"Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water'." (John 7:38)

"Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual." (1Cor. 2:12-13)


Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Purpose Of The Word

The Scriptures were established to reveal Jesus to His bride by the work of the Holy Spirit (John 1:1-2), and from that, His ministry will flow naturally through those who refuse to lean on their own understanding. The Word was not established for the elect to purport their own devised theology nor to determine the purpose and direction of their ministry.

When we are dogmatic to harness the power of God in order to make this world a better place to live; when we are adamant to translate Scripture in order to covet isolated sacred doctrines; when we strive to interpret God's word into predictable religious practices; when we are so intelligent as to order specific and absolute methods of cause and effect in order to bind the sovereignty of God onto our own idealistic comfortable field of play; then we have effectively limited ourselves of the pure work of the Holy Spirit and thus created divisions in the body of Christ.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Father's Day

There are three things in life that remain faithful,. No, four. Make it five.


Your children

A noble wife.

A friend who sticks by closer than a brother.

Your dog.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

How Does God Speak To Us?

Some believe that preaching is God's primary means of communicating with humanity.

"Another thing about which the Corinthian assembly reminds us is that preaching is God's primary means of sounding His voice, bringing conviction on listeners, and granting them repentance. Without a doubt, preaching is the most effective means of communicating God's Word to both believers and unbelievers. In fact, this passage implies the superiority of preaching over all other means of communicating God's Word to anyone."

The Passion Driven Sermon
by Jim Shaddix

Others believe that the sermon is the foremost method in which God communicates with us. At the 3:00 mark of the following video, the narrator states:

"Sermons are God's primary means for communicating with His church today."  (http://vimeo.com/67724114)

And there are still others who believe God's primary means of communication is through the Bible.

"We believe that the Bible is both relevant and meaningful for our lives today and that it is the primary way that God speaks to us." (http://www.houstonvineyard.org/sunday_mornings.html)

Authors, preachers, teachers and theologians, all weighing in, sharing their own thoughts as to the most effective way in which God communicates with creation.

But what does God Himself say?

Saturday, June 8, 2013

What's Wrong With This Picture?

What's Wrong With This Picture (Video)?


At the 3 minute mark of the video above, the narrator states, "Sermons are God's primary means for communicating with His church today." So, God still only speaks through a prophet? The one behind the pulpit, who has elevated himself as the communicator of God?