Tuesday, December 14, 2010

What happened to the John Christian Doe Bible Study Podcast?

Life happened or in other words it was O.B.E (Overcome by events). I have had a crazy last year and a half, good but crazy. I started a new job, had my 4th child and run over 1000 miles in training. I ran the Marine Corps Marathon, 5 other half marathons, plus 5 and 10k’s sprinkled in this year.

Oh and I have been teaching myself to weld because I am building a big ol' BBQ smoker out of 80 and 60 gallon air tanks....Yes, I love BBQ that much. Perfectly normal. I guess the running makes sense now.

I have really been looking forward to blogging and getting my Podcast back up and running. So yes, I am back now and should have content on the way. So back to 1 Peter and more! I look forward to providing a consistent bible study to you all. Thanks to all of you who have inquired and given me encouragement to get back to it. God bless.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Episode 4 part 4 of the study of 1 Peter 1:5-7

What does your faith prove? When you face hardship in life, how do you react to them? Peter has some words for us concerning this topic and more as we move into Episode 4 part 4 of the study of 1 Peter 1:5-7.

Thanks for checking in and God Bless.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Still haven't found what you're looking for?

Psalm 127:1-2

Prosperity Comes from the LORD.

A Song of Ascents, of Solomon.
"1 Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it;Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman keeps awake in vain. 2 It is vain for you to rise up early, To retire late, To eat the bread of painful labors; For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep."

This psalm was written by David to his son Solomon. While David was building the military security forces in Israel he placed Solomon in charge of the protecting the gates and building the first Temple to God.

David is reminding his son that all building and fortifying and preparing was futile if the city is not in the service of God. Sodom and Gomorrah could have spent day and night preparing and securing themselves, but nothing they could have physically done could have prevented their destruction by God.

At the end of verse two in Psalm 127:1-2 David tells Solomon, that even in his sleep God gives to His beloved, those who believe and serve the Lord. This is a reference to when the Jewish people received manna, food from heaven, as they slept each night in the wilderness. They did not have to earn it or work for the food. When they awoke, they would find enough manna for the day waiting. God provided.

Sadly, too many of us spend lives looking for something other than God to fill our longing for meaning; business, money, hobbies, relationships, clothes, sports, etc. There is nothing wrong with any of these things, but trying to fill a void only God can fill will leave you unfulfilled and wondering why your life has never seemed satisfactory. Those who do find fulfillment in nothing but worldly things find that it is short lived. I have been there and I think many of us have heard people talk about “something missing” in their lives …like so many before me, I have found that God is that “something missing”.

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:33-34)

Thanks for checking in and God Bless.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Science and Logic simplified - God is the first cause

  • The Law of Causality says that everything that comes into being or existence needs a cause.
  • It is also proven that something cannot come from nothing. To put it another way, if there was nothing before us, there would still be nothing.

  • The Law of excluded middle: 'Everything must either be or not be.' thus something is either material or not material.

  • There are only two possibilities for anything that exists: either:

    1. It has always existed(immaterial) and is therefore uncaused, or
    2. It had a beginning and was caused(material) by something else

  • Nothing can be self-caused, because it would have had to exist already in order to cause anything.

  • Material is not eternal (having infinite duration), but non-material is.

    This being the case, only an immaterial Being could have been the first cause.

    To deny this, you must assert that either:

    1. Material is eternal, and thus defies both logic and science; or
    2. That something can come from nothing, which also defies logic and science.

      All the evidence from science and logic points to an eternal, everlasting Beginner.

      If this is not the best conclusion, what is yours?

    Christians are accused of worshiping blindly. I have faith, and my faith is in the Lord Jesus Christ. I don't need to see love, wind, or thoughts to know they exist, I see the evidence all around me. If you need to be intellectually persuaded, and there is nothing wrong with that because most of us do, examine the evidence of science, philosophy and logic listed above and think about the following:
    “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”-Hebrews 11:6

    "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened." -Matthew 7:7-8

    Thanks for checking in and God Bless.

    Tuesday, January 20, 2009

    Episode 3 Part 3 of 1 Peter 1:3-4

    What evidence do you have that you have been spiritually born? This is Episode 3 of the John Christian Doe Podcast on 1 Peter.

    Thanks for checking in and God Bless.