Tuesday, August 20, 2013

What's The Big Deal About The KJV? (part 3)

One of the problems people hear about the King James Version is that God only inspired the originals. This means that God used men to write His original words, but then they lost their inspiration thru translation. Certain, mostly well educated, people believe that somehow because of sinful man's inability to correctly translate that God's Words lost their inspiration- they weren't preserved.
When God dealt with the Jews in the Old Testament, He led Moses to write His Words in Hebrew for the Hebrew speaking people. Daniel, however, was under Babylonian captivity. His part of the Bible was originally written in the main language of his days, Aramaic. And the New Testament was written in the universal language of the ruling nation so that all who wanted to know God's Words could read them, Greek. God wants people to be able to read His Words, so why wouldn't He give inspired words in the main language to people now-a-days?
I guess the belief comes from the fact that most people don't believe that God can or will do what he says. The same God that rained the plagues on Egypt is still ruling today. He wanted men to have His Words back in the time of Moses and Paul, why would He change His mind about wanting us to have His Words today?
In this next clip, Dr. Sam Gipp covers this argument in a simple to understand way.
If you would like to learn more, click here.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Healthy Minute- Kombucha

Kombucha is a fermented sweet tea that can be flavored with fruit. It tends to have a fizzy taste with a bite.
Kombucha is made by adding sweet tea to a scoby (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) and allowing it to ferment for a certain amount of time. After removing the scoby, depending on your preference, you can add fresh or frozen fruit or fruit juice. Allowing it to ferment for a few days will help the flavors to meld and help it build "fizz".
Kombucha is said to help detox the liver and aid in digestion. It also contains glucosamine, so it can help with your joints. And it is very high in anti-oxidants, so it will boost your immune system. It hast lots of probiotics and amino acids, and is thought to help prevent and even treat cancer.
Always brush your teeth after drinking Kombucha, just to make sure you protect the enamel on your teeth.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Believer's Heritage- John Eliot

John Eliot was born in England in 1604 to a middle class farming family. He attended college at a small Institute called Jesus College in Cambridge when he was 14. During this period of time, his father died, but left an allowance of 8 pounds a year for 8 years so that John could continue in his education.
In 1631, he went to Boston in America John became very interested in the American Indians. In 1632, he moved to New England, which was established in 1628 with the purpose of winning Native Americans to the Lord. He met and married Ann Mumford here, and they had six children together.
John was known as a gifted linguist in England. In 1646, John began preaching to the Indians in English. He learned the Algonkian language from prisoners captured by the Puritans during the war between the Narragansett Indians and Pequot Indians. Within a year, he had learned their language, and was preaching to them in their native tongue.
John would use creation to show the power of God. He would teach them the 10 commandments and how God punished those who broke his laws. And, he would answer any questions the Indians had about God.
John wanted the Indians to be able to read and understand the Bible by themselves. He started to translate the Bible into their language in 1658. The New Testament was finished in 1661 and the Old Testament in 1663. The Bible in Algonkian was the first Bible to be printed in North America.
The  “ Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in New England” was founded in 1649 in England to support the work of John Eliot. This is viewed as the first missionary society by some. With their help, John was able to print Bibles, learning Primers, and other materials to help the Native Americans learn and grow.
Through his witness, the Native Americans understood that not only was God great, powerful, and demanding of justice, but that He was merciful and compassionate and would accept all that came to Him through Jesus Christ.
John planted towns for the Indian converts where they could grow and learn to become missionaries to their own people. Over 14 towns with 4,000 converts were raised during his lifetime; they became known as the "praying Indians". John wanted each town to have their own native minister. In 1681, Daniel Takawambpait became the first Native American minister.
For 58 years, John pastored a church at Roxbury and ministered to the Peqout Indians. John Eliot died in 1691, but his memory as the Apostle to the Indians lives on.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Raising A Modern-Day Knight (book review)

How do we raise our sons to be manly men who stand up for truth and right? This was the question that Robert Lewis found himself asking. He looked back to the most noble, manly men he could think of  and found a wonderful answer to his query- knights!
Knights were noble. Their word was something they kept at all cost. Their valour was the stuff of legends. And a maiden could always count on a helping hand and an honorable action.
Is it possible to raise boys in this day and age to become men who knew what was right and wrong? Would he be able to instill in them a code of ethics that was missing in this day and age of men? When someone asked them what a man was, could they answer with certainty knowing that they were one?
Robert Lewis points out a knightly plan for boys of this day and age to grasp the concept of what it means to be a man. He lays out points for how to teach your son to achieve manhood and know he's attained it. And he gives you the code which all young men who want to be noble and true should follow.
This book is wonderful for those who have questions on how to raise those rough and tumble, video game playing, dirt rolling boys to become men. I believe this book would be a benefit to any father out there.
NOTE: This book doesn't use the KJV, so I suggest that you look up the verses for yourself.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Will You Live For Me? (poem)

Throughout the halls of time
A question rings for all.
Many things and people ask it;
Everyone will hear it's call.
Will you live for me?
The doors are all lined up,
All we need is to walk through.
You cannot see the outcome
Or the payment that is due.
Will you live for me?
This door is labeled "family";
Responsibility calls.
Another is labeled "honor";
Placing duty above all.
Will you live for me?
There's one witht he word "religion",
It's a sanctimonious way.
On the other side "Tradition"-
"What to choose?" I say!
Will you live for me?
"Science", "Education", "Position",
So many doors to choose.
What's on the other side?
What's to gain or lose?
Will you live for me?
What's there? An unattractive door
That's at the back of time's hall.
I can barely read the title
"God's will above it all".
Will you live for me?
A payment must be made
For whichever door I choose,
But this door has a little sign,
"I gave my life for you!"
Will you live for me?

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Finish the job (video sermon)

Bro. Jack Patterson has worked with troubled teens for 40 years now. His fast talking and comic stories will make this an enjoyable sermon for you! This message is about diligence in finishing the job! Many times, people start something and then leave it hanging. Why? Is it depression? Is it fatigue? Or is it slothfulness? God wants us to finish the job!

You know what needs done. You know how to do it. But there's a sin holding you back- slothfulness! They're out there crying; they're out there dying; and you're just sitting around leaving the job unfinished. You start being slothful, you'll get set on the shelf- unused by God and an unprofitable servant!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Coconut Curry Chicken recipe

1 lb chicken
2 tsp. grated ginger
2 cloves minced garlic
1 tsp. curry powder
2 tsp. curry paste
1/2 tsp. cumin
4 tsp. Bragg's Liquid Amino Acids
1 TBS brown sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 can coconut milk
1 cup rice
2 cups water
Cook chicken in ginger and garlic until fully cooked. Add in curry, cumin, Bragg's, brown sugar, salt, and coconut milk. Set to simmer and put the lid on.
In a separate pan, put rice and water. Put the lid on and set on medium. Allow to cook until rice is tender and water is gone.
Eat coconut curry chicken over rice.
Note: For a little added spice, add tiger sauce, chili sauce, or both to taste.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Being Faithful

God had a plan for how to make a home happy when he created man and woman. It was the same plan when he wrote the Bible thru men. His original design can not be improved. A husband and wife with a commitment to each other for the rest of their lives.
Genesis 37:1-3 & Genesis 47:11- 12
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were God's choices for beginning the nation of Israel. The special promise God made to these men was to make of their children a great nation. Jacob and his 12 sons were the foundational families of that promise.
Now, I'm sure having so many sons was hard for Jacob. There weren't enough hours in the day to spend time alone with each.
The older boys had become set in their ways, they sometimes did bad things.
The second to youngest, however, still had a tender conscience. He loved his father and wanted to obey him. He would tell his father the bad things that his brothers would do.
Now, God had not given the ten commandments yet, and every man did what was right i his own eyes. Joseph's brothers resented his tattling so much that they sold him as a slave and told his father that he had died.
Before Joseph was sold, he had learned about God. Because of his desire to please God, he became the best servant he could be. Do you think the character quality of honoring those i charge helped him to work well with or even for other people? God thinks it does. He likes to honor those who honor him. He honored Joseph by placing him in authority during the famine. God had to teach Joseph some things, and they weren't easy to learn. But God had chosen Joseph to be a leader. And a leader needs all sorts of character qualities.
Joseph had a forgiving heart. He knew God and he believed God would take care of him. When you have that kind of confidence, you can relax and let God take care of the problems. You don't need to concern yourself with getting revenge.
Joseph was the best he could be where ever he found himself. As a servant, he became supervisor of the entire staff. As a prisoner, he kept the prisoners in line and they answered to him. It's no wonder that God could trust him with leadership during Egypt's famine.
Joseph moved his brother's and father to Egypt to provide for them when food was scarce. Wait! Does he remember what happened? Did he forget what they did to him?
No, he remembered. But he chose to look at things thru God's grace, and in doing so, he found the grace to forgive. He told his brothers, "Don't be afraid. You thought you were doing evil, but God meant it for good." Joseph looked back on his own life and saw what God had been preparing him for. "He put me here so I would be able to help during the famine and save lives."
At home, Joseph learned about God. He never would've become what he did without God. As a servant, He learned to order and organize. Planning became a valuable tool. But that wasn't all he'd need. He needed to learn to deal with unhappy and even angry people. So God sent him to prison. There, he learned the crucial final character skill that would enable him to preform his job as Egypt's leader. "Do not be afraid." Joseph told his brothers, "I will take care of you and your children."
You don't know what God's plan for your future is. I'm sure God is working to build the character qualities that you need. Some things will be easy to learn, but some things will be hard to learn. Just remember 1 Samuel 2:30- Wherefore the LORD God of Israel saith, I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me for ever: but now the LORD saith, Be it far from me; for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.