Friday, June 29, 2012

The Wonderful Word

The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;
The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;

Psalm 19:7-8


This is one of my favorite passages to read in the mornings.  I've read it so many times and it never gets old; it is so wonderful!  How amazing is God's Word!  It converts us from an old creation to a new creation.  It makes us dunderheads into geniuses (in the Lord's eyes at least; the world may still look down on us, but God's foolishness is wiser than man's wisdom!) Our heart rejoices when we see the goodness of what God has done for us through Christ on the cross!  And lastly, if we are struggling with sin, the Word purges our minds and hearts.  It is pure and the only way to clean the filth from our flesh is to be washed in the water of the Word.  


There is so much more to say as we meditate and think about God's Word, that is why it is so important to stay in it.  Let us learn more and more what the Lord has to say to us today through His Word! May you be blessed today!
-Sergio

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Mark Driscoll's Death Bus

"You cast vision for your mission and if people don’t sign up you move on. (...) I am all about blessed subtraction. There is a pile of dead bodies behind the (...) bus and by God’s grace it’ll be a mountain by the time we’re done.  You either get on the bus or you get run over by the bus."

Dead bodies everywhere?  Who cares!  As long as you are completing the vision that God gave you, then keep driving!

You may be wondering what this is all about, and you should be.  Seriously, would Christ ride around in a bus and run over people with it?  This doesn't sound like something a Christian; a follower of Jesus should be saying, and you're right. Instead these words are coming from the mouth of men; one man in particular.  That man would be Mark Driscoll.  But this isn't from an ordinary sermon; this is Mark Driscoll talking to and teaching pastors at an Acts 29 Church planting conference back in 2007.  Is this the mindset pastors should have?  What does the Bible say about this?  

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Hillsong Conference 2012: More about us, less about Jesus?



Hillsong Conference 2012: More about us, less about Jesus ?
(In response to: http://hillsongconference.com/ )




 Why put on a conference that points to "you and your church" instead of Jesus and His church? It has become a fad "if you will", for these pastors etc, to believe that the Church is theirs, almost as if they never had came across:

"22 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all."   - Ephesians 1:22-23 

The Church (body of Christ = actual born again believers) 


This conference is put on by Hillsong Church and as you can read below they believe they are helping the church:

Friday, June 15, 2012

Rick Warren and the Eisegesis of the Cross

     Rick Warren is a man that frequently seems to get into trouble.  So it was no surprise that many questioned him when he tweeted this:




     As a Christian I am sincerely concerned about this quote.  Rick Warren was labeled by Time Magazine as "America's Pastor" and many look up to him as an authority when it comes to "leadership" in the church.  Many people have retweeted this quote from Rick Warren; as of this moment 117 people have done so.  We can see that Rick Warren is a pretty popular man!  This can be a good thing, but if someone claiming to be a teacher or authority is teaching false doctrine then this becomes a problem, especially  on the internet where false doctrine can spread around like wildfire.  I believe that scripturally Rick has said something very wrong on a fundamental level and I must point out this error so that others may not follow in it.   The apostle Paul commands us to do this; as he says in Ephesians:


And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. (Ephesians 5:11)



If this is a "work of darkness" then I must expose it.  We test truth against error, so let us take what Rick Warren has said and test it against the solid truth of the Bible.  Doing so will show us what kind of a work this is.



     The biggest issue I have with Rick Warren is that he is a being a bit hypocritical.  We read this in Matthew chapter 7:

And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?
   
     Rick Warren must pull the plank out of his own eye and start preaching more of Jesus, His death and Resurrection; rather than telling us how to live lives full of purpose.  As Chris Rosebrough noted at the Museum of Idolatry (1) that while "Rick Warren has publicly critiqued those faithful pastors who preach Christ and the Cross from every passage of scripture (...) he hasn't said ONE WORD in criticism of his disciples [who] read THEMSELVES into every passage of scripture, including the Gospels."  Rick Warren and his followers time and time again seem to find everything else other than Jesus whenever they preach a sermon.
     We see here Rick Warren "calling out" people that use "eisegesis" to preach about the cross.  He is claiming that pastors can and do over-preach the message of the cross, and when doing so that they are "forc[ing] a theology."  Not only that, he calls it a "fad", as if preaching about the cross of Jesus Christ and His finished work on it for the forgiveness of our sins was a short lived craze like yo-yos, Furbies, Pokemon, or Beanie Babies!  My question to Rick Warren is this: why are you accusing some of over-preaching the message of the cross, when it seems that you do not preach enough about the cross itself?
     Marsha West in her article about Rick Warren and recent controversy (2)  tells us about Warren preaching to Jews and how he "managed to speak for the entire evening without once mentioning Jesus". Since when did the Apostle Paul tell us to preach to the lost sheep of Israel without telling them of their Messiah?  At the beginning of her article she also notes how he employs three doctors with New Age and occultic influences to help show people how to have a better diet, instead of telling people that they need a Savior to forgive their sins.  Since when were the writings of the Prophet Daniel (which are filled constantly with pictures of Christ and both his first and second comings) a weight-reduction plan?  Furthermore; instead of telling Muslims that their religion is a lie that keeps them in constant bondage to their works, he tries to make ecumenical peace with them. May I also mention that he replaces the proclaiming of the Gospel with his PEACE plan, an acronym in which nowhere is found the word "Evangelism" despite there being two "E's" in it, as pointed out by Bible teacher Jacob Prasch in his sermon "The Purpose Driven Lie." (3As we can see, Rick Warren fails when it comes to preaching about Jesus Christ and His Cross.  
    Despite what Rick Warren says, Jesus did teach us that the Bible was all about Him.  When He walked with the two men on the way to Emmaus he "[began] at Moses and all the Prophets, [and] He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself." (Luke 24:27)  Remember, the Scripture Jesus had in His time was the Old Testament and as we can see here, Jesus (who was God in the flesh) clearly showed that the whole Jewish Scriptures from Genesis to Malachi were about Him.  
     We have a choice here; either we listen to Rick Warren, or we listen to Jesus.  Who will you decide to listen to?

P.S.  12 hours after the tweet in question, Rick Warren sent this out:


Not sure if it was related to the forementioned tweet, but sorry Rick. You may not feel the need to prove yourself, but the body of Christ has the need to prove those who claim such anointings. We ask the readers to please keep Rick in prayer; that the Lord will open his eyes to his error. Also please pray for those who follow him; that they will look to the Word of God over the word of man.


- Sergio Martinez 




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1 - Chris Rosebrough; Museum of Idolatry:
http://www.alittleleaven.com/2012/06/rick-warren-takes-swipe-at-cross-centered-hermeneutic.html

2 - Marsha West; Rick Warren once again caught up in controversy:
http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/mwest/120321

3 - Jacob Prasch; The Purpose Driven Lie:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Uz1Fh8i3ok


Other links to check out:

Amy Spreeman; Stand Up for the Truth:
http://standupforthetruth.com/2012/06/rick-warrens-unsettling-tweet/


Ken Silva; Apprising Ministries:
http://apprising.org/2012/06/14/rick-warren-tweets-his-foot-into-his-mouth-again/



Thursday, June 14, 2012

A Lamp to my feet

Your word  is  a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.
 - Psalm 119:105 

  As I listened to a description of Carlsbad Caverns being so dark at times that you couldn't see your hand in front of you, I could not help but be reminded of God's word being a lamp to our feet and a light to our path.
  You see, before I was saved I was living in darkness and walking in it. I was spiritually blind to the things of the Lord. Since coming to the Lord, He has opened up my eyes through the reading of His word. The more I would read the Word of God, the better I understood my path and could see in this dark world. God uses His Word to direct us in the way we are to go. I thank the Lord for His word and His finished work on the cross, dying for my sins & giving me an opportunity to repent (turn away) & ask for forgiveness for my sins.I thank our Lord for giving us His word to guide us in this dark world. Let's read His word every day and allow it to be our plumb-line for truth :)                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Friday, June 8, 2012

Wait on the Lord

"Wait on the Lord; 
Be of good courage, 
And He shall strengthen your heart; 
Wait, I say, on the Lord!" 
- Psalm 27:14 

 We live in a world full of impatient people and it's easy for us as believers to start mimicking the world's ways if we're not careful. Here the 27th Psalm ascribed to David encourages us to "wait on the Lord".  Too many times  we've set up our own deadlines and have gotten upset with the Lord when He didn't meet them. Have we forgotten who we serve?  This should not be the case. No matter what we are going through, no matter how impending the situation, let us "wait on the Lord". 
 This doesn't only speak to those who lack patience, but also those whose trials might have them losing hope. Too many times our situations and the worries of this world will cause us to lose sight of the Lord. But be encouraged; the Lord will strengthen your heart during trying times. "Wait on the Lord." David was a man after God's own heart and he knew that even though there were trying times in his life that the Lord would help get him through it all.  You see, some commentators believe David wrote this while fleeing for his life from King Saul.  If the Lord could minister to David when his life was being sought; then how much more can the Lord minister to us in what ever situations we might be facing?  There is always fruit in waiting on the Lord.  The psalmist correctly re-iterates "Wait on the Lord" by saying "Wait, I say, on the Lord". Let's take the psalmist's advice and wait on the Lord no matter your given situation. Remember, Jesus has already proven His love for us on the cross by dying for our sins, allowing us to repent and ask for forgiveness and having victory over death by rising from the dead on the third day proving His deity. In light of this I encourage you to seek the Lord and wait on Him. Allow Him to be your comforter; fill you with joy, and be your strength

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Jesus, David and Us



"But You, O Lord, do not be far from Me;
O My Strength, hasten to help Me!
Deliver Me from the sword,
My precious life from the power of the dog.
Save Me from the lion’s mouth
And from the horns of the wild oxen!
You have answered Me."
Psalm 22:19-21



When we read Messianic Psalms like this we have to keep a couple things in mind.  The Bible is man’s word, but it is also God’s Word at the same time.  David may or may not have exactly known what he was writing.  He may have been writing off of his personal experience, but the Holy Spirit through him used him and inspired him to make this Psalm a prophecy of the Messiah in Psalms 22.
So we see in King David a picture of the Messiah; of Jesus.  In Isaiah 53 the Messiah is a man acquainted with sorrows.  David as well was a man of many sorrows.  He is man broken before the Lord, he was a murderer and an adulterer.  For years he had to run for his life as King Saul tried to kill him, and also later when David's own son Absalom sought to usurp the throne.  In this Psalm David is at the end.  Everyone is against him!  Wild bulls, lions and oxen’s horns are ready to tear him apart!
Despite, all this what does David do?  What is the only thing he can do?  All he can do is trust in the Lord and lean on Him.  He cries out to the Lord.  In the same manner we see this with Jesus.  In the garden as Jesus prayed, He knew He would be surrounded by men who hated him and wanted to kill Him.  He knew that He was about to endure physical pain and He also knew that he would go to the cross to take on our sin and judgment.  In doing so he would endure the worst spiritual pain that anyone would ever have to endure.  Despite all this what did Jesus do?  In complete reliance on the Father and the Holy Spirit He would say was "Not my will, but your will be done."
These things were written for our examples.  Are we broken before the Lord?  Have we gone through much sorrow in life?  If so, all we can do is to rely on the Lord and His goodness.  All we can do is to be strong in the Lord and the power of His might.  All we can do is look to the cross of Jesus Christ and the blessed hope that is in us because of what He has done.   The sufferings of David and the sufferings of Christ are powerful pictures of the suffering we will have to endure in life.  1 Peter 2:21-23 tells us how Christ is our example in suffering. Jesus will never take you through anywhere He hasn't been there Himself. He is our good shepherd no matter what we endure; He endured it for us first.   Have hope in this, He will get you through whatever trial you are going through.

"One last verse for encouragement:
Whom have I in heaven but You?
And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You.
My flesh and my heart fail;
But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever."
Psalms 73:25-26

Monday, June 4, 2012

A Man Who Isolates Himself Seeks His Own Desire

"A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire;
He rages against all wise judgment."
                                                   - Proverbs 18:1



   All too many times I have known both family and friends that as soon as trouble strikes they find it best to isolate themselves from everyone and everything. The saddest part is they also isolate themselves from the Word of God and from going to Him during these trials. This only allows room for the enemy to help us do what we do best: focus on ourselves and our problems. 
  Maybe this applies to you the reader, if so take heart because God's word gives us insight into the situation and encourages us on how to deal with it.
We have to be reminded of the Lord's Word and what He says about the situation we are facing. Too often many Christians will lean on their own understanding without consulting God's Holy Word.

" If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory."                                               
                                                                                                                   - Colossians 3:1-4

We need to be reminded  to set our minds on things above, not on things on the earth. This doesn't mean that we ignore or pretend things aren't happening but this world sometimes can weigh the believer down. When we keep our eyes on Jesus we will  be reminded of who we are in Christ and our future with Him will help remind us to keep the right perspective in this fallen world.  We need not close ourselves off from everybody including the Lord but instead:

Saturday, June 2, 2012

How To Answer: Is Homosexuality a Sin ?

Join us as we dive into the topic: "How to Answer : Is Homosexuality a Sin?"In addition we have our "Tweet of the Day" and a very "unlikely" interview with Mark Driscoll :P

Click here to listen or right click to save an mp3 of our podcast: How to answer: Is Homosexuality a sin?


As promised, here are the studies we mentioned on the show:

 Jacob Prasch -"Not Even A Minyan" (Click title of message on left to download .mp3)
 Recorded at Devore Truth (Community Church of Devore) (http://www.ccodtruth.org)

John MacArthur on Larry King:




And our Tweet of the Day awards go to (be sure to listen to the podcast above to hear us discuss these tweets):

Joel Osteen: "The Force is for you is greater than the forces that are against you (1 John 4:4)"   

The Force? Really? New Age jargon; maybe the fruit of hanging out with Oprah.



Paula White: "I command every mountain of problem in your life to move & be cast into the sea in the name of Jesus! The Lord make you His battle axe!"



Cast into the sea? She better hope those problems can't swim lol. Make me a what?


We hope that you are blessed by the podcast, we have more to come :)