Luke 20:22 Authority

The issue of authority was big then as it is now. In our day people are taught to question authority. I suppose it has never been that much different. But that authority is a necessary element of civilized people is obvious to all but the basest of anarchists. The origin of authority is varied:

There is enforced authority
Such as that of the police; the authority is demanded because of a badge. Sometimes the man with this authority is as guilty as those he may be policing. His own integrity has little to do with his authority. In some instances to challenge his authority is in itself a crime.

There is inherited authority
Such as belongs to a military officer whose authority is the result of an education and commission.

There is earned authority
When a man has proven himself a leader and those who may have at first followed out of duty begin to follow out of devotion.

There is voluntary authority
When people follow a man because they believe in his cause or His message.

The highest of all authority is that which is given by God
It is seldom (except in the case of government which is ordained of God) forced upon its subjects.

 

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America, the Land of Liberty

Everywhere we look these days it seems like there is someone else screaming about the injustices of the United States.

  • We were terrible to the blacks
  • We were terrible to the native Americans 
  • We were terrible to the poor
  • We were terrible to the Chinese 

Turns out Columbus was a bad person. So was, the way many tell it today, Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln. Oh forget it! It’s useless trying to name all the scum that has surfaced in the history of the US.

But I listened to the final episode of a podcast called Revolutions. The host did not publicly note the significance of this, but he did remark that, in 1848, at the bitter end of all the world revolutions of that year, all of those failed revolutionaries fled for their lives to, you guessed it, the United States.

Truth be told they weren’t the only ones making their way to America. They came from Spain, France, Russia, Ireland, Germany. Name the place, name the culture, name the race creed or religion and you will find people from them who came here for a better life.

Did it work out for everyone? Of course not. Success in life is not guaranteed by governments, no matter how beneficent. But they did come and they did have a chance and many more of them than not did improved their place over where they had been.

No one has ever claimed the earliest people in our country were perfect. But I for one am still thankful for the country they created and I am thankful to be a part of it.

“I pledge allegiance to the flag
Of the United States of America
And to the republic for which it stands
One nation under God, indivisible
With liberty and justice for all”

Predisposed Faith

 

Here’s the thing, there is nothing in the Bible that has ever been scientifically proven to be false. Nothing. 

  • Not archeologically 
  • Not anthropologically
  • Not historically 

Nothing 

Not even evolution. Though evolution is almost universally accepted in the scientific community there is a great deal of disagreement in evolutionary theory. That is, as much as the atheist and agnostic hates to admit it, because there is no scientific proof for it. No one has ever observed or replicated an evolutionary process. 

Luke 24:1-4 The Early Bird

They say that the early bird catches the worm.

The Bible says these women came to the sepulchre of Jesus “very early in the morning.” Not just early, I would have still respected that, but very early.

 

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Do You Have a Heart For God?

How often is it that we worship God but will not be confined to those things He teaches us in the Bible! I think I see it more often now than at any other time in my Christian life.

  • People who claim faith but reject church
  • People who claim faith but challenge doctrine
  • People who claim faith but question the Bible
  • People who claim faith but also embrace worldly philosophies
  • People who claim to be saved but also to be agnostics or even atheists

The Bible calls this out for what it is; they have not prepared their hearts unto the Lord.

Whatever else may be true of them, they do not have a heart for God.

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A Crabby Perspective

I see a few buckets a person is best to stay in:

Marriage
God has designed marriage to be one man and one woman for a lifetime. There are numerous temptations that make us seem like this bucket is small, confining and maybe dragging us down. We need friends to keep us in our bucket. 

Work
If a man won’t work neither should he eat. We would like to rationalize that to refer to the ne’er do well. The man who climbs his way to financial independence or works his way to an early and prosperous retirement must be excluded, right? I am not so sure. To become financially able to serve God more freely is certainly advisable. To become free enough to spend time and money in a vacation for the rest of one’s life would be a terrible waste of God’s will. 

Church
It is impossible to put a group of people into a tight community like a church without some disagreements and disputes. The devil would love to convince the Christian that he could do better without the confinements of the local church. The matter of fact is that God created that church specifically to provoke us to love and Good works. Someone needs to keep pulling us into the unity of the local church. 

We would do best to avoid friendships that pull us down into sin. But the friend who keeps us in the will of God is no loser. 

 

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Preparing Our Children

David enjoyed the great blessing of knowing the plan of God for his son, Solomon. It would be his place to build the house of God. David then had the abundant joy of preparing his son for the Call of God in his life. Every parent too has that same blessing; that of raising up and preparing his children for their place in the house of God, which is a local church.

 

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Spirit Filled Temperaments

I recently listened to Professor Paul Freedman, of the Open Yale Courses series, teach on the origin of the four basic temperaments. The lecture had to do with the history of Islam. Freedman illustrated how originally Islam was not that unlike other segments of the world’s population. Christian, Jewish and secular philosophers, along with Islamic philosophers, he said, all subscribed to the idea that the earth was composed of four basic elements:

  • Earth
  • Air
  • Water and
  • Fire

From that developed the idea that the body was composed of four bodily fluids:

  • Blood
  • Yellow Bile
  • Black Bile and
  • Phlegm

The notion, held by everyone from the Chinese, Indian to the Greeks and Arabs was that a healthy body was in a state of equilibrium in these four fluids. Whenever a person suffered from either physical or mental problems it was believed the four fluids were out of balance.

  • Depression, for instance, was the result of too much black bile
  • Anger would be the result of an overbalance of yellow bile

The terms that developed were:

  • Melancholy
  • Choleric
  • Sanguine and
  • Phelgmatic

 

I do not deny that people can be described as one of the four temperaments, or a combination of two or more, But I do like Pastor Sooter’s description better.

Pastor Tom Sooter’s message, check it out at, http://download.yourstreamlive.com/gluster/yourstreamlive/5622/851509.https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bible-baptist-church-fairbanks-sunday-evening-service/id1347807028?i=1000407976760&mt=2

Professor Paul Freedman’s Open Yale Lecture, check it out at, https://oyc.yale.edu/history/hist-210/lecture-17

 

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Approaching Retirement

I was brought up in an era when pastors were taught two specific things about retirement:

  • We were to preach/Pastor until we dropped dead
  • We would be best off to opt out of Social Security because it would be bankrupt before we could use it

Times have changed.