Saturday, January 8, 2022

4 Faces of Manhood

 We are looking at this in our men’s Bible study and I wanted to make sure and capture it.




Friday, January 7, 2022

Why I believe the Bible is true, authoritative, infallible, inerrant and perfectly sufficient in all matters of faith and practice

The title of this post is meant to be provocative, particularly in this day that Scripture is being attacked and perverted. In reality, Scripture has always been twisted, disparaged and misused. It claims to be the very Word of God, and there is nothing the Adversary loves more than to cast doubt on the truth of that Word.

From the very beginning, Satan has questioned His Word:

Genesis 3:1–5

Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made.

He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (ESV)

Briefly, I want to outline the reasons that I believe that the Bible is the authoritative source of truth (ASoT):

  1. Jesus authenticates it
  2. The Holy Spirit lives in me and testifies to it
  3. The Holy Spirit has stewarded it throughout the ages
  4. The harmony of its message across time, cultures, and languages
  5. The historical evidence of preservation
Jesus, who is the embodiment of truth, authenticates it

John 14:6
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (ESV)

John 17:17
"Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth." (ESV)

John 10:35b
"Scripture cannot be broken" (ESV)

The Holy Spirit lives in me and testifies to it

John 16:13–15
"When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you." (ESV)

2 Timothy 3:16–17
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (ESV)

The Holy Spirit has stewarded it throughout the ages

2 Timothy 3:16–17
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (ESV)

2 Peter 1:21
For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. (ESV)

This is the number one misconception that people have about Scripture and one even believers can fall for to cause doubt in the Scriptures. The reasoning goes, "the Bible was written and compiled by Man, man is fallible, therefore the Bible is not infallible". The challenge to that reasoning is that the Holy Spirit is appointed to keep the written word of God holy. So, even though Man is used as the means of writing and compiling Scripture, the Holy Spirit is the source and administrator of the delivered Word. This precludes any error being introduced that would invalidate the truth of the Scriptures.

The harmony of its message across time, cultures, and languages

The Bible is a compilation of 66 individual books, written over the course of about 2000 years by 40 separate authors, in 3 different languages, spanning 3 continents. With that in mind, the overarching harmony of its message, "God loves His people and will save them", is amazing to consider.

The historical evidence of preservation

Scripture, Old and New Testaments, has more documentation, full and partial, than any other ancient documents. Despite numerous attempts to censor, suppress, and destroy it, the Lord has protected His Word for His people over time. To doubt the historicity of the Bible is to doubt any ancient historical accuracy.

Again, this is not meant to be exhaustive, but a resource for those that are seeking to strengthen their faith and be comforted that, as Scripture testifies:

Isaiah 40:8
The grass withers, the flower fades,
but the word of our God will stand forever. (ESV)

Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (ESV)







Wednesday, January 5, 2022

SoulCon Challenge - Week 1 - Day 3

Will be in 2 parts - the first is the 5k challenge - wow! was that tough for me - I have been sooo sedentary between Covid and working an IT job that doesn't really require physical activity. Please pray for continued endurance!!

Monday, January 3, 2022

SOULCON challenge - Week 1 - Day 1

This is a challenge sponsored by my church and SOULCON (part of Gibborim Studios).


I was very convicted by the message this last Sunday concerning stewardship of the body.

I am going to capture my progress and some thoughts as I enter into this 6 week challenge.


Week 1 challenge:


Daily - as many push-ups and sit-ups as possible in 2 minutes per exercise - I did 35 knee pushups, because I can’t do regular and 45 crunches, because I can’t pull myself up :(

Do at least 1 5k (3.1 miles) this week - I did 2 miles today.

“Pain is weakness leaving the body.” 

Weakness is currently leaking freely out of my knee, hip, and shoulders, right now!


Weight: 274lbs


I am in terrible shape.

I am also not a very good TikTok-er :)

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Thursday, December 16, 2021

Can a person that has never heard the Gospel be saved?

This is proposed as an answer to the question of “What about persons with no access to the preaching of the Gospel?”

While the “normative” process of salvation requires the hearing of the gospel (Rom 10:14), confession, and faith (Rom 10:8-10), Christ has enabled the salvation of the elect and the Holy Spirit works as He wills in that process just as He does with all spiritual gifts (John 3:81 Cor 12:11Heb 2:4). It seems entirely feasible that, lacking ordinary means, a person can be saved without the explicit preaching of the Gospel, just as the OT elect were. The promise of the Gospel (Rom 5:8) was present at the Fall (Gen 3:15) as a component of the eternal covenant (Heb 13:20) and covers the entirety of the elect retroactively without the explicit preaching of the Gospel. If that is so, why can the effectivity of the Gospel not also be graciously applied proactively (again, lacking ordinary means)?

This in no way invalidates the command to share the gospel with all people and nations (Mark 16:15Matt 28:19-20) which is a component of our good works that coincides with our true faith (James 2:26).

WCF 10.3 - "Elect infants, dying in infancy, are regenerated, and saved by Christ, through the Spirit, who worketh when, and where, and how He pleaseth: so also are all other elect persons who are incapable of being outwardly called by the ministry of the Word."

WCF = Westminster Confession of Faith


4 Faces of Manhood

 We are looking at this in our men’s Bible study and I wanted to make sure and capture it.