29 Jan 2012 Leave a comment
1. Get a NIV Bible (the NIV bible has historical contexts in beginning of the notes)
2. A Bible reading schedule
3. Join a community group
The Bible is a supernatural book “All scripture is God breathed”.
2 Timothy 3:16
* Historical accuracy – over 2000 prophecies in Bible; Name, people, places
* Fulfilled prophecy
* Indomitable volatility
* Overall consistency
* Miraculous depictions
* Transformed lives
2. Bible is inerrrant
“Inerrant” – free from errors
testimony of God’s character
“mistaken errors” figures of speech; logic
Psalm 31:5 God is truth
“Into your hands I commit my spirit,
You have redeemed me, Yahweh!”
Titus 1:2 “and t give them hope of the eternal life that was promised so long ago by God. He does not lie….”
Hebrews 6:18 “In the same way, when Go wanted to make the heirs to the promise thoroughly realise that his purpose ways was unalterable, he conveyed this by oath; so that there would be two unalterable things in which is impossible to God to be lying, and so that we, now we have found safety, should have a strong encouragement to take a firm grip on the hope that is held out to us”
3. Bible is authoritative
Psalm 119:142, 151, 116
Psalm 119…..169 “Yahweh may my cry approach your presence;
let your word endow me with perception;
1… To Yahweh, my cry I plead
To Yahweh, my cry I entreat…..
May my entreaty reach your presence;
rescue me as you have promised.
May my lips proclaim your praise,
since you teach me your statutes
May my tongue recite your promise,
since all your commandments are righteous;
May your hand be there to help me,
since I have chosen your precepts.
174 I long for you, Yahweh, my Savior,
Your law is my delight….
1 “Yahweh, who has the right to enter your tent,
or to live in your holy mountain?
The man whose way of life is blameless,
who always does what is right
who speaks the truth from his heart,
whose tongue is not used for slander,
who does no wrong to his fellow,
casts no discredit on his neighbor,
….If a man does all this, nathing can ever shake him.
1 “Alleleuia! I love! For Yahweh listens to my entreaty
he bends down to listen to me when I call….”
Matthew 7: 24-29 “Therefore, everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a sensible man who built his house on a rock. Rain came down, floods rose, gales blew and hurled them against the rock, and it did not fall.”
Psalm 19:7 “ The law of Yahweh is perfect, new life for the soul; the decree of Yaweh is trustworthy, wisdom for the simple.”
The Law of God is Perfect
John 17:17 “ Consecrate them to the truth, your word is truth”
Matthew 5:18 “I tell you solemnly, till heaven and earth disappear, not one dot,not one little stroke, shall disappear from the Law until its purpose has been achieved.”
Ephesians 4:21 “unless you failed tohear him properly when you were taught what the truth is in Jesus”
Are you going to build your house on rock? The wind blows, and it stands
or are you going to build your house in sand? The wind blows and it falls.
12 Jan 2012 Leave a comment
Conflict Resolution the Biblical Way
Teachings from Christ Community Church
“In your anger, do not sin.”
1. Do not use flight
Ephesians 4:25 “So, from now on, there must be no more lies: You must speak the truth to one another, since we are all parts of one another. Even it you are angry, you must not sin”
3 Reasons people choose flight
a) Belief all conflict is bad
b) Think we’re covering other people’s faults
* Mathew 18:15
“If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault.”
c) Self protection – sometimes afraid of confrontation or afraid of rejection
Do not let the sun go down while still angry
27 Do not give the devil a foothold
Devil – slander
2. Do not fight
Ephesians 4: 29 -31 “Guard against foul talk; let your words be for the improvement of others, as occasion offers, and do good to your listeners, otherwise, you will only be grieving the Holy Spirit of God who has marked you with His seal for you to be set free when the day comes. Never have grudges against others, or lose your temper, or raise your voice to anybody, or call each other names
Proverbs 12:18 “Reckless words pierce like a sword”
* Puts reconciliation out of reach, out of bounds, unrestrained anger
* Get rid of all bitterness, rage. Never use our strength to take advantage of other people
3. God’s Way. Unite.
Ephesians 4:25 We are all members of one body
Romans 12:18 “Live in peace with everyone” — Requires work
Ephesians 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as Christ / God has forgiven you
– attitude and action
21 Dec 2010 Leave a comment
Teachings of Christ Community Church AUG 21, 2010
The 4 week teachings at church is based on decision making
The first week instructs to:
1) Ask yourself: “Why are you really doing it?”
Example, when you throw off a tantrum… ask your subconscious mind…why do you really do it?
A boy & a girl decide to live together. They say its for financial reasons, then they break up.
They should ask themselves: “Why are they really doing it?”
For every decision you make today
Will be part of a story you tell
About your life
The story you write about yourself…
And if you write the story of your life
Let it not be something
You would need to lie about (be embarrassed)
For the rest of your life.
In other words, make good decisions
2) Last Sunday’s preaching was about the story of Joseph and his seven brothers
Joseph was the favorite son of his father.
And his brothers were jealous
One day, while his brothers were out on the field,
His father asked him to bring them food.
When his brothers saw him coming,
They had an unusual conversation
They were making a decision if they should kill him
Or should they make money out of him and sell him as a slave to the merchants.
They decided to sell him
And went home to tell his father he was killed by a wild animal.
When Joseph was sold as a slave
He had to make a decision.
To complain and be rebellious
Or to do well.
He did well.
He did his job so well that his master gave him all responsibility of his household
That the only thing his master needed to do
Was eat well.
Joseph was a handsome lad
And his master had a wife.
His wife asked Joseph to go to bed with her.
But he told her “No”.
(we do not know if his wife was beautiful or not)
He told her that his master gave him all responsibility
And did not want to break the trust bestowed upon him.
But one day, his master’s wife framed him
And they were caught by his master.
His wife cried that she was being raped…
Despite his cries of explanation,
He was thrown in jail.
One day, the king of Egypt had a dream
And nobody could interpret his dream.
One of his servants told him about Joseph’s ability to interpret dreams
The king called upon Joseph,
And Joseph interpreted his dream
His dream meant that a famine was coming that would last 7 years
And he needed to save grains
So that they keep stock for the famine.
The king did as Joseph stated.
And when famine did occur, they were the only ones who had food in the area.
And the king made him prime minister
In charge of everything in Egypt.
One day his brothers went to Egypt to buy food
And Joseph recognized them,
And when they were about to go home
Placed a vessel in one of his brothers packs , Benjamin
And when they were searched
He had them put in jail for theft.
Then he talked to them
And when they realized who he was,
They greatly rejoiced.
And Benjamin went home and told his father
That Joseph was alive
And his father and brothers came to live in Egypt.
(Which also was the start of Israeli slavery… that continued to generations on.)
The story shows how Joseph made good decisions
That eventually paid off.
Despite his bad circumstance of being sold as a slave
He served his masters well.
If he did otherwise,
The story of his life would be otherwise.
The decisions you make today
Is a story you tell tomorrow.
Make decisions that you would not need to lie about
For it will be a story
You write about yourself.
13 Dec 2010 Leave a comment
Allie, I get interesting emails from different people. This is the latest one…From: Gerena, R
From: LESLY ROSADO
If you don’t know GOD, don’t make stupid remarks!!!!!!
A United States Marine was taking some college courses
between assignments. He had completed 20 missions in Iraq
and Afghanistan . One of the courses had a professor who
was an avowed atheist, and a member of the ACLU.
One day the professor shocked the class when he came in. He looked to the ceiling and flatly stated, “GOD, if you are real, then I want you to knock me off this platform… I’ll give you exactly 15 min.” The lecture room fell silent. You could hear a pin drop. Ten minutes went by and the professor proclaimed, “Here I am GOD, I’m still waiting.”
It got down to the last couple of minutes when the Marine got out of his chair, went up to the professor, and cold-cocked him; knocking him off the platform. The professor was out cold.
The Marine calmly replied, “GOD was too busy today protecting America ‘s soldiers who are protecting your right to say stupid stuff and act like an idiot.
So He sent me.”
The Marine went back to his seat and sat there, silently. The other students were shocked and stunned, and sat there looking on in silence. The professor eventually came to, noticeably shaken, looked at the Marine and asked, “What in the world is the matter with you? Why did you do that?”
The classroom erupted in cheers!
If you think THIS IS GOOD, KEEP IT GOING!
28 Nov 2010 Leave a comment
A wild beast may wound your body;