College Baseball … Pre-Season Top 25

RANK SCHOOL 2015 RECORD 2015 FINAL
1 Florida 52-18 3
2 Louisville 47-18 8
3 Vanderbilt 51-21 2
4 Texas A&M 50-14 10
5 Oregon State 39-18 23
6 Miami 50-17 6
7 LSU 54-12 5
8 Oklahoma State 38-20 17
9 California 36-21 NR
10 N.C. State 36-23 24
11 UCLA 45-16 12
12 Southern California 39-21 21
13 Virginia 44-24 1
14 Oregon 38-25 NR
15 Mississippi State 24-30 NR
16 North Carolina 34-24 NR
17 South Carolina 32-25 NR
18 Louisiana-Lafayette 42-23 16
19 TCU 51-15 4
20 Florida State 44-21 14
21 Cal State Fullerton 39-25 7
22 Houston 43-20 22
23 Texas 30-27 NR
24 Coastal Carolina 39-21 NR
25 Arkansas 40-25 9

50 Commands of Jesus

jesuscommandsHere are 50 commands of Jesus: (list courtesy of Apostle George Jobe, a fellow member of the board of Christ for India)
1. Repent – Mt 4:17
2. Follow me – Mt 4:19
3. Rejoice – Mt 5:11-12
4. Let your light shine before men – Mt 5:16
5. Honor God’s Law – Mt 5:17-18
6. Be Reconciled – Mt 5:24-25
7. Do Not Commit Adultery – Mt 5:29-30
8. Keep Your Word – Mt 5:37
9. Go the Second Mile – Mt 5:39-41
10. Love Your Enemies Mt 5:44
11. Be Perfect – Mt 5:46-48
12. Practice Secret Disciplines – Mt 6:1-18
13. Lay Up Treasures – Mt 6:19-21
14. Seek First Gods Kingdom – Mt 6:35
15. Judge Not – Mt 7:1-2
16. Do Not Cast Pearls – Mt 7:6
17. Ask, Seek, and Knock – Mt 7:7-8
18. Do Unto Others – Mt 7:12
19. Choose the Narrow Way – Mt 7:13-14
20. Beware of False Prophets – Mt 7:15
21. Pray for Laborers – Mt 9:37-38
22. Be Wise as Serpents – Mt 10:16 23. Fear Not – Mt 10:28 24. Hear Gods Voice – Mt 11:15 25. Take My Yoke – Mt 11:29 26. Honor Your Parents – Mt 15:4 27. Beware of Leaven – Mt 16:6 28. Deny Yourself – Lk 9:23
29. Despise Not Little Ones Mt 18:10
30. Go to Offenders – Mt 18:15
31. Beware of Covetousness – Lk 12:15
32. Forgive Offenders – Mt 18:21-22
33. Honor Marriage – Mt 19:6
34. Be a Servant – Mt 20:26-27
35. Be a House of Prayer – Mt 21:13
36. Ask in Faith – Mt 21:21-22
37. Bring in the Poor – Lk 14:12-14
38. Render to Caesar – Mt 22:19-21
39. Love the Lord – Mt 27:37
40. Love Your Neighbor – Mt 22:39
41. Await My Return – Mt 24:42-44
42. Take, Eat And Drink – Mt 26:26-27
43. Be Born Again – John 3:7
44. Keep My Commandments – John 14:15
45. Watch and Pray – Mt 26:41
46. Feed My Sheep – John 221:15-16
47. Baptize My Disciples – Mt 28:19
48. Receive The Endowment of Power – Lk 24:49
49. Make Disciples of all Nations – Mt 28:20
50. Demonstrate God’s Power – Mk 16:17

PASSAGES THAT PUMP ME UP

f7713b0dba618b5e35a3ef60f733e8e8On Thursday, August 26, 1999, I sent out an email asking for a “little help.” The help requested was: Would you help me out? All I am asking is that you email me before Saturday noon, 1 or 2 Bible passages that REALLY PUMP YOU UP! A Scripture that excites you…gets your juices flowing…makes you really feel great…gives you goose bumps…is your life verse…says it all…hangs on your wall/refrigerator/computer screen, etc. Do you get the idea? While you are welcome to write out that verse—just the reference is enough. Tell you what—I will list all of them in this coming Monday! So…what are you waiting for? Send it NOW! THE BIBLE PASSAGE THAT JUST PUMPS YOU UP!

Needless to say—I was blown away! Reading the passages pumped me up personally! The notes accompanying them were just as encouraging. What follows is a listing—in the order I received them—of the verses in God’s Word that really pump people up! As much as possible, I tried to avoid repeats—but you will find that some verses are included in some longer sections (for example—some chose Rom 8:28, while another chose Rom 8:28-34)

May I make a suggestion? Choose 1-2-3-4 or so of these every day & spend at least 30 minutes reading & meditating & praying them. I cannot help but believe that you will be blessed in a very special way by it! Isaiah 55:10-11 says—As the rain & the snow come down from heaven & do not return to it without watering the earth & making it bud & flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower & bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth. It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire & achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

See the VISION…Live the MISSION…Feel the PASSION

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(All verses taken from the New International Version unless otherwise noted.)

• Jeremiah 6:16 16This is what the LORD says: “Stand at the crossroads & look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is & walk in it & you will find rest for your souls.
• Proverbs 3:5-6 5Trust in the LORD with all your heart & lean not on your own understanding;6in all your ways acknowledge him & he will make your paths straight.
• Philemon 1:6 6I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.
• Ephesians 3:17-19 17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted & established in love, 18may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide & long & high & deep is the love of Christ, 19and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
• Romans 8:28-34 28And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 29For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. 31What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God & is also interceding for us.
• Ephesians 3:14-19 14For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15from whom his whole family in heaven & on earth derives its name. 16I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted & established in love, 18may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide & long & high & deep is the love of Christ, 19and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
• Romans 12:12 12Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
• Philippians 3:12-14 12Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind & straining toward what is ahead, 14I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
• Psalms 37:5 5Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him & he will do this.
• Joshua 24:15b 15…But as for me & my household, we will serve the LORD.”
• Micah 6:8b 8 And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly & to love mercy & to walk humbly with your God.
• Psalms 1:6 6For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.
• Joshua 1:9 9Have I not commanded you? Be strong & courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
• 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 16Be joyful always; 17pray continually; 18give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 19Do not put out the Spirit’s fire; 20do not treat prophecies with contempt. 21Test everything. Hold on to the good. 22Avoid every kind of evil. 23May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through & through. May your whole spirit, soul & body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24The one who calls you is faithful & he will do it.Psalms 13:6 6I will sing to the LORD, for he has been good to me.
• Exodus 15:2 2The LORD is my strength & my song; he has become my salvation. He is my God & I will praise him, my father’s God & I will exalt him.John 16:33 33“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
• Romans 8:37-39 37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
• Colossians 3:17 17And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
• Jeremiah 17:7-8 7“But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. 8He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought & never fails to bear fruit.”
• Deuteronomy 8:16-18 16He gave you manna to eat in the desert, something your fathers had never known, to humble & to test you so that in the end it might go well with you. 17You may say to yourself, “My power & the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” 18But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth & so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today.
• Psalm 1:1-3 1Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. 2But his delight is in the law of the LORD & on his law he meditates day & night. 3He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season & whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.
• Philippians 4:19 19And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
• Ephesians 3:20-21 20Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21to him be glory in the church & in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever & ever! Amen.
• Matthew 6:19-21 19“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth & rust destroy & where thieves break in & steal. 20But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth & rust do not destroy & where thieves do not break in & steal. 21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
• Romans 12:2 2Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test & approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing & perfect will.
• John 3:17 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
• Romans 8:28 28And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
• Jeremiah 29:11 11For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you & not to harm you, plans to give you hope & a future.
• Matthew 6:33 33But seek first his kingdom & his righteousness & all these things will be given to you as well.
• Philippians 4:4-9 4Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer & petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts & your minds in Christ Jesus. 8Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
• Romans 1:16 16I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.
• John 10:10 10The thief comes only to steal & kill & destroy; I have come that they may have life & have it to the full.Isaiah 40:31 31but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run & not grow weary, they will walk & not be faint.
• Matthew 6:25-34 25“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food & the body more important than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns & yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? 28“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today & tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For the pagans run after all these things & your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom & his righteousness & all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
• Ephesians 3:20 20Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.
• Jeremiah 29:11-12 11For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you & not to harm you, plans to give you hope & a future. 12Then you will call upon me, come & pray to me & I will listen to you.
• 1 Peter 1:3 3Praise be to the God & Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy, he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.1 Corinthians 15:58 58Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
• John 5:39 39You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me.
• John 8:31-32 31To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32Then you will know the truth & the truth will set you free.”
• Romans 8:38-39 38For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
• Malachi 3:10 10Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “& see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven & pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.
• Romans 5:8 8But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
• Philippians 4:6 6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer & petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
• Luke 12:22-31 22Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23Life is more than food & the body more than clothes. 24Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet, God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? 26Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? 27“Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today & tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! 29And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30For the pagan world runs after all such things & your Father knows that you need them. 31But seek his kingdom & these things will be given to you as well.
• Matthew 7:7-8 7“Ask & it will be given to you; seek & you will find; knock & the door will be opened to you. 8For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; & to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
• Matthew 22:37-39 37Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart & with all your soul & with all your mind.’ 38This is the first & greatest commandment. 39And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
• Mark 12:30-31 30Love the Lord your God with all your heart & with all your soul & with all your mind & with all your strength.’ 31The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
• Luke 10:27 27He answered: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart & with all your soul & with all your strength & with all your mind’; &, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
• John 14:6 6Jesus answered, “I am the way & the truth & the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
• Acts 4:12 12Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”
• 1 John 3:1 1How great is the love the Father has lavished on us that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
• Psalm 27:13-14 13I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. 14Wait for the LORD; be strong & take heart & wait for the LORD.
• Philippians 2:5-11 5Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: 6Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself & became obedient to death—even death on a cross! 9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place & gave him the name that is above every name, 10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven & on earth & under the earth, 11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
• Matthew 28:19 19Therefore go & make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father & of the Son & of the Holy Spirit.
• Proverbs 16:3 3Commit to the LORD whatever you do & your plans will succeed.
• Jeremiah 29:11-13 11For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you & not to harm you, plans to give you hope & a future. 12Then you will call upon me & come & pray to me & I will listen to you. 13You will seek me & find me when you seek me with all your heart.
• Romans 8:28-39 28And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 29For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. 31What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God & is also interceding for us. 35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
• 2 Corinthians 7:10 10Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation & leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.
• Isaiah 40:29-31 29He gives strength to the weary & increases the power of the weak. 30Even youths grow tired & weary & young men stumble & fall; 31but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run & not grow weary, they will walk & not be faint.
• Philippians 4:6-7 6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer & petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts & your minds in Christ Jesus.
• Hebrews 13:8 8Jesus Christ is the same yesterday & today & forever.
• Ecclesiastes 4:9 9 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work:
• Philippians 4:13 13I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
• John 3:16 16“For God so loved the world that he gave his one & only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
• Romans 3:23 23for all have sinned & fall short of the glory of God.
• Luke 18:16 16But Jesus called the children to him & said, “Let the little children come to me & do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
• Romans 8:15-17 15For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God & co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
• Luke 4:18-19 18“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners & recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, 19to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
• Psalm 63:1-7 1O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry & weary land where there is no water. 2I have seen you in the sanctuary & beheld your power & your glory. 3Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. 4I will praise you as long as I live & in your name, I will lift up my hands. 5My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips, my mouth will praise you. 6On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. 7Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.
• 1 John 4:7-8 7Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God & knows God. 8Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
• 1 John 4:11-12 11Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us & his love is made complete in us.
• Philippians 2:1-2 1If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness & compassion, 2then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit & purpose.
• Lamentations 3:19-24 19I remember my affliction & my wandering, the bitterness & the gall. 20I well remember them & my soul is downcast within me. 21Yet this I call to mind & therefore I have hope: 22Because of the LORD’S great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 24I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”
• Hebrews 10:19-25 19Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20by a new & living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience & having our bodies washed with pure water. 23Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love & good deeds. 25Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—& all the more as you see the Day approaching.
• Jeremiah 33:3 3‘Call to me & I will answer you & tell you great & unsearchable things you do not know.
• 1 Corinthians 13:13 13And now these three remain: faith, hope & love. But the greatest of these is love.
• Philippians 4:8 8Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
• 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 16Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17For our light & momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
• Psalms 34:3 3Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt his name together.
• Colossians 3:12, 17 12Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy & dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness & patience. 17And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
• Proverbs 24:3 3By wisdom a house is built & through understanding, it is established.
• James 3:9 9With the tongue we praise our Lord & Father & with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness.
• John 1:12 12Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.
• Isaiah 6:7-8 7With it he touched my mouth & said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away & your sin atoned for.” 8Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying; “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
• Romans 8:31 31What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?
• John 4:35 35Do you not say, ‘Four months more & then the harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes & look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.
• John 14:27 27Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled & do not be afraid.
• Psalms 52:8 8But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever & ever.
• 2 Timothy 1:7 7For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love & of self-discipline.
• Mark 9:24 24Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
• Proverbs 25:11 11A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.
• Hebrews 11:1 1Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
• John 14:15-21 15“If you love me, you will obey what I command. 16And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever—17the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.”
• Revelation 7:17 17For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
• Psalm 23, 27, 121, 139

Why Did the Theological Chicken Cross the Road?

12400757_963392470402199_2756602998579568908_nPelagius: Because the chicken was able to.

Irenaeus: The glory of God is the chicken fully alive.

John Wesley: The chicken’s heart was strangely warmed.

C.S. Lewis: If a chicken finds itself with a desire that nothing on this side can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that it was created for the other side.

Billy Graham: The chicken was surrendering all.

Pluralist: The chicken took one of many equally valid roads.

Universalist: All chickens cross the road.

Martin Luther: The chicken was fleeing the Antichrist who stole the Gospel with his papist lies.

Tim LaHaye: The chicken didn’t want to be left behind.

James White: I reject chicken centered eisegesis.

Rob Bell: The chicken. Crossed the road. To get. Cool glasses.

Joel Osteen: The chicken crossed the road to maximize his personal fulfillment so they he could be all that God created him to be.

Rick Warren: The chicken was purpose driven.

John Piper: God decreed the event to maximize his glory, or it was an act of Christian hedonism.

Roger Olson: The chicken recognizes no clear evangelical boundaries.

Mark Driscoll: A bleeping chicken crossed the road to go get a beer.

Gary Demar: The chicken was fleeing the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70. That’s it.

Jim Wallis: The chicken is an organizer for Occupy Barnyard.

Emergent: For this chicken, it’s not the destination that’s important. It’s the journey itself.

N.T. Wright: This act of the chicken, which would be unthinkable in British barnyards, reeks of that American individualism that is destructive to community.

Al Mohler: When a chicken begins to think theologically, he has no other alternative but to come over to the Calvinist side of the road.

Michael Horton: The chicken was forsaking the kingdom of this world to live solely in the Kingdom of Christ.

John Frame: The chicken had an existential need to change its situation according to a new norm.

T.F. Torrance: The inner logic of the incarnation proved an irresistible draw to the other side of the road.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer: He was abandoning cheap grace for the costly discipleship of risking the dangers of crossing the road.

Karl Barth: The crossing of the road, like all true theology, was done for profoundly Christological reasons. All chickens cross the road in the end.

Paul Tillich: Because he sensed that the other side of the road represented the ground of all being.

New Ager: Because he saw the light beckoning him forward.

Fundamentalist: Because his pastor told him so.

NOTE: I would give credit … but no credit was given where I first spotted it!

We 3 Kings ???

The title of the song is wrong on 3 counts:

1) The Bible does not say there were three;

2) The Bible does not say they were kings; and

3: The Bible does not say they were from the orient.

Other than that, the song is OK!

With That — Happy Epiphany!

THE PRODIGAL SON IN THE KEY OF F.

pigsFeeling footloose and frisky, a featherbrained fellow forced his fond father to fork over his farthings. He flew far to foreign fields and frittered his fortune, feasting fabulously with faithless friends. Finally facing famine and fleeced by his fellows-in-folly, he found himself a feed flinger in a filthy farmyard. Fairly famished, he fain would have filled his frame with foraged food from the fodder fragments. “Fooey, my father’s flunkies fare far fancier,” the frazzled fugitive fumed feverishly, frankly facing facts. Frustrated by failure and filled with foreboding, he fled forthwith to his family. Falling at his father’s feet, he floundered forlornly, “Father, I have flunked and fruitlessly forfeited family favor.” But the faithful father, forestalling further flinching, frantically flagged the flunkies to fetch forth the finest fatling and fix a feast. The fugitive’s fraternal faultfinder frowned on the fickle forgiveness of former folderol. His fury flashed, but fussing was futile. The farsighted father figured, “Such filial fidelity is fine, but what forbids fervent festivity for the fugitive is found. Unfurl the flags with flaring, let fun and frolic freely flow. Former failure is forgotten, folly forsaken. Forgiveness forms the foundation for future fortune.”

Sometimes You Just Move On

11072764_1064103316938110_1130680678059751812_nIn the last few months I have been asked for help by a number of people.  Evidently having “Dr” in front of your name qualifies you to be asked!

Some questions are theological, some biblical, some political, some church related, some staff related, some personal issues … you get the idea.  I try to be of assistance as much as possible.

But … and there always seems to be a but … I have a tendency to “drag the Bible and Jesus” into everything … as more than a few of those seeking advice have said.  For me this is always a sticking point.

Why?  Because I try as hard as possible to work from a clear biblical worldview.  I know there are other worldviews out there … but none that really work … and always at work behind the problems that people have.

From experience I know non-biblical worldviews don’t work since I lapse into them from time-to-time.  That is why I daily go back to the basics!  I have a great deal of trouble with anything that does not reflect Scripture … and its ugly partner … people and/or groups that operate with Scripture + something else!

All this gets to my point.  Maybe it is my age … maybe it is my experience … maybe it is stubbornness … but being a person who hold the Bible dear and trusts its veracity … I have chosen to use the clear Word of God as my guiding light in this world.

For this reason, I have become more and more apt to jettison those who have no biblical worldview … and as a result choose to wallow in their problems.

Does this mean I do not make an attempt to love and share the Gospel with them?  Of course not … but casting pearls before swine can only go so far.

Some readers may find this a bit callous and even call me unloving or uncaring (been there, been called that and more), but sooner or later you need to cut the cord and move on … and pray that sooner or later … like the prodigal son … they will come to their senses …