Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Empiricism

Scientific knowledge is based on sensation. For as we are bound to sense, the truths we are capable of knowing are all contingent or 'positive' : strictly speaking, we can neither see nor hope to see why they are what they are. And that is to say that science cannot explain the world but only describe it. To put it very simply: Science cannot explain why things happen but only how. To the mathematical mind the problems of perception and of the external world leads most of them to study closely the physical sciences, and they tend to regard these as being the only reliable source of knowledge and throwing out other main fields of human achievement, the arts, history, religion, and morality. Interest in God is far from these people. It is a reach out of the natural realm to the metaphysical: the pretended science of what lies beyond sensible appearance. To them it is the denial of reality, just imagination.

Friday, 22 November 2013

Anxiety, Stress and Depression

There is so much stress, anxiety and depression in the world today. And our solution to the problem is to escape into fantasies, or to fill ourselves up with stuff, or chase after money, food, pleasure, power, and even wisdom to satisfy our cravings. Another more common solution to more prolonged and severe problems is to seek help from a doctor and take pills or drink or smoke or do drugs to dull the pain. And we know this only covers the problem. And no psychiatrist claims to have cured their patients. The real problem in this is that we have not put God in the right position in our life. Even I, as a Christian, have not always put God in the right position in my life. Many of our illnesses don't come from the food we eat or how much we exercise, and we all know it, it's all in our brain, it's from our heart and where we put our trust. Too many of us put our trust in other people or even ourselves. Put your faith in God. Put God in the right position and live according to His will and let Him take down all your obstacles. Don't worry about the things of tomorrow, there is enough trouble in today and you don't know what will happen tomorrow. As difficult it can be in the most challenging times, put your faith in God. He knows the future and in the good and the bad times He will always be there. Put your faith in Him. I honestly believe you will be healed!


There is more to it:
Drunkenness leaves you not in control of your thoughts.
And Drugs make you dependent on them, your doctor and yourself instead of God.
Marijuana tricks your mind and body to the sensation of happiness, but it's only a substitution for real joy and peace given by God's Spirit.


Note:
I know in some serious cases drugs are needed to help. But God is beside you and will help you through rehabilitating your life. God Bless

Saturday, 9 November 2013

He Died to Self

How was Jesus the son of God and still God?
We need to give strictest attention to what God has spoken in His son to us. You have heard of the suffering Saviour in Isaiah 53. Upon that cross Christ became sin for us and died to self that he might live for us. He gave up his life to The Father so that we have the chance to live eternally with God. And it is only through Jesus Christ, the mediator between us and The Father, that we might have eternal life.

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Community

Mark E. Dever (Telling the Truth: Evangelizing Postmoderns)

The Christian life is to be lived, in part, by folding yourself into a series of committed relationships, not just with your friends (with whom you may have all kinds of other things in common) but with a local church, open to all, united around faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. If you try to live your Christian life without such relationships in such a community, then you must beware, because there are many places in the New Testament that warn you that you could be fooling yourself.

Many biblical passages describe attempts at the rejection of responsibility. Of course, there is Genesis 3, the story of the first couple in the Garden. And 2 Samuel 12 is the incredible story of Nathan confronting David, who comes to see his own fault, though before that time he had completely justified his own actions in his mind. Again, in James 1 Christians are warned not to look at the Word of God and then turn away from it and so deceive ourselves. See too 1 John 4:19-20 and 1 Corinthians 5.

Monday, 16 September 2013

Was Jesus Always "Nice"?

Thursday, September 12, 2013
by John MacArthur
I never could believe in the Jesus Christ of some people, for the Christ in whom they believe is simply full of affectionateness and gentleness, whereas I believe there never was a more splendid specimen of manhood, even its sternness, than the Savior; and the very lips which declared that He would not break a bruised reed uttered the most terrible anathemas upon the Pharisees. –Charles Spurgeon
Modern writers, agnostic academics, and liberal theologians always stress the kindness and gentleness of Christ. Their Jesus—not the One found in Scripture, but the one concocted from their own imaginations and preferences—is effectively an ideological and theological pacifist. He preached only love and self-sacrifice, never judged or discriminated, and wasn’t dogmatic about the truth. In effect, the Jesus they’ve manufactured pleads “Can’t we all just get along?” with people of all faiths.

Monday, 14 January 2013

Church Membership in the New Testament

by John MacArthur
It’s obvious that the early church knew its flock well. In Acts 20, Paul exhorted the elders of the Ephesian church to faithfully watch over and shepherd their people. But it’s very difficult to shepherd if you don’t know who your flock is. And sheep don’t survive well just roaming around on their own.

While the New Testament never speaks of church membership in today’s terms, the principles of life in the early church lay the foundation for faithfully submitting and belonging to a local congregation. While the original membership process might vary from today’s patterns, there’s no doubt that New Testament Christians were lovingly united and bound to their local body of believers.

Thursday, 3 January 2013

How Do You Measure Up?

by John MacArthur

We’ve reached the end of our series on spiritual formation and sanctification, but before we close the discussion, I want to encourage you with some practical ways to evaluate your own spiritual growth.

Yesterday we discussed the true, biblical nature of sanctification—that it’s the work of the Lord in the lives of His people.

However, each of us bears some responsibility for our own spiritual growth, as well. I can’t tell you what percentage of the responsibility falls on you, or exactly how your disciplined life cooperates with God’s work in you (Isaiah 55:9). But I can tell you that faithful Bible study, prayer, and self-discipline play a vital role in your sanctification. As we’ve seen over the last several weeks, we can’t manufacture spiritual growth on our own, but we can certainly hinder it through unchecked sin and spiritual laziness.

What Is Sanctification? (And What It Isn't)

by John MacArthur

You probably know that most people in America and many more worldwide identify themselves as Christians. But how many of them can explain and defend the gospel, articulate basic biblical theology, or live lives that support the claims of their faith? The tragic fact is that compared to the vast number of people who claim to be Christians, very few are actually growing to be more like Christ.

That process of spiritual growth is called sanctification, and it’s a vital part of every believer’s life. For the past several weeks, we’ve been looking at some popular, purported methods of sanctification—commonly called spiritual formation—and weighing them against the biblical models for spiritual growth. As we near the end of this series, I want to highlight some basic, clear teaching from Scripture about the nature of sanctification and help you properly evaluate your own spiritual growth.