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15 year old girls

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Christian apologist: Obama ignoring truth about Islam

A Christian apologist is convinced that Barack Obama is doing everything he can to accommodate Muslims.

“He has been far and away the most Muslim-friendly president in our history,” says Dr. Alex McFarland, co-host of American Family Radio’s “Exploring the Word,” adding that Obama doesn’t appear to want to face the truth about what Islam is.
really there seems to have been either an inability or an unwillingness to truly acknowledge the threat that Islam poses to the American people – and really to the safety and security of the world,” the apologist tells OneNewsNow.

In a recent 60 Minutes interview, President Obama admitted his administration had “underestimated” the threat from the Islamic State.
( The rest of the above story is here. )

Seven reasons not to enroll in ObamaCare

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Houston pastors will not back down to legal intimidation, predicts Land

Texas pastors under fire for their biblical views are being encouraged by a well-known Southern Baptist.

“If we’re all willing to go to jail, none of us will have to,” Richard land says of the five Houston pastors whose sermons have been subpoenaed as part of a lawsuit against the city.

“We all need to stand with these preachers,” Land tells OneNewsNow. “I know some of those guys and they’re not going to back up.”

Land is currently the president of Southern Evangelical Seminary after serving as longtime president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, an arm of the Southern Baptist Convention.
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Never quit ( a thought on the Bible )

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So have you ever thought about quitting something? Perhaps a job is too hard, a relationship is getting too tough. Perhaps even others are making fun of what you are trying to do.
Before you quit listen to this.
Abraham Lincoln, as a young man, went to war a captain and returned a private. Afterwards, he was a failure as a businessman. As a lawyer in Springfield, he was too impractical to be a success. He turned to politics and was defeated in his first try for the legislature, again defeated in his first attempt to be nominated for congress, defeated in his application to be commissioner of the General Land Office, defeated in the senatorial election of 1854, defeated in his efforts for the vice-presidency in 1856, and defeated in the senatorial election of 1858. At about that time, he wrote in a letter to a friend, “I am now the most miserable man living. If what I feel were equally distributed to the whole human family, there would not be one cheerful face on the earth.” Never Quit!
Michael Jordan and Bob Cousy were each cut from their high school basketball teams. Jordan once observed, I’ve failed over and over again in my life. That is why I succeed. They never quit!
Babe Ruth is famous for his past home run record, but for decades he also held the record for strikeouts. He hit 714 home runs and struck out 1,330 times in his career (about which he said, “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.”). And didn’t Mark McGwire break that strikeout record? (John Wooden once explained that winners make the most errors . . . because they NEVER quit.)
Hi I am Billy David Dickson with a thought on the Bible and a thought on never quitting.
Some of you today might be ready to give up. The Bible says in 2 Timothy 4:7 says
English Standard Version
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
A. First that verse says I have fought the good fight. If something is worth having it is worth working for and fighting for. Remember what John Wooden said that winners make the most errors . . . because they NEVER quit.)
B. Then the key is how you finish. There are people who start out good but don’t finish or don’t finish well. It is like a football team that comes from behind to win a game. They didn’t start well but they finished well. Yes you are going to fail at times. Never forget it is better to fail to try to do something than try nothing and succeed.
C. Last that verse says keep the faith. There are people who have not kept the faith. As my Bible college teacher said they may have been saved but they had a wasted life. Are you keeping the faith? Keeping the faith might mean standing for Christ at your school at your job, or even in your own family while the rest are going the way of the world. It might mean going to a Bible study instead of going with everyone in your dorm to a drug party. It might mean ending a relationship that is bringing you down. A way people finish strong is when they reject any comprise in their spiritual walks with God. They are like some soldiers in a story I heard once who came to a church with their guns drawn and said who are the true followers of Jesus here. If you are not one you can leave. A lot of people left. The soldiers told those who remained we have come to worship the Lord with you but first we had to get rid of the hypocrites.
That is a thought on the Bible,
Until next time,
I’m Billy David Dickson

Billy David Dickson All Rights Reserved, 2014
This blog may be reproduced in whole or in part with a full attribution statement. Contact Billy or read more commentary on current issues at http://billydteacher.wordpress.com/.

Dallas pastor Jeffress rips Houston mayor for ‘whoops’ on subpoenas

Robert Jeffress, the pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, said Thursday morning that the embattled mayor of Houston is backtracking after she first defended attorneys who are going after pastors in the Houston area.
Jeffress talked to AFR talk show host Sandy Rios after he appeared on “Fox and Friends” earlier Thursday morning, using both appearances to discuss the subpoenas issued to pastors.
Houston Mayor Annie Parker, a lesbian, is now claiming she didn’t intend for the subpoenas to be so “broad.”
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