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Perception versus reality is often a difficult battle for a Christian. For this world is not my home, I’m just passing through. Paul speaks of this in 2 Corinthians 6 where he talks of persecution versus the reality of situation.

We are treated

as impostors, and yet are true;

as unknown, and yet well known;

as dying, and behold, we live;

as punished, and yet not killed;

as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing;

as poor, yet making many rich;

as having nothing, yet possessing everything.

2 Corinthians 6:8b-10

We are treated as impostors in this world, and yet we have the truth. Help them to know the truth, and the truth will set them free. As Paul says later on in the chapter, “widen your hearts” that we who are poor can make others rich.

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Ephesians1:18,19

I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.

Check out this fascinating quote explaining the meaning of Paul’s unique phrase the “eyes of your heart.” It is more than just a misjudging of the location of one’s ocular devices. It is Paul describing the importance of the Holy Spirit’s regenerating work in our hearts allowing us to see the truth.

Paul uses a strange construction here: the eyes of your heart may be enlightened. Usually we think of the eyes as being in our head, and we connect the head with the brain and the brain with the mind. Hence we say that we understand a particular teaching with the mind. But the apostle refers to the eyes of the heart. What does he mean?
He means that by nature we are closed to the things of God. He does not mean that we cannot discuss them nor have intellectual debates about them. But the heart in New Testament terms refers to the central disposition, inclination, bent, or proclivity of the human soul. In simple terms, the bias. Everybody has a bias and prejudices. The word ‘prejudice’ is usually a pejorative term, but what it literally means is to prejudge certain things, to have a standpoint, a viewpoint.
Our natural prejudgment of reality is against God. To receive the truth of God requires that our ‘anti’ bias be changed. The key work of the Holy Spirit in regeneration is not giving new knowledge to the brain but changing the disposition of the heart. Before the Spirit turns that heart of stone into a heart of flesh, we have no desire for the things of God. We may desire the blessings that only God can give us, but we have no affection for the things of God. At the moment of regeneration, the eyes of the heart are opened somewhat, but this is just the beginning. The whole Christian life involves an unfolding and enlarging of the heart’s openness to the things of God. There are concepts, attitudes, and values in my life at present that do not please God, for there will be stony parts to my heart as long as sin abides within me. Sin clouds my thinking, my will, my desires, my affections. There will always be parts of me that need to be opened more and more to let the fullness of God’s truth dwell in me. — The Purpose of God: Ephesians

Teen Stunt Man Videos

jordantmoody —  November 25, 2013 — Leave a comment

Do you think you ever make things more difficult than they really are? I think we often do that with God. We make him to be something we can never know or understand and yet it Jeremiah 9:24 the Bible says to boast only in knowing and understanding God. How awesome is that?! Yet, still we humans sure do a great job of making God’s power seem too weak to help us to be nice to someone or to actually read our Bible. Check out this short video clip that point out how dumb we look when we think obeying God is too difficult.

Student Responses #2

jordantmoody —  November 22, 2013 — Leave a comment

Mr. Jordan’s Bible student responses to this essay: What idea, sentence, quote, verse, etc. stood out to you the most from this session 2?

The one thing that stood out to me was when the girl said she was apologizing for things she was about to go do. It is so easy to get in the mind set that sin isn’t a big deal because God forgives us anyway but this should not be the case. We should be striving to be more Christlike each day, and the Bible says God hates sin so we should too.
 Birds migrate, and eventually after their migrating season they go back to where they were living originally. The Israelites were doing wrong and were not returning back to God. (This is where the bird illustration he gives us in Jer. 8:7 comes in). God wants us to always go back to him. The bible says that a man may fall 7 times, but can always get back up with God’s help, and that’s what we must be doing.
The verse in the previous question, Jeremiah 8:7, says that even the birds leave and return, but we humans don’t. This question stood out to me because I once thought that I could sin and it wouldn’t really matter because I believed in God and knew that he would forgive me. I used my faith as an excuse for sinning against God. This verse reminded me thaGod has saved us, he also demands us to follow him.
When you said “if those birds–and birds are dumb!–are smart enough to return back, how come we aren’t smart enough to turn back to God”. It really struck me. Why would we want to live that double life when we could have the full thing with God?
I really like Jer. 9:23-24. The idea of not boasting in riches or wisdom or might but boasting in understanding and knowing God has really come up a lot in my life lately. I have been reading about this same ideas in my devotions lately. It is so easy to trust in our own human strength because we have control over it, but there are so many things that we will not be able to accomplish using only our own strength. We need to boast in our Lord “who is able to do exceedingly abundant above all that we could ask or think”!
Proverbs 12:15 says how the way of the fool is wise because he is blind to his own sin. How often I do the same thing and think it’s all okay when really I’m in sin and not realizing it or turning to God.
Definitely Jer. 9:23-24 because God is saying I am so much more amazing than all of your worldly items put together so don’t boast in earthly things but be proud of me your CREATOR!! Because my love is infinite! Think about it can shoes or paper really love us?? No then why do we love it??
I really enjoyed how Joshua Harris connected God’s character with out sin. If we truly had belief in God and his words how could we possibly sin against him. The verse that stuck out to me was Jeremiah 8:1-9.
The quote that stood out to me the most was the one from the interview with the girl. “I guess it felt nice to be that desired, and he just became everything that God should have been in my life.” But instead of saying “he” as in the boyfriend, you can put almost anything in place of “he”. And I think by doing that, I can spot out some issues that I need to fix. This is my new favorite quote I think.
If you are living a double life then you don’t really know God,because God is always there to see what you doing.He’s omini-present.God wants you to do good things and live a holy life.So acting one way around school,or christian friends and then acting another way when your on the internet, or around unsaved friends,means that you don’t know God.Therefore your theology is messed up.
Life is choices. Choices have consequences. Make right choices. This quote from Cliff Jenkin always has made an impact on me. No matter how little the choice, we always have to choose the right choice or else there will be consequences. God will bless us if we make the right choice.
The quote that really stuck out to me was when Merrilee talked about using God as her personal ‘sin delete’ button. I felt convicted by this because I feel like I have fallen into that habit too. It is all too easy to use the excuses of “I love God” “I go to church” “I’m a good person” and “I’m saved” to justify sinful thoughts and actions.

Order Your Faith

jordantmoody —  November 19, 2013 — Leave a comment

Do you really know who God is and what he is like? Sure we all know God is “good” or “holy” or “powerful.” But do you really know him? His attributes? Do you know how those things affect your life? Take a look at these guys and see how they think they can just pick and choose whatever God they want. Obviously, their theology is a little bit off.

Student Essay Responses

jordantmoody —  November 18, 2013 — Leave a comment

Please take the time to read what the students at DCA are saying about their Bible Module this year. We are going through a group Bible Study entitled Dug Down Deep by Joshua Harris. The students are taking quizzes online and usually each quiz has one short essay question they can answer. Here are some of their responses.

Quiz 2 essay question: What does it mean to put your hope in God?

Your answers: 

As mentioned earlier, hope involves a forward gaze. When we put our hope in God, we put our future in His hands; we trust in Him as our foundation. As Philippians 4:6 says–we need to abstain from anxiety, because we know the Lord will take care of His people. Hoping in God is giving Him full control of our life, allowing Him to train us now and use us in the future.

I think it means to not hope for money or fame but to hope in the fact that he will deliver you through everything you are going through and hoping in the fact of eternal life and salvation

Putting your hope in God means to put your faith and trust in Him. The idea of hope has a forward feeling to it. We can hope and trust that God is in control of everything. We can hope that he has a plan in the future. Finally we can hope that God has given us eternal life through His Son. Through this attitude of hope we can fully serve God and have a true foundation in Him.

It means really trusting him in all situations because we know that God can carry us thru to the future. everything God does and has done is for our good and his Glory. putting our hope in God means we need to be willing to do any thing God calls us to do because that is our future.

Putting your hope on god means that things like money are unstable and God is. You have faith and trust in him but also a security for the future. When you have a hopeful heart you produce generous actions.

Hoping in God means that you can lay aside all earthly materials, it means that you are putting your trust in what God has said He has done and what He will do, and it means that you will produce actions that reflect your hopeful view in Christ.

To put your hope in God is to look forward to what He will do in the future. You may not know what He is going to do, but whatever He does is His will. We have the hope that whatever He does is for our good and is all a part of His master plan.

To put your hope in Christ is to believe that he has saved us from our sins and will continue to work in your life to sanctify and cleanse you. It also entails that we have a hope that we will live for eternity with God in heaven.

 

Quiz 1 Essay Question: How do you think this Bible Module will apply to you and why?

Even just the first day was an eye-opener! I hope that the rest will do so as well! I’m actually excited about this class haha 🙂
It will apply to help me get my focus on making my foundation on the Bible and not on temporary worldly things like relationships or sports.
I think this module will apply to me just in everyday life. So often we build our lives on unstable things when God is really the only thing we should be basing our lives on.
It will give me a better perception of what my true foundation is. It will also give me a growing desire to know Christ more and to live a life that’s pleasing to Him.
This will apply to me because I want to build my life on the Word of God. Because the reason is I can see this world is hurting without God and I would like to be in a place were I can help people.

 

 

Back to School Basics

DID GOD INVENT EVIL?

jordantmoody —  August 30, 2013 — Leave a comment

Light/Dark analogy is useful

Frank's Cottage

After publishing my last essay, Twittering on the Divine, on another website, a reader named John responded with a pointed assertion. I responded and off we went, on a fascinating and, I believe, important debate on the nature of evil.

What do you think of the points each of us raised? Post your own thoughts below and let’s have a conversation.

John
True, it doesn’t make sense to blame God when someone uses their freewill to commit murders. But then it would be incorrect to thank God when governments and aid groups use their freewill to help starving people. So then God isn’t helping at all.

Frank
John, anyone who believes God is not good and doesn’t care about us will find your mindset quite valid. I prefer not to have such a hopeless perspective and my viewpoint is backed up by the fact that God gave every single…

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*I have edited and added a few more pictures and descriptions to this summary post of our trip travelling with GDMMissions to Chuuk.

The trip was a marvelous experience and God blessed greatly. Many heard the gospel and many important church leaders were challenged in their knowledge and understanding of the true gospel against the man-made false teaching which is so prevalent in Micronesia.

Chuuk is just one of the federated states of Micronesia.

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We ministered on three different islands 1. Weno 2. Nama 3. Fefen

Weno is the most populated island and the only one with an airstrip and hotels.We worked with Grace International Baptist Church there not far from the airport and our hotel. See the bottom left orange marker for the location of our hotel.

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We then prepared for our 60 mile journey on the Pacific to the outer island of Nama. This was the most extreme part of the trip and hopefully the pictures below will help you understand the vast remoteness of it all. The Red Marker is Weno and the purple pin marker is Nama. This map still gives me the chills. The utter expanse of the ocean is terrifying as you are literally a little fish in a very very big pond.

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Here are some pictures from clinics and the work done on the islands. GDMMissions does everything from evangelism and discipleship to medicine and dentistry. Jamie was the dental assistant and did a great job! Disclaimer: Don’t sign up for this job if you are squeemish around blood. I was able to run the sterilizer and assist the dentist in distributing medicine to the patients.

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Bible stories and gospel teaching. The children and many of the adults would sit and listen for hours.

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Telling the story of Adam and Eve and the Story of the Bible.

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We were also able to have some fun doing some snorkeling and skewering some octopi! This is one of the local Pastors we were able to work side by side here in Chuuk. He was a lot of fun but also a great example of a man giving his life for the sake of the gospel.

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The trip to Nama (see map picture with the purple pin for the location of Nama) was intense, awe inspiring, fearful, and peaceful. I have never felt so helpless, afraid, and secure all at the same time like I did when we were out in the Pacific ocean. God does provide peace in stormy waters. The trip to the island was 5 hours in a 20 foot fishing boat traversing 60 miles of open ocean. The power of the ocean is immense but we have a God who controls and silences the sea at the sound of his voice. Thankfully, that God led us the whole way and we made it to Nama’s shores safely.20130810-222707.jpg

On the island of Nama we were able to show the Jesus Film in their native tounge. We brought with us the video and a small visual projector but we did not have any sound. Thankfully there was a boom-box on the island that we rigged up to our projector for all to hear the Jesus Film and the gospel translated into Chuukese. Dozens of people were watching from this view but many people were unable to fit inside the building so they went outside to watch the film on the back of the sheet/screen.

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Here is our group of doctors, pastors, dentists, nurses, and national translators. This was right before we left Nama to go back to our hotel. We are all dreading the long trip back which turned out to only be 3 1/2 hours.

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We also were able to minister on a closer island called Fefen. One of our local contacts grew up on this island and is now the pastor of a small church on his home island. He is young and a recent graduate from a Harvest Christian School in Guam where they train locals to go back and start or continue ministries on islands all throughout Micronesia.

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This picture is a quick pic of some announcements being given regarding the Clinic Registration process. We would arrive for the Fefen clinic by boat from our hotel around 8 and start the clinic at 9 am. The registration process documents the peoples needs and numbers them for a certain set amount for the dentist and the doctor each day. The problem on this island was that people were showing up at 5:00 am the morning for the clinic and would have to wait around until we got started at 9 am. Sometimes the order of arrival verses the order of service would vary because people would cut in line and such so therefore it can be difficult to be fair and efficient. But thankfully, all problems were resolved and for three days many people were given free medical and dental aid as well as more importantly heard the gospel message.

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This was our means of travel from our hotel and around the lagoon. The island ahead is the island of Weno which is the location of our hotel, The Truk Stop Hotel.

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The children were adorable and I am thankful for the gospel teaching they heard. Many of the children were simply starving for attention. They ultimately need the love of Jesus to come into their lives and give them a love that no medicine or family could ever give. It is a reminder of how much I complain when I have the truth of the gospel and I have so much more simply living here in America than these children will ever have. We as Americans must learn not to squander the truth God has given us as well as the success our nature has enjoyed.

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