Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Do You Exercise Like a Nonbeliever?

God made us to move, and to do so vigorously. And he wired our brains to reward and reinforce it with chemicals called “endorphins.” Exercise makes happier humans.
Regular human movement has been assumed throughout history, but the innovations and seeming progress of modern life have made a sedentary lifestyle more normal than ever before. We’ve never needed to state the obvious about exercise as much as we do today. 

Countless unbelievers experience and consciously enjoy the gift of exercise, but they do not adore Jesus or have the Holy Spirit. Should there be anything distinct about how a Christian exercises? How do we experience God’s natural gift of exercise in such a way that we benefit spiritually?

What Happens When Love Fails or Breaks Through?

This presentation not only answers the above question, but provides a unique perspective into the need for reconciling strained relationships.  Three conclusions should become crystal clear: (1) we need each another; (2) having a secure and loving relationship with another person is absolutely essential to our physical, emotional, and psychological well-being; (3) when conflict emerges and bonds of connection begin to fray, particularly in marriage, reconciliation is the one process that is most oriented to result in relational health and harmony.

The following presentation is an eye-opening journey into the human experience at different stages of development, both good and bad.  This page provides true stories of when love fails.  The link provided at the end of each section sends you to another page that provides positive stories of  What Happens When Love Breaks Through  in similar circumstances.  Understanding the necessity of love in our lives provides an excellent foundation for understanding the overall framework of Dr. Newberger's practice.


Infancy 

In the 13th century, the German king, Frederick II, was curious to learn what language babies would speak if no one spoke to them.  The king wondered whether they would come to speak Greek, Latin, Hebrew, Arabic, or perhaps the dialect of their biological parents if the infants were left on their own.  To find out, a select group of infants were chosen.  The king ordered the foster mother and nurses who were to care for these tots to be absolutely silent.  "Nurse them, clean them, bath them, but don't coo or speak to them," was his command.  In the end, the experiment was a dismal failure.  Not only did the children fail to develop any language skills.  They all died.  A contemporary of the king offered this analysis.  "They could not live without the petting and the joyful faces and loving words of their foster mothers." 

Talking about Jesus

I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. —1 Corinthians 2:2

Former major league baseball player Tony Graffanino tells of an ongoing ministry effort in a European country. Each year his organization holds a week-long baseball camp. During this week they also offer a daily Bible study. In past years, the leader tried to find reasoned ways to convince the campers that God exists so they would place their faith in Him. After about 13 years, they had seen only 3 people decide to follow Jesus.

Then they changed their approach, says Graffanino. Instead of “trying to present facts, or winning arguments for a debate,” they simply talked about “the amazing life and teachings of Jesus.” As a result, more campers came to listen, and more chose to follow Him.
The apostle Paul said that when we tell others about the gospel of Jesus Christ, we should set “forth the truth plainly. . . . We do not preach ourselves,” he said, “but Jesus Christ as Lord” (2 Cor. 4:2,5 niv). This was Paul’s standard for evangelism: “I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:2).

We should be knowledgeable about the Bible and about the reasons for our belief, and sometimes we need to explain those reasons. But the most compelling and effective story we can tell puts Christ in the center.

Father God, please use me in the lives of others.
Remind me to talk about who Jesus is and His life
and teachings. And not to be dragged into debates,
but to share Jesus’ amazing life.

**http://odb.org/2014/05/08/talking-about-jesus/


Friday, December 16, 2016

DEFINITION AND MEANING


We've seen that sloppy or misleading use of ordinary language can seriously limit our ability to create and communicate correct reasoning. As philosopher John Locke pointed out three centuries ago, the achievement of human knowledge is often hampered by the use of words without fixed signification. Needless controversy is sometimes produced and perpetuated by an unacknowledged ambiguity in the application of key terms. We can distinguish disputes of three sorts:

Genuine disputes involve disagreement about whether or not some specific proposition is true. Since the people engaged in a genuine dispute agree on the meaning of the words by means of which they convey their respective positions, each of them can propose and assess logical arguments that might eventually lead to a resolution of their differences.
Merely verbal disputes, on the other hand, arise entirely from ambiguities in the language used to express the positions of the disputants. A verbal dispute disappears entirely once the people involved arrive at an agreement on the meaning of their terms, since doing so reveals their underlying agreement in belief.
Apparently verbal but really genuine disputes can also occur, of course. In cases of this sort, the resolution of every ambiguity only reveals an underlying genuine dispute. Once that's been discovered, it can be addressed fruitfully by appropriate methods of reasoning.

We can save a lot of time, sharpen our reasoning abilities, and communicate with each other more effectively if we watch for disagreements about the meaning of words and try to resolve them whenever we can.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Religious Taking the Place of Spiritual Reality

Seven (Possible) Substitutions

1.      Theology takes (possibly can) the place of Revelation. Theology is human’s reasoning that makes, relies, and infers on the Scripture, but it is not a direct revelation.
2.      Education takes (possibly can) the place of Character building. Notice that Jesus never just taught people, they had to follow Him. In order words, it wasn’t just intellectual knowledge, but it was the life style. It is very dangerous to train people intellectually and not deal with their character. 
      (The Scripture says, the carnal mind is enmity against God. When you are educating a carnal mind, you are educating an enemy of God? And what you get at the end is an educated enemy of God. Majority of the seminary today are educating the enemies of God. The main enemies are the products of the seminaries (e.g. Bard D Erdman).
3.      Psychology is (possibly can) substituted for discernment. Discernment is spiritual (gift).
4.      Program is (possibly can) substituted for supernatural directions, the leading of the Holy Spirit.
5.      Eloquence is (possibly can) substituted for supernatural power.
6.      Reasoning is (possibly can) substituted for the work of Faith.
7.      Laws take (substitute, possibly can) the place of love. If you meet someone who is very legalistic, you might not found them very loving person. Law and love is Christian life tends to compete with one another- people who are busy keeping and enforcing laws/rules are often remarkably unloving people (E.g. in the days of Jesus, the Pharisees were legalistic, and not really the loving people).

#Derek Prince #Be on GUARD!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

IN PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS: THE THREE KINDS OF HAPPINESS

“Whatever I do, I want to be happy and I want you to be happy” _Angie

            Let us hear from the mouth of King Solomon, known in the Bible as the wisest man who walked on the earth, “I know that there is nothing better than for men/women to be happy and do well while they live” (Ecclesiastes 3:12). To be happy is to feel or show a state of being satisfied, content, and cheerful. Happiness as I see it in our present context comes at least in three levels or kinds. The first kind, I call it as the sublime happiness. This is a kind of happiness reflecting eternity, having the element of permanency and it cannot be wiped away easily even if bad things happen in our life. The second kind of happiness is what I call the perceptual happiness. Perceptual happiness comes in relating to our ability to interpret positively being aware of things happening around us. And the third kind I shall call it the peripheral happiness, which is when something good happen to us from outside or by undertaking certain acts that make one happy. In this article, I will discuss these three kinds/levels of happiness and suggest that if they are understood correctly and taken in order, happiness as the wise Solomon said is indeed the best thing a person can have and must pursue in this life.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Disciple of Jesus


“A disciple may be very green and very imperfect. What characterizes the disciple is not the level of their perfection. What characterizes a disciple is that they are learning. That they are progressing. And before very long, they are very different in how they behave, because their inner being has been transformed.”
 
In being a disciple of Jesus, there are three areas that we need to think about:
1.      Just learning to do the things that Jesus said (Don’t get legalistic about this. It’s not a matter of what doing what Jesus said, but it’s a matter of becoming the kind of person who would naturally do them). The things that Jesus explicitly said to do are guidelines, and we need to have in mind becoming the kind of person who does that.
2.      How to live in the areas where there is no explicit command? Most of the things we do, Jesus did said about that in the Bible, for example Jesus didn’t say anything about automobile. What kind you drive, how you drive, that sort of thing. But there is still there is a way to do that. This is a combination of learning how to do the things he explicitly talked about, but also how to do stuff that we have to have guidance with. And we have to be spoken about. And here we have to learn to hear the voice of Christ, to listen for it, to learn to follow. And this might involve everything… everyone needs to listen and learn to do the particular kind of work they do with Jesus at their side and to hear his Prompting and His directions, so that life as a whole is lived in the Kingdom and not just the explicitly religious kind of things, or the moral commandments only. This includes areas of prudence as well as morality. What is the wise thing to do? Colossians 3:16- “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom. Speaking and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with Grace in your heart unto the Lord.” This is the whole life kind of-the wisdom of Christ is what we need here. (Business decisions, issues about families, finances, politics, everything… all kind of concern of our ordinary life that we might not think about).
3.      How to act with power in the Kingdom: Prayer and giving are the two baby steps in learning Kingdom life. Prayer and giving are the two ways that we take tiny steps for learning how to act with the power of God in the Kingdom. This will cover everything from teaching Sunday School to a little child and talking to them about Jesus, about life and heaven… you talk to a little child, you counting on God to do a work there. If it’s leading a big meeting or writing a book, or if its starting a business, and so on. It’s all the same area. Cause we want to be acting in the power of God #Dallas Willard# The Divine Conspirarcy. 


Four Gospel Presentations Today


1.      The standardly version of the gospel: The Gospel is entirely about forgiveness. And the good news is that the beating you deserve is taken by someone else. And if you believe that it has, then you won’t get that beating. Your sins will be forgiven, and you will be in heaven because they won’t find any reason to keep you out. If you believe that Jesus suffered your sin penalty.  
#The standardly version of the gospel that you will hear among evangelical and conservative, not to mention fundamentalist Churches (You listen to the main people on TV who have nationwide programs, presenting the gospel).
2.      The Gospel of the left: That Jesus basically died to liberate the oppressed and you can stand with Jesus in the Battle (And you will hear that preached, and ordinarily people who take this, don’t say much of anything about forgiveness). The irony is that people in the first group (Gospel 1) do more than the second group (Gospel 2).
3.      The sacramental Churches Gospel: The Gospel that huge numbers of people here, they don’t really think much about these other issues at all. And that is just, do what your Church says, and it will see to it that you are received by God. For short, take care of your Church; it will take care of you. The sacramental Churches, so called high churches often tend more in terms of that. You do the things that Church says, in some cases beginning with the birth and ending with death. You have rituals that are said, and you can be sure that you are okay.
(This has actually looking more to heaven when you die; this has more in common with first group than it does with second, though there are a lot of interesting combinations that you can make).
4.      Trust Him and Be His Disciple: Put your confidence in Jesus and live with him as His disciple now in the present Kingdom of God. So what is the Gospel? The Gospel is you can trust Jesus. That’s it! That’s the simplest form of the Gospel, but not something he said about social evils, not something he did to secure your forgiveness. That’s all in there, but those are not the Gospel. The Gospel is Jesus. His availability. Put your confidence in Him. Come under the rule of God. God at work in your life. (All of us have this in bits and pieces at least. But there is a coherent whole here, of finding our life in the Kingdom of God. Matthew 4:7; Matthew 6:33; Romans 8:1). The Gospel is the good news that we can live now in teh Kingdom of God through faith in Jesus Christ. Faith in Jesus Christ means i have confidence in Him for everything. I want to be as close to Him as possible, and learn from Him everything i can. I want to believe, and i do believe, that all His commandments are for my benefit. So anything he tells mes to do is for my good, and i will be much better off when i do it.
***Regeneration first, then justification, then sanctification, and glorification.  

The first three presentations of the Gospels are all about sin management. What are you going to do about sin? They’re not gospels of regeneration and new life. New life now, in the present Kingdom of God, the present Kingdom of the heavens under the living Lord Jesus Christ. See, it’s often presented as somehow, if we have never sinned, we have no use for God. No use for Christ. They present Gospel as to free us from guilt. Grace is only for guilt. Think of yourself now in presenting yourself to the World- and we will end up there talking about that, and presenting Christ to the World- is it primarily or only a problem of what to do what to do about sin? Those are the gospels of sin management, and the first three Gospel presentations, basically turn on that. #Dallas Willard#The Divine Conspiracy: The Kingdom Salvation (It is the Forth way of Gospel presentaion that is the complete Gospel). 

Those who want to deny can deny: The Divine Conspiracy

John 3, what did Jesus said of those that are born in the Spirit? Precisely that they have a hidden life, which is the real thing that is going on in them. Now, that hidden life will manifest itself in great transformations, not just of character, but if you like signs and wonders language, it will certainly show up there too.  Now the onlooker will not know what’s going on. That’s what Jesus said to Nicodemus, wasn’t it. The wind blows where it lists. You hear the sound; you don’t see it. You see its effects, you perceive its effects, and that will also be true (John 3:8). But now here’s the crucial point for the understanding of the DIVINE conspiracy. A person wants to explain them in some other way will do that to their satisfaction. And that is a part of what God has in mind with the whole process of things here on earth, is to allow people who wish to go another way, to go another way. But to allow people who wish to know him to find him. Because the promise, as you recall, in Jeremiah is, “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.”
# Dallas Willard# The Divine Conspiracy: The Kingdom Salvation

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Seeking the Kingdom of God

"But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33)

How do you seek the Kingdom of God? If you were to tell someone to seek the Kingdom of God, how would you say to them?

That means- FIND out what God is doing that is the Kingdom, and do that! But how do we find out what God is doing? Well, observed Jesus Christ, look at Him, listen to what he says, and watch what He did, that’s what God is doing. Now do that where you are, and you will find the Kingdom of God, and you will find the kind of righteousness that God has, and when you find out that you will have everything else you need will be provided.

“But if it is by the Spirit of God that I drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you” (Matthew 12:28)

Dallas Willard# The Divine Conspiracy: The Kingdom of God

Monday, October 3, 2016

Repent for the Kingdom of God is at Hand

Repent/Repentance: (Metanoeo/metanoia) 
Repentance was the message of Jesus in the beginning of His earthly ministry (Matthew 4:17)
Repentance was the message of John the Baptist (Matthew 3:1-2)
Repentance was the message of the disciples of Jesus (Acts 2:38 (1-47)
Repentance was the message of Jesus to the Churches in the last book of the Bible (the Revelation) (Revelation 2, 3)

What is Repentance?
The word Repent in the Bible (preached by Jesus) is “Metanoeo,” which means to think differently or afterwards, i.e. to reconsider (one’s life, words, thinking, and actions); to re-examine self.  

Why repentance?
John preached repentance that people may repent in order to know and be a part of the kingdom of God.
Jesus preached repentance that people may repent and to understand and be a part of the kingdom of God.;
The disciples of Jesus preached repentance that people may repent and can participate and be a part of the kingdom of God;
The Churches in the book of Revelation were called to repent; that they may not lost their place in the Kingdom of God;

How do we repent?
To repent, we reconsider, we think about our thinking (acts, words, life, etc) and when we are convicted by the Holy Spirit of our sins, we admit/confess our sins to God asking His forgiveness in the name of Jesus.
The Bible tells us to show our repentance by its fruits. Thus, for example: 
When you are convicted of your sin of lying to your friend; you (must) admit/confess your sin of lying to God (and to your friend) and ask forgiveness in the name of Jesus. Then you make up your mind (decision) not to lie again to your friend; you ask the Holy Spirit to give you strength to live a truthful life.
 When you are convicted of your sin of bribery, for example; you (must) admit/confess your sin of bribery to God (and to people your bribed) and ask forgiveness in the name of Jesus. You stop bribing (you give back the bribery money); you ask the Holy Spirit to give you strength to live a life of integrity.   

Do we need to repent?  
We all need to often think our thinking, i.e. to reconsider, re-examine oneself, our thinking, acts, words, life. Ask the Holy Spirit if there is any (unforgiven) sin in your life; ask the Holy Spirit to convict you of your sins. When we are convicted of our sins, we (must) admit/confess our sins to God (and to people we sinned) and ask forgiveness in the name of Jesus and we show repentance by its fruit. 

  “We must repent if we desire to participate and be a part of the Kingdom of God.”

Unobvious Obvious!


An eye that gives you sight can blind you;
A tongue that invokes blessing can bring curse;
A mouth that enables you to enjoy food can ruin your life;
A mind that brilliantly guides you can insanely lead you;
A hand that feeds you can destroys you;
Aren’t all these things so obvious?