Category Archives: Bible

Sin in the family of God ( A thought on the Bible )

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How should your church deal with sin with somebody in the body of Christ ? How should my church deal with sin of somebody in it’s body who has committed willful sin.
Hi I’m Billy David Dickson with a thought on the Bible.
Sadly there are immoral behaviors being committed by folks who are followers of Jesus in our world.
That brings up a tough issue for churches which are submitted to the Lordship of God’s book, the Bible.
They don’t want to give a blessing to willful sin by those in her body. At the same time the church is called to be a place where grace is extended. The church after all is a hospital for sinners.
I believe at times there is a place for church discipline.
A bigger question however is not how our churches will respond to sin among children of God, but how you and I should respond when a brother, or sister is involved in immoral behavior.
To answer that question we just have to open our Bibles to John chapter 8. Here some religious folks have brought to Jesus a lady caught in adultery.
Here is how John 8 reads…
3″ The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst 4 they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. 5 Now in the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” 6 This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. 7 And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. 9 But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. 10 Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”
Did Jesus condemn this lady caught in sin. No he did not. Too often us believers try to be the Holy Spirit. One of the jobs of the Holy Spirit is to convict believers of sin. That is not our job. There might be times when it is proper to point out a sin to a brother, or sister in Christ. We should never condemn another member of the family of God.When we find out another believer is in willful sin we should pray for him. If possible we should reach out to her in Christian love.And out attitude should be, if it was not for the grace of God,I could be where that soul is.

That is a thought on the Bible.
Until next time,
I’m Billy David Dickson

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Is Jesus the only way ?

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I disagree with Breakpoint more religious faith is not always good

( Billy’s thoughts – Below is a Breakpoint commentary. This is one time when I disagree with the host of Breakpoint. In the commentary the host says it is a good thing people are becoming more religious.

No debate if by religious faith we mean following the God of the Bible the Lord Jesus. At the same time you can be religious, and not know Jesus. You can even be committed to a church, and be lost spirituality.

For example I know people in the Catholic Church who love the Lord. However when the leadership of that church teaches Mary is sinless they are in conflict with the word of God. All have sin. Everyone including Mary needs Jesus as their Savior. When the Pope says we don’t have to go through Jesus to go to heaven, there is a problem. The key is not to be religious, but to know Jesus Christ who many Catholic folks do know.Faith in King Jesus is what people need. Not religious faith.

Read the commentary below, and decide what you think based on the Bible, and a Christian worldview. )

Ever hear the old saw that religious people are on the wrong side of history? It isn’t true. Turns out, we’re on the right side of the future as well. Stay tuned to BreakPoint.

A year ago, National Geographic told readers that “religion is rapidly becoming less important than it’s ever been, even to people who live in countries where faith has affected everything from rulers to borders to architecture.”

But as Rodney Stark documented in his recent book, “The Triumph of Faith,” that statement is wrong. In fact, it’s the opposite of the truth. According to Stark, “The world is not merely as religious as it used to be. In important ways, it is much more intensely religious than ever before . . .”

This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. For years, Chuck Colson, John Stonestreet, and I have been telling you about the explosive growth of Christianity around the world, especially in what is called the “global south.”

We’ve told you about what’s happening in places like sub-Saharan Africa, and even China, which, by some estimates may have more Christians than any other country by the middle of this century.

But the story that Stark tells goes beyond these two examples. The growth of Christianity in Latin America is, in many respects, just as amazing as its growth in Africa.

That might sound strange, since Latin America has been ostensibly Christian since the sixteenth century. But until the mid-20th century, it was largely a nominal kind of Christianity. As recently as the 1950s, only between 10 and 20 percent of Latin Americans were “active in their faith.”

The arrival of Protestant missionaries, especially Pentecostals, changed this. Not only did they succeed in turning nominal Christians into practicing ones, they also forced the Catholic Church to, as they say in sports, “up its game.” This, in large measure, took the form of the Charismatic renewal.

Today, Charismatic Catholic rallies fill the same stadiums as Pentecostal ones. And the result is that in large parts of Latin America, sixty percent or more of the people attend church on at least a weekly basis.

Another largely untold story is what’s happening in India. The son of a BreakPoint colleague recently traveled to India. One Tuesday, he went to Mass. When he arrived, he was stunned to see that the church was full—so full that the worshippers poured out onto the street. On a Tuesday.

Late last year, Christianity Today ran a story on “Incredible Indian Christianity.” Since 1980, the number of pastors sent out by the Delhi Bible Institute has grown from 100 per year to nearly 7,600 in 2015. As CT tells us, part of India’s so-called “tribal belt,” which runs across central and northeast India, is becoming India’s “Bible belt.”

But even in Europe and the United States, the rise of secularism has been overstated, if by “secularism,” you mean “denying the supernatural.” For example, sociologists consider Iceland to be one of the most secular nations on Earth. Yet, here’s a list of things that a significant percentage of Icelanders believe in: reincarnation, elves, gnomes, fairies, fortune tellers, and Spiritualism. You find similar results across so-called “secular” Europe.

Here in the U.S., the same period that witnessed the rise in the religiously unaffiliated did not witness a decline in church attendance or an increase in atheists. The increase in the so-called “nones” was a function of people who rarely, if ever, attended church finally admitting as much.

Those who claim that people of faith were “on the wrong side of history” have it exactly backwards. Religion, especially Christianity, is not in decline. It’s going from strength-to-strength. You just need to know where to look, or, in this case, what to read.

Young man, young lady you are grounded ( a thought on the Bible for young people )

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Teens, and pre-teens what are you doing this Summer ? I have an idea of something to do that might you better teens, and pre-teens.
Hi I am Billy David Dickson with a thought on the Bible for young people.
What happens when you get in trouble with your parents, or with anyone who is in charge of you. Perhaps you got in trouble at school, or you came home after your curfew, or you talked back to your folks. What might happen to you.
Well your dad, or mom, or your legal guardian might say those deadly words you are grounded young man, young lady. What if I encouraged you to go get grounded this Summer.
No, I am not talking about a punishment. I am talking about getting closer to God, by becoming spirituality grounded.
The Bible in the book of James says ( James 4:8English Standard Version )
“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”
So how do we draw near to God, or get grounded in spiritual things.
First off we spend time in the Bible. God’s book not onły tells us what behavior is wrong. It also tells us what to do when we do wrong.Just like a football team needs to read and follow their playbook. We need to follow the playbook for life,which is the Bible.
Then we need to talk to God daily. It is called prayer. You, or I would not go a day without talking to our friends.Same goes for our relationship with the Savior.
We also should tell others about having a relationship with God, by putting one’s faith in Christ.Too many folks are trying to get right with God, and get into heaven by doing good works. It doesn’t matter if we are doing Catholic works, or Protestant works, or Jewish works they won’t make us right with the Lord, or get us into heaven when our life here on earth ends.
So to be grounded in a good way we need to spend time in the Bible, we need to talk to God, and we need to tell others about their need for a relationship with God by way of Jesus.
Ok young friends go get grounded. It is a cool thing.
That is a thought on the Bible for young people.
Until next time,
I’m Billy David Dickson

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At times praising God is not enough, or the answer

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Sharing Christ with a Mormon

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The greatest gift you can give another soul

 

I met this intriguing guy. He’s a recently retired Marine who had the great privilege of working security for George W. Bush when he was President of the United States. He’s even worked as President Bush’s spotter when he was in the weight room working out! On a couple of occasions, my friend had the opportunity to tell the President something that was very much on his heart. He said, “Mr. President, the folks from my church wanted me to tell you that we’re praying for you all the time.” At that point, the President turned to my friend, looked him straight in the eye, and said, “Then, would you please give them a message for me? Tell them the President is deeply grateful. There’s nothing greater they could do for me.”

I’m Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about “The Greatest Gift You Can Give.”

The most powerful man in the world realized the most powerful thing you can do for a person-even for him-especially for him…pray for him. At the National Prayer Breakfast, President Bush talked about working the rope lines at events and being stopped often by people who told him they were praying for him. He said, “I tell them this is the greatest gift you can give a person.” He’s right. It’s a gift I hope you’re giving to people every day, with all your heart.

Our word for today from the Word of God, here’s a revealing picture of what really happens when you pray for someone. It’s found in Exodus 17, beginning with verse 10. The Jewish General, Joshua, has led his troops into battle against the brutal Amalekites. And old Moses goes to fight the real battle. The Bible says, “Moses, Aaron, and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning… Aaron and Hur held his hands up-one on one side, one on the other-so that his hands remained steady till sunset. So, Joshua overcame the Amalekite army.”

Just in case someone wondered what this “holding up his hands” business was all about, Moses explained it. He said, “Hands were lifted up to the throne of the Lord.” Moses made it very clear he was praying up on that hill. And notice how the battle was decided. Not by what the warriors on the battlefield were doing, but by what the prayer warrior on the hill was doing! That’s always where the battles are decided-in the Throne Room of the Most High God as someone intercedes there for someone or something they care about.

God must get tired of us saying, “Well, I guess all we can do is pray.” What? All I can do is go to the One who rules a hundred billion galaxies and focus on His love and power and aim it at some person or situation or need? There’s nothing else you can do that is even remotely as powerful as that! So who are the people that you pray for on a regular basis?

Commit yourself to be the Moses for some folks you know, and for some servants of God who are fighting on the front lines. There’s no greater gift people can ever give to me, to the people on our ministry team than to say, “I pray for you every day.” I just praise God for those people. And I hope there’s some lost people for whom maybe no one else may have ever prayed that you’re praying for.

Let me tell you, as one person who’s trying to serve the Most High God, there is nothing more decisive you can do than to be a regular prayer warrior as we fight for some of those lost people.

Let people know you’re fighting for them in the Throne Room of God. Find out what they need you to be praying for. You’ll be their Moses, praying down victory for their battle. You’ll be their Aaron or Hur, holding up their arms when they can’t go another step. When you pray fervently for someone, you are playing a vital part in guarding their life, in meeting their need, in changing their heart, in winning their battle. You are praying for them, you are going to the Throne Room of God for them. You are indeed, giving them the greatest gift anyone can give!

How to witness to Muslims

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Standing alone

The power of one. Worldwide movements have begun with a single individual determined to change the world. As Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn so eloquently said, “One word of truth shall outweigh the world.”

The Bible offers compelling accounts of rare individuals who, despite impossible odds, trusted God at all cost. One of those remarkable individuals was Esther, who lived “for such a time as this.” What about you?

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The question above all questions

Dead, or alive