Here is an interesting post from Larry Hurtado (N.T. Scholar and Historian) which I thought might interest some of you.
I am very near the final process of updating my blog with a new look, feel, and functionality. I am interested in your comments before I finalize anything. Please help me improve this site by giving me your opinion in the comments section below. Please comment on the good, the bad, and the ugly. All opinions are welcome, even if you don’t agree with my theology.
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I’m “retweeting” this because I think it is an awesome service, although technically it is not a “retweet” as I received it in my RSS reader, but its still good stuff!
From Bible.org’s research labs comes a new SMS service which allows you to send a text to a phone number and a computer will reply with that verse. Should be a good thing in a pinch for verse look-up! The version is the NET bible, but still would be useful none-the-less.
If you have a mobile phone with SMS (text messaging) capabilities you can now receive a small portion of the NET Bible one text message at a time. Simply text a verse reference to 1-409-316-3824(1-409-31N-ETBI). It will promptly reply via text message the Bible verse(s) you requested. So tell your friends! Tell the world.
So, feel free to text away! Just realize that this is an SMS text, and if you pay per text its not going to be free for you. For those with an unlimited texting plan (anyone with teenagers), it shouldn’t cost you a dime as bible.org provides the service for free.
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No, this is not a post about the conference held every year. It is a post about these verses of scripture:
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.” (2 Tim 3:1–9 KJV)
All we need to do is look around us to see that we are in the days talked about by Paul.
Hello everyone! There was a significant increase in traffic to the blog in 2012. My stats for the year were:
- 35K+ Unique Visitors to the site.
- 111K+ Visits in all (not from bots).
- 410K+ Pages viewed.
This represented a 51% increase over 2011, and I expected as much, considering I went from being at sea all the time, and not able to post much in 2011, to being home most of the time and able to post on a more frequent basis. I hope to do even better in 2013, including the introduction of my new online Bible study series for 2013. I should be able to start this series by next Friday, so please stay tuned!
Thank you for reading my blog! Also, look for format changes to be coming within the next 3-4 months here at Pentecostal Blogger. As a web designer by hobby, I just can’t help myself! I like to tweak and improve this blog as time goes on.
Pentecostal Blogger has been online since 2008, and hopefully will be for the long haul, until Jesus returns or I pass on to my reward! This has been and continues to be a wonderful ministry for me. The most surprising item while reviewing my stats was the number of visits from the Far East.
Having been spiritually “born” in Okinawa Japan, I am glad to see that I attract visitors from the Pacific rim countries.
God bless and I hope all of my readers have a very blessed 2013!
“I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.” (Psa 122:1 KJV)
Church attendance is a must for the Spirit filled Christian. The Christian who seeks to develop a healthy and mature relationship in Christ will seek to attend every service possible in order to edify and nurture not only themselves, but to help others to grow, and to be examples and witnesses to their own families.
Church attendance out of a sense of duty is dead spiritually speaking. Church attendance should be a joyous occassion in which the mature saint will look forward to every time the sanctuary doors are open.
“Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” (Heb 10:23–25 KJV)
We, as Christians, should seek to build and edify the church. One of the most effective ways is through encouragement by example. We are all called to be a Saint. In our calling, we should profess God in our mouth and in our action. A person who has trouble attending church usually derives no joy from it, but merely attends out of his or her sense of duty. This kind of attendance only leads to feelings of resentment.
Scripture gives us a clear model on how to become an effective and a mature leader. The following is a quote from 1st Timothy chapter three.
“This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless. Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.” (1 Tim 3:1–12 KJV)
The requirements for true, Spirit led leadership were given under influence of the Holy Ghost by Paul to Timothy, a young pastor. 1 Timothy 3:1-12 lists these qualifications as the requirements for a bishop, or pastor, but they are good principles to apply in every leadership capacity you may find yourself in.
- Blameless- innocent of wrong doing or correcting wrong.
- Husband of one wife- holding to a morally pure lifestyle doing things after God’s heart rather than seeing what you can legally get away with.
- Vigilant- Alert full, always on the watch, consulting the Word as our measuring stick while we stand guard over that which God has given us.
- Sober- having a sound mind to correctly assess and discern correct choices when confronted with problems.
- Good behaviour- Having good behaviour means you are leading in a compassionate and loving way. It is a characteristic of the love described in 1 Cor 13.
- Hospitality- No one can effectively lead if they have no sense of hospitality.
- Apt to teach- As a leader, you must be willing to invest time and energy into training the next generation. In the Navy, we have a saying: ‘Train your relief’. In other words, you will eventually die or move on to another area of ministry or leadership, and a true leader must be responsible enough to train the man or woman who will fill their position when they are gone. Immature leaders do not do this.
- Abstaining- You must display self control as a leader. If you are addicted to anything, that displays a lack of self control, and the good leader will recognize these problem areas and correct them in his/her life.
- Non-violent- A violent personality is not an acceptable trait in leadership. You must be able to build up and edify as a leader. A leader who leads by fear is no leader at all, but a dictator.
- Not greedy- A greedy person is self centered and does not care about the whole. As such, the greedy person cannot effectively lead due to his/her clouded vision. A good leader will put aside their own greed and plant seeds of generosity in their charges to see the community they lead grow.
- Patient- A good leader must be patient, prayerful and willing to wait on God rather than make hasty decisions which they might regret later on. It seems time helps to develop patience as young leaders seem more susceptible to hasty decisions than those leaders who have spent some time leading. Of course this should also not be an excuse for inaction when the time is right, or in times of true crisis. At these infrequent times, the leader must be flexible enough to act decisively.
- Self-control- Not a brawler. If a leader is hot-headed, his/her ministry will become stagnant. An effective leader should not fly off the handle at the least little bump in the road.
- Not a coveter- A good leader will refuse to covet another’s ministry, possessions, or place / status in life. An effective leader will use the principles found in scripture to benefit their own and other’s ministries.
- Rules his own house- A leader must understand enough of the principles of leadership to effectively rule his/her own family before they can hope to lead outside of their immediate families. Ruling their own house also includes a basic understanding of the functions or roles God has ordained in scripture for the man and woman in the home.
- Not prideful- Pride has been the downfall of many would be leaders. Satan was ordained to be the leader of the angels whom worshipped God in heaven. Unfortunately for Satan, he let pride be his downfall. A good leader will not let his/her ego become inflated, nor will they place others on a pedestal. An excellent leader will lead by example, ensuring his or her pride will not become their downfall. We would do well to take pride in our families, in our appearance, in the people we lead, but puffing ourselves up is the pride of life which leads to our ruin.
- Reputation- How our reputation is perceived by those we lead, and our peers, and our superiors, tells a lot about our moral character and how developed our leadership skills are. A great leader will strive to be trustworthy and protect his/her name from all filthiness which could do harm to their reputation.
- Steadfast- Are you, as a leader, steadfast in your commitment to the Word of God? A steadfast leader is one who is unwavering in their belief in God and in His promises.
These are the requirements for effective, Spirit led leadership which the Apostle Paul sent to Timothy. No matter what role of leadership you find yourself in, you must do your very best to assimilate these principles from the Word of God into your leadership tool bag. Doing so will see your ministry and leadership role grow; and your commitment to the things of God will deepen in the effective employment of these principles.
Here is a good Q&A from the NASA website on the Mayan Doomsday phenomena.
How to choose and use a wide-margin bible
This review of How to choose and use a wide-margin bible by Randy Brown is my own, honest evaluation and opinion, and I was not paid for this review, neither did I receive any compensation, including a review copy for this review. Disclosed because of FTC blogging disclosure guidelines.
How to Choose and Use a Wide-Margin Bible: A Bible Buying and Marking Guide by Randy A. Brown is an e-book self published via Amazon for Kindle devices. Randy’s e-book is a collection of a large amount of his work on his Bible Buying Guide website, as well as a decent amount of new material. Topics included in this e-book guide include:
- What makes a quality bible
- Choosing a translation
- Bible features and tools
- Color coding and highlighting
I enjoyed the chapter on bindings and covers the most, and I would recommend to the author that he expand this section to include more details and coverage on this section. I do realize that this e-book is not a book on bindings, but rather the effective use of a wide margin Bible for studying God’s word, but it would be nice to see this section grow in future revisions.
The author’s tips for effective note taking and use of symbols or color highlighting and underlining are useful for the new Bible student, to get them interested in using these types of memory aids in assisting their Bible study. In the layout section of the chapter on Bible features, I am in agreement with the author in that I, as well, enjoy the readability of a single column paragraph style Bible, my only qualification to that statement is in regards to preaching. I find that a one-verse-per-line format is faster when preaching, and you need to quickly turn to a verse to quote from. The paragraph, while acceptable for study, and superior in readability, is inferior when it comes to speedily looking for a particular verse as the verse numbers are not readily apparent, having been embedded somewhere in a paragraph.
Another area which could be further expanded is the inductive study methods, including symbology and highlighting. the author does give details for beginners, but for more advanced students, it feels a little wanting. I would include more examples, and perhaps some new or innovative techniques in a future revision to this excellent guide.
Overall, I recommend Randy Brown’s e-book as an excellent introduction to Bible Study and wide margin Bible usage. You can find it for sale in the Kindle store at Amazon.