Friends, brothers and sisters, it is my pleasure to announce the latest book published by Framework Publishing (my ministry with fellow Centurion, Sue Thielke), “His Presence in Worship,” by Pastor James Vickery. It is up on Amazon as of now, and I would appreciate it if you would check it out and even buy it! 😉
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Good Saturday afternoon!
Yesterday I bought two new Bibles: The Books of the Bible Bible, and Glo. These two Bibles are completely opposite tools.
The Books of the Bible Bible takes the Bible back to the first century. It presents Scripture without chapters, verses, columns, study notes, etc. It is intended to give us a different set of insights into Scripture because of those edits.
The Glo Bible is strictly digital immersion in The Word. It provides five “lenses” through which to read and study The Word. Those “lenses” are called Bible, Timeline, Atlas, Topical and Media. It took 1-2 hours to install “Glo” completely. Then, I went to the tutorial, which I think you will also enjoy. This looks like a really great tool for studying the Bible, and even for teaching it. I would love for every teenager to have access to this, too. It would help make The Word more understandable for them, I’m sure. Frankly, I expect it will give anyone who cares to learn to use it a whole lot of insights that we’ve never had available.
I LOVE technology–especially things like this!
Here’s the link to the first of 8 steps in this short tutorial:
Hope you like it, and buy it! (I get nothing but satisfaction from this referral! 😉 )
Folks, this time last year, the chatter about Christmas was a whole lot heartier and exciting! This year, the chatter seems awfully muted, and even…dare I say it…depressing. But…THIS IS THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF OUR SAVIOUR, JESUS CHRIST, for heaven’s sake! I am OVERWHELMED with gratitude and a sense of WORSHIP at the thought that our LORD chose to become human…starting from the point of conception, to that of becoming a zygote, an embryo, a fetus, a HUMAN BEING for me. For US! What a REMARKABLE, INCREDIBLE, SUPERNATURAL, and SURPRISING and WISE move on God’s part…
Tonight! Tonight! I praise God for condescending to me… for heaven’s sake, who the heck am I???
And, in honor of His birth, I offer my favorite video from last year: The Bethlehemian Rhapsody…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pW1pbuyGlQ0
A friend put this picture of Beethoven up on facebook today, with the following caption:
“Somewhere in my youth, God parked it in my soul.”
– response of Beethoven after being asked by someone, how he writes such beautiful music, though he is deaf.
Then, he posted this comment:
I came across this while listening to Beethoven’s piano sonatas. And I am reminded of what one of my students once said. She said that musical genius — she mentioned Mozart in particular, a child pordigy — is an argument supporting the theory of reincarnation. The genius was a brilliant musician in his/her previous life, and this brilliance carries over into this current life, where it grows even more. This explanation doesn’t exclude God. But it has always seemed to me a pretty good argument for reincarnation.
This is my response to him:
Wow. I see it as a serious argument for the existence of God, because only He can “gift” any of us. The fact that Beethoven could do what he did is only explicable as evidence of God’s hand at work. All this, of course, comes out of a biblical worldview.
Now, if you don’t have a biblical worldview, there are many explanations which one can have, including the idea of reincarnation.
However, the biblical worldview sees the false idea of reincarnation differently. People who approach reality from a biblical worldview start with what God reveals to us in His Word. We would see” reincarnation,” and any associated “supernatural” activity, as evidence of demonic activity.
The fact is — that in the eternal place where God exists — He has chosen to create many creatures: many creations. Some of his creatures are angels. And one-third of those angels became demons after Lucifer ‘thought he would be as God.’ Satan fell, and was cast to this earth, and 1/3 of angels became his minions with him, and were all cast from heaven. Mind you, angels were created sinless and immortal, so when those angels fell, they were damned forever.
In the meantime, at some point, God created man, which He calls his masterpiece! And he created us without sin. We were created in bodies that were made to live forever, as long as the humans did not sin. However, when Satan enticed “man” and Adam sinned, the Spirit that God had given us could not abide in the same container with Sin, therefore, the Spirit was taken from man (the first death), and his physical body became destined to die (the second death).
From that point on, all humans are born sinful, without the life-giving Spirit that God took away from Adam and Eve.
But God loved man sooo much that He has done everything to redeem us after The Fall. He wanted us to to choose to love Him, however; He did not want puppets.
But Satan hates us because God loves us so much. Satan was the Top Gun, Numero Uno, King of the Hill, (after God, of course) in heaven up to the moment he sinned. We have replaced him in God’s creation hierarchy, and he wants to deprive God of as many of us as possible. He has many tricks to use. One trick he has to deceive people away from God is to convince them that human spirits can be recycled via “reincarnation.” Who needs a god if we’re always going to exist, but not always in one body, right?
So how can one convince someone that reincarnation is “real?” Well, you would do things like give them “false” memories of someone’s “previous” life, or you give a human an “ability” to do something that is not humanly possible, right? So, that is what demons do.
Remember that angels existed before man, and they have been around all during the history of man. They will exist forever. Since demons are fallen angels, they share those characteristics. And they are experts in the subject of human history.
Also remember that the spiritual world existed before the material world ever did, according to a biblical worldview. Reality, based on a biblical worldview, also includes interactions between the spiritual and the physical “worlds.” Angels minister to God’s people, and demons attempt to oppress and possess the people God created in an effort to steal as many away from God as possible, before the final punishment comes to Satan and his hordes.
So, if someone wants to entertain the idea of “reincarnation,” they probably can be swayed by the argument you see. But no one with a biblical worldview shaping their view of REALITY will fall for that argument.
Beethoven’s gift was a gift from God, and Beethoven was just confessing that fact, and his own knowledge and faith in that God.
The same is to be said for Mozart. Or any of us, for that matter.
This particular poem/Christmas carol by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882), 1867 is very appropriate today, in light of the events in Newtown, Connecticut yesterday…
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men.
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along the unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.
“There is no peace on earth,” I said,
“For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.”
“God is not dead, nor doth he sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men.
In light of the events in Newtown, Connecticut today, I thought this would be a good thing to post:
Another day, another night. Time to catch some zzzz’s. Life is always pretty interesting to me, but the last two months, and more specifically, the last two weeks…have been very challenging.
Though I was tempted at times to give in to worry…The Lord wouldn’t let me. He reminded me that He created everything out of nothing, so He certainly can take care of me and my family! The way He chooses to take care of us may not look like I think it should look, but He definitely is taking care of us!
In fact, as I stepped back and observed the “big picture” with new eyes, I could see that He was drawing my family closer than we’ve ever been before. I also was able to see my son with new eyes, and I can’t explain how much pride I have in his newly evidenced maturity!
And once again I am reminded why The Lord wants the sacrifice of praise when we’re in tough times… He knows that when we do that, we foil the plans of the devil! Face it…he wants to destroy those who aren’t born again simply because he hates God so much that he wants to keep as many of His beloved humans from following Him! And, since he can’t destroy those of us who belong to Him through our born-again nature, then the enemy wants to make us ineffective Christians.
So when you are in tough times, friends…Praise The Lord! Sing praises to Him! Thank Him for allowing the tough times so that you can grow closer to Him, and so that The Lord will have a more effective army on this earth! And so you can destroy the enemy of God, and make his efforts powerless against you and yours!