Category Archives: doctrine

Goodbye, Rob Sherman – My Friendship with a Departed Athiest

( The blog post below I just found the other day, though it was written a few years ago by the Senior Pastor of the Moody church,Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer. Even though it is an older sad post, it makes some points which are still true here in 2017. )

I considered the well-known atheist Rob Sherman a friend.

On Saturday December 10, I was saddened to learn that Rob had been killed in a single-engine plane accident in Marengo, a distant Chicago suburb.
Though we found ourselves on opposite sides of these important issues, our friendship transcended our differing political views. We also talked about his background, his family, and his love of airplanes.
I gave him a copy of John’s Gospel and urged him to read a chapter a day asking the simple question, “Who, according to this book, is Jesus Christ?” I told him he could read it as a skeptic, but that he owed himself the opportunity to just read it! Sadly, when I met him a year later, he admitted that he not taken up my challenge.
Goodbye, Rob. I regret that you did not come to believe in a God who loves us enough to send His Son to die in our stead. I pray that your unexpected death will be a reminder that life is short and eternity is long, and that preparing to die should be our highest priority.
Goodbye, Rob. I regret that you did not come to believe in a God who loves us enough to send His Son to die in our stead. I pray that your unexpected death will be a reminder that life is short and eternity is long, and that preparing to die should be our highest priority.
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The question above all questions

Dead, or alive

Teens,and young people you have a fan, ( she, or he is not on 13 Reasons why )

Listen to the commentary right here and or, read it below.

Recently there has been talk about suicide among teens thanks to a TV. show.
( Young people this commentary is for you. )
Hi I’m Billy David Dickson with a thought on the Bible.
Middle school student, high school student have you ever thought there was no value to your life. You should just end it. I did as a teen.
Please know there is value to your life. You may think no one cares.I have good news, make that great news, God cares. He is for you. You know God could have shown he valued your life is a lesser way than he did. He could not have shown you,he valued you in a higher way than he did.
Lets look at how much the Lord values you teenager, and young person.
Romans 8 reads starting at verse 31. 31 “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be[a] against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.[b] 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”
You get that God is for you. Even if you do not think you have a fan, you do. God is your fan. He proved,he was your fan by laying down his life for you. He did so you, and I could have a relationship with God.No matter what you are facing,the answer is not what the kid on the TV show”13 Reasons Why”did. The answer is to trust in Jesus. Yes, you may still have problems, but God will help you through them. It tells us in the Bible Jesus is the friend who will stick closer than a brother.
So put your trust in Jesus. Then you will have everlasting peace even when you have trouble in your life.
That is a thought on the Bible for young people.
Until next time,
I’m Billy David Dickson

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The Mormon Church is right on this

Mormon church severs some of its ties to the Boy Scouts

Lessons from so called TV preacher Benny Hinn

I should admit straightway that Benny Hinn is well outside the mainstream of evangelical Christianity in both his theology and practices. Many inside the world of evangelical Christianity might say that what he does has nothing to do with what “we” do. But to a watching and skeptical world, the theological and ethical differences between a Benny Hinn and those who follow much more biblical models of behavior are difficult to discern. And that’s the first lesson we can learn: We should be more direct and straightforward about “calling out” organizations that do not follow biblical models of behavior and ministry. Defending the Gospel does not mean merely defending it against the Richard Dawkinses and Peter Singers of the world, but also against the Benny Hinns and Creflo Dollars.

Secondly, Christian organizations should be models of transparency and financial disclosure. Currently, the law requires tax-exempt organizations to file Form 990s. These forms have basic information about an organization’s financial condition. The law also requires organizations to make these forms available to the public. (A great source for 990s is http://www.guidestar.com.) However, churches are exempt from this requirement.

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Jewish Christmas

Jesus the Jew

A three letter word will keep you from praying

Listen to a radio commentary by Rev. Charles Stanley.

Democrats are against helping gay folks

Read a post from Rev. Franklin Graham.

Mission Miracle Mouth

Ian is one of the more amazing people I’ve met. The people who knew him publicly, when they were with him privately it was a shock. He had been the leader of Youth for Christ’s highly effective ministry in New Zealand. As you would converse with him, you would quickly learn that Ian had a stutter – which sometimes made it difficult just for him to get through a sentence. It was noticeable, but it wasn’t important. I mean, Ian was a godly, magnetic person. But when you saw him in action before a crowd – as I did at a national youth convention with 3,000 teenagers – get ready for a shock. I mean, I felt bad, wonder-ing how he was going to communicate effectively to all these teenagers with a stutter like that. To my amazement, I discovered there suddenly was no stutter. His speech was perfect! He emceed, he preached flawlessly. That’s what was so amazing about Ian – something happened to him when he had to speak well. And to you.

I’m Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about “Miracle Mouth.”

Our word for today from the Word of God comes from Luke 21 beginning in verse 12. Jesus is telling His disciples what to expect when they come under official persecution – a situation where their lives may depend on what they say. Here’s what He said, “They will deliver you to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and gover-nors, and all on account of My Name.”

“This will result in your being witnesses to them. But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.” Now, while this applies directly to official persecution, I think it can be broadly applied to any believer in a pressure situation, especially where Jesus wants that situation to result in you “being witnesses to them.” Jesus says, “I will give you words and wisdom.” When Moses said, “I can’t possibly speak for you, Lord. I can’t speak. I have a stutter.” God said, “I will be with you and I will put the words in your mouth.” And God said to these people what you say is going to be irresistible!

When my friend, Ian, had to communicate, he seemed to be outside of himself, carried beyond his limitations. In a sense, that has been the consistent experience of believers throughout all the centuries – a Divine takeover when it’s time to speak for Jesus. Maybe you’ve experienced that.

You could be in a situation – or about to be in a situation – where you’re going to have a chance to represent Christ. You say, “I don’t think I can do it. I don’t know what to say. It’s easy for those good talkers – like those radio guys – but I can’t talk like that.” You’re right – you can’t. But He can. You may wonder how you will ever share Christ with some person you care a lot about – or someone who is just spiritually intimidating.

What God promises to do is to take you outside yourself, beyond your limitations. He will write the script and, like an actor, you’ll be delivering His words. Oh, how many times I’ve experienced that! You may be in or approaching a pressure situation where you feel totally inadequate to say what needs to be said. Jesus said, “Make up your mind not to worry” about it. God wants to display His power by giving you words and wisdom that you don’t even know you have. And you and they are going to know it was God and not you.

My friend, Ian, saw it happen again and again, and so will you. That miracle at the moment you begin to speak for Jesus.

UMC clergy demand LGBT ordination

Monday morning, the United Methodist Queer Clergy Caucus (UMQCC) issued a letter to the UMC that presses the denomination to be more inclusive of LGBT members inside the church.

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