Mike Erich the Mad Theologian in an attempt to present them to a larger audience. I intend to leave this blog intact and would ask anyone interested in learning more about what is presented here to visit my other blog.
Now the point of this blog was to explore the possibility of connecting Calvinism and Charisma. Based on that I would like to summarize what I have tried to say here.
We need to realize that God is in control and we can trust Him with the problems in our lives. see, see, see
Growth in Christ is a process and not the result of following a particular formula. see, see, see
God does do miracles today, but He does them according to His will. see, see, see
There is demonic influence in the world today, but it must be put in perspective. see, see, see
The miraculous spiritual gifts still exist today, but they are given according to God's will. see, see, see
I would conclude that, while the supernatural still happens today, it is dependent on God's will and is not, in the final analysis, something we can control.
Friday, October 21, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ. Colossians 2:8 (NIV)
What is the philosophy described here? How can we avoid it?
Saturday, October 15, 2011
What does this statement mean for our lives? Why should we live differently because of it?
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
What does this imply? How should it affect the way a believer lives?
Friday, October 7, 2011
What does this statement mean for us? How do we avoid the danger spoken of ?
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Monday, October 3, 2011
What are the implications of Jesus' statement here? How do we remain in Him?
Friday, September 30, 2011
What does this tell us about the body of Christ? How does it apply to our lives?
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Then one day there came consultants among the troops who pointed out the problems of the current system. They said if the army would listen to them, they would fix the problems. So they suggested new marching patterns that lacked the old interlocking row of shields and took much more practice to make work. And they put the leaders behind the army, where it was harder for the ranks to see where they were directing them. They issued softer and gentler weapons and shields in the hopes of doing less harm to the enemy and making it more likely that the enemy would join their side. Many started making forays on their own or with a few trusted companions, rather than staying with the army. Some even stayed at home to watch the action through a telescope. And there grew more divisions in the army, as groups fought over which of the new methods to adopt. These new methods did cause some inconveniences and the occasional unnecessary wound due to lack of a firm shield wall. But in spite of this the army moved forward, accomplishing the purposes of the King.
Monday, September 26, 2011
What does this tell us about salvation? How should it affect how we live afterward?
Friday, September 23, 2011
What things here are ascribed to Christ? What difference does this make to us?
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
What things are involved in running the race? How do we carry them out?
Friday, September 16, 2011
What are these weapons? How do they accomplish the purposes stated?
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
What are the implications of this statement? How should it affect how we live?
Friday, September 9, 2011
What do these verses say about how we should live? What does it mean to live as a soldier?
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Monday, September 5, 2011
Who will build Christ's church? What is that church? What does this mean for us today?
Friday, September 2, 2011
What does this tell us about God? How should it affect how we live?
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
What are the implications of these verses for our life? How might we live differently if we are convinced of them?
Friday, August 26, 2011
What is involved in this verse? Who does it apply to?
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
What is required to run the race? What kind of things can hinder us?
Friday, August 19, 2011
|Ruins of Capernaum|
What was so significant about the centurion's faith? How might it be relevant to us today?
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Monday, August 15, 2011
|Mediterranean Sea (near Caesarea, North of Joppa)|
Have you ever run from God? I have tried it and would not recommend it. What can motivate a person to run from God?
Friday, August 12, 2011
|Ruins of the Pool of Bethesda, Jerusalem|
Why did Jesus heal only one man out of the large number of sick who were there? What does this say about God's healing people today?
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Monday, August 8, 2011
|Camel at a Convenience Store on the Road Between Jericho and Jerusalem|
What does mean to seek and to save that which was lost? The man Jesus spoke this to in Jericho was Zaccheus, a traitor and a thief (what tax collectors were in those days). What kinds of people can we write off?
Friday, August 5, 2011
|View Down from Masada|
What does it mean that God is our refuge? Does this mean we will not have any problems?
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
The first woman was elegantly dressed, with raven black hair. Her name was Pistos. She was quite formal, and well-versed in all matters of protocol and in the history and customs of the kingdom. (In fact, she seemed to know customs of the kingdom of which the Prince was unaware.) She was very exacting in carrying out and explaining these customs. But she did seem to the Prince to be somewhat rigid and demanding.
The next woman, named Chara, was very different. She rushed into the Prince's presence in casual clothes, with loose, flowing blonde hair. She was vivacious and enthusiastic, constantly cheerful and on the move. There did seem to be a problem, though, in getting her to slow down and stop talking. She seemed to follow every impulse without pause or consideration. And the Prince had to wonder how well she would hold up to the serious business of ruling.
Then entered a woman named Enkrateia, with subdued brown hair and simple, though slightly formal dress. She was efficient but commonsensical and seemed in control of herself and the situation. She believed in organization and rules, but only practical rules, none of those outmoded customs. Also, she opposed all whimsy and foolishness and preferred to get on with the practical aspects of life. But the Prince felt she might be too severe and controlled and might be lacking in compassion to those who did not meet her standards.
The Prince sat and contemplated the three women and wondered which to choose and wished He might have a mixture of the three. He also wondered if any of them might be the one his Father had chosen for him.
Then his Vicar, Pneuma, enters the throne-room and speaks, "There is something you must know about the women you have seen."
"What is it? " asked the Prince.
"They are all the same woman. She has worn different clothes and wigs and acted differently, but she is the same person."
"Is she insane?"
"No, but she is afraid of being rejected by you, so she has tried different ways to please you, hoping you will accept one of her guises. I believe with love and patience she can be healed."
"Is she the woman my Father chose for me?"
"Yes she is," the Vicar replied.
"Then I will exert all my love and patience to heal her," the Prince replied. "But tell her to dump the wigs."
Monday, August 1, 2011
|Nazareth from Below|
In what way are we a city on a hill? What is involved in letting our light shine?
Friday, July 29, 2011
|Hill with Caves Near Kursi, Traditional Dwelling of the Gadarene Demoniac|
Are there there those who are oppressed by the devil today? How should we approach this subject?
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Sunday, July 24, 2011
|The Garden of Gethsemane, Where Jesus Prayed|
If the Lord Jesus and the Apostle Paul prayed and were refused, what does it say about our prayers? How should this affect our approach to prayer?
Friday, July 22, 2011
|Catapult Stones from Maccabean Times, Tower of David Museum, Jerusalem|
What are the implications of this statement? What is the power of binding and loosing? Who has this power?
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
|Church on the Traditional Site of the Sermon on the Mount|
What does this passage mean? How should we apply it today?
Friday, July 15, 2011
|The Sea of Galilee Looking Toward the Golan Heights.|
What are the implications of the fact Jesus told His disciples to row to the other side of the lake? How might they be relevant to our lives today?
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Monday, July 11, 2011
|View Down onto the Jezreel Valley from the Mound of Megiddo (Armageddon).|
What are the implications of this statement? How important are they to how we live our lives?
Friday, July 8, 2011
|Remains of the Synagogue in Capernaum; Floor Is from Jesus' Time.|
We have here a manifestation of demonic influence in the house where God was worshiped. Is this possible today? What would it look like?
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
The Scripture further says we are to be genuinely concerned about the suffering of others (1 Corinthians 12:26,27; Romans 12:15; Galatians 6:2). This is hard because when you sympathize with others, you end up hurting with them. It seems easier (if less Scriptural) to keep them at arm's length. One way to do this is to just spout platitudes (it is unfortunately possible to turn Scripture into a platitude) to avoid actually becoming engaged in people's problems. There has been much said about listening versus speaking. I believe there can a place for speaking, but it is hard to be really concerned unless you listen. There has also been much said about whether or not to quote Bible verses. I also believe there is a place to use Bible verses, but not as a quick answer to avoid listening to and sympathizing with the person. Bible verses thoughtlessly quoted to a hurting person can come off as condemning rather then comforting. (As saying, surely you should have already known this.) But the main issue starts with the heart. If you are genuinely concerned with the person and their pain, it will help keep you away from pitfalls.
Monday, July 4, 2011
|Replica of Sign Warning Gentiles out of Jewish Area of the Temple, Tower of David Museum, Jerusalem|
How might this apply today? Are there walls we have built in the Christian church that need to come down? What are they and how do we do it?
Friday, July 1, 2011
|Statue of Elijah at Traditional Site on Mt Carmel|
What does it mean to waver between two opinions? How might it be found manifesting itself today? How can we avoid it?